RELAXED AND INTIMATE DIY BACK GARDEN WEDDING

RELAXED AND INTIMATE DIY BACK GARDEN WEDDING

Anne-Marie and Dan got married in June.  They had their DIY wedding in their own back garden, at their beautiful house near Leeds, Yorkshire. It was such a relaxed and intimate day and even the weather played ball!

Getting ready

Anne-Marie and Dan got ready at home, and the atmosphere was full of excitement.  Anne-Marie got ready upstairs in their family home, while Dan, the boys and family helpers put the finishing touches to the garden.

The intimate ceremony

The ceremony was an intimate affair in the back garden. There was a small marquee at the bottom of the garden.  Anne-Marie and Dan read their own vows.  There were beautiful readings from friends and family. To everyone’s surprise, an owl came swooping down the aisle to deliver the rings!! During the ceremony they had all the guests pass their rings around to warm them. It was such a personal service and so beautiful. There was plenty of confetti throwing afterwards, which always makes for fab photos!

The relaxed reception

The reception was out in the garden on the patio of their home. They chose back garden because they’ve got such a beautiful back garden. It was a relaxed and intimate wedding, which was so beautiful. I love shooting DIY back garden weddings because they’re always so chilled. It’s always so relaxing when you’re surrounded by your nearest and dearest at home.

They had a cocktail drinks reception in the afternoon, and an intimate family dinner in the evening. They decorated the venue with flowers, candles and fairy lights, which looked so romantic!

For dinner they had proper wedding grub, washed down with fine wine, which was absolutely delicious. The open fire was roaring and the fairy lights were twinkling, it was so magical! The first dance was a romantic slow dance, and they finished off the evening dancing away to some brilliant disco tunes.

Anne-Marie and Dan’s wedding had such a chilled vibe and just the happiest occasion. Here’s their gorgeous relaxed and intimate DIY back garden wedding!

If you’re planning a DIY back garden wedding, get in touch!

Suppliers

Planner: http://chaplinevents.co.uk

Celebrant: https://www.truetoyoucelebrancy.com

Marquee and furniture: https://kingmarquees.co.uk

Make-Up and hair: http://www.bespokebeautyandbridal.co.uk

Catering: https://www.bearspantry.com

Bar: https://www.craftbaruk.com

DJ: https://www.thehi-life.co.uk

Face Painting: http://www.artifaces.co.uk

Owl Ring-bearer: https://www.facebook.com/TheFlyingSquadron/

Guitarist: info@http://jwgreenwood.co.uk

Decor: https://www.blueskyeventsolutions.co.uk

Table cloths: https://www.pegandbasket.com

RUSTIC WEDDING AT ALNWICK TREEHOUSE

RUSTIC WEDDING AT ALNWICK TREEHOUSE

RUSTIC WEDDING AT ALNWICK TREEHOUSE

“EMILY WAS ONE OF THE FIRST (AND BEST) CHOICES WE MADE WHILE PLANNING OUR ALNWICK TREEHOUSE WEDDING, SHE WAS ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC AND GAVE US PHOTOS THAT WE LOVE. HER CALM, FUN, AND PROFESSIONAL NATURE ALSO PUT US AT EASE ON THE DAY, AND WE FEEL LIKE WE MADE A GREAT FRIEND IN THE PROCESS.THE PERFECT CHOICE”

Emily and Mike got married in spring at the rustic Alnwick Treehouse at Alnwick Gardens, which is a stunning venue, perfect for weddings.  It’s next to Alnwick Gardens in Northumberland. It was such a happy day and even the weather played ball!

Getting ready

Emily got ready in Embleton with her mum and bridesmaids, and the atmosphere was full of excitement.  Embleton is just down the road from Alnwick Treehouse.  Emily’s Dad arrived and was amazed at how beautiful she looked in her dress! The girls then rode the short distance to get to the ceremony in Emily’s Dad’s Mercedes.  The ceremony was at Holy Trinity Church in Embleton. Mike got ready with his Groomsmen and then headed to the Church to get some fun shots together before the guests arrived. 

The ceremony was a beautiful service in the tiny Holy Trinity church in Embleton. During the ceremony they had several beautiful readings from friends and family. It was so emotional and so beautiful. There was plenty of confetti throwing afterwards, which always makes for fab photos!

The reception – Alnwick Treehouse

The reception was just a short drive away from Embleton at the venue. They chose Alnwick Treehouse at Alnwick Gardens because it’s so cosy and relaxed and they just love it there. It was a rustic wedding, which was so relaxed. I love shooting Alnwick Treehouse weddings because the surroundings are just incredible. There really isn’t anywhere like it!I just love how quirky it is!  Emily and Mike made the most of the treehouse, we took some lovely photos on the rope bridge amongst the trees!

