When I hear the words Spring Wedding photography, I think of blooming flowers and hint of warm sunshine on your skin. Sadly, no one had relayed this information for the weather Gods at Sara and Jules wedding at Hall Farm Hotel in Lincoln.
I initially met Sara, Jules and their gorgeous daughter Betsy, a couple of years ago at Sara’s brothers wedding, so I was thrilled when she got in touch to see if I would be happy to travel to Lincoln to photograph her big day – yes please!
Driving through the clear roads of Lincoln (you don’t get these in Surrey!), I arrived at Sara and Jules gorgeous farm house to a cacophony of noise and wedding day fun and madness. Sara couldn’t have looked any happier if she tried and her reaction when she saw her gorgeous blooms provided by Sarah at Treasured Bouquets was simply priceless.
With bride looking gorgeous, her beautiful daughter Betsy looking ready to steal the show, I was able to capture a few family pictures pre wedding. Sadly Sara’s mum isn’t as able as she was at her sons wedding a couple of years ago, but it was deeply important that she was involved as much as possible throughout the day. The pictures taken with Sara and Betsy made my heart melt, seeing so much love and pride shared through the generations is so precious.
The church was hidden away behind an old dairy, so I was glad I’d followed one of the guests as I think I may well have missed it! The ceremony was simple with readings provided by Sara’s brother, and a close family friend. Both readings were humorous and perfectly complimented the relaxed feel of their wedding – The Lovely Love Story by Edward Monkton and the brilliantly funny Yes I’ll Marry You My Dear by Pam Ayers.
After the ceremony the children from Betsy’s nursery waited patiently outside the church, braving the chilly wind, to surprise the new Mr & Mrs Boland with a cute handmade banner and cheers of joy!
The wedding reception took place at Hall Farm Hotel and restaurant. The venue was elegantly decorated so as not to distract from the beautiful barn feel. There are fields for miles and a lake, with Sara and Jules wrapped up we headed for a few bride and groom pictures. As Sara’s shoes started to sink into the mud, Jules ever the gent, scooped her up into his arms ♥
Speeches were witty and embarrassing with Sara’s dad sharing a number of stories from her childhood, clearly some she would rather forget! Betsy was blissfully unaware of the cause of mother embarrassment and giggled along whilst snuggling in. Love those little moments. Betsy also wasted no time in joining in with her mum and dad’s first dance, all I could think of was the line in Dirty Dancing – “No one puts baby in the corner!”. Thank you so much to Sara and Jules for choosing me to be part of their wedding day and wish them both much happiness for their future ♥