A Farm, River + Paint Trash The Dress

Afternoon WWWers, are you looking forward to the weekend? I have a weekend of nights out, which is a rare occurrence for me, so i am looking forward to getting glammed up. Before we log off for the weekend though i have a super fun shoot to share.

Richard and Jody were married in the summer and decided to head to a derelict cotton mill in Derby, a farm near Ashbourne, a pig farm, a dip in a stream and in a river, to well, frankly trash their wedding outfits. Woo!! It makes for some wonderful photographs, it looked a whole lot of fun!

Thanks so much to the brilliant HBA Photography for sharing their images today.


The proposal; “Earlier on in the month I wrote on Rich’s hand “marry me?” he took one look laughed and said “I’m not a mummy’s boy!!” and it was never mentioned again. It came to the end of the month and it was my birthday, Rich handed me a large gift bag, as I opened it he said “Hope you like it!” as I pulled out a dress a card fell out which had written on it “Mummy’s boy?” I look blankly at Rich and said “what? I don’t get it” He laughed and said “will you marry me?” obviously I said yes, after saying yes Rich reached into the bag to pull put a ring box with a stunning ring in. We later went out for a meal with our family and broke the news we were engaged and had a great night celebrating.”

The wedding; “We wanted our wedding to fit in with the venue which is describe as “Where Country meets Town”. We wanted a rustic and natural feel. The wedding ceremony: Cross Butts has got two great options for having your civil ceremony. We chose the outdoor option which is an island surrounded by water and a lovely wooden bridge overlooking the Yorkshire moors.

HBA Photography. Ben and Hannah captured our day perfectly, the pictures show how much fun we had throughout the day. They are both full of great ideas and treated us like we had known them for years which added a great touch to the day. They do some fantastic packages, including not only photography but a saxophonist and DJ which really helped with the organisation of our day.

Picking out highlights from such a perfect day would be impossible but these are some of the things that did play a massive part. The fantastic weather (the only two people who didn’t burn were the newlyweds which obviously made the setting and the views as amazing as they could be. This made everyone’s day really chilled and relaxed and they could go and see the resident animals, walk around the grounds and enjoy the sun. The fantastic food display put on by the chefs at The Stables ranging from Rich’s favourite Steak and sweet chilli skewers to Jody’s favourite chocolate orange cheesecake. All made fresh from local suppliers. After our meal the photographers Hannah and Ben took us off to have some FUN pictures across the road to a field full of rape flowers which we had to write on a chalkboard what best described our other half. Rich wrote “Perfect” Jody wrote “Prat!” which ended up making a great picture saying “Perfect Prat”

Wedding attire; “With Rich trying to convince me he and his grooms men were wearing Bermudas and a dickie bow, I was please to find that when I got their they were wearing a grey suit with matching grey waistcoat with Rich and his best man wearing pink cravats, where as his usher and father of bride and groom were wearing green. This added a nice touch. Nicely accompanied by named socks and vintage badges.

I wore an ivory full length A line dress with detail in diamante’s and pearl’s on the top part and train of the dress. Accompanied by a pair of sling back ivory shoes, a floor length train with scattered diamante’s and a pearl hair piece.”


Advice for other couples; “Our top tip is not to rush, take your time, we got married two years after our engagement which meant we could plan everything perfectly and had plenty of time to make and do things ourselves which added a great touch to the day. We made a little book for our usher so that he knew the order of the day which took any pressure off us. We had personalised gift bags with toys and colouring books in for all the children which kept them entertained for a short while. We decided to provide a “flip flop” box which was labelled “You bought new shoes to match your dress and now your feet are sore!!! Please help yourself to a pair of flip flops so you can dance some more!” which proved a great hit as the dance floor was never empty.”


Oh doesn’t it look like such a release!! Would you trash your dress? I really don’t know if i could or would :-) but boy do they make for some great imagery.

Thanks for sharing guys XOXO Lou

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