Looking festive at the Blythswood Hotel, Glasgow. December 2014
WONDERFUL WINTER WEDDINGS
I LOVE winter weddings.
With just a couple more weddings to go this Winter, I have come to the conclusion that they are cosy, atmospheric and have produced some of my all time favourite images.
However, there is no doubt that when employing the services of a documentary wedding photographer for your winter wedding, there are a few extra things to think about. So here’s a quick run down …
With short days and often “dreich” weather, light can be at a premium. When thinking about how to decorate your Venue ask about all the lighting options, and make use of as many small light sources as you can – spotlights, table lamps, get those candles out on the tables!
The lighting will make a huge contribution to the atmosphere. Small and plentiful light sources will illuminate you and your guests beautifully and flatteringly leaving the backgrounds dark and cosy. Use white table cloths – they reflect light when it is scarce.
This December wedding in Hampshire (below) made wonderful use of flattering candle light throughout the day both at Church and in the marquee. The candles were coupled with spotlights on the table centres, white table cloths and mirrored table centres which bounced light in a very warm and flattering way.
Below: The Mirrors and frescos of the dining room at Fingask Castle looking wonderful by candle light.
IF everyone is likely to be inside, pay attention to the maximum numbers the venue can hold. A total which is fine in Summer when people can over-spill into sunny outside spaces, may be uncomfortably sardine-like in the depths of winter when its blowing a gale and everyone is inside. So, if possible, allow for a bit of breathing room which will allow people to move about more easily whether the waiting staff with their trays of canapes, the wee bridesmaid heading for the loo, or me spotting a great shot in the making and getting to the right place in time to grab it!
Without outside space for the wee ones to blow off steam – a games table like this one (below) is a great idea for keeping them busy!
The Group shots may well need to be inside – so it’s a case of finding the right back drop, without any distracting “Fire Exit” or “No Entry” signs!
Keeping warm on the day is important!
But use keeping warm as a style opportunity rather that a style stress!
Glamorous boleros or stoles are popular for brides …
… and bridesmaids.
Or use the winter weather as an excuse for two outfits in one, with coats which, when removed, reveal a totally different look for the reception.
Winter opens up a whole new realm of inspirations! Whether Christmassy and cosy …
Or ice white and blue hues …
ALL ABOUT YOU …
But in the end the main thing at a winter wedding, as in any other is YOU, your family, your favourite people. And that will shine through whatever the weather!