laidback wedding

Adrienne & James | An awesome laidback outdoor wedding in Lincolnshire

This summer has been incredible so far and I've been SO lucky to travel (all over the world, Australia counts right?!) to photograph some absolutely wonderful relaxed and happy weddings! 

I knew from the moment that I started speaking to Adrienne about her and James' wedding that it would be a dream wedding to photograph. Adrienne and James just wanted to have a bloody good time with all the people they love. 

I could talk for hours about wedding traditions. I love it when my couples pick and choose the traditions that actually mean something to them (or abandon them altogether, that's my absolute favourite!) and these guys did just that. They didn't want any posed photographs (but just look below at how BEAUTIFUL they are when I managed to persuade them ;) !), no group photos and definitely no speeches or forced "fun" for their guests. 

These guys did everything in a really simple and straightforward way. They hired self-catering barn accommodation for a week (best decision ever), made lots themselves (the seating,  all the signs, the wedding arch, a gladiators game - yes like the TV show - and the bar...James is a genius), brought in food (picnic food and a PIZZA TRUCK), stocked their bar with their favourite ale, played a massive game of Beer Pong and even threw one of their wedding guests in the swimming pool fully clothed! 

All of the above made this such an amazing wedding but Adrienne and James know who the star of the show was for me (and my husband Russell who joined me to shoot video, more coming soon!)...their Italian Greyhound Sunny. Oh my days, I love dogs at weddings and Sunny might just be my favourite dog in the world. Have a look below and I'm sure you will agree ♡ Sunny loves these guys a ridiculous amount, it's so cute! 

As this wedding was so bloody awesome I asked Adrienne to compile a list of tips for any other couples who would like to plan a relaxed and non-traditional wedding and here they are (thank you Adrienne!): 

1- Support small local businesses rather than using well known chains for things. I found that they show more attention to detail and it's an all round more personalised experience. That being said we bought our table flowers from our local Morrisons and arranged them ourselves. Just suss out when and where to be savvy. Do as much as you can yourself (within reason and without stressing yourself out too much).

2- Charity shops! These places are amazing for picking up little things you may need for added decoration. such as cushions or throws. We bought a handful of cut glass bowls for nuts for the bar etc. I also found Etsy was great for finding one off cute little extras such as the macrame and my belt. 

3- We decided to have a free bar...all day...if we could change this now we probably would. By the time the hired bar man had gone home it became a free for all, at which point I had to step in a be a party pooper and limit people's drinks to beer only. However the other side to this is that the guests REALLY appreciated it! - "this is the best wedding ever"

4- Help is all around you. Try not to stress too much as friends and family will step in to help. Call upon the expertise of those you know. If you know someone crafty - USE THEM! Our favours were made by the mother of the groom, the cake was made by the sister in-law! Fortune saved.

5- Don't get hung up on tiny details like, is that glass vase central on that tiny table in the corner - no one will notice on the day and it's time you're wasting that you could be spending on other drinking! (this is one of my fave tips!) 

6- The venue is obviously super important. Again this is about thinking outside of the box. We found a lovely converted barn, self catering holiday let literally 20 mins from our front door. As this wasn't a registered wedding venue it was super cheap in comparison and this meant we had the entire venue for a whole week, guests didn't have the stress of travelling long distances AND it slept 16 people at NO additional costs. We found a humanist celebrant who gave us a blessing which meant we had total control over everything - the wording, the location and live music!

7 - This is your day and you can plan it exactly how you want. We were legally married in the local registry office a few weeks prior to our 'ceremony'. This was just James, myself and 2 witnesses. We turned up in jeans and it cost £40. It's a little nontraditional but it suited us down to the ground!

In addition - we knew our day was going to be super relaxed and for that reason we decided not to have bridesmaids and groomsmen. All our close friends and family helped out and we didn't have to give them a title or a suit/dress for them to volunteer. 

8 - Our day started at 10.30am and guests stayed until midnight in the end. Despite this being a super long day, it still felt like it was over in the blink of an eye. My advice is stand back for 30 mins just to adsorb, take some time with your new husband (or wife) to reflect, this really helped us. 

9- Don't over plan, or worry if you're behind on schedule or if you forget about things - we didn't schedule in a cake cutting moment but it ended up happening, simply because the cake was too beautiful to not be the star for 15 mins!

10- Last but not least, DO choose your photographer carefully, after all the photos they take will help you remember your day for the rest of your life. I would recommend Tash and Russell to anyone! Their work is amazing and they're literally the nicest people you'll ever meet. I think Tash should add wedding organiser/planner/project manager to her CV! 


