Super fun Essex Wedding photography

Welcome to Stew & Gab’s EPIC DIY Essex Wedding.  I coerced Stew (that’s the groom) into booking me whilst drunk on some high octane Belgium beer.  The rest is history.  I may even make it a staple for all potential bookings.  My turn-around rate would be INSANE.

It’s actually really difficult to write about this wedding in the usual way, main reason being, although they are my clients, they are also friends.  Much as I want to use loads of Google friendly words so lots of people see my site and book me.  I just don’t think it’s going to happen with this one!


A bit more about Stew & Gabs Wedding down on the farm.

Stew got ready at his parent’s farm in Tillingham.  This is where the meal and reception was to be held.  I popped over to see him first and was met with a hive of activity.  The tipis were already up and tables laid but there was still SO much to do before kick off!

Bridal Prep

Gabs was at at the AirBNB with her mum, sister and nieces.  Charlotte Dodds was in charge of all the hair and make up and was already well into the swing of things by the time I arrived.  Stew & Gab’s cat Cleo was in a cattery and we spoke to her via weblink.  This was my personal highlight of the day.

The wedding gown was hung ready and waiting along with beautiful Sash and and Freya Rose shoes.  I felt it necessary to put the engagement ring on the shoes, don’t ask me why, but I did it.  Wedding photographers do stuff like that.  We can’t help it.


The church ceremony was held in the centre of Tillingham.  ”This was a complete haze” said Gabs, ”I was just super nervous and wanted to get to Stew ASAP”.   I asked if they had any advice about having a church ceremony.  ”Cut down on hymns!  I remember thinking GEEZ we have another 2 choruses and 2 verses!!”  It was a mega hot day, like UNBELIEVABLY HOT.  Whilst the ceremony was really lovely, everyone was super excited to celebrate the couple in their own special way.  So it was back to the farm for their DIY Essex Wedding!


After the ceremony we all schlepped down the road to Stew’s parent’s farm. At the farm the DIY Essex wedding was really under way.  The guests were eating and drinking lots of lovely stuff whilst basking in the scorchio sun. The tipis were full of such beautifulness.  The flowers were INCREDIBLE, all of the family mucked in to help make it a truly wonderful DIY Essex wedding.  So much work went into it right down to the washing out of the jars for the candles.  It was really beautiful and welcoming and so wonderful to shoot.


After the ploughman’s lunch, it was time for the speeches to begin.  We were treated to some pretty bloody brilliant orations, then it got awesomely messy.  It was Gab’s 30th birthday so partying was pretty much top of the agenda.

They had a whole host of DJs who just happened to be guests, an incredible sound technician (also a guest) and a Void sound system.  They nailed it.  I’ll add some more words from the bride and groom below, along with supplier details.  I was so honoured, excited and happy to be a part of this amazing day.  These two are such special people, it was an incredible celebration, we are all still talking about it 5 months later!!


DRESS – Boutique was Rock the Frock Bridal, brand was Soon Bride, veil was Sash & Veil.  Shoes – Freya Rose

HAIR & MAKE UPCharlotte Dodds

STEW’S OUTFITPaul Smith head to ankle, ankle down – Oliver Sweeney




FLOWERS – Lily & May

STATIONERY – Stew created all of our save the dates, invites, table plan, order of service –  place names were white envelopes, my mum kindly wrote everyone’s name on each one and stuffed a scratch card inside

CATERERS – Serendipity Street and Burger Bear UK

TIPIS – Events Under Canvas