RELAXED FARM WEDDING IN LANCHESTER, COUNTY DURHAM – JODIE AND ANDREW

RELAXED FARM WEDDING IN LANCHESTER, COUNTY DURHAM – JODIE AND ANDREW

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

OUTDOOR HANDFASTING WEDDING AT ORMESBY HALL – CRAIG AND SAM

OUTDOOR HANDFASTING WEDDING AT ORMESBY HALL – CRAIG AND SAM

“YOU WERE GREAT AT THE WEDDING AND WE COULDN’T HAVE ASKED FOR A MORE PERFECT PHOTOGRAPHER. EVERYONE I HAVE SHOWN THE PHOTOS TO HAS JUST SAID HOW BRILLIANT THEY ARE.” – CRAIG AND SAM

Craig and Sam got married in June at the gorgeous Ormesby Hall, which is a stunning National Trust House in Middlesbrough. It was such a happy day and even the rain didn’t dampen the day!

The outdoor ceremony

The ceremony was a humanist service in the grounds of the venue. out in the gardens, and the guests sat on wooden chairs dressed with white sashes, ivy and white roses. During the ceremony they read their own vows. It was such a personal service and so unique. On the day, there had been a weather warning for rain, but Sam and Craig were blessed with dry weather until part way through the ceremony when it started to drizzle slightly, but that didn’t bother Sam, she had come prepared with an umbrella!We even had time for a fun confetti shot and a scrummy crepe pancake before it started raining properly!

After the ceremony

The reception was in a marquee at the venue. They chose Ormesby Hall because it’s near their home and they just fell in love with it. It was a hand fasting wedding, which was so meaningful. I love shooting Ormesby Hall weddings because it’s always so relaxed. The option of an outdoor ceremony is really special, and the marquee and grounds are amazing.

They had a acoustic live music and a quirky crepe van serving pancakes to guests in the afternoon, and a live band in the evening. It was such a fun vibe dancing out on the lawn to the acoustic band. They decorated the venue with flowers and tealights, because it worked so well with the time of year.

For dinner they served tasty barbecued meats with sides, which was loved by all the guests. The first dance involved the wedding party getting on the dancefloor to get the dancing going, and they finished off the evening with Jagerbombs all round.

The most fun part of the day was dancing to the band out on the lawn, because it made everyone laugh. They also had a handfasting during the ceremony – it was so personal!

The couple

The couple says that if you’re planning your wedding, the biggest piece of advice they could give you is to “…choose suppliers that you trust and get on with is important, if you trust that they are going to make your wedding amazing it takes the stress away from yourself. I would also say last minute don’t stress about the little things that haven’t quite gone how you wanted, none of the guests will notice!!”   Craig and Sam’s wedding was everything I love about weddings and had such a fun atmosphere. Here’s their Ormesby Hall wedding!

If you’re planning a fun, relaxed outdoor wedding, get in touch!

Suppliers

Venue: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ormesby-hall

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

Flowers: https://www.thecountrysideflorist.net

Band: https://www.facebook.com/theintones/

Catering: https://bumblebeecreperie.com

A colourful Engagement Photo shoot on Saltburn Beach – Sam and Craig

A colourful Engagement Photo shoot on Saltburn Beach – Sam and Craig

 

Sam and Craig chose lovely Saltburn beach for their Engagement Photo session.  Its a place they often go, so it seemed like a great choice for a relaxed and fun photo shoot.  Let’s face it, it is a bit weird having your photo taken, and thats why I love meeting couples before the big day for a practice shoot.  We have a bit of a laugh, go for a wander wherever the mood takes us, and all the nerves about being in front of the camera soon disappear.  Its great on the wedding day when we can just pick up where we left off and capture some amazing images of the two of you together.  I was amazed with the new funky coloured beach huts they have along the promenade, they look so cool!  The beach is amazing and there’s an old Pier too!  Sam and Craig are an amazing couple and I can’t wait for their wedding at Ormesby Hall at the weekend!!!