Sunsets On A Wedding Day - Warwickshire Wedding Photographer
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Hi everybody, and welcome back to another blog post from my wedding photographer's office here in Leamington Spa. I don't know about you, but I'm really noticing how much shorter the days are slowly becoming. We have headed into the late part of summer, but are thankfully still experiencing lovely weather. The busy wedding season is in full swing now that the pandemic restrictions have eased, and Brides & Grooms continue to enjoy the comfortable temperatures that summer offers us. Confetti lines, open top wedding cars, drinks receptions and group photos all benefit from the summer weather. Oh yes, and the sunsets.
Oh my goodness, what is it about sunsets that stops us in our tracks? Aren't they incredible? Perhaps it's because every sunset is different. Perhaps it's because there's such a variety of colours on display, and the different cloud formations. Or the fact that they continuously evolve, and before you know it they've disappeared. There really is something quite majestic about them. And then, how about if you take a photograph of the sunset on a wedding day with the Bride & Groom involved. That would be a knockout photo wouldn't it? A moment of the wedding day that you could enjoy forever.
It's very common that everybody leading up to the wedding day including the couple, close family members and many of the friends will be keeping a close eye on the weather forecast before the big day. Let's face it, we have such easy access to forecasts these days, at the touch of a button or a tap on an App! Sometimes the forecasts can play games with us by changing its mind every hour. But either way, we all play the game, and keep checking the forecasts. As a wedding photographer, I will especially keep a close eye on it for several reasons.
What might the weather be doing when the group photos are scheduled (if not brilliant, where can they be taken indoors)? When would the weather be at its best for the couple photos? What time is sunset, and when does the golden hour start during the evening that provides such delicious light? What time does the wedding breakfast finish, when will the speeches be going ahead, when will the evening guests start to arrive, what time is the first dance and the cake cutting? Can any of these be flexible in case a beautiful sunset starts to appear. There are many things to consider as a photographer, and also the ability to be fluid with plans.
Some wedding venues are fantastic and really offer different viewpoints to see the sunsets. Others may have buildings or trees that block the sky, this is where forward planning pays dividends. There might be an open field with easy access close by that can be used. If an appropriate spot is found, then the waiting game starts from early evening onwards.
When all the stars align, the colours start to appear, and the Bride & Groom are free for a few moments, there's something very special about this time of the day.
Everyone knows that the quality of light can make a photo. But sometimes when we experience the extremes of stunning light, it really does knock your socks off. And if this happens on your wedding day, there's nothing more that I like than to capture it with you in your finest wedding dress and suit. These are the images you will cherish forever, and be proud of showing your friends and family for decades to come.
I hope you've enjoyed this blog post, and have been inspired by these wedding images. If you have booked your wedding day, keep those fingers crossed for the forecast. In the meantime, Stay Safe, Stay Healthy and Stay Fabulous. Martin.
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