Emily & Jona’s laid-back, garden marquee wedding, Yorkshire

“OMG can’t contain myself!!!!! Cried already. Every single photo is absolutely incredible we cannot thank you both enough! We have laughed non stop.

We would recommend Abbie and Lee to anyone. Professional, friendly, fun and know exactly how to make you feel at ease”

During our first meeting with Emily and Jona we were introduced to their fur family. Four, wet nosed, floppy eared spaniels who licked, jumped and jostled for our attention. Being a spaniel family ourselves, we were in our element. We chatted to the pair about their upcoming wedding day and our style of photography and as we hopped back in our car at the end of the meeting, we received a call from Emily & Jona inviting us to do their garden marquee wedding photography in June. The panel of furry friends must have approved, we were delighted!

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Few pints of Dutch courage

Fast forward some months and we are waking bright and early, excited to get started photographing the big day. As Lee sets off to meet Jona in a nearby pub (enjoying a few pints of Dutch courage), I head in the direction of the family home to meet Emily and her bridesmaids enjoying their bridal preparations.

A chorus of ooooh’s and ahhhh’s chimed up as Emily re-entered the room in her breathtaking Lenora Watters wedding dress paired with a floor length veil. The finishing hair and makeup tweaks were made, and with a slightly nervous excitement, Emily linked her Dad’s arm and, set off to become a newlywed.

The church in which Emily and Jona chose to marry was a stones throw from their family home. Top tip for anyone aiming for a relaxed, easy going wedding vibe, consider throwing the whole event in one location. It helps people to feel at ease, there are no stresses about travelling or parking and the whole event naturally runs more smoothly.

After the ceremony Emily & Jona’s guests lined the church pathway and congratulated the newlyweds with cheers and confetti. The whole party then made their way over the road to the back garden marquee where they were greeted with drinks and delicious canapés dished up by the Jill Kelly the Country Cook.

Rustic, Insta worthy, wedding decor

Emily and Jona went for rustic wedding styling with a young party vibe for their garden marquee wedding. The entrance of the marquee was decorated with milk churns full of wild flowers. Inside, they lined the wooden tables with lush sage green eucalyptus, and more greenery decorated the ceiling as it hung from chandeliers. A homemade bar stood in the corner, alongside a table displaying their guestbook and a ‘guess the first dance’ sweepstake. The couples relationship was celebrated with printed photographs of the two of them hung in various places throughout the marquee. Outside, a horse trough was filled with bottled beer and a homemade pallet sign spelled out the order of the day. The paddock was lined with hanging festoon lights and fairy lights, woven around heart shaped wire, lined the pathway.

The sun was out and the young farmers were ready to celebrate!

Thank you for having us

The guests enjoyed an afternoon in the sun followed by a hilarious set of wedding a speeches. As evening drew in, the festoon lights came into their own and we snook off to photograph the pair against the golden hour goodness of the setting sun.

From the moment the band struck up the dance-floor was full to bursting and remained that way into the early hours. Crazy dance-moves, a rendition of the YMCA and crowd surfing all followed, with the band truly living up tho their name of The Crazy Knights.

Emily & Jona, thank you for inviting us to be a part of your wedding day. We thoroughly enjoyed every second from getting to know you both and Rupert (Fur baby number 1) on your pre-wedding shoot, right through to photographing the dance-floor madness on your wedding evening. Your back garden marquee wedding venue was beautiful and against the back drop of the setting sun it was out of this world. Your wedding has secured a firm spot on our favourites ever list and we are sure that it is one that we will be reminiscing about for some time to come.

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If Emily & Jona’s laid back, garden marquee wedding with eucalyptus styling captured your imagination, then you may also like Chris & Jenny’s festival style wedding filled with wild flowers.