This wedding day photograph of an Air Force officer groom and his bride was captured during a warm January day at Pasadena City Hall.
The balloons featured in this photograph were actually not brought by the bride and groom but rather they were being held by a nearby couple. I suggested to the groom that he go and ask the couple if he could borrow the balloons. Although that might appear to be presumptuous by any person on any other day, it is been my experience that on a wedding day, a couple can ask for just about anything and get it. It's like your birthday, but better. As we were very rushed for time I only had a few seconds to compose this photograph.
In particular, when I was creating this composition, I was trying to showcase the interesting architecture of Pasadena City Hall, in particular the interesting curved roof of the rotunda. The heart-shaped balloons were just a bonus. As additional consideration, I love how the height disparity between the bride and groom is emphasized both by the angle and by the balloons being held by the groom. When I captured this photograph, I wasn't entirely sure that I would like it. If I've been given more time, I would have probably directed the couple in such a way as to elicit laughter or a crazy expression. That being said, this photograph turned out to be the favorite single photograph for the couple from their wedding.
Pasadena City Hall is located in Pasadena, California. Phone: (626) 744-4000. Website: http://www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/.
Location: 100 N Garfield Ave, Pasadena, CA 91109.