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  • Writer's pictureFiona Bielby

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.

The couple are in a corn field at Cockpitt Farm in Cawton, it's sunset and there is a silohette of a combine in the background, the couple have the sun rays spreading over their faces as they lean in a kiss each other.

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.

White sign is pointing to Cockpitt Farm, it reads wedding and has a love heart down after the word. It's placed next to the road which runs along a stone wall in Cawton.

A traditional pole marquee is set in the field at Cockpitt Farm in Cawton, the guests are gathered around it and a line of tractor os the to right of the marquee.

The couple have designed a sign with the events of the day on it, it's a branch which has been painted white with arrows on it, each reads Tractors, drinking, fire pit, dancing and croquet. The guests are stood around it chatting with drinks in their hands.

The grooms brother is whirring the table plan boards, he's walking around chatting to the guests near the marquee.

One of the guests chatting to the bride wearing a fabulous frock.

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.

Flat lay of invites designed by the bride with her show next to them. The floral border and writing on the invites is lilac and a country style.

The table place names, designed by the bride, they are white labels with a pale pink ribbon tied in a bow, there is also pink wax melted and pressed with a wax floral design.

The table decor, it has the same styled table name as the invites, designed by the bride, there is a bottle of sloe gin for the guests to share and a floral design in muted pinks and greens, there's a tapered pink candle added for an elegant look to.

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.

Wedding Cake has a white icing and a diagonal floral decorative design or roses and leaves to match the flowers on the tables.

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.


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

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