The Set up
Emma and Jamie had the most wonderful, Bedfordshire, Summer Marquee wedding. They held their wedding reception at her sister’s farm. Emma comes from a family of farmers and her sister lives in the most beautiful farmhouse with plenty of space for a huge marquee!
I had been to the farmhouse before a couple of times, but each time I was still as stunned by its beauty as I was the first time, I saw it. Emma and her bridal party got ready at the farmhouse, where the atmosphere was relaxed, yet ready to party! Emma looked the image of elegance and beauty in her stunning Maggie Sottero Wedding Dress and Jamie looked equally as handsome.
The marquee was in the garden and I remember how stunning it was. It was light and airy, with the most gorgeous floral displays created by the very talented Harriet at Farmers Florist – who happens to be Emma’s elder sister. There was a bar, a dance floor, a stage, cosy seating area and a sweet table. But it doesn’t end there, outside of the Marquee was a Gin and Tonic bar handmade especially for the event by members of Emma’s family. One of my most favourite details of the day was the gigantic handmade swing covered in gorgeous lights – absolute wedding day inspiration!
Getting there and the Church ceremony
A traditional red bus took the bridal party to the Church. Emma and Jamie had chosen a local church located in the village where Emma had grown up and previous family members had held their wedding. The church was exploding with guests and emotions from every individual in there. We were treated to the most magical performance by a male choir made up of members of Emma’s family and friends. Now I am not a ‘crier’ but this even had me weeping!
After the I do’s
It was raining after the ceremony, so we postponed the confetti throwing until we arrived back at the farm, where we had a perfectly timed break in the weather in order to do the confetti throwing and take all the group photos as well as Emma and Jamie’s portraits.
The dinner and the party
Whilst the guests mingled, enjoying their canopies, a saxophonist set the mood for the evening. Dinner was utterly delicious and was catered by a local supplier within the farming community. But this is when the party really started, as surprise sing-along waiters erupted into song and every single guest was on their feet waving their napkins in the air.
I had the most fun ever shooting this wedding as there was just banter and tomfoolery in every corner, making for some fantastically fun photographs and a really great atmosphere. The speeches were some of the best I’ve heard, and the first dance was magical. Can we do this day all over again please?
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