Farm Wedding – Chloe & Dan’s marquee celebration
Chloe & Dan’s Marquee Celebration
Over the years I’ve photographed many farm weddings and they are always great fun. It’s always so special to hold a wedding celebration on home turf and when home means acres of stunning countryside you’re definitely onto a winner! As I’ve highlighted in the past, I’m always ridiculously early for weddings and so as I had time to spare started my day with a quick visit to the church in Lower Dunsforth in North Yorkshire to capture some exterior images. It was a surprise to capture the bride Chloe still in organising mode putting final touches to the archway decorations! This was a great first shot to get the day rolling. I then followed Chloe back to her parent’s farm in Roecliffe to document some of the getting ready moments. It always feels such a privilege to be present for all of the behind the scenes moments and it was a lovely moment when Chloe’s Dad saw her dress for the first time.
As is my usual preference for small village churches I based myself at the back for the ceremony. This means I’m in the perfect position to capture lovely shots straight down the aisle whilst giving the couple and their guests space to enjoy the ceremony. An unobtrusive approach is always at the heart of all my decisions on locations during a wedding. The ceremony was really lovely and afterwards Chloe & Dan’s guests gave them a good confetti send off to their wedding car.
To give guests time to get back to the farm for the afternoon reception I followed Chloe & Dan to Waingates Farm Huts for some portraits of the two of them. This was where Chloe & Dan were going to spend their wedding night and as it was a stones throw from the farm it was a perfect stop off location. We made another stop off under the beautiful oak trees leading to the farm for some last portraits.
The reception was in full swing on arrival which was perfect. The marquee by Will’s Marquees looked picture perfect in the farm land setting. Will’s are a fantastic company and I love that they manufacture all of their own tents. I’ve been behind the scenes to document them at work handcrafting one of their tents and they really are so skilled. Flowers were done on a DIY basis with vases full of lovely blooms. The beautiful cake was created by super talented Gayle at Where the Ribbon Ends. Catering was taken care of by Saunts who did a fantastic job and created some gorgeous food from their pop up barn kitchen.
Chloe and Dan had worked hard to create a really relaxed atmosphere for their guests and there were lots of great moments to capture during the afternoon with impromptu dance performances and cricket matches!
One of my favourite aspects of an outdoor farm wedding is how the light changes through the day. From a cloudy start onto bright sunshine and then finishing with some gorgeous twilight later in the evening.
I stayed to to capture the first dance and then tiptoed off to leave everyone to enjoy an amazing party.
So many congratulations again to you both !!