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When you think of DIY weddings, everyone will have there own impressions, but this was a cracker! Milly and Dave were one of the most relaxed couples I have had the pleasure to work with. I always recommend that couples design their wedding around them and this was so very them.

I arrived on a sunny September morning to the cutest village hall in Wytham, a small village just outside of Oxford. The first thing I noticed was the coloured streamers, hay bale seats and the English countryside village feel. Everything about the wedding was DIY with help from friends and family and it looked amazing. Immediately I could tell how relaxed and excited everyone was.

Outside of Wytham Village Hall, Oxford ready for a wedding. Hay bale seats and coloured flags. Sunny day.
Wedding guest sat on a hay bale with a blanket in the sun outside Wytham village hall.
The order of the day for a wedding, made on a pin board outside a village hall. DIY wedding details.

A short walk through the picturesque village and you arrive at All Saints Church, Wytham. Staying with the family vibe the vicar was actually the grooms dad. This is the second wedding this year I have photographed where the vicar has been one of the parents (check the other one out here) and it is such a lovely personal touch for the ceremony.

Wedding guests walking to the ceremony at All Saints Church, Wytham in Oxford. DIY sign directing guests.
Outside of the small church, All Saints in Wytham. The wedding ceremony.

The brides sister also entertained everyone whilst the couple signed the register by singing. She had everyone in tears and received a well deserved huge round of applause. After the ceremony it was a short walk back to the village hall. I love a wedding where you can walk between the ceremony and the reception, on a sunny September day it was the perfect transport.

Friend of the couple makes his notes ahead of playing the organ for the brides entrance.
Groom in the church chatting to his guests before the ceremony.
Groom shaking the hand of a guest as they arrive at the ceremony.
Brides grandad arrives and laughs with the groom outside of the church before the ceremony.
Bride arrives outside of the church, waving before the ceremony.
Bride walking down the aisle ready for the wedding ceremony. The grooms dad is the vicar.
Flower girl stood in the aisle during the wedding ceremony.
Couple hug after getting married at All Saints Church Wytham, Oxford.
Couple looking happy after getting married stood at the front of the church.
Vicar, father of the groom hugs his son after conducting the ceremony.
Guests cry and look emotional whilst the bridesmaid signs to entertain everyone.
Bridesmaids emotional hugs guests after singing for them.
Guests laugh outside the church after the wedding ceremony.
Guests grabbing confetti as they leave the church.
Brides grandad and guest laugh and walk through the confetti line.
Bride and groom walk through the confetti as the guests shower them in confetti outside the church.

A close friend of the couples just happens to be a very talented caricaturist and a duo that sung to entertain all the guests. The DIY touches included a whole cheese platter and of course a game of the British classic, cricket!

Caricaturist at work during the wedding reception.
Caricaturist draws wedding guests
Duo play guitar and sing to entertain wedding guests.
Guests play cricket during the wedding at this DIY village hall wedding
Wedding guest bowls during a game of cricket

Milly’s wedding dress had been passed down through the generations and Milly was the third generation to wear it (after her mum and grandma). Her grandma had sadly passed away but her grandad made a speech at the wedding which had everybody laughing and crying. As big drum and bass fans, the best man had a song made just for the couple. I have never seen so much dancing and singing during a wedding meal!

Couple cuddle next to their hay bales outside their wedding reception.
Cheese platter table at a wedding.
DIY wedding table plan for guests seating.
Brides grandad makes a speech during the wedding. Dressed in Scottish attire.
Bride and sisters laugh during the wedding speeches.
Guests toast during the wedding speeches.
Guest cries during the wedding speeches.
Top table raise a glass during the wedding speeches.

The evening was as wild as the rest of the day, stunning weather ensured a fantastic day which finished with a ceilidh and what I can only describe as a rave! Smoke machine in full flow and the tunes where blaring. The fantastic thing about a small village hall in a small village is I think most the village was there so the end time was a ‘less’ strict that it might be at a larger venue.

Wedding guests dancing and laughing during Caleidh.
Baby in a carrier during the wedding reception.
Couple dance during the evening reception at their wedding.
Guests dancing during the evening celebrations Oxford DIY wedding.
Couple dance their first dance during DIY Oxford wedding in a village hall
Couple kiss on the dance floor at their wedding.
Wedding guests do the limbo during the wedding reception.
Wedding guest dancing in the smoke filled dancefloor.
Groom signs and dances with wedding guests at the village hall.
Wedding guests dancing in the village hall.

Of course I captured the whole day in my natural, documentary style of wedding photography. Nothing fake and nothing posed, just the day as it happens.

If you are planning a DIY village hall wedding, why not drop your details below, I can’t wait to hear about your wedding plans.

Couple having a caricature done during sunset

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