The wedding ceremonies take place outside, the engaged couple have a view of Prague right in front of them, so it brings a really interesting experience. But what will photographers be interested in? From the point of cardinal directions, bride and groom are facing the open south-east side. Trees grow behind them, so if you do not meet sharp sunlight, it is a very good orientation towards the good light.
Of course, it is worse to take pictures from the other side, if you want to take a picture of the ceremony behind the couple’s back. You probably don’t need many of such photos, but it is certain that you will definitely want at least one such photo, because you want photo with panorama of Prague. Without such a photo, the best that the place has to offer would be completely ignored. Personally, when shooting from behind, I carefully use the flash to illuminate the shadows of people, while not overexposing the Prague skyline. (In the same way, I used the flash before the start of the wedding ceremony when photographing floral details on the wedding gate, which are of course also oriented towards the wedding guests, so you must photograph them in backlight.)
I photographed the wedding groups in natural light, with their back towards the green trees, facing people to the light (towards Prague). I write this because I know that a lot of people could succumb to the temptation to take pictures in the backlight, so that Prague is in the background of the photos. If you prefer nice Prague to ugly lit people, this is also the solution. Personally, however, I don’t think it would be a happy decision for many wedding groups.
Many things follow the direction of light. Personally, I was even such a bully that I let the newlyweds walk through the crowd twice after the wedding ceremony: for the first time, they left the wedding gate towards the shadows, so they were in an unfavorable light that would not please the photographer. But then I asked them for the second pass in the opposite direction. If nothing else, all people enjoyed blowing the bubbles, the newlyweds laughed more, and I was happier – because I took nicer photos for the groom and the bride.
In case of bad weather, wedding ceremonies are of course held in the villa.
Photographing the wedding day in Villa Richter
Where to take pictures of the bride and groom? I have already mentioned above that nice wedding portraits can be conveniently created right inside the Richter’s villa. However, you can comfortably take photos outside in the area of St. Wenceslas Vineyard or leave / go to nearby interesting places:
Prague Castle area (castle courtyards and St. Vitus Cathedral)
gardens under Prague Castle
Cihelna Park (Vltava bank occupied by swans, Charles Bridge in the background)
One problem can be a lot of people in all these places, especially tourists. Maybe Letenske sady is an only exception, because people are more distracted on a large area, so there it is more or less calm place for the photo shoot. There is a well-known view from the Hanava Pavilion, where the Prague bridges over the Vltava are well visible.
Be careful about Cihelna Park, I don’t completely recommend it for a wedding photos. If you just want to run there during the wedding day, then pay particular attention to where you drag your wedding dress and what you step on. Swans and other birds presented here do not think at all about the purity of wedding dresses… :-)
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So what do you think about wedding in Villa Richter and weddings in the center of Prague? Do you like it, or would you rather prefer a farm outside the city? Have you ever been to a wedding day or restaurant in Villa Richter? Did you enjoy the wine from the St. Wenceslas Vineyard? Don’t be shy to write it in a comment ;-)