Natural Wedding Photographer Kent - Britannia and Will's beautiful seaside wedding at East Quay Venue

A brave wedding party undeterred by the sea breezes, abandoning their coats at a moment’s notice for group photos with personality…

A venue decorated to perfection with lights, floral and ribbon garlands, colourful candles, lovingly collected glassware and eye-wateringly beautiful calligraphy by the bride herself…

A fish and chip supper, heart-warming speeches (not a dry-eye in the house) followed by dancing till midnight (not to mention a fair sprinkling of ABBA)…

Welcome to Britannia and Will’s stunning wedding at The East Quay Venue, Whitstable, Kent. Here are some of the highlights!

Wedding photography - getting ready photographs

When I first arrived at the seafront house where Britannia and her party were getting ready, I couldn't wait to start capturing the events unfolding. I always feel it’s such a treat to photograph this part of the day; it’s a time for close friends and family and there are lovely, and sometimes hilarious, moments mixed in with the excitement.

Whitstable Wedding Ceremony Photographs

When the car arrived to take Britannia and her party to the ceremony, I raced through sunny Whitstable to be one step ahead and capture their guests, and Will and his party, before their beautiful and personal ceremony, followed by photographs on the beach, oysters, fish and chip supper, speeches and dancing…

Thank you Britannia and Will for having me to capture your beautiful day!

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If you’re getting married in 2019 or 2020 and would like to have a chat and find out more about how I work with couples in Kent, Sussex, Surrey and London, please do get in touch - I’d love to hear all about your exciting plans.

Creating a magical winter wedding – tips from the experts

Having got married myself during December, I think the winter is such a brilliant time of year for your wedding. There’s something so romantic about the light and the darker evenings, plus the ultimate food and drink treats you just can’t have when it’s warmer. 

If you’re planning a winter wedding in 2018, 2019 or even 2020, makeup artist Sarah Katzaros, videography James from Half Moon Wedding Films and I, Sophia Travis Photography, share our top tips to make the most of your winter wedding.

Winter wedding makeup

Sarah Katzaros Make Up - Sarah’s tips

Tip 1 - Preparation is key 

Cold winter air combined with central heating can really dry your skin and it is important to combat this in the run up to your wedding day.  Drink lots of water, exfoliate and use a good moisturiser and your skin will be make-up ready for your big day.  If you are thinking of having any facials or treatments try not to do this too close to your wedding day (to avoid any stress inducing unforeseen reactions!) and I would suggest not introducing any new products either.

Tip 2 - Be yourself!  

On the actual day, keep hydrated and make sure your lips are nice and soft before applying any lipstick or gloss.  Lots of water alongside your champagne will stop your lipstick drying out and fading!  Give your favourite lippy to a bridesmaid to keep on hand for those top ups!  Bridal magazines and social media will often suggest a winter wedding make-up look with dark berry coloured lips.  While this can be a beautiful look, if you never usually wear a dark lip colour I would be wary of starting on your wedding day.  It is so important to feel comfortable and confident and to be yourself!  If you decide to go for a smokey eye (keep reading!), a natural lip colour will keep things in balance and avoid a heavy look that just isn’t you. 

Don’t be tempted to change your look too much, be yourself and you will look and feel perfect!
— Sarah Katzaros Makeup

Tip 3 - Embrace the winter lighting 

The shorter winter days mean that a lot of your photographs will be taken in artificial or candle light.  I would consider giving your make-up a subtle 'evening' look to work with the setting.  A slight smokey eye in natural tones will add depth and work well with the light.  A touch of golden or pink toned highlighter will make your skin glow, getting rid of any winter dullness!

If it's the middle of December the likelihood of you having a tan is low!  If you think you would feel better with a bit of colour and opt for a fake tan, have a trial a few weeks before, only go up a shade or two and remember to adjust your foundation accordingly.    

Winter wedding or summer wedding.... aim to look like you at your best!  Don't be tempted to change your look too much, be yourself and you will look and feel perfect!

Half Moon Wedding Films - James’ tips

Tip 1 - Be true to the film “Ahhhh, it’s so cold!!”

One of the most important elements in a wedding film is being true to the day. When it’s cold, you should see visual cues that the day was in fact cold. Whether that’s a bridesmaid shiver or a partner giving a warming cuddle to protect them from the elements.

This might sound obvious but some of the most memorable moments occur from reactions to what is going on in the shot. After all, we all know a friend or relative who shows their thoughts on their face the most.

It's chilly outside being a winter wedding bridesmaid

From laughing hysterically, stumbling slightly in the late night party or the welling of tears during the ceremony, reactions are what makes a wedding film memorable and the wintery-ness is just the same. So don’t just huddle indoors from the cold, let’s put on our brave faces and venture outside!

Tip 2 - Fake snow… no really, fake snow

This might be a fa- fetched one but hear me out for a second. Confetti is great and we all love sparklers, but how about adding some snow to your confetti shots for a wintery twist?

One of my favourite shots is the slow-motion confetti shot. Snow gliding past as you walk down an aisle with your friends and family cheering you on would be a fantastic shot. This could be even more dramatic at night as the snow would be more distinct with additional lighting.

However, if you plan your wedding really well, you could just...

Tip 3 - Go to Lapland

This is definitely not a tip for everyone, but the results would be incredible. Not to mention the opportunity to see the Northern Lights, not only making for the best wedding film imaginable but also a truly magical experience for a wedding day.

If Finland is a bit extreme, consider other locations a bit closer to home, that really capture that Christmas spirit. I recently visited Winchester with my other half for the Christmas Markets and can’t imagine a cosier place for a wedding. Think ‘quaint and cosy’ to create that Christmas card setting that would be so beautiful in your wedding film.

