Today I am thrilled to kick off the week with this beautiful rustic and vintage lace inspired Lancashire Wedding.
Images were captured by Bean Photography.
Jonathan Bean is a Morecambe-based professional photographer, who works across the North West and beyond.
He works in a quirky, semi-documentary, reportage style with a vintage twist and has been a photographer since the early 80’s.
He didn’t start shooting weddings properly though till about 2004 when he set up Beanphoto.
“It’s such a joyous, job and a real privilege to be asked to record someone’s special day.”
“I work closely with all my couples to get to know a bit about who they are and what their hopes and plans for their day are, as I want my images to not only capture the events as a record of the day, but in a way that reflects something of who they are, their personalities and quirks.”
“It’s not an easy job, and it’s a huge responsibility, but I do LOVE it!!”
He says of the couple and their Big Day…
“I knew Ellie already a little having met at various Wedding Fayres and similar events (Ellie runs a vintage china hire business).”
“Running up to the wedding day we seemed to have nothing but rain, so I had been making all my wet weather plans. As it turned out, it was really rather lovely (a bit windy as I recall).”
“My day started out at Ellie and Phil’s cottage just outside Lancaster where Ellie was getting ready. It was really relaxed and calm, which with 2 young children to help dress and watch over is no mean feat!”
“The church at Quernmore was chosen late, because the first church was undergoing building work.”
“This also meant the service had to be moved forward an hour as the new church is adjacent to the village school and Ellie & Phil didn’t want to be leaving the church just as the school run was starting!”
“It’s a lovely location, set in the middle of the rolling hills just above Lancaster.”
“From the Church it was on to Forrest Hills, a fantastic and relatively new wedding venue and still something of a hidden gem.”
“It’s a unique, eco-friendly building that sits on a lakeside and looks not unlike a hobbit house! So it totally fitted their rustic theme.”
“Ellie and Phil had opted for a very candid, natural and unforced capturing of their day, not too many group shots and just a record of the day as it happened. I loved their two matching cars – the 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air “Bella” and the Mini Cooper were just great for photographs and really added something special to the vintage feel.”
“I recall also the ‘naked’ cake, made by Ellie’s pal Mandy being a bit of a wow! Though it was toppling a bit at one point!”
“Overall just such a lovely couple, and a lovely, lovely day to photograph.”
I now hand over to beautiful Bride, Ellie…
How did you meet?
“We met at school when we were 10.”
“Part of the same friendship group, we knew each other pretty well!”
“We didn’t get together until we were 23 and already knew each others bad habits!”
When did you get engaged?
“We got engaged on New Years Day celebrations when after a little tipple Phil popped the question, saying “I was going to ask you at Christmas, but thought you would probably say no!”
Tell us about your wedding planning journey
“Being experienced in the wedding industry, through my “Queen of Hearts” china hire business, I already had ideas on what I would have for my own wedding.”
“Business relationships with other suppliers meant I had a head start, knowing what to get and where, and how to budget for it all!”
“I fell in love with the venue, Forrest Hills and based my wedding theme on a love of vintage and the inspiration that the rustic style venue gave me.”
“Mixing rustic log centre pieces and vintage lace worked perfectly and I managed to achieve the look I wanted. Phil sat back and let me organise!”
When did you get married?
“We were married on the 23rd of May 2014.”
What was the best bit of your day?
“For me, when I pulled up at the church in Bella Fox (a classic 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air) and saw my 7 bridesmaids and 3 flower girls waiting.”
“I knew all the hard work had paid off and it was actually happening! Emotional moment!”
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
“Choose your bridesmaid dresses first!”
“I have been involved in a few of my friends weddings and finding bridesmaid dresses to suit everyone and tie in with colours and themes always proves a problem!”
Thank you so much to Johnny for sharing this amazing Lancashire Wedding.
I love the delicate green colour palette that perfectly blends with the rustic nature of the venue and the gorgeous log centrepieces.
The florals are gorgeous, and love the little vintage and quirky tins as vases for the flowers, just so pretty.
Venue: Forrest Hills, Lancaster
Photographer: Johnny Bean – Beanphoto
Car: Bella Fox by Rupert – Fox Weddings
Big Balloons: Razzle Dazzle Events
Food: Newfields Catering
Dress: Very Vintage Bridal
Cake: Naked cake by Mandy Farren – High Societea
Suit & Dresses: Phil’s suit, Bridesmaids dresses and Flower Girl dresses all High street purchases
Bridal Bouquet: Dalton Square Florists, Lancaster