It’s a wonderful time of year to get married (have I mentioned how much I love Autumn?!) and it’s always a great time of year to have a Park farmhouse wedding (have I mentioned that I love Park Farmhouse just a little bit?!) so to say I was looking forward to Lizzie & Pete’s wedding is possibly an understatement!!! My day started off at Lizzie’s parents’ house and when I arrived most of the bridal party were still having their hair done in the salon. It was quite nice to have a few minutes to chat to Lizzie’s mum about the day, and it really made me realise how much the mother-of-the-bride invests in her daughter’s wedding day – and how much love Lizzie’s parents have for both Lizzie & Pete. Had a right warm fuzzy feeling before the wedding day had even begun!! When the Bride Squad returned the house burst to life with make-up being done, last minute checks, bag packing and of course, champagne popping! Lizzie & Pete had chosen really autumnal colours and the flowers were just gorgeous and the bridesmaids’ dresses matched beautifully. They were a deep burgendy colour – like a really good glass of red wine! Once the make-up had been done and the dresses had been put on we had just enough time to take some Squad shots before it was time to head to the venue – the bridal party heading there in very cool VW campervans!
Pete and all the guests were ready waiting for his bride as the Park Farmhouse wedding team greeted Lizzie & her bride squad in the courtyard. A quick dress adjustment and hair sort out and it was time for Lizzie to make her way up the aisle to become Mrs Allen! The barn looked absolutely amazing, with its fairy lights twinkling and again those stunning flowers decorating the exposed brickwork beautifully. In front of all their family and friends, Lizzie & Pete became husband and wife in a lovely service, with readings by members of the wedding party for that personal touch. Both their mums were on the stage with them as they made their vows as witnesses which was a really nice idea (one to steal, future brides!) allowing two people who had been so involved in the planning process to have the best seats in the house! After the newlyweds walked down the aisle and entered the bar area it was only really then that I started to appreciate just how much time and effort, and planning had gone into this day. Every where you looked there were personal touches. From the sweet table to the chalkboards to the photo storyboard, everything had been thought of and it all made the celebrations seem even more special somehow. And that’s not even mentioning the pigsties where the couple had their wedding breakfast – there they had decorated it with bunting, lace, hessian, ivy, with a green bike featuring centre stage too!
Whilst the guests were enjoying their reception drinks we made the most of the little down time to take some portrait shots – I know I’ve mentioned it before but a Park Farmhouse wedding just offers so many different backdrops for photography and I always try and make the most of this, to ensure my couples get a wide variety of photographs to choose from. Following this we did group shots, with the cool campervans as the backdrop and then it was time for the receiving line and wedding breakfast. The food as ever was amazing by the Park Farmhouse wedding team and soon it was time for speeches. The pigsties offers such an intimate atmosphere for the speeches and Lizzie’s Dad, Pete and the two best men did a fantastic job of sharing funny stories and emotional advice to the married couple.
Following the speeches Lizzie & Pete went for a walk in the surrounding fields which offered some amazing skies and scenery for some more couple portraits. It’s a lovely point of the day when the newlyweds get to spend just a little bit of time the two of them (…and me, obviously!) where they can reflect on their special day uninterrupted….and get ready to party! By the time the two lovebirds arrived back at Park Farmhouse the party was already in full swing, with the children on the dance floor and lots of adults involved in a rock, paper, scissors forfeit game! Before everything got too rowdy Lizzie & Pete opened the dance floor with their first dance, and then it’s safe to say, it definitely got rowdy! Lizzie & Pete and all their friends and family were such a laugh to be around and the whole day was full of love and happiness. I always feel truly honoured to be part of a couple’s special day but Lizzie & Pete made me feel like an old friend and it was an absolute pleasure to be part of the celebrations. Congratulations to you both, here’s to a lifetime of happiness together!