Humanist Ceremony Garden Wedding in Cheshire

Humanist Ceremony Garden Wedding in Cheshire.

Sarah & Rob

groom in kilt bride in lace dress leave their outdoor wedding ceremony to confetti

Sarah and Rob are just fab. They are always smiling and laughing. I love them, with a shared obsession of our cats how could I not.

When Sarah first got in touch she wrote, ‘I am terrible at this wedding planning malarkey! You are out of our original budget but damn it I have fallen a little bit in love with your photos so have decided that you shall be one of my wedding caution to the wind splurges!’  The wedding was going to be as small they could make it although Sarah and Rob quickly realised they knew more people than they thought. ‘It’s going to be a pretty standard tipi style thing I think, nothing too formal or stuffy allowed and lots of drinks and silliness 🙂 We haven’t really decided what kind of ceremony to have yet. I’ve never been to one I’ve liked yet so it will definitely be short and sweet!’

They were married at Sarah’s family home in Cheshire on a sun in sun out summers day. Sarah arrived in an epic Ford Mustang, which belonged to a family friend, and they had a lovely humanist ceremony conducted by the amazing Maxine Beech held on the path leading up to the front of the house where the guests sat on benches under the sun and in between rain showers. This was going to be a ceremony Sarah finally liked, they day before she messaged me to say that, ‘Maxine is actually blowing my mind with her awesomeness!’ They drank from a Quaich, a Scottish cup of friendship, and their wedding rings were passed round their family and friends to bless. Sarah was so excited throughout the ceremony and kept giving her big brilliant smiling laugh and I loved Rob’s face when he’d look at her laughing he looked so happy. Their wedding breakfast was in a tipi in a orchard beyond the house, mostly decorated by Sarah’s handy craftwork.  It was such a fab and chilled out wedding where everyone just had a ball. One of their friends who was kind of acting as MC was given a Kentucky Fired Chicken T shirt for his efforts and one point he and another male guest put it on together and ran across the grass in the orchard and fell in to a bush. Falling seemed to be a thing! During the evening Sarah was dancing with her mum and they spun round and fell on to the stage where the band were playing. A couple of guests rushed to help them up and the band kept playing like ‘hell yeah this happens at every wedding.’ It was hilarous.

I loved shooting Sarah and Rob’s wedding it was so much fun and I’m really happy to share their wedding highlights with you.

