I took a month off in the autumn for a once in a lifetime trip to South America, and this was my first wedding back after a month of sunshine! A late, dark autumn wedding at Mayfair Library! It is not unusual in autumn or winter to find that all daylight has disappeared by the time you come out of the ceremony, but this is the first time I have had a wedding where it was already completely dark before we even started. With register offices now carrying out later ceremonies, I’m sure we’ll see more evening ceremonies in the future.
Brides do often ask me about how the lack of light will affect their wedding, and the truth is, if you are getting married at 7pm in November, it WILL affect the look of your photographs to some extent, especially when it comes to your post-ceremony wedding portraits. Photography, by definition is “writing with light” and when there is no light, that does make it a little more challening. Often, this involves the use of flash, which in itself is not a bad thing, providing it is used skillfully, and sometimes, there is enough light available from other light sources to create some interesting images.
It’s different if you have a full day wedding planned at a lovely venue, with beautifully lit rooms, where there is enough ambient, soft late available to create some atmospheric shots. But when you have a super intimate (and neon lit) register office ceremony like Kimberly and Michael, with no venue to go on to, and nothing but the great dark outdoors for your wedding portraits, then you need to get a little creative. So we had some fun with some local streetlamps and a colourful shop backdrop.