A Bridal Session at Belle Vue by Wilmington Chris Lang Photography - Wilmington NC Wedding Photography
One of those rainy days and had Ray came through at Belle Vue last minute to open up his event venue for us to photograph Emily's bridal portraits. Belle Vue is a charming event space in the Historic Wilmington Downtown. Highly recommend checking it out if you are having a small event or even better if you are a bride looking for a place to get ready the Belle Vue is set up perfectly for that.
The perfect ingredients for a magazine style bridal portrait session.Not to over use a word but what other word do you use when you see her in her dress in the backdrops of Airlie Gardens. Connor looked amazing in her stunning wedding dress. This made for a perfect combination of bride, dress, and location. Finally, after a busy season, I get to share a few photos of her Bridal Session
Airlie Gardens - A Candy Jar of Beautiful Backdrops
Airlie Gardens is certainly on my top of the list if not thee top for photographing bridal portraits. Airlie Gardens is located just a few minutes from Wrightsville Beach in Wilmington NC. This lush garden provides stunning backdrops no matter the season. I am a huge fan of photographing bridal sessions outdoors. When you have huge canvas like Airlie Gardens to work with as your background it becomes more difficult to limit your locations inside the garden rather than trying to find locations that might work as 2 hours session fly by. Airlie Gardens is a candy jar of incredible backdrops.
Airlie Gardens Bridal Photography
If you are looking for a perfect location to have your wedding, or to photograph your bridal portraits, Airlie Gardens weddings may be the place for you. I just loved how this session with Connor came out and to be honest, she made my job easy creating these bridal portraits. Even though locations influence the photography and style, for me, it is the bride, her personality and her dress that make the bridal photography come alive. If I had my way I think every bride should shave a bridal session.
For bridal photography I like to create on different cameras and use different brands such as canon, fuji and sony cameras in my current work flow. They all have their own personalities and characteristics. For me, it really comes down to the lenses. For bridal sessions I get to use one of my all time favorites. The legendary Canon 200 f2. This is a lens that really has no other comparison in regards to the compression and style. This is the one lens I can shoot wide-open with no hesitation in losing detail or have issues of softness. Truly is a master piece lens that separates itself apart in style.
The above pictures were made on the deck overlooking the pond by the River Landing covered bridge.
River Landing Covered Bridge
The above series of pictures were made at the River Landing Covered Bridge . One of my favorite places for sure on a wedding day. Such a classic presentation and backdrop for any wedding.
The day we photographed Christina's bridal session it was raining so for more than half the time were were photographing inside the River Landing club house or under cover areas. The above photos were made in the front of the clubhouse under the front door awning. To create the impression of a bright beautiful day I used a canon 200 f2 telephoto lens to blow out the background and used a small bush behind Christina to create a natural garden style feel and look. Using this lens allows me to do things that most other lenses cannot as you can seen in the pictures above. One would not think that there was a parking lot behind her. Due to weather at this point in the session, we did not know if we were going to have a chance to make it outside to the River Landing brick bridge or the waterfall on 18. One of the 3 above bridal pictures was Christina's selection for the bridal portrait.
There is always opportunity to create and when photographing outside. When the outside is your studio for the day you get what you get and create with the light you have to make great pictures. There is alway opportunity to create. It is a mindset to seek opportunity in any conditions rather than let the conditions impact creativity. If you are looking for River landing wedding photographers be sure to find someone who can be creative in any condition and variations of light.
River Landing Bridal Session by Chris Lang Photography
River Landing is one of my all time favorite for weddings and receptions. There are endless options for making amazing wedding photos. This also applies for bridal sessions. Alex wanted to make here bridal portrait at River Landing so we had the opportunity to go out and take her bridal photography around the grounds to create a few different looks for her Bridal Portraits. First let me start by saying if you are getting married, you have to check out River Landing Weddings.
For more info contact the staff at River Landing and set up a tour of the facility. They are great to work with and after viewing the facility I think you will be amazed at what this wedding venue has to offer.
