It’s always lovely to be invited to photograph a friends wedding so it was with great excitement that we headed off to photograph Andrew & Eilidh’s wedding a few weeks ago. I headed straight to Eilidh’s Mum & Dad’s house where she was getting ready with her family & bridesmaids. When I arrived Eilidh was making finishing touches to the bridesmaids bouquets. Andrew & Eilidh have a beautiful garden & she had grown the flowers herself. They were a wonderful mix of colours arranged in a wonderful relaxed style that reflected the day itself. Eilidh’s bouquet & the buttonholes were done by their friends, the wonderfully talented Green & Gorgeous. We are huge fans of Green & Gorgeous & their British grown flowers, Eilidh’s bouquet was a beautiful confection of Peonies, Sweet Peas & Buttercups. The buttonholes were fuchsia Sweet William & fragrant Rosemary. Whilst I was with the bridal party Amy was at Manor Farm at Cuxham where the relaxed festival feel reception was to be later in the day capturing the important details. She then made her way to the village pub The Half Moon to meet the groom Andrew & the rest of the wedding party. They all gathered at the farm to catch the lovely vintage bus that was to convey them all to Bix Manor for the reception.
After final preparations I took the bridal party out to the garden to do some fun shots but little Maggie wasn’t quite so keen! Soon it was time for the bridesmaids & the rest of the family to board the bus to join the rest of the guests who had stopped by en route.
Bix Manor is a lovely rural location & Eilidh & Andrew held their ceremony in the library in front of their friends, families & two very special guests. Their characterful dogs Sid & Blue also had the important job of ring bearers! It was a beautiful, emotional service & such a pleasure to photograph two friends getting hitched.
After the service everyone mingled outside in the sunshine & we gathered the groups together for the formal & not so formal group photos. It was then time for the confetti…not just your average confetti though. Eilidh & Andrew had made their own confetti with the flowers & blooms from their own garden.
They made their way by to the farm by car with their friends & family following in the vintage coach. At the farm many more guests who had been invited to help them celebrate their wedding joined them for the party. The farm looked fabulous as it was bathed in sunlight, they had set up a games & chillout area with the traditional games Aunt Sally & Welly Wanging. Guests gathered, enjoying a drink or two in the sunshine with the most delicious canapés from Valley Events.
As the guests mingled we took the couple away for some shots of the two of them on & around the farm. We are thrilled with these images & feel they really reflect the gorgeous, fun couple.
It was time for the happy couple to rejoin their guests & to tuck into the food trucks. There was a fantastic selection from meatballs from The Bowler, pizzas from Well Kneaded & raclette Le Rac Shack. Beverages were all served from an old coach, The Old Coach Inn.
After much happy mingling it was time for the bride & groom to hit the dance floor for their first dance. They were soon joined on the dance floor by their friends & family….& we then joined them to dance the night away!
About the happy couple: Andrew & Eilidh are an incredibly talented pair. They have a background in food & have run highly regarded restaurants The Half Moon, Cuxham & The Red Lion, Britwell Salome so we knew the food & styling of this wedding would be amazing! They are busy renovating The Mill in Cuxham, running pop up restaurants & have an amazing holiday let at The Mill, called The Granary.