Gina and Travis by Kelly Pratt Photography in St. Louis, MO

PHOTOGRAPHER: Kelly and Ian Kreidich of Kelly Pratt Photography in St. Louis, MO

VENUE: The Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO

HOURS AT WEDDING: 12

CHALLENGES: Kelly: “The biggest challenge we had was working with the Fox Theatre itself. The Fox Theatre is one of, if not the, most difficult spaces to photograph in St. Louis. While beautiful and very grand to the naked eye, the space is incredibly dark, and the camera alone cannot capture the low light and architectural details. We had to create almost all of the lighting that can be seen in the ceremony images, by placing flashes strategically around the Fox’s lobby. Without flashes shining on the columns, ceiling, and steps of the space, the ceremony would have looked like a pitch black room, with one spotlight shining on Gina and Travis.”

POSITIVES: Kelly: “This wedding was very unique because we were able to access locations that are not typically open to wedding parties for pictures, namely the Contemporary Art Museum and the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts. Both areas fit Gina and Travis’ modern and artistic aesthetic. It was most important to them to have a photographer with an artistic eye. They also wanted someone who had the technical skills to pull off photographing their big day, since almost all of their locations would require a good knowledge of artificial lighting. As Gina and Travis put it, they didn’t just want to have a wedding, they wanted to put on a show.”

laurenGina and Travis by Kelly Pratt Photography in St. Louis, MO

Alyshia and Caleb by Maria Sharp Photography in Cleveland, OH

PHOTOGRAPHER: Maria Sharp of Maria Sharp Photography in Cleveland, OH

VENUE: Elyria Country Club, Cleveland, OH

HOURS AT WEDDING: 10

CHALLENGES: Maria: “None worth mentioning.”

POSITIVES: Maria: “Doing a first look allowed for a very relaxed schedule. The dance floor was also going nonstop, sometimes overflowing onto the carpet.”

laurenAlyshia and Caleb by Maria Sharp Photography in Cleveland, OH

Cassandra and Eric by Christian Lee Photography in Ottawa, Ont.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Christian Lee of Christian Lee Photography in Ottawa, Ont.

VENUE: Billings Estate / Prinzo Hall, Ottawa, Ont.

HOURS AT WEDDING: 12

CHALLENGES: Christian: “One of the big challenges with this wedding was weather. It POURED all day. I usually tell clients that this is where a wedding photographer earns their stripes. You can’t take the easy, warm back-lit photos in a field or tree grove when it’s bucketing rain. The bridal photos were all taken in the lobby of the Delta Hotel in Ottawa, utilizing either their lobby furniture and artwork. Some of the B&G portraits look like they were taken outside in nice weather, but they were actually taken under a white tent. The combination of balanced off-camera flash lighting and careful composition creates a look that is indiscernible from a lovely outdoor session.”

POSITIVES: Christian: “I think one of the real positives about this wedding (from my perspective), is how open to ideas and trusting both Cassandra and Eric were. They trusted my vision, let me do my thing, and were up for anything.”

laurenCassandra and Eric by Christian Lee Photography in Ottawa, Ont.

Breanne and Daniel by Dennis Crider Photography in Cleveland, OH

PHOTOGRAPHER: Dennis Crider of Dennis Crider Photography in Cleveland, OH

VENUE: The Union Club, Cleveland, OH

HOURS AT WEDDING: 10

CHALLENGES: Dennis: “The challenge I faced that day was the rain which was quickly made into a positive because it stopped the posed moments from happening and gave me real ones to work with.”

POSITIVES: Dennis: “The bride and groom were very relaxed about their day and trusted anything I put them up to.”

laurenBreanne and Daniel by Dennis Crider Photography in Cleveland, OH

Jasmine and Jeff by Jerry Yoon Photography in San Francisco, CA

PHOTOGRAPHERS: Jerry Yoon and Katharine of Jerry Yoon Photography in San Francisco, CA

VENUE: St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco, CA

HOURS AT WEDDING: 11

CHALLENGES: Jerry: “It was a looong day and at the end, we barely even got to capture dancing because our time was over. It can also be challenging to share portrait time with a lot of videographers.”

