Winter Wedding Inspiration

 

I have photographed a great many winter weddings. It is hard to imagine during the warmth of the summer the darker nights, winter fires and chill evenings. Winter weddings give wedding suppliers a wonderful opportunity to style-up on the winter themes, colours of reds and colds, ice white and blue, flower decorations containing fir and red berries.

I have been in touch with some of my favourite wedding suppliers this month to put together this blog for winter wedding inspiration.

Save The Dates!

I have been chatting to Rosie from Newport Street Paper Co who creates uniquely designed wedding invitations and stationery. Invitations are the first glimpse a guest will see of a couple’s theme, here are her thoughts on winter wedding designs:

“There is a temptation to go to town with seasonal motifs… think embellished snowflakes for a frosty, festive feel, or Skandi-inspired red and white for a more contemporary celebration. Look for a company that will work with you on a bespoke designs, and can create all pieces from save the date cards right through to ‘on the day’ items such as table plans and menu cards.

You can have a subtle approach to the design like our Rustic Heart Collection.  Featuring a hand drawn heart-shaped tree with bare, wintery branches and s silver-grey text. Look for folded invitations with added extras like hand-tied bags, this added extra makes it like a gift for guests to open.

Consider a ‘Fingerprint Tree Guestbook’ at your wedding. This provides a memorable talking point between your guests on the day. Guests add their fingerprints to the tree branches to create a unique keepsake that you can frame and treasure forever – choose a selection of festive in colours, including red, forest green and silver.”

Click here for information on Newport Street Paper Company.

The Church

Churches are the perfect place to go to town with lighting. Twinkling fairy lights, Christmas trees and candles are just perfect for church settings. Many of the weddings I have attended over the years have had natural wax candles, they give of a beautiful warm light and warm the church.

 

 

I asked Carolann from CK Flowers on her advice for winter wedding flowers, I have seen her beautiful floristry at a great many weddings over the years. She suggests:

“Most colours work well for winter weddings, but paler colours are more luminous and work better with the restricted light at this time of the year. Creams and whites with pale pink and maybe a touch of dark red always looks good especially with seasonal berries and foliages.

If you are getting married in a church whites or lemon or palest pink work best. churches are usually dark, and in the winter even darker so these colours will pop against this, again use lots of candlelight on windowsills. It really adds to the romance.

Lots of bridesmaids wear dark red at this time of the year so having a cream rose or pale pink against this works well. For the venue: flowers against soft colours with darker accents and lots of candlelight works really well!”

(Boxed images suppliers own)

Click here for Information on CK Flowers.

Winter Wedding Cakes

Melody Milverton from Melody’s Cakes:  “When planning a winter wedding it’s always great that your wedding venue will already be beautifully decorated if it’s near to Christmas time. Fairy lights make a pretty backdrop for your cake too!

When we think of winter we think of fruit cakes so why not add a tier of more traditional fruit cake to your wedding cake design. The use of pine cones, deep red berries, silver and gold and maybe some sparkle will also add that touch of winter glamour. Crisp white also works so well in the winter months, reminding of snowy, frosty weather”

(Images suppliers own)

Click here for information on Melody’s Cakes.

Firetree Advice!

You don’t want the weather to impact your photography I always suggest to brides to bring a pair of wedding wellies, white wedding trainers or comfortable shoes ready for your outside photographs. You don’t want to ruin your heels. I always pack a couple of umbrellas but why not invest in some colour coordinated brollies for your bridesmaids there is a great selection at Umbrella Heaven, it means we can photograph whatever the weather and an umbrella is a very pleasing prop, especially if I light it!

The light fades much quicker in the winter months, make sure you schedule your photography early in your day, straight after your ceremony to make sure you still have enough light.  Plan for evening portraits to take advantage of the dark lighting and longer evenings.

 

Always make sure your photography is experienced and has training and qualification! It is relatively easy to capture good looking wedding portraits in full daylight, it is not so easy to photograph well in low light and working with flash and creative lighting takes skill, training and experience.

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