Photographed by Chris & Ruth

Story

This “First Dance“ photo was taken at Melanie and Thibaut’s wedding in Paris, France. These two were the most stylish people ever and all of their guests as well. Just look at their style! We felt like Paris in the 1920s. After the ceremony in downtown Paris, we went to this amazing wedding venue a little bit outside of the city.

This beautiful, rustic venue with its industrial charm, was the perfect fit for them. The wedding planner told us about the plans for the first dance with the sparklers and so this helped us be prepared. The wedding party with their sparklers would form a circle around the dance floor.

Once the sparklers were lit, the couple would enter for the first dance. Since everyone was dressed beautifully and the venue was super beautiful as well we thought it would look amazing to capture the whole scenery in one image. The room was high enough to take the picture from above and there was a ladder around where we could step on.

One of us took the picture from the ladder right at the beginning of the dance so we would not be in each other’s photo. After we got the shot, we went in between the crowd to get all the different angles.
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Composition

Rule of ThirdsCenter FramedWide

Different perspectives make a story more interesting. Add this one to your repertoire so you are prepared whenever the circumstances allow these kinds of shots. Sometimes the wedding party is not able to form a proper circle (it’s like herding cats) but it’s very important composition-wise and lighting-wise. Talk to the wedding planner about it or if there’s no planner, ask the bridal party to organize it.

Focusing

Single Point Focused on Her face Single Shot Autofocus
Light & Weather

Artificial LightNightSparklers

Equipment & EXIF

1/160 f/1.8 ISO 6400 WB Auto

Camera

Canon 5D Mark IV

Lens

Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4

Flash / External Light

none

Flash / External Light Setup

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Editing

Adobe Lightroom Classic CxR Preset

This image was edited with

CxR Preset

Challenges & Solutions

Location

Wedding / Event Venue France

Les Bonnes Joies

Les Bonnes Joies, Paris, France

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Chris & Ruth

Photographer Spain Canon 5DMk4 Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM
Hey y’all, good to have you here! We are a husband and wife photographer team focused on wedding photography. The last few years have been an incredible ride and we were able to travel all around the globe doing what we love the most – shooting weddings! We found our happy place on the Balearic Island Mallorca where we restored an old house. There are so many good stories and experiences we’ve made and we’re happy to share some of them with you over here! Cheers Chris and Ruth
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