Winter wedding tips and special offer


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Christmas tree and log fire at Penmaenuchaf Hall, near Dolgellau

I love a good winter wedding – it’s a magical time of year, especially as it gets closer to Christmas and venues are lit up with fairy lights, Christmas trees and log fires.

Also, far fewer couples get married in winter, which means things can sometimes be cheaper and venues and vendors are more likely to be available.

Christmas mountain bike light painting at Penmaenuchaf Hall, Dolgellau


It’s no wonder that winter weddings are becoming more and more popular!

Winter does have its disadvantages though.

It’s more likely to be cold, windy and rainy, and you’re definitely going to have fewer hours of daylight.

But if you have a warm and cosy venue, being battened down inside might be rather romantic.

In front of the Christmas tree at Seiont Manor

The other thing to consider is that bad weather and darkness make photography more challenging.

On a sunny summer day, your guests will likely get some nice shots. There’s plenty of light and cameras will give good results in automatic mode.

Typically, when it’s darker, cameras in automatic mode will slow the shutter speed down to the point where pictures are blurry.

Using off camera flash at winter wedding at Y Galeri, Caernarfon


This is why I use off-camera flash much more often in winter: gel-warmed and softened light looks beautiful.

It is also harder for a camera to focus when it’s dark – another thing that can cause blurry photos.

Christmas wedding group shots at Penmaenuchaf Hall


A trick I sometimes use is to focus on a light source, such as a mobile phone, although in this set up picture I forgot to ask the groom to put his phone away!

We did a whole series of group shots in almost complete darkness.

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Night time can offer it’s own photographic opportunities, and a technique I sometime use is light-painting.

This involves using a long shutter speed, 30 seconds for example, and then drawing with something like a torch or sparklers while the pictures is being taken.

I also like the bokeh – the out of focus points of light – you get from things like Christmas trees.


If you are thinking about getting married in winter then I’d love to hear from you.


Great gift idea – voucher for photo shoot

Golau Media photoshoot voucher, Menai Bridge, Anglesey, North Wales

I’ve started selling gift cards for photoshoots, which can either be on location or at Golau Media studios in Menai Bridge.

Photoshoots with me are lots of fun and so this a great gift idea for family, friends, or even yourself.

I’ve photographed babies, children, models, couples, celebrities, animals… everything really…get in touch if you want to see specific examples, make an appointment to see me at my studio, and for details on how to purchase.

The introductory price is just £50, and for this you get a 1 hour shoot, CD with photos, and 2 x 7×5″ prints of your choice.

Terms and conditions

Voucher must be redeemed with 6 months of stated date.

Date and time of photo shoot is dependent on my availability.

Maximum of two people per photo shoot. Please enquire if you want group photos.

Travel beyond a 30 mile radius of Bethesda and Menai Bridge costs extra.

Tom Simone – personal photography

This website is dedicated to the wedding photography and videography side of what I do, but I’ve recently spent a bit of time updating my personal website –

This year I’m attempting to do a 365 project, where I take and upload a photo every day. Yesterday it was my son Raffi who starred, think he and Jac will probably take top spot on quite a few days 🙂

Tom Simone Wedding Photographer at Seiont Manor Wedding Fair

Caroline and I went to the Seiont Manor Wedding Fayre today… and now we’re pretty exhausted.

Kudos to batman Sam for building me a very well made wooden display board, from which I hung my canvases…

Wedding photographer at Seiont Manor wedding fayre

It was our first time there and we spent ages getting everything ready, incredible how long all the little things take really.

It was well worth it though, we met a load of very nice couples and made friends with a bunch of other wedding people.

Our table was next to Gav’s discos, who is very well known around the Caernarfon area. He had the Liverpool v Everton  match on his laptop, he supports Eveton and they beat us 2-0, … he seemed like a nice guy apart from that though.

Also met Ioan’s wife, of Celynnen Photography, who I’d come across on the twitters…geeks the both of us.

Also met Alan and Ffion, who won my wedding competition earlier this year, although embarrassingly I couldn’t immediately place them…sorry!

All in all, it was a well worthwhile event and I can’t wait to work with some of the couples I met there… exciting times!

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