A personal artistic YHA weekender wedding at Wilderhope Manor

Simone was a bridesmaid at a very recent wedding I shot in London, Steph and Dan's banger at The Artisan of Clerkenwell. They originally weren't going to have a photographer as lots of David's family are avid photographers, but after seeing Steph and Dan's photos they decided with only a month and a half to go to plump with me for their intimate weekend long wedding at the Wilderhope Manor YHA. I jumped at the chance, as I'd really enjoyed the last YHA weekend wedding I shot at Ilam Hall. Simone is an artist and a painter, and both of them love to dress up- David is a huge fan of fashion, so I knew although their wedding was low key and relaxed that it would be a visual treat! Their closest friends and family stayed on site and got ready at the YHA. David wore a custom brown wool suit, super cool gothic details like a silver skull on his waistcoat, a brown top hat with a feather, a swallow patterned bow tie and rustic wheat button holes. Simone's dress was a gorgeous custom number made by a family friend topped with a light pink floor length cape with sparkly shoulder detailing. Steph her bridesmaid wore a gorgeous dress that was almost her own wedding dress!

Their ceremony was conducted by Simone's mum in a cosy space, with readings from The Alchemist, a book that means a lot to the couple. They had a stunning ceremony that ended with a candle lighting.

After the ceremony the guests enjoyed some drinks out in the stunning sunshine, as well as frisbee golf.

The dinner room was decorated with swallow name cards in glittered apples made by various family members the night before. They had stunning beautiful vintage bottles containing flowers, Alice in Wonderland tea cups holding love hearts, swallow shaped cookies as favours. Their friend who flew in from Australia baked them their stunning chocolate cake which was surrounded by an entire table of chocolate. Their only spec to her was "we love chocolate". Each of the tables had mini canvases of various birds that Simone painted, and a painting of the two of them that graced their invites sat on the shelf. The tables were also decorated with miniature vintage books, and they found a wee four leaf clover in a small bible!

After dinner the guests enjoyed the last of the light before going in for the first dance, which was followed by a surprise from David's father who had written and performed a song for Simone and David. Everyone was then free to just chill, dance around, enjoy the late night pizzas etc. until bedtime in the dorms!

A colourful bright DIY home back garden wedding

confetti cannon first dance

Christina is English and Jordan is from New Zealand (for some reason, don't know why, but this year I've shot three weddings of either Kiwis'/Kiwi residents!) so they decided to hold an intimate weddings in Christina's parents' back garden in the UK and invite Jordan's family over. They had a proper homespun DIY affair where lots of family and friends pitched in to help with the decor, and her dad quite literally gave up his vegetable patch to put up the marquee! They had giant J and C letters, a converted shed for a bar complete with a BAR sign made out of corks, brightly coloured streamers lining the walkway to the ceremony, a drinks reception amongst their apple and plum orchard with organic ice creams in a steel bucket, a chill out area decorated with pin wheels, giant garden games. Christina got ready in the morning with a help of a wedding guest who did her hair and make up with her mum and sister.

Their ceremony was conducted by the lovely celebrant Samantha Kelsie, and luckily the rain held off for the ceremony but kicked in pretty hard immediately after! The guests bore it well and dashes for the various gazebo shelters and umbrellas.

Once their dinner was ready, all the guests headed to the marquee where Samantha informed them who their allocated alcohol chiefs were, certain guests making sure that their glasses were regularly topped up! They started with speeches, with Christina's dad especially bringing the house down with his dad jokes and organised "surprise speakers"! Their wedding dinner was a healthy salad/cold meats combo platters

After the speeches and wedding dinner, the weather was good enough for the guests to enjoy the back garden properly, they played the garden games, signed the canvas guestbook and took selfies with the hanging tree frames and the heart sunglasses Jordan and Christina provided.

Several of the guests fired gold confetti cannons during the first dance, although planning it extensively and checking the song multiple times beforehand , they hilariously still managed to fire it at the wrong time which cracked the couple up... Every wedding memory is equally important!

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

Marianne Chua.

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