Old world elegance and Renaissance era feel combine with the near prostrate body language to offer a depth and resonance of feeling not offered by many images in this contest. It's simply one of the most beautiful images submitted for this contest.
My technical concerns over the quality of this image are outweighed by the moment of the kiss juxtaposed against the seemingly stark institutional atmosphere of a courthouse wedding. The compositional elements of the image are successful. The washed-out high-key treatment is not.
The bride and father (assumed) are almost perfectly placed against the bright light emitting from outside the doorway. A slightly tighter crop might have helped as all of the bottom foreground seems unnecessary.
I like how the photographer caught this moment and no one else (at the wedding) sees it. The flower girl and the ring bearer are having their own chat during the wedding and they aren't the center of attention.
There were many pictures similar to this one, which stood out because all the faces, not just the bride and groom, are reacting to the moment.
Love the happy faces in the foreground and the background with the petals blurring by without covering anyone.
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