Sorry for the delay in blogging recently. As you’ll probably guess, it’s been a busy summer season. Having my two daughters off on school holidays for the duration has bogged me down, meaning that I’ve been working late into the early hours rather than during the day to get my weddings out on time.
Cap that all off with a week’s family holiday and then a week off ill bed-bound with a virus and it all adds up to something having to wait and the blog has been the poor victim. Enough of my woes though, the blog is now back and to get us up and running again we start with some Swancar Farm wedding photography from September 2013. Gemma and Neil were the delightful couple, and as per usual I now hand over to them so that they can tell you about their day and in between their words are interspersed my 40 favourite images from the day.
“Neither of us is religious and we wanted a civil ceremony that involved as many of our friends and family as possible, so we needed a venue to accommodate the ceremony and reception. We looked at so many venues within a 50-mile radius of where we live. They were all lovely but very grand and didn’t feel quite right.
Then someone mentioned Swancar Farm so we went along one Saturday morning with my parents. It’s a lovely old farm with outbuildings which has been renovated so now it’s a posh barn! It felt less formal than the stately homes type venues we had visited and it felt more us. It was brand new and owned and ran by Tracy and Steve who themselves had married on the farm the year before. When we booked they had only done 3 weddings, so it felt special too. They were fabulous from start to finish.”
My dress was Enzoani Diana bought from Bradgate Brides, I had two pairs of shoes, one pair from Dune and the other from Kurt Geiger. The bridesmaids’ dresses were designed by me and handmade by the lovely ladies at Divine (they were in Loughborough but they’ve now relocated to the Silver Arcade in Leicester).”
“Before we found the venue we were quite unsure of a theme, but once we had booked Swancar Farm we were both quite clear we wanted a rustic theme – lots of hessian, lace, tree stumps but colourful too. My parents married in the seventies and my mum had four adult bridesmaids with all their dresses in varying pastel shades – I thought it was really unusual and wanted to do the same so we didn’t have a colour theme – just lots of colour which included best men, ushers, bridesmaids, flowers etc.”
“I found Ian via a good old Google search and discovered he had documented weddings of colleagues and old school friends. Once we met up with Ian, he made us feel very comfortable and we loved his images. It was exactly the style of photography we loved – away from the boring staged photographs. It was hard trying to explain to our parents that there would be no staged photography – they were a little horrified at first, but once we received our photographs back they all agreed the staged photos were the least interesting and understood where we were coming from.
I think I have a favourite photo but then I change my mind each time I see them and I find new things when we look at them again. They are beautiful and funny – the ones that have fantastic humour I enjoy the most. We have to admit we think we have been very difficult customers, never really knowing what we want until we see it – but Ian has been patient as a saint with us – Thank you, Ian!”
“Our flowers were beautiful – we had multi-coloured hydrangeas as the table centrepieces and other arrangements to match. I kept mine simple by having White Hydrangea, Ranunculus and Cabbage Roses and the bridesmaids had big puffy white Hydrangea heads. The boys had flowers to match the girls’ dresses including blue, pink and light green Hydrangea and yellow Craspedia pom-poms. I also decided to have fresh flowers in my hair so Lisa added the Ranunculus to a hair comb. I took photos to Lisa at Fleurs en Fleur and she knew exactly what I wanted – we loved them.”
“The other bits we loved were the homemade stuff – all the jam jars me, my mum and Bridesmaid Janine decorated, the table numbers that my mother in law painstakingly wrapped in wool, the tree stumps friends of my parents cut down a tree for, the MR & MRS FOX letters which Neil coated in gold glitter about 6 times over, Save the Date and Table Plan picture my friend Alice hand drew, the invitations my friend Debbie Liggins (Soul Creative) designed and the giant G & N my sister and parents made three days before the wedding. Everyone helped out and that’s what made it special.”
“Our band – Fufu Sailors – were brill. My sister had seen them play at a wedding the year before and recommended them – we had never heard them play but booked them anyway and we didn’t regret it. They were awesome got everyone dancing, our friends loved the garage medley and they learnt our first dance song (Bob Marley – Is This Love) for the occasion too.”
Tips for other couples!
- Once you’ve sorted the venue, apportion a big chunk of money to a photographer and awesome wedding band – you won’t go far wrong
- If you book your wedding for Friday 13th expect some hiccups!
- Do not demand giant letters 3 days before the big day!
- Ask for help and get people involved.
- Don’t sweat the small stuff – it will be fine!