Sophia Travis Photography - Sophia's tips

Tip 1 – Get your timings right

The daylight during the cooler months is especially dramatic for photographs, and, whether the day is cloudy, wet or sunny, the more muted colours of nature and the sky come across beautifully in photographs.

Getting snuggled up even when it's cold out

If you would like to have group photos and also some time for photographs as a couple during the day, bear in mind that you will want to do these in the early afternoon (from approximately 2pm) to ensure you are making the most of the light. On a sunny day, an early sunset at approximately 4pm is also a lovely time for couples photos, all snuggled up.

Tip 2 – Be creative with lighting for your reception

The darker evening of your winter wedding means you can be super creative with your lighting to produce a cosy atmosphere or something really magical for your guests, which will also look wonderful in photographs.

Strings or nets of fairy lights as backdrops, across balconies or as part of your floral arrangements can look stunning and romantic (and don’t worry, they won’t look ‘Christmassy’ unless you want them too!). Candles are also an extremely warm, cosy and flattering light and create great atmosphere.

Fairy lights make a beautiful feature at summer or winter weddings

Tip 3 – Experiment with textures in your winter wedding clothing and flowers

The cooler weather is a chance to go a little different with textures of fabric and foliage. Incorporate wool or woven items into suits or fur and feathers for bridesmaids. Any sort of contrast in texture, be it sequins, softness or interesting foliage, will add real depth to your photographs. When you revisit your wedding album, you’ll be instantly taken back to the beautiful chilly day, as you won’t just see but also feel the day again.

Are you planning a winter wedding? Let me know in the comments below how you’ll celebrate the beautiful season in your wedding plans.

About the contributors

Sarah Katzaros Makeup

I trained at the Christine Blundell Make-Up Academy for Film and Television.  After the course I worked on a variety of projects but soon realised that my real passion was making people look and feel amazing, so I started specialising in wedding and special occasion make-up.  Focusing on people's natural beauty and understanding what made them feel their best was key for me and where I felt I could make a difference.  

I am based in Sevenoaks, Kent and work in the surrounding areas.  Please find me on Instagram @sarahkatzaros_makeup.

Half Moon Wedding Films

Working across the UK. we are passionate about capturing your special day in a cinematic, yet natural style. As Documentary Wedding Filmmakers, we capture moments that feel honest and authentic, creating a film that encapsulates the aspects that make each couple unique and wonderful. You can find out more and see our portfolio at www.halfmoonweddingfilms.co.uk.

Sophia Travis Photography

As a natural, documentary style photographer, I work with couples who want their photographs to capture the beautiful emotions of their wedding day as they celebrate with family and friends. Find out more about my wedding photography here.

Natural Wedding Photographer Kent - Alice and Paul’s unique and creative wedding

When I met Alice and Paul before their wedding near Tonbridge, Kent, I had such a brilliant morning hearing all about their beautiful creative vision for their personal and unique wedding day.

They had put so much love into creating a celebration which really represented their personalities as a couple and their creative, talented friends and family were contributing in so many ways, from the decorations to the ceremony to the music.

They really thought about little touches to make their day feel less formal than a traditional wedding. From bubbles at the same time as their confetti, to deck chairs around a fire pit and informal seating during their meal without a table plan, everything had a relaxed feel and you can see how much they and their guests enjoyed this in their photos.

Connie and Andy’s autumn wedding at Hendall Manor Barn – Natural Wedding Photographer Sussex

It was the perfect autumn day in the East Sussex countryside on Connie and Andy’s wedding day at Hendall Manor Barn, close to Uckfield, East Sussex.

Their enthusiasm and excitement on the day was infectious, and it was such a pleasure to capture their wonderful friends and family as they celebrated throughout the day and long into the evening.

There were so many touching moments with their family and friends. When Connie’s dad first saw her before the ceremony, I struggled to keep it together myself!

The couple had asked for mostly natural shots of their day, enjoying time with family and friends outside on the terrace in the unseasonably hot sunshine before the meal and speeches. We also had some time for photographs with the couple and their wonderful bridesmaid in the grounds during the golden evening light, which set off the autumnal countryside and grounds.

We did some shots beside the pond, as reflections are also a chance to capture some more dramatic and romantic scenes.

Thank you Connie and Andy for inviting me to capture your gorgeous day!

Natural Wedding Photography East Sussex - Tatiana and Sam’s Lewes wedding

From the moment I first spoke to Tatiana and she told me about her and Sam’s wedding plans, I knew they’d be an absolute pleasure to work with. They were both so excited to create a beautiful day which felt truly authentic to them as a couple, and involve all of their family and friends in the process from creating their gorgeous venue decorations to including them in the celebrations throughout the day.

They were so keen on ensuring that their photographs captured the natural spontaneous moments, and interactions between them and their guests, and they really wanted to spend as much of their day as possible celebrating rather than too much time away taking photos.

Photographing the story of their Lewes wedding

In their pre-wedding consultation, we spoke in detail about the timeline for their day, to tell the story from first preparations through to first dance.

On the morning of the wedding, I joined Tatiana and her mum and bridesmaids to capture them preparing (not to mention their stroll around the garden, bubbly in hand, at the house where they were staying) and they were so relaxed and excited.

Having the chance to capture the anticipation at the start of the day is such a joy, especially the immense care and attention to detail which her bridesmaids took as Tatiana got into her stunning lace dress.

The sun shone throughout the early afternoon ceremony at The Grange in Lewes and we captured group shots of family and friends (as well as some outtakes of course) and as they walked to their wedding celebration at All Saints Lewes.

From getting ready to first dance, here are some of my favourite moments from the story of the day.

Thank you Tatiana and Sam for having me to capture your wonderful day!

If you’re getting married in 2019 or 2020 and would like to find out more about wedding photography, please contact me.