Processional at this Toronto Botanical Garden wedding was the most intense part of the day. Because the bride was running late, the groom and the guests were becoming anxious. Still, all is well when it ends well. The bride made it on time for her wedding ceremony, and everything went smoothly.
This stunning album spread is a perfect representation of a processional at Toronto Botanical Garden. In the foreground, on the left side of the frame, we can see the groom looking towards his bride who is walking down the aisle. In the middle ground, the guests are captured standing. Some of them are applauding, others are taking pictures, while the rest of them are looking towards the bride in awe. Towards the right side of the frame, we see the bride walking down the aisle escorted by her father. They are captured in mid-stride, which gives this photo a sense of motion.
I vividly remember taking this picture. There were three videographers and two photographers "fighting" for a good angle at the end of the aisle. Despite that, this is a striking image. It was captured with a Canon 16 to 35 mm lens mounted on a 5D Mark III camera. The wide angle lens creates a distortion and accentuates the diagonal lines. As a result, it looks like all the flower pots delimiting the aisle create leading lines towards the bride. The composition is impeccable. The groom on the one hand, and the bride and her father, on the other hand, are placed according to the rule of thirds. That creates symmetry and gives this picture of ballast visual weight. The most powerful photography technique in the shot is the multitude of virtual leading lines created by the guests looking at the bride. As human beings, we are programmed to check out the subject that everybody is admiring. While this reaction was beyond my control, as a wedding photographer, I learned to capture the moment when the bride walks down the aisle to create timeless photos.
Location: 777 Lawrence Ave E, North York, ON M3C 1P2.