Ben & Sonia actually found me through a wedding competition I ran a couple of years ago, back when I was in the first couple of years of business. They were one of two winners, and we became fast friends. I was lucky enough to photograph their engagement in Brighton, and now I’ve captured their diy backyard wedding too. Being included in these moments, able to experience these emotions and seeing all the planning that goes into them means so much to me.
You want to see emotion? There is so much wonderful emotion, and I couldn’t ask for a more relaxed wedding – in their own house!
After a short ceremony with their family and friends, we had our new Mr & Mrs Shaw!
And then it was time for the party… all of the guests headed over to Sonia & Ben’s beautiful house in the countryside, in the meantime, the wedding couple and I took the opportunity to make our own little trek into the fields and nature, just by their house! They walk their two beloved doggies (who you can see featured in their brighton engagement shoot here) throughout these fields and they are very special to them both, so we took advantage of nature’s beauty for some wedding portraits! (Which would be followed by their backyard wedding photography)
We walked back to their house for their backyard wedding, to be greeted by a traditional confetti entrance, followed by Ben carrying Sonia into the threshhold! We then spend a relaxed evening amongst their friends and family, admiring how they had transformed their house entirely.
And how their beautiful house had been transformed… I just had to include some detail shots. (Or rather, quite a few!)
They even… (and I’m still gobsmacked and honoured about this) featured a gallery wall of the engagement photos I took for them, complete with a projector slide, for people to look at! Here I am at a wedding, feeling like my work is on art exhibition!
We spent the rest of the night partying in the house and their back garden – with lots of drinking, there was a lot of emotion and merriment. Particularly during the speeches…
Followed by the cake cutting…
And then the first dance…
It really means the world to me to be included in such beautiful moments, and I look forward to many more weddings as beautiful as this one, which I can thoroughly enjoy and be honoured to be involved with. Congratulations again, guys, I know you will be happy together and wish you every happiness in your marriage.
And to everyone reading, I hope you enjoyed re-living some of sonia and ben’s cambridge backyard wedding with me, and possibly now have your own backyard wedding ideas… Here are a few more snaps from their day!