Hannah’s a wonder woman. She planned her whole wedding from Sydney, Australia so the first time I laid eyes on her was when she opened the door to me on the day. And, man, did she nail it as a bride. Hannah’s in PR so it goes without saying that I’ve never seen such a beautiful event management document and a day run with military precision (yet somehow so effortlessly). She was flawlessly stunning. Perfectly put together.
Lee & Hannah have been together for 19 years and have two very young kids. In fact, the whole day was filled with beautiful children. Lee started the day with the bridal crew setting up the barn (one of the most stunning in Hampshire) while Hannah and the kids got ready in the home where she grew up.
There are some challenges that come with photographing winter weddings. One is weather. We were very lucky with a mild, well lit day but it could have easily been pouring down rain and 0* temps. But no matter the weather, one thing remains: shortness of available light. Unless you get married at 9am, chances are by the time you get to your reception, greet everyone and get taken away with your photographers, the light will be almost gone. This day was no exception. Some things you should expect when it comes to photographing your winter wedding:
- The shortness of light means your interior locations will be particularly dark so you need a photographer who is very well versed and experienced in low light photography without a flash. It’s very easy to end up with blurry unsharp images inside a dim church.
- Your family shots need to run quite fast because the most important part (for us anyway) is when we take you two away for your photo session. The family photos will get filed away somewhere. It’s the money shots which you’ll display and, for me, those are a priority. So just know that with less light hours in the day, your photographer might hurry things along to get as much as they can.
- If it rains and you can’t shoot outside, you need a backup plan.
- When looking for photographic inspiration (or just looking at photos of other weddings in your excitement) don’t look at sun soaked summer weddings. Look for ones which will be more like yours.
- The most important thing is to be flexible and confident in your photographer that they’re well experienced and able to handle your winter wedding no matter what happens.
Yea, so back to these gorgeous two. We’ve worked at the Tithe Barn in Petersfield before, but in summer. A winter wedding there is equally stunning with fairy lights in the trees and a perfect temperature inside the barn. The grounds were an atmospheric and stunning place to take Hannah & Lee for their photo session and I am oh so satisfied for this to have been our last wedding of 2016.
// The photos //
// Supporting cast //