A RUSTIC Little Falls Wedding
The small town where you grew up can remind you of a lot things. It can be that place where you lost your self as a child, playing hide & seek with friends, or going strawberry picking with your grandparents. It is the place with all the firsts: where you first learned to drive, first kiss, first school dance. And so it was with the fond recollection of that small town that Gabrielle and Jordan chose to host their wedding in the place where she grew up - Pierz, MN - with the reception at The Falls Ballroom. Having grown up in central Minnesota myself, I recognized the vibe of this charming Little Falls wedding. There's the Main Street with the tall brick church, the ballroom where so many families go for Sunday chicken dinners. These little charming qualities of everyday life are familiar bonds that all of their guests have experienced. It's the place where so many moments have been shared between members of the whole town. That's the charm of a place like this, where everyone know everyone. As one of the many central MN wedding photographers, it was an honor to be part of the day when Gabrielle & Jordan got married surrounded by friends& family to celebrate their union.
I like the airy quality in the palette of the picture above. There's a simplicity that Ivalue in the photo, which I try to achieve in a lot of my images. Kodak Portra film handles skin tones wonderfully. You'll see this in a lot of the shots from this wedding. Also, I overexpose to create a more dense negative and a richer image , with more painterly tones.
Again, one of the good things about the image above it's simplicity. The expression is sincere and, since the flower girl was standing in the interior of the church right before the open doorway, the lighting was spot-on. A lot of times when capturing portraits that seem authentic and sincere it's about clicking at just the right time.
The small town of Pierz, MN has one of those glorious huge churches right on Main Street. You walk in and you smell the wood and the pews and the old books. Thanksfully there was enough natural light streaming through the windows so I could capture part of the ceremony on film. I also liked this photo of the bride waiting by the window before the ceremony. Window light is one of my favorite sources of light - always gentle and soft.