Winter Weddings have always been something a bit special to me - I've always loved the dark, cosy, candle lit winter wonderland of a winter wedding.

Which is a strange thing for a photographer to say, maybe. The truth is - yes - a dark winter's day can be more challenging to shoot than a well lit late summer's evening wedding, but I've been doing them for so long that I take those challenges and run with them.

Here are a few tips to help it make a little more sense.

Carpe Diem

Book your ceremony as early as you dare! When it comes to December and January it can feel like it's getting pretty dark at 3pm. You might feel under pressure to cram too much into a short window of time before you sit down for your wedding breakfast, so bringing your ceremony forward can give you a little breathing space. 12 o'clock? 11am?! There are no rules - you really can plan it so the day stretches out for you. You'll have plenty of time for a few photos and hanging out with your guests with a glass (or two) of mulled wine.

Keep it Short

If you're planning a Winter Wedding, the weather is probably, maybe, unlikely to be kind. You never know, but it might be a fair guess that it's going to be cold even if it's not raining. You might get lucky - I've shot so many sunny November weddings - but it's best to plan for sleet and snow. Maybe.

Even in the coldest weather, it can be lovely - essential even - to get outside for a few photos of you two together, just married, and keeping each other warm. Knowing your venue will be key here, and I will always make sure I've been to the venue with you before the day, so we can make a plan. This way we can keep it short, sharp, and sweet on the day and get you back into the warm as soon as possible.

Bonus tip :  Dress for the weather. There are so many dress options specifically for winter brides and the groom can go full tweed all day long. A long train on your dress might make you think twice about being outside at all. It will get muddy/wet if you stray too far off the path.  Some people wight wear shorter elegant winter dress, and Some people have an evening dress to change in to, but if that's not your plan I will at least have a towel for you to stand on if it's needed.

Spice it up

Cocktail hour? Canapés? Get the bar to serve hot mulled wine and spiced fruit cocktails for the kids, and if you're into it ask your caterer to add a little chilli to the canapés. A bit of spiced Rum in the Hip Flask usually goes down a treat for the boys, and some scented candles subtly placed around the room (ask your venue/wedding planner!) can set the tone. If there is a fireplace or a fire pit get that thing lit up and crack out some sparklers for your entrance into your wedding breakfast.

Light it Up

I'm going to bring enough lights and flash kit to make your internal group shots of friends and family really pop. Think more glamour, and when it comes to pictures of you with your bridesmaids and groomsmen, think 'Vanity fair Cover Shoot' and we'll be heading in the right direction. Do you want that shot of you outside lit up in the rain with an umbrella? Ok then.. It's yours. Knowing the venue, and doing that initial recce is going to get us there.

From November 2024 I'm making Winter Weddings even more accessible than before.

My 'Essentials' Wedding photography package is already really great value, and now this same package is just £1000 during the winter months

This is for November, December, January, February and March, starting in November 2024.

A low deposit secures the date and you can even add your pre-wedding 'Together Session' for just £200.

As of December 2023 my diary is now open.

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