Luminous Weddings photographer Bruna Rico shares David and Linda’s beautiful Love story as they adjust their wedding plans to a more intimate celebration at Berkeley Fieldhouse.

How did shooting the super fun engagement shoot contribute to your ability to get such a stunning wedding day album?

I’m so into photographing engagement sessions! You can get to know your couples a little more, learn what they like and dislike, feel their energy and obviously, having a great and fun time!

Because of that, on the day of the wedding, the couple trust you more and feel more comfortable in front of the camera!

How would you describe the wedding style of David and Linda’s wedding and how did you chose to capture it with that style in mind?

I knew they are a very nice and chill couple who loves each other! Their wedding was fun, they were surrounded by people who love them and wanted to celebrate their big day!

You created stunning wedding day portraits around the Berkeley Church. How did you prepare to best utilize the historic venue setting?

I’ve already shot at Berkeley Church, so I knew exactly what to bring with me for the portrait session. I like the upstairs for a more dramatic scene, playing with light and shadows!

What are some of the benefits of having a smaller  intimate wedding  from the perspective of a photographer ?

I just looove intimate weddings. It’s smaller, so the couples put more thought on it. The details are more curated, the conection between the couple is more intense, they don’t have all the stress of having huge weddings!

Looking back at your album what is your favourite photograph and what mede it stand out for you?

I love the photo of David and Linda’s silhouette at the church and also the photo where they are walking down the aisle soooo happy after get married!

For me is the perfect contrast between drama in one photo and happiness/bright in another!

How would you describe your style of portrait photography and what are some of the ways you create your best photographs?

My portraits are a mix of elegance and fun. I can bring the best features of my clients through posing and lighting them properly without them feeling “too posey”! Even when the photo looks candid, I still control how the photo is going to look like and make them feel natural and gorgeous!

What are any modifications Linda and David make to their wedding plans in the covid environment and how did you modify your approach accordingly ?

They had their wedding planned in another venue – for more than 100 guests. Covid came and they didn’t want to postpone their wedding, so they reduced the number of guests to what was allowed and changed the venue. We (Luminous Weddings) offered all the support to our couples to reschedule their weddings if they needed to, but Linda and David wanted to proceed with the day! The only difference for me was the mask I was wearing all day 🙂

There are many different aspects of a wedding photographers portfolio, from documenting the wedding styling to shooting editorial shots of the couple. What are some of your strengths and how do you continue to evolve your style?

I love doing a mix of both, I think it’s a good balance on a wedding day. I love shooting portraits and make my couples look like models in a magazine, but it’s their wedding day, a full day of emotions, and fun.

I pay attention to every situation and detail throughout the day and make sure I photograph all those moments so my clients and look back at the photos and not only see themselves gorgeous in their portraits, but also revives all the emotions and memories they had on the day of!

How did you get a balance of photographs that were specific to this time with masks and get more timeless photographs that were not entered around this specific environment?

All the couples and family portraits were shot without the mask because they were on the same “circle of friends and family”. I just shot one photo with both David and Linda wearing a mask just to register that moment!

 

What are some of the ways you communicate the joy and love in the wedding despite the extra distance and precaution that the present safety measures require ?

First of all, I was sanitizing my hands all the time and wearing mask all day! I never touch my clients (except when I need to fluff the dress or something like that!), so that didn’t change much. I think nothing changed in terms of communication with my couples, I just had to talk a little bit louder hahaha!

 

Hair and MUA: DMG Designz
Photographer: Luminous Weddings
DJ/MC: DJ Reg Sounds and DJ Mix Master (Mark Singh) @djregsounds @djmixmaster1
Planning: Natalie Escobar
Wedding dress: Watters
Suit: Indochino
Wedding cake: : Cakes by Emily
Day of assistant: @cestlavielifestyle