I get to photograph in some amazing places, this Cinnamon Hill wedding is surely one I will remember for a long time. The history that surrounds this “Great House” in Jamaica is long and fascinating. However, nowadays when you visit the property, you will instantly recognize that you are in the home of Johnny Cash.
As soon as you enter the house you can see photos of country music legend Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter-Cash they adorn the furniture alongside images of family and many celebrity friends. The house also appropriately contains many musical references and items, some generalized and others specific to their careers such as platinum discs and awards.
Given the opportunity to photograph a wedding at Johnny Cash’s house, I choose to incorporate a few subtle elements that acknowledge where we are without being too obvious, as that would be inappropriate. After all, I am photographing a young couple and not doing a shoot for Johhny Cash. even though it is tempting!
My goal is to capture the atmosphere and intimacy of this fabulous location. I
On completing photos of the wedding accessories, I catch up with the groom and get some shots of him as he finishes getting ready. The outside natural light level has dropped due to heavy clouds. I decide to use some window light to light my subject. However, the room is very dark so I use a Profoto B1 with a White Large Umbrella and diffuser to increase the ambient light levels to allow the background to become better exposed in the images.
I use exactly the same technique for the bride. It works wonderfully as the bedroom is even darker than it is downstairs. With the couple eloping the preparations are quick and easy. I only need to photograph them so there is little fuss. We chat away and it helps them to stay calm as the silence can be a little uncomfortable. We have fun and enjoy what we are doing!
The wedding ceremony takes place in the garden off the end of the house. The groom and local priest are waiting patiently. The bride descends from upstairs and glides down the steps into the garden. The groom is smiling infectiously in excitement, the ceremony is short but very touching and contains some very memorable humorous moments.
After the ceremony, it starts to spot with rain so we quickly take some photos in the gardens. We don’t need to go far as they are a beautiful couple and the location provides ample scope for interesting photos.
With the photos done, it is time for them to have a romantic evening together. They have a private dining table set up on the terrace in front of the home. The table has flowers and candles and a photo of Johnny Cash beaming from ear to ear. I want to leave them for a quiet evening so we cut the cake before they sit down to enjoy their special evening.