It was really lovely to see Sarah and Jack's yurt wedding published recently in Devon's wonderful Wed Magazine. It also reminded me that it is one of the many beautiful weddings that I haven't blogged in full, so I thought it was about time I did! The effort put into setting up the field and decorating the spaces within the yurts was quite incredible - the images hardly do it all justice. However, it is lovely to share it here on the blog and I hope you enjoy seeing how they celebrated.
Sarah and Jack's wedding was actually long, long ago - well, in August 2012 - so it was particularly lovely going back through their images and remembering what a wonderful day it was. Sarah made her own wedding dress and matched the colours to an heirloom veil first worn by her great-great-grandmother, then her grandmother, then mother. When I arrived to photograph the wedding preparations at Sarah's parents' house in Totnes, it was all about the sewing, with final alterations taking place up until the very last minute, and the hem being finished while Jack was waiting at the church.
The whole wedding was an enormous homemade effort, with everything from the invites and table names, to the handmade decorations and gradually collected vintage china, and the incredible array of homemade cakes and jams. It was really wonderful to see how much effort everyone had put into the wedding, with the preparations having stretched out for many months prior to the day itself. I'd have loved to have photographed events before the wedding, with everyone transforming the field near Totnes into an incredible reception setting. With three custom yurts, all beautifully decorated, a campsite, fairy lights and garden games ready for the guests to enjoy, it must have been quite a remarkable undertaking. What was then so lovely about the wedding day, was how relaxed everything was - after all that work, it must have been so incredibly special to sit back, marvel at everything and celebrate the day at last.
All that effort was to celebrate something really very special. Sarah and Jack are the loveliest couple and it was amazing to be there to photograph their day for them. One of my strongest memories is from after the wedding ceremony, just after walking out of the church. Before celebrating with their family and friends, Sarah and Jack just stood together for a long time, completely lost in each other and taking in the moment of being married to each other. It really touched me at the time and made me well up all over again looking back through the images. It is an amazing privilege to capture moments like this.
It was a wonderful day and I am really delighted to share some of the images here on the blog - I hope you enjoy them!