Tips & Tricks to make the best of your Winter Wedding

Winter weddings can be truly magical. Do you love the idea of twinkling lights, wrapping up in a faux fur cape, and sipping hot chocolate with your guests by a roaring fire? Then a Winter Wedding may be your ideal time of year…

Although wedding season typically starts to calm down for the Winter months, I still have a couple booked in which I absolutely love, however it is important to make yourselves aware of a few things before you sign on that dotted line with your chosen venue.

 


  1. DAYLIGHT HOURS FADE FAST 

Daylight hours dwindle fast during those winter months, so make yourselves aware of the daylight times on your wedding day beforehand. We want to make the absolute most of that light outside, so if you’ve got a 2pm ceremony in a church in November, bear in mind you probably won’t be coming out until 3pm(ish) which gives us just an hour to get all those beautiful photos of you guys together, plus your guests too. It may be worth considering moving your ceremony time forward to 12 or 1pm if you can. Below are approximate sunset times for the Winter months.

October expect the sunset to be around 6pm (5pm after clocks go back)

November expect the sunset to be around 4pm

December expect the sunset to be around 4pm

January expect the sunset to be around 4:15pm

February expect the sunset to be around 5pm

March expect the sunset to be around 6pm


2. KEEP YOURSELVES & YOUR GUESTS WARM


Are you happy with layers? A faux fur cape or stole, or a unique cardigan can look amazing over the top of your beautiful dress, and always helps when I ask your Groom to pull you in tight for those gorgeous couple shots of the two of you together. Alternatively long sleeve dresses can look insane, especially with some snow in the background too! Ladies…is it a long dress? Chuck on some thick tights & a pair of boots, no one will ever know (and your bridesmaids can do this too!!)<3

Don’t forget about your guests too! Pick up some blankets, scarves and other accessories for your guests to enjoy and keep warm with if you’re having a special outdoors ceremony, or you need them to be outside with you for a certain amount of time. They’ll thank you, and it really adds to the decor!

Umbrellas are also a good necessity to have just in case. Even if it’s only a couple of matching ones for your bridal and grooms party, definitely worth being prepared for all weather outcomes!

Instead of a champagne welcome drink, why not opt for a hot chocolate or tea welcome drink? Something warm for everyone to wrap their hands around upon arrival (and will save on the pennies for you guys too!)


3. DECOR


Check with your venue when they begin to put up their Christmas decorations, and if they’ll be up on your wedding day then what is their Christmas colour scheme. You wouldn’t want your fuscia pink flowers to clash with their rosy red baubles on the Christmas tree. If their decor is not to your taste then is it ok for them to take them down for your special day? Always worth asking.


4. NIGHT TIME SHOTS


Does your photographer do any night time portraits with lights? This can be good fun, and create some amazing imagery especially if you’ve booked an incredible venue with beautiful outside exterior. During my weddings I like to have two 15-20 minute sessions with my Bride & Groom for some portraits of just the two of you together – one straight after the ceremony and another in the evening after you’ve finished your wedding breakfast. Typically I look for ‘golden hour’ which is the hour of beautiful light we get before the sun sets, however in winter when the sun tends to set about 4pm, but we want to go out for photos about 7pm, then I bring out my lights and we create some gorgeous intimate shots of the two of you together instead. It’s a great chance for you two to take a break and look back on how amazing your day has been too <3

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5. MAKE ALLOWANCES FOR TRAVEL TIME


If you’ve got two or three venues to make it round to on your wedding day (ie prep address, Church and then Reception Venue etc) then make sure you have given yourselves plenty of time in case of bad traffic. Although a Bride being fashionably late is typically something we’re use too, it can bring on unnecessary  stress for your poor Groom waiting at the alter, and can also make guests feel twitchy too. Plan well guys!


6. UMBRELLAS


‘Nab some umbrellas for those ‘just incase’ moments – it’s always great to be prepared and they can make some great props for couple shots too! Plus your bridal party will thank you for keeping their hair dry if it is looking to be a tad wet on the big day!

Winter Weddings can be just as magical as Summer Weddings so just enjoy it! Brave the rain, snuggle in closer and make the most of one of the most amazing days of your lives together!

