WHAT IS A MICRO WEDDING LIKE?
Is having a micro wedding with 15 or 30 people still the same?
Will my day still feel special with Covid-19 restrictions?
Love is not cancelled and weddings are still super special.
I have shot over 20 weddings a year for over 13 years and then this year it all stopped. On 29th February I shot a wedding and then almost all of my 2020 couples postponed to 2021 and beyond. A few weddings from March & April move to September and October and some of those have had to postpone again. I have felt so sad for my couples and for my fellow suppliers in the wedding industry.
So what is a Micro wedding like? On 13th August I got to shoot my first Micro Wedding and it was all kinds of lovely!
A change of plans
Lena & Jamie had been due to have a large ceremony & wedding reception at Wimbledon Tennis Club. They decided to go ahead and started planning a smaller thirty people wedding at York House in Twickenham.
The couple had a small ceremony in the Loggia Room. Although guests were asked to wear masks it was still a moving part of the day with lots of smiles from the Bride & Groom.
THE VENUE & GROUP SHOTS
York House in Twickenham backs on to the river. It is a beautiful place to get married and backdrop for photographs. When we came out of the ceremony for the group photos it was pouring with rain! But we ran to the biggest tree and still managed to get all the shots on the list. The guests smiled their way through and had great fun celebrating Lena & Jamie.
THE COUPLE SHOTS
Knowing I was only booked for a short time I wanted to make sure Lena & Jamie got a good amount of variety for their couple shots. A short walk from York House and you are in some beautiful gardens and the bridge to the river. The backdrop of the house worked so well for some stunning shots of the couple and some more relaxed group shots of their guests too.
PHOTOS WITH A VIEW
We took a short drive to Richmond Hill Hotel, which looks over the gorgeous Richmond Park. Lena and Jamie had their first date at this very spot so it was so lovely to head across the road from the hotel and get some cracking shots using this stunning view. They managed to sneak their son away from the reception for some family photos too.
I was super lucky to be able to get this bit of the day too. Was so lovely to see close family & friends who had spent much of lock down in family bubbles celebrating a wedding that they were unsure would go ahead. There was so much love, joy and champers flowing! Richmond Hill Hotel was super as always and all the staff wore masks.
THROWING THE BOUQUET
Just as I was packing up to say my goodbyes Lena asked if I could photograph the flower girls catching the bouquet. And I am so glad I was able to! The giggles, squeals and excitement in these photos are almost audible! Seeing them all jump for joy as the eldest cousin caught the flowers was a fab way to end a very special day!
WORDS FROM THE COUPLE…
“Hannah thanks for making our day so memorable!! You really did go above and beyond and we are so grateful for that! So many great photos!!!”From Lena & Jamie
FINAL THOUGHTS FROM ME
This was definitely not the wedding Lena & Jamie had first started to plan but in the end that just did not matter. Having a Micro wedding is just as lovely and filled with emotion, they are still a beautiful way to celebrate the two of you. Lots of couples are now planning an elopement or smaller ceremony and then pushing the date to party with more friends and family later next year. If you want to have a small mini wedding and then big party next year I would say don’t put off getting married. Love is not cancelled and little wedding are gorgeous too. If this year has taught me anything it is to hold on to the people we love even tighter.
MUCH LOVE HANNAH x
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