The Beautiful Bride Arrives By Car

MAY 2008 – A bride arrives for her wedding ceremony in a historic limousine in Zella-Mehlis, Germany. Photo © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Many photographers hate weddings. They claim that weddings “are all the same” and that they “cannot express themselves” as photographers. Consequently, they simply refuse to shoot weddings and look down on those who do.

I love weddings.

While there certainly is a common topic for all these events (a wedding), they are not at all “the same”. Rather, each wedding is absolutely unique. This uniqueness is due to the couple and their guests, their choice of time and location, and their dreams and ideas for one of the most important days in their lives. Combine all this, and you have a pretty unique setting. It only happens once, and when they hire me I feel honored to deliver the best because I know that it cannot be repeated. It is unique.

And yes, I feel that I can express myself very well within the confines of this topic. One of the many proof points is the image above. The car of the bride was a historic Mercedes Benz 300, and she arrived at the town hall where the ceremony would take place; her husband to be was already inside. I took several photos of her through the wind shield. The reflections of the window added a subtle second layer of veiling, and the gentle daylight illuminated her face nicely, capturing her excitement about what’s to come. It was 100% the right moment – 1/500 seconds that would never happen again.

I love this photo.

Capture Date & Time24-MAY-2008, 13:05
LocationZella-Mehlis, Germany
CameraCanon EOS-1D Mark II N
LensCanon EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM
Exposure1/500 sec at f/5.6
Digital Image Source FormatCanon Camera RAW (CR2)
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions2847 x 1898 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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