Today I am thrilled to share this beautiful Wintertime homemade wedding made with love, and with a focus firmly on family.
Images by Kerry Woods Photography.
Kerry Woods is a Wedding Photographer based in the Ribble Valley based but covering the whole of the Northwest of England.
She is also available for European destination Weddings.
She says of her work… “I set up my Photography business in early 2014 and the response I have had to date has been amazing and I could not be happier about how things are going.”
“I adore photographing Weddings and I am constantly aiming to improve my work.”
“I like to see myself as a documentary style wedding photgrapher with a very relaxed approach and a great eye for detail.”
Kerry says of the couple…
“I was contacted by Liz & Andy after they had been recommended to me by a colleague of my mother in law.”
“They were struggling to find a photographer that they liked within their budget.”
“Luckily my style was the perfect fit with that they were looking for.”
“Liz informed me that she was on maternity leave so the Wedding would be a low budget DIY affair.”
“I too got married in December so I am very fond of a Christmas Wedding”
“The weather on the day did not disappoint as as I arrived at the venue it had been snowing.”
“This later in the day turned into torrential downpours but it did not dampen the mood.”
“My biggest memory of the day was how relaxed it was.It felt very intimate and meaningful, and Liz also looked every inch the perfect winter Bride.”
“The Ceremony took place at 3pm so by the time the couple left the church the light was quickly failing.”
“However this allowed me to be a little creative with the couples shots and I am delighted with the results.”
I now pass you over to Liz, the beautiful Bride…
How did you meet as a couple
“Andrew and I met through online dating, the dark, whispering corner of social courtship.”
“Although most people still raise eyebrows at this sort of carry on, we considered it to be rather on trend.”
Tell us about the Engagement
“We got engaged one year after we met on Christmas Day 2013.”
Tell us about your Wedding Planning journey..
“Our Wedding Planning journey was always one about simplicity and ease, we were never going to embark on a bells and whistles affair.”
“Not the sunset wedding with a barn owl ringbearer, followed by the release of 100 doves to the sound of a string quartet playing Jerusalem whilst I was carried down the aisle a golden throne in a a dress stitched by Belgian nuns. No.”
“Whilst its most little girls dream to be that princess on the stage, to dance in the spotlight for all to see, that really isn’t us, or me.”
“Family is all that matters to us, so a Wedding for us had to involve everyone.”
“It had to be held in our church, the one we attend every Sunday, and where our son was christened.”
“It had to be in winter, not summer because we both love winter even at its nmost morbid.”
“The decorations had to be handmade and imperfect as we felt by individually handstamping and ribbon tying the place settings connected us to each of our guests on the day.”
“A close friend made our cake whilst another baked our favours.”
“We loved the idea that even when it came down to the table decorations, which another close friend and her children helped to make, our wedding was put together by people who we knew, trusted and loved.”
When did you get married?
“We got married on December 13th 2014 at 2pm.”
“After two days of snow, the day of the wedding was piercing blue skies, followed by horrendous hail stone shower, during the service. (allegedly symbolising good luck).”
What was the best bit of the day?
“For me the most memorable part of the day are tied between the church service, namely the vows and when we got home after the wedding reception, just us three, a new little family.”
“People say surely your enjoyed the, reception, champagne or the speeches but truthe betold, no I didn’t.”
“You could get married with all the trimmings costing more than the average mortgage, followed by a banquet suitable for royalty.”
“Or you can do what we did, a handmade, homemade wedding with love involving our friends and family and the outcome will still be the same.”
“You will still be awake the following day as a newly married couple.”
What advice would you give to couples getting married?
“Our advice to couples getting married is to remain humble and to not let the distractions of “weddings” take away from the beginning of your ‘marriage’.”
Thank you so much to Kerry for sharing this stunning homemade wedding.
I love the Brides no nonsense approach to Wedding Planning in that why you are doing it is so much more important than the actual day.
I love too how her family and friends have come together to help and how that makes their experience of the wedding day so much more meaningful .
A gorgeous wintertime celebration.
Photography – Kerry Woods Photography (Our day was made all that more special, thanks to our amazing photographer. Her guidance, kindness and support was above and beyond and captured our day perfectly.)
Dress – Maggie Sottero
Wedding Shoes – Jimmy Choo
Grooms Suit – Next
Catering – Country Kitchen, Waddington
Florist – Flowers from the Heart, Slaidburn
Cake – Vanilla Angel, Slaidburn
To Contact Kerry Woods Photography
Phone: 01254 814409