CHARLOTTE & BEN | Sunny, Cockpit Farm Wedding in Cawton, North Yorkshire.
Updated: Jul 15, 2022
Charlotte and Ben's day way absolutely drenched in sunshine, having taken place on the hottest weekend of 2022 so far, it couldn't have been far from perfect. They'd chosen Cockpit Farm as the location for their day, based in the quiet, idyllic little village of Cawton in North Yorkshire, the village where they both live, the setting was everything they'd dreamed of.
When it came to choosing their venue after getting engaged, there was no other place they'd thought could work as well, so Ben asked local farmer and friend if they could borrow a field on his farm to host their day. After all, it would seem fields play a pretty significant part in their journey together so far, they got engaged in one whilst romantically harvesting at sunset, we did their pre wedding photos in a lovely grass field near Hovingham and they recently bought a little bit of land in the village too. Taking this in to consideration it definitely made sense for them to celebrate in one.
After securing the field, Charlotte turned to her artistic side and love of traditional decor and craft, whilst Ben turned to organising his tractor line up and polishing them ready for the day. Charlotte, who works in event management loves to get creative and although weddings and tractor displays are not something she does in her line of work it's something she is passionate about for her own day. Everything looked incredible, she'd even taken the time to wax stamp everyone's place names to give a sophisticated and authentic look.
They asked the ladies to wear a fancy frock with a fabulous hat and the gents to wear either a lounge or a morning suit, so everyone would look the part. The people coming to their day were local farming families, young farmer friends, family and close friends, they'd even noted skillsets of loved ones and asked for help on their day, with one of Charlotte's close friends and Bridesmaid, Alice Gill and her mother making the wedding cake itself. Alice made a selection of sponge cakes and Vanessa, Charlotte's mum used an old Lee family recipe for a traditional fruit cake which had been passed down through the generations from her mother to her.
The couple both loved the idea of a traditional wedding church ceremony where they would be become Mr and Mrs and after that, the day was exciting mix of tradition and unique events. They left the church in one of Ben's John Deere tractors which they both jokingly refer to as, "The Mistress." The Mistress even made an appearance in their engagement session too. When arriving at Cockpit Farm, with the Mistress in tow, the events were a mix of fun and partying with hints of traditional. The quirks and details were exquisite from the walking table plan to the tractor line-up.
They had a string quartet playing while everyone enjoyed pre drinks and canapés before the three course wedding breakfast followed by speeches, cake cutting and dancing. The dancing was said to have gone on it to the early hours with DJ Excalibur doing a superb job of keeping everyone on the dance floor. The couple wanted it to feel like a young farmers shindig after the formalities were done with and I think they did this extremely well.
The moment I saw you
Told a million angels
I was walking on water
They left heaven open
So I walked through that door
And then my heart sang Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah
The moment I saw you my heart sang Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah
The moment I saw you, my love
I loved capturing exciting and fun days like Charlotte and Ben's. Their location was so them and totally stunning, these DIY Farm weddings are so much fun, if you're thinking about planning one I'd love to hear all about it.
CREDITS TO SUPPLIERS
Photos by Fiona @ Anoif Photography | Hair & MUA: The Park at Hovingham | Flowers: Kymm @ Queen of Flowers | Dress: Sassi Holford, The Harrogate Wedding Lounge | Bridesmaids Dresses: Joys Bella Bridesmaids | Suits: Cameron Ross from Humphrey and Tilly | Marquee: Wills Marquee | Bar: Fabulously Finished Events | Food: Kings Catering Company, Sweirs (Hog roast) and The Ramblin Cheesemonger (Cheese Boards) | Cake: Mum and Alice the Bridesmaid | String Quartet: Serenade Strings | DJ: DJ Excalibur | Stationary: Ruby & Bloom Paper Co