An Incredible Artistic Safari Themed Wedding

by | Sep 28, 2018 | WEDDINGS

Bride in patterned dress and groom in scarlet shirt pose next to tandem bicycle

Every once in a while, a wedding crosses your path that is so fabulously unique, creative and full of joy, that it makes you want to shout about it from the rooftops. Laura and Jonathan’s safari-themed wedding will go down as one of my favourite ever celebrations to shoot. This lovely, warm couple pulled off an eclectic, artistic and exuberant wedding day that was the perfect match for their personalities.

These two both have collected the sorts of life experiences that make you want to sit by a fire and listen to their stories for hours on end. Laura is a Doctor of Forestry and works with genetic forestry and nutrition- she can often be found doing research in central America or the wilds of the Chihuahua desert (wow, right?) Not to be outdone, Jonathan is a zoologist, science author and very talented artist and sculptor. They’ve been together for many years, but felt that the time was right to tie the knot, and decided to bring elements of their travels and their combined passions into every aspect of their wedding. The result was a beautifully eccentric explosion of colour and creativity.

Art, Music, Food and Laughter

These were the lynch pins of Laura and Jonathan’s safari-themed wedding day. They hosted the whole occasion at a friend’s converted barn, decorated it with splashes of colour and pattern, and used sculpture made by Jonathan as the table centrepieces. Their guests were dressed in their best and brightest clothes, too, and their humanist ceremony, led by celebrant Ian Willox, made for a beautifully vibrant and joyful experience to photograph.

One of the things that really made this day stand out for me was the music. Laura and Jonathan call both Oxfordshire and Rome their home, and they split their time between the two places. Near their house in Rome, there is a street musician named Claudio (also known as The Birdman). His impish, chaotic and characterful performance style is truly something to behold, and can’t help but inspire dancing and smiles. The couple knew they wanted his music and infectious revelry at their wedding, so they flew him over for their big day. How amazing is that?

You can see The Birdman in action in the video at the end of this post, and it will give you a good idea of the joyful atmosphere that was felt all the way through Laura and Jonathan’s wedding day.

After the ceremony, The Birdman led everyone in a wild and celebratory dance, to help guests work up an appetite, and then it was time for food.

Now, as you might expect, Laura and Jonathan are a well-travelled pair, and they wanted their guests’ dining experience to be a truly global one. They had a range of food trucks serving a delicious range of international cuisine, from the spice of south India, the colour of Jamaica and the creamy gelato of Italy. It was relaxed, fun and seriously tasty.

Everything about this safari-themed wedding makes my heart happy. It was a really gorgeous expression of two people in love, which at the end of the day is what it’s all about. Laura and Jonathan, you are brilliant, and it was an honour to photograph your glorious celebration.

If you’re planning an Oxfordshire wedding with a twist and you’re on the lookout for a photographer with an artistic eye and a taste for adventure, why not drop me a line? I’d love to talk to you about your ideas


Bride and groom watch colourful performance from Italian street musician at their artistic safari-themed wedding

Collage of detail shots from safari-themed wedding. From top left: Guests greet bride, metal bird sculpture centrepiece made by the groom; bright red accordion played by Italian street musician; close up of bridal posy with tropical flowers and ferns

Collage of images from safari-themed wedding. From top left: Colourful pompoms and antlers in the barn; Pimms served on arrival; lavender with a butterfly on it; guests mingle under the awning at the barn

Collage of images from safari-themed wedding. From the top: Bride and guests in brightly patterned dresses; yellow 'tarantula crossing' sign; close up of the bottoms of guests' dresses; colourful African beaded bracelet

Collage of images from Safari themed wedding ceremony.

Collage of images of bride, groom and Italian street musician The Birdman, leading guests on a dance through the barn

Collage of images of guests dancing to the music of The Birdman - an Italian street performer

Collage of images of bride and groom together at their artistic safari themed wedding

Collage of images of food trucks at this safari themed wedding in Oxfordshire

Bride and groom in patterned dress and scarlet shirt cut colourful cakes

Collage of images from a safari-themed wedding. From the top: The Birdman prepares for his performance; young male guest wears brightly patterned suit; female guest in patterned dress at the food trucks

Collage of images of guests watching and dancing to the music of Italian street performer The Birdman

Collage of images of the Birdman playing and wedding guests larking about on a tandem

Bride and groom on tandem bicycle

Bride and groom pose next to tandem bicycle

Here’s the Birdman in all his eccentric and wonderful glory:

Laura and Jonathan’s Wedding Suppliers:

Celebrant: Ian Willox
Musician: The Birdman
Food Trucks: Coconut Chilli | Coco LaBelle | Mini Bean Coffee | Gelatology
Cakes: Gatineau