When Lucy and George told me they were having their wedding reception in the grounds of Lucy’s parents’ home that had a windmill, to say I was excited, would be an understatement.
I always love shooting in unusual wedding venues, and to know I would be shooting a windmill wedding, well that was up there with the best of my expectations.
Napton windmill is a landmark in the village of Napton on the hill, Warickshire and was built around 1835. The structure has been beautifully restored and formed the perfect backdrop of a wedding reception, which also had a tipi in the ground for their wedding breakfast and evening celebrations.
What was there not to love about the styling for the whole day? Could it get any better? Yes it could! Their family and friends had a great happy and relaxed vibe, that I must admit I didn’t want the day to end because of this. It was fun and laughter from morning till dusk. Hence the more than usual images in this post.
The spectatcular fireworks display framed by their windmill and tipi at the end of the day was a perfect end to a perfect day.
I’ll keep my chatter to a minimum and let my images tell you the story of their day and I hope you enjoy the images from this gorgeous windmill wedding.
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Their Story in Their Own Words
Before The Wedding
How You Met. Through mutual friends at George’s GCSE after prom party.
How He Proposed. Walking the dog on a Friday afternoon over the fields by our house, he pulled out a handwritten poem, which he had written to the theme tune of fresh prince of bel air “now this is a story all about how…”. He ask me to read it out loud. The final line of the poem was “As I kneel here now on one knee, I would like to ask” and as I turned to look he was down on one knee.
The Bride Wore. WTOO Wedding Dress
The Groom Wore. House of Cavani Suit
Jewellery/Accessories. Ivory & Co. by John Lewis
Hair/Make-up Done. Hair by Donna at Lacey’s in Priors Marston, Make-Up by Fabienne Bennett
Flowers. Suzanne Evetts
Invitations. Hand made
Ceremony Place. St Lawrence Church at Napton
Wedding Theme/Style. Rustic romantic with a view
Reception Place. Napton Windmill
First Dance Song. You and Me by Lifehouse
Cake. The Post Room, Deal. (Banana cake with caramel rum frosting, Vanilla with buttercream and Raspberry, Carrot cake with Cream Cheese Frosting)
Colours. Navy, White and Natural greens
Decor Elements. Ivy, Candles, Hessian, Hanging Rustic Ladder, Rustic wooden items
Unique Details. The Windmill, the view, the stretch tent, Jaeger as favours.
Most Memorable Moments
Lucy’s Answer. The exact minute the first guest arrived walked through the gates at the reception the clouds broke apart and and the sun shone down on everyone.
George’s Answer. When we came out of the church, Lucy’s dad handed me the keys to his TVR to drive her to the reception and it to almost symbolised the giving away of his daughter and a symbol of trust.
Place. California coast (Flew into Vegas, picked up a Mustang and drove out to LA and then followed the coast up to San Francisco)