In the Bleak Midwinter – Bowler Hats, Brooch Bouquets and a Bump ! – Real Wedding Feature – Images by Joanna Brown

Today I am really thrilled to be sharing this beautiful Wintry Wedding from the lens of the incredible Joanna Brown.

Joanna says of herself, “I am a photographer with a genuine love for meeting people and sharing precious and amazing moments in peoples lives; everything I see and experience day to day influences how I  capture life through my lens.”

“I am a female contemporary photographer specialising in Beautiful, Creative & Stylish  Wedding Photography. Browns Photography is based in West Sussex, I travel over the whole of the UK and destination weddings.  I also love portrait photography specialising in alternative pregnancy, newborns and family shoots.”

This was Joanna’s first wedding of the year and what a beautiful wedding it is with quite an amazing story.

Joanna shares her recollections of the couple and of their Big Day,

“Martin contacted me back in the summer about their winter wedding, they had booked the venue, which was Lincoln College in Oxford and secured a date – sweet…”

“They then found out the exciting news that Kate was expecting their second child, (Milo, their first child  is super super cute and looked so gorgeous at the wedding) so they decided to do there wedding backwards and also plan to move house.”

“So they moved house, went on honeymoon, planned to get married and then after the wedding do the stag night and finally new gorgeous baby – phew!!!!  That to me sounded a lot going on for anyone let alone Kate who was 7 months pregnant and organising a wedding too…”

“The morning of the wedding I woke up at 7am and looked out the window and was looking at a light dusting – I stayed with my brother in-law who said that he would drive me the 40minutes to Oxford in his 4×4 – sweet!”

“We headed off across the downs and it was beautiful, I was really excited about my first winter wonderland wedding as was so looking forward to meeting Kate & Martin and their day, however things were not destined to go that smoothly.”

“We got caught in a gridlock with pile up of vehicles happening in front of our eyes.  In 3 hours a foot of snow had fallen and the roads into Oxford were chaos…  To cut a long story short I had to grab one small bag of kit (leave my back up and the photo booth and leave my brother in law in the traffic jam). I flung on my wellingtons and ran to the wedding (1 half miles I may add) I arrived with a minute to spare running into the chapel just a minute before kate…”

“After I caught my breath the vicar began, and the service was amazing. Christmas Carols were sung and everyone was beaming when they sang ‘In the bleak mid winter’.

“The chapel was beautiful, the setting was absolutely perfect and it felt very magical and emotional.  It became clear that these too lovely people were very in love and they radiated and beamed in each other’s company.”

“The day unfolded and it was truly day; guests were arriving all the time to cheers and big glasses of wine many people took up to 12 hours to make it to the wedding – but they did.   Everyone pulled out the stops to make the day happen, Kate & Martin did not stop smiling all day, they were laughing and joking and lots of the Wedding did not go to the original plan, they went with it and created an unforgettable day.”

“The evening came and down to the bar for some dancing till the wee small hours, many guests were stranded and beds were found dotted all over Oxford and one was found for me (thank you so much).

“As I put my camera down for the day, I picked up a glass of bubbly and danced to celebrate the amazing day with their guests.  These people are seriously loved by their friends and family and I could see why?  Kate & Martin; I think you are super heroes in disguise, you made it happen against all odds, you have hearts of gold you are so welcoming, so warm and I feel honoured that I was able to capture your wedding day (this is one that I will never forget).”

“I forgot to mention, there was a hat theme for the day every guest had to wear a hat!!!  There was even a prize given out for the best hat.

“A competition at a wedding featuring hats, now that is genius and so much fun!”



You could literally be transported back to a bygone age in the pictures and the overwhelming sense of family, fun, comradery and love is completely evident.

And how stunning does this Bride look, I adore her brooch bouquets, so pretty and she is rocking that baby bump in Bridal style.

Thank you so much to Joanna for letting me share her wonderful images.

To Contact Joanna Brown Photography



Phone: 07825 512 567





UK Wedding Blogger with an eclectic style based in Glasgow

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