Festival Style Wedding

Lisa & John - August 2018

festival style wedding photography

Last summer I had the pleasure of photographing Lisa & John’s festival style wedding in Shropshire. They said they didn’t really want anything too traditional so instead of hiring a venue they used a barn which belonged to a family friend.

The morning started at The Pump Rooms in Tenbury Wells. The Grade II* Listed Building is a distinctive and unusual design which totally fitted in with the goth/steam punk feel to Lisa and John’s outfits. The bride and groom both wore black, John completed his look with a cane.

Beautiful Country Setting

After the ceremony everyone headed over to a farm about 15 minutes away in the beautiful Shropshire countryside where a family friend had granted them use of the barn and surrounding field. Most people stayed over night and tents and a marquee had been set up for the afternoon which was dubbed ‘Until Death Us Do Part’ to fit in with the Goth feel to the day. Guests enjoyed the hot summer sunshine, including time for an impromptu game of cricket. Although there was the ability to get away from the heat inside the large barn, where beer and the cake were laid out. Both the Bride & Groom are vegan and the food was served up from Vegan Grindhouse who produce vegan alternatives to traditional Americana street food, which was absolutely first class, even to a meat eater! In the evening a mobile pizza company served up some amazing stone baked pizzas. As the sun set everyone changed in more comfortable clothing as the day took on an even more relaxed ambience.

Mosh Pit Dance Floor

Inside the barn was also the dance floor, which would come into it’s own in the evening as John and Lisa’s carefully procured Spotify playlist of hard rock and heavy metal anthems kept a mosh pit in full flow for a good 3-4 hours. It was the first time I’d photographed such a full on evening with headbanging and moshing and it was great fun to be a part of. I love weddings that are different and this one certainly was. Particularity seeing the parents of the bride and groom joining in! If you are having a festival style wedding and would like your day captured in a documentary style as I have done for Lisa and John please get in touch.

Below is a selection on images from the day, I hope you enjoy looking through them.


I loved the relaxed atmosphere to this wedding. John and Lisa were keen for everyone to not really feel like they were at a wedding and I think they succeeded.

With the black dress, skull decorated cake and heavy metal playlist this festival style wedding was certainly out of the ordinary.

Thanks for looking through the images form the day.

You may also enjoy this recent blog of Gemma & Harry’s Wedding at Leeds Castle completely different from John and Lisa’s day but just as fantastic to capture.