Melissa and Bernard’s Wedding with the Sony Alpha System

Classic Photo of Bride waiting in her wedding car

I love this image. The wedding car reminded me of a beautiful carriage. (Sony Alpha 900 with 85mm F1.4 ZA)

Over the many years I have been shooting weddings I have been blessed with being trusted by most of the larger camera manufacturers to test their cameras and lenses in actual wedding day situations. In the past I have tested out both of Nikon’s monster 200mm f2.0G and 200-400 F4G lenses, a full Canon5D Mk3 system, Fuji Films Xpro1, the Olympus E1, and for this wedding the Sony Alpha 900. One thing is for sure, it does not matter which system you settle on for your photography as they are all good. Each has its strengths and quirks. There is no best system.

As I was reviewing the photos of Melissa and Bernard’s wedding I realised the Sony Alpha system is very capable. This is largely due to the Alpha systems long and illustrious pedigree, as they were once known as Minolta. Minolta (later known as “Konica Minolta”) was once one of the giants in the Japanese camera industry. They had the first modern autofocus SLR in the market as well as one of the most advanced multi-flash systems. Sony aspired to enter the DSLR business and Minolta was ripe for a take over, so here we are. The A900 has a mostly intuitive control layout due in no small part to its older film camera legacy.  The lenses I used on the A900 for this wedding were the 24mm F2.0 ZA  and the 85mm F1.4 ZA. I usually shoot with two cameras so it was easy to stick with these two primes for the Sony A900, while my Nikon D3 was used with f2.8 zooms. Other cameras used were the 5Dmk2 and 1D Mk4. There was a certain something about how the Sony A900 images came out that I really liked. Can’t quite put my finger on what it was though.

Regarding the wedding: The couple, Melissa and Bernard, had planned the wedding ceremony to be held at St Johns Cathedral in central Kuala Lumpur. Bernard and his family are from Florida so it was a major trip for his family to come all the way out for the wedding, and typical Malaysian hospitality greeted them. Many of the weddings we cover are early in the morning (making for a very long day!) however the wedding ceremony was scheduled for the afternoon, starting at 4:00pm. This alters the lighting in the church as well and it gave quite a different look.

After the wedding ceremony we all went to the Royal Chulan Hotel which is situated in the centre of Kuala Lumpur. The wedding banquet was held in the main ballroom and was a relaxed and intimate dinner. The photos below speak volumes.

Bridal Preparations at the Royal Chulan Hotel

Melissa’s Bridal preparations at the Royal Chulan Hotel

Lovely gown detail Bridal Preparations at the Royal Chulan Hotel

Lovely gown detail (Sony Alpha 900 with 85mm F1.4 ZA)

Lovely bridal gown and necklace detail at the Royal Chulan Hotel

Melissa’s necklace complemented her wedding gown (Sony Alpha 900 with 85mm F1.4 ZA)

Pretty flowers make a nice hood ornament on the wedding car at St Johns Cathedral

Pretty flowers make a nice hood ornament on the wedding car as it waits outside St Johns Cathedral (Sony Alpha 900 with 85mm F1.4 ZA)

Classic wedding car outside St Johns Cathedral

The wedding car was a classic! (Sony Alpha 900 with 85mm F1.4 ZA)

Brides maid at St Johns Cathedral Wedding Photographer Malaysia

The grooms sister was one of the brides maids (Sony Alpha 900 with 85mm F1.4 ZA)

Brides entrance to her wedding at St Johns Cathedral Kuala Lumpur

Melissa’s final walk as a single woman (Sony Alpha 900 with 85mm F1.4 ZA)

Groomsmen in St Johns Cathedral Wedding

The boys anxiously wait

Flower girl St Johns Cathedral Wedding

The very pretty flower girl

Wedding ring close up photo in St Johns Cathedral

A close up of the wedding rings

St Johns Cathedral wedding ceremony

St Johns Cathedral wedding ceremony (Sony Alpha 900 with 85mm F1.4 ZA)

St Johns Cathedral Wedding Grooms Parents

The grooms family coping with the heat prretty well

St Johns Cathedral Wedding Kiss

The wedding kiss. I like the assistants expression.

View of the St Johns Cathedral interior from the left side

View of the St Johns Cathedral interior from the left side

View of the St Johns Cathedral interior from the right side

View of the St Johns Cathedral interior from the right side

St Johns Cathedral Happy Bride and groom

Bernard and Melissa prepare to leave the church (Sony Alpha 900 with 85mm F1.4 ZA)

St Johns Cathedral Happy Bride and groom

The happy bride and groom (Sony Alpha 900 with 85mm F1.4 ZA)

St Johns Cathedral Happy Bride and groom Wedding Recessional

We’re married! (Sony Alpha 900 with 85mm F1.4 ZA)

Wedding Portrait at the Royal Chulan Sony Alpha 900 with 85mm F1.4 ZA

Wedding Portraits were taken at the Royal Chulan Hotel (Sony Alpha 900 with 85mm F1.4 ZA)

Bride and Groom entrance to the wedding banquet at the Royal Chulan Kuala Lumpur

Bernard and Melissa’s grand entrance to their wedding banquet at the Royal Chulan dinner

Bride and Groom at the Royal Chulan Wedding Banquet Kuala Lumpur

Bernard and Melissa were so happy that evening.

Bride and Groom exchanging loving looks at the Royal Chulan Wedding Banquet Kuala Lumpur

The loving look says it all.

Royal Chulan Wedding Banquet Kuala Lumpur

A special daddy-daughter moment

Cake Cutting Royal Chulan Wedding Banquet Photographer

Melissa and Bernard cut their wedding cake

bride and grooms speech Royal Chulan Wedding Banquet

Bernard delivers his speech.

bride and grooms first dance Royal Chulan Wedding Banquet

The bride and grooms first dance

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