Alison and Adam’s beautiful, snow-covered, Christmas wedding at Whitley Hall. Does it get more perfect for a Christmas wedding? As well as the beautifully decorated hall and the layer of snow, we also got the sun. There is a certain beauty to the light in Winter. Yes, there are fewer daylight hours, but because the sun never gets high in the sky and it is less intense than in the Summer, you get a gorgeous, directional light. Just have a look at the relaxed portraits below.
Alison and Adam were having a smaller, more intimate wedding. I think smaller weddings work well in the winter months. In the Summer it’s easy for your guests to spread out, in the gardens and around the house so when the outside space is never going to be an option it’s nice to keep the numbers down so you can enjoy the ambience of the venue. Whitley Hall is especially atmospheric in the Winter, with the 16th-century beams, open fires and Christmas lights.
Alison was getting ready at Whitley Hall while Adam got ready at home. This gave me chance to spend some time with Alison and the girls before Adam arrived. It also made it easy to then spend time between the bar and the bridal suite, to capture the guests arriving and the boys enjoying a pre-ceremony drink while keeping an eye on the goings-on with the girls.
The ceremony was perfect, tears, laughter everything you would want with your closest friends and family around you. After the ceremony, there were drinks in the bar, a couple of groups photos in the garden. When the sun was low in the sky, when the light was perfect, we walked around Whitley’s gardens, in the snow, for some amazing portraits. By the time we got back, the guests were heading in for dinner. I photographed the speeches and then said goodbye and left them to enjoy the rest of their day.