Robin and Delphines DIY wedding in Snowdonia was one of my absolute favourite weddings of 2022! One of the reasons was that I already knew these two wonderful humans (and some of their friends and family). They had previously invited me to document their wedding in London in the spring! You can have a look here. I have never been to North Wales before so I decided to take the whole family for an adventure. And what an adventure it was! The drive from Bristol to Bangor was unlike any other drive I’ve done (in the UK). I spent the first night in a hotel to make sure I am well rested for a day of work and once I said goodbye to Robin and Delphine, I joined my husband the boys in a cute campsite on the coast.
One thing that Delphine and Robin love, is being outdoors! And staying active. So it was no surprise that they have organised a “gentle” hike as part of their day. Everyone got on the coach and we rode for a short while before setting off. It was a very unique experience for a wedding day. I genuinely wish that more weddings were like this! There was zero stress. Everyone loved the walk. Everyone had the best time. We reached a lake where Robin and Delphine did a little speech while standing in the freezing cold (but extremely refreshing) lake water.
Delphine (and her team of helpers aka family and friends) set up the most beautiful DIY wedding in Snowdonia that ever was. I should probably mention that the house where Robin grew up had the biggest garden I have ever seen! There were so many beautiful spots assigned for different parts of the day. They even had tipis set up for guests to camp!
Delphine did her own make up and hair. This is another thing I absolutely loved about her. No fuss! She kept it all simple and she looked stunning!
As I am writing this, I keep thinking about what made this wedding so close to my heart. Why was it so special? Here’s why : Delphine and Robin managed to do exactly the things that made them happy. The things that mattered to them. Without worrying about elements of the day that can sometimes be superficial. Or out of their control. They decided to focus on spending the best day of their lives with their closest friends and family! That’s all. The rest fell into place.
Their first wedding was at the Wetland Centre in London so we were a little more restricted with what we could do when it came to the portraits. However given the vast amount of space available at the house in North Wales, we decided to have a little play with some smoke bombs!
Champagne, garden games, barefoot dancing on the grass, amazing food and a fantastic band. My body was aching from the physical exercise Delphine has made me do, but I genuinely loved every second of the day. It was a huge reminder of how much I appreciate my job and how grateful I am every single day for opportunities like this. Opportunities to witness life lived at the fullest.
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