Back in June I shot Jonny and Jay’s fantastic Country Tipi’s wedding at Vanstone Park venue.
I had a great morning with the girls capturing their bridal prep, and particularly loved the South African trinkets around the house. With a South African theme part of Jay’s heritage I couldn’t resist doing a bit of a different ring shot using an elephant ornament.
The pair were married at Jay’s old school, St George’s in Harpenden. After a beautiful ceremony in the chapel there, we headed towards the reception venue at Country Tipi’s Vanstone Park venue, with Jonny & Jay in a beautiful vintage car. We stopped en route down the country lanes to take some time out and get some portraits in an area we had scouted previously.
I love incorporating nature wherever possible in my wedding days and I truly love the shots we got in the woods near Codicote.
I’ve shot at Country Tipi’s before and worked with them on a styled shoot so was really looking forward to being back at the venue. The tipis looked amazing and the grounds have been sculptured since I was last there.
To keep with the South African theme there were super cute little safari animal favours on the tables.
The day went absolutely beautifully and I wanted to stay and party at the end of the night – the dancefloor was heaving!
Here, I’m going to make the case for fitting in sunset portraits on your wedding day! 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.
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 😉
If you are someone who equally loves sunsets and are getting married, get in touch! Caroline x