It was St. George’s Day 2022 and I was ready to do my first wedding of the year!
I’d met with the couple a few weeks before at the venue so that I could run through all of the plans with them and chat with their photographer about how we would all work together best on the day. From the moment I met them Laura & Frank were just delightful and I had a feeling we were in for a really lovely wedding!
It had rained a little in the build up to the day, and we weren’t sure if the better weather would hold but as I pulled up to the venue on the morning of the wedding, I had a good feeling in my stomach! I parked up by the tipis at Elmbridge Farm and walked back along the little lane to the holiday cottages where Laura was getting ready. We had one final catchup, I was handed a list of last-minute jobs, and I left them having their hair and makeup done to go and ensure everything was ready to go!
As I was putting out the final decorations, two of the bride’s friends were in the tipis helping to set up some incredible cakes and cupcakes - it has to be said that Laura has some VERY talented friends! As I watched them put the finishing touches in place, I was chatting with them about the happy couple. What was so obvious was how happy everyone was for them and how much they were looking forward to celebrating this fabulous day. It seemed everyone thought this was the perfect couple, and they were so pleased that they had found one another. They really couldn’t wait to send them off into married life together.
Once the guests had arrived and everyone was in their seats out by the lake, Laura made her entrance and joined Frank in front of their families for a lovely, bespoke ceremony which included family and friends. And yes, the rain stayed away (although the wind was wreaking havoc, but it made no difference to these guys!). The newlyweds led their guests along the bridge and past the lake up onto the terrace for a drinks reception and an afternoon of chatter at the waterfront. Photos were taken, prosecco was consumed and there were nibbles to tide everyone over until the main event in the evening.
Once guests had taken their seats inside the tipis, I had the honour of announcing the new Mr & Mrs into the room to an amazing cheer from their loved ones! Some wonderful speeches followed, and guests were soon tucking into a fabulous summer barbeque. It was wonderfully relaxed and informal with lots of laughter, good food and plenty to drink too!
After a few photos in the woodland of the bridesmaids and the best men, I tagged along as the photographer took them off to have some more pictures together by the lake. As always, I was chief bouquet-holder, dress-carrier and general run-around, and I loved every minute of it! I just love having the chance to see these behind-the-scenes moments of the day as the couple have a little giggle between themselves, pull ridiculous faces to break the awkwardness in front of the camera and, in this case, even take a moment to practise their first dance before they stop out onto the dancefloor. I feel like this is the time I get to see the real people behind the wedding, and it’s just so special.
Once the sun began setting, the tipis came to life with the fairy lights and the music. Laura & Frank cut their beautiful cake, shared a gorgeous first dance (which also involved their little one, too!) and it wasn’t long before all the guests were joining them on the dance floor! When I left, Frank was in his element with his mates cutting some shapes and Laura was taking time to speak to everyone who had spent the day with them. It was dreamy!
It was a really beautiful day for two super lovely people and I honestly feel so privileged to get to witness days like this happen for people who clearly deserve all the happiness in the world!
Venue: Elmbridge Farm
Photographer: Stuart Myers Photography