Winter wedding – Sarah & Russell

Winter wedding in the sunshine

Winter wedding at Pembroke Lodge

Wedding photography at a winter wedding – usually it means battling the rain, sleet or snow and certainly the gloom, but sometimes the weather in winter plays a blinder!

Sarah and Russell’s wedding on Saturday, at Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park, was bathed in golden light as the low winter sunset. For Sarah, it was her late father fixing it for them with someone upstairs! Certainly Russell said that a December wedding was always going to be ‘rolling the dice’ as to what the weather would do. Well, the dice fell perfectly. ( It was my wedding anniversary the day before and on our day it was a full-on thunderstorm, very different!)

With the ceremony due to finish by 3pm, it was always going to be a race with the light. The daylight goes out quick at this time of year. The sun actually dipped behind the horizon at ten to four!. To add to the pressure, the ceremony started fifteen minutes late. But although the time was brief and the air a touch cool, the terrace at Pembroke Lodge bathed in golden sunshine is the sort of weather you would hope for in the summer.

It was clear blue skies at Twickenham stadium a couple of hours earlier, where coverage began at the Marriot hotel there. Up on the fifth floor, with a view across to Richmond Park, Sarah got ready with family, bridesmaids and flower girls. A short trip through the usual Saturday traffic jams that surround Richmond and on to the ceremony in The Belvedere. Waiting inside, the nerves were beginning to show on Russell’s face and when he turned to see Sarah enter with her brother, the emotions welled up for him. Sarah had had to grab a tissue during preps too!

With a Christmas tree and some wintry decorations in the place where you would usually stand to photograph a ceremony in the Belvedere, it was lucky that the registrar had no problem with me shooting over her shoulder ( helpful that she wasn’t very tall too! 😉 ) Not the most discreet position but the only one to use. With the ceremony over, Sarah and Russell were briefly joined on the terrace in the sunshine before everyone went back inside for the meal, as the sun disappeared and the temperature plummeted. Speeches followed the food and Russell had arranged a surprise for the end of his speech. A seasonal visitor to hand out the gifts – a ‘bad Santa’. He got a slap from cousin Ruth, a best man sat on his knee and from one little boy, a leap of excitement.

For the dancing to follow, George Simpson ( Winner, best musical act, East Midlands, The Wedding Industry Awards 2015 ) added to his guitar renditions throughout the day and became the DJ.

Those dice were rolled so well – a lovely wedding – a perfect winter wedding in the sunshine!

Here are a few images from this Winter wedding day…

Flower girl hairstyling
Bridesmaids makeup
Bride greeting family to the hotel room
Flower girls in the sunshine
Smiling bride
Flower girls on the window sill
Bridesmaids react to the wedding dress reveal
Winter wedding at Pembroke Lodge
Wedding guests on the terrace at a winter wedding at Pembroke Lodge
Bride arrives at Pembroke Lodge wedding
Start of Pembroke Lodge wedding ceremony
Emotional groom at Pembroke Lodge wedding
Bride walks down the aisle with her brother
Tearful groom at Pembroke Lodge wedding
Pembroke Lodge wedding
Pembroke Lodge wedding ceremony
Pembroke Lodge wedding
Pembroke Lodge wedding kiss
Married at Pembroke Lodge wedding
Winter wedding sunshine at Pembroke Lodge wedding
Guests greet the bride
Picture in the sunshine
Winter wedding sunlight
Winter wedding reportage
Winter wedding in glorious sunshine
Sunny winter wedding at Pembroke Lodge
Wedding musician
Winter wedding reception
Funny expression
Winter wedding at Pembroke Lodge
Pembroke Lodge wedding couple portrait
Pembroke Lodge winter wedding photography
Pembroke Lodge wedding table plan
Winter wedding sunset at Pembroke Lodge
Pembroke Lodge wedding reportage
Couple entrance for dinner
Bride and groom kiss
Bride and groom selfie
Wedding speeches
Naughty Santa
First dance at Pembroke Lodge wedding
Bride dancing with friends

( and for me, my last wedding of 2014 )

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