Private wedding moment captured by Florida photographerSharing a private moment while waiting to be announced into their reception, this excited couple decided to practice a few parts of their first dance. Having the trust of our clients to do our job documenting the day's events means that we are often able to catch these "in between moments", prompting many of them to exclaim later, "I didn't even know you saw that!" Documentary wedding photography at its finest involves becoming invisible, or very nearly so, in order to truly be a fly on the wall.
Compositionally this image uses the surrounding stairwell to create leading lines that mirror the groom's outstretched arms while framing the couple below. The choice of a wide angle lens was used in order to capture more of the scene, placing the reflective bannister in the very close foreground to throw an element of color and the reflected evening sky into the scene, indicating the end of a brilliant afternoon and the beginning of a sparkling night. The distinctive architectural elements of the tower of the Hyatt Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale include a midcentury modern aesthetic, which keeps clean lines and modern materials at the forefront, like this terrazzo flooring and stainless steel involved in the stairs. Keeping these lines and choosing to photograph this moment with an emphasis on the architectural lines embraces the venue and speaks of a sense of place.
Location: Hyatt Regency Pier 66, 2301 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316. 1/250; f/2.5; ISO 1600; 35.0 mm.