I love ‘English country garden’ as a wedding theme. I love rustic, country weddings. I love seeing couples strolling through fields and woodlands, and down country lanes… but more than any of that, I love it when that countryside is so obviously home.
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Michelle and Rob couldn’t have had their wedding any other way – and my heart tells me they would never have dreamed of a different wedding. The countryside is their life: they look so happy – and the styling of their day has an instinctive, natural flair which could only come from a bride and groom who adore the English countryside more than anything. Their Yorkshire wedding photographer Ian Wallace sums it up: Michelle and Rob’s wedding was all about the people – dozens of friends from the village turning out on the streets to wish them well and join in the celebrations and bringing the village to a standstill.
“Sometimes it’s difficult to put your finger on what exactly makes a wedding unique. It could be the rustic theme (or ‘slap-dash’ as Michelle put it), or the tractors that took you and your guests to the church, or the fact you did the whole thing on your farm, right outside your own home. Or it could be the half a dead cow on a spit roast, the hundreds of decorations you made yourself, or just the amount of sheer effort and hard work in the weeks and months running up to the big day.
“Or it could just be the vast number of people turning out to celebrate your marriage, bringing your small North Yorkshire village to a standstill. Everyone watching the bride arriving on the back of a tractor, or the tradition of tying up the church gate and not letting out the bride and groom until they’ve thrown money at you (also a tradition in the village where I grew up! C). Or it could be the crazy dancing, chatting around the massive fire-pit, watching the sunset from the benches, or just playing tig with the kids (and big kids) which made it special.
“The views were breathtaking. The sun beamed down, and I was treated to the kind of light which just makes me giddy. We were spoilt for choice when it came to locations – up and down hills, in and out of fields, plus the pièce de résistance, the lone tree which was featured in ‘Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell’ (of TV fame). We were blessed with the weather (this was the week where it hailed midweek) and we got a sunset to die for. But Michelle and Rob’s wedding was all about the people – so many of their friends and family joining them to celebrate.
“And celebrate they did.”
The atmosphere is as warm and joyful as it is exciting. The styling of the day is pure English countryside – I adore the bright table arrangements with real garden flowers and pops of colour, and the acres of bunting adorning the marquee. There are sheep – and lambs – on the wedding cake, and tractors everywhere.