Susan Stripling Photography
Wedding Photography at the Roosevelt HotelHave you ever wondered where the wedding cake tradition began? In Ancient Rome they used to break bread over the head of the bride to ensure that the couple had good fortune in their married life. Then there was "bride’s pie", a pastry served at weddings which everyone was to eat lest they be considered impolite. Eventually this became a cake instead of a pie, often a fruit or plum cake as fruit was a sign of fertility. That turned into the typical wedding cake that we see today, though it originated as a simple pound cake first, not becoming a sugar cake until later as sugar was expensive and hard to obtain. While I have never seen bread broken over a bride’s head or a wedding pie, I have seen many, many gorgeous wedding cakes. This cake was at a 2013 wedding at the Roosevelt Hotel. I love how the decor on the cake mimics the art deco feel of the Hotel Roosevelt. I also love that this cake tasted just as good as it looked! I choose to shoot the cake with a long lens, the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8, for the compression of the cake off of the foreground and background. I also chose to take this photograph through the elements of the reception table, lending a warmth and visual interest to this image.
Location: 45 E 45th St, New York, NY 10017.Keywords: New York City (207), Roosevelt Hotel (12). 1/200; f/2.8; ISO 1600; 75.0 mm.