So, here we are in October, with the year nearly up (thankfully) and weddings have been very far and few between. However, I have been lucky to capture quite a few intimate weddings lately.
And I have to say they have been wonderful!
I can appreciate that as you are planning your big day, reducing your guests from the original 100 you wanted can seem a bit of a stretch or amending your bridal party from ten down to one may not be for everyone, but if you do want to go ahead and get married this side of Christmas or possibly early next year, then I can highly recommend scaling back and having an intimate wedding!
Plus, just think of the money you could save and then spend on the honeymoon when you can eventually take it.
As I think back upon Amy and Chris's day and the others that I have had the fortune to capture under the current restrictions, I honestly reflect with joy. The days have been so special, intimate and I'd even go so far as to say refined. In these times of uncertainty I know that these weddings have been a silver lining for everyone attending and for me they were a total dream.
I asked Amy about her day and if she would be happy for me to write a short piece about it and this is what she had to say about her "Covid wedding",
"I think it would definitely help others for me to share my thoughts on my day. I think wedding numbers will be restricted for a long while yet so it would help other couples to see that they can still have a great day without it having to be a huge event. I think for us it worked out for the best. I absolutely loved it. We had time to talk to everyone and it was so chilled and informal. Loved it. All our family and friends were great too when we had to cut numbers twice. Everyone just wanted the best for us and for us to have an amazing day - which we did!"
And I have to agree with her sentiment!
Now, we don't exactly know how long the restrictions on weddings could go on for, but if you do want to get on with your life and plan for your next chapter, then read on.
Aldwark Manor looked stunning on the day. The Barnes Wallis Suite was just the right size to make sure everyone had a great view. Purple Ivory and Petals by Louise made sure it was perfect!
Upstairs Amy got ready with her sisters, whilst downstairs Chris was looking every part the Groom in his wedding suit.
The guests were arriving and making their way to the ceremony room.
Amy and her bridal party made a stunning sight heading down the staircase before walking down the aisle arm in arm with her father.
The ceremony was so personal even with the Covid measures you can just tell that everyone was smiling. The Registrars did a wonderful job in making a very strange situation seem fun and perfectly normal!
The finishing touches from Purple Ivory and Petals by Louise were exactly right.
The one thing I have discovered about these lovely tiny weddings is that there is plenty of time!
Plenty of time for the Groom to meet everyone in the bar, plenty of time for the Bride to get ready, plenty of time for socialising after the ceremony and the best bit, if you ask me, plenty of time to capture some fabulous photographs of the two of you.
Amy and Chris were up for doing as many photographs as possible in and around the hotel and as we had lots of time we certainly made use of all the fabulous backdrops that Aldwark Manor Estate has to offer.
Firstly, we captured a few inside the newly refurbished Walsingham Suite, before heading outside into the grounds.
As we dodged the showers and the sun made an occasional appearance we made very good use of the new secret walled garden.
Then we went for a short walk to the little bridge on the golf course, where I think you will agree that the Autumn colours were beautiful!
Before we headed back inside to capture a few more on Aldwark's traditional staircase.
Oh the utter joy and luxury of been able to spend so much time with a Bride and Groom. Spending real time making sure I get the best images I possibly can of the newlyweds. Capturing those special memories that I know they will treasure forever!
Once we were back in the hotel, Amy and Chris headed off to the Elements restaurant with their guests to enjoy a delightful afternoon tea followed by an individual cup cake from Flamingo Bakery.
At this point I said goodbye, the rest of the day was to be their own, relaxing and chatting with their closest friends and family members.
Amy's final words about her day were,
"All of our suppliers (yourself included) have been so lovely to work with especially with the current circumstances as we had to scale right back. They were all really accommodating. That really helped and we do really appreciate it.
Even though our day wasn't what we originally planned I think it turned out even more special"
Thank you Amy and Chris for allowing me to spend your very special day with you and for letting me share a few pictures and my thoughts. I did truly love your day! Congratulations you guys X
Thank you, as ever to the team at Aldwark Manor Hotel and Spa for letting me be part of their organisation for the day. If you want to speak to Leah or Kim about having your wedding at Aldwark Manor, give them a call her on 01347 838146
If you need a photographer for your day, please get in touch. I would love meet you for coffee to hear more about your day, I can show you some more of my work and we can see if we get on. Give me a ring on 01904 533476 or drop me a line on [email protected]
Venue Styling - Purple Ivory
Florists - Petals by Louise
Cake - The Flamingo Bakery
Hair - Hair by Abi Theaker
Wedding Dress - Rosa Couture sample dress purchased from eBay! (New with tags)
Wedding Dress Alterations - Leading Ladies (Karen)
Wedding Shoes - Ted Baker
Earrings and Necklace - Serrano range by Ivory & Co. Purchased from Broughton's Bridal
Veil - Bianco Evento
Bridesmaids Dresses - Oasis
Bridal Facemasks - Dianes Collection Shop on Etsy
Suit Hire - Broughtons Bridals (Haley)