I am so in love with this wedding because simply put, there is so much to be in love with. There’s the creativity of this awesome couple in turning a working family farm into a beautiful space for a wedding. Their amazing DIY creations and made-with-love decor is simply divine, as was their stunning personalised ceremony, pulled together and crafted by an incredible wedding celebrant. And sorry, but any wedding that features a gorgeous doggie, is a top one in my books!

Gorgeous couple Emma and Alex have such a wonderful love story, too. From how they met (newly arrived to the UK, New Zealander Alex was sleeping on his cousin’s sofa who house-shared with one of Emma’s best friends), how they got engaged (Alex popped the question whilst on a three month visit to the New Zealand, at East Cape lighthouse where he proposed at sunset, on one knee, with his grandmother’s engagement ring, aw!) And of course, how they tied the knot in such an amazing, personal ceremony, which we’re going to delve into right now.

I’m going to hand over to Emma to share with us the beautiful details of their awesome celebration of love, along with the fab images from photographer John Thompson.

Our venue

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Alex and Emma

Alex and Emma Wedding

Alex and Emma Wedding

Alex and Emma Wedding

Alex and Emma Wedding

Alex and Emma Wedding

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Having looked at a few venues and talked it through with some friends we had the idea that as my dad has a farm we could have a marquee and then we thought why waste the money on a big tent when we have some barns! It really was all hands on deck (or farm yard) for many months before to get it cleaned up. The barns were full of grain, straw and machinery and all needed a good clean. Alex and I spent a whole day (or two) in the bucket of a JCB jet washing the ceiling and walls! Removing any cobwebs and cow poop! We used one barn for the ceremony and one barn for our dinner and party.

It just seemed right being a farmer’s daughter to have it on our farm, where I grew up and helped out. Alex had also grown up on a farm in New Zealand, too! My Dad, right up until the day itself, thought we were absolutely bonkers. We knew it would be hard work but we both had the vision to make it happen. But all credit to him for all his hard work and willingness to let us take over the farm!

Our vision

We just wanted something simple and personal, with all our friends and family there to support us and have a good old knees-up after. We wanted it to be relaxed and fun for us and our guests. I wanted it to be rustic too, to reflect the countryside setting, relaxed and natural and not overly pretentious.

To help with the relaxed mood, we had a signature cocktail called named East Cape Sunrise served in jam jars, before the ceremony. We thought this would be nice for people who had travelled far and/or had stressful journey getting there! It gave people a chance to chat that hadn’t seen each other for a while and those that had been to the stag and hen parties to re-connect.

Alex and Emma Wedding

Our ceremony

A religious ceremony didn’t seem appropriate for us. Neither of us go to church regularly so it seemed wrong and disingenuous to have a religious union. We wanted the ceremony to be relaxed and we wanted our guests to feel relaxed too.

It was also important for us that the ceremony, although very personalised, kept with fairly traditional wording. We also asked our friends to do readings and sing. We are both very much into music and music has been a feature throughout our relationship.

Alex and Emma farm wedding
Alex and Emma farm wedding
Alex and Emma farm weddingAlex and Emma farm wedding
Alex and Emma farm wedding
Alex and Emma farm wedding

Going to festivals and gigs has very much been a part of our life together so far. So we wanted to weave this in to the ceremony. We had one friend sing Ellie Goulding’s,’How Long Will I Love You,’ with our best man accompanying on guitar, whilst we signed the wedding certificate. Another friend read the lyrics to Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters and another read Thank You by Led Zeppellin.

Thank you by Led Zeppellin

If the sun refused to shine, I would still be loving you.
When mountains crumble to the sea, there will still be you and me.
Little drops of rain whisper on the pain, tears of loves lost in the days gone by.
My love is strong, with you there is no wrong,
An inspiration is what you are to me, an inspiration.
together we shall go until we die.
And so today, my world it smiles, your hand in mine, we walk the miles,
Thanks to you it will be done, for you to me are the only one.
Happiness, no more be sad, happiness….I’m glad.
If the sun refused to shine, I would still be loving you.
When mountains crumble to the sea, there will still be you and me.

Extract from Nothing Else Matters by Metallica

So close no matter how far
Couldn’t be much more from the heart
Forever trusting who we are
And nothing else matters

Never opened myself this way
Life is ours, we live it our way
All these words I don’t just say
And nothing else matters

Trust I seek and I find in you
Every day for us something new
Open mind for a different view
And nothing else matters

So close no matter how far
Couldn’t be much more from the heart
Forever trusting who we are
No nothing else matters

Katie our celebrant, also beautifully weaved in the story of how we met and also spoke about how much family and family bonds mean to the both of us.

Our vows to each other

I take you to be my best friend,
My faithful partner and my one true love.
I promise to encourage you and inspire you,
to love you truly through good times and bad.
I will forever be there to laugh with you,
to lift you up when you are down
and to love you unconditionally,
through all of our adventures in life together.

Alex and Emma farm wedding

Alex and Emma farm wedding

Alex and Emma farm wedding

Alex and Emma farm wedding

Looking back

Our ceremony was the most important part of our wedding; to say vows in the presence of our friends and family in a venue that meant so much to both of us, gives us such a feeling of pride and happiness.

Katie, our celebrant was brilliant. We couldn’t have asked for any more from her. She listened to everything we had to say and somehow formed the most perfect ceremony. She was able to tell our story very succinctly. We didn’t have a strong idea of what we wanted the ceremony to be like and apart from church weddings we hadn’t been to a celebrant-led wedding before, so had no idea what form the ceremony would take.

Katie made the ceremony so very personal for us and it was as if she had known us for years. She executed it very professionally and we were so pleased we found her!

We’re so glad that we didn’t have a traditional wedding. Nobody will have a similar wedding to ours. It was so unique and special and we’re glad that we didn’t do a typical wedding; church, venue/hotel. So grateful for our friends and family that showed up in the weeks/ days ahead of our wedding to help sweep the yard, puff paper pom poms, sample cocktails (that didn’t take much persuasion!), build a bar, make signs, decorate jam jars, the list goes on…

We feel very grateful to have such supportive family and friends that helped us create such a special day. I think by their involvement too it made it special for everyone.

Alex and Emma farm wedding

Mad love to;

John Thompson for the fab images.

Wedding Celebrant – Katie Deverell

Wedding Creative for the furniture, lighting and props inspired

And the awesome Alex and Emma who were so enthusiastic in sharing their fantastic wedding celebrations. I don’t know who wouldn’t be inspired by these two to really go for it and create the day of your dreams, even when it’s through lots of hard work and determination! Thank you guys, so much!

 

 

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