I've been meaning to start a blog for AGES but needed something really amazing to kick start it. Then it came along. The wedding I had been looking forward to for so long. Lucy and Adam's seriously-gorgeous-handmade-homemade-festival wedding!
I have know Lucy for a while, she is an ace fashion stylist and we have worked together on a variety of projects. So I knew this was going to be good. My second shooter, Kirstie, and I headed over to Hawkhurst from Bristol the day before the wedding and the less said about that journey, the better. Lets just say 5 hours and 2 wrong turns later, we made it. We were greeted by a hive of activity, all family and friends on board helping put the final touches and details to the pretty much blank (but absolutely stunning) canvas provided by The Paper Mill.
By weird coincidence, I have family in this beautiful part of the country so after pitching our tent, we were treated to some much needed food and wine just round the corner from the lovely venue. And after a final weather forecast check (I've developed a serious obsession with the BBC weather app this summer), we went to bed with our creative wedding photography caps on, looking forward to the day ahead.
We were right be be excited.
All the gorgeous flowers and pots of lavender were arranged by her lovely mum, Michelle, and Lucy handmade all the vintage doily bunting!
After oohing and ahhing for ages over all this stuff, and having to stop ourselves just doing an interiors shoot, I headed off to the girls while Kirstie (and new arrival, amazing videographer, Jody) went to meet up with the boys.
Lucy, being the superstar stylist she is, also handmade all her bridesmaids dresses AND her own wedding dress!! Is there no end to this womans talents?!
Tears before she even made it to the car show how incredible she looked!
Luckily, it seemed to be the hottest day ever and with the sun spilling in through the trees, the ceremony space looked utterly dreamy.
There was an amazing moment just after the ceremony, when everyone was asked if they would like to come take pictures of the newly weds, and what looked like the whole wedding ran to the front!
After a truly moving and beautifully heartfelt ceremony, Lucy and Adam led the way up through the woods for Pimms, speeches and sunshine.
After we managed to sneak the gorgeous pair off after dinner for some shots as the sun started disappearing on us, the festival theme of this wedding really kicked in with three jaw-dropping performances, provided mainly by the stunning bridesmaids!
And who doesn't want a tipi photo booth and light up hula hooping at their wedding?
With a party that carried on well into the early hours, I can honestly say that was a seriously legendary wedding.
Congratulations Lucy & Adam!!
Thank you to my wonderful second shooter and long distance driver, Kirstie Sutherland.
If you want to get well and truly stuck in to the atmosphere of this amazing day, watch the BEAUTIFUL video below, filmed and edited by Jody Coffey.