Ellie & Rob booked me earlier this year after being guests at one of the weddings they had recently attended. I love it when couples book me this way as I know they have total trust after already seeing me in action! Naturally I have more weddings during the Summer but when Winter Weddings are like this, it does make you question why people don’t do it more!
December 1st, officially the start of Christmas in my eyes, so I was very excited walking into Curradine Barns & seeing a giant Christmas Tree! It was bitterly cold but the sun was crisp & bright, the perfect weather for a December wedding. Ellie was having her makeup done upstairs by my friend & incredible makeup artist Jessica Ava. I couldnt believe it when I saw the gorgeous bouquets which were made by Ellie & a friend! During the morning I switched between photographing the girls, the details & Rob with his best man across the lawn in the honeymoon suite. I even had time to walk to St Mary’s Church where they were having their ceremony which is only a few yards away from the barns. This is the great thing about Curradine, everything is very close so when you are photographing alone, it’s difficult to miss moments as you can go between both the bride & the groom very quickly, (if they’re both getting ready there); & it has the benefit of having a Church very close so you have the option for your ceremony.
After the ceremony it was lovely walking back with everyone in the ‘cold’ sunshine. Although freezing I was so excited about the weather as we had the most gorgeous light which was perfect for the couple photos. I struggled getting light like this on some of my Summer weddings. However my advice when planning a winter wedding is to have a ceremony quite early so you have more time with light. Ellie & Rob got married at 12.30 & this was perfect as they could still mingle with guests & I could get all requested photos done outside without rushing! If you don't mind having most of your photos inside & if you have an amazing venue, then getting married later in the afternoon would be fine. But always bear in mind that by 4PM it's pitch black!
Anyway back to the wedding - I was so impressed by their cake which was made by Ellie's Dad who apparently had never made a cake before! I also loved the Doughnut stands & these also seemed to be a popular element for the guests. Once the speeches were over we all went back outside to do a sparkler line, something I always dread if done later & everyone is 'merry' as I almost always nearly go up in flames, so this was definitely a good time to do it!
Overall I loved this wedding & it was the perfect example of why couples choose to have winter weddings when everything works in your favour like this...
One more Wedding this week & then CHRISTMAS!