Today I am thrilled to share a beautiful Rustic Farm Wedding on New Years Eve.
Liz and Nick were married in a gorgeous candlelit ceremony then celebrated into the New Year at Furtho Manor Farm, near Milton Keynes.
Images were captured by Will Reddaway Photography.
Will Reddaway is a Wedding Photographer based in Devon.
He says of himself and his work…
“I love my beautiful wife Heidi, the sea, music, waves and taking great images.”
“I’m massively into my music, with a growing collection of guitars and the same could be said about my surfboard collection too.”
“I have a passion for people and I think that comes across in my work.”
“I love photographing people out in pumping surf, on their wedding day or in beautiful locations.”
“I offer informal, contemporary and documentary styled wedding photography in Devon and the South West of England.”
“I look to personalise each wedding, drawing together the different elements that you’ve chosen, to create a visual narrative that tells your story.”
“My style is to capture the essence of your day, with each moment adding to the montage of images that creates a final sculpture that has truly been shaped by you.”
Will says of the couple and their day…
“Liz the bride is a close friend of my wife and I and we got to meet Nick at our wedding just before they got engaged.”
“I wasn’t excited purely because of who’s wedding it was though, I was also excited because of the amazing venue, ideas, fun and craziness planned.”
“Liz & Nick married on New Year’s Eve at Furtho Manor Farm in Milton Keynes. Because the wedding was incorporating the New Year, the whole day started with bridal preparations in the afternoon with the ceremony starting at 4pm.”
“Bridal preparations with Liz and a few close friends was a great start to the wedding with a really relaxed and fun feel.”
“Being a friend as well as their wedding photographer I had met some of the girls before the day which really added to the relaxed and fun atmosphere of the afternoon.”
“Liz finished getting ready just before the sun was setting which led to some great light out in the garden to capture some beautiful portraits of her and some family members.”
“The farm has it’s own chapel which was the setting of their beautiful candle lit ceremony, with family and friends surrounding them as they said their vows.”
“It was a great informal ceremony and incorporated some really unique and special moments.”
“The reception venue was Furtho Manor Farm’s barn which Liz, Nick, friends and family had spent a good few days decorating to look absolutely amazing.”
“It was obvious that there had been so much thought, planning, love and attention put into the whole wedding and the venue decorations really echoed that.”
“They incorporated some brilliant details and some really fun aspects for their guests; from Baileys hot chocolates with squirty cream and marshmallows on arrivals, to a sweet table and popcorn.”
“Furtho Manor Farm is an awesome wedding venue and this wedding shows that even a winter wedding can work in a barn.”
“Liz & Nick had some beautiful speeches as well as a first dance performed live by Gary Wood & The Jazz Experience which then kicked off the partying until just before midnight.”
“To see in the New Year they had made confetti canons which looked absolutely spectacular when let off at midnight on the dance floor.”
“The couple left through a sparkler tunnel which was a beautiful way to end one of my most memorable weddings.”
I talk to the couple to find out a wee bit about them and their journey…
How did you meet?
“We met at university in London whilst studying a degree in Youth Work and Theology.”
When did you get engaged?
“We were together for a year and 5 months before we got engaged, with the first 6 months pretty much in secret.”
“We got engaged in Spring 2015.”
Tell us about your wedding planning journey
“Our wedding planning journey was like being on a rollercoaster – euphoric at moments and a scary at others!”
“We had a DIY wedding where we made everything from the invitations to spending hours washing and spray painting jam jars. It truly was a handmade wedding by handmade people.”
“The first thing we did was to decide a date and as you can guarantee sunny weather we swapped for a winter wedding.”
“New Years Eve seemed like a magical time for a fun wedding and the perfect excuse to cosy up with baileys hot chocolate and fur wraps by a fire pit.”
“We then hunted for a wedding venue and found Furtho Manor Farm through a lot of googling.”
“We went to visit and were instantly sold once we saw the church!”
