I love the mountains. And I love weddings. I couldn’t think of a more perfect location for a wedding than at the top of a mountain, with a panorama surrounding you that rivals an image from National Geographic magazine.
A mountain top wedding is a great choice for adventurous couples who want to incorporate their love of nature and adventure in to their wedding day.
Whether it’s in Austria, Iceland or Norway, there are so many incredible locations to choose from, and my goal as a photographer is to feature your love and your location in your portraits. But of course taking photos in these kinds of locations requires a bit of extra planning.
Here are my top tips for being able to make the most of your adventurous location and capture stunning portraits:
- Schedule Plenty of Time For Your Portraits
You’ve chosen a stunning rural location. Give yourselves (and your photographer) time to explore all the possibilities that the location offers. Usually the wedding guests will be in a mountain hut (or alm as they are known here in Austria) and you’ll want to go somewhere out of their view for some time alone with your photographer. Allowing a bit of extra time to take a walk away from the wedding location can produce some incredible results.
- These Boots Were Made For Walking
Bring your hiking boots with you! I’m not suggesting you wear them for your whole wedding day, but if you want to get photographs of you both where you are surrounded by the beauty of the surroundings, we’ll probably need to take a little walk, and high heels are neither a) the most comfortable or b) safe for hiking across uneven or slippery ground.
- Prepare for Extreme Weather
Up at altitude, the weather conditions can be rather exaggerated, and you may even experience four seasons in one day. The sun is stronger, the rain is harder and the wind is wilder. But that all adds to the drama of the location, as long as you are prepared for it. Bring sunscreen, an umbrella and a warm jacket or shrug just in case. Other accessories like gloves, hats and scarves are also great to have for winter weddings to keep you warm while we venture out in the snow.
- Go For It 100%
Now I’m not going to make you climb on rocks if you don’t want to, or lead you off the beaten path if you are worried about getting your clothes dirty. If you are up for a little adventure on your wedding day and don’t mind a bit of dirt on the bottom of your dress or having your hair getting blown by the wind then we can really have some great fun and capture some amazing, dramatic images of you surrounded by the nature that you love so much. I’m more than happy to go outside come rain, shine or blizzard if you are too!
- Have A Plan B
With all the will in the world, sometimes nature is not on the same page as us, and it’s just not safe to venture too far off, then it’s a good idea to have a back-up plan in place. Either somewhere that is sheltered from the elements, or to arrange an after-wedding shoot in the same or similar location on another day.
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