Teresa and David’s wedding was a wedding of two halves. The first part was the legal ceremony which took place at Crawley Register Office. They had decided to keep it simple here as they were saving some of the traditional ceremony aspects for a humanist ceremony taking place later in the day but this first ceremony was certainly not simply a formality. It was packed full of emotion and the bride’s bouquet shook so much in her hand that I’m surprised I don’t have motion blur in my pictures!
After this, we headed over to Hookhouse Farm in Outwood which is a simply stunning wedding venue if you are into rustic styling. The bride and her bridesmaids really must have worked like crazy to get together all the personal touches from yarn wrapped vases for the table flowers, frosted glass jars for the candles, origami cranes, gosh the list just went on and on. I was in heaven photographing all the details that they had put into their day and I know that all of the guests had a ‘jaw-drop’ moment when they saw it all. The sun shone down on the blanket covered hay bale seating for the outdoor ceremony which was presided over by a humanist celebrant. We had the added bonus of an additional guest (Hookhouse is a working farm) and the ‘wedding chicken’ made an appearance, attempting to steal focus from the bride and her dad as they entered and then having a good old peck at a nearby bouquet. I am wondering now why more venues don’t employ the services of wedding chickens, they really do add something!
The ceremony, like the rest of the day, was packed full of personalised touches and actually I’m not ashamed to admit that I welled up quite a bit as they read their vows to each other. I think I might have to add the bride and groom plus all of the wedding guests singing ‘Happy Together’ by the Turtles during the ceremony as one of my all time absolute favourite wedding moments (although the bridesmaid reading an adapted version of Edward Monkton’s A Lovely Love Story is very close to being on there too – it was so sweet, just click here to have a read) The atmosphere was truly one of love, joy and celebration for everyone there.