Although January is here and the Christmas season is over, we still have several months of winter to come and I thought some comments on winter weddings might be helpful.
Part of my job as a wedding photographer is to pick up on the things that make each wedding unique, and showing the day in the context of the season is one of the ways of achieving this. When I think of winter weddings I’m not just thinking about Christmas trees and snow; winter colours here in the Lake District can be spectacular and bare trees make a fantastic, dramatic background to a photograph. And then there are the fake furs, the candles, the roaring fires – loads of things to capture in photographs.
There are a couple of things worth giving thought to if you’re planning a winter wedding: One of the most important things for any bride to be is her dress. Of course you want to look stunning, but it’s no good wearing the most beautiful dress in the world if your lips are blue with cold and your teeth are chattering! If you’re cold you’ll be tense and this will show in your photographs. There are designs available that keep you comfortable and warm but still look gorgeous in photographs: dresses with sleeves, (think the Duchess of Cambridge), a bolero that covers the shoulders or a faux fur wrap.
If you want photographs down by the lake or with the Fells in the background, bring wedding wellies – they’ll make a fun photograph and save your dress and shoes from the mud. I’ve even photographed a bride in wedding dress and walking boots – but that may be a step too far for some! As a photographer I spend a lot of time thinking about light. Light is vital for outdoor and location shots and during the winter the days are much shorter. In mid winter the light can be gone by mid afternoon, and although I can use flash (and often do) the natural light shots have to be planned around the available daylight. Remember too that if it’s really cold outside your guests may not want to stand around outdoors. Although I am ninja-fast on the group shots, it’s always helpful if your venue has an attractive interior so that we can do the group shots inside if necessary.
I love photographing winter weddings. There are challenges for sure, but a winter-themed wedding can produce some lush and memorable photographs!