Susanna and Nate's wedding at Whirlow Hall Farm in Sheffield was a rustic DIY extravaganza, complete with sleeping babies, hay bale seats and a kazoo chorus led by the bride. The ceremony took place outside in the sunshine and for the reception, everybody moved into a huge, airy and beautifully decorated barn. It was a typically British setting for a marriage of two continents. The groom's family had all travelled over to the UK from the USA.
It was also a day for big entrances. The father of the bride very nearly upstaged Susanna when he entered the room to see his daughters in their wedding finery for the first time. It was an emotional moment. The tiny flower girl made her big entrance next, rushing up the aisle and giving Nate a big hug. However, nothing compares to the most important entrance of the day. Susanna looked beautiful and very happy as she walked through the field and up the stone steps to join her bridegroom at their ceremony.
With readings from both mums and an alternately moving and entertaining exchange of vows, the ceremony was a joy to watch. The two best men handed over the rings and the deal was sealed with a movie-style kiss. There wasn't a dry eye in Sheffield!
Outdoor games and face painting for the kids followed, while the adults enjoyed their canapés as they waited to be called for the photographs. I managed to get some couple shots later in the day and I was lucky that Susanna and Nate were happy to jump over country gates and walk through the fields in order to find the perfect backdrop for the golden, early evening light.
The day ended in high spirits. After everybody had given their speeches, the guests and wedding party hit the dance floor in style, accompanied by the band. It was huge, glorious, colourful fun and I'd like to raise a glass of bubbly to the happy couple.
Wedding Planner: Joy @ Unique Wedding Planning
Band Day: The Gents
Band night: Agent Smith
Lighting: AV Matrix