Ben & Jodie’s Wedding Story
5th Sept 2019
“After we got engaged, and when we first started looking at everything we’d like in a wedding, we knew exactly where we wanted to prioritise – a beautiful barn venue, a live band, and top of the list: an amazing photographer. And since getting married we’ve had so many lovely comments from guests, all complimenting – you guessed it – the beautiful barn venue, the live band, and obviously, the photographer!
We looked around a few barn venues in our local area but Wick Farm near Bath stood out to us. It was exactly what we wanted, and for us, was the perfect balance between “rustic charm” and “something a little bit special”. At their open day we met Sophie from Flowers at the Conservatory, who spoke to us with such passion about our ideas for flower colours and themes, that we just knew she was the florist for us. Some people looked baffled when we told them we wanted purple and orange flowers, but Sophie just ‘got it’, and she absolutely delivered! Her enthusiasm and knowledge helped make it all extra special.
We also met Louise at the open day, the Duke of Cakes, who designed a cake for us that perfectly fit in with our rustic but flowery vibe (Side note, it was also blooming’ delicious!). Meeting them at a Wick Farm Open Day also meant they knew the venue like the back of their hand, which took a load off of our minds come the “Morning Of”! …and speaking of making our lives easier – the caterers at Wick Farm, Strawberry Fields Catering, were brilliant. Not only was the food absolutely scrumptious, but Tina, the coordinator, kept the whole day running effortlessly smoothly so we didn’t have to worry about a thing. She was such a lovely person to have around too. From helping pin on some awkward buttonholes, to knowing just what to say and when, Tina was always there and did it all – thanks Tina!
Our band, Dirty Weekend, were fantastic. They theme sets around festivals, for example Isle of White festival is a 70s-themed set, Live Aid is an 80s set, etc. They carefully curate the setlists to keep people up on the dance floor, and it worked – the floor was jam packed all night! They even learned our first dance for us for free and performed that live! Last but not least (and why you’re probably here in the first place) is our photographer.
We had an agreement before we started organising our wedding that when we saw something we really liked, we’d just go for it and stop looking any further. We found that rule pretty hard to stick to on a few occasions, and even broke it a couple of times, but when it came to Sheryl there was no question! Sheryl is phenomenal, there’s no other word.
When we were scouring the internet for a wedding photographer, her work really stood out – both in its quality, and her unique style. It was classy, arty, yet completely unpretentious. We initially thought her website probably just showed the best of her work, a select few shots from the most attractive couples’ weddings, but the more we looked the more we realised she really is just that good!
Having Sheryl around on the day was also a delight. She organised the guests with military precision, but kept things super fun and enjoyable at the same time! Both of us usually hate having our photos taken, and neither of us are really comfortable posing, but we can honestly say that having our couples photos taken at various points throughout the day was one of the highlights of our wedding! Sheryl made us feel at ease, relaxed, and most of all like the 3 of us were friends. This is how the photos look so natural! She then made sure we had the time we needed away from everyone else, which let us have some lovely tranquil moments that we’ll never forget.
She even gave us a sneak peak of some of her favourite shots after lunch, which was such a nice surprise. By the time we went to bed there were 70 or so initial edits to look through and share!
Now, just a smidge over 4 weeks later, we’ve received all the photos and we couldn’t be more over the moon with the results! We do have to wonder though, did Sheryl really do all of this on her own? For example, how are there photos from the front AND the back of the ceremony, without us even noticing her running past us?!
We’ll just have to chalk that, and countless other things, up to her genius.”
Enjoy the following highlight gallery…
Credit where credit is due…
Hair and makeup by South West Bridal: Emily and Laura
Gown from Clifton Brides