Jo & Greg’s Yorkshire Wedding: A Farmer’s Countryside Marquee Wedding
Jo & Greg held a scorcher of a wedding on their farm in Northamptonshire. The girls got ready at their farmhouse with the french windows open, with a view down the hill to the wedding marquee. At the start of summer we took a tour of the farm for their pre-wedding shoot. As a photographer I was really looking forward to visiting some of the same locations to see how the seasons had changed them. Down the road, Greg and his groomsmen were getting ready at his parents’ house, not far from the church. I’m a Leeds wedding photographer but a real perk of the job is travelling across the country!
The guests took an amazing vintage bus to and from the church, and waited in the shade of the trees before the ceremony. All the wedding transport was top notch; Jo’s father drove her to the church in a gleaming red Land Rover and the cherry on the cake was the enormous tractor the newlyweds travelled in!
From a photographer’s point of view, I find the light is the biggest challenge in church ceremonies. However this wedding was on one of the hottest days of the year and the church was sweltering, to the point that the vicar needed a break! I do feel for my couples on hot days, especially at marquee wedding receptions when there’s nowhere to shelter from the sun.
After throwing home made petal confetti and the couple making an epic departure on their tractor, all 120 guests gathered on the farm for drinks. There were so many personal touches and nods to the farm. Each table was named after a breed of cow, beautiful hand reared beef was served at the meal and the stunning wedding cake was made by a family member. I’d also like to recommend strings trio Ariella Strings, they are always spot on.
Once speeches were finished and the heat of the afternoon had calmed, Greg drove his new bride and I across the farm for some photos. It’s lovely to take couple’s pictures during the reception, but I always seize the chance to go out again later. These later photos can be much more relaxed as the wedding nerves will have dissipated. All the speeches are taken care of and there is time to spare for a little wander and time alone for the new couple. Taking care not to let the cows loose, we drove to the top of the farm to meet the herd. Jo was incredible, she trekked across their huge field in her wedding shoes and got Greg to give her a piggy back down again. After all that, it was ME that trod in ‘cow muck’, sorry again Jo & Greg!!
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