Tudor house shot through greeneryreflection of a picture of three children in a hall mirrorbrides lace dress hanging from the back of a bedroom door with a red faux fur jacketblack and white shot of a solitary sandal on carpet reflected in a mirrordark haired woman lying on a bed under a red coverfour people gathered round a kitchen island chattingwide shot of bride sitting in a window alcove with her make up artistbride reflected in a small mirror sitting on a window ledgetwo florists assembling flower displays for an outdoor ceremony aisleclose up of top tier of a wedding cake with cat cake toppers with the inside of a tipi in the backgroundcat cake toppergroom and grooms men gathered by a garage sheltering form the rainbride yelling with excitement in her wedding carblue classic wedding car pulls up on a gravel driveway next to bridesmaidsguests photographing bride arriving to outdoor ceremonygroom and grooms men smile as bride arrivesbride in lace dress and her uncle in a grey suit walk up a garden aisle to her wedding ceremonyclose up of man in a kilt holding a quachebrides mum pouring champagne in to a Scottish friendship cup for the bride and groomwedding guests feet next to a bottle of champagnewedding guests feet next to fern in pots at the ends of each aisle in an outdoor ceremonybrides mum handing her a ring that belonged to her grandmother at an outdoor humanist ceremonybride with floral headdress hugs her mumoutdoor wedding ceremony bride laughing at groom during ceremonygroom smiling at bride at their outdoor exchange of vowclsoe up of groom clasping hands over a sporranlong shot of wedding outdoor ceremonywedding guest holding a rag dollclose up of groom in a kilt putting on putting brides ring on her fingerbride and groom kissing at the end of vow exchange at an outdoor ceremonygroom in kilt bride in lace dress leave their outdoor wedding ceremony to confettigroom in kilt bride in lace dress leave their outdoor wedding ceremony to confettiboy in blue suit standing on a lawn looks at the wedding guests next to Tudor housefemale wedding guest greeting a brideclose up of classic car with tudor house and wedding guests in the background3 people looking at plants knocked over after an outdoor ceremony after an outdoor ceremony flower displays knocked over on york stonegroom in kilt walking past a tipi drinking from a beer bottle the top of his head obscuredwedding guest with two beer bottles opens one with his teethwedding guest hugging a bride and smiling outside a tipiman with beard and thistle corsage looking to the leftcrop shot of man in a blue kilt smoking and holding a bottle of beernewly weds portrait standing on a country a roadnewly weds portrait standing on a country a roadcrop of newly weds portrait of the running up a roadnewly weds portrait of the running up a roadclose up newly weds portraits in a orchardnewly weds portraits in a fieldnewly weds dancing in a field during their portraitstwo old people walking up a path framed by two pink plastic flamingosthree wedding guests chatting and laughing in a gardenthree wedding guests chatting and laughing in a gardencrop shot of men in kilts smokingman blowing bubbles at a bride and her bridesmaid in a tipiblack and white of female guest clapping speech in a tipiblack and white of guests cheering with glasses of champagneblack and white of groom giving speech in a tipibride and groom portraits of them kissing framed by the heads of two pink plastic flamingoswedding guests chatting and laughing sitting outdoors on haystackstop of tipis against a blue skyclose up of red apples on a tree ion the sun lightbride standing on haystacks throws her bouquet to female wedding guestsfemale wedding guest cheers as she catches the brides bouquettwo men and a boy playing football at a weddingbride in lace dress leaping between two haystackstwo men wearing suits and fitted in to one tshirt run across a lawntwo men wearing one t shirt running across a fieldman lying in hawthorn bush after falling in to itlittle bridesmaid standing next to two pink plastic flamingos in a gardenman holding a bottle of beer and hugging a woman with pink hair holding flowers ans pulling silly faceswedding guests eating pizza in in a gardenwedding guests eating pizza in a gardenman with beard in blue waistcoat eating pizza outdoorsone man gives the thumbs up to pizza the other holds pizza up they are standing in a fielddiscarded beer bottles next to a haystackman in glasses looking at the wedding bouquet his pink haired girlfriend is holdingclose up of mans kilt pin on his kilt and dagger down his sockman in a kilt showing his legs to the camera standing with a woman next to a fire pittipi shot from outside at nightlights on string displayed round a barflamingo lights on string displayed in a tipitwo wedding guests obscured by lengths of material ganging down from a tipi roofman laughing and catching champagne corkblack and white of bride dancingblack and white of bride and groom and wedding guests dancing in a tipiblack and white of bride and groom and wedding guests dancingbride in lace and satin dress dancing with her mum at a wedding discobride lying on a stage having fallen overbride hugging her mum on a dance floortwo male wedding guests dancingman drinking from a can of cider on to a dance floor in a tipiman with glasses and woman with pink hair dance while a man in a red tie yells at the side of thembride wearing flora crown and lace dress gives thumbs up to camerafour wedding guest singing and dancing on a tipi dance floor at a weddingwoman in floral dress dancing in a tipi with the arm of another woman out of shot pointing at herman and woman dancing in a tipi she pulls his red tiebride and groom and wedding guests dancingman blowing a kiss to camera and a man and woman behind him wavewedding guest holds palm up to camera on dancefloorwedding guests sit round a fire outsidewedding guest siting next to a fire outside close up of hand holding a beer bottleflames from a fire pitwedding guests gather outside a pizza van at night



Big 5 catering.
Top that wood fired pizza.
Cake by Sue Kelly at Little Box of Treats, Stockton Heath.
Sarah Meredith hair and make-up.
Tipi Unique supplied tipi and some decor.
Humanist Celebrant – Maxine Beech.
Bride’s dress from Bridal Lane Vintage in Bromley cross.

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