This is Amber and Chris’s wedding story. Their Glastonbury Themed Tipi Wedding was held back in July 2014 and it was ACE. We can quite honestly say that we have never photographed a full wedding in our walking boots and wellies from start to finish!
Disaster struck on the day and the outdoor Humanist ceremony that they had so carefully planned had to be called off. NEVER fear. They had a back up plan and all the guests piled into Amber’s parents huge kitchen and the handfasting ceremony was held here!
On the morning we arrived Chris was riding around the land on a push bike organising the music and last minute ceremony changes. Then we went to see a very giggly Amber and her bridesmaids. After a wardrobe malfunction, a few shots, scotch eggs, fizz and lots of tears, Amber and the girls were ready to rock fully equipped with their obligatory Glastonbury sunglasses. Everyone knows you don’t take posh raybans to Glasto and instead plump for the brightest cheapest pair of sunnies you can find.
The Humanist ceremony was beautiful. Amber and Chris wrote some amazing words about each other containing the promises they would keep and how amazing life was since they met outside the stinky toilets at Glastonbury a few years before. Amber, Chris, their parents and even we cried. We laughed a lot too!
After the ceremony Amber and Chris took 5 minutes to themselves whilst the rest of the wedding party wondered down from the farm to the field where the Tipis fit so perfectly with the at this point gloomy Derbyshire hillside. Canapés were served and tins of cider were cracked open and sipped. I mean it wouldn’t be a proper Glastonbury themed wedding without a good can of Thatchers would it? Next minute Amber and Chris appeared in her dad’s Alvis car where all the guests cheered and clapped and thrust handfuls of confetti at them, they jumped out of the car and in jumped Irish Jig trio The Gally Canters fiddling and plucking away on their instruments building the vibe. Then the rain stopped and the sky cleared to truly show off those beautiful rolling hills of Derbyshire allowing everyone to soak up the atmosphere and truly get into the festival wedding vibe!
When it was time for some grub everyone, wondered inside the canvas peaks and found their place amongst wild flowers, hessian and rustic charm and prepared themselves for the speeches. They didn’t disappoint, from start to finish they were filled with humour, tears, heartfelt words and some very cringeworthy (for Amber anyway) words from her dad. It was truly hilarious. By the end of the speeches Chris had ditched the fizz glasses and was toasting with the Jaegermeister bottle which was conveniently placed in front of him.
By the time food was over the skyline was turning the most wonderful orange colour and we decided we couldn’t pass up on such beautiful light so asked Amber + Chris if they wanted to get away from the crowd for a few and do some portraits. We had the time of our lives in those moments laughing and giggling with them while taking photographs of them just being themselves. It was the two crazies! Crazy, crazy and crazy about each other.
Chris is one of the most emotional and thoughtful grooms we have ever had. When Amber and Chris came to our studio to view their wedding photographs Chris said he had been intentionally staying off social media platforms for the 6 week turnaround as he wanted to make sure the professional wedding photographs were the first photographs that helped him relive their wedding day and also remember some of the day too. Don’t try to deny it Chris! haha
Chris works in the music industry so good music was very important to them to keep their guests entertained and have that wedding festival vibe. For the first part of the evening their friend Chris took to the decks and rammed out the dance floor. You just couldn’t move as people twirled, lunged, selfied and jived to Chris’s beats! One of the best DJ’s we have ever had at a wedding that’s for sure!
As the decks span down to a stop the band Ofay took to the stage and made the canvas shake with their Motown beats. We’re talking a proper band here with two trombones, trumpets and more than one singer! It was tremendous!
Our last memories of the day were Chris, running around the field with a bottle of Jaegermeister in his hand and his shirt over his head!
Amber and Chris are amazing people and we have since met up and enjoyed a LOT of mulled wine at the Christmas Markets. This wedding bought us two very good friends.
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