Well Hello Autumn!

Nikki-Kirk-Photography-Autumn-wedding-style

Well Hello Autumn!

Autumn (or Fall if you’re reading this overseas) is a season of fallen leaves, of rich reds, the first frosts, and warming up with a steaming mug of hot chocolate clasped in your hands. It’s the perfect season for a wedding although one that’s often overlooked in favour of its summer cousin.

Nikki Kirk Photography Autumn wedding style

I love an autumn wedding. The lighting is just divine! So I thought I’d pull together some ideas and tips for you if you are planning an autumn wedding…

Nikki Kirk Photography Autumn wedding style

Choosing your Venue…

Nikki Kirk Photography Autumn wedding style

Photographed at Priors Tithe Barn

Pick a venue with good indoor and outdoor space as the weather is often still balmy way into October as we’re discovering this year! However it can also change in the blink of an eye so ensure that your venue has good indoor space should the weather be inclement meaning that you have to spend all the day inside. Dark venues on dark days are tricky if you want brightly lit photographs. I carry lighting with me however not everyone does and even then there is a limit to what can be achieved in limited time. So work with your photographer on this one!

Nikki Kirk Photography Autumn wedding style

Photographed at The Slaughters Country Inn

Marquees and yurts are another good option. Make sure you book one with enough space for areas for dining, dancing, and socialising.

Nikki Kirk Photography Autumn wedding style

Photographed at Umberslade

Outdoor weddings will create and absolutely spectacular backdrop if you are lucky with the weather (thank goodness for long range forecasts!). Just make sure that you’re prepared should the weather be chilly with blankets for your guests and of course umbrellas!

Nikki Kirk Photography Autumn wedding style

Choosing your Décor…

Nikki Kirk Photography Autumn wedding style

Make the most of harvest season. Colours in season are the flame coloured reds, oranges, and brilliant yellows of the falling leaves mixed with the chocolate browns of conkers.

Nikki Kirk Photography Autumn wedding style

Photographed at Glenfall House

And of course gold (and a touch of glitter of course!) to help anchor and accent centre pieces and mantelpiece decorations.

Nikki Kirk Photography Autumn wedding style

Photographed at Glenfall House

Embrace the traditions of autumn including Harvest Festival by hollowing out apples to use as mini vases filled with seasonal flowers.Nikki Kirk Photography Autumn wedding style

Incorporate fireworks, sparklers, Halloween pumpkins, toffee apples, conkers, hot chocolate etc. Nikki Kirk Photography Autumn wedding style

Nikki Kirk Photography Autumn wedding style

Choosing your Dress…

Autumn means you can layer up! We never know what this season will throw at us which makes it even more exciting and of course gives you the opportunity to splash out on a couple of extra items! A beautiful faux fur shrug to keep the chill off and fur lined boots that are hidden under your dress but keep your toes warm! Long sleeved wedding dresses in the style of the Duchess of Sussex and Princess Eugenie are leading the trend. Shoes to create a pop of colour peeking out from under your dress in dazzling orange or brilliant blue.

Photographed at Elmore Court

Nikki Kirk Photography Autumn wedding stylePhotographed at Brympton House

Nikki Kirk Photography Autumn wedding style

Accessorise with leaf style headbands and soft pearls…

Nikki Kirk Photography Autumn wedding style

Nikki Kirk Photography Autumn wedding style

And of course rose gold wedding bands…

Nikki Kirk Photography Autumn wedding style

Photographed at The Barn at Upcote

Nikki Kirk Photography Autumn wedding style

Choosing your Bridesmaid and Groomsmen outfits…

Nikki Kirk Photography Autumn wedding style

Photographed at Cripps Barn

For bridesmaids dresses and the groomsmen’s ties and accessories the bright colours of Autumn don’t suit everyone so look for tones that compliment the reds and oranges such as warm greys and navy blues.

Nikki Kirk Photography Autumn wedding style

Photographed at The Barn at Upcote Nikki Kirk Photography Autumn wedding style

Photographed at Manor by the Lake 

Choosing your Photographer…

The light changes significantly in Autumn with British winter time kicking in at the end of October meaning that darkness starts to fall early. The main wedding photographs should be scheduled in to take place during the best time for available day light during the day.

Nikki Kirk Photography Autumn wedding style

Photographed at The Umberslade Estate 

Make sure you talk to your photographer about these scheduling requirements and take their advice on timings. Talk to them about their style too. Are they a natural light photographer for example? Are the comfortable using a speed light (flash gun) to get the best results when the light is failing. Do they carry lighting? Have they worked in autumn conditions before? Ask to see examples of their work for the season. There are some incredible natural light photographers out there but they don’t use a speed light which means that come autumn and winter their work is grainy and moody due to the available light which might well be your thing, but if it’s not its best to check. No photographer wants to perform at any less than 100% so they won’t mind you asking the question.

Photographed at Hyde House

Choose your Treats…Nikki Kirk Photography Autumn wedding style

Photographed at Glenfall House / Napier Catering

Think of the traditions and the treats around the season for your inspiration for guests treats and drinks. Serve hot chocolate or hot alcoholic beverages with seasonal canapes. I’m thinking toffee apples, marshmallows on sticks to toast, pumpkin soup…! Nikki Kirk Photography Autumn wedding style

 Get fires lit if they have them at your venue for guests to congregate around.

 Choosing your Autumn Wedding Flowers…Nikki Kirk Photography Autumn wedding style

Stunning burnt oranges, rich reds, and greens. Roses, Chrysanthemums, Tulips, and Carnations are all wonderful choices for flowers that can be added into your autumn wedding flowers scheme along with seasonal foliage, pine cones, conkers, etc.

Nikki Kirk Photography Autumn wedding style

Work with your florist to make the most of the seasons abundance of materials.

Nikki Kirk Photography Autumn wedding style

And most of all enjoy! Autumn is a spectacular and romantic time of year to get married so if you are planning your wedding for 2019/2020 please do get in touch. I’d love to hear all about it!

Nikki   xx

Wedding Photographer of the Year 2018 – Gloucestershire

07711 855 845 / nikki@nikkikirkphotography.com

All images ©Nikki Kirk Photography

All styling and flowers by Lilyfee Floral Design unless noted otherwise: www.lilyfeefloraldesigns.co.uk 

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