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One of the coolest moments we remember from this Wedding (besides the entirety of the wedding being absolutely kickass) was this moment right here. Our bride was wearing a gold crown; a tradition in her family where each sister wore this very crown on their wedding day.

After the ceremony, the couple exited and climbed aboard their wedding car (a convertible BMW) with us in the back seats. The plan was to drive around the block and while the guests all moved towards the reception area; and during this drive, we chose to stop and let everyone “catch their breath” and have a little couple shoot.

Shortly before heading back to the reception, our Bride wanted to have the crown removed and who better to do the job than her husband? Well, with a tiny pair of scissors and hands as steady as a surgeon, he cut away the thin threads holding the crown in place. I honestly believe I saw fear in this man’s eyes as one wrong cut could mean a snipped piece of hair – which, we can all imagine would not be the most fun thing on a wedding day.

Alas, as our bride was having her crown removed – she laughed. Out of nervousness? Out of relief? Could be everything. But it was a genuine moment and one we are so stoked to have captured.

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How did you compose your image?

For this shot, we played it safe. We didn’t feel the need to go overboard with any fancy compositions as the moment itself needed to take center stage. We framed our couple in the middle of the shot, just wide enough to show a bit of the environment but close up enough to really give emphasis to our brides emotion and the ‘action of the groom’.

How and what did you focus on?

Focusing was very straightforward for this shot as we had plenty of light and contrasts to work with. We simply moved our focus point over where our groom’s hands were as we wanted this part of the frame to be in focus. It was only then that the bride burst out laughing and we do kinda wish we were fast enough to change our focus to her.

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How did you use the light in your image?

The sky was relatively cloudy and because of that, we had a few moments when the clouds blocked the sun allowing us to shoot a lot more easily. Because of this, we were quite free to shoot in any direction we liked since the light wasn’t so intense that we had problems to deal with. In this particular case, the sun was just out of frame to the right and still quite high up.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Camera

Canon 5D Mark IV

Lens

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L II

Filter

None

Other

None

Shutter Speed

1/8000

Aperture

f/2

ISO

160

White Balance

Auto

How did you edit your image & what did you use?

For this image we tried to keep the edits more neutral and minimal. In fact, we just reedited this shot recently with a new preset that we’re developing and we quite like the direction it’s going. It’s not as heavy as our usual presets but still brings out really nice, smooth skin tones. We adjusted the usual exposures and contrasts but spent a bit more time with the brush tool to dodge and burn in some areas as well as soften the skin. We also removed a few spots in the image and added a bit of grain to top everything off.

Software Used

Adobe Lightroom Classic

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What challenges did you face?

The main challenge we faced here was not distracting our groom while he was cutting the crown off.

How did you solve them?

We just told them to do what they gotta do and we remained quiet throughout the whole time.

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

Don’t over-stress about creating something incredibly creative. When it comes to moments, they take priority. It’s oftentimes better and safer to keep things more simple and make sure you’re actually capturing the moment than taking a risk to try and create something unique.

MELLI and SHAYNE

Shooting since

2014

Current Home

Germany

Website

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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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