Why You Should have Sunset Portraits on your Wedding Day

July 25, 2017  •  Leave a Comment


Candid portrait of bride and groom on the roof of One Friendly Place in Greenwich at sunsetCandid sunset wedding portrait of bride and groomCandid sunset wedding portrait of bride and groom

You may have heard photographers excitedly talking about golden hour and wondering when exactly this mystical being is. It’s that time just before sunset when the sky has turned that gorgeous fading orange and the light is magically soft.

Why do photographers love golden hour so much?

As wedding photographers, or any type of photographer in fact, we know that light is the key ingredient to any photo. The light as the sun is falling is beautifully diffused and soft - completely different to the light in the middle of the day, which can be harsh and create huge shadows. As well as this, sunset perfectly lends itself to stunningly romantic images, especially when you shoot in my kind of style - soft and dreamy.

Tall groom and blonde bride gazing at each other during sunset portraits at Gosfield Hall wedding venue in EssexBride and groom sunset portrait at Gosfield Hall

How do I achieve them at my wedding?

With weddings in good old England, common timings will be that the ceremony will be around lunchtime, and portraits will happen immediately after. Really, this is at the worst time of the day as the sun is strong and harsh (this is the point in the day when your wedding photographer is keeping their fingers crossed for cloud cover).

Depending on when in the year your wedding is, sunset normally falls between the speeches and the first dance, or if you are in high summer, after first dance. If it falls between speeches and first dance this is the perfect opportunity to get some sunset portraits done! It’s the point in the day when everyone is normally well into the swing of the party and you have the chance to sneak off. We also aren’t talking about being gone for an hour - 15 minutes should be enough if you choose the right time. You have a slot of about an hour before sunset, to around 20 minutes after it. If you are considering sunset portraits just talk to your wedding photographer and plan ahead

And here is proof of why you should DEFINITELY DO THEM ;)

Bride and Groom sunset kiss at Vanstone Park with Country Tipis behindSunset kiss at Vanstone ParkAbi & Dave sunset portraits at Vanstone Park with Country Tipis Candid photo of groom cuddling bride at sunset at the Redcoats Farmhouse in HitchinLydd & Tom sunset portrait at RedcoatsLydd & Tom sunset portrait at Redcoats

Sunset portrait of model and groom in a corn field next to Gosfield Hall in EssexRachel and Paul Sunset portraits at Gosfield HallRachel and Paul Sunset portraits at Gosfield Hall

Bride kissing groom in the grounds at Selsdon Park at sunset on Christmas Eve weddingSunset wedding portraits on Christmas Eve at Seldon ParkSunset wedding portraits on Christmas Eve at Seldon Park



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