Lina and Tom are a boyfriend and girlfriend Photography team, not quite husband and wife (yet).
Their strong bond means they shoot in tandem, sometimes so in tune it is freaky.
They both LOVE weddings and coo & ahhh our way though processing all the lovely pictures.
They live in a little country cottage in a little Cambridgeshire village.
Lina shares her memories of this gorgeous Christmas Wedding,
“We arrived in the spacious bridal suite to find an extremely relaxed Marilyn casually applying her make-up in a very calm manner.”
“The couple’s gorgeous daughter Lily sat on the floor eating some tasty looking marmite crisps (I know, an advanced palate!) unaware of the importance of the day for her mummy and daddy.”
“As Tom went off to find our Groom, I stayed with Marilyn whilst she finished her make up and then did make up for her bridesmaids too, all the while retaining a very cool and relaxed air!”
“Tom found the boys in a jovial mood, as they helped Dean get himself ready and into his midnight blue ‘brushed cotton’ suit – we were told it was definitely not velvet!”
“Once the bride was into her gorgeous ruffle-layered dress, and had put on her garter which had her grandmother’s butterfly broach attached, it was time to move over to the barn at South Farm.”
“We love the warm glow you get in the barn, all golden and cosy, as Marilyn came up the aisle on the arm of her father to the gorgeous sound of a string duo provided by Alexandria Ensemble.”
“The couple had a Christian band to sing worship songs throughout the ceremony, including Marilyn’s brother, which provided a great lift to the energy and emotion of the ceremony, in between the vibrant sermon of their pastor, well known to the family.”
“After the ceremony we set about creating one of our signature shots, the everyone group shot with accompanying confetti storm, which always works so well as part of South Farm wedding photography, as they provide a basket full of rose petals.”
“The guests were then treated to warming mince pies and mulled wine in the Old Dairy before we began the group shots outside.”
The guests being in celebratory mood braved the winter chilliness to help us make use of the gorgeous pink sky as the sun set behind them.
“As the guests went back to their drinks and prepared to enter the barn again for dinner, we enjoyed some quiet time with Marilyn & Dean in the farmhouse, basking in front of the cosy fire and cuddling up in front of the gorgeous South Farm christmas tree.”
“We then joined the guests in the barn and the couple cut their cake before we left them to another scrummy-looking South Farm hog roast.”
I now hand over to the gorgeous Bride Marilyn,
How did you meet?
“We met at the school where we both used to teach.”
“Dean was on an introductory day and came in to observe one of my Spanish lessons.”
“I fancied him right away, and as we were both new teachers we got to spend a bit of time together in training sessions and at the pub after work. It all went from there.”
When did you get engaged?
“We got engaged in 2011, a few months before our daughter, Lily, was born.”
“We were on holiday in Devon, one of my favourite holiday places from my childhood, and Dean had secretly had a sapphire and white gold ring made for me.”
“He proposed on the beach at Clovelly while we were sitting together on a big rock looking out to sea.”
“I thought he’d chosen the perfect moment: simple, private and not showy at all.”
“Afterwards, we walked back along the beach and had clotted cream, scones & tea in a little cafe overlooking the bay. It was romance the good old-fashioned way!”
Tell us about your wedding planning journey.
“Finding a venue was easy as we both wanted the same things – somewhere romantic and classy but simple and not too over-the-top.”
“We fairly soon started looking into barn venues and chose the first one we visited – South Farm, Shingay-Cum-Wendy”.
“It was a cute little countryside location, done up really tastefully but not too posh, which just isn’t us.”
“We loved the fact it was a farm, and that we could do everything in one place – get ready, get married, have the reception and stay over. It made the day so smooth and stress-free.”
“We also had to keep our guest numbers limited as we were on a tight budget, and the venue offered various menu options to help out with pricing and a discount for certain days, so we opted for a Monday to keep costs down.”
Advice to other couples
We had to do our wedding on a budget so advice on keeping the cost down would be:
•Have your wedding at a less popular time of year on a less popular day. Ours was on a Monday in December.
Out of season/non-weekend weddings seem to get discount on everything from the photographer, to the venue, to musicians, to catering.
You can make so many savings that way.
•Don’t be afraid to keep your numbers down to just your closest friends and family. We had 50 guests each and knew each guest well. It made the wedding more intimate & personal.
•You can find the perfect, beautiful dress for much less than you see them in the bridal magazines.
My dress was perfect and only cost me £600.
Of course, I saw amazing expensive dresses that I fell in love with too, but I was determined to keep searching until I found one at the right price.
•Have the whole day in one place.
At our venue, I could use the bridal suite to get ready, walk to the barn for the ceremony, walk next door to the dairy for drinks and back to the barn for the reception.
It saved money on cars and meant us and our guests had more time to enjoy the day without the hassle of driving to different venues.