I am really hoping to do this monthly but we got crushed with so many weddings it is hard to find time. But I have to and I do enjoy showing before and afters since it is what separates me from the competition. The competition who charges at least twice as much and does so little post production. Now only a few photos may get this treatment and it is dependent on the situation and after talking with the couple.
So for this image I wanted a more dreamlike feel. She was going up the stairs for the firstlook and told her to turn quickly. So it was not an elaborate set up shot. First thing I did in post was light the candles. Then replace the modern building with a dramatic sky. Remove that pipe thing. I added some fog ground layer. Then added some texture to the building for age. Then some color adjustment to the overall image.
Regular photos were pretty good too.