Happy Easter Monday! Easter seems to be getting bigger and bigger each year, I think Easter weddings are becoming a trend second only to winter weddings for off season. I’ve had a lovely Easter filled with walking around Druid temples in the Yorkshire Dales, family and friends. Today though, I am going to share this heart warming wedding. Jane and Hips were keen that their wedding was a celebration, a big party for all their family and friends. The first time I met Jane she was so laid back and really wanted to focus all the details on making the day special for those around her. I can 100% agree the couple managed to do just that. It was one of the most filled with love weddings, I have had the pleasure of photographing. I think sometimes we can forget in the hussle and bussle, that is what it’s really about. There were so many quirky touches. So many little touches and additions by their very generous friends and family. It’s was a wedding full of quirks and charm, truly unique so I really wanted to share this one with you.
Jane and Hips were married in July 2017. The wedding was to be outside, braving the British summer time. Of course, the sky’s opened up and it poured BUT the day was brilliant either way. The venue has brilliant light shining with its views over the top of the Yorkshire Wolds. The wedding was a three day mini festival. Friday was everyone getting together, hanging out and spending quality time together. The site had camping bell tents that were beautiful. All adorned with bunting and lights. There were preparations for the big day on Saturday, family and friends catching up, and a fish and chip van to order swinging by to feed the lot.
There was a real bohemian feel to the day. With all the bell tents set up, miles from anywhere. The brewery near by but a long winding road up surrounded by crops and fields with hints of colour. Everyone was pulling together on the Friday and helping each other out. The day tipped tradition on it’s head. Held at the one and only Yorkshire Wolds Brewery, high up, with marquees, the bride and groom even had their very own beer.
All the details really made the day. Friends had made decorations for the long tables. Everywhere you looked personal touches that would be special for the pair. A friend had made cupcakes, another table signs, another mini heart glass decorations.
Onto the day itself. As I said before we were all checking the weather frantically the day before, but with a big thanks to Muddy souls event planning, the day ahead wonderfully. The wedding was moved inside quickly, we decided to do the photos at a different time to catch the evening sun setting. Jane came to the venue in a vintage VW van. She wore a purple wedding dress, that looks excellent. When I saw her I was like YEAAAAH! It was a very cool day. Jane walked down the aisle with her father, bridesmaids, family and friends. Oh and did I mention dog? That’s right, Jane and Hips had their lovely doggo as the ring bearer for the day. ANND Hips wore DMs. The bridesmaids, wore white of course! This was my kind of wedding.
The ceremony itself again was completely themed to the couple. It was REALLY special. The couple were married by a celebrant, the one and only Jan Shillito. There french family, Jane’s mum and Hips dad all took part. Along with their grandson, daughter, and the rest of the family sang them in. A talented bunch, they really showed how you can make the day about family. Really what is more important than that. Tears and laughter all around.
The meals were served up and the speeches began. One of my favourite moments of the day was Jane’s sisters putting together a speech with a difference about the bride and groom. The guests were given A,B, or C cards. Multiple choice questions around real life situations came next. Another favourite moment from the day, was when Jane’s rockstar dad was doing his speech, and he changed t-shirts midday through to a still Europe t-shirt to make all the guests from near and far feel welcome, to mark friendships and show the ethos of the family.
And finally, a big festival party. A soul band played the night away. A photobooth for fun, a cheese cake along with the meringue wedding cake. Colour games and disposable cameras for the young un’s to get involved. Everyone was having a good time. Jane and Hip’s first dance was fun and original just like them. The end of the night one of the tent’s was transformed into a mini cinema where the younger ones had a baby sitter and could rest up.
It was such a heart warming example of how to make your wedding day completely your own but involve all your family and friends too.
Now time for a bank holiday walk. Happy Easter!
- J o x -