OUR WEDDING DAY – THE CEREMONY

Wedding flowers on the lychgate
Wedding flowers on the lychgate
The Church, St Lawrence's Coppenhall
Wedding flowers on the lychgate
Church flowers
Church flowers
Church flowers
Wedding invitations
Wedding invitations

On the 19th September 2020, on a sunny afternoon in our (very) local village church I became Mrs Saxon-Hardy!

It was the most wonderful, emotional, love filled day and perfect in every way. I wanted to document this incredible moment of our lives here, so please enjoy some of my favourite photos from the day starting with before the ceremony, our church service and immediately after. Our incredible photographer James Merrick captured the day perfectly and we cannot thank him enough.

Emily standing at the top of the stairs in her wedding dress, pre ceremony
Emily making her way downstairs
Emily standing outside of her house, waiting to walk to the church
Emily walking to the church with her family
Emily walking to the church with her family
Emily walking to the church with her family

Walking the short distance (approximately 2-3 minutes) to the Church with my family is something I will never forget. I am so thankful for the weather that day, it was so sunny and warm, but not too hot! Neighbours stood in the street to wish me well as I walked past, which overwhelmed me in the best possible way. The entire walk, although fairly short, felt so surreal – I think I floated!

Emily standing at the back of the church, looking down, wearing her veil
A floor shot of Emily's veil down the aisle
Emily and Richard during their wedding church service, facing each other. Richard takes Emily's hand
Emily and Richard during their wedding church service, facing each other. Richard takes Emily's hand
Emily and Richard during their wedding church service, seated after vows
Emily and Richard leaving the Church, they are married!

The church service felt so intimate and emotional (lots of tears were shed). Our incredible vicar Sue gave a wonderful service, full of laughs, love and kind words. As you can see from the images inside the church, our wedding took place during the COVID pandemic and was therefore smaller than many (the guidelines for that time allowed 30 guests), but that tiny church was filled to the brim with love and happiness on that day. We honestly wouldn’t change a thing – it was the best day of our lives so far.

In fact, can I take this moment to say to any couple considering a smaller guest list wedding, go for it! We personally didn’t compromise on anything other than the guest numbers (we could have scaled the wedding down but took the attitude of, you only get married once) and even that wasn’t an issue for us. I appreciate it’s personal choice – even in non-COVID times I wouldn’t have had a huge guest list as the intimate vibe is what we wanted. Of course there were many people who weren’t there who we would have loved to share the day with, but in hindsight everything felt perfect. We just felt so lucky to have our day!

After the service we spent some time outside of the church, reflecting on the day so far, having photos taken, confetti throwing and chatting with our guests. You may notice quite a lot of blue in our theme, it’s not only my favourite colour but the grooms too!

Emily and Richard standing outside the Church, sharing a kiss!
Emily talking with guests outside the church
Emily and Richard talking to the vicar, thanking her for the wonderful service
A closeup shot of Emily's wedding bouquet
Emily's veil blows in the wind
Wedding confetti cones ready to be thrown
Emily and Richard share a kiss as the confetti is thrown
More confetti!
Emily chats to guests
Emily and Richard leave the Church and walk along the country lane
Close up of the Morgan car steering wheel. Bride and Groom are off to the reception venue

After confetti throwing, chatting to guests and thanking the vicar for a wonderful service it was off to the reception venue in our blue Morgan car!

To be continued…

A huge thank you to all of the suppliers who made our day come together in the most perfect way.

Church – St Lawrence’s, Coppenhall
Photographer – James Merrick Photography
Videographer – Sam Holland, Route 89 Video Production
Brides dress – Enzoani Ethereal Bridal, Penkridge
Brides shoes – Jimmy Choo*
Brides hair – Francesco Group, Weeping Cross
Suits (including the Grooms) – Peter Posh Suit Hire
Florist – Lavender, Penkridge
Stationary – Fine Art Calligraphy
Balloon Arch – Balloons of Stafford
Blue Hydrangea Confetti – Adamapple Confetti
Morgan Car – Williams Automobiles

4 Comments

  1. Cat
    December 2, 2020 / 12:38 am

    Oh Emily! Congratulations ~ what a lovely wedding 🥰
    Thank you for sharing with us!
    Love from Macau 💓

    • Emily
      Author
      December 2, 2020 / 10:21 am

      Thank you so much! 🙂

  2. December 2, 2020 / 9:17 pm

    It all looks absolutely perfect! Congratulations again! x

    • Emily
      Author
      December 4, 2020 / 8:53 pm

      Thank you so much, we had an incredible day 🙂 x

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