This means that all of your outdoor portraits need to be completed before then to make the most out of the available daylight. The winter is notoriously CLOUDY so really outdoor portraits should be completed an hour before the scheduled sunset for the day. If you google the sunset on your weather day and it says 5:05pm sunset, then plan to be done with outdoor pictures by 4:05.
Late fall and winter weddings are gorgeous! However, they do take some additional planning because the sunset is so early in the day.
Our least favorite background is that part of the fall when the leaves have fallen but there is no snow yet so the trees just look dead and brown. To remedy this, choose a location with evergreen trees or architectural buildings to bring pops of color and visual interest back into the photos.
Most of my fall brides worry about having enough foliage color. I just want to encourage you that all I need is one tree with some color in order to make it look like fall! A little bit of color can go a long way.
We’ll likely be able to find at least a pocket of great color from October 5-20th. After about the 20th it is a gamble on if the leaves are past peak or if one big wind storm knocks all the leaves to the ground.
If the leaves have fallen by your wedding date, plan to choose a spot with evergreen trees or architectural buildings as a backdrop to keep pops of color and visual interest into the photos!
The midwest loves to show off this time of year, so it is no wonder that the fall is our most popular season for weddings and engagement sessions!
Throughout the fall the sun is continually setting earlier and earlier in the day.
Watch out for daylight savings time because the sun might set earlier than you think and cause us to lose the light too quickly.
This can impact your overall timeline and the outdoor photos you want to take. This means that all of your outdoor portraits need to be completed before then to make the most out of the available daylight. The fall also becomes CLOUDY, so really plan for the risk that outdoor portraits need to be completed an hour before the scheduled sunset for the day. If you google the sunset on your weather day and it says 6:05pm sunset, then plan to be done with outdoor pictures by 5:05pm.
Flowers in bloom add extra romance to every image. If we happen to find any type of blooming tree or plant, it will be worth it to give us a few extra minutes for portraits with it! You’ll LOVE the result!
Snow gone but no leaves on the trees yet?
No one wants their background to be a bunch of dead, brown trees. Aim for choosing portrait locations that have evergreens or architectural buildings that can bring pops of color and visual interest back into the images.
Due to the summer heat, you will want to pack extra water to stay cool and hydrated in the church.
I also love that there is so much daylight which gives you the chance to slip out of the reception for sunset portraits! You will NOT regret this! We aim to do these during Golden Hour which is 45-60 minutes before the scheduled sunset. By this point in the day, most couples feel more relaxed and playful because all the major events are finished. Sunset portraits last 15-20 minutes and usually happen during dinner or opendancing so that no one even notices that you’re gone for those few minutes.
If you or any of your wedding party is strongly affected by seasonal allergies, encourage them to take their allergy medications on the wedding day to make it more enjoyable!
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