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.



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


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!)


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.


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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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!


‘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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Johanna & Martin ~ Engagement Shoot at Mersea Island

Oh I do love to be beside the seaside!

Johanna & Martin are getting married at Houchins Wedding Venue later this year and we got together for their pre-wedding session at one of my favourite beach locations in Essex… Mersea Island.

We pinged a few emails back and forth and finally decided to head on down to the water to incorporate some fun and bright imagery in this beautiful area by the sea.

With it being a super hot day, I knew it would be very busy on the beach so we met up at the end of the day so that the last of the seaside goers would hopefully be heading back to their cars to descend back home for the evening, leaving us with the beach to ourselves for an hour <3

This was the second time Johanna had been in front of my camera as I’d done a photo shoot with her beautiful mare Duchess a few years back; a birthday gift from hubby to be Martin at the time. This time round they’ll be sharing the camera together as I can’t wait to share their wedding day with them in August!!

L x


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Elizabeth & Richard | Essex Pre-Wedding Shoot at Danbury Park

Last month I caught up with Elizabeth and Richard at the ever popular Danbury Park in Essex! I find this location so beautiful and favoured by a lot of my couples plus I just love it here too!

Although a tad muddy and wet, we managed to find some beautiful areas to create some great shots and have some fun amongst the woods and open fields! The sun was just about to set, so we made the most of the wonderful golden hour as it fell around us.  I can’t wait to see these guys again for their wedding in June!

The majority of my Wedding Packages now include a pre wedding photo session with your booking. These sessions are such a great little extra and really help to make you feel comfortable in front of the camera as you get to know your photographer more in preparation for your wedding day!




Kelly & Reiss ~ A Magical Winter Wedding at Gosfield Hall in Essex

I was super excited to be shooting Kelly & Reiss’s wedding at the stunning venue that is Gosfield Hall. Kelly & Reiss had booked me thirteen months prior to their wedding date so it had been a long time coming and we’d had a lot of excited phone calls on the build up to their big day! If you’ve never seen it, I would definitely recommend a visit over to Gosfield Hall. The long driveway, rural surrounds and sweeping lawns with gravel pathways lend itself to a beautiful red brick Georgian Mansion set in the idyllic Essex countryside perfectly set back to enjoy your day in a space you won’t be disappointed with.
I met Kelly in the Lady’s Chambers Cottage where bridal prep was in full swing with her Mum and four Bridesmaids as they enjoyed the pampering and chit chat of what was to come throughout the day. Once moved up to the Rococco Bridal Suite, Kelly changed into her breathtaking dress (which was actually a lot lot heavier than it looked!) and continued to finalise her hair & make up ready to meet fiancé Reiss at the end of the alter. Her winter-themed bouquet teamed with silver decor and thistle matched perfectly with the delicate hair piece and cute ballet-bow heels she’d carefully picked out for her special day.
The couple wed in The Queens Gallery; a beautiful oak-panelled room where Kelly had to hold back tears as she walked down the 120ft long aisle with her Mum to meet Reiss at the end. The couple’s son Hudson was chuffed to bits as he watched Mummy walk towards Daddy, and couldn’t decide who he wanted to be held by throughout the whole ceremony so he kept everyone laughing as the couple continued to bend and pass him around as they said their “I do’s”.
The emotions from this day are still hitting me now as I write this, and I can’t help but smile as I relive their wedding through these images.
Thanks to these beauts for choosing me to photograph your amazing day <3
I wish you both a lifetime of love, laughter and romance!


My Wedding Photography Bucket List

A friend of mine recently asked…if I had just one more wedding to photograph, what kind of wedding would I choose to shoot? I absolutely adore my job and am so thankful to all my wonderful clients who have chosen me as their wedding photographer in the past. I have loved shooting every single wedding over the last five years and I am so passionate about photographing couples in love. This question got me thinking and laughing to myself, as I really couldn’t narrow it down to just one kind of wedding… so here goes My Wedding Photography Bucket List!

If your wedding involves aaaaaaaany of the below then please GIVE ME A SHOUT!!

 I promise there will be an exclusive discount to be had.



