Beautiful Natural Wedding Photography in an Essex Forest

Covid-19 has plenty to answer for and much of it causing negativity worldwide, but here’s some beautiful natural wedding photography shot in an Essex forest (which I think you’ll agree is very positive).

We had a short, yet touching ceremony at the Holy Trinity Church in Basildon but the couple had expressed that they wanted some relaxed photographs in a Natural setting to treasure. Neither the bride or groom were extroverts – very much the conservative type.

I had my brief so I set out to find a suitable location not too far from the Church. I stumbled across a beautiful Essex forest near Noak Hill – 9 minutes from their venue 🙂 I watched the weather every day until the couples big day on the Saturday & it was touch and go but thankfully it stayed dry.

After taking one last look at the forest floor on the Friday, I pre-warned the couple to bring some backup footwear to get to where I had planned the shoot. We were all set & after a lovely ceremony, we headed over to the scouted spot for some natural wedding photos.

The bride and groom were allowed a few guests for their ceremony so they wanted to share their forest experience with them as well. Mike (the groom) cracked open some non-alcoholic champagne & the small group shared some stories & had fun celebrating the new Mr & Mrs.

Groom opening champagne bottle

The bride and groom share a drink with their guests in the forest

Black and white image of the bride and groom laughingThe brides shoes and wedding flower details

Wedding guests laugh while having a drink The wedding party enjoying a drink in the forest

Flower girl drinks as the bride and groom kiss

Black and white image of the bride and groom drinking and laughing

Bride and maid of honour laughing

My job was purely documentary at the time the bride and groom were drinking with their small group of guests. I simply kicked back with a longer lens and captured the personalities of the group. I like to be unobtrusive for the most part as it allows people a chance to be themselves.

Once the guests had finished their drinks, I took the bride and groom off for their own personal wedding shoot that kept to my brief of natural wedding photography. I don’t give my couples too much to think about. I like things to happen organically if possible – guiding when needed. Below are some of the images we captured together in the Essex forest and remember, this couple are not overly out going, yet they fully embraced the moment and the results are stunning 🙂

Portrait of the bride and in her wedding dress Portrait of the groom in black and white The bride looks into the camera as the couple walk holding hands Bride and groom cuddle and walk Black and white portrait of couple walking Bride and groom looking and laughing at each other Bride spins in her wedding dress as the groom looks on Groom hugs bride and picks her up while they laugh A detail shot of the brides ring on her finger Bride and groom kiss and hold each other

Authentic, natural wedding images in a stunning forest setting during a worldwide pandemic. I’m started to think those large, elaborate weddings we’re all used to seeing and attending aren’t the only way to go in 2021 and beyond. Covid-19 has unearthed a smaller, intimate experience that allows couples to spend quality time with a chosen few rather than a fleeting moment with 150+ guests.  I love being part of these micro weddings and I hope we still see them coming out of lockdown.

If you want more restricted wedding inspiration, here’s another wedding I shot when we were allowed 30 people max:


So there you have it, beautiful natural wedding photography in an Essex Forest. It’s simple, relaxed and definitely not awkward. If you’re looking for a wedding photographer in Essex, I’d be honoured if you’d spare a few moments to check out my website here:

Chris Woodman Photography Website

If you have any questions, you can either call me (Chris) on 07746134504) or email me –

Until next time guys,

Take care and stay safe

~ Chris







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