London Alternative Wedding Photographer – Planning a Winter Wedding

Most engaged couples hope to have great weather on their wedding day and therefore get married in spring or summer. Other couples get married in autumn and the bravest pick winter.

As a London alternative wedding photographer I love shooting quirky, unconventional weddings anytime of the year. Winter weddings are said to be the trickiest weddings to shoot due to the lack of natural light. If you are familiar with the way I work you must be aware that I do not use a flash, so this is especially true for me. I usually explain my approach to prospective couples to clarify what is feasible or not in terms of non-flash photography – for example having big group shots indoors might not be the best idea. However I enjoy shooting with whatever light is available – whether natural or artificial – so I welcome the challenge of photographing a winter wedding.

If you are planning a winter wedding – I would call a winter wedding any wedding taking place from November to February – here are two important things you might want to take into consideration.

  • Schedule your wedding ceremony as early in the day as possible in order to make the most of the daylight. This is especially the case for weddings taking place in November, December and January. The ceremony itself should be fine as wedding venues are usually lit however you would want as much light as possible for any group shots and portraits. In some circumstances, it might be a good idea to actually schedule group shots and portraits before the ceremony. 
  • Brides, be aware that you are probably going to be cold. Obviously wedding venues are well heated during winter however you are likely to be spending some time outdoors and the weather can be quite chilly especially in January, February and March. Although you will probably be wearing some sort of coat or fur, we all know that sexy, gorgeous, wedding dresses are not likely to be warm.

I am not a big fan of chilly weather myself so I always do my best to find suitable indoor portrait locations when shooting a winter wedding. Both the ceremony venue and the reception venue are obvious choices however the place you are getting ready at might be an option too. Scouting for photogenic locations allows me to work quickly and efficiently which is invaluable when shooting outdoor portraits in winter.

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If you are planning a unconventional winter wedding and are looking for an alternative wedding photographer, check out my quirky wedding photography portfolio and get in touch! We might just be made for each other!

 

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