The first rule of winter wedding photography: don’t be afraid of the dark.

The second rule of winter wedding photography: did we mention it’s going to get dark? If you’re looking at pictures of other people’s weddings, be prepared for the sun not to be doing exactly the same thing if you’re getting married in the depths of December and their wedding was a midsummer night’s dream.

Ask your photographer for scheduling advice if you’d like at least some of your pictures in daylight (planning for portraits before the ceremony is one strategy, and shooting a first look is always fun.) Or, embrace the darkness: we’ll research the timings, venues and lighting options for shooting after the sun goes down.

Either way, don’t worry about it!

Shan, about to get married on a very rainy day