Every see every wedding I am booked to shoot is a gift. I get to be part of one of the most important days in people’s lives and I always see that as such a blessing no matter it’s style, size, venue or content.
However Chris & Ruth’s handfasting day was truly a one of a kind and one that will stay with me for a very long time. It was unusual in so many ways and so full of love and genuine warmth and joy from friends & family and for each other. The ceremony was held under a Horse Chestnut tree on a footpath on the side of a hill overlooking Frome. It was a two hour long mix of blessings, singing, handfasting, chanting, speeches, poetry, stories and the beginnings of tattooed wedding rings. It was one of the most beautiful wedding ceremonies that I have ever been blessed to be part of. Apart from a hog roast in the evening the food was entirely self catered by guests with everyone sharing picnics they had brought with them for lunch. The day was full of colour and decorated with wild flowers and prayer flags with the bridesmaids dresses being in orange, maroon, blue, green & purple.
Chris & Ruth’s wedding was centred around their beliefs and values and at the centre of it all was their love for each other and the friends and family around them. There was a love and gratitude, a feeling of being totally present and of acknowledging everyone there.
I brought home some wonderful memories and of course photographs from the day, but also a reminder that it is important to remain true to ourselves. Especially on our wedding day where it is so very easy to be swayed by what other people want. And to cherish every moment and the gifts of love & friendship that people bring to us on a daily basis.
Thank you Chris & Ruth. It was a complete joy.
Ruth’s Dress – Lyn Ashworth
Chris’ Shirt by Simon Carter
Chris’ Waistcoat by Jigmat couture
Chris’ Trousers – M&S
Flower-girls dresses – H&M
Bridesmaids dresses – their own
Wedding reception – Vallis Veg
Celebrant – Anthony Johnston
Hog roast by Gilcombe Farm
Marquee by Universal Marquees
Cakes by friends and family
Food – Picnics brought by guests