Pro wedding photographer Christian Oth has seen a lot of weddings. As principal photographer and founder of the New York-based Christian Oth Studio, he and his team capture every moment of the wedding day with crystal-clear focus.
Though posed photos are among the most classic of wedding-day images, Oth loves the emotion behind a perfectly-caught candid moment. He joined us, along with Carats and Cake, for a Twitter chat and an Instagram takeover on our account to show the eight best unplanned wedding-day moments. Here, his wisdom on what makes for a good candid photo:
1. When the bride makes the dress
Oscar de la Renta understood that it was the bride who made the dress beautiful. The key to photographing that is making sure she is completely comfortable and framing her with an equally beautiful background.
2. When you all laugh at the perfect moment
The recipe for the perfect bridesmaids photo: a stunning backdrop, gorgeous coordinated gowns, and an enchanting group of friends!
Photo: Sue Kessler for Christian Oth Studio
3. When you can feel the pre-ceremony excitement
There is a beautiful glow every bride has on her wedding day. This timeless moment was captured just before the bride's ceremony.
4. When you are "literally" just married
One of the best post-ceremony moments ever. You can't stage the joy behind a moment like this, just make sure you're there to catch it!
5. When you have an entourage for the day
The mix of southern charm and Spanish-styled architecture at the Sea Island Resort in Georgia created an elegant, romantic tone.
6. When you have the rest of your life to kiss like this
The romance of the setting sun, the majesty of the mountains, and the frill of her Vera Wang gown all set a spectacular mood for this perfect kiss.
7. When you embrace tradition
The care and total love this bride and groom have for each other is so palpable. This beautiful wedding took place at the Greenbrier.
Photo: Andrew Kelly for Christian Oth Studio
8. When the night ends and you realize it's just the beginning
The last shot of the night at a wedding at Alder Manor. Although this was the end of their wedding day, it marked the start of their new journey together.