Golden hour. Have you heard of it? If you're a photographer or have ever spoken with one for more than ten minutes, it's definitely in your lexicon. But for us normal people, golden hour is that magical time one hour before sunset when the light is just perfect for photographs. Those glowing wedding photographs you've sighed over as you research wedding photographers? Golden hour. Every time.
During the golden hour, the light is softer and less harsh than when the sun is higher in the sky, meaning your photographs will have a beautiful soft glow and you can often take advantage of those gorgeous sun flares. You'll also avoid strong shadows and squinty eyes which make photographing faces awfully difficult for photographers.
You can even check the golden hour for any time zone and any date with this handy caculator, which is helpful if you're trying to fit golden hour photographs into your busy wedding day! Technically, golden hour also happens one hour after sunrise, which might not be so relaxing on your big day unless you and your mate are serious morning people!
Golden hour wedding photos is something to take into consideration as you're plotting out your wedding day, but don't fret if golden hour happens several hours after you'd like to take photos. One way to take advantage of this light is to take group photos after the ceremony earlier in the day, and then sneak away with your photographer for a few after dinner portraits in that magical light. Do make sure to talk with your photographer about taking advantage of this light in advance. They will likely be able to scout the perfect spot to take advantage of this short window of time!
Here are just a few images to get you excited about your own golden hour wedding photos!
Have we inspired you to get glowy with the golden hour? Are you as smitten as we are with these gorgeous images?
For more on wedding photography and how to hire the best wedding photographer for your wedding, check out our helpful tips!
Emily Westbrooks is an American-born writer and blogger based in Dublin, Ireland. She is the Online Editor for Confetti Magazine, one of Ireland's top bridal magazines. She also writes her own lifestyle blog, From China Village, where she chronicles her adventures in Dublin, travels around Europe, DIY projects and Irish design. She shares her home with her husband, one cat, and four sassy chickens! Browse Emily's unique tips here.