Weddings

Sarah & Paul | A chilled out church wedding in Kent

I absolutely adore second shooting for my lovely friend Clare and I was so delighted when she asked Russell and I to come along and second for her (and shoot video!) at Sarah and Paul’s fun church and marquee wedding in Kent last summer.

Sarah and Paul chose to get married in St Margaret's Church in High Halstow and held their wedding party in a marquee not too far away. These guys planned a pretty fun day and they have an absolutely great bunch of mates! There were endless pranks, games and laughter all day.

This church wedding is a really good example of when photographers are asked not to stand at the front of the church on a wedding day. This can be quite a surprise to a couple on their wedding day so it is always worth checking beforehand. Clare and I found some pretty good angles to shoot from so we were happy but it’s always worth thinking about if you’re planning a church wedding.

Check out Russell’s video below and scroll further down to see the photographs :)

Groom holds wedding boxers
Wedding date on a calendar with cats on
Groom writing vows or speech on his iPad in the garden the morning of the wedding
Bride and groom and their cats - photo frame on the wall
Groomsmen being silly with animal masks on the morning of a wedding
Groom and groomsmen putting on ties on the morning of the wedding
Groomsmen playing around on the morning of the wedding
Groomsmen drinking whisky the morning of the wedding
Groom and groomsmen on morning of the wedding
Groomsmen play fighting with groom
St Margaret's Church, High Halstow in Kent wedding photography
Groom walking towards priest and church
Groom speaking with his mum at the church before wedding
Groom waiting for bride with best man
Groom greeting bride at the altar
St Margaret's Church, High Halstow in Kent wedding photography
Bride and groom exchanging vows during church wedding
St Margaret's Church, High Halstow wedding
Bride and Groom first kiss
Just married!
Cute toddler at wedding
Bride and groom smiling at each other after just getting married
Kids being cute at a wedding
Guests waiting for bride and groom confetti
Bride and groom with a tunnel of bubbles for confetti
Bride and groom kissing under the entrance to the church after getting married
Wedding marquee in field in Kent
Guests drinking beer outside marquee
Wedding guests playing lawn games
Bride and groom putting on wedding converse
Groom helping bride put on wedding converse
Cute wedding favour heart
Wedding guests outside marquee
Bride talking to guests outside wedding marquee
Wedding guests laughing during drinks reception
Bride and groom handmade cake topper
Bottles of wine in a bucket
Bride and groom playing shoe game during reception
Wedding guests laughing during wedding reception
Guests holding hands and laughing during wedding reception
Bride and groom stood next to boat
Wedding guests playing massive game of cards
Wedding guests playing cards
Giant card game at wedding
Wedding guests playing giant card game
Groom and wedding guests playing giant card game
Groom telling off wedding guest during card game
Bride and groom first dance at wedding
First wedding dance black and white wedding photography

Adrienne & James | An awesome laidback outdoor wedding in Lincolnshire

This summer has been incredible so far and I've been SO lucky to travel (all over the world, Australia counts right?!) to photograph some absolutely wonderful relaxed and happy weddings! 

I knew from the moment that I started speaking to Adrienne about her and James' wedding that it would be a dream wedding to photograph. Adrienne and James just wanted to have a bloody good time with all the people they love. 

I could talk for hours about wedding traditions. I love it when my couples pick and choose the traditions that actually mean something to them (or abandon them altogether, that's my absolute favourite!) and these guys did just that. They didn't want any posed photographs (but just look below at how BEAUTIFUL they are when I managed to persuade them ;) !), no group photos and definitely no speeches or forced "fun" for their guests. 

These guys did everything in a really simple and straightforward way. They hired self-catering barn accommodation for a week (best decision ever), made lots themselves (the seating,  all the signs, the wedding arch, a gladiators game - yes like the TV show - and the bar...James is a genius), brought in food (picnic food and a PIZZA TRUCK), stocked their bar with their favourite ale, played a massive game of Beer Pong and even threw one of their wedding guests in the swimming pool fully clothed! 