Airlie Gardens Bridal Photography | Chris Lang Photography | Wilmington NC Wedding Photographer
Bridal Photography Session with Courtney at Airlie Gardens
I was really looking forward to the bridal session with Courney at Airlies Gardens where she was having her wedding. First was that Courtney was awesome work with and fun to be around. Second was I know I got to control the time with no wedding schedule. This means lots of time and no pressure to be anywhere in 2 minutes. For every bride who is now married you know what I mean.
Airlie Gardens weddings are amazing but when you have just the bride in this amazing garden wedding venue for a few hours it to create must have bridal photos in the garden it is a real treat. There are so many locations to photograph in Airlie that you have to pick and choose as the creative backdrops are endless in my mind. Of course on of the most iconic pictures to have made is the Pergola at Airlie Gardens.
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If you are considering a bridal session I would highly recommend one as it really is a great time to create outside the wedding day where everything can be about a blur. The is why every bride should have a bridal session in my creative opinion.
Bridal Session at The Arboretum in Wilmington NC | Bridal Picture Ideas
Bridal Session with Lana | Wilmington NC Wedding Photographer | Chris Lang Photography
One of the great things about bridal photography as a creative profession is I get create a multiple style portfolio for brides. With no wedding schedule rushing us, we get to take the time to have fun and relax and create some awesome bridal portraits.
Had a great time with Lana creating a mixture of styles and looks. The first picture I had the concept of alice in wonderland look and feel so I concentrated on lighting the sunflowers with a strobe directly behind Lana pointing upwards and then another strobe on light stand at top left with grid to control the spread and maintain the detail in her awesome wedding dress.
All we started with on this bridal session was Lana and her dress. No bouquet no theme or concept. That what I love about my job it you get to make it up as you go. If you are looking for a Wilmington NC Bridal Photographer to create something with a signature look and style, drop me a line and let me show you how awesome you look in your wedding dress.
Vanessa & Seth had their wedding and reception at the Bellamy Mansion in Wilmington NC. I could not have had a better time with such two awesome people. You will see what I mean when you watch their highlight reel. They had the best first dance I have had the pleasure to photograph and video. Spoiler alert it is at the end of the video as an outtake.
Not only Were Seth & Vanessa a blast work with, they had such a cool how we met story. He are a few words from Venessa:
"Seth and I met like a scene in a romantic comedy! I was sitting at my gate at Wilmington International Airport at 6:30 am, reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Seth came and sat a few chairs diagonally across from me. From this moment on, I was only faking to read! Haha, I could not concentrate, as we kept staring awkwardly at each other making eye contact here and there. As we boarded the plane, Seth got in line behind me. My heart was racing with butterflies. I sat down in my seat on the plane and turned to see Seth standing there as he said, "I think that's my seat..." pointing to the window seat, with a smile on his face. I responded, "No it's not!" and we both laughed. In a two seater row, there we were, just the two of us... and we talked the entire flight! We hit it off so seamlessly and discovered that we only lived a few miles apart from each other! At the end of the flight, Seth asked for my number and the rest is history! :) "
OK so now it's time for some video. I filmed the highlight reel for their wedding as a supplement to a full video production wedding. The highlight reel is short film that mirrors the photography process and is intended to be just a snapshot only of the wedding day though short video clips. This was one instance I had video rolling for the the first dance. I did not know Vanessa & Seth were going to break out into such a awesome first dance. Like every first dance it started out traditional and then to the guests surprise, Vanessa & Seth broke out into some pretty sweet moves.
I could not have had any more fun at their wedding. Such an awesome fun couple. On a funny note, The next day I dropped my Mom and Brother off at the airport as they were flying back to San Diego. About an hour later I got a text from Vanessa. "We are sitting behind your Mom and Brother on the plane. Small world... well Wilmington is probably the smallest airport in the world.
If you are looking for a wedding venue in the Wilmington Area, take a look at Bellamy Mansion. Bellamy Mansion Weddings are a lot of fun to photograph and working within the area provides such a classic backdrop for wedding photography.
