As a wedding photographer, I always have that moment when I know I am going to love working with each couple. With Helen & Jen, that moment came when their dog decided to lick my lens on their engagement shoot. I knew their same sex, non-traditional wedding was going to be amazing as soon as they told me about their plans at our meeting over coffee. Having their adorable dog decide I was her friend on the engagement shoot sealed the deal.
Piper, Helen & Jen’s dog was always set to be a big part of their day. Obviously, as many of you know, I am a huge animal lover, so having a dog involved in a wedding day is my idea of heaven. Not only that, but they got married at one of my favourite venues, Abbey Farm Weddings in Woodhall Spa.
The morning of the wedding, Helen & Jen went off to do the “legal bit” of their day. However, their wedding itself started in the early afternoon. Unfortunately, the weather was not playing its part, but that is why Abbey Farm is an ideal location. With two barns available to guests, friends and family gathered in the smaller bar away from the weather, whilst in the main barn, Jen nervously waited with her best man for the bride to arrive.
The wedding ceremony involved some of the sincerest & funniest vows I have heard and included I’m a believer by The Monkees in place of hymns. Piper played her part as the ring bearer. It’s when I see a dog as well behaved as this that I am reminded how chaotic (but adorable) my own dog is.
After the ceremony, drinks took place in the barn, whilst Jo & everyone at Abbey Farm turned the main barn from service venue to reception venue.
Whilst having reception drinks outdoors is great, there was something about having everyone together in the barn that made the weather feel insignificant. The chilled approach to this alternative same sex wedding day continued with the choice of a burrito based Mexican wedding breakfast. I honestly had to make a conscious effort not to drool like Homer Simpson when they were coming out of the kitchen. Getting to taste them, I can confirm they were as amazing as they looked.
After the meal the evening began. But who needs a first dance when you have have a pub quiz with your nearest and dearest friends. Complete with amazing prizes modelled in the best TV style by the couple and met with Ooohs and Ahhs that matched a TV gameshow. Competitiveness took hold and every team hushed into whispers when conferring. I even got competitive with myself when the answers were read out. I won’t tell you how many I got right, but it wasn’t as many as the winning team (or the team in second, or third or…..).
After winners were announced, cake and sweets were there, along with an amazingly impressive cheese board for those with a savoury tooth. Conversation flowed between friends old and new and I made my exit with everyone enjoying the evening (and disputing who got which question wrong on their team).
This beautiful, unconventional same sex wedding was a great way to end my 2019 wedding season. It left me excited for the prospect of weddings to come.
If you are looking for a same-sex wedding photographer in Lincolnshire for your wedding, please get in touch and lets chat (preferably over coffee or burritos) about how I can capture your special day.