We love an outdoor wedding ceremony, so when we met Christy and Marc in Sheffield and they told us their plans for an outdoor ceremony and lots of sports day games – we were sold and couldn’t wait for their day at Prestwold Hall. We loved chatting with these guys in their pre-wedding meeting, maybe it was the sunshine or the cool Sheffield coffee shop vibe (check out Tamper Coffee!) but we just knew that their wedding day would be amazing….
Balloons and a Fiat 500
The day began in the countryside of Leicestershire where Christy,the girls and Graham the ‘bridesman’ were getting ready at a cute self catering cottage, with a rather officious owner but that’s another story!!! The usual chaos of prep ensued along with the usual fizz, bacon butties and tears as Christy transformed into the magnificent yet classic bride that she was with a gorgeous beaded lacey dress. Christy’s brother was in charge of fitting what felt like hundreds of heart shaped balloons in to Christy’s treasured Fiat 500 for the ride to Prestwold Hall. So now they just had to fit Christy and her dad in the car too, so some of the balloons were tied outside the car and the journey began, no doubt brightening up lots of passersby’s journeys too, as well as quite a contrast to the funeral procession they passed and a shock to some horses and their riders enroute.
Outdoor wedding ceremony in Prestwold Hall’s pergola
So the stage was set and the final decisions had been made that the weather was good enough for the deed to done on the splendid lawns of Prestwold Hall :) Yippee! Final tweaks to Christy’s prep were done in the bridal room and the long walk from the hall to the pergola was on, arm in arm with a very proud dad. We loved being able to capture the shot from above, showcasing the very English setting with the church in the background, guests and Marc all awaiting the bride in the summer sunshine – it’s one of the best things of there being two of us, there’s always someone spare to take these one off risky shots – great when they work out too! Phewph :) The setting was quite perfect for their outdoor wedding ceremony, although the odd wasp did want in on the action – in a funny way it reminded us of the wedding scene in Nanny McPhee!!! ;)
Relaxed fun wedding reception
Prestwold Hall has a very classic feel, but these guys and their friends embraced the classic whilst adding their own personalities and lots of fun to the day. Congrats, canapés, amazing sunny weather, sunflower bouquets, clinking bottles of beer, Pimms (of course!) and general merriment – the best recipe for a chilled out drink reception. The four of us went for a short wander around the hall where we made the most of the luscious moody light, whilst Christy and Marc could have a moment or two together. Words of love life and laughter covered the speeches part of the day in the very ornate dining room. So from classic civilised interiors to crazy sports day antics on the lawn, with space hopper races, egg and spoon and the ultimate boys against girls tug o’ war this was one evening to remember.
Doughnuts ‘n’ swing
Definitely a couple to mix the traditional with their fun personalities, so a doughnut wedding cake was order of the day. I don’t think we’ve ever seen so many doughnuts in one place, they didn’t last long though! Not us honest! So with sugar coated lips and hands, time for a smooch and a sway to the groovy vibes of their swing band in the library/dance floor, with the last of the summery evening light pouring through the grand windows. Running shoes off and dancing shoes on, let the party commence!
We loved shooting Christy and Marc’s day from their classic outdoor wedding ceremony to their fun filled chilled out wedding reception these two put their heart and soul into their day and it showed :) Well done guys on pulling off such a great day that was so very the two of you :)
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Venue: Prestwold Hall
Flowers : The amazing Nadia di Tullio
Swing band: Phil Lyons & the New Vintage Band
And on a complete side note if you’re in to gaming Marc has a great gaming figure painting business: Msw Painting Forge