I headed down to the beautiful village of Preston in Rutland, Leicestershire for the marquee wedding of Beulah and Harvey. This little village provided the perfect backdrop for a very relaxed and stylish day. The couple knew instantly that they wanted to get married in the village church. They had been so welcomed by the community in the village when they moved there, around 18 months prior to their wedding, it was the perfect choice for their wedding photography.
I began the day with Beulah in her home in the village, a beautiful stone cottage complete with lots of period features. I had a lovely morning taking snaps of the bride alongside her parents and bridesmaids.
An historic church setting
It was then on to the local church for the ceremony. The church of St Peter and St Paul sits in the heart of the village with parts of the building dating back as far as 1150. The church looked absolutely stunning and was enhanced even more by the exquisite flowers from Swallows and Damsons of Sheffield. Beulah used to live in Sheffield and Swallows and Damsons were her local florist. In her own words, Beulah described the florists Anna and Hannah as being ‘truly exceptional, unbelievably patient when discussing ideas and warm and generous at every communication. Providing the best service she could ever have asked for.’
It was a very short walk to the marquee, in the adjoining field by the church, for the rest of the day’s celebrations. Using the field for the marquee had been made possible by some very kind neighbours who owned the land and generously allowed them to use it for their wedding reception.
Marquee wedding – a bespoke finish
A marquee can provide a perfect and unique space for your wedding day as the choice of settings are seemingly endless. You really can get a bespoke feel to your day by having a marquee wedding. From the choice of colours and decoration to the layout and your choice of caterers. A marquee allows you to bring the outside in and take full advantage of the setting you have chosen.
Just make sure you plan in enough time to decorate and furnish the marquee ahead of the big day if you are doing it yourself as it’s surprising how long it all takes. You don’t want to be rushing around until the last minute the night before your wedding.
Beulah and Harvey kept things clean and simple for their marquee wedding. With white linen, candles and more stunning flowers from Swallows and Damsons, it worked to provide beautiful colourful accents to each table. It all looked amazing in their wedding photos.
It was also great that the church provided the backdrop for the wedding reception in the marquee. It allowed for lots of photography opportunities as the day turned into night with The Good Guys Orchestra providing a great soundtrack for an evening of dancing at this marquee wedding.
Beulah wrote some lovely words about me that I am very honoured to share with you…
‘We chose to book with Mike after seeing his work from a friend’s wedding. There was no comparison, the images were mesmerising. We felt it was important that we chose someone who wasn’t focused on ‘posed’ photographs, as this wasn’t something we were both comfortable with.
We absolutely adore how natural the photos are and his clever use of light. Book with Mike if you want the most down-to-earth, unassuming, friendly photographer you’ll probably ever meet- we had so much positive feedback from guests. He’s also more than capable at navigating different situations on the day, as they arise, without compromising the finished product.’