A Rural Wedding in Devon - Maisie & Will
Summer is well on the way, so I thought I'd revisit a wedding that I've been meaning to blog for ages. Maisie and Will's big day was charming, rustic and beautiful - a great reminder of just how glorious an English summer's day can be.The couple tied the knot in the picturesque village of Westcott on a gorgeous summer's day. The bride got ready at her parents' house in the village. As I arrived with the sun shining down, the last minute flurry of preparations were taking place for the reception which was being held there later. It was a relaxed atmosphere as Maisie and her wedding party got ready for her big day. I'm sure being at the house you grew up in does wonders for calming the nerves.I then made my way down to the carpenters' barn which was being used for the ceremony. This was my first Quaker wedding, which I was particularly excited about. An important part of any Quaker meeting is quiet contemplation. Photography is therefore forbidden for the majority of the ceremony, which allowed me to put down my camera and take it all in.Afterwards, they had tea and cake in the yard outside. It was great fun to photograph, as the guests in their finery mingled amongst the tractors and bails of hay. Then, everyone strolled through the fields back to the venue. This was as idylicc as it sounds, and I sprinted around taking photos of the chain of friends and family making their way back to the house.When everyone arrived, there was champagne, mingling in the blooming garden, speeches and a spirited ceilidh. Everywhere I turned, there seemed to be amazing photo opportunities.We then made our way into dinner in the marquee which was decked with long trestle tables, and candles everywhere you looked. Afterwards, the couple went onto the dance floor for the first dance and I took my leave - exhausted, sunburnt but full of the joys of a true rustic, summer wedding in the countryside.