Many people think being a contemporary documentary wedding photographer is all about frantically working through the summer and then doing nothing during the cold winter months. But that's often far from the truth as more and more couples are tying the knot during the winter. The chance to have snow outside, Brides and Bridesmaids wearing fur, Christmas trees, roaring log fireplaces and fireworks early in the evening gives any winter wedding a lovely unique feeling.
So I loved it when London couple Emily and Chris decided to have the added romance of getting hitched just before Christmas.
On a slightly grey day, (sadly it never quite managed to snow), I arrived at the beautiful Down Hall country house now run as a country house hotel and wedding venue.
Emily and her bridesmaids were all happily getting ready laughing over a glass or two of Champagne with fantastic bridesmaids shoes and white fur trimmed outfits that are part of the fun of a stylish winter wedding. Emily looked amazing in a classic white embroidered dress with a matching fur throw.
Chris, his best men and ushers soon joined the Bride and Groom's Dad's outside. All jokingly trying to keep Chris calm with the normal bravado that precedes a great wedding.
The ceremony room looked splendid as the guest arrived. Bedecked in white candles and white winter flower arrangements and rose petals scattered down the aisle with the large decorated Christmas Tree in the corner adding a special festive touch to the proceedings.
A very proud father of the Bride walked Emily down the aisle and followed by an emotional service with more than the odd tissue being needed by both the guests and the couple.
We all braved the cold for the group wedding photos outside before diving back inside and heading to the reception with the most amazing room with beautiful ice themed table arrangements and fairlights adding a winter wonderland feel, which made up for the late arrival of the ice sculpture containing the guest list!
The happy couple entered the wedding reception to loud cheers from the assembled family and guests who then sat down to enjoy a great evening of fine food and heartfelt speeches before watching a huge display of fireworks. And even if the Dj flooded the pink lit dance floor with his new dry ice machine it just meant that Emily and Chris' first dance was even more romantic !