I’m so excited to share with you a very special little wedding that truly touched my heart. The beautiful Milly had been a follower of my work, long before she became engaged to her partner Tom, since she short time working for a bridal designer. You can imagine how excited I was when she got in touch with her own wedding plans years later after Tom proposed…
I was *so* looking forward to their festival style wedding in Wales. However, like many couples this year, Milly and Tom were sadly forced to cancel their original wedding plans. As the country went into lockdown their 100+ guest wedding in Pembrokeshire was looking unikely to be able to happen. As their wedding venue wasn’t licensed for ceremonies, they had an official ceremony to sign their papers at their local Registry Office in Bristol booked a few days prior. Instead of postponing all their plans they decided to simply make a larger celebration out of this instead. They didn’t hold off getting married and so invited the smallest amount of guests they were allowed, both sets of their parents, for their ceremony. Once I got the news and travel out of the country was OK’d I booked my travel, which included 4 planes in total, and took baby Iggy on his first trip to England.
The day began on the rooftop of the quirky Brooks Guesthouse, where Milly got ready in the Airstream Caravan her parents had booked for their stay. Milly wore her mother’s original wedding dress, which she removed the sleeves from but otherwise unaltered, paired with a heart necklace saved especially for this day given to her by her Nana. They met up with Tom and his family outside the registry office, and embraced on the sunlight streaked streets. After their short but sweet ceremony the small wedding party walked to the couple’s favourite part of Bristol, the Harbourside, for photos and ice-cream.
Milly then changed into the longer length gown she had bought for her original wedding and we all headed to Leigh Woods, just outside of the city. In a secluded spot amongst the trees homemade welsh cakes and bubbly were enjoyed to toast the new married couple. Final celebrations were held in the couple’s garden at their home back in the city, with homemade cake lovingly baked by the bride’s mother.
It may not have been what they originally envisioned as their wedding day, but I know Milly & Tom had the most incredible & memorable day. It just shows how special small weddings can be when you just focus on what’s most important to you. I feel honoured to have been a part of such an intimate day, and can’t thank Milly, Tom and their parents enough for making me (and my baby!) feel so welcome and all their kind words. Photographing one of the most important days of their lives for two photographers can be a nervous prospect so I’m over the moon they were so happy with their images. :)
I hope weddings like Milly & Tom’s can pave the way and show that even in current times, love prevails. <3
One of the UK’s top wedding blog’s Love My Dress, put together a wonderful feature on their day which you can read here: Love My Dress Feature
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