As creative and technical photographers, we love being presented with challenging lighting scenarios. For example, under certain conditions, outdoor night images can be especially tricky to pull off. However, if done right, the results are unique and stylish. If you love the nighttime look as much as we do, we suggest having an extra fifteen minutes or so in your timeline, so we can sneak you away for these special shots.
Below, you will find a selection of our favorite recent night wedding photos. We hope you find inspiration in them for your own nighttime wedding. Enjoy!
One of our favorite times of day, from a lighting perspective, is just after the sun sets. Around 20-45 minutes after the sun dips below the horizon, the sky creates a light show, especially along San Diego’s fine coastline.
Many venues have evening lights that emphasize their architecture, such as the Fairmont Grand Del Mar, below.
The image below was captured with the shutter open extra long, which created a sunburst effect from the market lights.
For a fun and unique evening photo location, you can’t beat Rodeo Drive, in the middle of the street :) To achieve this look, we lit Kelly and Julio from behind, allowing them to be the highlight of the photo.
Here, we flooded a corner of the ballroom with light from our flash, while also capturing the flickering lights from the city below.
Sometimes, wedding ceremonies take place at night, which creates an intimate and tranquil atmosphere.
Many venues have archways made entirely out of vines and plants. During the day, they are beautiful in their own way. At night, the lights inside the foliage create a perfect environment for portraits.
In the photo below, our flash added an extra highlight to the veil. This created more dramatic contrast between the couple, the veil, and the lights on the architecture behind them.
Purple sky photos are only possible at night, such as this one with the Hotel Del in the background.
Let’s not forget the farewell portrait at the end of the night, like the one below, where sparklers helped to create a vibrant and timeless image.
For more striking and dramatic nighttime wedding photos, please click here.