Jess & Michael’s loversall farm wedding
FUN WEDDING ALERT… you might want to grab a drink for this one because I was incapable of narrowing down which images to include. So I thought SOD IT and put loads in.
Oh my god… this wedding. Jess got in touch with me a year before the date and her email had me squealing with excitement, and I don’t squeal. The sentence “the theme is basically glitter and bright colours” was enough to hook me, but she went on to mention mac & cheese with pork shoulder, sweet potato wedges, their dog Stephen, a fire pit, a band and bright flowers everywhere. So when I spoke to Jess on the phone and she told me she’d chosen me after a whole day of searching for wedding photographers, I was deliriously happy and buzzing off such a great compliment! We met up a few months later to do an engagement shoot in Scarborough and they were so easy to hang out with, I knew the wedding was going to be a cracker. It was in fact, the cracker of all crackers.
As soon as I arrived at the cottage on Loversall Farm, the girls made me feel super welcome. In fact everyone made me feel incredibly welcome throughout the entire wedding, which is one of the best things about my couples! Jess and the bridesmaids had amazing bright flowers in their hair and brightly coloured bouquets. Colourful weddings give me massive kicks so I was in heaven. Jess had spent the night before making vodka jelly shots in bright coloured shot glasses which were to be the wedding favours. So before they’d even eaten, everyone was doing shots, which was GRRRRREAT for me! Drunk guests dancing at 4pm makes for some excellent photos. Jess looked absolutely awesome. Her bridesmaids wore silver sequinned skirts and cropped tops and her something blue was a dip dyed veil.
The great thing about this venue is that everything’s in the same place. It’s just a short walk between the cottages, the church, the barn and the tipi field, but all the guests were transported between the barn and the field by tractor. Jess & Michael got married in St Katherine’s Church followed by a drinks reception in the barns. It was the day England played Sweden in the world cup and won, which put all the football fans in a great mood (including me) AND it was a scorching 29 degrees, so spirits were ever so slightly high!
There was an ice lolly cart at the drinks reception which Jess & Michael had covered with their engagement photos, one of them and one of their amazing Dachshund Stephen! Stephen came to join us for a vodka ice lolly in his glittery bow tie, a smooch with Jess and some wedding portraits with his mum & dad, during which we were photobombed by a fame hungry horse.
I might be slightly biased because my mum made them, but the cakes were absolutely kick ass. She makes full cakes and cup cakes for weddings in and around York, check her out on Instagram at @terribakes! Brightly coloured with edible flowers, they were a big hit. And as there were some extras, I got to eat one with my brew the next day! The rest of the tipi was decorated in multicoloured ribbons, coloured paper pom poms and incredible colourful flowers with enormous sunflowers. As for the food… just look at it. PHWOAR.
The fun didn’t show any signs of stopping as the bride & groom were announced in to DMX- Party Up!
As for the speeches… sometimes wedding speeches are so funny I struggle to hold my camera straight, then they switch to being so emotional that you’re ready for a lie down by the end of them. These speeches were easily in my all time top 3. They had it all!
You might hear wedding photographers banging on about golden hour… well GOOD GRIEF, DID WE GET A FLIPPING GOLDEN HOUR!! I ran over to Jess and said “we need to find Michael! Look at that light!!” So we pulled him away from the party (sorry, Michael!) and I took them over to the entrance to the field. I didn’t pose them at all, I just said “stand there and have a cuddle and a laugh” or something, so they did! At one point, Jess threw her head right back and it made for one of my favourite photos of the whole day! Then the bridesmaids came over and the girls just hung out and messed around by the fields which made for some gorgeous snaps!
As the sun was setting, the guests were partying outside. Laughing, dancing and drinking before Jess & Michael came in and pole danced on the tent poles before the cake cut! Since you can’t cut a stack of cupcakes, the obvious thing to do is to shove one into your new husband’s face! 😂😂
Their first dance was H.I.L.A.R.I.O.U.S.
Their amazing band, The Superlicks Party Band (highly recommend those guys), learned it especially for the wedding. If you’ve seen the film Old Skool, you’ll know what’s coming… if you haven’t… you can listen to it here (but don’t listen if you’re offended by sweary songs… in fact you probably shouldn’t book me if you’re offended by sweary songs…)
Then Jess and her dad danced to Achy Breaky Heart before everyone else jumped in on the action!
It’s not hard to work out that I had an absolute blast shooting this wedding, and I’m SO glad that Jess & Michael chose me to me a part of it and it was such a pleasure getting to know them, their families & friends.
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SUPPLIER SHOUT OUTS
Videographer – Smooth Turtle
Dress – The Yorkshire Bridal Shop
Hair – The Vanilla Rooms
Makeup – By Neeks (Annika Hussain)
Caterers – Aperyer Catering
Cakes – Terri Bakes
Florist – Flowers by Kay
Band – The Superlicks
Rings – Morris Bywater Ltd