The details

The happy couple:

Chris and Lindsay

The date:

5th September 2020

The location:

Penrith, Cumbria

Photographer(s):

Shazia

We’ve always loved a good DIY wedding, but this one was just what was needed. Their original plans has been scuppered due to COVID-19, so Chris and Lindsay decided to still get married and have a small reception in their back garden. The thing was, it was absolutely perfect.

Chris and Lindsay were recommended to us by one of our previous Brides Philippa and also one of our future brides to be. They loved our style and felt we’d be a perfect fit for their relaxed day.

They thing about DIY weddings are that they’re always more personal. Everything has been made by hand and a huge amount of time and planning goes into them, beyond the usual. We couldn’t wait to photograph this one.

(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 Lindsay’s pony came to visit the wedding for some photographs.

We began the day at Lindsay and Chris' house where they were both getting ready.
They decided to have their reception in their back garden. They purchased some pop up gazebos and really made it into their dream little wedding venue.
They had a masterplan for their wedding and spent time sorting out all the little details.
Once everything was sorted ready for guests arriving, Lindsay and Chris headed upstairs to get ready.
Lindsay and her daughter Robin took the most of the chill time and enjoyed the calm before things got a little busier.
Lindsay looked incredible and even had a visit from a little butterfly that came in through the window.
It wasn't all plain sailing. Lindsay managed to lock herself in the bathroom, but after a brief panic, she managed to escape in time to give Chris a big hug.
Outside, guests had arrived ready for Lindsay and Chris heading downstairs.
The party was put on ice temporarily as Lindsay and Chris headed into Penrith registry office to official tie the knot.
It was a lovely, little ceremony. Due to restrictions, there was only 10 guests allowed inside, but it meant the immediate family were able to attend with everyone else tuning in via a live stream on facebook.
Outside we had five or ten minutes to grab a few couple portraits. It was in the centre of town, so we had people continually walking past which added to the feel of the images.
Chris and Lindsay are such a lovely couple and it really did come across well on camera. It really was a pleasure to photograph them together.
We had plenty of time once back at the house as there was no strict schedule to follow. It gave everyone lots of time to mingle.
A laptop was set up to one side, with guests joining in throughout the afternoon from all over the world.
It was just about time for some speeches and a little, fun game with the guests answering questions about the couple.
It was such a relaxed affair as you can see in the photographs. You've heard of Netflix and chill, well this was wedding and chill.
The rain had started to come down in typical Lake District fashion, but not before they managed to squeeze in their first dance.
There was musical entertainment from one of the guests after which the star of the show arrived for some photographs with the new Mr and Mrs.