Your Sussex Wedding - December/January 2023/2024 (Issue 106)

HOT TOPIC: WINTER VIBES Our experts offer stellar advice on creating your own winter wonderland wedding THE LIGHT FANTASTIC Andy Kerr of Andy Kerry Photography ( says: Winter, such a fantastic time for wedding photos, and adding a seasonal twist can really create a magical and romantic atmosphere. The first thing to remember about capturing great images is that photography is all about the light, and in the winter this can be challenging with shorter days and overcast skies. So, leave it to the professionals who have experience in overcoming these hurdles, and you can be sure of stunning images to treasure for a lifetime. If you’re lucky enough to have a snowy backdrop, the camera will tend to underexpose and add a blue tinge to the image. The fix is to compensate for this in the camera settings. After all, who wants blue snow? If you’re wearing a white dress, standing in front of something with a darker background will also help to avoid you blending in. Something to bear in mind when it comes to your wedding attire and décor is that choosing deep, rich, seasonal colours such as burgundy, red, forest green, or navy can evoke a wintry feel. Also, fairylights and candles, for example, create a lovely warm, intimate ambience. Finally, have a backup plan for indoor photos in case of extreme weather. Make sure your photographer visits your venue in the run up to the big day to check out the best backdrops, inside and out, as well as features that will make your images look amazing. FESTIVE FAVOURITES Kate Tym and Kate Dyer, also known as Kate & Kate Celebrants ( say: We love a winter wedding! Snuggly venues, log fires, greenery, Christmas trees with baubles, fairylights and candles everywhere, mulled wine on arrival to warm everyone up... Warmth is a must, so think velvet, feathers and pashminas, plus a spare pair of outdoor shoes for photos – there’s nothing worse than a soggy Jimmy Choo! Flowergirls and pageboys can have the look of magical little elves, while bridesmaids can rock the winter theme in burgundy or scarlet. As for the ceremony itself, pop a cracker on every seat to start things off with a bang and, of course, that means a paper hat on every head for full-on festive fun. A Christmas carol or Christmas number one can provide you with a sing-a-long to really lift the spirits – Winter Wonderland is one of our favourites. Stick your vows inside a giant husband or wife Christmas card – so kitsch it’s cool – and, of course, for the kiss, it’s got to be under the mistletoe! Finally, on exit forget confetti, it’s party poppers all the way – you’re definitely going out with a bang! © Peter Mould 70