Southern Wedding

Every wedding is different, this is certainly not a traditional Southern wedding but it sure was a lot of fun.  I’m glad I had the opportunity to attend a wedding, I wanted to see if my camera could handle a wedding and sure enough it wouldn’t be able to do a decent job.  I was asked to photograph a wedding next Summer for a relative, and after this wedding it made me realized that I don’t have the right equipment.

Instead of signing a guestbook they asked their guests to sign on a dry erase board and have their pictures made.  This was time consuming but I do like the idea.

They had their wedding at Club Cola. I think the brick background was too dark and poor lighting also, I was shooting at ISO 3200.

This is a Unity Water Ceremony where a couple pour the water into a vase.  The groom held the yellow water, which is the color of sunshine. The color yellow represents joy and happiness, and it also stands for wisdom. The bride held the blue water, where blue represents confidence and trust. The empty vase represents their marriage. It is a new beginning in their relationship with each other.

The groom poured the yellow water into the vase, he brings sunshine and wisdom to his marriage. The bride poured the blue water into the vase, she brings confidence, trust and loyalty to her marriage. The blending of the yellow and blue water create green, representing the blending of their lives together as one. The color green represents stability, endurance, growth and harmony. Source.

Outside lighting was much better.

It’s kind of neat to see a wedding photographer in action.

Lee had a great time and loved the soda from the machine, she said it took a nickle.

This is my co-worker’s son, he has grown so much this year and he just turned 10.

I asked him to take a picture with Lee and look where he stood, so classic.

These are antique soda machines, and I can’t believe it took a nickle.  My co-worker told me later that the groom had to pay $0.50 for each bottle.

The wedding was beautiful and I’m so happy for the couple.

They had cup cakes instead of a tradition wedding cake.

I had my telephoto lens mounted at the time and missed the throwing bouquet shot. I stood as far as I could and even then I couldn’t get the shot.

And this also, but I kind of like this shot.

Photos were taken with a Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, and EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens.


  1. The couple looks truly happy and you’ve captured the moments well.

    Off the subject, but I noticed lots of buildings in your area are made of brick mostly. Does the brick help to keep warm in winter and cool in summer? Out here only the older buildings use brick.

    • cn, the brick homes and buildings have a better resale value, and it is also energy efficient by keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Our old house in Queens NY was a siding but it was built and insulated with brick stuccoes back in the days, different from the siding that are being built these days.

      I was so happy for the couple, I’ve known the bride for a long time and the groom is a very nice fellow. They have a little girl together, she took part in the Unity Water Ceremony, she is adorable. 🙂

  2. i think you did a great job. the outside photos are lovely and i see the lighting concern, you still did a great job. =)

    • Thanks Lisa, I’m happy for the opportunity and this will help me grow as a photographer as well. I’m sure I’ll have a better gear by then. 🙂

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