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DIY Wedding Photography

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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.

Copeland Gallery London Wedding // Camilla and Andy

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It was a true honour to photograph my friends' Mills and Andy's wedding at the Copeland Gallery in Peckham, London. 

The Copeland Gallery is essentially a big- blank canvas- warehouse space, and with their creative eye and a team of friends and family, set it up to be a super-stylish wedding venue. 

Camilla and Andy had an intimate ceremony conducted by a family vicar. They were blessed with remarkably good weather for mid-April and enjoyed canapés and bubbles in the courtyard.  We took informal and relaxed couple portraits around the Bussey building before they heading inside for dinner, hilarious speeches and a rocking party! 

Congratulations Mills and Andy you beautiful pair xxx

Snowy London Wedding // Hsu and James

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Hsu and James got married on the 3rd March, the anniversary of their first date. This was clearly a special date for them, and when planning their spring wedding they never could have anticipated that the beast from the east would hit the UK bringing snow storms, freezing temperatures and causing havoc across the country! 

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At home in Somerset on the Friday I was completely snowed in! The trains were cancelled and only 4x4's were chancing the snowy roads. I was getting nervous! In the end I hitch hiked to Bath with some lovely police ladies and made a train to London in good time for the wedding. Phew! 

With a few guests sadly unable to attend the show went on! And what a fun wedding it was. This was wedding part 2 of 3! James and Hsu were legally married in the week with close family. The second part of the wedding trio was an intimate celebration at Forth Floor Studios in London with a blessing ceremony conducted by a close friend, followed by a mad hatter style tea party with cocktails in tea pots and dancing into the night! It was a joy to photograph such a creative and personal wedding celebration with a couple who have so much fun together and are clearly so right for each other. 

And they still have one more wedding to go! 

London Jewish Wedding // Miriam and Stephen

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Mariam and Stephen’s Orthodox Jewish wedding was held in London at the Jewish Learning Exchange on the 11th February. This was the first Jewish wedding I had attended and it was wonderful to photograph a day so rich in culture, history and celebration. 

Mariam and Stephen had an adventurous spirit and we had lots of fun outside shooting natural couple portraits around Hampstead Heath until it was completely dark!  

The evening concluded with dinner and LOTS of dancing!! What a fun day to be part of. 

London Winter Wedding // Aisling and Eoghan

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Eoghan and Aisling LOVE Christmas and got married on the 9th December in London when festivities were certainly in the air. The church ceremony was held at St Etheldreda's Church, a beautiful and historic Roman Catholic Church in the heart of Clerkenwell. They then continued their laid back celebrations with mulled wine and a buffet at The Edward Liar in Holloway. The wedding car conveniently passed the Arsenal stadium (Eoghan is a big fan) and much to his delight there was time to hop out for a few photos! 

Camden Wedding // Kate and Mike

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Kate and Mike celebrated their wedding in true London style in iconic Camden. The ceremony was held at Camden Town Hall where Kate lit up the room with her amazing 50's style dress and flashing shoes! They then hopped on a double-decker party bus to their reception at The Prince Albert. 

The Aperol Spritz was flowing and the day was effortlessly relaxed. Kate and Mike certainly knew how to throw a great party!