From the moment I saw Katie and Paul’s festival-inspired running order I knew that I was going to be shooting a wedding that was full of music, laughter and fun. And Katie, Paul and their family and friends certainly did not disappoint.
After photographing Katie and her bridal party getting ready for the big day at the family guesthouse in Tehidy, we headed down to Penzance registry office, with close family, for the legal marriage ceremony. We then set of towards Crasken Farm Eco Centre, stopping briefly at Marazion to get a few shots of the happy couple in front of St Michael’s Mount and to give Katie’s much-loved dogs a quick run on the beach!
To give you an idea of how spontaneous and fun this couple are, they then decided that since we had half an hour to spare before their traditional handfasting ceremony that they would stop for a cheeky pint at a random pub on the A394. The sight of Katie propping up the bar in her wedding gown certainly raised a few eyebrows and smiles in the Lamb and Flag, as well as giving the landlords quite a start! (I think they thought that somebody had forgotten to write a wedding reception in the diary!)
The handfasting ceremony was wonderful – Katie and Paul’s hands were bound together according to the ancient pagan tradition, symbolically uniting them as they said their vows beneath the dappled shade of the trees, before “jumping the broom”, which is apparently one of the oldest wedding traditions in the British Isles. Crasken Farm is built on the site of an ironage stone circle on the St Michael’s lay line and the centre is committed to harnessing this ancient energy during their ceremonies.
So much effort was put into making this wedding completely meaningful and personal: Katie and Paul and their family and friends had decorated the venue themselves, created favours, made the cake and guests were even entertained by the couple’s musical friends, including an acoustic set by Alfie Mahone and some amazing Irish dancing girls.
After the speeches the wedding party was treated to a hog roast and delicious looking salads. This is where I left the couple to enjoy more music and dancing before heading to their tepee camp. This really was the most festival-like wedding I have ever been to and was so much fun.
Congratulations and thank you for having me Katie and Paul!
Filled Under : Wedding Photography