Faye and Josh got married in the spring at the rustic Hardcastle Crags, which is an old converted mill in West Yorkshire. It was a gorgeous day and had so many unique, quirky touches!
Faye got ready at a woodland lodge and the atmosphere was so relaxed. She was with her Mum and friend and whilst everyone was a little nervous there was an air of happy excitement. Faye then waited for Josh to arrive so that they could have a “first look” at each other before making their way to the ceremony together. It was fantastic to be able to get some shots of this – not something I usually get to do in such an informal, emotional way. The couple then made their way down to the meeting point together to meet their guests as they arrived.
Faye wore a Phase 8 dress and Josh wore a very sharp suit with a super cool bow tie and they looked so dapper. Faye’s flowers were beautiful and she put them together herself. She also chose to wear Dr Marten boots – sensible considering how much walking there was to do!
The ceremony was an intimate service at Gibson Mill. The couple made their way to the venue with their guests through beautiful woodland, navigating stepping stones over the river. During the ceremony they read their own vows and it was so emotional and so personal.
The reception was held outside by the river at the venue. The woodland location was one of the reasons why the couple chose Hardcastle Crags; the dappled light is gorgeous and after viewing a few other venues they just fell in love with the area. Faye and Josh had planned was a rustic, DIY wedding, which had a real family feel to it, Faye arranged her own flowers and their friends and family pitched in getting everything ready. I love shooting rustic, DIY weddings because they’re always relaxed. It’s always nice to be around couples who are chilled out, informal and just want to enjoy their day with their family and friends.
The couple enjoyed their afternoon reception at Hardcastle Crags before moving onto La Perla for their evening reception. They decorated the venue with wildflowers and tea lights, because they wanted to keep it simple, yet elegant. I really enjoyed moving from place to place as the mix of venues gave a quirky twist to this wedding which added something different to the couple’s photographs.
For dinner they had a delicious meal at La Perla in Hebdon Bridge, which was loved by all the guests. The first dance was a romantic slow dance and they finished off the evening with a set from a live band and party with all of their best friends.
The best part of the day was being able to capture the couple interacting with each other moving from place to place – often on a wedding day couples don’t get to see that much of each other but Faye and Josh really made this part of their day and it was magical. It’s always great when a live band are playing at a wedding too- really gets everyone in the mood for celebrating.
The couple say that if you’re planning your wedding, the biggest piece of advice they could give you is to really think about what you want your day to be about and don’t deviate! It really is your day so don’t be afraid to make it about you.
Faye and Josh’s wedding was so chilled and so much fun. Here’s their awesome wedding!