I really love the approach that Adrienne and James took to planning their wedding and I hope the tips above are helpful for anyone else who is planning their wedding! I think it is so important to have a wedding that reflects you both as a couple, to not worry too much about traditions or what others may expect from you. Just plan the day the way you want it ♡

Lovely suppliers:

Venue: Thorganby Hall

Acoustic Musician: Sam Dawson

Stone baked pizza van: Pizza Mamma Hull


Thorganby Hall, Lincolnshire Wedding
Welcome to Marris Barn sign, Thorganby, Lincolnshire
Order of the day, relaxed back garden wedding
Bride and her Italian greyhound
Bridal bouquet
Wedding bar
Guests arriving for wedding
Italian greyhound sat on the back of the sofa
Family and friends seeing bride for the first time
alternative bride with tattoo and lace wedding dress
Bride hugging her mother on wedding day
Bride walking to her wedding with her Grandfather and dog
Macrame wedding arch surrounded by Lincolnshire countryside
Groom waits for bride stood with his brother by macrame wedding arch
Outdoor wedding ceremony with macrame wedding arch
Outdoor wedding ceremony with macrame wedding arch
Bride and groom getting married in outdoor wedding ceremony with Italian greyhound and macrame wedding arch
Bride and groom getting married in outdoor wedding ceremony in Lincolnshire countryside
Couple laughing through outdoor wedding ceremony
Bride and groom showing emotion while mother of the groom does a reading
Bride and groom smiling through outdoor wedding ceremony reading
Bride crying during reading
Couple's dog joins in during the wedding ceremony
Bride reading vows
Groom reading vows and bride crying
Bride and groom exchanging vows during outdoor wedding ceremony with macrame wedding arch and countryside views
Couple's first kiss as husband and wife | outdoor wedding ceremony in Lincolnshire with macrame wedding arch
Just married!
Confetti shot!
Bride and groom get confetti thrown at them
Groom spinning bride around at the end of the aisle
Flower girl throws confetti over bride
Toddler throwing confetti over the bride
Bride cuddling her Italian greyhound on her wedding day
Acoustic musician Sam Dawson playing at relaxed outdoor wedding
Wedding guests and groom stood at the handmade bar
Italian greyhound "Iggy" staring up at bride and groom
Bride pulling herself a pint of Doombar ale
Bride proudly holds her pint of ale
Bride and groom cheers with their ales
Beautiful Lincolnshire countryside wedding | Thorganby, Lincolnshire
Bride relaxing with her wedding guests
Guests enjoying outdoor wedding
Bride and groom throw guest into swimming pool
Bride and groom throw guest into pool
Wedding guest gets thrown into the swimming pool by bride and groom
Groom eating while dog begs for food
Dog begs for food from bride and groom
Beautiful Lincolnshire countryside
Young boy riding children's tractor wearing sunglasses
Bride and groom portrait at outdoor wedding in Lincolnshire
Groom kissing bride on the head | Black and white photograph
Italian greyhound with bride and groom
Bride and groom with VW camper van on wedding day
Bride and groom walking through car park looking cool
Bride and groom living the van life on their wedding day
Bride and groom portrait at relaxed wedding in Lincolnshire
Beautiful alternative wedding couple portrait
Bride and groom and their Italian greyhound
Bride and groom drinking ale instead of cake cutting
Bride smashing cake on groom's face during cake cutting
Bride and groom laughing during cake cutting
Handmade heart wedding favours
Children playing around at outdoor wedding
Child strutting around at outdoor wedding
Wedding guests drinking in the sunshine
Children playing outside at wedding
Bride laughing with wedding guests
Barefoot bohemian bride with alternative lace wedding dress
Wedding guests playing gladiator outdoor games
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Pizza Mamma Hull making pizza at relaxed outdoor wedding
Wedding guests eating pizza
Wedding guests devouring pizza
Wedding guests eating pizza
Bride and groom doing selfie with wedding guests
Bride and groom eating their wedding pizza
Groom shoving pizza in the bride's face
Bride reacts to having pizza smashed in her face during wedding reception
Beer pong at a relaxed wedding
Bride and groom playing beer pong
Groom drinks in beer pong at wedding
Bride drinks in wedding beer pong
Bride plays beer pong during wedding
Wedding guests celebrate during beer pong
Team celebrate during wedding beer pong
Wedding guest falling off podium while playing gladiator
Wedding guests laughing while playing gladiator
Bride and groom with coloured smoke grenades on wedding day
Bride and groom drawing heart with smoke grenades on wedding day
Bride and groom cuddling with smoke grenade to the side
Bride and groom cuddling at sunset