As a wedding photographer, one of the things that I must know is what happens at a standard New York wedding reception. What traditions usually take place? What things are super important to make sure that I have on a timeline for this part of the wedding day?
While every wedding chooses which of these traditions to include - or not include - some of the most popular ones are:
At this New York wedding reception, the groom’s son had just finished giving a toast to his father and his new stepmother. When the young man was finished speaking, the groom’s father stood up and wrapped his arms around his grandson. It was a purely unscripted moment, and the emotion took my breath away. In the seventeen years that I have been shooting weddings, one thing that always makes me cry during these reception moments are when fathers of the bride or groom get emotional.
Had I not been waiting and anticipating these unfolding moment I might have missed it. Luckily my assistant is perfectly in tune with what I am doing during a wedding reception, and she was able to quickly swing her off-camera flash around in my direction. This light illuminated the face of the father of the groom and added a beautiful depth and direction to the photograph.
I promise that, if I am your wedding photographer, I will be prepared technically and emotionally to capture these fleeting moments as they occur!
Location: 1200 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19107.Keywords: New York City (207). 1/80; f/3.5; ISO 1000; 95.0 mm.