Intimate Weddings


Just because your extended friends and family can’t attend your big day doesn’t mean you can’t share beautiful images with them. In fact, with your guests unable to attend, being able to share stunning photos of your wedding story has become even more important.  Read below to see how I can cover your wedding with stunning imagery, no matter what the size.

Beautiful Indian bride on her wedding day posing in front of makeup mirror wearing gold at the Fennes estate in Braintree wedding photography by shiv

What is an intimate wedding?

An intimate wedding (sometimes called a micro wedding or  an elopement wedding) is a wedding with less than 30 guests.  Due to government restrictions because of COVID-19, wedding guest numbers have been limited and the intimate wedding has become the new way of getting hitched.

Have you shot many intimate weddings?

Yes I have and not only in 2020.  My favourite weddings have always been the smaller personal ones, they’re a lot easier to control & they allow me to get beautiful portraits and more natural moments of you and your guests.

A couple holding each other while the sun sets behind palm trees at the Moon Palace resort in Cancun Mexico destination wedding photography by shiv intimate
A smiling Muslim bride in red lenga & beautiful jewellery during her wedding at the Royal Nawaab in London intimate wedding photography by shiv

Do I need more than 1 photographer?

No!  You don’t need more than 1 photographer, but only if the photographer is capable and experienced enough to cover an event solo. Luckily I have enough experience and expertise in smaller weddings to deliver amazing photographs!

How do you approach intimate weddings differently?

We need to make sure the itinerary for the day doesn’t require me to be in 2 places at once and has enough time buffers for me to get from one place to another.  With the ceremony itself, I have developed a system of shooting with multiple cameras with triggers.  This means I can set up 1 or 2 cameras in difficult locations remotely without wires on small tripods, link them up to my main camera in my hands, so everytime I take a picture, the other remote cameras shoot simultaneously!  Clever or what?!

Bride and bridesmaids pose at the beautiful villa del balbianello at lake como Italy holding hands intimate wedding rustic colours and earthy tones wedding photography by shiv
Brides beautiful shoes on her wedding morning at home house in London intimate wedding photography by shiv bokeh effect

Can you photograph while socially distancing?

I sure can!  It can be difficult to achieve as your guests would have to adhere to the rules for it to work.  I will wear a mask and use sanitiser constantly throughout the event, my equipment will be left to one side away from your guests.  I’ll still be able to communicate using my voice & very flamboyant hand gestures without invading anyones space!

Can we get some teaser images from you to show our guests?

I can do one better!  I’ll have an online gallery of highlighted moments from your day live 3 days after your big day, no more long waits until you see you wedding photos!

Beautiful Black and white portrait of an Indian hindu bride before her wedding at Manor of Groves in Sawbridgeworth intimate wedding photography by shiv
groom in pastel green colour clothing traditional vedic Hindu wedding ceremony photography in an intimate garden wedding in london wedding photography by shiv

This all sounds great, can we discuss our wedding in more detail with you?

We sure can!  Nothing better than a phone call or a zoom call to discuss your big day.

Drop me a message and get the ball rolling before someone else takes your wedding date!

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