If Gael and Pete’s wedding looks familiar, it may be because the whimsical affair won Best Ceremony in our 2014 Choice Awards. The farm fête in West Yorkshire was a personal and emotional celebration of love, punctuated by elements from both the bride and groom’s cultures. Sansom Photography had the wonderful fortune of capturing these two on their wedding day, and we can’t get enough of the fun couple portraits in the sunset!
Gael and Pete
Great Edge Woodland, West Yorkshire, England
Our priority was to bring the people we love together and keep things down-to-earth. Gael‘s family have a farm in Yorkshire and we both agreed that the farms barn and surrounding landscape was the perfect setting for our rustic wedding. The farm set the inspiration for the overall wedding and the nearby woodland was the perfect spot to hold the ceremony. We wanted everything in close proximity and even have our guests camping on the farm so that the celebrations had no curfew! Gael also has family from Brittany, France and much of the wedding decor had Breton influence, from the blue hydrangeas in the bouquets which are typical for the region her family are from, as is lace so this was an obvious choice for the wedding dress. Pete put his graphic design skills to use hand making all the signs using reclaimed bits of wood from the farm yard. We also cut log discs and wrote all of our wedding guests names on them. There was plenty of influence from Pete’s side of the family too, his family made Devon cream tea and we made favour bags filled with Devon fudge & Breton caramels — a mix of both cultures!
There are so many moments that were really special it’s hard to pick one but I guess the ceremony in the wood tops our favourite moment! It had been raining just before the ceremony but as we arrived the sun came out to greet us. We planted a tree in the wood to mark the start of our married life and a few guests played music or read poems. After the ceremony finished the entire wedding party was led out of the wood back to the farm by our friends playing a procession of folk music and percussion! I remember looking back at all our wedding guests following us down the road dancing and cheering, it was a surreal moment and we were both ridiculously happy.
The Couple Recommends:
We would like to say a special thank you to Sansom Photography for capturing our wedding day so well & also the team at Eat Me Drink Me. They made the entire event run smoothly and the staff were so professional, not to mention how incredible the food was!
The Wedding Team:
Photography – Sansom Photography
Event Planning – Eat Me Drink Me
Ceremony Venue – Great Edge Woodland
Reception Venue – West Royd Farm
Officiant – Lita Hallyburton
Ceremony Music – Tom McConville
Live Music – Alex Graham and the Concords
Invitations – Studio Blake
Hair Styling – bHair
Wedding Dress – Catherine Dean
Bridal Accessories – Lister Horsfall Jewelers
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – BHS
Groom’s Apparel – Ted Baker
Groomsmen’s Apparel – Ted Baker
Rings – Lister Horsfall Jewelers
Rentals – Blue Sky Events
Gael and Pete’s Yorkshire wedding is packed full of sentimental, DIY elements and we fall in love with something new every time we look at these images! Thanks to Sansom Photography for sharing! Be sure to check out more of their beautiful work in Katie and Joe’s silver and ivory wedding at Peckforton Castle.