Every wedding I shoot this summer I’m like “best wedding ever!” And it’s true – they’re all the best wedding ever. This is entirely down to the couple being awesome, fun, relaxed and happy. Also, the Secret Barn venue in Sussex is so beautiful and perfect for relaxed weddings – it’s run by a lovely girl called Hannah and I can’t wait to shoot there again.
Liz and Luc are one such awesome couple! They officially got married a few days before the wedding (as a lot of my couples do) so they could have a ceremony in an apple orchard. They hired Fairoaks Farm in Sussex (also known as the Secret Barn) and hired bell tents for sleeping, a marquee for the bar (which Luc made) and used the old barn for dinner.
Liz wore her mum’s wedding dress from the 70s. Her mum had altered it for her (taken the sleeves off and the neckline down) and both Liz and her mum are tiny, so she fit the dress perfectly. You can see near the end there’s a photo of Liz holding a photo of her mum in the dress.
Liz and Luc got ready together, then drove down to the farm (with Luc sitting in the boot) where they had lunch with everyone, then had the ceremony. This was a great way of doing things, as they didn’t want guests to get hangry! The ceremony was in an apple orchard with haybales and a wooden door frame that Luc (a carpenter) also made. River Jones was the celebrant and they had gift-giving vows, which I’ve never seen before!
In the evening they had Jackson and the Kingkickers band, who were amazing and played my favourite song, which never happens! I threw down my cameras and boogied with the bride, it was so much fun. (It’s Wagon Wheel by Old Crow Medicine Show if you’re wondering!)
Dress: My mum’s // Suit: Internet jobby // Bridesmaids’ dresses: Debenhams // Hair and make up: Powder and Pin // Flowers: Homegrown // Cake maker: The Groom // Band: Jackson and the Kingkickers DJ: Auntie Jo // Catering: The Groom and family & friends Celebrant: River Jones
Having an outdoor wedding? Check out these beauts for inspiration:
Glastonbury Festival Wedding at Rumbolds Farm // Emily + Steve
Four Oaks Farm Sussex Wedding // Al + Ruth
Hawthbush Farm Wedding // Lucy + Rory
North Hill Farm Wedding // Heather + Kieran
Flaxbourne Garden Wedding // Siobhan + Chris
Hawthbush Farm Wedding // Lucy + Simon
Blackstock Barn Wedding // Clare + David
Rectory Farm Wedding // Charlotte + Ben
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