 

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Rachael & Andy ~ An Equestrian Pre Wedding Shoot

The other month I met up with Rachael & Andy ahead of their wedding for their engagement shoot, and who else should be coming along for their photos than their adopted daughter Pepper <3 Anyone who knows Rachael know she absolutely dotes on Pepper and it wouldn’t be right without her there with these guys too <3

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Melissa & Bailey ~ Essex Equestrian Photographer

Driving around to Melissa & Bailey’s yard got me all exciting. Single track roads and beautiful rural surroundings without a car in sight, the countryside round this part of the world is beautiful, secluded and offers amazing scenery.

Melissa was keen to get her wedding dress back on for some photos and had gone to a lot of trouble to make sure there was help to get her back in to it complete with veil too! Melissa definitely made the most of it, and I had her riding Bailey round in circles repeating ‘I’m a princess’ at the top of her voice! Laughter & giggles all round!!

My thanks to Melissa for allowing me to share these sneak peeks, check them out below!

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Hannah & Dudley ~ Essex Equestrian Photographer

Hannah & Dudley’s Equestrian Photo Session was on one of the hottest days I think I’ve ever shot on, and that was at 6pm in the evening too! I remember feeling really excited as I drove down the road thinking I knew exactly where I was headed, however my satnav speared off and actually took me to a different location than I first thought… I love surprises so driving down this narrow peaceful road I knew I was in for a treat!

When I pulled up outside Hannah’s front drive, my mind was racing with soooo many ideas for this gorgeous location. It really is the most fabulous home and I couldn’t wait to get stuck in!

Out the back past the garden, Hannah’s parents’ home stretches on to include a nature reservoir and plenty of lushes fields and woodland trees, we had so many photo opportunities!

Walking down to greet everyone, it was all so chilled and relaxed outside the stables as the gleaming Dudley stood tied up ready to make his debut in front of the camera.

They picked a fabulously sunny early evening so I spent a lot of time re-arranging Hannah & Dudley in the best possible light (something Dudley wasn’t overly keen on as he was more interested in looking over his shoulder in the other direction)… {face palm} however with some gentle guidance and some food for thought he behaved impeccably and did everything asked of him after a little gesture of a polo or snack of grass here and there.

I had a fab time exploring the beautiful grounds and capturing this duo together <3 here’s a few sneaks from their Equestrian Photo Shoot.

L x

 

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Elizabeth & Richard ~ A Country Wedding in Sunny Suffolk

So most of you know, we’ve been in this heatwave now for nearly two months and it is utter bliss! Don’t complain guys…you would all be moaning if it was the other way round and we were having constant downpours😉
I was so looking forward to taking the drive up to see Elizabeth & Richard again, and to photograph the best day of their lives together especially as the Reception was to be back at Elizabeth’s parents beautiful Farm home in sunny Suffolk.

Richard had popped the question last year, and the pair had planned their delicately tasteful wedding to be held at St Mary’s Church in Yaxley, with the reception less than 2 miles down the road at the gorgeous family Farm. A little bit of country, a little bit of elegance and a whole lot of style went into this wedding day.

I found Elizabeth & her family getting ready in the farm house (well nearly all the family… Elizabeth’s Dad could be seen running around on the farm machinery outside before they bullied him into the bathroom to get washed and ready before too long)! Bubbly flowing, hair & make-up in full swing, the atmosphere in the room was so calm and collected, and with the views of the back garden as everyone watched the florists, gardeners and helpers put the final pieces in place, it was all about to get very exciting!

St Mary’s Church is a very tall building, beautifully lit with it’s large stained windows and space for plenty of guests, perfect for Elizabeth & Richard’s big day! Mrs Thorogood had gone into overdrive with confetti, ensuring there was more than enough to go around! With the amount of guests, and the amount of space we had out the front of the church, this traditional walk worked amazingly and the couple were truly covered… Well done guys! 

Back at the Family farm, the couple were greeted by their guests and everyone got to hydrate themselves and dig into canapes whilst we photographed the couple with their nearest and dearest before whisking them away for some special shots on their own. We made the  most of the countryside around us, and the chickens were sure happy to follow too!

Before we knew it, the food was gone, the sun was setting, the evening guests were arriving and the music was playing! These days go so quickly guys <3
Wishing these guys a lifetime of love, laughter and romance, you two were truly beautiful!!
L x
Venue: St Mary’s Church, Yaxley
Hair: Hair by Scarlett
Makeup: The Beauty Room, Melton

Raine & Poncz ~ Essex Equestrian Photographer

Check out these lovelies! Raine and her top jumping man Poncz were pros in front of my camera the other week! It may have been a tad overcast instead of the bright sun we’ve had just recently but that weather is just perfect and I love the results I get with my camera when it’s like this!

