Susan Stripling Photography
Hotel DuPont Wedding PhotographerI am always fascinated by the history of the wedding venues that I photograph at. The Hotel duPont in Wilmington, Delaware is a venue with an extra-interesting story. Located right in the center of the beautiful Brandywine Valley, the Hotel duPont has been a Wilmington treasure since it opened in 1913. I’ve shot several weddings there and have enjoyed each one! At this 2013 wedding, the bride and groom allotted extra time to leave the duPont property and go to the gorgeous Gibraltar Gardens for portraits. I am absolutely in LOVE with Gibraltar. Formerly the Hugh Rodney Sharp Mansion, this now-crumbling mansion is part of the National History of Historic Places. The home is not open to the public but the Marian Coffin gardens are, and this is where the bride and groom chose for their wedding day portrait session. This image was captured in the limo right as we arrived at Gibraltar. I knew that when the door opened a shaft of light would burst into the limo and I wanted to be ready. I crouched on the floor of the vehicle and was prepared with the right lens, the right settings, and the right composition to create a compelling photograph. I especially adore the reflection of the bride and groom in the ceiling of the limo. Best of all is the natural, sweet interaction between the bride and groom.
Location: 42 W 11th St, Wilmington, DE 19801.Keywords: Hotel DuPont (18), Wilmington (18). 1/200; f/4.0; ISO 500; 24.0 mm.