Usually my clients book me to cover their complete wedding day. As wedding ceremonies in Switzerland tend to be around noon, this means that I will start photographing early in the morning with the bride getting ready and leave after midnight when the party has started and the craziness has conquered the dance floor. So my shooting time can easily extend to around 16 to 18 hours, without any noteworthy break. This is not only exhausting for your body, but also for your mind as you have to stay concentrated and focused for so many hours.
It’s rather rare that a bride doesn’t want me to photograph her getting ready for the wedding day. Emily asked me to refrain from these images as she was too nervous she said. Of course I fully respected her wish and stayed away. Later as she was waiting under the shade of an umbrella for everyone being ready for her entrance, I watched her narrowly. I noticed how it seemed difficult for her to breath. When she was walking down the aisle with her father a couple of minutes later not only the white, soft carpet on the lawn made it difficult for her to walk, but also her weak knees. Her father did a good job in supporting her with his firm arm and it’s great to see the joy in their faces on this wonderful late summer day at the Gstaad Palace.
By Hochzeitsfotograf Daniel Zihlmann