Jennie & Gareth's Autumnal, Boho-Antique, Loversall Barn Wedding
2nd October 2021 - Loversall Village, Doncaster
Photography by Rhi Scotchbrook Photography
Jennie and Gareth are a fun-loving and passionate couple who deeply love one another, and love what they do! Their wedding had both the artistic flourishes of a brilliant graphic designer through Jennie, and the culinary delights of top chef Gareth.
As is so often the case, Jennie and Gareth met by chance in a bar in town, and quickly realised their paths had previously crossed! As it happens, both Gareth and Dan, Jennie’s very own brother, had studied together at college with Jennie unwittingly taking numerous group photos for the group on one of their many themed, restaurant ‘take-over’ evenings. After this fabulous pair officially met and made the links, they really hit it off and the rest is history!
When I first had the pleasure of meeting them both for a beautiful wintery engagement shoot in the York area, their wedding day was only a couple of months away, but like so many others, had to postpone several times. A year and a half later - they finally made it!
Despite the disappointments and difficulties of many postponed wedding dates, both Jennie and Gareth remained positive and made the most of a challenging lockdown, hosting themed date nights with crazy costumes, decorations, props and amazing food - combining the creativity of things they love to do.
Their wedding celebrations took place in the lovely village of Loversall (a pretty fitting name I think!), hosted by Unique Occasions. The gorgeous barn and marque venue was surrounded by an abundance of outdoor space with the parish church, cottage, apartments, and alpaca field all nestled together a stones throw away from each other, making for a relaxed wedding day with an all-inclusive touch.
Jennie spent the morning getting ready with her Mum and her bridesmaids at the lovely cottage around the corner from the Church. Their hair and makeup was in the safe hands of @_hair_by_jess_ and @facesbyphilippa. Before heading to the ceremony, Jennie was helped into her dress by her Mum, and then shared a beautiful first look with her Dad, giving him a personalised, engraved pocket watch to mark the moment. Meanwhile, the boys got themselves ready in the apartment next to the venue, finishing off a few last minute touches before enjoying a pint in the barn.
The ceremony took place in a lovely little church, followed by confetti along the tree-lined row that lead back to the venue where everyone enjoyed a drink and an appetising selection of cheeses.
It was wonderful to see the way Jennie and Gareth were able to incorporate both of their passions into their wedding day. Jennie used her amazing graphic design skills and creativity to design and create many elements that were featured on the day. The wedding had a boho-antique theme with lots of personalised elements, including the ‘Jenneth Sweet Bar’ that featured their favourite sweets, an antique dresser as a cheese and cracker table with ‘sweet dreams are made of cheese, who am I to dis a brie’ calligraphy on the mirror, and beautiful signs made by Jennie for the day plan and table seating which featured the different places they’ve travelled together. Pampas grass, roses and dried flowers were featured throughout, including the gorgeous bouquets, button holes, and centre pieces. It was all incredibly beautiful.
Even the rainy weather couldn’t dampen the mood of this wonderful couple, or their amazing family and friends, who willingly braved the downpour to dash across the venue to the nearest hay barn - the ideal location for some truly distinguished group photos, followed by a short couple shoot for the newly weds.
Gareth brought his talent and experience with cuisine to ensure everyone enjoyed a wonderful selection of cheese, and for the wedding breakfast, a hand-carved, succulent roast prepared by Baba Ganoush Catering [@babaganoushyorkshire]. In a surprise reveal, Gareth had hidden packages under one chair on each table. The person lucky enough to be sat there, was responsible for donning the apron and toque blanche (or chef’s hat as most of us would know it!), and serving the table. Of course, best man Mark who also studied on the same course as Gareth, received the special Sous Chef edition for this auspicious occasion!
A series of speeches followed the meal, capped off by Jennie’s Mum forging ahead with family tradition and delivering a beautiful poem for Jennie and Gareth.
The rest of the evening flew by, with some more Bride & Groom portraits, the cutting of the stunning cake made by Gareth’s Mum, a heart-felt first dance and Daddy-Daughter dance, and finally evening entertainment in the form of dancing and casino tables from Ace Party [@acepartyltd], accompanied by freshly baked Pizza.
It was such a pleasure to capture this special day for Gareth & Jennie and to celebrate their love for each other. Here’s to many more happy memories!
Photography by Rhi Scotchbrook Photography
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