The details

The happy couple:

Ryan and Oonagh

Time of year:


The location:

Le Petit Chateau, Otterburn



Let’s face it, 2020 certainly hasn’t been the year for weddings. We’d had the privilege of photographing some smaller, last minute weddings throughout the summer but Ryan and Oonagh were the first couple who had been booked in for a while and still decided to go ahead.

They were originally meant to have 150+ guests, but due to restrictions, were limited to a maximum of 30 for the ceremony, with a few extra coming for the reception in the restaurant.

With a few number of guests, it meant that they were able to spend more time with the guests who were there, but it also meant we would have a little bit of extra time for some awesome couple photos.

It also meant that Ryan could have the 8 course meal that he simply couldn’t afford with the larger guests numbers. Happy husband, happy life and all that.

(Please note, we haven’t post many photographs online of guests mingling and chatting, simply to avoid any potential issues related to social distancing).


Where the wedding name came from:

The name was chosen because of the venture into the long grass for some of their couple portraits.

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We began the day nice and bright up at the Chateau.
Oonagh was with the girls in the apartment while Ryan was upstairs with the lads.
Everything was so relaxed which gave us chance to capture some lovely, natural images as well as some with the girls together.
An hour or so before the ceremony, Oonagh moved upstairs to the bridal suite.
She looked incredible in her dress and her family couldn't hold back their reactions when they saw her for the first time.
Downstairs masks were on and guests were seated ready and waiting.
Oonagh and her father made their way down the aisle to an eagerly waiting Ryan. They were also streaming their ceremony live to all those guests who couldn't be there.
After all the I's and T's were dotted and crossed, it was time for a grand exit into the breakfast room for canapés.
Outside, after we'd photographed a few family photographs, it was time for the couple portraits.
After headed down into the meadow, we spent some time around the garden, capturing a variety of images of our newlyweds together.
We love mixing natural interaction with some cool, creative photography.
Back inside, guests were seated and ready for the speeches.
The speeches were a hoot and everyone nailed it. Perfect in every way.
After all the laughs, it was time to cut the cake and for the newlyweds to have their first dance.
Although there were some restrictions in place, singer Dan James McClew gave guests some much needed entertainment for the evening, allowing them to have a socially distanced dance and a boogie.