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.

 

Crieff Hydro Wedding in the snow <3

BACK to main website.-karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0116Finally after 9 years of photographing weddings in Scotland, we had snow!  Sarah and Graeme had their wedding at Crieff Hydro, we started the day with the ceremony in this impressive Drawing Room…karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0101 karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0102 karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0103 karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0104 Sarah and her bridesmaids arrived looking beautiful with their white and red themekaren jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0105 Gary Smith conducted the Humanist Ceremony.  There was plenty of laughter and tears throughout…karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0106 karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0107 karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0108 karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0109 karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0110 Following the ceremony, I captured some natural photos of the drinks ceremony followed by some formal group shots with Graeme and Sarah’s families and Bridal Party.karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0111 karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0112 karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0113 We went outside to get some photos in the snow, the sun came out at the right moment.  I love the lighting in these photos 🙂karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0114 karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0115 Crieff Hydro has so many unique features, it is a favourite spot for weddings and family shoots for me.  I love the front of the building and the lighting inside.karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0117 karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0118 After the drinks reception, everyone was called for dinner….karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0119 karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0120 Starting with speeches from the Father of the Bride, Groom and Best Men…karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0121 After dinner the evening guests arrived to see the cutting of the cake …karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0122 Before dancing the night away to Jack Rabbit Slimskaren jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0123 karen jackson photography wedding 2015 photographer dundee scotland crieff hydro snow winter_0124Congratulations Mr & Mrs Forbes!  You can leave your own congratulations in the comments below!

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