November 11, 2020

Nostalgic Intimate Dinner Cruise Wedding on 35mm film

Sebastian + Daniela were referred to me by a local film developing lab, on the hunt for a 35mm photographer to capture their intimate dinner elopement in a more informal/photojournalistic style. This was especially fun because they are film shooters themselves!

Their wedding was to be intimate, to abide by the covid guidelines, but was to include a small circle of their closest relatives and friends. The evening was dark, cold, and among the rainiest, but inside the boat was cozy and warm, and family was hard at work lighting candles and setting the scene for their arrival. Everything was sweet, simple, and filled with love.

The boat itself had a nostalgic feel, as someone who grew up in Seattle, it reminded me very much of how the city felt in the 90s, and the boat was docked just down the way from the Sleepless in Seattle houseboat. I suppose this led to me feeling immediately struck with how much their evening reminded me of Parent Trap, the famous scene in which Dennis Quaid and Natasha Richardson are married on a dinner cruise.

Their ceremony was short and sweet, they were allowed to remove masks for the ceremony only if they were outside of the main cabin. This made the lighting tricky since it was such a dark night, but the underexposed black and white photos of their ceremony ended up being among the most beautiful, so as usual film has a funny way of surprising you when you least expect it to work out.