Alex and Jordan's Micro Wedding
It's been a little while since I wrote a blog... I started off well in lockdown 1, but quickly trailed off. I've had some spare time the past couple of days after Christmas, so thought I'd share my last few weddings, starting with my most recent! I've managed to end up with 5 weddings in December, which has just been amazing, 4 all done and dusted, and 1 to go on New Years Eve. All of them have been so special, and despite the circumstances they've all been so different, and emotional. They're definitely some of the most personal weddings I've shot - so what better to share? This is Alex and Jordan, and their 2020 covid 19 micro wedding story.
Alex and Jordan booked in with me a really long time ago, for their December Wedding at Hornington Manor. They had a lot of guests (and bridesmaids!) planned, a really big celebration, with a little bit of Christmas sparkle. Alex found me by chance on Instagram, and we've had a LOT of conversations since. We went up to the lakes for their pre shoot over summer this year, and we chatted about how SURELY things would be back to normal by their wedding date... Alas. But, they decided they weren't going to let covid win, and take this whole year from them! So they decided to postpone their big day to next year, and have their December date as their legal day, so they could end the year married, and on a high.
Shortly after their pre shoot, they came up with their plan. I managed to shoot a couple of small weddings, and then more lockdowns came - meaning no weddings again. It was certainly nerve wracking for all my couples booked over winter, but these two managed to just sneak in, at 15 total guests, and even without a reception being allowed, it was a glorious celebration of their love. Instead of opting for their original venue, they went for a more local affair. Alex got ready at her parents house with her sister (Alex is a nurse, so gets tested weekly!), whilst Jordan had a super quiet morning at their house. The church was just 10 minutes away from them both, and in a really lovely moment of fate, when they signed the register, Alex noticed her sister and brother in law were the last ones to get married there before them! and right above them on the register. Alex had both a hair stylist and makeup artist to work their magic on her, her sister and mum - all the party looked BEAUTIFUL. Hollie from Moss Floral Artistry delivered the most amazing florals, bride bouquet, 2 bridesmaids bouquets, and florals for their house and the cake. The florals were wild and wintery, with lots of flowing greenery and deep red tones.
Even though this wedding was tiny, the sentiments were huge. There was no detail that Alex, Jordan and their families hadn't thought of. Alex wore blue shoes, with a sixpence from her sister, her nanas blue broach pinned into the underside of her dress, her mums ring, a bracelet from her sister, and her signature Jo Malone perfume. Alex chose not to wear her original wedding dress, and save it instead for next year. Instead she managed to get a beautiful strapless tulle tea length gown, with pearls and an AMAZING cape to accessorise. Even the guests had matching masks!! Before we'd even got to the church, Alex was struggling to hold it together - she was so excited and emotional about finally being married. When we arrived at the church, some of the couples friends had come to greet them both, and watch them leave as a married couple. Alex's dad walked her down the aisle, and Jordan's nerves finally seemed to all leave when he saw her! The priest said to them, I bet you've been waiting for this for months and months... 16 years they replied.
It was a beautiful ceremony, with them both giggling their way through it.
After the ceremony, we did some confetti shots, their family shots, and then went up to the moors next to the church for portraits! Alex had brought her converse so she could actually walk around, and some giant sparklers for that real Christmas wedding finish!
You would never have known this wasn't how they originally planned their wedding, it really was so authentic and emotional, and had beautiful details still. It really shows that a small wedding still is a perfect celebration, and doesn't have to be any less glorious because of a smaller guest list. All their families had a beautiful, joyous time together, and I still captured all the natural moments and emotions I would on any other day. The day ended with Jordan carrying Alex over the threshold into their home - which was super lovely to be able to capture for them.
I'm so excited to do this all again, but bigger, next year!