Georgia & Alex's Festival Wedding - Brook Farm Cuffley Hertfordshire
When Georgia & Alex told me all about their wedding plans I could not contain my excitement! They were planning an outdoor festival style wedding with class and sophistication at Brook Farm Cuffley, Hertfordshire which is a gorgeous, blank canvas venue for DIY weddings. Their wedding, complete with insane tipi's decked out in fairy lights by Tipis4Hire, a homemade cake table, an AWESOME wood fired Pizza van by Pizza of Dreams, an ice cream cart by Iscream Company, folk band Shooting the Crow AND their very own mobile bar The Swig & Filly, (which is a family run business started up by Alex & his Sister Justine) was an absolute BLAST!
It was the first ever festival wedding I have attended and was one of my absolute favourites to shoot so I would absolutely LOVE the opportunity to do more! I believe I am shooting at one this summer so I am super excited for that given that despite all my longing I probably won't make it to many festivals in 2018!
Georgia & Alex threw tradition out the window and got ready together at Sopwell House in St Albans as they didn't care about seeing each other before the ceremony, they believed that they're in this together and they really wanted to spend the evening before together with their beautiful little girl, Sienna. I thought this was just a fantastic idea as it was such a relaxed morning with no rushing about or worrying, which was SO refreshing. The uber talented Georgia Shults was on make up and made Georgia's face glow as did the ABSOLUTELY STUNNING gown she wore by David's Bridal, covered in sequins and a scalloped lace. She wanted really simple bohemian hair so ended up doing her own and the bridesmaids in loose up do's herself, adding the very simple & boho Gypsophila which matched the bouquets & table flowers by Confetti & Lace. Alex wore a really unique and lovely tweed suit from Walker Slater.
The couple hired a big red old school bus to transport their guests to and from their intimate ceremony which was held at St Albans Registry Office with only family present and myself which was a lovely and emotional experience and then we hopped back onto the bus and headed over to the reception venue for all the fun!
Brook Farm has been owned by the Thomas family since 1941 and as well as arable farming they hire a piece of their land out as a beautiful wedding venue throughout the year. It was an exceptionally sunny & warm August day (HALLELUJAH!) so the beauty of the place was heightened by a blue sky and made for extremely happy guests.
The couple hired picnic benches and props from the lovely Amy over at Anthology Vintage Hire based in Cheltenham, whom I have worked with before on this styled shoot.
They did such a fantastic job of putting together the venue and the entire place was so photogenic I could not and would not stop snapping away. I stole the couple away before the afternoon guests began to arrive and took them across to the other side of the lake to let them have some alone time to soak up the day and to capture some of their couple portraits. They're some of my absolute favourite images!
Leading the way again in alternative, non traditional and personalised wedding organising, the pair didn't have a first dance or any planned speeches (Georgia's Dad did stand up at the end of the day just to thank every body for coming and show some love!) so it just goes to show that you really can do anything you want on your wedding day. Do not be swayed by other peoples ideas of a perfect wedding day, just do you.
if you're currently planning your wedding and looking for your wedding photographer, I would love to hear from you!