6/24/2016 0 Comments
It's a fact that no two weddings are the same, couples choose different flowers, dresses, themes, whatever. Some weddings however are so wonderfully unique, that being the one to photograph such an event feels like all your Christmases have come at once! And Jemima and Tom's day was certainly one of those occasions for me. So sit back, relax, and soak in this absolute treat of a wedding!
I first met Jemima and Tom last summer thanks to a recommendation by Jemima's sister Jasmine, a very talented and lovely florist (Jasmine's Floral Fancies) who I worked with for the first time about a month before (apparently I was the only wedding photographer to have ever gone and introduced myself to Jasmine and say hello, which I just found incredible. Doesn't everyone say hello to other suppliers?!).
That aside, when I met Jemima and Tom I just knew I would love to be their photographer. Walking into their beautiful country cottage to talk about the wedding while they nursed hangovers from the wedding they had attended the previous day, we hit it off straight away (but not too loudly).
Countryside through and through, brilliant senses of humor, creative, and totally crazy about their Jack Russell Terrier, Bruce (just like me!)...it was meant to be!
The ceremony took place on a glorious May day at St Luke's Church in the pretty historical Shropshire village of Hodnet, which neighbors the stunning Hodnet Hall Gardens. The church was surrounded in beautiful bright blooms and everything looked gorgeous in the perfect sunshine.
All of the decorations were hand made by Jemima herself (check out her crafty business page The Tartan Fox she makes the most beautiful things) and were a perfect reflection the couple themselves. Just like them it was countryside throughout but in no way twee or 'shabby-chic'. Hot pink tartan ribbons, wooden plaques, elaborately painted chalk board signs, and of course Jasmine matched the theme with hot pink and reds within the floral displays and bouquets.
Jemima marched confidently up to the church in her enormous princess gown followed by her army of bridesmaids, only to nearly hyperventilate as she walked down the aisle! It was a beautiful touching moment. The ceremony was such a happy relaxed occasion, the highlight being when Tom whistled the signal for Bruce to come running up the aisle with the rings. Good dog!
The happy couple wowed everybody by driving off to the reception themselves in a magnificent JCB tractor (decorated with a ribbon of course), Jemima just about managed to squeeze the dress into the passenger seat and everyone had a good laugh when Tom stalled it as soon as they set off! They made it to Tom's family home just a few miles down the road safe and sound to a warm and sunny drinks reception in the garden with plenty of canapes served in decorated pizza boxes (again made by Jemima) before plenty of silly group photographs.
As far as marquees go, this was by far one of the spectacular and originally decorated tents I've ever seen at a wedding. It really was fabulous! Absolute every tiny detail was again hand-made by Jemima, with tartan heart favors for the ladies and tartan handkerchiefs for the men. The stunning floral table center pieces dotted with golden circus animals and the hanging candle wheel above the top table all made by Jasmine were just breathtaking. Even though the table plan was made with post-it notes, it worked because of the bright colours! All topped off with a monsterous naked cake adorned with fresh fruit. The guests enjoyed a picnic style meal which was perfect for the warm weather followed by cakes and cheeses and some really hilerious and embarressing speeches!
Bellies full and a lot of prossecco sipped, I took them off for a few romantic shots in the Shropshire sunset making the most of that magical light. Jemima changed from one pair of awesome shoes to another as she kicked off her heels and slipped into her cowgirl boots.
You can always tell when a wedding has been perfect by the way the guests are behaving during the evening, in that little space between the speeches and the first dance. If they are still having fun, laughing and joking, playing football, running about enjoying themselves instead of sitting falling asleep in a corner, you know how to throw a damn good party. The first dance itself was so much fun! They chose the song 'Reet Petite' which was just perfect for this happy pair, I particularly loved how Tom had to dance around Jemima's frock as it swooshed around the dancefloor!
My biggest and most enormous thanks to Tom and Jemima for having me be the one to capture your amazing day. It was such a pleasure and I had a real blast throughout the whole process. You guys rock!
If you would like to know which suppliers Tom and Jemima used to make their wedding so special and awesome, you can find all the links and infomation right here.
* Giant Wooden Letters - Farmhouse Firewood
Marquee/tables/chairs - Show Systems, Newport
* Dress - Ronald Joyce at Shropshire Country Brides, Church Stretton
* Hair - Lauren Parker at Hairspray, Market Drayton
* Make Up - Gemma Gaade at Flawless Faces
* Flowers - Jasmine's Floral Fancies
* Shoes - Poetic License
* Bar - Shire Bars
* Catering - Cheryl Jayne Catering
* Disco - Loud n' Proud Disco's
* Toilets - Wrekin Conveniences
* Bridesmaid dresses - Lindy Bop, customized by Jemima
* Wine/champagne - Tanners, Shrewsbury
* Wedding Cake - Wayne Fisher @ Acton Scott Farm Cafe, Church Stretton
* JCB - Rea Valley Tractors
And not forgetting of course the incredible hand made decorations by the bride herself at The Tartan Fox and The Quirky Fox Gallary!