POSITIVES: Jerry: “We got to go into the back room to get ready at St. Ignatius Church, which had a lot of cool lighting to work with. Jasmine and Jeff also chartered a trolley bus across the bay bridge and got some fun shots at Treasure Island.”

laurenJasmine and Jeff by Jerry Yoon Photography in San Francisco, CA

Katie and Kyler by Alexandra Knight Photography in Snohomish, WA

PHOTOGRAPHER: Alexandra Knight of Alexandra Knight Photography in Seattle, WA

VENUE: A Chapel on Swan’s Trail, Snohomish, WA

HOURS AT WEDDING: 8

CHALLENGES: Alexandra: “I committed to shooting this wedding exclusively with my Hasselblad film cameras, which are my favorite, but in doing so, knew I’d need to be able to shoot in very low light conditions after the sun went down, and deal with hard-to-predict indoor lighting. I’m not comfortable with strobes on film yet, so I used a video light for some of the nighttime images, but didn’t have that luxury for each frame. Manually focusing with a Hasselblad is a slow process, so I had to prep for each shot in anticipation of it happening (especially the processional) and close down my aperture a bit to increase my depth of field so that my subject would stay in focus.”

POSITIVES: Alexandra: “The positive end of things is that this was one of my favorite weddings ever. The light in the chapel worked out pretty well for portraits, my clients are amazing to work with, and I got to use my favorite cameras the whole day! Shooting only two Hasselblad bodies without having to carry around a bunch of other gear made me both more focused on capturing the images and as a result I was happier with the final image set than usual.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: This wedding was shot exclusively with a pair of Hasselblad 500C film cameras, an 80mm and 50mm lens plus Kodak color and black and white films.

laurenKatie and Kyler by Alexandra Knight Photography in Snohomish, WA

Erin and Vince by Aaron Varga Photography in Pittsburgh, PA

PHOTOGRAPHER: Aaron Varga of Aaron Varga Photography in Pittsburgh, PA

VENUE: Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA

HOURS AT WEDDING: 10

CHALLENGES: Aaron: “The biggest challenge was making sure to really showcase the hotel, specifically its lobby and the mezzanine”

POSITIVES: Aaron: “Their venue is a gorgeous historic hotel in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh.”

laurenErin and Vince by Aaron Varga Photography in Pittsburgh, PA

Lindsay and TJ by Abby Fox Photography in Grand Rapids, MI

PHOTOGRAPHER: Abby Matthews of Abby Fox Photography in Grand Rapids, MI

VENUE: Windmill Island, Holland, MI

HOURS AT WEDDING: 10

CHALLENGES: Abby: “My second photographer and two videographers were documenting the day. In certain instances, it was difficult to avoid having them in the frame.”

POSITIVES: Abby: “Lindsay and TJ felt like instant friends – they are the sweetest couple ever. I especially loved capturing the details and shooting the two of them in rows and rows of tulips.”

laurenLindsay and TJ by Abby Fox Photography in Grand Rapids, MI

Hattie and Will by Sara Lincoln Photography in Wiltshire, United Kingdom

PHOTOGRAPHER: Sara Lincoln of Sara Lincoln Photography in London, UK

VENUE: Figheldean Village Hall, Wiltshire, UK

HOURS AT WEDDING: 9

CHALLENGES: Sara: “In terms of challenges, these were minimal. The reception venue was actually a local community hall that perhaps was not the most photogenic of venues from the outside but Hattie and Will had completely transformed the inside beautifully.”

POSITIVES: Sara: “It was a real dream to capture Hattie and Will’s day; their friends and family were so open and welcoming and made me feel a real part of their day which I find always makes for the best pictures.”

laurenHattie and Will by Sara Lincoln Photography in Wiltshire, United Kingdom

Maya and Mark by Ronnie Lee Hill Photography in Ontario, Canada

PHOTOGRAPHER: Ronnie Lee Hill of Ronnie Lee Hill Photography in Vancouver, BC

VENUE: Steamwhistle Brewery, Toronto, Ont.

HOURS AT WEDDING: 8

CHALLENGES: Ronnie: “Time. I’m from Vancouver so I flew out for this wedding and kept hearing that there were tons of great locations near the brewery to shoot at, but time constraints meant that we had to stay on location for all of the portraits. I would have loved to incorporate some of the natural elements that I so love about shooting around Vancouver, but the brewery was a pretty great location in the end.”

POSITIVES: Ronnie: “As cheesy as it sounds, I’d have to say that the couple and their families were the best part of this wedding. Everyone was so into the process of being photographed and they were all so fun that my day was a total breeze.My absolute favourite moment of this wedding happened when the bride and her step-father began walking down the aisle. There was a major baseball game happening at the stadium beside the brewery and just as the bride appeared, the home game won! As she smiled at her soon-to-be-groom for the first time there was thunderous cheering and applause filling the air. It was insane!”

laurenMaya and Mark by Ronnie Lee Hill Photography in Ontario, Canada