Hannah and Ben met during a holiday romance and it was so touching to hear how they came back and made it work despite the long distance (Ben being in Manchester and Hannah in Suffolk). Hannah really wanted to show people that summer romances can work and last (although those of us who have read and love 'The Notebook', know this is already true) and they were both determined to make it work . Hannah and Ben really do have their own little romance novel and it felt really special for us to be able to capture their wedding chapter.
Without getting too soppy, Hannah and Ben really are one of the loveliest, most down to earth couples we have worked for all year. Everything was so relaxed and calm and neither of them stopped smiling all day, even the rain didn't bring them down. Thank you for letting us capture your day. Here are some words and photos from the couple...
What was your vision for your wedding day?
A private fun filled & relaxed celebration with our closest friends and family!
Finding the Dress
Finding the dress was not something I was looking forward too (far too much faffing), so to begin with I bought a dress from the Phase eight bridal range which I thought was perfect! After much persuading from my mum and sister (saying I would regret not having the wedding dress experience) I caved and we went to two different bridal boutiques in Stamford. I ended up getting my dress from Annie Laurie bridal in Stamford. The dress was exactly what I had envisaged - classic but unique- fit like a glove, and best of all it was in the sample sale (as it had been used for other brides to try on) meaning it was only £395.00!!!
Finding the Suit
Finding my suit was easy, it was the 2nd one I tried on, the 1st was an off white miami vice esc Number! Hannah liked that... I didn’t! The one I chose was a simple three piece from Next that the groomsmen also wore!
The planning process
Planning was easy for me (Ben), Hannah did all the planning but we both wanted the same type of day and I knew the planning was in safe hands! We were married within one year of getting engaged, and finding the perfect venue was the first thing we booked. Hannah designed and made all the invites, favours and the wedding cakes, a brave decision! but thankfully there were no last minute emergencies and the cakes looked amazing! We were really lucky with the flowers, A close friend to the parents of the bride is an exceptional amateur florist and she did all the arranging and vision for us and they looked amazing!
I knew Hannah didn’t want a traditional or contemporary engagement ring, she preferred the vintage styles of old with interesting coloured gems opposed to diamonds. Luckily for me I came across Julie Peel a bespoke Jeweller who, through some form of magic, managed to design the perfect ring based on my ramblings around a lovely gemstone. Once I got the ring I decided I would propose to Hannah on her up coming Birthday once we had moved into our new house in Stamford, however the house move got delayed a number of times all the way until Hannah’s Birthday! So that very busy birthday started with a proposal on one knee in the Kitchen of our old house, before we moved our life from Manchester to Stamford!
This changes regularly for me (Ben) I love all the photographs with the flash effect at night in the rain and the group shots of everyone outside the Barn. Hannah’s favourite is the B&W one of her placing my ring on my finger and her face is cracking up, she loves this one as she can remember exactly how she felt in that moment. :)
We always knew we’d like a wedding in a Barn and there are plenty on offer across Suffolk, however, when we visited Blackthorpe Barn on the doorstep of where Hannah grew up we had the “this is the one” moment. The privacy and spaces combined with the atmosphere of the old oak barn was the perfect mix for a great celebration.
The emotions of the ceremony will be memorable for the rest of our lives!
Advice For Other Couples
Lyndon (of Sax & Honey) a solo saxophonist went down great as after dinner entertainment and accompanying the first dance and DJ set. A good Saxophonist is absolutely great value for money, they’re a fraction of the cost of a band and arguably much more versatile and interesting! We booked a nice hotel room a short distance away from home for the night after the wedding to afford us some down time and a chance to be together and enjoy/ reflect on a great day, we’d recommend any couples to be to consider doing the same!