Derek & Zlata’s Olympic Hills Golf Club Wedding
On Saturday, June 17th, Joannie & I had the pleasure of being the wedding photographers for Derek & Zlata for their beautiful outdoor Olympic Hills Golf Club wedding.
As is always the case, especially with an outdoor wedding ceremony, we all were watching the weather forecast very closely in the days leading up to the wedding day. Earlier in the week it didn’t look very promising as thunderstorms were predicted. As we got closer to the big day the chance of rain kept getting backed up one hour at a time. The night before, the weatherman said the rain wouldn’t start until early evening on Saturday. For a change, they were actually correct!
The weather for the ceremony, photographs afterwards and the social hour was perfect. As soon as dinner was served (indoors), the sky’s opened up and it rained off and on for the rest of the night!
Our day began with photos of Zlata and the girls getting ready at a nearby hotel. Joannie & I then headed over to Olympic Hills to get images of the ballroom, outdoor ceremony area and Derek & the boys getting ready too.
A short time later, Zlata and the girls arrived and it was time for their beautiful Olympic Hills Golf Club wedding ceremony!
At the conclusion of the wedding ceremony, Joannie & I got to work creating family and wedding party photographs along with several fun images of the newlyweds around that pretty pond at Olympic Hills.
We finished up with the wedding photos just in time to head inside for their Grand March followed by a wonderful wedding reception that included a great dinner and dance.
As I mentioned earlier, the rain came down pretty heavy at times during dinner and then became more off and on the rest of the evening. As our wedding photography coverage was coming to a close, the rain let up enough for us to try a light painting outside by that pretty pond that Derek and Zlata were married at just a few hours earlier.
I went outside to see if we could pull something like this off, rain wise. While it was still lightly sprinkling, I thought that we could do it if we could keep the camera dry. We approached Derek & Zlata about the idea while everyone was dancing and having fun at their reception, and they said they were willing to give it a try. So I ran to the car to get an umbrella and began to set up the image.
Once we had the tripod and all of the lighting gear set up, we got the “King and Queen” to join us by the pond. After we had the image we needed of the two of them, they left us to return to the dance and we got to work light painting the scene.
So picture this: I’m walking around in the dark, in, under, and around all of the dripping tree branches and bushes in a light rain with one of our high powered WITSTROMoLightAD360II-C’s lighting different areas around the pond. Each time I got in a new spot, I called out to Joannie when I needed her to trigger the camera. It was probably pretty funny to witness our little private “lightning storm” by the pond if you were crazy enough to watch in the rain!
The resulting image just blew me away when I returned to the studio and started looking at their wedding images! The base image for the light paining (below), a 20 second exposure, had all of this amazing color in it once I got it into Photoshop. Where in the world did all that color in the sky come from? You couldn’t see it while you were standing there. I don’t know, and I don’t care because we have it!
Here’s after image of this stunning wedding photography light painting!
I’ve created a short little video of the whole light painting that you can check out as well as our usual wedding day highlights that we always love to do for our couples.
Derek and Zlata, thank you so much for th honor pf being your wedding photographers for your Olympic Hills Golf Club wedding! We can’t wait to create your beautiful wedding album with you. – M&J