Airlie Gardens Bridal Session | by Chris Lang Photography | Wilmington NC Wedding Photographer
Airlie Gardens Tops The List for Stunning Bridal Photography - By Chris Lang Photography, Wilmington NC Wedding Photographer. Airlie Gardens, well known for it's Airlie Garden Weddings, is not only the perfect place for weddings, but also tops my list for places to photograph bridal sessions. Airlie Gardens provides such iconic visuals for brides wanting garden ambiance for their bridal pictures. Lena was not getting married at Airlie but loved the location and backdrop. Although we missed the Tulips and Azalea blooms, we found a field of yellow flowers that provided a spring time feel for her bridal pictures.
Shooting with a pair of Canon 1dx's and a Canon 5d MarkIII, I used a limited selection of lenses to include: Sigma 50 1.4 Art (I actually use this lens over my Canon 50 1.2 L lens) Canon 24-70 2.8L Canon 14 2.8 L Canon 200 2.0 L Eighty percent of this session was photographed with one of the 1DX's and the 200 f 2.0L. This is a strong statement, but there may be no finer portrait lens in the world than the Canon 200 f 2.0L. Due to the size, this lens does not come out often as it is a beast to tug around during a wedding. I use the Canon 200L F2.0 primarily for bridal portraits and occasionally engagement sessions. I have owned this lens for 5 years and do not use it enough. I am reminded of this every time I download the pictures from a session. The cannon 200 f2.0 makes it all happen inside the camera. So does a $6000 lens make that much of a difference? To me, this lens can do things that no other lenss can. It creates an image that stands out on its own. Again, the only downside from a my perspective is it is big and not a tug around lens. Here are a few with the Canon 200 f 2.0 L glass.
Enough about lenses because this session was about Lena. She looked amazing in her dress and was absolutely fun to work with and photograph. You can see from her expressions that she was at ease and having fun a lot fun also. This is what every bride should expect and experience during their bridal session. It is as much about the experience of creating the pictures as it is about getting your pictures. Bridals, as I have said before, are one of my favorite photography sessions for so many reasons. You can read more about why I think every bride should get a bridal session on my website. The best part was receiving Lena's email after she first looked at the gallery. Here is a an excerpt "Chris…I am blown away. The color, background everything is so perfect. These are a dream come true." This for me is why I love creating. It is what makes my profession so rewarding. It's not just about making great pictures, it is about making people excited about their pictures. If you have any questions about Bridal Photography, give me a ring or drop an email. Would look forward to creating a bridal portfolio for you. If you would like to see more Airlie Gardens Wedding Photography just click the link. Cheers Chris
Courtney looked amazing in her dress. We had the perfect backdrop of River Landing to create her bridal portfolio. As with any session, you can try your best to plan around great light and weather but ultimately you are at the whim of nature. Our session was under very dark storm clouds. One of the great things about shooting and creating different photography styles, is that you don't have to be pin-holed into any one style. The thing is I like so many styles, that it is often hard for even me to choose a favorite version of a single picture. There are so many factors that go into creating. From the light to the texture, to the colors, to the style, and most important, the personality of the people you are photographing. With every bridal session, I give my brides a variation of styles even producing different versions some of the same picture. One thing is for sure... no two bridal sessions are the same. Here are just a few from Courtnei's bridal.
Photographing Bridals on a cloudy or off & on rainy day. How to deal with the flats (flat light). The first set in this series I created a softer pastel style to work with the light that we had for the day. It was cloudy with darker grey clouds that produces a very flat light. While you can never predict what kind of light you will have on a session, or a wedding day, you always have to be creative and flexible with what you have. I think you can get amazing pictures regardless of light, but it will for sure impact some style and color. Since the light was flat, I created a flat style to bring out the light. I also want to bring a better balance and warmth to offset the grey's with a few different techniques of color cross processing. Below is a picture with a flat process and the natural color that we were working with.
River Landing is also unique in that is offers several locations to have your wedding and reception. The most popular is the River Landing Clubhouse. The clubhouse is impressive and that is coming from someone who has been in some of the most iconic clubhouses.
Another very cool place that River Landing boasts is The River Lodge at River Landing. The River Lodge provides another unique experience for someone looking for a more rustic and outdoor feel for their wedding or reception. The River Lodge is nestled along the river in a wooded area of the golf course and provides a very private feel.
