SOPHIE + BEN // THE ASHES WEDDING
What I remembered from my pre-wedding shoot with Sophie & Ben was that they were funny, completely in love, and their wedding was going to be dinosaur themed. Cue me waiting impatiently for their wedding day to come around so I could see exactly what it was they had planned & how it would all come together!
I arrived at the beauuuutiful Ashes in gorgeous sunshine, and found a group of very excited girls in Jurassic Park T-shirts and giant Dino slippers getting everything ready.. wandering through the barn I spied some more of their theme in the seating plan, and table decorations.. all done so perfectly!
Sophie and the girls got ready in the Old Dairy (while a surprise snow shower came down outside!) and headed into the West Barn for their sweet ceremony. Ben was waiting on Sophie in his Army dress uniform, and there were tears all round when they caught the first glance of each other. I'm not ashamed to say I was completely choked up myself! Their theme continued during the ceremony with a reading of the beautiful 'A Lovely Love Story' (Edward Monkton) which I've added below. Tissues please!
The fierce Dinosaur was trapped inside his cage of ice. Although it was cold he was happy in there. It was, after all, his cage. Then along came the Lovely Other Dinosaur. The Lovely Other Dinosaur melted the Dinosaur’s cage with kind words and loving thoughts. I like this Dinosaur thought the Lovely Other Dinosaur. Although he is fierce he is also tender and he is funny. He is also quite clever though I will not tell him this for now. I like this Lovely Other Dinosaur, thought the Dinosaur. She is beautiful and she is different and she smells so nice. She is also a free spirit which is a quality I much admire in a dinosaur. But he can be so distant and so peculiar at times, thought the Lovely Other Dinosaur. He is also overly fond of things. Are all Dinosaurs so overly fond of things? But her mind skips from here to there so quickly thought the Dinosaur. She is also uncommonly keen on shopping. Are all Lovely Other Dinosaurs so uncommonly keen on shopping? I will forgive his peculiarity and his concern for things, thought the Lovely Other Dinosaur. For they are part of what makes him a richly charactered individual. I will forgive her skipping mind and her fondness for shopping, thought the Dinosaur. For she fills our life with beautiful thoughts and wonderful surprises. Besides, I am not unkeen on shopping either. Now the Dinosaur and the Lovely Other Dinosaur are old. Look at them. Together they stand on the hill telling each other stories and feeling the warmth of the sun on their backs. And that, my friends, is how it is with love. Let us all be Dinosaurs and Lovely Other Dinosaurs together. For the sun is warm. And the world is a beautiful place.
So adorable! The newlyweds headed outside with their guests to enjoy the now beaming sunshine and drinks before we snuck off for a wander round the lake to take their couple portraits. The afternoon saw the guests seated in the East Barn for an afternoon tea, followed by speeches, wayyy too much laughter, and an evening of photo booth fun and dancing. <3
Congratulions Mr & Mrs Siddons.