Photographer Melissa Cervantes was actually on her own honeymoon in Capri, an island off the coast of Italy, when she snapped this wedding portrait. The bride, Elizabeth, turns out to be a friend who also just so happened to be in Italy renewing her vows with her husband. “Elizabeth packed her own wedding dress, but we bought a flower crown that we felt reflected the feel of the island,” Cervantes recalls.
Toward the end of the day, the photographer and the couple stopped to take some portraits in a spot called Marina Grande. “I shot this in what I secretly call ‘weird light,'” Cervantes explains. “It’s not a very technical term, but it happens right after the magic hour as twilight settles in and the world gets faded, and there just isn’t enough light to continue shooting without flash.” Here, however, the sky turned a grey-blue and radiated golden tones from Cervantes’ subject. “I cranked up my ISO and just kept shooting, letting the wind and island work its magic.”
(Shot using a Nikon D5000 and 50mm f/1.4 lens.)