Winter weddings can be challenging: the weather is unpredictable (even in typically sunny Canterbury!!), the sun – if you get any – sets very early, and the light just isn’t as strong. But the awesome thing about winter weddings is that these challenges can also be a huge asset if you embrace them. “Bad” weather like rain or snow lends itself to some very cool creative photos, and if you’re lucky enough to get a fine day then the sun setting earlier means that the creative bridal photos can be scheduled during the magical golden hour before sunset.
Rosee & Simon’s winter wedding day started out drizzly and cold, but by the time the ceremony at Melton Estate winery in West Melton had finished the sun was just starting to break through the clouds – perfect timing for the outdoor family photos! For the first set of creative bridal photos we went to Rosee’s family home at West Melton for shots with a garden and farmlet background. By this stage we knew we were running a bit late and the original plan to head to Waikuku Beach for some landscape/bridal shots had to be revised so that we could get everyone back to the venue in time for the reception. Rosee & Simon were really keen to have some water in the photographs so I led the way to a spot I know of next to the Selwyn River. It’s a mix of open farmland, river, and willows which is peaceful, tranquil, and beautiful in pretty much any light. It’s particularly magical in early morning or late evening light, which makes it a perfect location for a winter wedding shoot on a day where sunset was a smidge after 6pm: I got some amazing shots perfectly timed to take advantage of the golden hour!
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Here’s some highlights from the day – click to enlarge.