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Why I love photographing winter weddings


Cotswolds wedding photographer on how to make the most of your winter wedding

I love a winter wedding - which may surprise you as my photography is naturally very light filled . However I think this is exactly WHY I love a winter wedding so much. Here are the main reasons why and some of my top tips for getting the most out of a winter wedding

The light is soft all day

You don't get that tricky very harsh midday light that you can get on a scorching summers day. In that situation I am constantly looking for nice open shade to prevent getting lots of harsh shadows and contrast on people's faces, in winter this isn't a problem

Cotswolds wedding photographer on how to make the most of your winter wedding
Cotswolds wedding photographer on how to make the most of your winter wedding

Sunset is so much earlier

You'll have heard photographers talk about 'the golden hour' - well in winter that happens at around 3 or 4pm and lasts for longer which means that we can get lots of photos in stunning light in the middle of the wedding instead of it happening in the middle of the night!

Cotswolds wedding photographer at Trudder Lodge Ireland for destination wedding with bride in Grace loves graces dress
Bride at Groom kiss at Hampstead Heath overlooked by deer

Light is more interesting

In winter the light is so interesting and you can play with light and shadows. I'll be looking for beautiful window light in your venue, long corridors with beautiful pockets of light, bursts of sun through bare branches - these can all create beautifully interesting images

Bride with a stunning veil looks out of the window at Homme House
Elegant bride and groom in London Wedding

The party kicks off early!

For some reason in this country people tend not to really let their hair down and put on their dancing shoes until it is dark. In winter when this generally happens by 5pm it means the party really gets going nice and early which means lots of time for me to capture the most fun images of the day - throwing some shapes on the dancefloor and necking jaegerbombs

Bride and groom kiss under confetti during first dance by Cotswolds wedding photographer
Cotswolds wedding photographer how to make the most of winter weddings

How to make the most of your Winter wedding for photos

Choose the right venue

With a winter wedding it is likely that the majority of photos will be indoors so make sure that you choose a venue with a beautiful interior and also lots of different areas to make the most of. Somewhere that we can take group photos if we can't go outside and that is aware from the cocktail area. Beautiful locations to sneek off for photos of the 2 of you - beautiful corridors,

Laid back wedding at Brixton East London wedding venue
Laid back wedding at Brixton East London wedding venue
Intimate wedding at Bristol Town Hall by Gloucestershire wedding photographer

Think about light sources

Although the light in winter is beautiful there is naturally less of it so think about choosing venues that either have lots of windows, light interiors or lots of options for interesting light sources such as windows, corridors, doors, candles, lamps etc.

Elegant wedding at The Gherkin London full of candles and flowers
Boho wedding at River Cottage by with natural herbs and homemade sloe gin
Desination wedding photographer at boho marquee wedding filled with candles and foliage at Trudder Lodge Dublin

Dress appropriately

If you are having a winter wedding embrace it! Think about beautiful sheepskin rugs, a gorgeous coat or shrug to wear, long sleeves, make sure that if it is dry and we want to venture outside for photos we can without you getting too cold

Grace Loves Grace dress for a Trudder Lodge boho wedding
Cotswolds wedding photographer explains how to make the most of your winter wedding

Timings

Remember it gets dark much earlier in winter so make sure you have plenty of time in the light. Plan to have your ceremony, drinks reception and photos while it is still light otherwise time for photos will be severely restricted

Gloucestershire wedding photographer at The Square club Bristol for a laid back intimate wedding full of candles and flowers
Bride and groom kiss after ceremony at laid back wedding at Hilles House Stroud by Cotswolds wedding photographer
Bride laughing at laid back wedding at Hilles House Stroud by Cotswolds wedding photographer

Make the most of the winter season

Accentuate those winter elements. Think about having sparklers for the evening. A hot chocolate station. Fire pits. Rows of candles. Really embrace the winter, there are so many beautiful elements from it that can really enhance your wedding.

Destination wedding photographer at an elegant marquee wedding full of foliage and candles at Trudder Lodget Dublin
Glocuestershire wedding photographer at The Square Club Bristol for a laid back wedding full of candles and flowers
Gloucestershire wedding photographer at The Square Club Bristol for a laid back wedding full of candles and flowers
The Gherkin London wedding photographer winter wedding elegant cake
Winter wedding Cotswolds wedding photographer hot chocolate dessert
Winter wedding sparklers Cotswolds wedding photographer
Gloucestershire wedding photographer winter wedding cocktails
Cotswolds wedding photographer winter wedding yurt


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