Today I am thrilled to share this relaxed rustic Essex Wedding at High House with grey and yellow details.
Images were captured by Bloomwood Photography.
Emma of Bloomwood Photography has been a full time wedding photographer for six years and have photographed at most venues across Essex.
She limits the amount of weddings she takes on each year, as she likes to spend time getting to know couples and making it a personal experience.
She offers an engagement shoot before the big day to help get to know the couple better in a relaxed setting. We
There is then have a planning meeting to go through what photos they like, so it all runs smoothly on the day and they can just enjoy themselves.
Emma tailors her photography to each couple depending upon what they want, but her style is vintage with a modern twist.
She says of the couple and their day…
I’m a recommended photographer at High House Weddings and Lucy & Ryan had seen photos and albums from previous weddings I had photographed there.
They then contacted me to organise a meeting to discuss their wedding and to see more of my work.
Even though it was quite windy on the day Lucy’s dream of her and Ryan getting married outside came true, and they married under the gazebo at High House Weddings.
They had an really relaxed and intimate celebration with family and close friends.
I hand over to Bride Lucy…
How did you meet?
The first time I met Ryan was when I started my new job in June 2015, he was giving a training course to myself and my colleagues.
He immediately caught my eye and was glad that I would be working closely with him.
We were friends for a few months until Ryan asked me away for a fun weekend to Wales. We went as friends and came back as a couple!
Tell us about the engagement…
Me and Ryan had a really tough start to our relationship.
In April 2016 I had a cancer diagnosis, followed a couple of weeks later with the news that I was pregnant.
Ryan stood by my side through all the ups and downs, looking after our daughter Bella, working night shifts and sitting at my hospital bedside all day long.
It was during this time that I realised me and Ryan were soul mates and meant to be together forever.
We had gone through so much so early on in our relationship and we were stronger than ever.
In December 2016 I gave birth to a perfectly health daughter, Emmy.
On the 1 year anniversary of my diagnosis, we were at home, having a very ordinary evening, both girls were fast asleep in bed and we were relaxing watching television.
It was getting late and decided to go and get ready for bed.
As I stood up Ryan did also and gave me hug and told me how much he loved me, it was then that he got down on one knee and asked me if I would do him the honour of marrying him!! Of course I said yes.
Ryan told me that he wanted the anniversary of my diagnosis wiped away with a good memory in its place with an exciting future to look forward to.
Friends and family were over the moon and so our wedding planning journey started.
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
Our wedding planning journey started the following day of our engagement! I started to look into wedding venues online and wrote down a few that we liked the look of.
Our first venue to view took us to a place called High House.
We arrived and was met by one of the wedding planners. As soon as she opened the gate I feel in love with the place. It was breathtakingly beautiful, peaceful and reminded me of a secret garden that was well loved and looked after.
The grounds were stunning, the barn exquisite and I loved all the out houses such as the wedding cottage and the bridal suite where myself and the bridal party would be getting ready.
I had also always envisioned getting married outside and that was exactly what High House had to offer.
The caterers, Valentine Cuisine had an excellent menu with lots to choose from. We came away from our viewing on such a high and I knew that this was the place where I wanted to get married.
Me and Ryan spoke when we got home and so we decided to book our wedding at High House for the 14th May 2018! From there we sat down and chose our menu, we went with the BBQ option.
The other plans all fell into place and we were very organised with everything. We both knew what kind of wedding we wanted and went with our hearts.
What was the theme / colour of your big day?
We didn’t have a theme as such, all we knew was that we wanted something fun, relaxed and informal.
This is why we chose the BBQ instead of a traditional wedding breakfast.
We didn’t want a long top table with everyone staring at us while we were eating, we wanted to feel part of our wedding party.
We also had Roll out The Bunting ice cream van which we had for our pudding and was a hit with our guests.
The look we went for was ‘rustic’, we had log slices for the table centre pieces, a wooden table plan and wild imperfect flowers.
Our colours were grey and yellow which seemed to fit in perfectly with everything. The bridesmaids wore grey and the flower girls wore yellow which seemed to contrast really nicely.
Myself and Ryan are really casual, easy going people and we really wanted our day to reflect that. Ryan and his best men wore converse as did myself and our flower girls.
This summed up who we are and the fact that I wanted to be comfortable and not worrying about my feet hurting all day or falling over!
Our wedding was perfectly imperfect and went to plan exactly how we planned it.
What was the best bit of your big day?
That is a really hard question. It’s hard to pin point the best bit of our wedding day as the whole day was amazing.
The part that stands out for me was walking down the aisle with my dad and step dad, seeing Ryan waiting at the end for me and knowing that in a few short minutes I would be his wife and he would be my husband.
Our first dance also stands out for me, I was really nervous, but as soon as the music started it felt like just me and Ryan and it gave me a chance to reflect on the day so far.
It was lovely to have all of our friends and family together to celebrate our special day as well as our 2 beautiful girls.
What advice would you give to other couple getting married?
I would say first and foremost remember the reason why you are doing this, it’s not about how much money the wedding costs, how many people you invite, if you have Jimmy Choo shoes or a pair of converse.
It is about two people coming together and promising your love for each other forever and always.
Next I would say is get a recommended photographer. We were so lucky to have been recommended Emma from Bloomwood Photography, she captured our day beautifully and we have amazing photos that we will treasure forever.
Really think about who you want at your wedding, it’s not about big numbers and filling seats. A smaller group of close friends and family is personal and much more relaxed.
It’s really hard going to wedding fayres or preview events and seeing all the extras you can get such as photo booths, bouncy castles, fireworks etc.
Always ask yourselves is it what you really want or are you’re doing it to please your guests. The wedding is all about you and your partner and what you both want, not about other people.
Stay true to who you are, enjoy every moment, laugh, eat, drink, dance and make sure you spend the day as much as you can next to your husband / wife.
Venue – High House Weddings
Photographer – Bloomwood Photography
Wedding dress – David’s Bridal
Bridesmaids – Monsoon
Flower girls – Ted Baker
Suit Hire – Slaters
Cake Maker – Louise Entwistle (Grooms sister)
Florist – Donna Pawsey (family friend)
Hair – Lara Pawsey (family friend)
Make up – Tracy Walls
Rings – H Samuel
Ice Cream Van – Roll out The Bunting
Wedding Planner – Meg Walsh at High House Weddings
To Contact Bloomwood Photography
Website – http://www.bloomwoodphotography.co.uk/