All of the above made this such an amazing wedding but Adrienne and James know who the star of the show was for me (and my husband Russell who joined me to shoot video, more coming soon!)...their Italian Greyhound Sunny. Oh my days, I love dogs at weddings and Sunny might just be my favourite dog in the world. Have a look below and I'm sure you will agree ♡ Sunny loves these guys a ridiculous amount, it's so cute! 

As this wedding was so bloody awesome I asked Adrienne to compile a list of tips for any other couples who would like to plan a relaxed and non-traditional wedding and here they are (thank you Adrienne!): 

1- Support small local businesses rather than using well known chains for things. I found that they show more attention to detail and it's an all round more personalised experience. That being said we bought our table flowers from our local Morrisons and arranged them ourselves. Just suss out when and where to be savvy. Do as much as you can yourself (within reason and without stressing yourself out too much).

2- Charity shops! These places are amazing for picking up little things you may need for added decoration. such as cushions or throws. We bought a handful of cut glass bowls for nuts for the bar etc. I also found Etsy was great for finding one off cute little extras such as the macrame and my belt. 

3- We decided to have a free bar...all day...if we could change this now we probably would. By the time the hired bar man had gone home it became a free for all, at which point I had to step in a be a party pooper and limit people's drinks to beer only. However the other side to this is that the guests REALLY appreciated it! - "this is the best wedding ever"

4- Help is all around you. Try not to stress too much as friends and family will step in to help. Call upon the expertise of those you know. If you know someone crafty - USE THEM! Our favours were made by the mother of the groom, the cake was made by the sister in-law! Fortune saved.

5- Don't get hung up on tiny details like, is that glass vase central on that tiny table in the corner - no one will notice on the day and it's time you're wasting that you could be spending on other things...like drinking! (this is one of my fave tips!) 

6- The venue is obviously super important. Again this is about thinking outside of the box. We found a lovely converted barn, self catering holiday let literally 20 mins from our front door. As this wasn't a registered wedding venue it was super cheap in comparison and this meant we had the entire venue for a whole week, guests didn't have the stress of travelling long distances AND it slept 16 people at NO additional costs. We found a humanist celebrant who gave us a blessing which meant we had total control over everything - the wording, the location and live music!

7 - This is your day and you can plan it exactly how you want. We were legally married in the local registry office a few weeks prior to our 'ceremony'. This was just James, myself and 2 witnesses. We turned up in jeans and it cost £40. It's a little nontraditional but it suited us down to the ground!

In addition - we knew our day was going to be super relaxed and for that reason we decided not to have bridesmaids and groomsmen. All our close friends and family helped out and we didn't have to give them a title or a suit/dress for them to volunteer. 

8 - Our day started at 10.30am and guests stayed until midnight in the end. Despite this being a super long day, it still felt like it was over in the blink of an eye. My advice is stand back for 30 mins just to adsorb, take some time with your new husband (or wife) to reflect, this really helped us. 

9- Don't over plan, or worry if you're behind on schedule or if you forget about things - we didn't schedule in a cake cutting moment but it ended up happening, simply because the cake was too beautiful to not be the star for 15 mins!

10- Last but not least, DO choose your photographer carefully, after all the photos they take will help you remember your day for the rest of your life. I would recommend Tash and Russell to anyone! Their work is amazing and they're literally the nicest people you'll ever meet. I think Tash should add wedding organiser/planner/project manager to her CV! 

