We share the wedding of Adam and Rosa that got married at Folly Farm, their day was captured by Rachael of Our Beautiful Adventure.
Folly Farm Wedding
Over to Rachael the photographer to tell us about the day.
About the couple
Alan and Rosa met on the Guardian Soulmates website, and share a love of the outdoors and adventure. So the venue at Folly Farm was perfect for them, set in a nature reserve with wildflower meadows and ancient woodlands, they were able to have the ceremony and most of the wedding outdoors, which was a lovely reflection of their personalities and passions.
Please tell us a little bit about the day and how it went
There is plenty of accommodation at Folly Farm centre and both the Bride and Groom were able to get ready there, so there was only one location for the whole day, which I find can make things a bit more relaxed. The wedding was in the middle of the heatwave on a a very hot and sunny Saturday. The ceremony was held in a beautiful apple orchard, the aisle was just two rows of apple trees and the guest all sat on hay bales. Alan and Rosa’s families are very musical and they had their family members playing various instruments and doing the music during the ceremony which was a lovely personal touch.
Instead of just one big cake, Alan and Rosa had all of their friends contribute a cake and they got a little bit competitive about it, which resulted in a very impressive array of cake creations.
Folly farm centre has a huge barn space where the meal was held, and in the evening it was cleared for a ceilidh. A very fun way to end a great day.
Do tell us a little bit about yourself
I myself love the outdoors, and live on the Gower coastline in South Wales. I love nothing more than getting out for long walks with my family and exploring this beautiful place we live in. This venue was a real treat for me being a mostly outdoor wedding, and all the lovely natural light and beautiful surroundings made my job that little bit easier.
How would you describe your photography style?
I take a documentary style approach for most of the wedding day, hanging back and capturing the day as it unfolds. But I do love to take a bit of time to capture some more intimate portraits of the happy couple.
What did you love about the day?
One of my favourite things about this wedding was Alan and Rosa’s family and friends. From the moment I arrived they all made me feel so welcome and everyone seemed to know my name already and came to introduce themselves. And throughout the day you could really see just how loved the couple were and how much they meant to everyone there. It was so wonderful to be a part of such a special wedding.
I also loved the venue, being able to have the ceremony outside in an apple orchard was so beautiful, and the barn for the reception was stunning, and the staff there all worked so hard to ensure the day went perfectly for Alan and Rosa.
What advice would you give to couples planning their wedding day?
One of the hardest things about wedding planning can be trying to please everyone else and forgetting about what it is you really want. It’s so important that you try to remember that it is your day and whilst taking other people’s feelings into account is good, don’t lose sight of what you want. It is your wedding at the end of the day and you need to be able to relax and enjoy it!