Relaxed July garden party wedding in Cambridgeshire
I’d come to know this lovely, chilled out couple through Pippa’s mum and sister. Her sister teaches Vinyasa yoga and I’d been going to her classes for a while when I was asked if I’d meet up with Pippa & Matt to talk about their wedding photography needs.
We got along straight away and had a brilliant pre-wedding shoot, when Matt explained to me there would be no PDA’s (I had no idea what this abbreviation meant until they enlightened me)! It was October and the autumnal leaves littered the ground and that’s when their sense of fun leapt from them, especially Pippa, she was right back to her childhood throwing leaves at Matt!
Pippa spent the morning at her childhood home with her mum, aunt, gran, sister, dad and bridesmaids, plus other family and friends popped in to wish her well. The atmosphere was really relaxed, it was almost like the girls were all getting ready for an evening out!
Watch out for Pippa donning latex gloves and using superglue to repair the flowers on the comb of her veil, as you do on your wedding morning!
Soon enough it was time for Pippa to put her wedding dress on and her dad to see her ready to go to the church. He was completely overcome with emotion, watch out for those beautiful moments.
My lovely second photographer Lucy went to catch up with the final moments of Matt and his groomsmen getting ready and things were so timely and relaxed there, they had time for a few hands of cards.
Getting married at your childhood village church
One of the many reasons this day was so relaxed is, the logistics were all thought through ahead of time and people were transport by mini bus from Pippa’s parents house to church while Pippa and her dad travelled in style in an old Bentley.
With everyone greeted and now inside the church, it was time for Pippa to make her entrance, although the flower girls may have stolen the show slightly!
Once married, the happy couple headed straight back to the house for their drinks reception to give them lots of time mingling and celebrating with their guests.
How incredible to hold your wedding party at your childhood home
That’s exactly what Pippa was able to do and it all looked so beautiful. I know Pippa’s mum is a keen gardener, like myself, and with the wedding being postponed by a year, this gave the new areas of garden (set up specially for the wedding) more time to establish and look even prettier.
Having their drinks reception on the rear lawn, bridesmaid, groomsmen and couple photographs in the back field and confetti en route to their marquee to the side of the house all flowed beautifully and the family dogs were never far away.
Bridal party and couple portraits
Away from the party this group of friends were able to have a good catch up and share some laughter about the day so far. No one keen on standing and having their photo taken, they were soon linking arms, trying to walk and keep step with each other and heading towards me a quite a pace!
As everyone else headed back to the drinks reception to hand out confetti, I grabbed a few minutes with Pippa & Mat for some first images as Mr and Mrs.
When Pippa told me they’d got a lot of confetti made, she wasn’t kidding! I’ve never seen so much and believe me the guests made sure they used every bit of it. Lots of guests, lots of confetti? Yes please!
Marquee of dreams
Everyone had worked so hard to make this couple’s vision come true. Stunning florals assembled by family and friends filled the roof, the tables, the ladder table plan, just everywhere, they looked incredible. Rustic wooden tables and chairs accompanied by a Chesterfield seating area all looked out of this world.
Pippa’s mum, while all the other preparations were going on in her garden in the build up to this special day, even made and decorated the wedding cake!
In between the wedding breakfast and speeches we spotted the sun getting low and golden, so we popped over the road and into a corn field for a few couple portraits before the sun disappeared behind the trees.
Speeches and into the night
With the speeches happening as darkness fell, the marquee took on a different feeling. Festoon and fairy lights are always a great investment for any venue, particularly in a marquee or barn. They bring this magical soft glow and give your images some great tones and luxurious feeling.
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