 

I really love the approach that Adrienne and James took to planning their wedding and I hope the tips above are helpful for anyone else who is planning their wedding! I think it is so important to have a wedding that reflects you both as a couple, to not worry too much about traditions or what others may expect from you. Just plan the day the way you want it ♡

Lovely suppliers:

Venue: Thorganby Hall

Acoustic Musician: Sam Dawson

Stone baked pizza van: Pizza Mamma Hull

 

Thorganby Hall, Lincolnshire Wedding
Welcome to Marris Barn sign, Thorganby, Lincolnshire
Order of the day, relaxed back garden wedding
Bride and her Italian greyhound
Bridal bouquet
Wedding bar
Guests arriving for wedding
Italian greyhound sat on the back of the sofa
Family and friends seeing bride for the first time
alternative bride with tattoo and lace wedding dress
Bride hugging her mother on wedding day
Bride walking to her wedding with her Grandfather and dog
Macrame wedding arch surrounded by Lincolnshire countryside
Groom waits for bride stood with his brother by macrame wedding arch
Outdoor wedding ceremony with macrame wedding arch
Outdoor wedding ceremony with macrame wedding arch
Bride and groom getting married in outdoor wedding ceremony with Italian greyhound and macrame wedding arch
Bride and groom getting married in outdoor wedding ceremony in Lincolnshire countryside
Couple laughing through outdoor wedding ceremony
Bride and groom showing emotion while mother of the groom does a reading
Bride and groom smiling through outdoor wedding ceremony reading
Bride crying during reading
Couple's dog joins in during the wedding ceremony
Bride reading vows
Groom reading vows and bride crying
Bride and groom exchanging vows during outdoor wedding ceremony with macrame wedding arch and countryside views
Couple's first kiss as husband and wife | outdoor wedding ceremony in Lincolnshire with macrame wedding arch
Just married!
Confetti shot!
Bride and groom get confetti thrown at them
Groom spinning bride around at the end of the aisle
Flower girl throws confetti over bride
Toddler throwing confetti over the bride
Bride cuddling her Italian greyhound on her wedding day
Acoustic musician Sam Dawson playing at relaxed outdoor wedding
Wedding guests and groom stood at the handmade bar
Italian greyhound "Iggy" staring up at bride and groom
Bride pulling herself a pint of Doombar ale
Bride proudly holds her pint of ale
Bride and groom cheers with their ales
Beautiful Lincolnshire countryside wedding | Thorganby, Lincolnshire
Bride relaxing with her wedding guests
Guests enjoying outdoor wedding
Bride and groom throw guest into swimming pool
Bride and groom throw guest into pool
Wedding guest gets thrown into the swimming pool by bride and groom
Groom eating while dog begs for food
Dog begs for food from bride and groom
Beautiful Lincolnshire countryside
Young boy riding children's tractor wearing sunglasses
Bride and groom portrait at outdoor wedding in Lincolnshire
Groom kissing bride on the head | Black and white photograph
Italian greyhound with bride and groom
Bride and groom with VW camper van on wedding day
Bride and groom walking through car park looking cool
Bride and groom living the van life on their wedding day
Bride and groom portrait at relaxed wedding in Lincolnshire
Beautiful alternative wedding couple portrait
Bride and groom and their Italian greyhound
Bride and groom drinking ale instead of cake cutting
Bride smashing cake on groom's face during cake cutting
Bride and groom laughing during cake cutting
Handmade heart wedding favours
Children playing around at outdoor wedding
Child strutting around at outdoor wedding
Wedding guests drinking in the sunshine
Children playing outside at wedding
Bride laughing with wedding guests
Barefoot bohemian bride with alternative lace wedding dress
Wedding guests playing gladiator outdoor games
Adrienne and James-66.jpg
Pizza Mamma Hull making pizza at relaxed outdoor wedding
Wedding guests eating pizza
Wedding guests devouring pizza
Wedding guests eating pizza
Bride and groom doing selfie with wedding guests
Bride and groom eating their wedding pizza
Groom shoving pizza in the bride's face
Bride reacts to having pizza smashed in her face during wedding reception
Beer pong at a relaxed wedding
Bride and groom playing beer pong
Groom drinks in beer pong at wedding
Bride drinks in wedding beer pong
Bride plays beer pong during wedding
Wedding guests celebrate during beer pong
Team celebrate during wedding beer pong
Wedding guest falling off podium while playing gladiator
Wedding guests laughing while playing gladiator
Bride and groom with coloured smoke grenades on wedding day
Bride and groom drawing heart with smoke grenades on wedding day
Bride and groom cuddling with smoke grenade to the side
Bride and groom cuddling at sunset

Becky & Shane | A super relaxed and fun wedding held at the Budgie Smuggler in Melbourne, Australia

Becky and Shane are two of my favourite people in the entire world. As soon as they got engaged I just knew they would plan a super relaxed and fun wedding for all their friends and family and I couldn't wait!

