When I first met Sarah and Jonny we connected instantly. They live on an exceptionally clean and tidy Lancashire farm. I'd never seen such a clean farm! I knew straight away that the location for their Engagement Shoot was going to be around the farm.
Jonny loves his John Deere Tractors and I thought it would be a little different to include Jonny's immaculate machine in some of their engagement photographs. We spent a couple of hours exploring different areas of the farm together and captured some really unique images which featured, barns, tractors, countryside and horses! It was a really fun photo shoot!
For this Wedding Blog I thought it would be a lot more interesting for Brides to read Sarah and Jonny's Wedding Story. You never know you might find some of their wedding ideas useful in your own wedding planning!
Where did you both meet?
I first saw jonny on the school bus (a very long time ago!) I'm not sure if you would use the word ‘fancy’ in year seven, but it was 11 years later that we went out.
What was your first date?
Our first date…. The unofficial version – we were out in his Evo (rally car) eating KFC on Lancaster Key, listening to Faithless. The official version – a meal and drinks at Owd Nells Tavern.
Tell me the story of how and where Jonny proposed?
It was Christmas day evening, we had already opened presents. Jonny said I had missed one hidden in the Christmas tree, I think at this point Jonny had run off into the next room, when he reappeared he had tears in his eyes. I think he popped the question, but I may have already said yes!
What’s your favourite thing to do together?
It’s not very romantic or exciting. Before Ella our Daughter was born, it was always going out for a drive, listening to music, and usually meal and drinks at the Italian Orchard. Now it’s anything with Ella!
Tell me about your wedding theme and where the inspiration came from and where you sourced your props?
I remember everyone asking what my colour scheme was. I didn’t have one. I recommend not to get too hooked up on it. I wanted to keep everything neutral. My bridesmaids dresses were not the same colour as the groom’s men’s cravats, we just had pinks, lilacs and creams, all very neutral and it fitted perfectly. I opted to go for plain flooring, a pallet fronted bar, and made metre after metre of Hessian flag bunting whilst I was on maternity leave. I collected creamery jugs, borrowed milk churns from my mother in law and the log slice table centres were sourced and cut by my brother. Straw bales for decoration and seats were from another local farmer. We browsed charity shops and collected jars to decorate. I found Pinterest more helpful for ideas than any bridal magazine I'd ever bought!
Tell us about your actual wedding, how you felt, what was going through your head?
On the actual wedding day, I was surprised how relaxed I felt, I thought I'd be nervous, but I just wanted to get to church. I was very excited; I don’t think I’ve ever smiled so much as I walked down the isle. I don’t know if it was nerves, but when Me and my Dad reached the front I said to Jonny ‘thanks for coming’ which the vicar found hilarious so repeated it to the wedding guests. Everyone was laughing and it helped us relax I think.
What was the most memorable part of the wedding day and why?
I don’t think there was just one memorable part, the whole day was just perfect. The sunshine was glorious. The journey in the horse and carriage, cantering across the field to church was definitely unforgettable. Jonny’s brother Matt welcoming us into the marquee with everyone clapping did bring a tear to my eye. Definitely the speeches, my Dad, Jonny and Matt did a brilliant job; there was laughter and tears, so job done. The first dance was big for me too; anyone that knows Jonny will know dancing and public speaking are definitely not his thing. But he just kept surprising me all day, I really couldn’t have asked for anything more.
Tell me who your wedding suppliers were, why you chose them and what you thought about them on the day?
This could go on a bit!! First thing I booked (after my wedding photographer David Millington and the Church) was a huge white bouncy castle. I thought it would be fun and if the weather was kind, perfect for our marquee wedding reception. The bouncy castle and Love letters were supplied by Poppins Parties and events.
The marquee was from Evans Marquees of Lancaster, they brought the marquee for Wednesday so we had enough time to dress it and didn’t take it away till the following Tuesday, once it was dressed it was perfect!
Finding ‘The Dress’. Well I'd looked around some local wedding shops, found a couple but nothing wowed me. Then we went to Amelia’s Bridal at Clitheroe, the whole shop and team are amazing. The girls really knew how to make you feel individual and special. It’s really relaxed, but the boutique is stunning! I knew as soon as I found my dress it was the one, but brought back my whole entourage, without telling them which was which, they all knew by my face I'd found the one!
Bridesmaids dresses were sourced online (massive risk I know!) it paid off, the only thing that was altered was the length, my girls said they fit well and they all looked beautiful!
Hair and makeup was by my beautiful friends Misha (hair) and Mac Makeup artist Steph.
My wedding caterer was Newfields of Lancaster. David and his team did an exceptional job, I’m told the canapés were amazing although we didn’t get to sample any ourselves!!
Classic Chambers supplied the loos, they were fabulous! Even managed to put some of our images from our Engagement Shoot in there, much to the delight of our photographer.!!! Jonathan postponed picking up the loos till 5pm the following day for a surprise party for my Mums 60th. I would definitely recommend them to anyone
Wallings Ice Cream have the neighbouring farm and they paid a visit in the evening with their Vintage Ice Cream Van, with the sun shining it was just perfect!
Videographers were Marriage in Motion. Daniel and Lauren did an excellent job and worked well along side our photographer. The drone images were particularly impressive, capturing the carriage rides to and from church.
Speaking of carriages, Elegant Carriages supplied our stunning new Landau Carriage pulled by two grey horses, Stella and Rose. It really did feel like a fairy tale, its an experience we will never forget.
My aunty was my Florist, I simply showed her images off Pinterest, looked through a couple of her florist magazines and away she went. From the centre pieces, which were a mixture of creamer jugs, to the bouquets and button holes, and of course our milk churns, they really did bring my vision to life. They were simply stunning!!
Our cake was a four tier various flavoured sponge cake, decorated from top to bottom with a sweeping flower garland. Again made by a local independent baker Caroline Hoyles of Creative Cakes. It was delicious and looked awesome.
We also had a cheese cake in the evening supplied by Dewlay
We had a band and D J in the evening. They were a local amateur band, with the lead singer being a close family friend. Their first ever wedding, and they smashed it!!! From playing their version of Coldplay Sky full of Stars as our first dance, to getting the young ones and my Grandparents to the dance floor, they had the Marquee bouncing!!