The Knot Wedding: Wedding Ceremony


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The Knot Wedding: Wedding Ceremony

So what you're about to see is the beginning of the ceremony. Now if we back things up a tiny bit you will see that most of it, or how I felt anyway, was like it was a hot mess. So this is exactly what went down. Because I got delayed from the bridal prep that actually ate up time for the bridesmaids photos. As I was quickly trying to shoot the bridesmaids photos, I realized that I had about 30 seconds to shoot the entire ceremony. So I ran like a wild banshee. I didn't even have time to bring the camera crew with me. I was just like go and everybody followed me. So what you're about to see is how all of that comes to fruition. Then you'll see a beginning, a middle, and an end. We're gonna come back on a recap of exactly what happened and how we were able to overcome it. I'm sorry can I get a quick photo? May I have everybody removed from the situation just for one quick photo. 30 seconds. Thank you so much. I need to make sure that I'm shooting the wide shot. I'm sorry. Excuse me sir ...

can I have you... Thank you. I need you all the way. Okay. ♫ Can I sail through the changes Oh my good. I'm like... Thank you guys so much. So I'm doing a full. I'm doing a half. Horizontal, vertical. Great. Thank you so kindly. You guys can sit down. I appreciate your time very much. Thank you. Thank you guys. Thank you, thank you. We'll move them in. Thank you. ♫ But time makes us bolder ♫ Children get older Sammy I need individual shots of the (mumbles). I'm sorry. It's fine. Thank you. 50. I'm using the 50 millimeter right now. My settings are 4.0 one thousandth of a second. 100 ISO. I'm gonna go to 16 hundredth of a second. F4O. I'm getting the winery in the background. It's really bright right now. So I'm gonna shoot it from one side then I'm gonna flip to the other side. This is not the side that I want. I can already tell. The shadows are way too pronounced. So I'm gonna flip it in that side. I already got that shot. I'm gonna get some... (Landslide plays in background) Individual photos of each piece. I wanted to make sure that the piece is in the center of the frame in the lower portion of the frame. This light is not ideal. Like remotely. And I just have to deal with it. I have nothing to reflect back light into the shaded areas. So I'm just gonna try to expose for the highlights and bring up the low lights later. Okay. Can you do guest shots? Yeah. So what just happened was you saw a full out sprint to capture ceremony details. I'm sure it probably wasn't the nicest person. I think somebody might have even got a little miffed that I asked them to move. But if I pissed off one person to get the photos that I needed, I'm gonna be okay with it. And I'll make sure and make it up to her at a later point in time. I'm gonna ask her to pose for one of my photos and hopefully make a friend out of a potential enemy. So we're gonna back up. We're about to start the ceremony. Guests are seated. The bride should be coming out in the next five to eight minutes depending on how close you run to The Knot timeline. The thing that I'm really noticing is how harsh the light is. It is noon in June in Sonoma. It is hot and it is very bright. I'm gonna try to make the best of it as I can, but I have to know truth be told we're going to get harsh shadows. We're gonna get a lot of people squinting. Let's see they're going to be exposed differently. Like so Taylor will be looking at Samantha. Samantha will be looking at Taylor. We're gonna get off shadows on both their faces. There's nothing I can do about it. I'm gonna try to expose for the highlights and bring up the low lights later. That's the way that I just have a tendency of shooting. But if there's any possibility of them looking out into the audience with their faces turned and they're exposed both at the same. That's gonna be my preference. I feel like I'm a little bit stressed because The Knot magazine is wanting sneak peak photos from the ceremony by 3:30 today. If you've done the math it's noon and they want photos in about three hours. So we have a lot of work to do. We have our work cut out for us. But I'm just gonna hope for the best. The wind is a factor. It keeps on bringing down some of the flowers on top of the ceremony. On top of like the alter. If that happens, we're just gonna roll with it. And as guests keep on coming in, I'm gonna try to shoot them as candidly as I possibly can. But because of the timeline got so cut, I had about three minutes to shoot the ceremony. And I didn't get the usually 10 to 15 minutes that I usually get. We're just gonna roll with it. And hopefully during cocktail hour we'll be able to get candids of guests. That's where I stand now. I'll be positioning myself for the bride and groom to walk down. The way that we're gonna position it is I will be standing at the front using the 70-200. Jamie will be standing at the back using the 70-200 or the 24 to 70 depending on his angle. So we're gonna head to that right now. I'm gonna be at the end of the aisle shooting tight. Tammy will be next to me with the 50. So she'll get the wider shot. But I think it would be a cool shot for you to be to the left of the alter so that you get their kiss. But facing the background is the vineyard. No. No. The back is their guests. Got it. So just a kiss from the back. And then shooting it tight and then shooting it wide. And then as they walk back, getting people all excited. And then you run and then pick us up back here. Got it. Okay cool. Got it. Are you gonna stop them for a kiss? Most likely? I will try. Okay so what's going on right now with the frame is that I'm, I usually don't shoot with a third shooter. So since I have a third shooter, I'm going to go with a shot that we don't normally get. And we're gonna see if it works. I'm going to keep