These guys know how to plan one hell of a wedding. They chose to forego tradition and get married in an awesome venue called The Budgie Smuggler - a really relaxed bar/warehouse event space which is decorated in stylish and industrial touches. 

In Becky's own words "I felt like an imposter at the traditional wedding venues, so I went with a place that made me feel happy and at home...oh and it had beer on tap, that was Shane's prerequisite!" 

These guys were so relaxed that when I suggested they have a first look and take portraits and group shots before the ceremony in the daylight (they got married in the evening) they didn't hesitate. I've not photographed a first look before and I would definitely recommend them to anyone getting married later in the day (or during winter!) or even if you feel a little anxious about the ceremony! 

I really loved the whole approach that Becky and Shane took to planning their wedding, Becky told me "I tried to forget about what people expected you to do on the day and just went with what we really wanted. I have got through most of my life with a relaxed 'wing it' attitude and thought I've made it this far and nothing bad has happened!". Other examples of ways in which they broke tradition included getting an Uber to and from the ceremony (such a good idea!) and abandoning the idea of 'favours' and just making sure everyone had plenty to eat and drink. 

One of my favourite things about this wedding (apart from their carefree approach the whole day and in the run up!) was how much love was felt throughout the entire day. Becky and Shane love each other so much, you only have to be with them for 5 minutes to notice it. I don't think there was a dry eye in the room during the ceremony (mine definitely weren't!)!

But it wasn't just the two of them, everyone loves these two so much - from family who travelled across the world to be with them, to friends who helped organise and prep for the big day (a huge shout out to Becky's Maid of Honour Thea who is actually superhuman!) and Shane's parents who have continually supported the two of them in everything they do. It was such an incredible honour to be a part of this amazing occasion and I am so bloody happy to say (for the millionth time!) congratulations Mr and Mrs Young ♡ 

Supplier info:

Venue (plus food, drink and DJ): The Budgie Smuggler

Flowers: TBC Event Styling, Floristry & Design

Make-up: Emily Tong

Hair: Cropped Hair and Beauty - Ash Jende

Bridal shoes: Bared Footwear

Dress: Pollardi

Shane's suit: Joe Black 

Enjoy the photos! I will be blogging my travel photos from Australia soon too, yay! :) 