  • A destination wedding (I love to travel and see/photograph new places so this is my ultimate no.1)
  • A wedding ceremony on a beach
  • A wedding with fairground rides (bonus if theres a merry-go-round)
  • A tipi wedding
  • Inside a castle BOOKED – Kate & Jon 2018 YAYY!
  • An elopement
  • A themed wedding (bonus if it’s Game of Thrones / 1920’s Peaky Blinders / Disney)
  • A ‘Don’t Tell the Bride’ wedding
  • A wedding in the snow (has to be abroad – sadly we don’t get enough in the!!!)
  • A wedding at the Roman baths
  • A wedding which involves the Bride riding a horse BOOKED – but it’s a secret, 2018!
  • A wedding in a treehouseforest or floral field
  • A wedding at the Lake District

Give me a shout if your wedding involves any of the above – you may be surprised! 🙂

Emma & Darren ~ Essex Wedding Photographer at Layer Marney Tower

On the morning of Emma & Darrens wedding I woke to rain, with the forecast predicting it to be with us all day – not a great start especially as we had quite a large wedding party and I had big plans for photos all over the gardens after the ceremony that afternoon!
Emma had chosen a beautiful delicate and daring low backed wedding gown to fit her gorgeous slim figure, finished with the flower ‘gip’ braided through her hair and a bouquet of baby blue, white roses and more gip to match. Her Bridesmaids dresses continued the soft baby blue theme with matching gip flowers for the girls and button holes for the boys. 

Emma got ready with her Bridesmaids at her parents house in Colchester, before being driven with her Dad in a beautiful Rolls Royce to the Church doors at Layer Marney.

The venue itself is a gorgeous Tudor Palace, built as a statement house in the 1520’s and boasts beautiful views overlooking fields, ponds, farm animals and a long driveway with perfected gardens for all to enjoy. 
Emma has a love for history so this venue was perfect for what she had been looking for. Keeping it traditional the couple wed at the on-site church set behind the towers in a lovely ceremony complete with family and friends watching on as they said their ‘I do’s’. From here on out out, we were so lucky with the weather! Apart from a few spots as we left the church (it gave Emma the chance to use her umbrella for the confetti 😉 ) that was all the rain we saw throughout that afternoon until the food was brought out, thank goodness!

The gorgeous backdrop of Layer Marney Tower proves a very popular area for photos so we made the most of it during the formal group shots, and then I got to whisk the couple away for a half hour together and some time in front of my camera as newly weds! I so love this part and could go on for hours if I had the chance!  

The food came out in the Long Gallery and everyone headed over to feed their hunger and enjoy the hilarious speeches led by Darren, Emma’s Dad and finally Darren’s Best Man. The fun and games continued into the evening with the Cutting of the Cake and the First Dance before it was finally time for me to depart. However, not before we managed to capture some of those iconic night time shots of the Bride & Groom outside the towers together!
I love my job and I have the most amazing clients! Thank you so much for having me guys! Wishing you both a a lifetime of love, laughter & romance <3

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2017 Roundup | Laura Jane Photography

Well what a year 2017 has been! I can’t believe we’re right around the corner from 2018 and I definitely say this every year but just how quick did last year go!!!

As is every year, there were a lot of highs and lows for my little family although at this stage I am more happy to remind myself of a few of the highs we’ve achieved this year…

  • Managing to secure and update our house to an even better one (in just under a year of only being in the old house!!)
  • Seeing our family grow by adding another furry member into the mix 😉
  • Enjoying a wonderful break away to the city of Rome, somewhere I have been dying to visit for the last few years!

Work has also been insane this year!! Here’s a little of what’s been going on…

  • A total of 18 Weddings shot in Essex, Suffolk and Kent in 2017, topping last years count and looking even more positive for 2018!
  • Booking so many Equestrian & Canine shoots and made tons of friends during the sessions – I love getting to know my clients & their quirky animals. One of the main reasons my job totally rocks!! <3
  • Setting up my own little office during our house move so I now have a whole room dedicated to my photography work Eek!! I’m so use to having an office in the corner of my old spare bedroom that this small change has been really appreciated!
  • Next year brings a Wedding booked in a castle in Wales YAYYYY – the furthest my photography has taken me! I’m so psyched I literally can’t wait for next year to start!!

To show how amazing my 2017 has been, I’ve narrowed it down to a very select few of my favourite moments to share with you <3

Thanks 2017 you’ve been amazing…Here’s to an fan-dabby-dozy 2018!! HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! 💃🏼 🥂 🍾 💃🏼 🎊


Laura x

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Best Wishes for a fabulous 2018!

Laura x

Kirsty & Simon ~ Essex Wedding Photographer on the Dengie Marshes

I bumped into Kirsty at the Crowne Plaza Wedding Fair last November, and was chuffed to bits when she asked if I would do their wedding in June this year. At the time I was waiting on another enquiry for the same date but after the first couple couldn’t commit (as they were still waiting on Church confirmation), I was able to release the date and offer it to Kirsty & Simon instead! I was so excited when I went to meet with them at their beautiful home in the Dengie. They ran through their details and everything sounded amazing! I absolutely adore ‘home’ Weddings in the beautiful countryside and couldn’t wait for June to come around.

