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Cassidy Drury is a Kansas City based Luxury Wedding Photographer specializing in documentary and timeless work. She is an expert in her industry and available for travel.

Currently booking 2024 and 2025 weddings

Shining Bright on Your Wedding Day: Masterful Lighting Tips

Hello, lovebirds! As you prepare to embark on the epic journey of wedded bliss, let's shed some light on the wonderful world of wedding illumination. Lighting isn't just about making sure no one trips over their own feet during the first dance; it's about setting the stage for a magical celebration. So, here are some illuminating tips that will make your big day truly sparkle:

1. Natural Light – Mother Nature's Best Filter:

First things first, find a venue that's like a natural light magnet. Big windows, open spaces, and outdoor settings can flood your day with the kind of light that even Instagram filters envy. And don't forget, outdoor ceremonies during the golden hour (that's just before sunset) are like nature's way of saying, "You're welcome."

2. Evening Elegance with a Side of Twinkle:

For those late-night shindigs, embrace the power of candlelight, fairy lights, and lanterns. Your wedding should look like a romance novel cover, after all. String lights, lanterns, and candles can turn any space into a whimsical wonderland.

3. Chandeliers – Because Every Venue Needs a Crown:

Indoor receptions can go from ordinary to extraordinary with the addition of chandeliers. Crystal-dripping or vintage charm, they're like the tiara for your reception hall. Plus, they'll make your photos look so fancy, you'll consider printing them on currency.

4. Uplighting – Walls That Pop with Color:

Up for some venue transformation? Uplighting can turn your walls into masterpieces. They're like the Instagram filters for your venue. You can choose colors that match your theme and voilà, you've got your own personal color scheme.

5. Spotlight on Love – You're the Stars, Darling:

There are moments during your wedding that are practically Hollywood material – your first dance, heartfelt speeches, and more. So, why not have a spotlight on you? You're the stars of this show, and it's time to shine.

6. Candlelit Romance – Cue the Swoons:

Who can resist the romance of candles? No one, that's who. Whether you scatter them in candelabras, line the tables with votives, or float them in vases of water, candles are like the mood-setters of your dreams.

7. Custom Lighting Palette – Let's Get Artsy:

Your wedding's like your canvas, and lighting is your brush. Create a masterpiece by choosing lighting that complements your color scheme and theme. Think of it as a giant, real-life mood board.

8. Timing Is Everything – Chase the Light:

Plan key moments during the golden hours of natural light. Trust us; it'll make your photos look like they're straight out of a fairy tale. And who doesn't want a fairy tale wedding?

9. Lighting Pros – The Magicians of Illumination:

Lighting pros are like the fairy godmothers of your wedding day. They know all the tricks to create the perfect ambiance. Working with them means your venue will look like it's straight out of a glossy magazine spread.

So, there you have it, dear couples! With the right lighting, your wedding day will be an absolute masterpiece. Your guests will be asking for your autographs instead of cake. Here's to a day filled with love, laughter, and lighting that'll make your hearts sing!


Hello, I'm Cassidy, the creative eye behind the lens. My journey as a wedding photographer is fueled by a profound love for watching stories come to life through the art of imagery. Every wedding I capture is a unique tale of love, emotion, and connection, and it's my privilege to translate these moments into timeless photographs. With each click of the shutter, I aim to narrate the beautiful, unfolding stories of couples on their special day. Join me on this visual journey, and together, we'll explore the magic of love and storytelling through the lens.

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