I have decided to write a blog on my top 5 things I think that all couples need to take into considering when thinking about wedding photos and what their venue has on offer for them. You might be surprised ...

"Yeah yeah, Stu I got enough to worry about!" .... 

Just hear me out.

Windows: 

Ensure that the light during your ceremony and speeches is on you and not behind you. You want to be facing the natural light coming from the window, not have your back to it. The last thing you want is blown out highlights and become a shadow at your on wedding. Windows behind you in your wedding images - Not a good look. You want the light to illumnaite you and isolate you like a spotlight. This is fundemntally one of the most import tips can give you. They use lighting in the movies for reason. Don't be a Silhouette.


Orchardleigh Park, Frome, Somerset BA11 2PB, United Kingdom

Cake:

Venues always tend to protect the cake - rightly so. You don't want it getting knocked over while Jim tries to do the moonwalk to MJ ( Jim is so bad at the moonwalk! ) thing is having your wedding cake up against the wall makes for only pictures of you guys and a wall. Pull it out from the wall for the cutting, let your photographer get the other side of it and have your guests watching you cut - it will add context to the shot.


Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust, West Lodge, Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bath Road, Bristol, BS4 3EW

Sunset: 

Love sunset images? Yep, I do! But you need a sunset! The sun will set in the west; we all know that. But ask your venue, where does the sun set here? Does it set behind your venue? Or over their car park? Might seem silly but if you want an epic sunset shot with the venue incorporated, or beautiful landscape involved, it's probably not going to look that great with a Transit Van in the frame. If this is the case, be prepared to do some walking. I'll trek where ever is needed to get this shot! But remember if you are getting married in the winter months, you may need to be prepared to stop eating and get outside. The sun goes in early in the winter and this beautiful light doesn't last long in any month. In the winter if you get a sunset at all we will need to get a wiggle on and have enough time to get to the spot that looks amazing!


Stone Barn, Near Upper Windrush Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL54 3RF

Bridal Prep.

Windows, windows. Windows. Make sure the light is on you while you are getting ready. I have known brides to ditch the bridal suite because it just doesn't give them the light required for their MUA, let alone the photographer. Don't sit in the corner of a room. Light, light, light! Pockets of beautiful light! If you are getting ready at home, ensure the same principles. Put yourself in the natural light coming from the window, not the corner of a box room or the kitchen with those halogen downlighter things in the ceiling. Not all light is good light.


Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin, Sion Hill, Bristol BS8 4LD

Walcot Hall Lydbury North Shropshire SY7 8AZ

Abbazia San Pietro in Valle Via dell'Abbazia, 05034 Ferentillo, Italy

The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, 16 Royal Crescent, Bath, BA1 2LS

Yes to dark walls!

Your dress will look fantastic against dark walls! Think about your venue's decor, what are the rooms decorated like? I always think you don't want to be blending in with a bright white wall. It would be best if you stood out visually popping against colours. Think about how the colours pop against your skin tone and dress. Also, Think accents, can you accent the colour of venues decor with the bridal party's clobber? Some of the best wedding images I have seen are styled shoots; this is because they have thought about what looks good together from the venue's decor; to ushers ties. Blend your wedding attire with the venues tones. I mean you chose it for a reason, right!? 

Walcot Hall Lydbury North Shropshire SY7 8AZ