“There was no electricity as t was a medieval church so we had a purely candlelit ceremony – so special and intimate.”
“All our guests stood around us holding jars with tea light candles in and joined with us as we committed our lives to one another.”
“There are a lot of ‘rustic’ venues but you couldn’t get more rustic than a medieval church and a barn where sheep are kept in.”
“My husband got his suit from M&S and his shirt and shoes from TK Maxx. He got his wooden bow tie from Etsy – taking the hipster trend to a whole new level!
“We didn’t want all the girls to wear the same dress in the same colour, instead we decided to let them choose what they wanted to wear.”
“We gave them the colour scheme and said it was up to them to choose their outfit.”
“We posted them all an envelope with images of the kind of vibe we were going for. We asked them to all wear gold shoes and for the outfit to be knee length or above. It was fantastic!”
“The girls looked amazing and it was a great way for them to feel 100% comfortable in an outfit that they choose.”
“We did a similar thing to the guys, however it is slightly more difficult to make them all look so individual.”
“We asked them to wear smart black jeans, a white shirt, brown boots and brown braces. They chose their own jackets too which added to the overall look.”
“My dress was a total bargain! I didn’t want a traditional white wedding dress so I looked for more ‘occasion wear’ and found my dress on ASOS by Fame and Partners.”
“I styled it myself with a necklace and belt from ASOS along with some peal earrings I already owned.”
“My shoes were from TK Maxx and in the clearance section too.”
“The girls and I wore fur wraps that were a great find on Ebay.”
“After the ceremony, I swapped my fur wrap for a little sequin number! I found a sequin blazer on Ebay and
asked the semestrist who adjusted my wedding dress if she could make it into a short jacket for me to wear.”
“She did an incredible job and I loved feeling glamorous in my sequin jacket which added to the NYE party feel!
“After all this main stuff, it was all hands on deck with decor and other wedding bits from cutting out bunting to bagging up popcorn.”
“Along with graduating, moving to the south coast and finding jobs…!”
When did you get married?
“We got married on New Years Eve 2015!”
What was the best bit of your day?
“It’s hard to choose as there were so many best bits!”
“One of them was definitely the confetti cannons that went off as the clock struck midnight.”
“We loved seeing all the confetti fly everywhere and the photos look amazing!”
“We also loved how meaningful our ceremony was.”
“We are strong believers in community and it really did feel like our community was lighting the way as left the church a newly married couple.”
“Having a jazz band play the Red Hot Chilli Peppers for our first dance was pretty epic too.”
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
“A wedding is a celebration – so celebrate!”
“Whether you want a traditional wedding or a Pinterest infused day, remember it is yours so stick to your guns when others offer advice.”
“It’s an emotional journey so make sure you look after yourself too. Liz suffers with anxiety and depression so it was definitely key to embrace the good, the bad and the ugly side of wedmin life!”
“Block out time to just hangout with your fiancé too.”
“Time where you actively don’t discuss a seating plan but go out for a date night.”
“Put things in place so you can savour the day.”
“We had a 4pm ceremony which gave us time to get ready and relax with friends beforehand. Drinks prosecco and dance in your pjs!”
Thank you so much to Will and the couple for sharing this gorgeous Farm Wedding.
Love the Brides gown with just a touch of Bridal but a whole heap of being a Bride who very much does things her own way and in her own style. The birdcage veil and statement necklace compliment beautifully.
The DIY touches from the hot chocolate station to the popcorn station to the simple luggage tag table plan, the wedding advice box , and the fabulous confetti canons just add up to make this a very special and personal celebration.
Venue: Furtho Manor Farm – Milton Keynes
Photographer: Will Reddaway Photography
Bridesmaids: Own choice
Hair: Louisa Townsend
Make up: Madeline Mason – Make up by Madi
Wedding Cake: Kandy’s Cakes
To Contact Will Reddaway Photography
Phone: 07828 490382