Two Brides for Two Dresses
Beth & Emily were married on a glorious day in late August. Having photographed their pre-wedding party the evening before, we were excited for their big day. Bright and early on Saturday morning, Chris and I headed over to East Afton Farmhouse. Aside from its prowess as a wedding venue, East Afton was the site of the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. This wedding happened to fall on the 51st anniversary of this biggest of Music Festivals and promised to be a stellar event.
Both Beth and Em prepared for their ceremony in the main house, with Em and her bridesmaids in a first floor bedroom, whilst Beth and her bridal party used a lovely lounge overlooking the garden. Chris went upstairs to photograph the bigger and slightly more raucous group of women, whilst I photographed Beth’s preparations below. Music blared out all over the house while Milo, their miniature dachshund and a few small children made their way excitedly between the rooms!
Two brides of course means two dresses. With a little help from Em’s Mum and a bridesmaid, the dresses saw each other for a photo before the brides did!
Beth and Emily’s ceremony was bespoke and beautiful. Both brides chose to walk down the aisle, Em accompanied by her Father and Beth by her Grandfather. Their ceremony was conducted by their good friend and fellow miniature Dachshund parent, Katee. As both brides and many of their guests have worked in sport, Katee’s background working to promote equality in that field made her the perfect choice for their celebrant.
The golden August sunshine bathed the back garden of East Afton Farmhouse, as everyone gathered for drinks and games. The Beer Pong tables were back, alongside croquet and another game with sticks that I didn’t recognise! With speeches scheduled to be peppered throughout the proceedings, these started in the garden, whilst a paraglider floated silently over the countryside beyond.
The evening progressed with a delicious wedding breakfast provided by Kevin Hendy and his team. Beth and Em thanked all of their guests during their emotional final speech and then the partying began. Dancing was raucous, drinking swift and laughter in abundance. This wonderful day ended with a sparkler parade and a mystery… Who burned Em’s hair?!
Chris and I had a wonderful time photographing this Union. Thank you for having us as part of your day.
Em’s wedding dress came from Bradgate Brides, whilst Beth’s was one of only three by Maggie Sottero, with alterations. Bridal shoes came from Lace & Favour. The groomsmen’s suits were from Next.
Beth’s ring was from F. Hinds, whilst Em’s belonged to her Grandmother and dates from the 1940s. Both brides had their makeup done by friends using make-up from Charlotte Tilbury. Their hair was styled by Charlotte’s Academy. The bridesmaids wore PJs from ASOS and Monsoon.
Florist Jordan Knight provided bouquets. Wed and Prosper provided props, decorations and sparklers, whilst also providing on the day co-ordination.
Guests danced the night away to the sounds of Jaycee
Em and Beth’s pre-wedding shoot can be viewed here.