A Midsummer Night’s Dream inspired wedding in the New Forest

When Stef and Rob first got in touch to say that they were getting married in 3 weeks’ time in the New Forest, I thought, wow, that’s brave! Having had their big international wedding in Canada scuppered more than once by the pandemic, Stef and Rob had had enough, and wanted to just get on with it. But with just 3 weeks, would it be enough time? 

I’m pleased to say that yes it was! After what must have been a gargantuan effort pulling everything together, the setting for their back garden wedding ceremony looked fabulous! I could see the masses of effort they’d gone to. They’d tidied their garden, erected a flower-covered arch as a centre piece, put up bunting, laid out chairs borrowed from the village hall down the road, painted signs, and more! Their wedding was most definitely a DIY wedding masterpiece! 

Having already done the formal bit at the registry office a few days before, this day was very much about having fun celebrating with friends and neighbours, while family watched from afar via the video link they’d set up. They’d roped in a friend to conduct the ceremony who did a fabulous job! Other friends read out poems, and their springer spaniel puppy, Pepper, was their (somewhat promiscuous!) ring bearer. 

Drinks and canapés followed, made by the fair hands of the bride and groom themselves, no less! We then stopped traffic as we crossed a busy road over to a gorgeous wooded spot on the fringes of the New Forest for some couple photos. (Brides have right of way when it comes to traffic. Who knew?!) For the evening celebrations, the couple laid on a fabulous BBQ and a barn dance at the local village hall.

Here follows a selection of my favourite images from Stef and Rob’s Midsummer Night’s Dream inspired wedding. With boho/rustic styling, flower crowns and a peach and teal colour scheme, it was a real feast of colour and fun!

So when someone asks if a wedding can be planned in just 3 weeks, here’s the proof that YES IT CAN! 🙂 

A few words from the bride…

“I was so happy with how friendly and adaptable Lorna was. Our wedding ended up being downsized to quite small but you’d never have thought so with the amazing photos. She really captured the life and fun of the day whilst almost feeling like a bridesmaid (getting a bowl of water for the bouquets, passing messages to the groomsmen etc.) We love the photos. Thank you so much!”

Stef (and Rob)


Wedding Location: Dibden Purlieu, The New Forest
Photography: Lorna Richerby Photography
Hair styling: Ann Torrance
Flowers: Jane Bidwell Flowers
Band: Tweed in Bourbon


lorna richerby with green leaf background

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