IF YOU LOVE HAY BALES, WILDFLOWERS, FISH AND CHIPS AND ICE CREAM THEN YOU’LL LOVE THIS RELAXED FARM WEDDING!

Jodie and Andrew got married at the tiny St John’s Church in Elton, and then headed to their own farm near, Lanchester, County Durham, in July. It was a wonderful relaxed farm wedding, with wildflowers on the tables and bunting as the main decor.  It was a very special wedding with celebrations on two days.  The first day was the Ceremony and a relaxed reception at their farm, and the second day had more of a party vibe at Wolsingham Show ground.

The couple met through the Young Farmers and have been together for about ten years. They are just the loveliest people.

Getting ready

Jodie got ready at her mums house in Stockton with her bridesmaid, flower girls and paige boy, and there was such a happy vibe. Lots of excited young flower girls and boys. She wore a gorgeous dress from Just Perfect in Shotton Colliery, and looked so incredible. She then hopped into a friends decorated car to get to the ceremony.

Andrew got ready at home in Lanchester with his brother who was Best Man. He wore a dapper suit, and looked really handsome. He travelled to the ceremony with his Best Man.

The ceremony

The ceremony took place in a beautiful church in Elton, near Middlesbrough. The ceremony was inside the tiny Church, which was so perfect, because it made it so cosy. It began with several beautiful readings from friends and family, and finished with a sweeping first kiss. It was a beautiful ceremony, full of excited hand squeezes and nervous giggles.

After the ceremony, we went for couples portraits near the farm in Lanchester, which is such a great time for the newly married couple to have some time to let it sink in. Then the couple mingled with their guests, which was really chilled out. I got some lovely guest photos as they enjoyed the afternoon – Having the reception back at their farm added to the relaxed atmosphere! There were hay bales, bunting and flowers and the couple had put up a marquee in front of their house. The weather was all sunshine and blue skies, it was a beautiful day.

The reception

Jodie and Andrew chose to have their wedding at their own farm near Lanchester because it’s their family home, and they’ve always dreamed of getting married at home. It is an old farm, and it’s got such a rustic and relaxed vibe, especially at sunset when the golden sun is glowing.

For the reception, the couple had organised an ice cream cart and lawn games for their guests, and everyone loved it. Everyone was then called in for the wedding breakfast, which was Fish and Chips, served from a van. It was such a great idea. They had speeches before the meal, which were so emotional – plenty of tears and laughter.

Guests then chilled out on the hay bales well into the warm summer evening.

The party

The next day, down at Wolsingham Show Ground, more friends and family arrived, everyone had some cake, and the evening got started. The live band kept the party going all night.

The evening ended with a ‘last dance’, which was awesome. The whole wedding was so laid back, from the tiny little church service to the last dance. One of the best moments of the wedding was the afternoon reception, because Jodie and Andrew looked so happy and relaxed amongst all their family and friends. The outfits were also a talking point of the wedding – because Jodie had another epic wedding dress for the evening of the second day. This was a very special wedding held over two days, which was such a great idea.

The couple says that if you’re planning your wedding, the biggest piece of advice they could give you is spread the celebrations out over two days to double the fun!

I loved this farm wedding so much. If you’re getting married and looking for a relaxed wedding photographer, get in touch. Here are the photos!

SUPPLIERS

Venue: Own farm and https://www.wolsinghamshow.co.uk/hire-our-show-ground-and-barn

Dress: http://www.weddingdressdurham.co.uk

Flowers: https://millstoneflorist.com

Band: http://www.emeraldentertainment.co.uk

Fish and Chip Van: https://www.facebook.com/hookedandcooked76/

Vintage Ice Cream van: http://www.scoopsnsmiles.uk.com