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DIY Wedding Photography

DIY wedding set up

My favourite kind of wedding to photograph is a creative DIY wedding. I love watching the wedding party transform a blank canvas into the bride and grooms dream.

With many talented hands on deck, I’ve seen some wonderfully personal weddings come together, with so much thought, creativity and love. (not forgetting a bit of sweat and tears!)

I love it when a couple takes the traditional frame work of a wedding and makes it their own. From festival weddings, to comic book themed tea parties!

Some brides choose to make their own wedding dresses as the talented Natalie did! (where do you start?!)

Others let their musicians fancy dress take centre stage!

I asked a few of my DIY wedding couples for their advice on how to plan and execute a DIY wedding, they had some great pointers;

  • Delegate! See what talent you have amongst your friends and family that you can utilise and ask them if they would be willing to contribute to making your day special. Only ask for a small offerings but generally people love to help and be part of your big day

  • Make friends with spreadsheets! And get organised, set a budget, theme and time line.

  • Start early, the things you think will be quick to make the week before the wedding will end up keeping you up all night for a week!

  • Borrow and rent what you don’t need to buy. This is a good money saver and good for your environmental conscience :)

  • Get creative- up-cycle, customise, collect.

  • Stay true to yourself

  • Make sure you spend some time with your fiancé NOT planning your wedding from time to time for your sanity ;)

  • Have fun! It’s your wedding day after all.


Check out some of my favourite DIY weddings here and here, they may just give you some inspiration for yours! And please do get in touch should you wish to discuss your DIY wedding photography.

Splotts Moor Farm Wedding, Somerset

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In August I worked alongside the wonderful Emma Stoner as her second shooter for the beautiful wedding of Jenny and Gavin. They were married at the St John the Baptist’s Church in Pilton, and went on to celebrate at Splotts Moor Farm in Somerset.

Guests enjoyed a drinks reception in the shady orchard (it was a scorcher of a day!) with a view of Glastonbury Tor before moving through to the custom built timber marquee which they had colourfully decorated with lanterns, sunflowers and photos.

It is always a joy to second shoot and have the time (and slightly less pressure!) to find the special moments, different angles and creative shots. Here is a selection of my images from Jenny and Gavin’e wedding, and you can also view Emma’s website here