Every bride and groom want metaphorical fireworks to go off during their matrimonial event. They want the entire world to celebrate them exchanging their wedding vows and for the air to burst with celebration. That is certainly a feel that we like to give a lot of the wedding and engagement photos that we create for clients in Washington, DC, and Northern Germany. But actual fireworks in wedding photos is something that happens relatively rarely, in our experience.
Every once in a while, though, a pair of newlyweds is lucky enough to have fireworks literally explode above them as they tie the knot. As wedding and engagement photographers serving both Northern Germany and the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, we love it when future spouses are able to incorporate these into their nuptials, and not only because they are so visually striking and look great when captured on film. As was mentioned above, fireworks convey perfectly the celebratory atmosphere at a wedding and put a great exclamation point on a wedding day. The bride, the groom, their bridesmaids, their groomsmen, their families and all their other wedding guests have come to celebrate love and the commitment the two spouses-to-be are making to one another, and fireworks exploding in the sky above a couple who has just tied the knot is a perfect way to highlight the magical and special nature of what they have done.
From the point of view of their wedding photography, it does not even matter whether the fireworks were actually intended to celebrate the newlyweds! In the case of this particular image, the newly married husband and wife posed for their couples portraits while watching a fireworks show during their wedding reception at Schlossküche Herrenhausen, a lovely restaurant and event venue attached to Hannover’s famous Herrenhäuser Gärten. The latter is a sprawling green space in the middle of the city of Hannover and one of the city’s principal attractions. It comprises four lovely urban parks that were created during the Kingdom of Hannover. The centerpiece of the complex is the Great Garden, a magnificent, 125-acre, ornately designed park filled with perfectly manicured lawns, privacy-affording hedges, peaceful walkways and beautiful statues laid out in a visually pleasing geometric pattern. We have had the pleasure of photographing several weddings and engagements there (and have even had a couples portrait session done there when we renewed our own wedding vows!), and we always look forward to the next opportunity to take pictures of fiancés and newlyweds at Herrenhäuser Gärten.
The fireworks show featured in this particular photograph was part of an international fireworks competition hosted by Herrenhäuser Gärten in the summers. Every other Saturday during the warmest part of the year, a different country puts on a fireworks display high above the Great Garden accompanied by classical music. It is a great event for tourists and Hannover residents alike, and an even better backdrop for epic wedding portraiture.
We knew that Italy was scheduled to put on a fireworks show on the particular Saturday when these newlyweds got married, so we already had a couples portrait session using the fireworks mapped out in our minds. When the toasts portion of their wedding reception ended and the wedding guests came outside onto Schlossküche Herrenhausen’s back patio to watch the show, we brought the new husband and wife over to a beautiful metal door that led from the patio to an interesting room tiled artistically with hundreds of little mirrors and ultimately to the Great Garden. We set up a light behind them to illuminate the door and silhouette them in the final image. Then, once the fireworks got nice and high in the sky, we took some unforgettable pictures of the newlyweds embracing.