Honestly, this is a cracker of a wedding! There is so much to feast your eyes on, from a whimsical fairytale land to a woodland ceremony complete with handfasting and not forgetting an epic first dance. A few peacocks even popped up to say hello!
I was lucky enough to photograph both of Alejandro and Bobbie’s weddings, so got to hang out with them a lot which was a real pleasure. They had their legal ceremony at Harrogate registry office and kept it intimate and simple with just their closest family attending. They’d planned it this way so that they could enjoy their outdoor, humanist ceremony at Lineham Farm just three days later.
Documentary wedding photography at Lineham Farm
That morning I joined Bobbie and her bridesmaids at a fantastic house in Knaresborough. There was a really lovely, relaxed atmosphere as everyone got ready. Top tip for brides here – Bobbie made sure she was ready ahead of schedule so she could enjoy some bubbly with her Dad. Fantastic! She, her Dad and bridesmaids all sat out on the terrace – with stunning views over the Nidd and Knaresborough viaduct – to toast Bobbie and Alejandro. It was a really lovely way to finish their morning preparations.
I can’t think of anywhere more perfect for Alejandro and Bobbie’s fairytale wedding than Lineham Farm. The 17th century barn looked incredible and the woodland spot for their ceremony was so beautiful and peaceful. Both Bobbie and Alejandro are big fans of immersive theatre so, as you can imagine, their imaginations had gone wild! My words really can’t do their styling justice, just take a look at the photos. It blew me away!
Before the ceremony Alejandro took a few moments alone with his mother before they walked down the aisle together. It was such a lovely moment and moved some of the guests to tears. Bobbie’s proud Dad then escorted her towards Alejandro and a huge smile lit up both his and Bobbie’s faces as they set eyes on each other.
The most emotional part (of a very emotional ceremony!) came when Bobbie’s Dad stood up to do a reading. He had written a fairy tale for them! It’s moments like this where I really have to pinch myself and feel so lucky to do this job.
Humanist weddings at Lineham Farm
I really love a humanist wedding and I cannot wait until they’re classed as a legal marriage ceremony in England. Humanist ceremonies are so personal to each couple and can include any ritual or tradition the couple choose. Bobbie and Alejandro made Spanish offerings before, literally, tying the knot in a handfasting. To huge cheers from their guests they walked back down the aisle, smiling and hugging everyone they passed.
As Alejandro, Bobbie and I nipped off for some romantic portraits their guests were free to explore the woods before making an aisle and celebrating the newlyweds with a lot of colourful confetti. I always tell couples to make sure they have plenty of confetti and Alejandro and Bobbie had taken my words to heart! It looked fab.
There was time for drinks in the shaded courtyard before guests were called into the rustic stone barn for the wedding breakfast. There were gasps of delight as they took in the fairytale table centrepieces and then a lot of whooping, clapping and waving of napkins as Alejandro and Bobbie were announced in. Heartfelt speeches and some golden hour portraits followed before Bobbie and Alejandro took to the floor for an incredible first dance. They’d definitely spent a lot of time practicing! Their guests needed no excuse to join them, everyone was so ready to party.
It’s been so hard to narrow down my highlights for this blog. I love Lineham Farm weddings because they’re always so unique and Alejandro and Bobbie’s was no exception. What a day!
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