Light Painting at a Backyard Wedding

Light Painting at a Backyard Wedding

Next up, we’ve got an interesting story about creating a cool light painting at a backyard wedding. This is the very unique light painting we created for Jordan and Dannah at their pretty wedding on October 3rd.

This wasn’t the first time that we’ve light painted a “live” bar during a wedding reception. But it was probably the most challenging to pull off. There was so much going on at and around the bar that even I’m surprised at just how cool this one turned out.

The set-up photo, before light painting the scene, of a bride and groom at the homemade bar that her dad built for their wedding.

The set-up shot. Not the easiest to pull off, but we did!

Raising The Bar

The bar was quite a surprise for Jordan and Dannah! They asked Dannah’s dad, Dan, to build a bar for their wedding since he’s in the building trade. Our newlyweds weren’t expecting much but didn’t want the traditional cart bar that you can rent.

Jordan and Dana told me that they should have known her dad doesn’t like to go “little”, he always goes above and beyond. Dan made the entire thing from scratch, including the actual bar. Most of the wood is repurposed from an old cabin. He even put wheels under it, so it can be moved.

One day this past summer, they were going over to the house and it wasn’t finished yet. They didn’t want to spoil seeing it the first time so Dannah told her mom to just put a blanket over it to hide it. Mom laughed and said a blanket won’t cover it! They were expecting a simple little rectangular bar, but to their surprise, he built an actual bar on wheels!

Bride, or Traffic Cop?

Jordan and Dannah really wanted their light painting to be of the bar that her dad had built. When I explained that we would have to vacate the bar for at least a few minutes. Dannah basically moved everyone out!

I only needed a few minutes to light paint the bar area and then we opened her back up for business. I know we might have made some people unhappy for a few minutes, but the end result was worth it (that’s easy for me to say now).

A pretty light painting at a backyard wedding. The bride and groom toasting under a full moon.

The newlyweds enjoy a toast at the homemade bar that dad built for them.

The Movie

As I always do, I’ve got “the build” video of Jordan and Dannah’s light painting at their backyard wedding on our YouTube Channel. It’s only about a minute long, but it shows the images we took and the parts that we used to create their one-of-a-kind light painted wedding photograph. Take a minute to see the magic (if you can, try to watch it in 1080p)!

Thank you for reading our post and have a great one! – M&J

“Light Painting at a Backyard Wedding” – © 2020 Michael Anderson Photography.

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