Sara and Jay’s were married at The Wrigley Mansion in Phoenix, Arizona. The mansion is an old, eclectic building with hallways and doors that lead you around in circles. Each room is a unique place to shoot. Which meant we had a number of choices for photographing the dress. But this room ended up winning. I loved the portraits hanging on either side and the texture of the translucent drapes. Generally, I dislike the plastic hangers that come with the dress, but in this case, I was happy with the hanger because the white helped to set it apart from the wood valance. I would like to know though, why it is that a bride can spend thousands of dollars on a dress and the dress shop only gives her a lame plastic hanger? That is ridiculous. They know the dress will be photographed before it goes on, and yet, they give her a white plastic hanger that, in most cases, takes away from the photograph. I carry a hanger around with me to make up for this oversight, but in this case, the plastic hanger worked in the photo, so I didn’t use my wooden one.
We were on our way up the stair case (where I am shooting from) and I saw this little archway and the light coming down the staircase. So we had to use it because the light was perfect.
The bride’s room at the Wrigley Mansion is full of soft feminine colors. The paintings, wall papers and drapes are perfect for a slightly desaturated photograph. I love the layers in this photograph. Sara looks fantastic in it, the veil is coming into the shot, the painting is framing Sara nicely, the left side of the frame, though vacant, is held together by a bride’s maid’s shoulder and hair. I just enjoy looking at this one.
This is one of those doorways in the Wrigley Mansion that leads through a series of rooms and hallways that make you feel like you are in a game of Clue. And, it was a perfect spot for a portrait. It is not often that you find this much wall without it being interrupted by frames, drapes, light switches, etc. So I used every inch of vacant wall. Just to the right and left are elements that would spoil the shot. It is all about the Bride. No other distractions are allowed.
This little ring bearer was quite a show. Here he comes down the long stairway, which serves as the beginning of the isle at the Wrigley Mansion. But he caught sight of the cameras and all the people watching him.
So he literally walked the rest of the distance, down the stairs and down the isle with the ring pillow in front of his face to avoid the paparazzi.
The entire way! He was not interested in the publicity! Everyone was laughing. You couldn’t have planned that kind of entertainment. I think that is why we have little children walk down the isle at weddings, in hopes that we get some comic entertainment.
Because the mansion is on a mountain, there few flat spots. Lots of stairs and hills. But there are also a lot of trees, and because it is on it’s own knoll, you can find great shade somewhere at any point of the day. I am always photographing, regardless of what is going on. Whenever the bride and groom are walking, I am snapping a shot here and there and always looking for little moments like this one. A small glance, a smile, something. I was happy to find this one.
I am particularly fond of this shot. My wife saw it and said, “fantastic lines!” Yep! That’s what I was thinking when I was shooting this series. This is one of those images that has to be seen at the camera. It doesn’t appear from the contact sheet as a happy accident. You have to see the lines and square up to them, otherwise they just fall apart in the frame and while you may get an ok shot out of it, you won’t get those “fantastic lines.” The frame dictates the effectiveness of the lines.
The Wrigley Mansion’s entry way is full of visuals. It is a rotunda with a staircase or a balcony completely surrounding the room. You could shoot this room again and again and get something different every time.
I loved the graphic quality of this image with half of the frame in complete white and the other half in an textured white with a few darker elements and lines. And then, of course, the main event, the kiss, happens in the corner of the frame making it more dramatic and full of energy as it battles with the convergence of the bottom and right hand edges.
Photography by Jared Platt, Platt Photography
Wedding Venue: The Wrigley Mansion, Phoenix, Arizona