Melbourne Australia postcard 'Melbourne because you can never have too much weather!'
'happy wedding day' card
Shane do not enter - sign on the door
Red and white roses
Preparing rose petal confetti
Champagne and croissants on the morning of the wedding
Sister of the groom holding Rosie the dog
Baskets of rose petal confetti
Bridal flowers
Bride on the morning of her wedding
Bride having make up finished
Bride having lipstick applied by make up artist
Grandpa cuddles his granddaughter at wedding
Bridesmaids help the bride get ready
Bridesmaids and family react to seeing bride for the first time
Bride arrives at venue in an uber
Father of the bride and maid of honour help the bride out of an uber outside wedding venue
Beautiful bride waiting to go into wedding venue
Bride walking across bridge for first look
Groom waits for bride at first look
Bride and groom first look in Melbourne Australia
Groom sees bride for first time at first look
Family walking across bridge see bride and groom for the first time
Bride and groom first look
Bridal party laughing at Ringwood Lake Park, VIC
Bride and groom walking through Ringwood Lake Park, VIC
Bride trying to make groom smile
Bride and groom cuddling with cheesy grins
Bride and groom portraits in Ringwood Lake Park, VIC. The Budgie Smuggler wedding. Melbourne Australia
wedding portraits in Ringwood Lake Park, Ringwood, VIC The Budgie Smuggler wedding photography
Bride and groom laughing during portraits at Ringwood Lake Park, Ringwood, VIC
Bride and groom laughing during portraits The Budgie Smuggler wedding
Bride and groom laughing in black and white
Welcome to the Budgie Smuggler sign - The Budgie Smuggler, Ringwood, VIC
Handwritten wedding sign reading 'welcome to the wedding of Shane and Becky'
Groom and groomsmen waiting for the bride at The Budgie Smuggler, Ringwood, VIC
Groom, groomsmen and officiant awaiting the bride
Bride and her father walking down the aisle
Bride hugging her father during wedding ceremony
Wedding ceremony at The Budgie Smuggler, Ringwood, VIC
Bride and groom laughing during wedding ceremony
Groom crying during wedding ceremony
Bride and groom smiling during wedding ceremony
Bride wiping tears from groom's face during wedding ceremony
Bride watching groom during wedding ceremony at The Budgie Smuggler, Ringwood, VIC
Father and mother of the groom crying during the wedding ceremony
Groom wiping his eyes during the wedding ceremony
Bride and groom exchange vows
Bride smiling while groom reads his vows at The Budgie Smuggler, Ringwood, VIC
Bride laughing while exchanging rings
Bride and groom kiss at The Budgie Smuggler, Ringwood, VIC
Rose petal confetti shot
Groom drinking a pint of beer
Groomsman eating a burger
Bride chatting to friends after wedding ceremony at The Budgie Smuggler, Ringwood, VIC
Guest dancing at wedding
Bride and friends pulling silly faces
Bride and mother of the groom smiling
Donut wall at The Budgie Smuggler, Ringwood, VIC
Bride drinking beer after wedding ceremony at The Budgie Smuggler, Ringwood, VIC
Bride and groom eating donuts
Groom shoving a donut in bride's face
Bride and groom eating donuts after wedding ceremony
Bride and groom drinking beer after wedding ceremony
Wedding guests pose for picture at The Budgie Smuggler, Ringwood, VIC
The Budgie Smuggler, Ringwood, VIC
Bride and groom first dance at The Budgie Smuggler, Ringwood, VIC
Dancing bride
Dancing wedding guests
Wedding guests dancing
Happy dancing wedding guests
Wedding dance floor conga
Maid of honour and father of the bride dancing
Wedding guests dancing the Macarena
Singing wedding guests
Bride dancing with the mother of the groom
Wedding guests dancing
Bride and groom dancing
Couple dancing at wedding
Donut wall
Bride dance off
Wedding guest dance off

We ended the night with shots at the bar! 

Thank you so much to my amazing second shooter Jess for this photo! :) 

Wedding guests take shots at the bar at The Budgie Smuggler, Ringwood, VIC

Annie & Alex | A fun village hall wedding in Kent

Wow, what a wedding!

I'd been looking forward to photographing Annie and Alex's wedding in Kent from the first moment they got in touch last year. Annie has this amazing infectious energy that came through in every single message, Skype call and their lovely engagement shoot last autumn. I mean, just look at that grin! I don't think she stopped smiling all day :) these two are seriously in love and it's so wonderful to witness ♡ I feel incredibly honoured to be the one they chose to document their wedding. 

The day started with the threat of constant rain but it was almost like the two of them didn't even notice because they were too excited to see each other and get married. Annie and her lovely bridesmaids got ready in Annie's childhood home (I really love it when couples get ready at home!) which gave me the opportunity to stalk Sophie the cat :) she's super cute! 

The ceremony took place at St. Michael's Church in Smarden, followed by a fun party at Egerton Millennium Hall. These guys love their family and friends very much and I felt like the whole day was just a bubble of happiness and love. Every single person there was so full of joy at seeing two people they care about so much get married.

