Wedding Spotlight: Celine and Steve ‘s USAFA Chapel Wedding
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We shoot so many weddings at the Air Force Academy Chapel, it’s nearly impossible each year to select only one to show as our sample from that venue. But for ’08 we finally narrowed it down to Celine and Steve’s wedding. Overall it was a dream wedding: nobody was late, the ceremony didn’t run long (which can be a really big deal at the chapel because you only get two hours, period, and once your time is up you’re out of there!), etc.
The chapel can be very colorful and bright if you know how to photograph it. I don’t understand why some photographers (and maybe their clients) prefer the aluminum interior to look so stark, cold and gray (kind of like the Death Star), when the chapel never looks that way in real life. Even on cloudy days, we can still capture the celebratory colors streaming down from the long stained glass windows. I very much prefer it that way. A wedding is happy celebration (hopefully), and to me color says ,”Celebrate”! (You should imagine me throwing my arms flamboyantly in the air and shouting like Rip Taylor.)
We also got a break in the fact that once our time was up in the chapel, the sun was setting outside for our couple shots, and nothing looks better for the shots we call the “romantics” than makin’ out in the beautiful Colorado sunset!
They continued on to the Academy’s Officer’s Club for their reception, where they had some very emotional and fun dances. I don’t know if I’m just a huge sucker for dances, but I seem to love almost every dance I photograph. It’s such a personal moment between two people, and you can capture some amazing shots during a couple’s dance, or the dances with the mom or dad. I love when we get to the dances. The sad thing is Char and I almost never dance ourselves due to the 2 year old and 1 year old that are usually right under-foot, or literally hanging off of us during our days.