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The Impact of Seasons on Wedding Day Portraits

March 21, 2018

How Seasons Impact Your Wedding Day Portraits | Alicia Yarrish Photography | French Destination Wedding Photographer


How Seasons Impact The Wedding Day Portraits | Alicia Yarrish Photography | French Destination Wedding Photographer

You know all too well that planning a wedding isn’t easy! Even with planners and coordinators involved, it can be a lot! With wedding planning, there are things that Brides and Grooms simply don’t think of, and that is why it’s so important to have wedding vendors that are more like friends than vendors. We’ll have your back!

One big thing that might not be on your radar? The seasons. You might have thought of your wedding day season weather-wise. Or to help you decide the dress you say yes to. But portrait time specifically in regards to your wedding day might not be at the forefront of your mind.

When my couples are creating their wedding timelines with photography in mind the season definitely comes into the conversation! It’s true- seasons impact the wedding day. Each season has it’s own advantages and challenges, but none that we cannot plan for and work with to ensure you get the absolute best wedding day portraits!

The Seasons


Winter weddings are absolutely gorgeous- especially in the regions with snow! If your wedding is in the winter we will need to consider the early sunset time. Generally speaking, sunset is around 4 p.m. so we’ll need to photograph all your portraits before that time.

In the Winter, an afternoon wedding might be your best option in regards to photography. Late evening weddings are not impossible during the Winter. However, you might need to plan for additional coverage as you’ll have some downtime from 4 p.m. (when we end portrait time) to the start of your ceremony.


Oh Spring, how I love you! Not terribly hot and not too cold either. Spring provides us with some pretty perfect temperatures! Daylight Savings Time also happens in the Spring and puts sunset time around 7:30 p.m. The later sunset time gives us far more time for portraits and usually flows well with wedding timelines!


There is so much light in the Summer, in some months sunset isn’t until 8 p.m.! Summer weddings are amazing in regards to portraits. We don’t need to rush to beat the sun and have the opportunity to photograph additional romantic bride and groom portraits later in the evening after your ceremony!


The colors in the Fall can be so beautiful! If you getting married at a location that gets great colors during these months we will, of course, take advantage of it! What else is great during the Fall? Temperatures! Similar to Spring, it’s never too hot and usually provides us with a cool, crisp night.

Sunset time can vary greatly during Autumn. During the months prior to the time change sunset is around 6-7 p.m. and the months after closer to 5:30 p.m.

So Seasons Impact The Wedding Day – Now What?

Do the different seasons impact the wedding day? Of course! But you’re planning a wedding that reflects you and your relationship. A big part of that is the season. We’ll work together closely to create a timeline that embraces the season you’re getting married in while allowing you ample portrait time.

Don’t forget- The First Look plays a big role in your timeline as well! Read about the 5 Reasons a First Look is For You!

Have we planned your engagement session? If not, be sure and check out how seasons affect those portraits as well!

Here’s a disclaimer- the above times are approximate! I use an online sunset calculator when planning your wedding day timeline to be sure it’s precise.

  1. Kara says:

    Yes this is such good advice! People often don’t know how much the seasons impacts wedding portraits and timeline details!

  2. Mercedes says:

    I find this absolutely helpful information. Couples only get to plan their wedding once and so don’t realize how much the seasons do impact their timeline. Great share!

  3. Jess says:

    Thank you so much for posting this advice! I think it is easy to just assume that photographers can capture portraits all through the timeline. Setting up the correct timing for the season is a great way for couples to really get what they want.

  4. sarah says:

    This is great… I think sometimes the thought never even crosses a brides mind, and then the end up not getting what they thought up in their heads. This is such helpful information in wedding planning

  5. Meaghan says:

    I wish spring wasn’t so unpredictable in New England because it really does make for a gorgeous picture! But with my luck, it’d probably be snowing haha

  6. Sarah Tyler says:

    Love this post! I dont think engaged couples think a lot about how the season they choose their wedding in will affect their wedding day and it really is huge! Each season will definitely affect your wedding differently and there are some big pros and cons to both! Great article!

  7. Andrea says:

    So important to consider the seasons and day light when constructing that timeline. I don’t think people realize how important it is to understand what the sun is doing during a specific time of day and season of the year- crucial elements!

  8. Thank you for the insightful information! As a stylist, we find ourselves constantly educating our clients on these type of details.
    Education is such an important element and truly what separates professionals from amateurs! Kudos on the fabulous information and thank you so much for sharing!

  9. Aida says:

    Different seasons do offer different opportunities for weddings. I personally really love the light in the Fall. It is so soft and the colors are spectacular 🙂

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Alicia is a walking contradiction. Left brained by formal education, yet creative to the bone by nature. Inspired by classic music but jams to too many sub genres of rap. Loves a ballgown, but needs tennis shoes or Birks. It's these every day contradictions that keeps the every day fun and her art interesting and exciting. 








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