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Gardens of Cranesbury View Wedding | An Adventure in Light


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Day Weddings: An Adventure in Light


The sun was high, the crowd was warm and the stage was set for these two former high school classmates to make the ultimate promise. For Stephen Watson and Amber Frey, the carefully manicured lawns of the Gardens of Cranesbury View  located in New Braufels between Austin and San Antonio, served as the perfect backdrop for a day of laughter, love and creating a new family. Marrying under the facility’s European-style gazebo, the couple along with friends, family and a wedding party clad in bright blue battled the Texas heat to celebrate a new beginning.


The Watson wedding was beautiful…from the mermaid-cut gown the bride wore all the way down to the stunning double diamond band that sat upon on her finger. That makes my job much easier. Regardless of how elegant a wedding is, the challenge to shooting a day wedding is light. There’s just too much of it. One way to overcome that problem is to place the bridal party anywhere that there’s shadow. While a wedding photographer can bring in extra lights to counterbalance weddings that are too dark, it’s oftentimes difficult to compensate for an environment that’s too bright.


So how did we get good photos even with the direct sunlight? We focused on scouting photo locations where shadows could play to our advantage. In Austin, particularly in the hill country surrounding Austin, trees and greenery make that easy. We also did a thorough indoor shoot of the bridesmaids and groomsmen getting ready ahead of time and we made sure that all of our outdoor shots used a very high shutter speed to compensate for the sun’s direct glare. The reason it worked is because we scouted the venue in advance, so we were well aware of the challenges and advantages of that location and we weren’t shocked when we arrived for the wedding day.


For the Watson wedding, planning in advance worked to everyone’s benefit.

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