Pip & Paul // DIY Countryside Wedding Photography

Spectacular, Spectacular
No words in the vernacular
Can’t describe this great event
You’ll be dumb with wonderment…

That’s pretty much how I feel about Pip and Paul’s wedding day. When Pip booked me as her wedding photographer she told/warned me that the photographs were the one of the most important parts of the day and she would ‘work me hard’. Well Ladies and Gentlemen, she sure did. But boy oh boy was it worth it…

So lets kick of with the dress – Pip’s only a little lady but this was the heaviest dress I’ve ever held with such delicate and beautiful beading work this was one amazing dress from  Ronald Joyce she looked every bit the screen goddess. For Pip’s love of all things Asian they hired the amazing Karma Kabs, a quirky indian taxi – exquisitely decorated with bright flowers and of course incense! So unusual and so perfect for the bride and groom.

Wedding in hertfordshire

Pink silk flower corsages

Wedding Dress hanging in Window

Wedding Dress book

Bride having make up done

Karma Kabs wedding car

Karma Kabs indian interior

Bride getting ready at home

Father and Bride for first time

Laughing bride and bridesmaid

Bride putting on necklace

Bridal party waving

Grooms men at Tring Church

Summer bride with bouquet

Patel pink bridesmaids

Bride and Father in wedding car

Bride arrives at church

Bride walks up church aisle

Bride in church, Hertfordshire

Bride and groom at church front

Tring Church wedding

Bride and groom at Tring Church

Wedding confetti


With seven stunning bridesmaids it was a busy day to keep up with them all, but thanks to every one of them they made the photos a breeze, with not one complaint when I announced we’d planned for them all to hop over a fence and into an over grown field – well done ladies!

The reception was held at wonderfully renovated Hastoe Village Hall, which had Pip’s magical touch all over it – with a lovely summer solstice them, hand decorated glitter dipped centre pieces, wild flowers, hand made flower hoops decorated the ceiling, hay bales and fairy lights completed the look outside into the courtyard where guests could sit and enjoy the beaming sun. The scrumptious three tiered , three flavoured wedding cake was hand-made by bridesmaid Laura – of course topped with the cutest pair of magpies. I’m proud to say the stunning light up LOVE marquee letters idea came unintentionally from myself when I blogged about some from a wedding fayre I’d been to, this set Pip’s wedding cogs a turning and low and behold we had the fabulous letters from Illuminography – giving a brilliant old film sense of style to the wedding.

glitter jam jar decorations

yellow Homemade wedding cake


Colourful flowers wedding hall decoration

Children on hay bales at wedding

Bride climbing over fence

Pastel bridesmaids and bride in field

Pastel Wedding party in field

Bridesmaids with wedding Car

Notts County Fan Groom

Wedding corn field in Hertfordshire

Bride and Groom with vintage car

Summe Wedding in Herts

LOVE marquee sign

gold sparkly wedding shoes

Vintage Wedding football Programme

Children playing at wedding

Laughing bridesmaids

Groom gives bride football shirt

Paul is one of the biggest Notts County Football supporters I’ve come across and having lived in Nottingham for eight years that’s saying something! There was a beautifully subtle nod to Paul’s passion through out the wedding – vintage football wedding programmes, table names and the cutest decorative magpies. Not only this, but Pip had manage to perform a sneaky surprise for her groom. When Paul was a small boy he was held by the legendary Charlie Palmer – I’m not sure how she pulled it off but as she stood up to do her own wedding speech, she introduced Charlie who came in armed with a Notts County stadium cake! I’m sure you can tell by the look on his face just how starstruck Paul was – an absolutely priceless moment.

Wedding speeches emotion

Groom at wedding speeches

Brides Speech at wedding

Charlie Palmer at wedding

Bride laughing

I could go on and on about all the amazing things that happened during their day – the opera singer, the spontaneous Michael Jackson routine that Pip rocked out, the Two Tone performers, but I will move on… 

The happy couple celebrated a spectacular finale to their day with their first dance to the Moulin Rouge version of ‘Your Song’ – topped off only by amazing confetti canons which showered them with golden shimmering confetti hearts. *sigh*. After their dance Pip slipped into an exquisite feathered shoulder wrap, transforming her into a beauty straight out of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet as I whisked them away for some calm golden hour photos as the sun set.

Bride and groom kiss

First dance embrace

First dance with confetti

Country road sign

Groom in field

Bride and groom in corn field

Hertfordshire wedding photography

Bride sunset field

bride and groom lying in grass

bride and groom lying in grass

Bride and Groom close up sunset

Bride and groom view

Bride with peonie bouquet

Bride and Groom sunset walk

Hertfordshire wedding

Wedding hay bales

Bride dancing on stage

I’d like to give a massive thanks to my second shooter, Eneka Stewart – for all her hard work and support on the day, she was an absolute blessing! Here we are enjoying a well deserved meal on the hay bales… 

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David HurstJuly 16, 2014 - 8:35 pm

Hi we were the bar service that night, just wondering if you have any shots (excuse the pun) of guests with drinks or cocktails?
A great night by all accounts and having visited the venue with Paul and seen it as it normally is, I was very impressed when I saw it the day before the wedding, never mind on the day itself. Our guys said it was most unlike ‘a village hall’…
I met Paul only once but warmed to him immediately, your photography shows that too. Love your portfolio of the day.
Cheers Clare

ClareJuly 24, 2014 - 4:10 pm

Hi David, email me at hello@photographybyclare.co.uk and I’ll share what photos I have, Thanks,

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