a winter wedding at Pelham House in Lewes

Last Winter I had the pleasure of returning to Pelham House in Lewes for Lucy and Chris’ wonderful wedding and what an incredible treat it was. February is not renowned for its dry weather and the chances of having a dry sunny day are slim, however Lucy and Chris were blessed with dry weather, bright sunshine and a daytime temperate in the mid teens, which is incredibly rare indeed. The light absolutely blew my mind and I put it to very good use during their whirlwind couple shoot before dinner.

The key to a successful Winter wedding is not just about the weather, it’s firstly about enjoying your guests and also about giving yourself enough time to enjoy the light before the evening sets in. If you’ve chosen a beautiful venue, being outside and enjoying the surroundings will probably be important to you, so an early ceremony is the way to give yourself more chance of that happening.

Lucy and Chris wanted a documentary approach throughout the wedding, something I always encourage for a chilled relaxed day, combined with some simple and fun portraits. My aim is for my couples to enjoy their guests as much as possible and then shoot some natural couple shots in the best light against the best backdrops and the most sensible times to keep the day flowing. In this instance Lucy and Chris were only away from their guests for 15 minutes and the guests were being seated for dinner throughout that time.

If you’d like to see more about how I document a wedding day naturally, please check out my page on capturing natural moments, or perhaps you might be a shy couple who don’t like being the centre of attention, in which case please check out my guide for camera shy couples! Thanks for reading and feel free to get in touch because I’d love to hear from you. Enjoy!



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