We played with rolling hills, barley fields, greenery and yellow buttercups! <3

At the end we even scooped Raine’s mare Prancer out from her stable as she is near to drop a foal (can you tell?) and then Raine’s very first pony Panther who was chilling quietly with his hay came out for a few shots too! 😍

Keep scrolling for some sneak peeks from their gorgeous shoot <3

L x

 

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Karis & Hat ~ Essex Equestrian Photographer

A gift voucher for Christmas meant we could get Karis & her horse Hat booked in the diary to capture them looking their best! Karis’ yard is surrounded by amazing fields, scenery and beautiful backdrops, and is so peaceful and enchanting with an abundance of areas for us to choose from!

We may not have had golden hour on our shoot (and not everyone knows this) but it’s actually every photographers dream to shoot on a slightly overcast day as we don’t have to worry about where the sun is and work hard against harsh shadows. It was a perfect day to photograph on!  ✨

Hat was amazing and didn’t put a foot wrong! He took everything in his stride and looked like he was enjoying his time in front of the camera. Scroll down for some sneak peeks from this gorgeous shoot <3

L x

 

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Louisa & Jasper ~ Essex Equestrian Photography

I’ve been to visit Louisa & Jasper twice already, so was really looking forward to coming back and seeing the pair again on their beautiful yard out in the middle of nowhere…pure peaceful bliss! The marshes are such a quiet, tranquil area to be based and provide such beautiful backdrops which was perfect for our shoot.

Without knowing it until I arrived, Louisa had also brought along her wedding dress so after a few shots in some smart yard clothing we had a change up and got into the beautiful dress Louisa had walked down the aisle in just last year! With the gorgeous early evening golden hour, a beautiful white gelding and a gorgeous wedding dress we headed out and created some magic in and amongst the fields and greenery which surround the yard ✨

Jasper being the gentleman he is behaved impeccably throughout the whole shoot and did everything asked of him, he even got to kick up his heels and have a good old run around at the end to let off some steam! My thanks to Louisa for having me back again, he really is a horse in a million <3

L x

 

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Apton Hall Wedding Venue ~ The NEW Venue on the block!

Still looking for your wedding venue? Struggling to find somewhere unique, unheard of and with real character & rustic charm? Then check out new venue on the block…APTON HALL! I’m Proud as Punch to be one of their Recommended Suppliers, and I have photographed their venue in a series of images displayed below, take a sneak peek!! 💕

Based out in the sticks down a long beautiful drive in Rochford, Essex, this beautiful venue has been transformed from dilapidated buildings and stables into a fresh, modern and new Wedding Venue boasting tons of rustic beauty and original bricks and timber in some places too. If you’re like me and love a Wedding in a farm-style venue with plenty of rural fields and greenery for those beautiful intimate moments and fun with your guests outside then check out this little gem! You won’t be disappointed!

Making the most of the venue, Craig, Chloe & the team are licensed for inside and outside ceremonies, with their new pagoda recently erected and looking fab in the middle of the courtyard! (Missing from these photos). The Bridal suite includes an upstairs & downstairs area, with the talking point being the fabulous Dovecot which lights up as you head up to bed at the end of your evening. MaGiCaL!!✨

For a real chance to check out this beautiful fully exclusive venue (which I may add is becoming very popular), then get in touch with Chloe for a viewing!

For more details head to: www.aptonhall.co.uk or find them on facebook: www.facebook.com/AptonHall

L x

 

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Jenna & Mia and their Horses ~ Essex Equestrian Photography

I got to meet these four on their family farm near Frinton-On-Sea recently and what a treat it was! We had gleaming horses & ponies and dogs, on a beautiful early evening sunset.

Jenna & Mia had both decided to wear their gorgeous wedding dresses one last time, before having them cleaned and donated for charity, and what better way to make the most of dressing up as Princesses again than to do it with your sister and horse! Both ladies looked stunning and with an entourage of helpers we got some beautiful shots of them together, with Jenna even braving it to sit on Quinn for a few shots!

Take a peek below at their Equestrian Photo Session <3

L x

 

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