A Beautiful Wedding at St. Mary Cathedral

Last Saturday I was in St. Mary Cathedral to photograph a wedding for the first time there. I have seen photos of the church before, but I had never stepped into it before the weekend started. From square one I was blown away by the church. There is so much beauty in this church that at first you do not know where to start. One place that I started on the wedding day though was setting up a remote up in the balcony. I wanted a wide shot showing the beauty of the church during the wedding. Once again my Canon 60D came out of retirement to be that remote. I placed my Tamron 10-24mm lens on the camera to get the view that you see above. I toyed with the idea of placing the Canon 8-15mm lens on the camera for a slightly wider view, but I decided to keep it at 10mm. I wanted a lot of the church in the view, but I didn’t want the people to be ants. Here I think that it worked very well for me. I was able to show a lot of the church with the bride and groom being a fairly good size. This is a church that I would like to photograph with some time on my hands one day. To be able to go through the church and photograph it as it sits empty would be great. It is really a great setting for a wedding.

Photographing a Catholic Wedding

Growing up Catholic I had my share of moments where the priest gave me a look when I was not exactly paying attention during a mass. One thing that I always want to do is to make sure that my quest for the shot does not interfere with the service at all. At St. Mary’s they keep a tight reign on what you can do. I really did my best during the mass not to move around too much. Each move was planned to keep the movements to a minimum. In a church this beautiful though you have to try and showcase each part of it. This was my second straight weekend photographing a Catholic mass, and it was a little easier after going through the mass the week before. Each wedding is different though, and you have to adapt to the new situation.

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About Pinola Photo

I am a sports and lifestyle photographer based in West Lafayette, IN home of Purdue University. I cover sports for Big Ten teams as well as other colleges. You can follow me on twitter @pinolaphoto. You can also view my website at www.davewegielphoto.net

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