I’m off to a wedding soon, as a guest. It’s the first wedding I’ve been to for ages, but I used to go to lots; as the photographer. As a wedding photographer I spent plenty of time with the bride and groom, but also tried to capture the details that made the day unique. One detail was the celebration champagne they chose!
Drinking champagne has various stages. The first is the delicious anticipation as the row of chilled bottles is set up next to the elegant fluted glasses. Off-camera flash gave nice crisp highlights.
The second stage is the Pop! as the cork is released, (no screw top bottles here), and the wine is poured into the glasses releasing the aroma of vanilla and yeast and biscuits. The characteristic bubbles form with a fizzing sound. The trick is to get the timing right so the glass is full enough, with good bubbles, but not overfull. Off-camera flash again.
The toasts are made. The first sip is cool and refreshing, with the bubbles dancing on your tongue. The chilled wine then causes condensation to form on the outside of the wine glass. If it’s left in there long enough… I used a long lens and a wide aperture to isolate the glass against the background.
Finally, after much celebration, the empty bottles are set aside. In this case, carefully, on a stone at Avebury Stone Circle in Wiltshire. As with the previous image I used a long focal length lens and wide aperture to give a nice out-of-focus background
I was often offered champagne at the weddings I photographed, but was not able to accept because I was working. Sadly, I won’t be enjoying any champagne at the forthcoming wedding, because I am the designated driver. Well perhaps a tiny sip…
* Other sparkling wines are available.