Today I am excited to share this beautiful DIY Wedding held on the Brides parents farm with a colourful rainbow theme.
Jen and Brian got married on a lovely September day, and images were captured by Jamie Penfold Photography.
Jamie Penfold is an award winning Photographer based in Tyne and Wear with a reputation for creating stunning, eye catching images.
He creates images that reflect the soul, emotion and magic of the day and delivers across a range of styles.
His approach puts people at ease which allows for natural looking images that have the “wow” factor, and he has affectionately become known as the Converse behind the camera in the Wedding Industry.
I hand over to Jamie to share his recollections of the couples day…
“We’d not had much of a summer. One of the wettest and coldest I can remember.”
“But I woke up on that Saturday in early September to see the sun streaming through the curtains. It wasn’t going to be a bad day.”
“Despite a bit of cloud coming in the sun stayed with us for the rest of the day, although the temperature was to drop massively once the sun went down!”
“I made my way up to the farm in Newton on the Moor mid morning. Jen hadn’t got back from the hairdressers in Alnwick when I arrived.”
“So I made my way into the barn where the celebrations would take place, and when I walked in I was blown away.”
“The barn looked like a high-end wedding venue! The tables were all perfectly set with bright white table clothes, chairs stripped with rainbow ribbons, some tables centre with Davy Lamps and each one with the most stunning array of flowers I’ve seen. All around was colour.”
“The sheer variety of flowers on show was akin to the Chelsea Flower Show. And do you know what, it wasn’t over the top!”
“Looking up above the chequered dance floor, I was greeted to hundreds of lanterns hanging from the roof, all in an array of rainbow colours.”
“Talking to one of the ushers it had taken 10 hours to get them all up. This was a pretty special effort! Jen had used her talents as a florist perfectly!”
“Running a little late Jen arrived back from the hairdressers. Whilst the bridesmaids got ready she set to, finishing off the bouquets for her and the bridesmaids.”
“Did she look panicked? Of course not. I have to admit though this was a first for me watching a bride an hour away from her wedding making bouquets!”
“All around though the bridesmaids were dashing up and down the stairs running errands whilst the ushers battled with getting ties tied (again, Jen was on hand to help!).”
“Along the road in Shilbottle, the church where the wedding ceremony would take place was starting to fill up.”
“I knew Shilbottle from my teenage years as the bus to Alnwick from Amble ran through the village.”
“I was greeted by Pat Rennison, the vicar at the church. She knew who I was straight away as she knew my mum.”
“With mum being a vicar a few miles up the road they have got to know each other well and it was lovely to hear her talking so highly of my mum.”
“Liaising with the videographer I picked my spot from where I’d shoot the wedding, although Pat had given me the option of shooting from the front and back of the church as she had unlocked the vestry door for me.”
“Brian had by now arrived. He didn’t look nervous. He chatted to guests as they arrived.”
“Outside the church grounds a crowd of villagers had gathered and were waiting to get a glimpse of Jen.”
“She wasn’t long in arriving. Helped out of the car she made a beeline for the church where she was met by Pat.”
“Her bridesmaids were waiting for her by the door. They were in different coloured dresses, each one a different colour of the rainbow.”
“The service was lovely with readings and hymns and following the vows Jerusalem was belted out. It sent shivers down my spine.”
“After the ceremony to give people time to leave the church Jen, Brian and I made our way back through the vestry to the alter for some shots before they headed out of the church to be greeted by a confetti shower, and then both carried over a cracker at the church gates.”
“Jen and Brian were the first to arrive back at the farm closely followed by their guests. Bubbles flowed and canapés were gobbled up.”
“The wind had picked up a bit so as we strolled about the farmyard Jen’s veiled flapped about all over the place. We picked some spots to make sure we captured the beauty of the surroundings before heading back to the barn and the wedding breakfast.”
“Speeches were first and as with so many weddings this year weren’t that long. I think that pleases the guests. But still, the speeches were filled with laughter with a bit of fun poking at Jen at times!”
“Everyone was treated to some of the tastiest beef I’ve ever had. All the meat came from the cattle at the farm and Brian had personally selected the beasts to be used. You can’t get fresher than that!”
“As the sun began to drop below the hills, the wedding breakfast finished. We were treated to the most amazing sunset and it was too good to miss!”
“We raced over to a field to get a good vantage point for some shots and were soon joined by some guests who want to capture the view….and get some selfies done with the happy couple.”
“Back inside the band had completed their soundcheck before welcoming Brian and Jen to the dance floor to begin their first dance before cranking up the tempo with hit after hit ranging from The Beatles to Dolly Parton!”
“It was a cheesefest at times but you can’t beat a cheesefest at a wedding! And these guys knew how to dance! The floor was packed and thats testament to how brilliant the band were.”
“With the hog roast ready and guests tucking in, I made my leave. Leaving the warmth of the barn I shivered as I head up the hill to my car.”
“It had turned bitterly cold but I don’t think anyone down at the barn had noticed. They were too busy partying the night away….
Brian, the Groom shares the couples story…
How did you meet?
“We met on a night out in our home town of Alnwick in 2007, in the town’s ‘club’ called The Squash Club (As in the sport! It’s a nightclub above the courts).”
When did you get engaged?
“We got engaged 8 years later on Valentine’s Day 2015.”
Tell us about your wedding planning journey
“It was quite straight forward really despite doing it all in 7 months, as I’m pretty organised!”
“We couldn’t decide on a colour so decided to go for a ‘rainbow theme’.”
“Jen works in the wedding industry as a florist and wanted something a bit different to what she sees every day.”
“This is also why we chose to have the reception at Jen’s parents farm as she spends a lot of time working at the various wedding venues nearby and the bright colours worked really well in the shed and for the time of year.”
When did you get married?
“We got married on Saturday 5th September 2015.”
What was the best bit of your day?
“Hard to pick one thing…Seeing all of our friends and family, sampling Jen’s dad’s own beef, the speeches and the dancing.”
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
“Be organised, delegate, be realistic, use reputable suppliers especially if someone can recommend them.”
“Also if doing a DIY wedding like we did keep an eye out for deals and bargains – you can save yourself a lot of money.”
Thank you so much to Jamie for sharing his fabulous photography and this gorgeous Rainbow DIY Wedding.
I would also like to thank for Brian and Jen for sharing their story and there extraordinary creativity.
So much work has gone into crafting such amazing special touches, and what a blessing for the couples friends to be able to be a part of their day in helping bring together the amazing look of the day.
From the rainbow ribbon chair backs to the colourful flowers to the many many paper lanterns its just incredible…
Photographer: Jamie Penford Photography
Wedding Dress: The White Tulip Wedding Company – Prudhoe
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella B – Berwick upon Tweed
Hair: Jenz Hair Salon – Shilbottle
Suits: Bells of Alnwick
Rustic Props: Living By Liz
Planted Arrangements: Hobberlaw Plants – Alnwick
Wedding Cake: Marks & Spencer
Flowers and Finishing Touches by the Bride and artist Bridesmaid Polly Ord
Videographer: Resonance – Bedlington
Hog Roast: The Spitting Pig Company – North East
Caterers: Epicurus – North Shields
Stationery: In House Design – Berwick upon Tweed
Band: Laughing Jacks – North East
Tables & Chairs: Collingwood Marquees – Stamfordham
Portable Toilets: Border Facilities – Alnwick