I had been excited for this wedding for just under a year, Liz the bride is a close friend of my wife and I and we got to meet Nick at our wedding just before they got engaged. I wasn’t excited purely because of who’s wedding it was though, I was also excited because of the amazing venue, ideas, fun and craziness planned. Liz & nick got married on New Year’s Eve at Furtho Manor Farm in Milton Keynes. Because the wedding was incorporating the New Year, the whole day started with bridal preparations in the afternoon with the ceremony starting at 4pm.
Bridal preparations with Liz and a few close friends was a great start to the wedding with a really relaxed and fun feel. Being a friend as well as their wedding photographer I had met some of the girls before the day which really added to the relaxed and fun atmosphere of the afternoon.
Liz finished getting ready just before the sun was setting which led to some great light out in the garden to capture some beautiful portraits of her and some family members.
The farm had it’s own chapel which was the setting of their beautiful candle lit ceremony, with family and friends surrounding them as they said their vows. It was a great informal ceremony and incorporated some really unique and special moments.
The reception venue was Furtho Manor Farm’s barn which Liz, Nick, friends and family had spent a good few days decorating to look absolutely amazing. It was obvious that there had been so much thought, planning, love and attention put into the whole wedding and the venue decorations really echoed that.
They incorporated some brilliant details and some really fun aspects for their guests; from Baileys hot chocolates with squirty cream and marshmallows on arrivals, to a sweet table and popcorn.
Furtho Manor Farm is an awesome wedding venue and this wedding shows that even a winter wedding can work in a barn.
This was only the second wedding I have ever photographed that has taken place completely in the dark hours of the day. This meant getting the usual formal photographs and couples portraits would be a little harder and different. We managed to find some great spots around the farm to take a few beautiful, if not slightly different to your standard, wedding photos.
Liz & Nick had some beautiful speeches as well as a first dance performed live by Gary Wood & The Jazz Experience which then kicked off the partying until just before midnight. To see in the New Year they had made confetti canons which looked absolutely spectacular when let off at midnight on the dance floor.
The couple left through a sparkler tunnel which was a beautiful way to end one of my most memorable weddings.
Liz says “Will captured our relaxed, fun and meaningful wedding in an informal way. The photos show the joy we experienced and the rustic vibe we wanted. Our romantic ceremony lit only by candle light was captured perfectly. Thank you for being such a fun and amazing photographer Will.'”
Vendors & Venues
Furtho Manor Farm - furthomanorfarm.co.uk
Gary Wood & The Jazz Experience - www.jazzexperience.co.uk
Kandy's Cakes - www.facebook.com/kandys.cakes.kk
McGees Bar Company - www.mcgeesuk.co.uk/bar-hire
Hair: Louisa Townsend
Make up artist: Madeleine Mason