They had a cocktail drinks reception in the afternoon, and an intimate family dinner in the evening. They decorated the treehouse with flowers and fairy lights, making it so cosy.

For dinner they had proper wedding grub, which was absolutely delicious. The open fire was roaring and the fairy lights were twinkling, it was so magical! The first dance was a romantic slow dance, and they finished off the evening with friends piling on the dance floor to bust out the moves.

Emily wore a gorgeous dress from Marimme Bridal in Jesmond and Mike wore a dapper Ted Baker suit and they looked so gorgeous. Emily’s flowers were so colourful they looked amazing and Mike’s buttonhole was a flower and a cute penguin pin badge because he’s a Geologist.

The couple met at University and have been together for 6 years. They got in touch with me after we met at a wedding fair and their enquiry was really touching. They said they wanted a photographer who would be like a guest, and I loved that they were so relaxed.

Emily and Mike’s wedding was everything I love about weddings.  It was so full of love and laughter and so laid back. Here’s their rustic Alnwick Treehouse wedding!

If you’re having a Alnwick Treehouse wedding, or Alnwick Gardens wedding get in touch!

Dress: https://www.marrimebridalwear.co.uk/jesmond

Venue: https://www.alnwickgarden.com/the-treehouse/welcome-to-the-treehouse/

Flowers: https://www.ailsarosedesigns.co.uk/

Make-Up and hair: https://www.beaumondelucker.com/

Decor: http://www.festoonlightinghire.uk/index.php

Norway Confirmation Ceremony

Norway Confirmation Ceremony

I love Norway.  I was asked to photograph a Confirmation ceremony, or Konfirmasjon as it’s called over there.  Getting Confirmed is quite a big deal in Norway.  It’s seen as a “coming of age” ceremony, and they mostly take place on the same weekend in May.  Non-religious ceremonies are held alongside the ones in Church, and most teenagers aged 14 will take part.  I was photographing a Church ceremony in a town called Moss, and the Church were doing back-to-back ceremonies all weekend.  The Norwegians have a national dress called a Bunad, which is worn on special occasions, and depending on which region in Norway you are from, your Bunad will look different with different patterns and colours, a bit like tartan in Scotland!  They look amazing!  I was told that the Telemark Bunad is very popular because it is the most decorative! I’m really excited that I will be going again in May this year.  I’m now taking bookings for outdoor portrait sessions at Alby gard on Friday May 10th, please get in touch if you’d like to book a slot!

If you are looking for some documentary photographs of a special occasion please get in touch, I can cover Christenings, Proms, bar(bat)mitzvah, Confirmations and anything in between!

Crear Wedding – Angela and Stuart

Crear Wedding – Angela and Stuart

If you love beaches and bagpipes you’ll love this Crear wedding!

What an amazing place this is! On the West coast of Scotland, Crear is a little gem of a wedding venue. Angela and Stuart brought all their family and friends to this magical place for a truly wonderful day.  Guests were led down to the beach by a piper playing bagpipes.  Their ceremony was held on the beach, it was super laid-back and fun, and the weather even played ball.  Stuart and Angela had written their own personal vows, and they had added their own personal touched to the venue.  The whole day was such a good laugh, and the evening kicked off with an amazing Ceilidh!  I came along to help out my pal Jade from Gasp Photo Co, I love a good old road-trip, especially if there’s an epic wedding at the end of it!! Here’s a few of my faves from the day…

Sunderland Engagement Shoot – Amy and Mark

Sunderland Engagement Shoot – Amy and Mark

If you love golden light, beaches and blossom, you’ll love this fun Engagement shoot in Roker Park, Sunderland!

 

Amy and Mark are getting married at Ramside Hall Hotel in Durham, later this year. They chose Roker Park for their engagement session because it’s close to their home.  It’s a gorgeous park, right next to the beach in Sunderland. There are so many great locations in Roker Park.  There are lots of lovely trees in the park with early blossom, boating lakes or even the beach!  It had been raining all day, but the sun decided to come out just as we started, which gave us some amazing golden light!

The Engagement session took place in late afternoon in March, just after a rain storm.  And the light really was spectacular!  Amy and Mark totally smashed this photo session – you couldn’t tell that they were nervous at all!  They are the most perfect couple, and I can’t wait to shoot their wedding now!!

 

 

Check out this amazing Engagement shoot!  If you are engaged and would like me to photograph you, please get in touch!!