Winter Weddings – Top Tips for Perfect Photos

Winter can be a beautiful time of year to get married… the chance of snow, warm fireplaces, berry colours and winter wonderland décor can all make your day magical.  However, winter can also bring bad weather, dark days and cold conditions so there are a few factors you should take into consideration when photographing your special day…

1. Pick a venue with a great interior – your venue will be your starting point for booking your day. Venues with grounds for photos are greats, but remember your guests will be inside most of the day and if there is a blizzard outside, you are likely to have most of your photos indoors. A venue with features like a big staircase, fireplaces, big windows and plenty of space will give you variety in your photos.Balbirnie House Hotel Wedding Photography Fife Scotland Photographer Karen Jackson_0257Balbirnie House Hotel in Fife has a great staircase for indoor photos.

2. Choose your ceremony time wisely – daylight is limited in winter, the average UK ceremony time is 2pm, but it is almost dark at that time during winter time.  Often couples will opt for an earlier time in the hope that they can have some photos outside before it gets dark. This website gives sunset times for your town and different times of the year – www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/uk/london2This photo was taken at 2:25pm in December, just as the sun was starting to set on the bandstand at Magdalen Green, Dundee.

3. Pick a photographer with winter wedding photography experience – the dark conditions of winter are a big challenge for a wedding photographer, we have to create our own light in the photos. This can look amazing if it is used correctly… or terrible if not! Ask potential photographers to show you samples of their previous winter weddings, preferably from your chosen venue, throughout the whole day. A photographer may have a great portfolio of summer weddings taken in natural daylight but this doesn’t guarantee they have the capability to do your winter wedding justice.3

4. Dress for the weather -if you plan to go outside for photos or are travelling between venues, remember it will be freezing, especially in a sleeveless dress. Faux fur stoles or jackets for you and your bridesmaids always look good and will stop your skin turning blue! When you’re picking your wedding dress, keep in mind that a long dress with a train is likely to get wet outside in winter.4

5. Footwear and accessories – your wedding shoes might also get wet and muddy outside in winter so if you do plan to be outside, bringing something more practical is a good idea, like wellies or boots. You can make a feature of these or hide them depending on the length of your dress. If it is raining or snowing you will also need an umbrella. There are lots of online stores selling wellies and umbrellas specifically for weddings.5This is the same bride as in the second photo, she had some cosy Ugg boots hidden under her dress to walk over the wet grass 🙂

6. First Look? – if you don’t like the idea of an earlier ceremony so you can get photographs in daylight, it may be worth considering a ‘first look’ session.  This is when you have your couple photos outdoor before the ceremony and so, get a ‘first look’ at one another.  Although this breaks the tradition of the Bride and Groom not seeing each other before the wedding, these are becoming increasingly popular with the rise of the winter wedding.

30% of annual weddings in the UK are now Winter Weddings so hopefully these tips will help you get the most out of yours!

For more information on Wedding Photography or if you would like me to photograph your winter wedding, please get in touch.

 

Balbirnie Wedding Photography with Jessica and Darren

Back to main siteBalbirnie House Hotel Wedding Photography Fife Scotland Photographer Karen Jackson_0257 I’m a big fan of Balbirnie House as a wedding venue so I had been looking forward to Jess and Darren’s wedding, but it was an added bonus to be greeted by such a good looking bridal party on my arrival!Balbirnie House Hotel Wedding Photography Fife Scotland Photographer Karen Jackson_0258While the girls were having final touches on their hair and make up,  I took photos of all the details in the bridal suite….Balbirnie House Hotel Wedding Photography Fife Scotland Photographer Karen Jackson_0259 Balbirnie House Hotel Wedding Photography Fife Scotland Photographer Karen Jackson_0260Balbirnie House Hotel Wedding Photography Fife Scotland Photographer Karen Jackson_0261The girls were having an emotional time getting Jess dressed, meanwhile Darren and his Groomsmen were out having their photos taken by my second Photographer Lynne, and welcoming the arriving guests….Balbirnie House Hotel Wedding Photography Fife Scotland Photographer Karen Jackson_0265Balbirnie House Hotel Wedding Photography Fife Scotland Photographer Karen Jackson_0266The ceremony was held in the Orangery, I love the glass roof in this room!  Balbirnie House Hotel Wedding Photography Fife Scotland Photographer Karen Jackson_0267Balbirnie House Hotel Wedding Photography Fife Scotland Photographer Karen Jackson_0268Balbirnie House Hotel Wedding Photography Fife Scotland Photographer Karen Jackson_0269SONY DSCBalbirnie House Hotel Wedding Photography Fife Scotland Photographer Karen Jackson_0271 After the ceremony we all went outside for photos, luckily the rain that had been falling most of the morning, had stopped and the skies were starting to clear 🙂Balbirnie House Hotel Wedding Photography Fife Scotland Photographer Karen Jackson_0272 Balbirnie House Hotel Wedding Photography Fife Scotland Photographer Karen Jackson_0273 Balbirnie House Hotel Wedding Photography Fife Scotland Photographer Karen Jackson_0274 Balbirnie has perfect grounds for wedding photos and despite visiting quite a few times previously, this was the first time I’d been in the courtyard…Balbirnie House Hotel Wedding Photography Fife Scotland Photographer Karen Jackson_0275 Not a bad discovery!Balbirnie House Hotel Wedding Photography Fife Scotland Photographer Karen Jackson_0276While we were outside, the guests were enjoying drinks in the bar and the Ballroom was being set up for dinner…How amazing is this cake by Scrumptious Cakes?!Balbirnie House Hotel Wedding Photography Fife Scotland Photographer Karen Jackson_0278Balbirnie House Hotel Wedding Photography Fife Scotland Photographer Karen Jackson_0279Brilliant Speeches with plenty of laughter… and tears!Balbirnie House Hotel Wedding Photography Fife Scotland Photographer Karen Jackson_0280After dinner, the evening guests arrived and Darren and Jess were welcomed in to do their first dance….Balbirnie House Hotel Wedding Photography Fife Scotland Photographer Karen Jackson_0281The dance floor filled quickly up and it was time for me to leave them to enjoy the party 🙂Balbirnie House Hotel Wedding Photography Fife Scotland Photographer Karen Jackson_0282Congratulations Jessica and Darren xxx

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Loch Morlich Wedding with High Tea on the Strathspey Steam Railway

BACK TO MAIN SITEkaren jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0245A few months ago I was excited to be asked to photograph Alison and David’s wedding, you will see why I was excited when you look through the photos here.

They were planning to have their ceremony on the banks of Loch Morlich, a uniquevenue which is basically a beach in the mountains so pretty amazing to photograph.  As if that wasn’t exciting enough…. they were also having a High Tea reception on the Strathspey Steam Railway from Aviemore.

karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0229 karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0230 They opted for a Humanist ceremony with their family and closest friends gathered next to the shore.  They were lucky to miss the typical torrential Scottish rain shower that happened 10 minutes earlier…karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0231 karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0232 karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0233 karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0234 karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0235 karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0236 karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0237 karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0238 karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0239 We had enough time for a few photos on the loch with the Cairngorms in the background before heading to the reception….karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0240 karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0241 karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0242 karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0243 karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0244 karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0246 karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0247 We asked for steam in the photos and we got it!karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0248 karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0249 karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0250 karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0251 karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0252 I loved all the signs and scenery around the steam railway, if you are up near Aviemore, it is well worth a trip on this train!karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0253 Just as we were leaving, giant hailstones started pelting us but David and Alison were still smiling 🙂karen jackson photography wedding photographer aviemore scotland elope loch morlich beach strathspey steam railway_0254

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Stewart!