Rustic back garden wedding // Amber + Josh

Amber has always dreamed of having her wedding in her parent’s back garden (or under the marriage tree in the nearby park), and today her dream came true! Amber and Josh met in a skatepark when they were 15 and have been together ever since. So it was only fitting that we did some photos there, after doing a first look under the marriage tree. I knew I loved Amber the moment she tramped through the long grass during the first look and her dress got muddy and she said “oh well!”. Amber and Josh have a little boy called River who has the most gorgeous red hair and looked super cute in his braces and bow tie.

Their wedding blessing was held in Amber’s mum’s back garden, officiated by a mate, and the effort they all went to (especially her mum) was incredible. Josh even turned the summer house into a bar, with a tattoo station, dart board and beer pump. Josh made the chalkboard signs (as a tattoo artist he’s pretty good with a pen!) and the whole wedding was super chilled. No speeches, no sit down meal, no “cake cutting”, no first dance (although hilariously during mad dancing Amber looked at me, beer in hand, and shouted “hey let’s just call this our first dance!”). Instead they had limbo, giant jenga (which at one point fell onto me, one of my favourite pics!), a tattoo station, hoopla, cake cutting that involved Amber picking out random-sized “slices” (from bricks to slivers) with her hands, lots of beer and a good helping of British summer rain to dance in. At the end of the night, after getting soaked on the outdoor dance floor, Amber and Josh were sent off with sparklers and whisked away in a fancy car that her lovely mum organised as a surprise.

I feel like this after every wedding I shoot (I have awesome couples!), but if every couple is this awesome and chilled and fun and every wedding could be this relaxed and enjoyable I’ll stay a very happy wedding photographer! I love you guys!

Dress: Asos // Hair and Make up: Sophie Marsh (friend) / Shannon Belle Make up // Florist: Dutch Masters Twyford supplier / arranged by mother of the bride // Cake maker: Karolina Grycko

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More awesome back garden weddings:

Back garden wedding in Kent with space hoppers // Jo + Olly
Orchard wedding // Emma + Rory
Florida backyard wedding // Nanna + Rasmus
Festival wedding in Kent // Daisy + James
Four Oaks Farm Sussex Wedding // Al + Ruth
Tipi wedding in a meadow // Hermione + James

If you’re looking for a wedding photographer who’s more like a guest who takes awesome photos than a boring supplier, get in touch!



  • KathrynFebruary 24, 2017 - 4:03 pm

    I love this, its just given me an idea for my own wedding! xReplyCancel

  • AaronJuly 6, 2016 - 8:22 am

    YES! My kind of wedding – legit honest beautiful storytelling. Jaw dropped when I got to the portraits (BMX). Seriously good documentary wedding photography 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Anna PumerJuly 6, 2016 - 8:23 am

      Thank you! I loved shooting at the skate park, especially as it’s where they first met!

  • Peter GhobrialJuly 5, 2016 - 8:13 pm

    Why am i not surprised?? DANG Anna what an incredible set of photos for the couple. The skate portraits are ace but i love how all the photos cohesively tell a story of what the day was like. Awesome!xReplyCancel

    • Anna PumerJuly 5, 2016 - 9:30 pm

      Thanks so much Peter! Wow what a lovely comment! 😀 x

  • Rainbow Skies Photography // Emma HowesJuly 5, 2016 - 5:11 pm

    Absolutely fab!ReplyCancel

  • Iva DahanJuly 5, 2016 - 3:36 pm

    what a amazing weddding and capturing the way you do xReplyCancel

  • LucyJuly 5, 2016 - 3:04 pm

    Beautiful work as always!ReplyCancel

  • Richard 'Dicko' SavageJuly 5, 2016 - 2:48 pm

    AWESOME, what a fun day you captured xReplyCancel

  • VoyteckJuly 5, 2016 - 2:46 pm

    stunning photos as always and wow what a super cool couple! Well done! xReplyCancel

  • Natalie J WattsJuly 5, 2016 - 2:42 pm

    What a gorgeous wedding!!! Love the skate park photos and the rain photos. beautiful work! NxReplyCancel

  • Louise RogersJune 29, 2016 - 1:54 pm

    Def my most favourite of your weddings so far Anna – totally awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui and Damon Amber's ParentsJune 28, 2016 - 5:21 pm

    Hi Anna
    What can we say? What a pleasure it was to have you here to share Amber & Josh’s wedding day X You were amazing and a great asset to the day (so different to our wedding photographer 25 years ago) adjusting our chins and arms oh how dreadful!!! We cannot thank you enough for all that you were on the day and for staying to see Amber and Josh leave here X We could see how much you love what you do and that can be seen in the pictures we have seen today X absolutely brilliant X You are clearly super talented and a truly lovely person X think you soooooo much Anna xxx lots of love Jacqui and Damon 💚💚💐ReplyCancel

    • Anna PumerJune 28, 2016 - 6:29 pm

      Ohhhh what a lovely message to receive! Thank you so much 🙂 I thoroughly enjoyed myself on Sunday! You did such an incredible job organising and decorating, it was all worth it in the end! I loved getting to know you and the clan and spending the day with you, you were so welcoming xx