Tammy, our third shooter, back in the back of the aisle even though I know that I can get the shot that I want and I'll feel good with it. But I want to give JD a cool angle from shooting something that we don't normally, which is behind the bride and groom to see if we can get the guests and the venue in the background. If it works that's great. But if not, we're going to be totally solidly covered on both ends. So be it. So one thing I just want to take into consideration real quick is I will always position myself in relation to where the videographer is. Anise, the videographer, was located behind the alter. So I just want to stand wherever she's standing. I don't want the two of us to be two different anchors within the frame. So I will probably be shooting from behind the alter as they walk down. That is gonna be extraordinarily difficult because I don't have a natural reflector bouncing light back on them unless it's the grass. So I just need to be conscious that the photos may have a green tint to them. We'll try to fix that in post as quick as possible. I'm always standing behind the alter and I get them a straight on shot and the minute that the exchange is done between the father and daughter, I'll get out of the way. And I don't really stand up to the front too much after that. For the rest of the ceremony, I'll be standing in the center of the aisle once or maybe twice. And I usually stand on each side to get reaction shots and details as it unfolds. So that's the game plan as of right now. (soft violin music) So I'm just behind the scenes of the coordinator being interviewed. And because the coordinator will want these photos later for social media, I want to make sure that I take care of her in that respect. I'm shooting with the 70-200 2.8. Because there's like sun is like overhead I need to be shooting... I'm shooting at six fortieths of a second. 125 ISO. (soft violin music) Right here. (slow violin music) There is so extraordinary side light right now. (I See Fire by Ed Sheeran on cello) (camera shutters) So JD is getting a shot of Taylor right now. JD is getting Taylor's reaction. So I'm not feeling pressure to get that. I'm going hold my ground for this position for the bride walking out with her dad. (soft orchestra music) (camera shutters) Welcome everyone. Please take your seats. We are gathered here this afternoon to celebrate the love and marriage of Taylor Sinclair and Samantha Carisch. Speaking of love, on behalf of couple, I'd like to thank all of you who have come from near and far, or in this case more like far and farther, to be here for this special day. To those that don't know me, I'm Tim Owen and I had the pleasure of being friends and a roommate with Sam and Taylor for the last few years. And I was honored when they asked me to officiate today. I feel like I'm a good man for the job because I was able to know them each individually and also to see their relationship up close. And sometimes in that little apartment it was a little too close. (laughs) But any relationship that started with baseball is perfect in my book. In my time living with them, I got the see the qualities and quirks that everyone that knows them will recognize. I saw Taylor as a calm, quiet, stereotypical Midwesterner. At least when we wasn't watching or playing sports. Or stuck in an LA traffic jam. (laughs) Samantha is a cute, bubbly young lady with a great sense of style and a heart of gold. But can be quite the dictator in terms of closet space. But what I was most lucky to see living with them was the things they did for each other. The way they treated each other. And you haven't seen true love until you've seen a girl try to swing a golf club the size of her and a man's man from Iowa straighten 19 turquoise couch pillows because it's important to their partner. Lastly, but more seriously, Sam was a rock for Taylor when she helped him move out to Southern California and start his life and his career. And Taylor has done the same in return when Sam has had to quit her job to be with her mom in a time of need. It was for these reasons that as soon as I got to know them that I saw that Sam and Taylor had the foundation of love and friendship that all couples need to succeed. Each and everyone of us has bared witness to this and have seen how easy it is for them to love each other. It is this simplicity that reminds me of a short excerpt of advice that I would like to share from the literary classic All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. (laughs) Share everything. Play fair. Don't hit people. Clean up your own mess. Say sorry when you hurt somebody. Wash your hands before you eat. Flush. (laughs) Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you. Take a nap every afternoon. Did Taylor write this? Right? (laughs) Learn some and think some. Draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work everyday some. And last but not least, no matter how old you are, when you go into the world it is best to hold hands and stick together. At the end of the day, that's what marriage is all about. Grabbing your loved one by the hand and knowing that you are taking everything in life. All the challenges and the accomplishments together. (laughs) So with that said, we need to bless this marriage. So will you two take each others hands like you've already done. You guys are way ahead of me. These are the hands of your best friend. Young and strong and full of love for you that are holding yours on your wedding day as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever. These are the hands that will work alongside yours as together you build your future. These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years. And with the slightest touch, will comfort you like no other. These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief fills your mind. These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes. Already? Tears