I just finished up a wedding shootout at Serra Plaza in San Juan Capistrano CA yesterday with over 30 photographers and several models. We had details to shoot in the form of sweets tables by Pegy Rizzuto and French buckets by Sussanna Davidson, vintage wedding dresses, tuxedos on the guys and a beautiful venue with awesome light to work with. The women had professional make up by Jeanette Pulecio and Lisa O’Conner with hairstyling by Diego Ortega which just look amazing. Our stylist who did a super job of mixing and matching all the various pieces with a cool cinematic feel was Hope Stanley.
Here is a collage of some of the wedding sweets and treats that we had available at Serra Plaza. And yes, they tasted as good as they looked !! Any wedding party would be pleased to have these goodies on the tables available for their munching.
For this shootout, we had several leaders covering such diverse topics as shooting in bad light (read as direct sun), shooting in shadows, making use of architecture as visual elements, posing and tricks to have the subject showing emotion.
It was a small group, about thirty or so and we spent the entire day at Serra Plaza upstairs, downstairs and in the courtyard making use of the wedding benches and the fountain.
The plaza has a very interesting organic Spanish feel to it with lots of passageways, arches, courtyard and earth tone colors. Even in the middle of the day, there is shade around and by the afternoon, the sunlight really turns to a warm yellow glow from bouncing off the earth toned walls and tile walkways.
There are other businesses in the plaza but they are down in the hallways and not part of the wedding area. There is plenty of parking around Serra Plaza and the entry points are controlled so to avoid crowds wandering through your wedding in the courtyard.
If you use Serra Plaza for your wedding, make sure your photographer knows about the overhead walkway in the afternoon. The sun comes through the openings and gives the passage way some of the best light for taking timeless images of a bride in a very warm and organic setting.