Zoë & George (and Henry the dog) had a wonderful wedding yesterday in the stunning countryside of Cumbria. With homegrown flowers, homemade Jam, handmade wedding rings and a handmade wedding dress by Zoë’s mum the day sure had a bespoke and honest feel. I asked the couple a few questions before the day of their upcoming wedding and below are their answers.
How did you meet?
We met through work in 2006 – I worked in a residential home and George works at a day centre for adults with disabilities. We had a mutual lady client whom he brought home one evening. I’d never seen him before but he was so good looking and had such quietly gentle and caring air about him…I knew immediately that he was special. I asked the lady he brought home what his name was, and for the two years I couldn’t bring myself to speak to him, that’s all I knew. Anyway, I changed jobs in 2008 and he was given my number by a colleague who knew I liked him.. he text me a couple of days later, we met in a local coffee shop, talked for hours over a pot of tea..and rest is history as they say…
What do you love about each other?
George – I love her honesty and commitment to me. I also love her energy for life. I love planning the future together. She makes an effort to join in with my interests no matter how obscure. I love her belief and pride in me, even at times I have little for myself. And her big brown eyes.
Zoë – I love that he doesn’t need to display arrogance to mask his insecurities. I love his preference for the simple things in life, that he pays no interest in showing off or with superficiality. He’s very shy, only showing his true self to those he’s most comfortable with. I love his artistic abilities, his resonance with nature and the outdoors. He has the loveliest smile I’ve ever seen. To me, no matter how old we get, he will always be incredibly handsome.
Why did you choose your venue?
I grew up in Goodyhills, attending the village school and attending church service… it’s a place that means so much to me and couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else. Every time we visit, it feels like I’m going home. George is very fond of the area too.
What is the style your wedding?
We are both pretty down to earth people, in that we wanted a simple and natural feel to the whole day. So it’s a country church wedding then a buffet reception at a local village hall.
We’ve tried to do as much as we can ourselves, not only to save a little money but to make it all as personal as possible. We’ve grown our own wedding flowers and hopefully they will feature quite prominently, so the ‘theme’ is Vintage garden. We’ve also grown fruit on the allotment and have made jam as favours, made most of the decorations and are even doing the evenings music ourselves (God only knows how that will turn out). A close friend Ben Mattinson is also a wedding singer and will be playing and singing throughout the service and afternoon. The last thing we want is some formal and stuffy blinged-up wedding, we would just like everyone to be able to remember a lovely day.
As always, have a look at the below Slideshow (with ben singing) and images from this epic day. If you would like me to photograph your big day, please feel free to contact me!