This was a fun wedding at Hangar 30 at Magnuson. It was a mid December wedding where we had to work quickly as it was both a cold rainy day and also the fact that the sun goes down at around 4:30pm in December. Nicole really wanted to share a letter with Drew before their first site so that I could see both of them, but they couldn't see each other so we opened the bay doors and had Drew wait for Nicole. I love this idea as it adds to the anticipation of the moment so much!
Nicole then came around and they had a beautiful emotional moment for their first site and we started taking pictures. We stayed right inside the hangar using the available light coming in and then added the bridal party for some fun photos in the door of the hangar as well. Their entire bridal party was full of laughter and jokes and it made the mood very light and fun which helped with the cold ;)
By the time for ceremony, the sun was down and the ambient light in the hangar was low and romantic, mostly being lit by the wall of string lights they had up behind them which also separated the ceremony and reception sides! I set up two lights off of camera for the ceremony so that I could create dynamic images in such a dark space, and then used those same lights set up for family photos , toasts, cake and also dancing. Using lighting makes for more consistent images, well lit and dynamic while still letting everyone enjoy the wedding.
This wedding is a great example for you if you are having a winter or night time wedding or if your venue is dark by nature.
I come to every wedding with my lighting bag ready just in case what is naturally provided (lighting wise) won't cut it!