So, you are planning your dream outdoor wedding and you are already daydreaming about the stunning photographs you’re going to achieve. I don’t blame you! Outdoor weddings really lend themselves to gorgeous photography due the picturesque backdrops and all of that natural light. But outdoor wedding photography does come with its challenges. As an experienced outdoor wedding photographer, I will naturally take care of things from a technical point of view, ensuring that whatever the conditions you get the best photographs possible. But, there are also some things that you should consider during your wedding planning process to ensure that your outdoor wedding photos are simply stunning no matter what.
Pick Your Time Wisely
When you book your ceremony, you will most likely be given a choice of times. Whilst it is important to choose a time which fits in well with everything else that you have planned for the day, the time also has an impact on outdoor wedding photography. If the setting of your ceremony is fully or partially shaded, then getting married at noon when the conditions are brighter is good idea to ensure that there is enough light for your photographs. However, if there is little shade then getting married slightly later in the day when the sun is not too overpowering would be beneficial. Just make sure that you have enough daylight hours for your post-ceremony photographs.
Don’t Face the Sun
When you visit your venue to run through the important details of your big day, take a moment to think about where the sun will be when you say your vows. Use whatever flexibility you have to ensure that you and your partner will not have the sun shining directly in your faces as this will cause you to squint which isn’t a look that you want on your wedding photographs! If you are unsure, speak with your venue as they will have lots of experience in this and may suggest a slight tweak in positioning or timing which could make a really big difference to how your outdoor wedding photographs turn out.
Prepare for Any Weather
The Great British Weather can be unpredictable to say the least. Even if you have bagged yourself a prime August date it is a good idea to have plans in place just in case the weather isn’t on your side. If on the day the rain is really pouring, you will most likely have a contingency plan to move your wedding indoors. However, if there are just a few showers you may be able to get away with still holding your ceremony outdoors. Ensure that you or your venue have access to a supply of umbrellas for you and your guests. Whilst not ideal, umbrellas can actually make for some really fun outdoor wedding photography shots! Blankets are also a nice touch to offer to your guests if it gets a little nippy. On the other hand, if you hit the jackpot and your big day is sunny, you may want to consider having sun cream and insect repellent on hand for guests to avoid some angry looking lobsters in the background of your photographs!
Tailor Your Hair and Make-up for Outdoors
Your hair and make-up choices for the most special day of your life shouldn’t be ruled by the great outdoors. You should go with whatever makes you feel comfortable and of course your absolute best. However, it is certainly worth letting your make-up artist and hairdresser know that you are getting married outside as they may be able to tailor things slightly to suit. For example, your make-up artist may use a slightly different shade of foundation to ensure that the light doesn’t wash you out and your hairdresser might use a stronger setting spray to withstand any potential wind.
With these tips and your photographer’s skills and experience, you can’t go far wrong. Don’t stress about anything too much and enjoy yourself. When all is said and done, it is your happiness which will shine through and result in those beautiful outdoor wedding photos that you envisaged. I’m sure any outdoor wedding photographer would tell you that they would prefer to photograph a happy couple in the rain than an anxious couple in the sunshine!