As we enter Lockdown 2.0, it’s easy to be disheartened.
But while the now obsolete save-the-date cards, the ever-changing venue bookings and shapeshifting guest lists look set to continue into the new year, #loveisnotcancelled.
While many will choose to delay, there are also some brides and grooms showing us how to create a perfect wedding in the now. It may not be a big day exactly, but it’s imaginative, romantic and perfectly formed.
One such couple is Hannah and Nick. When their October nuptials were rearranged, they decided on a downsized ceremony followed by a beautiful windswept shoot on the Yorkshire Dales. Could there be a more romantic way to make it official?!
Best Laid Plans
Yorkshire-based couple Hannah and Nick’s initial plan was to host a cosy rustic affair full of food, drink, merriment and finer details – including a 10-strong wedding party, homemade centrepieces and hessian chair covers, as well as a cake dedicated to their beloved dog, Dave.
“Neither of us are particularly formal so we had chosen The Walled Garden at Middleton Lodge as our venue, with a buffet meal and wedding band to follow,” the bride explains.
“We held out until August in the hope that the number of guests allowed would go up, before postponing our wedding until the middle of March next year.”
However, when it became clear that the pesky pandemic was going to stand in the way of the no-holds-barred autumnal bash that they’d been dreaming of, the bride and groom-to-be decided to make the ultimate pivot: they would get married on the original date, and leave the reception until 2021.
“We wanted to do the legal bit with our five bridesmaids, five groomsmen and close family, with no plus-ones meaning we could keep to the 30-guest limit,” Hannah reveals.
“We’d already booked a couple’s shoot at Langstrothdale Chase for after the ceremony, so we decided to do that on the day.”
The setting has an extra-special significance for Hannah, as her late father’s ashes were scattered on the open moorland. “It was important for me to get pictures of us up there.”
Two weeks before the wedding, the freshly-altered plans were hit by yet another set-back: the government cut wedding gathering sizes to just 15 people. “We had to slim our list down to just family,” Hannah says, “but three of my bridesmaids who lived nearby surprised me at the registry office after our vows.”
While the logistical challenges posed by Covid-19 has postponed the post-ceremony fun for Hannah and Nick, they’re not a of couple that’s fazed by obstacles.
Having met online five years ago while Nick was in the Royal Navy, they had to overcome the difficulties of a long-distance relationship. Having navigated six-month deployment spells with constant communication, he worked to keep the flame of romance alive, cementing their love with a super-sweet proposal beside a Moroccan waterfall.
The bride was a flame-haired vision in a gown of glittering lace and tulle from Wed2B’s limited Platinum Edition collection.
Discovered when Hannah and her maid of honour had visited the boutique on a whim, the dress instantly dazzled the pair with its skirt’s sparkling filmy layers.
“I was in love on the spot,” she smiles, adding “it was originally strapless though, so I worked with a local seamstress to add the floaty sleeves.”
She accessorised the dramatic look with a vintage-look string of pearls and a pair of customised bridal sneakers laced with coral ribbons and emblazoned with crystals, portraits of fellow redhead, Disney’s Ariel, as well as Hannah’s new moniker: Mrs Robinson.
Reflecting the mermaid’s glamorous mane, the bride opted for half-up half-down soft waves and natural make-up to enhance her alabaster complexion.
Channelling Heathcliff and Cathy energy, our gorgeous bride and groom took to the valley’s epic landscape for a series of seriously breath-taking portraits.
And while heather-coated hills, incredible natural light and cascading rivers offered up plenty of Insta-gold backdrops for the loved-up pair, it was our Guest List members Paylor Photography’s sorcery that turned this laidback just-married session into pure magic.
Hannah explains, “I’ve followed Rob and Rebecca on Instagram since they set up and love the images they produce. They’re also fantastic people to be around, so they were the best choice for us.”
As a mode of transport, spot to sip celebratory fizz and whimsical photoshoot prop, Dolly the VW campervan was arguably the guest doing the most. Not only that, but her charming retro look perfectly complemented this quirky duo’s elopement-lite vibe.
Words from the Bride
When asked whether her ceremony’s shrinking guest list had put a dampener on her dreamy seasonal celebration, Hannah says: “I honestly didn’t notice the number of people there when we said our vows.
The time Nick and I got to spend together immediately after the ceremony was priceless. We didn’t have lots of people to go and see or say hello to. We missed them for sure but we know we will celebrate with them with even more gusto next year.”
Here’s to you, Hannah and Nick Robinson – we’re sure that your many loved ones are looking forward to raising a glass to you both at Middleton Lodge in 2021.