A colourful Priory Hall London wedding with a cool bridal jumpsuit!

Colourful DIY London wedding

Thank you to this lovely couple for allowing me to share a selection of their gorgeous DIY wedding, which was full of colour and modern relaxed vibes! The bride wore a stunning simple jumpsuit and a pink and multi-coloured fascinator in her hair. She had these killer neon pink and silver disco ball style heels which were so unique and badass! They decorated Priory Hall with multi-coloured bunting and giant white balloons filled with rainbow confetti. They got married in front of a perfect floral arch, which their planners Devine Bride later moved into the garden for the reception drinks. Laura from Devine Bride is the perfect London wedding planner who can offer a mix of planning help, including on the day coordination. The couple provided all the supplies and Laura and her team made sure everything was decorated perfectly, allowing the couple to focus on enjoying their day. After the ceremony the guests chilled out in the sun in the garden of the neighbouring church, before boarding a classic London double decker bus to head to Hugo's restaurant for the wedding dinner. The wedding dinner was a fabulously casual with waiters bringing around trays of mini burgers and chicken kebabs. They also had a cupcake table for dessert and held their very emotional speeches with everyone casually gathered around the dance floor. They opened the dance floor with shots trays with family and I left before it got too messy!

A colourful Brighton wedding at Brighton Town Hall and Better Half Pub

outdoor Brighton wedding

Brighton Town Hall Wedding

Dana and Luke are a couple who booked me for their relaxed Brighton wedding after I shot their friend's London wedding. They wanted to have a colourful modern wedding where they didn't strictly have a bridal party and they saw each other beforehand at the Hotel Du Vin where Dana was getting ready with Poppy Tallulah doing her hair and make up. Dana wore a gorgeous lace and tulle skirt dress from White Leaf Boutique whilst Luke wore a bespoke blue wool suit by Hugo Morris Tailors  with orange detailing including a vibrant orange liner, a unique pocket square from Furious Goose. Dana carried on the blue and orange theme with stunning flowers by Leila Watts.

After a quick getting ready they walked over to their Brighton Town Hall wedding together through the streets of Brighton. There they met a small number of friends and family for their informal civil ceremony. Brighton Town Hall is one of my favourite wedding ceremony venues as I've always found the registrars to be brilliant!

Couple photos on Brighton beach

After the ceremony we wandered around Brighton beach whilst their friends and family went ahead to set up their outdoor ceremony space on Hove Lawns.

Outdoor ceremony on Hove Lawns

They'd hired a steel drums band to play during their casual outdoor ceremony conducted by their friend and joined by their doggy Eva, and then after the ceremony they hung out celebrating on the lawns before walking to the Better Half Pub for their Brighton wedding reception

 

Brighton wedding reception at the Better Half Pub

The Better Half Pub is a fab quirky venue space that's perfect for a casual wedding reception with both an indoor and outdoor area. It is decorated with kooky portraits all over the walls and ceilings and has beautiful dark walls and warm lights which produce the bold colours I love to shoot! After some drinks and food the couple both gave speeches followed by the best man.

 

If you loved this relaxed Brighton wedding check out my other cool Brighton weddings and London pub wedding

A relaxed West Mill wedding in Derby

A West Mill Wedding

Beth and Chris are a very special couple to me because even though I've only just shot their wedding I feel like I've known Beth since the start! She first was a bridesmaid at Heather and Sam's Marks Hall wedding and then recommended me to several of her friends and family's weddings at Swallows Oast and Clock Barn. In their own words: "Marianne was the only photographer we would have chosen to be involved in our wedding day. After having been involved at a few weddings with Marianne, Beth knew that there wasn't anyone else she would've felt as comfortable or had as much fun with. Marianne takes photos that you wouldn't even be able to imagine, and she manages to capture the complete essence of the day. The photos are the most natural shots and we couldn't have asked for anything better! She made both Beth and Chris (and everyone else) feel so comfortable, and made us laugh all day!".

We started getting ready at rental cottage where Beth got into her dress from The Wedding House in Derby, which was customised to be cut off the shoulder. Her shoes were from The Rainbow Club (and sparkly trainers from Dune) and jewellery from Swarovski. The veil was her something borrowed from her sister Rachel, who wore it on her wedding day as well. For hair and make up they used The Strand in Derby, and Rachael and Nelly were amazing. They had done the hair and makeup for a few other friends weddings, and they just made the morning so relaxed for Beth, her Mum and the bridesmaids.