Are you looking for your wedding venue in Wilmington or Eastern NC? I often get asked from brides planning their destination weddings about wedding venues in our area. So I started putting together a list of some popular wedding venues and great places for wedding and engagement photography. This is also a great way to see some of my photography of real weddings in some of Wilmington’s popular wedding venues. These are just a few and this list will grow over time so feel free to check back often or even share the page as wedding ideas on your facebook or Pinterest page.
St. Thomas Preservation Hall may be the perfect place for your wedding and reception in the Downtown Wilmington area. Check out our St. Thomas Preservation Hall Photographers images to see the wedding venue.
Fort Fisher is about as unique a backdrop there is for coastal North Carolina. Perfect for both wedding and engagement photography. See our Fort Fisher Wedding & Engagement photographers images to get an idea of this beautiful area of Eastern North Carolina.
The Southport Community Center puts you in the heart of Southport if you are looking for a venue in the area. With scenic backdrops of the Inter coastal waterway the Southport Community Building has rich history and host to some popular movies.
Brooklyn Arts Center is a premier Wedding and Reception venue located in the Downtown Wilmington Area. View our Brooklyn Arts Center Wedding Photographers images and see why this is one of the more popular wedding venues.
Bellamy Mansion is a “Southern Classic” wedding and reception venue. Located in the Downtown Wilmington area this Mansion can do it all. View our Bellamy Mansion Wedding Photographers images and see why this Mansion might be the perfect place for your wedding.
128 South is another popular wedding and reception venue Wedding and Reception venue located in the Downtown Wilmington Area. View our 128 South Wedding Photographers images to see this staple Wilmington venue.
The City Club is another Downtown Wilmington Wedding and Reception venue that can offer several accommodations from a bridal party getting ready lounge to smaller weddings and receptions. View our City Club Wedding Photographers images to see this one of a kind venue.
The Country Club of Landfall is another great clubhouse wedding and reception venue. Located in the gated community of Landfall, this wedding venue can host both your wedding and reception. View our Country Club of Landfall Wedding Photographers images to see this exquisite country club.
Wrightsville Beach offers a wide range of wedding options from the beach to hotel accommodations. Wrightsville Beach is also located close to Wilmington for easy travel to any other reception venue including Downtown Wilmington.
For something really unique, check out the Battleship NC might be that special place to have either for both your wedding and reception. With incredible views of the Cape Fear River and Historic Downtown Wilmington as part of your wedding day back drop.
The Wilmington Hilton Riverside is perfectly located in Downtown Wilmington on the River Front. A very popular place for both wedding and reception. It has all the the facilities to be an all inclusive wedding venue and host to any of your out of town wedding guests.
Brunswick Town - Fort Anderson in Winnabow NC, is a great outdoor wedding and reception option. The historic burned down church on the grounds makes for a unique open air wedding ceremony. The landscape with the oak trees and view of the Cape Fear River make this possibly a perfect option for you wedding.
The River Room in Downtown Wilmington North Carolina sits along the Cape Fear River. Capable of providing an outside wedding on the river deck and hosting your reception inside the River Room make this wedding venue a downtown gem.
Wrightsville Manor in Wilmington North Carolina is just minutes from Wrightsville Beach. Wrightsville Manor is capable of providing an outside wedding with Southern charm and hosting your reception inside the Wrightsville Manor. The grounds provide a lush and private feel and the inside is both beautiful for both a wedding and or reception.
Bluewater grill in Wrightsville Beach North Carolina is located on the intercostal waterway. Bluewater Grill is capable of providing space for both weddings and wedding receptions. One of the highlights of Bluewater Grill is the amazing views of the marina and intercostal waterway. It provides one of the best sunset opportunities over the intercostal waterway.
Marker 137 is located on the intercostal waterway behind Masonbqoro Island. This wedding outdoor wedding venue has amazing views and scenery to include majestic Southern Oak trees. Marker 137 is capable of providing space for both weddings and wedding receptions that makes for a great all in one wedding venue.