On a still, sunny, wintry day in December Rebecca and James tied the knot at the Whitaker in Rawtenstall, a gorgeous, intimate venue filled with natural light.
I arrived early to take some shots of the details – they had a very pretty wedding cake with a cascade of pink flowers down the side, and a beautifully laid out table for their wedding breakfast. The ceremony and reception rooms are also an art gallery so there were lots of lovely paintings hanging round the room and adding to the general atmosphere.
As this was a winter wedding the sun was due to set fairly early on in the afternoon, so after the ceremony I gave Rebecca and James ten minutes to mingle with their guests before taking them out for their couple portraits. We were lucky with the weather and the light, and managed to take a few pictures with the orange glow of the sunset just behind them – my favourite kind of light!
After this we swiftly moved through their group photos – it was very cold outside and we didn’t want their guests to have to stand around in the chill for too long.
Finally, we went back inside to take a couple of portraits by the Christmas Tree.
And that wrapped up my last wedding of 2019! My top tip for winter weddings would be to plan your ceremony time around what time the sun sets, so you still have time for natural light photos after the ceremony.