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An epic boozy tipi wedding at Field Affair

These hawt motherpuckers Fi and Chris had an incredibly tipi wedding at Field Affair, which is an exclusive venue that is essentially someone's mahoosive back garden. They're both party animals, so when they mentioned the beer pong table I knew shiz was going down. The other details I didn't know about included the amazing Cat Corner (hay bale sofa space complete with amazing cat themed cushions), the generally aesthetically fantastic catering and styling provided by the Vogue featured Jam and Tea (special nods to the custom wooden canape trays, gorgeous pudding bar and pimp your Prosecco bar. Fi wore an amazing custom feather and lace dress that she co-created with her friend Mel, Chris wore a floral print shirt and an air force blue suit. The bridesmaids wore floral dresses in the same print but different shapes.

The guests took a vintage mini bus to Artington House where they held an intimate wedding ceremony

After the ceremony they had an extra 100 or so guests waiting at The Field Affair, ready to throw confetti as they crossed under a gorgeous floral arch created by Heavenly Scent. During the drinks reception the guests played beer pong with Duff Beer, enjoyed Cat Corner and the hanging photo booth.

The wedding dinner consisted of hand made pizza from Pizza Project, with antipasti starters

The inside of the tipi was decorated with the floral, lots of golden accents, cat themed table decor and a groom and bride's special shell/pineapple drinking vessel.

The pudding bar consisted of doughnuts and brownies with a custom dipping/sprinkle station and the evening drinks were supplied by a VW beetle cocktail bar.

  

The DJing was provided by one of their friends, another of the guests had made Fi a bridal Majorette hat, both the bride and several guests took to some impromptu MC-ing on the mic! Everyone got into extreme fancy dress, Chris jumped on the decks for a bit. It was an epic party which I can't do justice publicly!

Big love to all the suppliers who made this gorgeous wedding happen!

The Field Affair for the venue // Jam and Tea for Food and Styling // Beautiful World Tents on tipi // Friends on make up and dress!

An intimate Catholic Lebanese wedding at Clissold House, London

Lara and Tom had an intimate wedding that brought together 37 of their closest friends and family, with Lara's side flying in from Lebanon. We started the morning getting hair and make up ready at the Clayton Crown Hotel with the lovely Laura Anne, with whom I worked with on Nat and Drew's wedding at Brixton East and Victoria Reynolds. They mixed things up a bit and wanted me to spend half of the morning shooting Tom meeting the guests at the infamous Holly Bush pub in Hampstead. It's a short stroll down the road from the Catholic church where they were having their ceremony- St Mary's Catholic Church which is tucked behind a beautiful row of mews and cobbled streets.

After the ceremony we headed over to Clissold House, where I am a recommended supplier. It's a lovely pastel coloured house in the public Clissold Park. They had a meaty buffet feast accompanied by Lara's dad's Arak. Arak is a strong grape-based alcoholic drink (kind of like an absinth) that requires a meticulous milling process. Her dad makes it himself with the help of others in their local town, they take turns to watch over it as the process takes many consecutive days. It is a clear liquid that turns milky when you combine it with ice!

The dinner was followed by a series of speeches by both fathers, Tom and the best man. Weddings at Clissold House finish at 10pm, so Lara and Tom walked with their friends to The Rose & Crown pub in Stoke Newington to spend the rest of their wedding having a chilled out beer. Thank you to Lara and Tom for having me as their wedding photographer- shooting intimate weddings with small guest numbers is quite refreshing as it allows me to really focus on the photography, they also had the dream client mentality of "we like your work and trust you to do your own thing" which definitely helps any photographer get their creative cap on! I'm pretty pleased with the work I produced for these guys as I feel I knocked the framing I love so much out of the (Clissold) park! *boom tsh drums*

Mad love to the following peeps who made this wedding happen:

Clissold House for housing everyone // Ren's kitchen for the sugar // Laura Anne on hmua // Victoria Reynolds on hmua // Brigitte on floristry

A humanist weekender festival wedding at Grubbins Point, Lake District

Becki and Rich live in New Zealand and are a down to earth, outdoorsy, kayaking couple who decided that nothing would suit them better than a humanist wedding ceremony at the stunning Grubbins Point by a massive lake. They also wanted to have all their friends and family together for the whole weekend so they hired Graythwaite Cottages to form a kind of intimate wedding village. I started shooting the night before when they had a proper English style BBQ i.e. persisting in the rain.

