SMALL WEDDINGS


The pandemic changed weddings forever. It forced couples to choose between a small gathering or hold off and wait for the larger wedding they had always planned. Post pandemic, I am meeting more and more couples who are still choosing to keep their day's smaller for various reasons.


Jordan and Hollie married in October 2021. They booked me as their photographer for just 2 hours coverage which was enough to cover all the main events of their day. Here is some key features from their day for ultimate small wedding inspiration.


Married in Norwich Castle Museum, surrounded by the art and their closest family and friends. They chose this venue as it was a special place visited a lot by Hollie and her late grandad when she was a child. Their original wedding date was on her grandads birthday but sadly Covid intervened and they postponed their day until October 2021.

Hollie was given away by her dad and she wore a dress from ASOS and white trainers. A girl after my own heart opting for comfort and her own style over a kitten heel. Her dress was ivory with a lace overlay with flower pattern detailing and long lace sleeves.

A bouquet of mainly greenery, eucalyptus, with white roses and gypsophila which was created by a family friend.

Make up by Emily at @lovemoimakeup on Instagram.


Jordan wore a navy / grey tweed suit from Suit Direct and a gold bowtie and was accompanied by his best friend who wore the same.

Their daughter, Ivy was the flower girl and she wore the cutest little dress which was bought from Etsy. The gallery was filled with "awwwws" as Ivy walked to the front to hand her daddy the rings, contained in a little pouch.

Hollies two best friends were bridesmaids and wore beautiful emerald green dresses from Shein. Their bouquets were the same as Hollies, only a little smaller. They walked down the aisle before Hollie, with little Ivy. Ivy refused to carry her bouquet at the last minute and instead chose to carry her little handbag. Children will always be children - even on your wedding day. Going with the flow is crucial for a stress free day.

The ceremony was stress free and the registrars were super relaxed, letting the children roam where they wanted during the signing of the register.

Unfortunately, with an October wedding comes a risk of bad weather and it was raining very heavily as we exited the gallery, so we headed straight for the reception venue. The Unthank Arms - in Norwich, Norfolk. The room upstairs was the perfect size for Hollie and Jordan's friends and family gathering. Set out in their rustic theme, there were lots of little touches to reflect their personalities.


A pallet table plan made by the bride and her dad and decorated with ivy which also adorned the tables along with wild, dried flowers, bubbles and candles.

With only 50 ish guests Hollie and Jordan opted for a smaller cake, which was made by one of the bridesmaids and had a stash of donuts for their guests to enjoy. The donut boards were bought from Hobbycraft and they filled them with donuts bought from the supermarket. Bargain!

Hollies bouquet had photos of her late grandparents hanging from it, which was so special.

They didn't have any group shots but in between the showers, I whisked them outside for a few couples photos. Once again their photos really reflected their personalities. A fun couple who tease each other and mess around a lot! Not taking themselves too seriously, but laughing so much together. Probably one of the most relaxed couples I've met and most chilled weddings I've photographed.

Speeches are always great to photograph. The emotions can switch in a second. From laughter, to overwhelming emotion.

Jordan's best man stood up near the top table to do his speech which was excellent for me, as it meant I could get him and Hollie and Jordan's reaction all in one frame. Had he been at the other end of the room, I could have only caught one or the other, so it's worth thinking about where you stand people who are doing speeches. Even if they are not seated near you during the meal, you could pre arrange with them to stand near you when it is their turn to do the speeches.

I hope if you are planning a small wedding, this has given you some inspiration.

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