Back in September 2015 we had the privilege of shooting the Garden Wedding of Jo + Scott. We were immensely looking forward to this wedding after having a mammoth 3 hour skype chat about anything, everything and all things wedding photography related!
Jo + Scott were originally planning on hiring a local farmers field and were having a wedding tipi reception. About 6 weeks before the wedding they emailed us to let us know that the wedding was no longer going to be held on the farmers field but instead they would be having the wedding reception in their very own gardens of their recently purchased home. We had never seen Jo + Scott’s house but had heard a lot about it and so we just presumed that there would be wedding tipis in their garden.
So, the day arrived. I went off to shoot Scott and Paul headed to Jo + Scott’s house to meet Jo. Shortly after I left Paul I received a text message just saying, ‘Keep your fingers crossed for no rain and wait until you see the garden. It looks absolutely amazing’. That was that. I found the message a bit odd to say the least as we have never ever worried about the rain before no matter the location, venue, county or country, to us it really doesn’t matter about the weather as long as our couples and their family are having a great time.
After the beautiful church ceremony in their own village we headed off with Jo + Scott in Jo’s ace decorated Land Rover defender to their favourite spot in a local woods where we had a giggle, went for a short walk, drank some posh fizz out of enamel camping cups and took some great pictures of the two of them. We then headed back to Jo and Scott’s garden wedding to get the reception under way.
When we arrived I finally understood what Paul was talking about in his message to me earlier that morning. There were no wedding tipis, no yurts, no sperry tent not even a pop up gazebo! Just the most beautiful garden ready and waiting to host Jo, Scott and all their friends and family and it was all going to happen under the open air of their own garden. The lawn was filled with trellis tables and mismatched chairs all decorated with their own garden flowers waiting for the guests to sit down to a fish + chip supper delivered to the house in a mobile chippy van. A whiskey bar was waiting to warm the cockles of all those who like a tipple in the cooler evening, the bar looked incredible, the oil drum for people to keep warm off and create a great cosy atmosphere. They even had a dance floor aka their patio which was beautifully lit by dozens of festoon lights.
When chatting to Jo + Scott about how brave they were they told us all about making the decision to switch to a garden wedding. If they had gone with wedding tipis they had to think about toilets, lighting, road space for parking, decoration, someone to look after the dogs, catering and not to mention making sure the farmer was happy with their plans and they felt that it was too overwhelming so, one evening they decided to scrap the tipi idea and have a garden wedding instead and host it all themselves. They took a big chance with the British weather and it paid off massively. There was no rain, no wind, the weather remained warm all day and we had the most beautiful golden sunset we have ever seen!
Jo + Scott YOU ROCK!
Jo + Scott’s beautiful Garden Wedding