The Wedding came around all too quick, and before I knew it I was knocking at Kirsty’s dads door to meet up with the Bridal Party that morning. To make my day even better, Kirsty’s Dad lives in a small exquisite house in the seaside town of Burnham-On-Crouch, and it was so quirky and carefully decorated I felt like I was walking into a show home. I don’t want to delve too much, but just picture white walls with pale pastel coloured decor, vintage posters, and black and white pictures on the walls with original wooden floor boards and a stunning back garden sheltered with wild flowers and coast around the corner WoW!! I was in photographer heaven and set to so I could make the most of taking pictures here.

Kirsty & Simon wed at the lovely St James’ Church at the top of a hill hidden from the rest of the world. This gem overlooks beautiful scenery and is luckily less than a mile down the road from the family farm so it made life easy and the party started sooner!

The speeches were on form, delivered by Kirsty’s proud Dad followed by Simon’s two best men who also happened to be his brothers. They had the whole marquee in stitches and kept everyone reaching for their glasses for toasts and cheers!

Food was delivered by the wonderful Linda Hamilton Catering who produced a wonderful spread of Afternoon Tea, Sandwiches and Cakes to go along with the Garden Party theme, and worked beautifully against the rustic backdrops and decor displayed in the marquee.

The sun continued all afternoon, and fun & games started in the garden with the Ice Cream truck also making an appearance for the couple and their guests. Before long it was time to cut the cake and get the party started with the First Dance. Everyone was having a great knees-up together as I stole the couple away for a few more shots as the sun began to descend.

Kirsty & Simon, what a fabulous day you’re going to remember! Congratulations to you both and I wish you all the best for a long, happy marriage together.


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Kelly & Reiss ~ Engagement Photos at Chalkwell Park

When I asked Kelly & Reiss where they wanted to do their Engagement photos, they had decided on heading to the beautiful area of Old Leigh near to Southend-on-sea as it was a special place to them where they reminisced the moments of their first date there. However sadly on arrival the place was absolutely packed with locals and tourists, and the tide was out so we quickly re-tracked and headed back to lovely local Chalkwell Park which had an abundance of beautiful backdrops, scenery and lots for their son Hudson to get involved with too!  We had lots of fun exploring the park, and Hudson sure kept all of us on our toes for the duration too!

I had a lovely catch up with these guys, and I’m so excited to be at the stunning Gosfield Hall in December for their wonderful winter Wedding!


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Wendy & James ~ Essex Wedding Photographer at The Forresters Golf & Country Club

I’ve know Wendy & James and they’re immediate family for quite a few years now and am proud that I have been asked to photograph them at various Equestrian events & PC camps, as well as an Equestrian Photo Sessions & a Canine Photo Session not too long ago.

Wendy & James share a heart of gold, and I was thrilled to be asked to photograph their Twilight Wedding at the Forresters Golf & Country Club at the end of May.

Going on holiday a week before the wedding; I phoned Wendy and assured her I would bring the sunshine back with me for her special day. True to my word, they were blessed with one of the hottest days of the year so far (luckily it was an early evening wedding and not midday!!) but it was perfect weather for a chilled, relaxed early evening in the sun with Barbeque and great friends celebrating the newly wed couple.

Wendy arrived (a half hour early!!!) in a gorgeous, gleaming white Rolls Royce and was immediately spun around to enjoy some time in her surprise car from James whilst the guests continued to flow in. During this time I managed to drag James & David out the back for a few quick shots under the shade of the trees whilst everyone else continued to make their way to the ceremony room ready for the arrival of the Bride again.

The gorgeous Bridesmaids & Flower Girls including Wendy’s daughter and Granddaughter’s walked through the ceremony room ahead of her, whilst following behind Wendy walked down the aisle arm in arm with her two sons.

The ceremony was beautiful with readings from members of the family, lots of laughs and smiles, and sparkly rings to be shared. Wendy & James couldn’t help but grin the whole way through – and I have the photos to prove it!!!

After the signing of the register and congratulations from the Registrars, we all exited behind the Bride & Groom and went straight out into the glorious sunshine to enjoy the afternoon’s rays outside. The whole afternoon was full of happy smiles and laughter, as well as plenty of food and drink for everyone. The Barbeque was delicious and Katie & her team at the Forresters made sure everyone was well looked after and enjoying their day.

I would like to take the chance to wish Wendy & James all the best with their future together, I know I’ll be keeping in touch and seeing you guys  soon (more than likely around horses)!!! Here’s to a life of love, laughter & happiness <3


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