of sorrow and tears of joy. These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children. These are the hands that will help you to hold your family as one. These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it. And lastly. These are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged will still be reaching for yours. Still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch. With that in mind, time to exchange vows. The couple has chosen to repeat their vows after me because as we can see there's no way that Sam would have gotten through it if she wrote her own and had to deliver them. Go away. So Taylor please repeat after me. I'll try. I Taylor take you Samantha to be my beloved wife. I Taylor take you Samantha to be my beloved wife. To have and to hold you. To have and to hold you. To honor and to treasure you. To honor and to treasure you. To be at your side in sorrow and in joy. To be at your side in sorrow and in joy. And to love and cherish you always. And to love and cherish you always. I promise you this from my heart. I promise you this from my heart. For all the days of my life. For all the days of my life. Do Taylor shots? (speaker mumbles) Take you Taylor to be my beloved husband. I Samantha take you Taylor to be my beloved husband. To have and to hold you. To have and to hold you. To honor and to treasure you. To honor and to treasure you. To be at your side in sorrow and in joy. To be at your side in sorrow and in joy. And to love and cherish you always. And to love and cherish you always. I promise you this from my heart. Clearly I promise you this from my heart. (laughs) For all the days of my life. For all the days of my life. May I have the rings please? Have you even seen the rings? I have not. (laughs) First time. Taylor nice ring. (speaker cannot be understood) Beautiful. Okay repeat after me and then place the ring on Sam's finger. Which one? (audience laughs) With this ring I thee wed. With this ring I thee wed. Alright Sam. Repeat after me and place the ring on Taylor's finger. With this ring I thee wed. With this ring I thee wed. Samantha and Taylor throughout this ceremony you have vowed in our presence to be loving and loyal to one another. It's my pleasure to pronounce you husband and wife. You may now kiss the bride. (audience cheers and applauds) Oh my veil. (audience laughs) Veil down. Dad just hold onto it. It's coming off at the reception anyways. Keep it. (laughs) Mr. and Mrs. Sinclair. (audience cheers and applauds) Tammy (mumbles). (audience cheers) Heck yes. Heck yes. ♫ He's so close to me now (soft guitar music) So where we are is at the end of the ceremony. Just a couple things I kind of want to bring up to speed. Is the fact that you saw that we had about a minute and a half to shoot all of the details. And that is not a stretch of my exaggeration. It is literally what we had. But I felt like I was able to approach it with confidence in retrospect. In the moment I felt like oh my god. Oh my god. I think I'm gonna die right now. But I think in retrospect what I can say is I know how I shoot it. I get a wide vertical. I get a tight vertical. I get a wide horizontal. I get a tight horizontal. I shoot it halfway down the aisle and I shoot it up towards the front of the aisle. I was able to get the individual details up at the alter. And I was able to get programs along the way. That was all I was able to do, but thankfully that was all that was there for us to shoot. So in that respect boom. We got it done. we nailed what we knew we should nail. Was it uncomfortable asking people to move? Absolutely. Did it make me feel like everybody was staring at me and I hate that kind of feeling? Absolutely. But I took what I had and I had to make it work because I had no other option. And there wasn't anybody behind me being like hey you should be doing this or hey you should be doing that. It was like hey. What time is it? Oh my god guests are being seated right now. And as we were running out guests we're actually being seated. Another thing that kind of was presented was outside of it being extraordinarily bright and having really harsh shadows, we had I think there's a total of six different video teams here today. Some for press. Some for the Knot. Some for Cake Wars, a show on cable. There was a lot going on. So instead of me trying to crop everything out of the background, I simply let it be. Because this is the wedding. It is an absolutely tech intensive, video intensive, and lifestyle intensive wedding. So I'm not going to be concerned with all of the other elements that were going on in the background. Lastly I did understand that there were gonna be harsh shadows across the bride's and groom's face. But I did the best I could. And I made sure that I had at least a few frames where the bride was looking out so that she was illuminated. The groom was looking out so that he was illuminated. And they weren't falling in each others shadows. I also made sure that I got an aisle shot down the center with the sun on their faces. Both illuminated the same way so I can meter for it. I got the sky. I got the hills. I got the vineyard. And then I got their guests in the photo. As far as that is concerned, as long as I have these kind of key elements. Them looking at each other, an overall view, a tight view, exchanging of the rings, and a kiss. Which we all got. I will feel okay with it. Will the entire gallery look exactly how I want it to be? Probably not. But will I get enough to curate the story both from an editorial perspective, both from the slideshow, and both from a blog perspective which turns into marketing? The answer is yes. So for that I hold my solace. Do I think I could do a better job? Yeah. I do. But I was doing the best I could given what I was given. And with that I'll say I'm doing okay.

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