OMG I don’t even know where to start with this one. My second “Thompson” family wedding and it lived up to the last one, they sure know how to do them! I had first met Abigail and Marc at Abigail’s sister’s wedding two summers ago and remembered them so well from their time spent on the dancefloor! I was over the moon to receive the invite to photograph their wedding in September.
On a beautiful Indian summer kind of September day, I headed back to the family home to watch Abigail transform into a beautiful Bride. Accompanied in the morning by 3 bridesmaids, mum and dad, one theme of the day was established very early. I’ve never really thought about the environmental impact of a wedding, but Abigail and Marc obviously had and where possible re and upcycling, from cutlery to her dress, was evident. No compromise in style and elegance as Abigail emerged in a stunning Alice Temperley pre loved ivory gown with the most unique skirt. Abigail looked amazing, slightly nervous but glowing. Marc had spent his morning with his boys at an Airbnb just a walk away from the Church in Stamford. Popping in on a pub on the way to catch some of the rugby World Cup, the boys looked dapper in tweed suits. Intertwined in Marc’s button hole was his late Dad’s clan tartan. A lovely touch.
Their church ceremony took place at 2pm in the heart of the beautiful historic Stamford. They said their “I do’s” in front of their family and friends with a family friend leading the service. Acoustic singers sang them up the aisle and out into blazing sunshine to a mass of confetti. Now what happened next was one of our favourite parts of the whole day; the new Mr & Mrs McLeod led their guests down the cobbled streets of Stamford and over a bridge to the coach all with Gin and Tonics in hand. Class.
The rest of their day took place at the very unique Kingslodge Barn, a working farm, with an empty unused barn at their disposal. Wow did they glam this up! The entire space looked brilliant with twinkly fairy lights, bare wooden long tables decorated with candles and foliage. Guests enjoyed drinks and canapes outside before heading into the barn for speeches and dinner. A very relaxed feel to the day, with 3 fabulous speeches taking place in between courses including an additional shot of Sloe Gin as Marc toasted his late father. Dusk fell and we managed to get the newlyweds outside for some fun pictures with their gang. It was Marc’s idea to piggyback his wife across the fields to avoid the geese poo and what a great idea; the fun aspect of their relationship that was present all day totally came to life. The dusk turned to evening and the place just erupted into one hell of a party, with The Supertones providing the music for them to boogie the night away.
We feel so lucky to have been part of your belter of a day. You were amazing, your guests were amazing and you turned an empty barn into a dream of a space. Well done you two . . . we hope that you’re still on McLeod nine!! (couldn’t resist). Lots of love for a gorgeous future together. xx
Fantastic to work alongside these talented suppliers:
Wedding Planner | Natalie Hewitt
Dress | Alice Temperley
Caterers | The Wild Oven
Band | The Supertones
Cake | Couture Cakes
Hair | Hannah Coxhead Hair Studio