Lisa and Chris decided to throw out the rule book when it came to planning their wedding. They wanted somewhere unique with a woodland feel to get married. Unfortunately because of the rules surrounding legal weddings in England there's not many places you can actually get married outside. So they decided to 'do the legal bit' the day before at the civic centre (Which I also photographed for them) and then have a very personalised humanist ceremony the day after at Gibside Estate, Near Rowlands Gill, which is run by the National Trust.
Lisa also had her heart set on wearing a red dress rather than traditional white or ivory. The structure for the day were also more unusual. There were around 30 guests in total for the ceremony part of the day, with the ladies & men having lunch separately before the ceremony which was so lovely! It made everything relaxed and fun.
When it came to the ceremony, the guests assembled outside of the Banqueting House cottage and Lisa walked around the corner down the aisle with her brother, Adam.
The ceremony was really personal and moving. Straight after, champagne was poured, confetti thrown and speeches were said. After a bit of mingling time, there was then a few group and couples photographs taken and guests headed down to the marquee on the lawn at Gibside.
At the marquee, there were lots of hugs as more guests arrived for an early evening BBQ and music. It was a really chilled out atmosphere, exactly what the couple were wanting.
Chris & Lisa chose to have a wander in the gardens for a few more photographs before we headed off.
It was so wonderful to shoot the wedding of Chris & Lisa, who decided to have such a personal day and not be bound by tradition and 'rules' and get married the way they wanted to!
Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Major on their marriage and all the best for the future.
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