As many of their guests were their Kiwi friends, and co-incidentally there was a NZ vs. England rugby match on, the wedding morning started with a bit of rugby watching, in amongst more wedding related activities like checking the tipi tent, the usual bridal prep and also the less usual groom prep. Normally if a couple are getting ready in separate locations, I'm not able to shoot groom prep, so I love it when I have the chance to shoot the fuller story.

Becki wore a stunning beaded Anna Campbell dress whilst her bridesmaids wore maroon dresses. Rich and his groomsmen wore blue suits with matching maroon bow ties.

The ceremony was at Grubbins Point a small jut of land into the Lake District. Becki looked absolutely golden walking down the make shift aisle lined with candles, and the humanist ceremony was conducted in front of an arch that Rich and Becki built themselves and the professional florist decorated. Becki's dog Bailey was also in attendance!

Back at Graythwaite, the guests helped themselves to a VW camper cocktail bar before they settled down for dinner

Becki's sister gave a surprise extra speech which drove Becki to tears, and Becki herself gave a speech. More and more I find myself shooting weddings where the bride gives a speech, bucking the outdated traditions that she needs anyone to speak on her behalf!

After the dinner and speeches they opened the dancefloor and whisky bar, partially decorated with vintage pots from family members. The main area of the tipi itself was decorated with a kind of red wedding theme, a little bit Game of Thrones-y without the disastrous end! The table runners were dip dyed red, the menu cards each were stamped with Rich and Becki's custom wedding wax seal, the wine glasses were vintage goblets and the top table was crowned with a giant floral ring.

In between the dancing they had sparklers for their guests and followed up the sparkler fun with a NZ vs. UK boat race with the winners performing a victory haka. Everyone then hit the dancefloor again with the best man DJing for the rest of the night!

Sarah and Alicia’s Guildhall Priory and Duncton Mill Fishery wedding!

guildhall priory park wedding

Sarah and Alicia had a GORGEOUS wedding that took place across several venues. They started the day getting ready at a hotel and home respectively, before both taking elegant vintage cars to Priory Park to get married at The Guildhall. It's an unusual wedding ceremony venue, a kind of hollowed out church that reminds me of The Asylum in London, where you can hold civil ceremonies but it's situated in the middle of a public park. Sarah and Alicia decided to have two ceremonies, they did the civil first and had a friend conduct a religious ceremony immediately after with their favourite hymns. They both wore white dresses and both walked down the aisle, with Sarah going first to see Alicia coming in.

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They held their wedding reception at Duncton Mill Fishery, a big trout lake in a rural area. The venue has a sweet romantic boat that couples and guests can scoot around the lake in. Aside that the venue pretty much supplies the lakeside space for a marquee, and there's space for a bouncy castle and campervan photo booth! They decorated the marquee with giant blue and green balloons and the table plan consisted of champagne bottles stored on a triangular rack. Each of the tables contained the wine bottles of the table names.

The wedding dinner was held in a big white marquee, and they had speeches delivered from both family and several friends on each side between several of the courses. There were some hilarious and borderline risque stories told by the university friends, rainbow hats and braces were donned, faces wore shocked expressions!

Once it started to get a bit darker they set the fire pits going and people toasted/chargrilled their marshmallows.

Sarah and Alicia had a coordinated first dance, but it was super fun rather than traditional with a little bit of dance off thrown in!

As it was summer, even after the reception there was still enough light left for the guests to enjoy the setting sun and namely the outdoor bouncy castle, Sarah and Alicia also planned a surprise for their guests... fireworks! As well as the planned fun there was also messy cake fun, mum knighting people with swords, people falling around with their shoes off, basically your classic MC wedding haha!

This wedding wouldn't have happened without:

Cherfold Flowers on floristry // Sponge and Cream on the sucre // Duncton Mill Fishery for the ground beneath our feet

Marianne Chua.

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