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!

 

Bridal preparations

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!

Wedding dress hanging in doorway
Bride's shoes on the of their box
Bride's perfume with her veil
Bridesmaids painting their fingernails
Bride doing her make up
Bride and bridesmaid laughing
Bridesmaid looking out of a window
Bride's personalised wedding robe
Mother of the bride having her hair done
Bride talking to her dad in the kitchen
Bride having her hair done
Bride's mum watching her daughter have her hair done
Bride supergluing her veil flowers together
Bride having her hair styled
Bridesmaids getting a snack
Bride applying lipstick
Gran ready for the wedding
Bride having her veil put in by the hairdresser

Final preparations

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.

Bride's sister holding her dress
Bride's sister doing up the buttons on her wedding dress
Bride getting into her wedding dress
Bride putting her earrings in
Bride's sister helping her with her bracelet
Portrait of the bride ready
Bridesmaid seeing bride in her dress
Bride with her mum
Father of the bride seeing his daughter ready for the wedding
Father of the bride seeing his daughter ready for the wedding, breathtaken
Father of the bride seeing his daughter ready for the wedding, crying
Father of the bride seeing his daughter ready for the wedding
Father of the bride seeing his daughter ready for the wedding, smiling with bride's mum too

Groom prep

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.

Button holes
Groom fastening his tie
Groom and groomsmen playing cards
Groom and groomsmen playing cards
Best man lint rollering his friends suit

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.

Groom and groomsmen at church
Guests arriving at church wedding
Groomsman and guest
Bride arriving at church
Bridesmaids talking to flower girls
Groom waiting in church
Bride and her father walking into church
Wedding party awaiting flower girls
Flower girls being carried in church by their mum
Bridesmaid walking into church
Bride and groom in church
Bride and groom laughing in church
Bride and groom view from back of the church
Bride gives wedding ring to groom
Exchaning of wedding rings in church
Bride and groom's first kiss in church
Bride and groom laughing just after getting married
Bride and groom at the high alter
Bride and groom exiting church
Bride and groom in car to go to their drinks reception

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.

Garden party wedding drinks reception in Cambridgeshire
Garden party wedding drinks reception in Cambridgeshire
Garden party wedding drinks reception in Cambridgeshire
Garden party wedding drinks reception in Cambridgeshire
Garden party wedding drinks reception in Cambridgeshire
Garden party wedding drinks reception in Cambridgeshire with couples dog
Garden party wedding drinks reception in Cambridgeshire bridesmaids laughing
Garden party wedding drinks reception in Cambridgeshire
Garden party wedding drinks reception in Cambridgeshire
Garden party wedding drinks reception in Cambridgeshire, guests laughing with the bride
Garden party wedding drinks reception in Cambridgeshire
Garden party wedding drinks reception in Cambridgeshire with couples labrador
Garden party wedding drinks reception in Cambridgeshire
Flower girl dancing with quartet music
Garden party wedding drinks reception in Cambridgeshire
Bride and groom in her parents garden
Group photo at countryside wedding
Garden party wedding drinks reception in Cambridgeshire
Garden party wedding drinks reception in Cambridgeshire
Full group photo at wedding

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.

Bride, groom, bridesmaids and groomsmen at Cambridgeshire marquee wedding
Bride, groom, bridesmaids and groomsmen at Cambridgeshire marquee wedding
Bride, groom, bridesmaids and groomsmen at Cambridgeshire marquee wedding
Bride, groom, bridesmaids and groomsmen at Cambridgeshire marquee wedding
Bride, groom bridesmaids and groomsmen at Cambridgeshire marquee wedding
Bride and groom at her parents garden
Bride laughing with her groom
Bride and groom holding hands walking through her parents garden
Bride and groom walking hand in hand

Confetti

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!

Best man with a huge handful of confetti
Confetti line at Cambs countryside wedding
Confetti line at Cambs countryside wedding
Confetti line at Cambs countryside wedding
Confetti line at Cambs countryside wedding
Confetti line at Cambs countryside wedding
Confetti line at Cambs countryside wedding
Confetti line at Cambs countryside wedding
Bride getting confetti out of her dress
Guests walking through the garden to the marquee
Guests walking through the garden to the marquee
Guests on floral swing at wedding
Bride and groom on floral swing at their wedding
Bride and groom on floral swing at their wedding

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! 

Marquee set up at a wedding
Wedding cake in a marquee
Table details in wedding marquee
Table details in wedding marquee
Table details in wedding marquee
Table details in wedding marquee
Table details in wedding marquee
Table details in wedding marquee
Table details in wedding marquee
Table details in wedding marquee
Table details in wedding marquee
Bouquets on a table in a marquee
Table details in wedding marquee
Guests checking table plan at a wedding
Guest petting labrador at a wedding
Guests laughing in the wedding marquee
Guests using instant camera at a wedding
Wedding guest laughing in marquee
Couple walking into marquee

Golden hour

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.

Bride and groom in a Cambridgeshire wheat field at golden hour
Bride and groom in a Cambridgeshire wheat field at golden hour
Bride and groom in a Cambridgeshire wheat field at golden hour
Bride and groom in a Cambridgeshire wheat field at golden hour

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.

Best man announcing wedding speeches
Father of the bride speech at Cambridgeshire marquee wedding
Father of the bride speech at Cambridgeshire marquee wedding
Father of the bride speech at Cambridgeshire marquee wedding
Father of the bride speech at Cambridgeshire marquee wedding
Father of the bride speech at Cambridgeshire marquee wedding
Father of the bride speech at Cambridgeshire marquee wedding, guests applauding
Wedding speech
Father of the bride speech at Cambridgeshire marquee wedding
Father of the bride speech at Cambridgeshire marquee wedding, mother of the bride jesting
Father of the bride speech at Cambridgeshire marquee wedding
Father of the bride speech at Cambridgeshire marquee wedding
Grooms speech at Cambridgeshire marquee wedding
Grooms speech at Cambridgeshire marquee wedding
Grooms speech at Cambridgeshire marquee wedding
Grooms speech at Cambridgeshire marquee wedding
Grooms speech at Cambridgeshire marquee wedding
Best man speech at Cambridgeshire marquee wedding
Best man speech at Cambridgeshire marquee wedding
Best man and groom embrace at Cambridgeshire marquee wedding
Cake cut at marquee wedding
First dance at marquee wedding in Cambridgeshire
First dance at marquee wedding in Cambridgeshire
First dance at marquee wedding in Cambridgeshire bride twirling
First dance at marquee wedding in Cambridgeshire
First dance at marquee wedding in Cambridgeshire

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