Nikki’s Wedding Dress


If this is Daniel reading this…

Stop. Reading. Now.

Everyone else, come see Nikki’s final wedding dress fitting! The story follows the images.

Nikki has graciously allowed me to post these images of her and her bridesmaids at her final wedding dress fitting. However her wedding isn’t for a few months yet, which is why I have that warning to her fiance, Daniel, not to read this blog post. Nikki has assured me it’s safe, and that he has been warned not to look. Still, it doesn’t hurt to add my own warning.

I recently added optional coverage of the wedding dress fitting to my packages. I call this Prelude Coverage, and couples get the choice of having me document either the rehearsal/rehearsal dinner, or the dress fitting. This is the first dress fitting that I’ve actually been able to show on my blog.

This was tons of fun! Just like wedding rehearsals, there are little moments that are incredibly emotional, but would otherwise go unrecorded. For example, Nikki did a great job of keeping her cool and acting like it was no big deal…until about 2/3 of the way through the fitting. And then suddenly it hit her. “Oh my God I’m getting married!” she gasped. I was able to capture that moment, which you can see in the third image. Her bridesmaids got caught up in the excitement too. What a thrill as a photographer to be able to capture that.

Technical details: the black and white film was Ilford XP2, shot with my Olympus OM4 and 50mm f/1.4 lens. The color film was Kodak 500T (movie film), shot on my Nikon F5 and also a 50mm f/1.4 lens. The color film also used a strobe, which was bounced off the wall or ceiling, with a 1/2 CTO gel on it. Since 500T film is tungsten balanced, it works well indoors in low light. The gel on the strobe helped match the strobe’s ‘color temperature’ to the ambient light. And a big thanks to the Brothers Wright for sorting out the processing and scanning of the 500T film.

And while I’m thanking people, thanks to Camarillo Bridal for letting me shoot there.

Portrait and wedding photography for Ventura, Camarillo and beyond, by Matt Haines.

3 thoughts on “Nikki’s Wedding Dress

  1. Matt Haines, you’re an absolute genius! LOL! These images are SO special and lovely, thank you so much! I’m thrilled I was able to have that moment documented – it’s such a special experience that might otherwise easily disappear into the rest of “wedding planning chaos.”

    I’m so excited to be able to work with you on the upcoming wedding day, too! Your work is fantastic! 😀

  2. Thanks so much Nikki! Glad you like them. I’m very much looking forward to your and Daniel’s wedding. Coming soon! 🙂

  3. It was a good idea to document the final wedding dress fitting. I can already see the excitement on her face and some tensions as well. The dress is also beautiful and I love the details at the back. 🙂

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