A lovely real wedding blog written by Jade Maguire Photography as part of our Escape from the City feature.
I haven’t always been brave enough to colour outside of the lines, but planning my wedding was what changed my view. I was spending ridiculous amounts of coin, yet felt I was trying to please both sets of parents; errr hellll no… I suddenly thought ‘this is OUR day’ so I scrapped every little ‘boring tradition’ that the ‘rents wanted and off I went and planned a quirky medieval wedding in a castle, that was all about epic entertainment and shear amounts of fun, there’s not many people who can say ‘I had an Ibiza style rave, in a medieval castle with my new husband at my side’ well I can, we can… and it’s the best memories imaginable.
I didn’t want the heavily posed images, the family shots all standing in a perfect line, the forced smiles with somebody shouting ‘say cheese’ at me, NO, I wanted somebody to capture those ‘real’ moments, as I do now! I LOVE the naturalness, most romantic images all teamed with documenting the hilarity, tears, silly faces, dancing like nobodies watching, the bride necking a line of jagerbombs, mum trying a shot of tequila for the first time and pulling the ‘that was rotten’ face after it, every little tiny moment is what I LOVE.
I’m fortunate enough to say that I am a photographer for the different, the bold, wild at heart, courageous, free-spirited adventurers who colour outside of the lines, the couples who want to tell their unique story. I’ve been lucky enough to document so many amazing and unique weddings both in the UK, Ireland and abroad ranging from festival weddings, an epic tipi wedding, a rave in a run down castle, a romantic elopements in Italy, crazy wedding parties in Ibiza and many more.
These are the exact reasons I loved this wedding, every wedding so unique and original. Yes as a photographer we do see the same things repeatedly. We see the bride saying her vows to her imminent husband, we see the speeches thanking the bridesmaids and the best men etc but every single wedding is perfectly unique, a true to who these beautiful people are as a couple. Now this wedding was EXACTLY that!
Kate and Liam did not disappoint, their uniqueness shone through in so many amazing ways. They’re so devoted to their stunning family, it was so important to them that their love for their family was their number one priority on their day. The wedding was stunning, small and intimate. Yet insanely romantic! It was the first time I’ve ever had a bride and groom walk up the aisle as a new Mr and Mrs to straight away having tea and homemade cakes. From vintage double decker buses with all the guests and couple on it, to a rustic country chic restaurant, with enough floral hanging garlands to even make Pinterest want to pin the images itself, this was a dream.
There’s some real highlight moments for me, as I was only booked for a short coverage of ceremony to speeches, there were so many moments that took my breath away. Firstly, seeing the love in this couple for their beautiful children, and seeing their youngest kneeling on the alter alongside them. Next, wandering dreamily through towering corn fields overlooking the breath taking Cheshire Plaines, I’m so crazily in touch with nature, so being able to explore with such an epic couple like this was a dream. And finally, the speeches, now I’m not usually one for speeches as yes we’ve heard it all before and seen it all before. However, seeing a maid of honour stand and give the most hilarious speech I think I’ve heard, seeing the reactions of all the guests – crying – laughing – giggling – hysterical laughter – gasping – it was just truly amazing document. This is definitely one of those weddings that I wish would have been a full day.
Mr & Mrs Jerrum –
We first met at their engagement party and love blossomed with three children living and working in the city. Liam proposed got down on one knee in our home on a child free night, he had planned it all. He decided on the Wednesday he wanted to marry me, bought the ring as an impulse, proposed on the Friday we went and painted the town red. Drank champagne cocktails in the Grosvenor, and partied and celebrated with friends and family.
The Ceremony took place at Christchurch Newton in Chester. Kate say’s “Everything was so personal to us, our friends wrote the bidding prayers for us and the church was our church, afterwards we had tea and cake there before moving onto the reception which took place at The Cock o Barton – Malpas.”
The bride’s wedding dress was from Diane Harbridge Chester made with Italian lace it was the last ever dress made as it’s been discontinued. The shoes were from Kurt Geiger the accessories, the flowers in the hair and bracelet as a gift off the bridesmaids. The groom wore his suit from Moss Chester.
We had a floral vintage homemade wedding theme. We made the table plan from a sanded down old frame with the card purchased from Paperchase. The flowers used were purchased from the Liverpool Flower Market and we made the hanging flowers for the reception from artificial flowers again. “My friend made our cakes so everybody had their own on their table. We made sure this wedding was all about us and not just a carbon copy typical wedding.”
Kate Says “Our advice for future couples would be to plan a wedding that you want, have it how you want it, be true to who you are. Don’t let other people try and tell you what to do. Try and share the planning 50/50 both have their roles. Play to each others strengths! i.e use one to organise and do the budgets and one to create and make etc”
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