Gorwell Farm Wedding – Hannah & Hugh
Gorwell Farm Wedding Photography
St Nicholas Church Abbotsbury
Hannah and Hugh found me through some good clients of mine, which is always so very flattering for a photographer. They chose to marry in the Abbotsbury area, a lovely spot not only for the rolling landscape, but also the crisp slivers of blue ocean cutting across the horizon. Conveniently located halfway between both families, the area holds significant meaning for the couple. Introduced at such a young school age in Dorset and became first loves to be exact. They didn’t quite stick the first time around, and some three years later at the age of 20 they began dating again. And this time the rest is history as they say! Eight years, a flat of their own in London, countless holidays and craft beers later – the Yates’ arrived!
Sweet and simple was the approach to their day – the weather could not have been more favourable and rustic accents of the Gorwell Farm Barn against the lush backdrop of green really pulled the entire wedding together. They really wanted a fun, simple and festive day with as many friends and family they could possible manage! Hannah’s needs were uncomplicated – good food, good wine, local beer, freshly cut ivy and an entourage of help to pull it all together! The barn was an easy choice because it afforded them the freedom to make the space their own and so they did. Hugh’s mother, Jane, and friend Sheilagh pulled in season English garden flowers and arranged them beyond expectation. Hannah’s bridesmaids assembled terracotta pots the day before that adorned the tables and added to the rustic feel. A good friend and gardener, Eve, arrived with a van full of ivy from the woods that accented the pots perfectly. In addition to her growing and styling expertise, Eve tackled the wedding cake, a chocolate biscuit that was quite extraordinary!
One thing that struck me from this couple is how they both truly love the simple approach. Even the proposal was one of casual – on the doorstep of the flat they now own, after some local pizza and cocktails in the middle of February (and not Valentines Day!). Hannah and Hugh both enjoy good friends and family, good times and stories. The things that the best memories are made of! Even the favours were beautifully thoughtful – collected beach stones with the date of the wedding on the back as a remembrance.
Hannah was so striking in her cotton lace overlay strapless gown. Her number one score for this day as the hanger was “poking out” on the rack – practically begging her to try it on! She immediately fell in love with how delicate and striking it was without having to remortgage the flat! The royal blue heels were a fabulous touch – her something blue and lovely to coordinate with the maids dresses. It was clear as she glided down the aisle, arms intertwined with her father, that Hugh’s breathe had been knocked clear from his lungs at the site of her. Hannah was so taken aback seeing everyone present that they loved and adored smiling back at her. It was a day filled with contagious smiling (this should be a requirement for all weddings!). And to place the icing on the cake, Reverend Mark Aitken was there to administer the ceremony. A staple in the couple’s lives as school children, it was a necessity that he be present on their special day, along with his son as an usher. The sense of connectedness between this couple runs very long and very deep. A sure sign of a strong future and a good marriage to come.
The first dance was lovely and slow – catered significantly to Hannah’s choice of footwear (and quite practical). As the couple wound through the party they had created, it was evident that they had an ease about them. The day was theirs – surrounded by those they loved and put together in a manner that was uniquely their own. As so many before them have put into words – enjoy each moment as the day goes by so quickly and forget about all the little small things – no one else will notice them at all!
All the happiness to come for Hannah and Hugh!