I love shooting weddings at Stanford Memorial Church or MemChu as it’s often referred to by the Alumni. The church is situated on the campus of Stanford University.
MemChu is a spectacular church with vivid colors and amazing natural light. This venue offers a lot for a photographer to work with. I have shot over a dozen weddings here in my career and each and everyone came out brilliant.
Below are images from a recent wedding I shot at the Stanford Memorial Church. Enjoy!
Below, the wedding guests anxiously await the start of the wedding ceremony.
Below, a shot that’s in my regular repertoire, the low angle.
The bride and groom were enjoy the choir, who they all knew. Of interest, the groom is a musician and one of the FEW people allowed to play the pipe organ.
I am on the preferred vendor list for the Stanford Memorial Church. The church is very particular with respect to what photographers they allow to film here. Photographers who have not filmed here before will be required to sign a document that illustrates their understanding of the rules…and they are strict.
When I shoot a wedding ceremony at MemChu, I stick with natural light and long lenses, so that I can get close up shots like the one below, without crossing the line. If you cross the line, the officiant will stop the ceremony and chastise you.
The newlyweds sign their marriage license.
After the ceremony, the photographer is allowed 20 to 30 minutes for formal portraits on the altar. I am now able to use flash photographer as desired.
I always enjoy photographing the bride solo on the altar. I know it’s an old school pose, but I enjoy it nonetheless.
For the guys, I try and loosen things up a bit. That is, after I have already shot the standard, formal pose.
Contacting Stanford Memorial Church:
If you are a graduate of Stanford University and would like to have your wedding ceremony at the Stanford Memorial Church [MemChu], please contact Melissa Prestinario, Wedding Coordinator for Memorial Church – Stanford University. 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305 MC: 2090 – T 650-723-9531 – F 650-724-9225 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert Valdes Photo~Cinema wishes to thank Melissa for recommending us to Brides and Grooms of Stanford Memorial Church.
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