Summer Wedding Photography



How to get the Best Summer Wedding Photos

The three most popular months for getting married in England are July, August and September, and just by looking at some of this stunning Summer wedding photography below, you can see why! The light is fantastic, the days are long, and when the British weather is on your side, there’s nothing better. Almost half of all weddings in the Summer are on a Saturday, with Friday being the next most popular day. Midday Summer sun is great with a glass of iced Pimms, but can be a bit of a nightmare for photos. Harsh light, heavy shadows and the sheer heat are all great reasons to avoid a noon photoshoot. But with a little planning, and the right photographer, your wedding photos will be stunning.

It’s All About the Light

Because of the longer hours of daylight, Summer weddings tend to be in the afternoon. This can work really well for the photography, making the best use of the great light you get in the time around sunset – known as the Golden Hour. Once you know the date of your wedding, you can check the sunset time here. As long as the skies are clear, the best light will be around an hour before sunset. Now you need to decide what kind of wedding photos you want, and then you can start planning the rest of the day around this.

Timings for a Summer Wedding

Most of my clients value great, story-telling Documentary Wedding Photography. They want natural and fun photos showing what it was like to be at their wedding. If this sounds like you, then you might want to have a later ceremony, so that there’s a couple of hours relaxing time for your guests around Golden Hour.

Here’s an example timetable for a mid-July wedding, based on using the best light for when the Bride and Groom will be enjoying relaxed time with their family and friends. Sunset is at around 9:15pm, so the best light will be from around 7:30pm – 8pm

  • 13:00   Bride’s Preparations
  • 14:00   Groom’s Preparations
  • 15:00   Ceremony Starts
  • 16:00   Cocktail Hour
  • 17:00   Family Group Photos
  • 17:30   Wedding Breakfast
  • 19:30   Free Time With Guests (Start of the great light)
  • 20:45   Couple Portraits
  • 21:15   Sunset
  • 21:30   First Dance


Summer Wedding Stories

Summer Wedding at Orchardleigh House

Summer Wedding at Orchardleigh House

Summer Wedding at Orchardleigh House Check out Mary and David’s super Summer Wedding at Orchardleigh House – just the perfect Somerset wedding venue for an all inclusive gathering! The ceremony was at St Mary’s Church on Orchardleigh estate, with the reception and party back at the luxury wedding venue near Bath Photography started with preparations…

Destination Wedding Photography in Spain

Destination Wedding Photography in Spain

Destination Wedding Photography in Spain The planning for Sophie and Tim’s Destination Wedding photography in Spain, began pre-Covid, back in 2019. So it was a real pleasure to be part of their week long celebrations when at long last the wedding took place in the Summer of 2023, culminating in a stunning wedding ceremony and…

Church wedding in Norfolk

Church Wedding in Norfolk

Church Wedding in Norfolk Here’s Holly and Will’s preview slideshow from their Church wedding in Norfolk earlier in the Summer. It was a superb day to be part of, and the Norfolk weather was perfect for a garden marquee reception at Will’s parents house. Family and friends can pre-register here to be notified when all…