Brides kissing in field

Today’s real wedding is simply amazing! Rebecca and Eve had a beautiful outdoor ceremony with ‘ring warming’ and ‘handfasting’ elements, followed by a wedding reception in a huge Mongolian yurt which created the ambience they sought after. We are in awe of the details of this wedding; the made to measure gowns, apothecary paraphernalia, and even the couples’ own-branded jam.

Rebecca and Eve were incredibly lucky to have won their wedding photography from Jen Marino, who has captured the beauty of the day, and the love this couple share, perfectly.

“We spent the weekend at Gunthorpe Hall, Norfolk, where we had our wedding ceremony and evening entertainment, and a barbecue on the Sunday. Our wedding meal took place at La Campagna, Thornham Bay, Norfolk. It’s a full-sized Mongolian yurt and has such a wonderful ambience. The theme for our wedding meal was a mixture of all things musical and medical, with a vintage twist to represent the two of us. Oh, and some owls, that were a recurring theme on our stationery, table centrepieces and jam. Our main colour was purple which came from a wish to have lavender for our bridesmaids’ bouquets.

“We created our own wedding ceremony, together with our lovely friend and celebrant Sarah, mainly because the words in a legal service feel so impersonal to us. We followed the basic structure that you would expect to have in a ceremony but added a ‘ring warming’ and ‘handfasting’ section.

“We didn’t choose our wedding photographer, it was more a case of our photographer chose us! We were going to rely on our friends with good cameras as this was an affordable option. However, one night in the wee hours Rebecca was feeling wishful and came across Jen Marino’s gorgeous website. She was running a competition to win a wedding package, so we entered the day before the deadline and were shortly announced as the winners; it was such an exciting moment for us. It has been an absolute delight to know and work with Jen. She is amazingly talented, professional and unobtrusive. Her gift for capturing the day as it unfolds is clear for all to see. We are incredibly grateful she picked us and now we have our photos we know we would have been mad not to have a photographer.

“We found our dresses online at JJ’s House and had them made to measure. Neither of us saw each other in our dress before the wedding. In terms of accessories, I wore blue Converse that I bought new, and Rebecca wanted her shoes to ‘be something old’, so sourced two vintage pairs of shoes on eBay; a dressy Bally pair for the daytime and some purple Converse for the evening. She paid £11 in total and was very impressed with her bargains.

“The six bridesmaids were scattered across the globe making it tricky to shop together. So we told them all to find a long purple dress that is not one-shouldered – they each picked such beautiful gowns and looked fabulous.

“Our wedding was beautiful and beyond our expectations. Our guests filled the house with love, laughter and a spirit of generosity that left us all in a ‘Gunthorpe state of mind’.”

Front door of cottage

Blue Converse shoes

Grey wedding dress

Bride having hair done Bride with side of head shaved

Front door

Bridal shoes next to plant pot

Wedding dress Lavender and bridal bouquet

Earrings

Writing at desk

Lavender buttonholes

Reflection of bride in mirror

Reflection in mirror of bridesmaid having hair done

Bride with long hair

Bride putting on lipstick in mirror

Guitar case and flowers on table

Flowers

Flowers on table

Wedding rings on chain

Bride walking to ceremony with father

Bride walking to ceremony with father

Outdoor wedding ceremony

Brides kissing

Brides dancing

Saying wedding vows

Bride putting wedding ring on finger Brides kissing

Bride playing Ukulele

Playing Ukulele

Happy brides

Bridesmaids holding up brides' dresses

Brides and bridesmaids

Brides kissing

Brides laughing

Brides sitting under tree

Brides under tree

Brides sitting on bench

Brides Bride looking at camera

Bride smiling

Bride's legs and Converse trainers

Brides by lake

Brides kissing by lake

Brides holding bouquets

Brides walking

Brides at end of snooker table

Brides on staircase

Brides in lounge

Bride smiling

Brides

Brides with driver

Brides in car

Brides by fallen tree

Brides kissing in field

Brides laughing in field

Brides in field

Paper lanterns

Picture frame table plan Yellow flowers

Jar of jam

Wedding table Books on wedding table

Train on table

Small bottles on table

Hackney spelt with Scrabble letters

Wedding reception in Yurt

Wedding flood

Bride raising toast

Bride speech

Brides talking to guests

Picture on phone

Brides sitting on floor

Field

Red postbox Red postbox

Flip flops

Wedding guest typing message Wedding guest typing message

Boy standing next to snooker table

Message Flame

Cheese stack wedding cake

Brides cutting cheese stack wedding cake

Wedding music

Brides sitting on floor

Photography: Jen Marino Photography

Ceremony and Evening Venue: Gunthorpe Hall

Reception Venue: La Campagna

Wedding Dresses: JJ’s House

Wedding Cake: The Fine Cheese Company

Flowers: Arranged by Anna, one of the Bridesmaids

Lavender for Bridesmaids: Lavender World

Stationery: Vistaprint

Postbox: 4 Weddings