A London East Dulwich Tavern Wedding

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East Dulwich Tavern Wedding

Shira and Mat are an Aussie-British couple who wanted to have a very unwedding-y wedding at the Southwark registry office and the East Dulwich Tavern wedding venue. In London, I shoot a lot of relaxed pub weddings at places like The Peasant and The Artisan as they're a perfect low key but often beautifully photogenic venue location with excellent food included. They hired me because they wanted a photographer who could capture the essence of their day, even though they both hate being photographed. Both of them are not into traditions and wanted to have a low key celebration with their close friends and family, starting with them both getting ready together in the morning. Shira wore a fantastic dark green satin dress combined with a pink teddy coat and Mat wore a classic blue suit with striped rainbow socks and a spotty tie. They wanted to have their couple shots before the ceremony at their favourite local food market near London Bridge, before taking London black cabs onto Southwark registry office which is in Camberwell.

cool London wedding

At Southwark registry office Mat's parents had arrived early and were waiting in a nearby cafe before they all joined the rest of their guests in the Southwark registry office wedding ceremony room.

Following the ceremony everyone jumped onto a red London bus to take them to the East Dulwich Tavern wedding venue

East Dulwich Tavern is a fab quirky London wedding venue that is a public open pub downstairs but hosts private parties in a large beautiful wooden floored space upstairs

Both Mat and Shira gave a speech before dinner and after dinner Shira changed into her evening trainers to ready herself for the dance floor whilst everyone enjoyed more drinks and cheese

If you'd like to see similar London pub weddings check out these fab weddings at The Londesborough

and The Depot.

Fun Winter Sopley Mill Wedding

winter wedding

Sopley Mill Winter Wedding

From the get go of meeting Hamish and and Rachel for their winter wedding I knew I was very keen to shoot for them because I knew they would give me "good face". I'll openly admit that shooting for happy expressive people becomes a gold mine for a natural documentary wedding photographer like myself, and this couple did not let me down! We started in the morning at a holiday cottage rental called Arniss Farm House where Rachel's hair and make up was done by the fab team at Amazing Face, an award winning Dorset based hair and make up company. The bridesmaids wore gorgeous dusky pink sequin dresses, whilst Rachel wore a sequin bodice wedding dress with a feather bolero as it was a winter wedding as very cold!



Rachel and her bridesmaids took several vintage VW camper vans to their wedding venue Sopley Mill which is a beautiful working watermill in Dorset

The ceremony was beautiful and emotional, with Rachel's brother's speech setting her off!

After their brilliant ceremony the guests went down (there's a lot of stairs at Sopley Mill!), to drink mulled wine and mulled cider. Their wedding was seamlessly managed by the fab Kayleigh Hartey from Dream Designs Dorset.

As it was a New Year's Eve wedding, they decorated the tables with lots of happy new year festive hats and party horns for the guests to enjoy!

Rachel hilariously wore a plastic poncho as a bib throughout all the speeches, including the one she gave.

After the speeches they filled the 2019 themed dance floor bopping along to fantastic energy and music provided by Festive Sons.

Being a New Year's Eve wedding I stayed past midnight to make sure I caught the wonderful countdown into the new year! I limit the number I shoot and often stay pretty late at weddings as I think it's important to tell a full story of each individual wedding.

Check out another Mill wedding that I shot in Ireland and a winter wedding at Hampton Court House

Forest Lake Camp wedding in the Adirondack Mountains

woodland camp wedding

Outdoor destination wedding

This wonderfully outdoorsy couple found me from Rangefinder Magazine's 30 Rising Stars Award and I was de-fucking-lighted to come and shoot their destination wedding in the Adirondack mountains at Forest Lake Camp! The bride told me they were planning to take over an American Summer Camp in winter, doing a lot of the DIY themselves with friends and family help to create an Autumnal rustic mountain wedding. They stayed there in advance, decorating the space with greenery, warm flowers and funky shaped squash! We went to rehearse their destination wedding ceremony which was on a look out spot in the Adirondacks and the guests arrived to an informal evening BBQ and campfire. It was the best braised beef I've ever had in my life!!

Camp Wedding Ceremony

On the main wedding day, the bride and groom got ready in separate chalets, it was super cold, probably the coldest wedding I've ever shot! The bride wore an elegant simple silk dress with a warm wrap and gave her bridesmaids custom drinks coolers, the groom wore a blue suit and gave his groomsmen hatchet axes as gifts.


They had a first look in a beautiful spot in the forest area before hiking up to the ceremony spot

Their guests sat around wooden log benches amongst the landscape, whilst two of their friends, another couple, conducted the personal ceremony where they exchanged personalised vows

After the ceremony we took a few couple shots whilst the guests went back to the camp to have a ham sandwich lunch! Then the couple went to get changed into casual clothes to prepare for the day of games! They played highly competitive team relays which included canoeing, dizzy bat and cornhole, and friends and family lounged in the sun by the lake, went for swims, played volleyball, boules and archery!

After the games interlude, everyone came back into the camp headquarters for the dinner, seated on long bench trestle tables. The camp has a tradition where every couple who gets married there gets their name up on the wall on a plaque and they give out big hands to people who were awesome across the day, with a big shout out to the brave guest who jumped into the freezing lake!

After dinner they hit the dancefloor before seeing the wedding out with a second night of s'mores and stories around the campfire

Best documentary wedding photography 2018

Best documentary wedding photography 2018

It's time for the wedding photographer's annual round-up! Thank you to all my couples for helping me have a fab 2018. I stood on mountains, in olive groves, amongst childhood backyards. I finally visited all parts of the UK (weird that I had never done this before!), sat in hot tubs under stars and around campfires learning how to make proper smores. I shot in the Houses of Parliament, I covered the Montagues and Capulets and ran with Deckard. I also taught hundreds of other photographers in Leeds, Birmingham, London, Bath and the Lake District and started organising my 2019 event Speak Now, which works towards raising the profile of female photographers. I ended the year on a high when I was invited to become one of Fujifilm's X-Photographers, one of only 16 in the UK. I'm already excited to see what 2019 is going to bring!

Creative wedding photography 2019

Every year I set a singular photography goal to push myself creatively and 2019 will be the year where I take the time to work out what I really want to achieve from couple portraits and to be braver with asserting my signature style. I have intended to push this for a long time, but I do find myself feeling compelled to take the "safe" couple shots for the parent's mantelpiece first, but then I often find myself running out of time as most of my couples are all about the documentary and they want to get back to the party. However, considering I don't make this compromise with my candid coverage, I don't really know why I do it with my couple shots? I want couple photos that are in line with the rest of my work, a shot we collaborate on, both myself and the couple enjoy creating and are proud to shout about. So that's the mission for this year, good luck to my 2019 couples lol!

You have two choices

I honestly don't think this selection does the year, or my couples any justice. It was mind-bendingly difficult to try to draw a handful of images out, cutting tens of thousands into a mere one hundred. So I do definitely encourage people to go visit my full wedding photography galleries to get a better sense of the weddings themselves.

If you like to bop around to beats:

And if you prefer the long scenic route:

Marianne Chua.

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