Photographed by Melli & Shayne


I remember coming into this shoot having a good few ideas of what we wanted to capture – and this shot, wasn’t one of them. In fact, this was probably the most unplanned shot out of the entire day.

We knew we wanted to have our couple celebrate with a bottle of champagne; crack it open and spray it around. Which they did and we got some super awesome shots – but just as the bottle was nearing its end, we moved right up close to the couple and it was just a spur of the moment thing where we said “pour it into his mouth!”

With all the excitement, energy & good vibes – our bride didn’t hesitate for a single moment, and thus, we pressed the shutter & this frame happened.
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As our couple was celebrating with the champagne, we moved up right close to them and at that very moment, we asked our bride to pour the rest into the groom’s mouth.
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Calm Energetic
Planned On the spot
Tricky Easy
Posed Natural
“Woohoo!! Congratulations you guys!! POUR IT IN HIS MOUTH!! Go on! Doesn’t matter if you get wet – CELEBRATE!”
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Center FramedBroken RulesMid Range

When we composed this shot, we focused more on the moment than finding a strong, compositional frame. We wanted the action to take center-stage and be the main point of interest. We did, however, lower ourselves so we could tuck ourselves a bit beneath our couple to get more of the sky (helped with a more minimal frame) and it also allowed us to see more of the “pouring”.
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Really bring yourself into the action if you can; and shoot from different, more interesting angles. You should always be moving and finding different ways to see the whole scene unless you know exactly what you want.


Single Point Focused on The Grooms face Single Shot Autofocus
Focusing on an action shot like this needs to happen pretty fast and so we made sure to use our viewfinder here since it is definitely a bit quicker than LiveView. Since we always use a single focus point; we moved it over the groom’s mouth since we knew that’s where the “action” was going to happen.
Light & Weather

Soft LightNatural LightCloudy

When we took these shots, the sky was completely overcast. It felt like we were in the Eye of the storm since the day before & the day after it was thunderously stormy. This meant that we didn’t have much sun during the shoot – which wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. The light was incredibly soft and allowed us the creative freedom to shoot in any direction we pleased.
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Equipment & EXIF

1/1000 f/1.4 ISO 1600 WB Auto


Canon 5D mark IV


Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II


Adobe Lightroom Classic Roots Presets

Software used:


Adobe Lightroom

The edits are made to be warmer with a big focus on skin tones and light play with shadows and highlights. A few minor local adjustments were made (Gradient and Brush) as well as finishing off with a fine layer of grain. The whites are not blown out nor are the blacks 100% crunched.
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This image was edited with

Roots Presets

Challenges & Solutions
The only challenge we faced was to get this shot before the champagne completely ran out. Since it was the only bottle we had and, well, we didn’t want to restate such an exciting moment – we had to be pretty fast with everything.


Beach / Coastal Germany

Sankt Peter-Ording

Sankt Peter-Ording, Germany

Final tips & Advice

One of the biggest pieces of advice we can give is to not hesitate for these moments. Your camera (if you’re using a professional one) can very easily handle a bit of champagne splash and more of then than not, being so deep in the action makes a much more interesting image.

When your couple is celebrating with champagne, and it’s just the two of them plus you – celebrate with them! Help them have a great moment by cheering them on and really motivating the moment. It can be a bit awkward if it’s just the two shouting with a quiet background – so make some noise with them so they don’t feel isolated. Plus, it’s hella good fun too when you’re in on the whole moment too!
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Melli & Shayne

Photographer Germany Canon 5D Mark IV Canon 50mm f/1.2 L
We are Melli & Shayne, a couple coming from vastly different worlds but have been inseparable ever since we met in Zanzibar. We have been passionately capturing love stories since 2014 and have loved every step of the way. We love to meet fellow photographers, to share our knowledge amongst a bottle (or two) of wine and support every one wherever we can.
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