Annie and Alex are pretty obsessed with travel and adventure and had decorated their reception to show all the incredible places they've been. They have an amazing assortment of tickets, snapshots and memorabilia and they'd created a museum of their lives so far which was a really fun addition to their decoration! 

Entertainment was provided by the band Banish Misfortunes and the gorgeous bright flowers provided by Hannah from Patina & Petal

Thank you Annie and Alex for choosing me as your wedding photographer :)

 I'll stop waffling on now and let the photographs from the rest of the day do the rest of the talking :) 

A cat at a wedding
Bride getting ready
Bridesmaids waiting for bride
Bride's first look with bridesmaids
Bridesmaid reactions
Bride and Mother of the Bride
Bride and bridesmaids laughing in a back garden
St. Michael's Church, Smarden, Kent wedding
Bride arriving at church
Bride walking to the church
Bride walking up the aisle in a church
Groom waits at the altar smiling at his bride
Bride and groom laughing in church
Bride and groom laughing on their wedding day
Bride and groom laughing in church
Bride and groom exchanging rings
Bridesmaid watching bride and groom get married
Bride and groom getting married!
Just married!
Groom and best man hug
Bride hugs the Mother of the Bride
Confetti shot
Confetti shot outside church
Happy confetti shot!
Bride and groom kiss while friends throw confetti
Bridesmaids and Groomsmen pulling silly faces
Groomsmen kissing the groom
Selfie at a wedding
Cute couple in a wedding car
Bride and groom opening present
Crochet bride and groom cake topper
Guest putting up peace sign behind bride and groom
Bride and groom looking at each other
Bride and groom in black and white
Bride and groom in love
Bride and groom full length portrait
Groom kissing bride on the forehead
Bride and groom laughing
Bride and groom walking in the woods
Cricket game on wedding day
Groom giving speech at wedding
Groom's speech and laughing top table
Bride walking under umbrella
Bride giving thumbs up
Bride and groom first dance
Bride and groom first dance in black and white
Guest dancing
Friends dancing at a wedding
Bride dancing with guest
Air guitar at a wedding
Dancing mother of the bride
Wedding guest dancing
Wedding guests dancing

Louise Rose Couture | A beautiful collection of alternative wedding dresses

I was thrilled when the wonderful Louise from Louise Rose Couture got in touch about photographing her new alternative wedding dress collection. Along with Rachel (our lovely model) and Paula (make-up and hair!), we braved the cold to create the below ♡ 

These dresses are absolutely beautiful and I would love to photograph one of my brides wearing one! Each dress is made lovingly by Louise herself and she sources all the material herself too. I love it when couples choose to focus on local smaller suppliers when planning their wedding. Plus, who could resist such a beautiful dress!? (Oooh I really want to photograph a wedding with a black wedding dress, can someone please make this happen? :D) 

We were really lucky to have permission to hold this shoot at Gilbert White's house in Hampshire. Gilbert White absolutely loved nature and his local countryside so this location was absolutely perfect and really suited the look of the dresses. Couples are able to get married at this gorgeous venue, either in the rustic barn or the intimate and historic house. I would love to photograph a wedding here  ♡ 

Alternative wedding dress Louise Rose Couture
Alternative wedding dress
Laughing bride wearing alternative wedding dress
Polka dot wedding dress from Louise Rose Couture
Gothic wedding dress and fake fur coat
Bride in alternative wedding dress in the woods
Alternative bride in the woods
Alternative wedding dress by Louise Rose Couture
Alternative bride wearing boots
Bride looking out of the window of wedding venue
Louise Rose Couture wedding dress
Bride looking at succulents
Wedding at Gilbert White's house
Wedding at Gilbert White's house
Embroidered alternative wedding dress Louise Rose Couture
Embroidered alternative wedding dress
Beautiful embroidered wedding dress
Bride laughing in embroidered wedding dress
Beautiful smiling bride
Embroidered wedding dress from Louise Rose Couture
Bride wearing boots and alternative wedding dress
Alternative bride in embroidered wedding dress