Today I am thrilled to share this gorgeous natural and rural winter wedding with Cadbury purple and festive elements.
Images were captured by Erika Tanith Photography.
Erika says of her work, and the couple…
I’m Erika, I’m a wedding photographer, and I live in the North East of England.
I’m a big fan of fun weddings and letting people enjoy themselves. After all, if your choice is to spend more time with your guests or more time with your photographer, which one would you choose?
For me it’s pretty simple; the pictures which people like the most are the candid shots, so that’s what I deliver.
There’s trends in photography, just like there is in everything. So, as well as being primarily a photojournalist, I try to keep the processing on my images as timeless and classic as I can.
Wedding photographs should look beautiful and elegant in years to come, so I try to keep filters to a minimum, and just focus on making stunning pictures.
I love what I do. Being around people on the happiest day of their lives for a living is incredible. It’s my job to help people relive that happiness over and over again. I like to think that I do that pretty well.
As for the day, Michelle got ready in one of the hotel rooms. It was quite small and the flower girls were getting very excited and under everyone’s feet.
I had a moment of genius and asked the girls to bounce on the bed for me. We got some fun images, the girls were out of the way of the makeup artist, and before long they were quite tired out!
It was a lovely ceremony, with their close friends and family. Michelle’s entrance was really emotional.
We took a few pictures around Alnwick, but we didn’t stay out long because it was December – not known for being the warmest of months.
We did get to replicate the ‘l-o-v-e’ picture that Michelle and Ben had found on Pinterest, and I’m rather fond of Ben’s impression of the concrete lion statue!
The speeches were great, although I couldn’t help but feel sorry for the Best Man.
He’d obviously spent a long time preparing for the day but when it came to his time his young son wanted all the attention. Michelle & Ben had given him a little VW bus with ‘Page Boy’ written on it as a thank you.
For the whole of the speech the bus was driven all over daddy’s head. He stole the limelight and he knew it too!
It was a wonderful day, and Michelle & Ben were a fantastic and fun couple. I wish them all the very best for their future together.
I hand over to beautiful Bride Michelle…
How did you meet?
We met in Newcastle at a gig for a Red Hot Chilli Peppers cover band.
We were out with a mutual friend, and I liked the look of Ben.
He left his mobile phone in the Pub and I picked it up.
It was like Cinderella and the glass slipper!
Tell us about the Proposal…
We were at Edinburgh Christmas market.
After a lovely day of shopping, mulled cider, and looking around the market we thought we’d re-live some of our first dates and go on the Ferris Wheel, followed by ice skating.
I remembered thinking what an ideal place to propose but we we’re leaving the ice and about to go home.
Much to my surprise as I was struggling to take my skates off. Ben crouched down to help me take off my skates.
He fell back and then as he got up (on one knee) he pulled the ring out of his pocket and said “Will you marry me?”
I was so surprised I said I do instead of yes!
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
After a lot of hours looking at Pinterest for ideas we both had the same image of how we wanted to look.
I was inspired by Phoebe’s wedding on Friends as it was like a winter wonderland and looked romantic with all the fairy lights.
We wanted to to take elements of that to create our natural, rural winter wedding.
We were on a budget so to keep to keep the cost down we wanted to make a lot ourselves but also it would it would make it more personal to us to be as involved as we were.
We made the bouquets out of pine cones, mistletoe and other winter foliage. Ben made the button holes with holly and berries.
Our ring cushion also matched the bouquet in style.
We tried our hands at pyrography and engraved some wooden discs cut from local drift wood as our wedding favours doubling as Xmas decorations.
We made the table decorations up of artificial winter dried flowers and berries and displayed them in a rustic jug.
To add to the intimate setting, we also collected used jars and decorated them with twine and put in fairy lights and repainted a shabby chic post box to look like a traditional post box.
We went foraging in the woods for a branch to make a wishing tree which was resprayed attached to drift wood from the beach, and had fairy lights wrapped on it.
We had a date jar (suggestions of romantic dates to keep the spark alive) also decorated with twine.
What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?
Cadburys purple for the bridesmaids, ties for suits, and bouquets; and natural winter tones.
What was the best bit of your day?
Coming down the aisle as it was so surreal. With the room being the interior of the sister ship of the Titanic it felt like the scene where Rose sees Jack, and everyone she knows on the ship.
It was very emotional and brought everyone to tears. We also had a ceilidh which was so much fun.
Is there anything you would do differently?
It would’ve been nice if we’d spent the extra and had photos on the taken on the evening. Ben would’ve preferred to be not clean shaven and had a tailor made suit. But other than that we had a wonderful day!
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
If you are willing to put in the effort you can have a much more personal wedding tailor made for you that means more to you as a couple. Plus it saves a lot of money.
Photographer – Erika Tanith Photography
Venue – The White Swan at Alnwick
Wedding Dress and Bridesmaid Gowns – Biba
Suit – Greenwoods
Cake Maker – Bernie Henderson
Florist – Bride and Groom
Rings – Coquet Jewellers and H Samuel
Make up/Hair stylist – Zoe Mowatt and Bride for hair and Kristen Martin