The beautiful wedding ceremony of Juuli and Juhana was held at the Suomenlinna Church, and the reception at Tenalji von Fersen. Juuli and Juhana are both musicians, so music and food had extra emphasis in their wedding. I’ve never been in a wedding with this many musical performances before.
With the music, the ceremony was twice as long as it usually is, and the reception had hours of beautiful and touching performances, with various band compositions playing the flute, violin, piano and cello. Ballet and opera singing was included as well.
From a photographer’s point of view, food usually isn’t a memorable part of the wedding since there’s not much time to focus on it. But I’ll have to comment that the wedding meal by restaurant Juuri was extraordinarily good.
For photographers: this was the first time I used a pair of Canon 5D Mark IIIs in a wedding. Many are asking if they’re notably different from the previous model, and I must say the difference is huge. Automatic focus and exposure are way ahead of the earlier 5D. I used to shoot with the manual (M) mode only, but now used the aperture (Av) mode and auto ISO throughout most of the wedding.
Because of the improved sensitivity of the body, I could shoot the entire wedding with just one zoom lens (24–70mm 2.8L), except for the ceremony where I also used the 135mm 2.0L. With the new camera I spent less time tweaking the settings and more time taking photos. I had no problem using ISO 12800 sensitivity, whereas with the older 5D I almost always stayed below ISO6400 when using a zoom lens.
The third major difference in the new 5D is the support for two memory cards. Actually, I’ve never had a card break on me, but anyway it’s a risk that I can now stop worrying about, as the photos are saved on two separate cards.