South Farm holds a special place in my heart as it is where I got married to Lauren back in 2014 and so any opportunity to come back and see others enjoying the rustic barns, beautiful grounds and of course the pigs is a joy.
The day at South Farm began with a a lot of activity. Family members setting up the Tudor Barn and getting all the small details ready. This gave me the perfect opportunity to photograph the little things like the flowers and bouquets and of course the wedding dress.
The bridal suite at South Farm is great space always with lots going on. From Alice and her bridesmaids getting their hair and makeup perfected by (the always talented and joy to see at any wedding) Kerry from CMA - Cambridge Make Up Artist , to the Mother of the bride enjoying the moment with a glass of champers in hand. Upstairs the dresses were hanging beautifully, perfect for their close ups.
I always say that the ‘bridal prep’ is one of my favourite parts of any wedding day. I think it’s the basket of emotions which make for some really honest imagery.
From our first meeting in the Cambridge pub, Alice and Adrian told me up front that they were doing things a little differently. How different? Coming down the aisle with her father to the 'Imperial March’ Darth Vader theme from Star Wars different! And it was amazing! A wedding curve ball if there ever was one. This stand out moment set up the rest of the day to be a fun filled event culminating in the ‘first dance’ being replaced by a 'Groom vs Best Man' light sabre fight. After Adrian had defeated his foe, he handed his new bride the light sabre and the party started.
It is true that weddings (on the whole) tend to follow a formula, and there is good reason, It works! But that doesn’t mean you can’t be different and inject your own personalities into your day.
I mean what’s more different than turning South Farm into the Death Star for one summer’s day?