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The Covered Bridge – Chad & Rebecca Wedding

In September, I photographed the wedding of Chad & Rebecca. It was at Deer Run Golf Course located just south east of Chatham, Ontario. As I had never been there before, I ventured out there to take part of the wedding rehersal, which was 2 weeks before the event. I was then able to drive a golf cart out there, along with Chad & Rebecca and tour the course, getting familiar, and picking my favorite spots.

And let me share that the course is beautiful. Seriously, just amazing. Windsor doesn’t have anything like Deer Run in terms of variety and locations for photography. I fell in love with it immediately. But one of the spots I envisioned was the covered bridge.  On our trip out there during the rehearsal, I snapped a picture of the location on my cell phone. 
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 envisioned, Chat and Rebecca sitting on the side of the hill, looking out towards the water, and another using my sit down cuddle pose looking back at me.

 

But on the wedding day, we had a chaperone… the owner of the course rode with me (I forget her name…. so sorry!) So while I had a plan, my chaperone over rode me, and essentially told her where I was going to photograph. And that was ok. She definately knew her course. Fortunately, she did stop at the covered bridge where I was able to put my plan into fruition. But for whatever reason, I changed it just a bit, in that I had Chad and Rebecca walking along the hill with the bridge in the back ground.

Here is that image :

 

Chad & Rebecca @DeerRunGolfCourse by Mike Elford | The Windsor Wedding Photographer

I added a bit of sun flare to accentuate the light. It doesn’t look posed because in actuality, they are walking the edge. The only thing I asked was to drop the flowers and hold hands. I was careful to not include the wedding party located on the far right side. I think it’s a pretty great and frame-able image.  Of course, for those who love the back n white version, you can full fill your craving below:

Chad & Rebecca @DeerRunGolfCourse by Mike Elford | The Windsor Wedding Photographer
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 especially, the like the black n white version, as it is very contrasty, or grungy. I definately adds a variation that I think alot of people will love. And best of all, I love it when a plan comes together! That is the main reason why this image makes it onto my favorite images or moments from the 2016 wedding photography season.


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