If you are thinking of having a tented wedding ceremony, allow me to make a few suggestions. Number one is air circulation: on a hot July day, it can get quite hot, even under a white canopy! So you’ll want to open the sides so the guests won’t be sitting there boiling away! Also, if your location is public, like Merwin’s Wharf, you’ll want to consider having one of the sides of the tent that is facing unwanted attention closed.
When my nephew Pat and his fiance Carrie asked me to photograph their tented wedding at Merwin’s Wharf, they were very specific about what they wanted, or perhaps more importantly, what they didn’t want: no fancy-schmancy cheesey poses–just some really nice images of the two of them just being themselves. Well, cheesey poses aren’t my thing anyway, and since I was very familiar with Pats’ personality and had gotten to know Carrie, capturing them in the beautiful setting of the river was simply a matter of making sure they were relaxed and happy (the venue provided the guests with ice-cold drinks and hors d’oeuvres, which was a real lifesaver on a 90 plus degree day).
Now, in terms of your wedding photography, here’s a very important point: the light under a tent can be significantly darker than the outdoor light. It’s important to keep that in mind when planning your photography. If the backdrop to your ceremony is facing a sunny garden or lake and your photographer is not versed in balancing the light, instead of the beautiful setting, you will get nothing but white showing behind you. So be sure to choose a photographer who has experience in these tricky situations.
If you’d like to discuss your wedding with me, I’ll be happy to help in any way that I can. Please call me at 216-524-2524 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org!