ARABELLA & LUKE | A WET BUT WONDERFUL, DIY, FARMYARD WEDDING, AT NEWTON UPON RAWCLIFFE, PICKERING
It rained the day of our wedding! Or how about a monsoon hit on the day Arabella and Luke's wedding day...It's was 21st August 2021 and all was looking wonderful in the sleepy valley near Newton upon Rawcliffe, but when it rained, it rained!
Arabella & Luke had spent the week before, running around like mad hatters, getting everything looking fabulous for their wedding day which might I add, they'd planned in around 10 weeks! It was the beginning of June when Hazel, Arabella's Mum got in touch to see if I would be available to capture their day. These two had planned to get married in 2020 but with all that went on they had decided to wait and do the big party and church wedding as they had both dreamed of...
Their wedding was 100% DIY, they cleared out a farm building at Luke's family home, where he'd grown up, they did the food, the cake, the decor and pretty much everything as a family unit. With both Arabella and Luke coming from farming backgrounds the setting was perfect and they wanted the farming to shine through as their theme, so from the setting to the Zetor Tractor taking Arabella to church, and the feeding buckets on the tables instead of wine coolers, they pulled this off well.
Arabella's brother Tom took her to church in this little vintage Zetor tractor, although it was a little bit of a struggle getting Arabella in to it this ended up being one of her favourite moments of the day. The anticipation, the excitement and her little brother in tow for support.
They used straw bales for seating and kept things as informal as possible, with no table plan other than the top table. Decorating the barn was a massive job but when everything was over and done with the couple said this is one of their favourite joined memory of planning the day.
The got married in Pickering Church, exchanging their vows was Luke's best memory from their day, is was made even more special and memorable when the vicar compared Arabella to a seed drill and Luke to a tractor!
As we drove back to the farm after their church service, the atmosphere changed massively and the rain came down in droves, not just for a short time, for around 4 hours without a break, these two took in their stride though. They just enjoyed chatting to their guests, they made the most of what they'd planned and even when the marquee for the DJ collapsed under the vast amount of rainwater gathered on the roof, they just shrugged it off and thought themselves lucky he hadn't yet set up....
We managed to get out for some photos of the two of them as dusk set in, it was a light drizzle at the time and with these two being so chilled and easygoing they were happy to join me for a few photos. The last of the steam trains had been by on the NYMR, so we enjoyed using the track for them.
Credits to other suppliers...
Arabella's shoes: House of Elliot
Lukes Suit: Jeff Banks
Cake: Grandma Susan
Food: Family and Josey with her daughter
Decorations: Brides Mum and all helped putting them up.