We then moved onto the West Mill where I shot the finished touches to Chris getting ready. Chris' tailored suit was from Massimo Dutti, with the wedding date embroidered into the lining. His knitted tie was from Moss Bros and pocket square and cufflinks from Paul Smith.  They decided to have the legal wedding ceremony on the Friday (day before the wedding) so that Beth's close family friend Uncle John could conduct the wedding ceremony on the Saturday. Beth's mum walked Beth down the aisle to music from Romeo and Juliet and Chris and Beth walked back up the aisle to the much loved 'Ain't no mountain high enough'. They had some close friends do some amazing readings throughout the ceremony and had the best time. Like most of my couples the focus of their day was their loved ones, so they had the whole day in one venue to get as much valuable time with friends and family as possible.

Beth and Chris said "we absolutely loved having all our friends and family together in one place from all over the world. One of the favourite moments was just after the ceremony once everyone had made their way downstairs and we could watch (sneakily hidden) everyone mingling and already enjoying the bubbles!". They both wanted something relaxed and not fussy - luckily the West Mill interior gave them absolutely everything they wanted, and as soon as they walked in they knew it was the place for them. They love gin, so knew that they wanted gin bottles involved in someway, and lots of candles which worked perfectly in the industrial style of the West Mill.

"One highlight of the day were the speeches, with Beths siblings putting together an amazing video montage from all her close friends and family. It was a day full of laughter, tears and happiness throughout and was just fabulous."

Talking about their pre wedding story... "We met on a classy night out in Vodka Revs in Derby (Beth had come up to Derby to see a friend) and sparks flew. We got engaged in Beths favourite place in the world Whitby (in Yorkshire). We went for a nice walk on a chilly February morning along the cliffs to Saltwick Bay, when (after a treacherous walk down) got to the beautiful bay, where Chris (after waiting for a few people to leave the beach) got down on one knee and proposed. Beth happily said yes and we went for an awesome Yorkshire lunch of fish and chips."

 Beth and Chris' tips for planning a wedding are "just enjoy it! It does not have to be stressful, so enjoy every minute. Also, remember why you are doing this - it is about the two of you, and the promises you are making to each other and the rest of your lives. Also, don't get swayed by everyone else and their opinions, and what they would do - keep coming back to what you both want and why you're doing it.

 The main difficultly was where to start! Choosing a venue and date seemed to be quite easy (just book it - don't get too worried about weather etc - you will be able to handle it!) After these two things were done it was working out what the hell to do next! Wedding website were the saviour here (and many conversations with friends) - just to have something to refer to and tick off when completed. Also, budgeting - make sure you try your hardest to stick to it. it is so easy for things to spiral, but keep referring back to what you have budgeted (and use a wedding website for a little guidance here!)".

If you loved Beth and Chris' wedding feel free to check out these other Mill weddings

Winter wedding at Hyde Barn

lesbian wedding

Winter wedding at Hyde Barn

Rebecca and Tina are two fantastic women and impressive hockey players who I met shooting their fellow Hockey Players' wedding a year or two ago. They planned to have a winter wedding just before Christmas held at Hyde Barn, an all in one wedding venue with several great spaces to get ready, have the ceremony and wedding dinner. They got ready in the morning in rooms opposite each other, having their first look in the corridor between the rooms and then seeing their dads for the first look down a staircase. Their dresses were a surprise to each other, and their bridesmaids wore a bold blue and bridesmen wore dark blue suits.

The ceremony takes places in a modern built barn that has heating (much needed for a winter wedding!). Rebecca and Tina decided to enter at the same time as equals down two aisles with their dads, before joining together to walk the final half of the aisle holding hands.

As their winter wedding was on a super windy day, we all rushed over to the main building for indoor drinks. The couple had planned for bad weather and brought blue and purple Hunter wellies to wear outside during the group and couple shots. Amazingly we were blessed with some winter sunset which gave us fantastic golden hour couple shots!

After their drinks reception the wedding speeches were given pre dinner. It became very obvious to me that their families love to drink, as one of their wedding gifts presented was a shot ski with a custom message!! Some of Rebecca's parents friends even brought with them some special liquer for all the various rounds on the shot ski.

To entertain their guests they put Bex and Tina quizzes on the tables and had a fantastic photobooth for people to use throughout the evening. They also both gave their own speeches, I feel like recently I'm seeing a bride's speech at every single wedding I shoot! As a feminist this totally pleases me!

Being a Welsh-Scottish combo with the sweetie table they also put out some Welsh cakes and had a ceilidh after their first dance!

If you enjoyed that then check out my other winter wedding and barn weddings

Marianne Chua.

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