Princeton Chapel Wedding

It was such a lovely day photographing one of my best friends from college – Katherine – and her fiancé Shelby! They had a classic Princeton Chapel wedding on campus at Princeton University, where they met in undergrad. The ceremony took place in the university’s chapel, a gorgeous gothic cathedral that teleports you to the Middle Ages. It’s a must-see for anyone visiting campus – read all about its fascinating history!

The wedding reception was held at Prospect House, an historic landmark very close to the Chapel. Many presidents of Princeton University (including Woodrow Wilson!) lived at Prospect House during their terms. Behind the house is Prospect Garden, a public walk featuring the most beautiful landscaping on campus. The dining room overlooks the garden, which was a spectacular view at sunset.

I’ve photographed campus hundreds of times, but the change of season always spices up the scenery. (For example, take a look at this fall wedding and see how the colors are much more autumnal.) A Princeton Chapel wedding in July is generally very hot and humid, but the blooming flowers provided a beautiful backdrop.

Wedding Photography Gear

I upgraded my gear from DSLR to mirrorless shortly before this wedding. I shot the event on the Canon R6 and absolutely loved it. It was nerve-wracking to capture such an important event on a brand new camera, but it all went very smoothly. I used my 50mm 1.2 lens (like always) with an R-mount adapter. It’s so fun to use the touchscreen on the back and the built-in Wifi. The Canon app connects to the camera, which means I can adjust settings on my phone as well.

I traveled for three weeks at the end of the summer to cover two weddings back east. Next up: the Cleveland wedding in Pittsburgh! I have extended family there, so it was a no-brainer to travel all the way out to Pennsylvania.

Princeton chapel wedding ceremony
Shelby Braynard and Katherine Trout after their Chapel ceremony in front of Nassau Hall.

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