Mike and Joanna Cutler’s Wedding
A castle, a tractor ride, a steam train and even a Second World War Hurricane fighter plane performing an impromptu flypast, we feature this lovely wedding of Mike and Joanna captured by Moments in Time Wedding Photography.
I was so taken with the delightful country wedding of Mike and Joanna Cutler’s that I simply had to share it!
My first impression of the happy couple was not only how charming they were, but how wonderfully relaxed and down-to-earth about everything they seemed to be, and the wedding day celebrations reflected this.
The venue was Purbeck Valley Farmhouse at Corfe Castle, set in the middle of beautiful rolling Dorset countryside, run by a lovely lady called Linda Barnes. As it turned out, this was the very first wedding ceremony carried out there (though it has paid host to wedding receptions). Jo and Mike are keen campers, so tents featured quite a bit – many of the guests stayed overnight in tents in a corner of a field, and one of their two cakes was in the shape of a tent complete with a miniature Mike and Jo.
The ceremony was conducted at the rear of the farmhouse, beneath a large pergola in a flower-filled garden, the Best Men (all three) and the bridesmaids lining the stone steps leading up to the pergola. The bride and bridesmaids, in keeping with the relaxed country feel, wore white tennis shoes! Following the signing of the register there was a beribboned tractor and trailer to carry the guests and married couple to the marquee set up in one of the fields, with table’s given the names of flowers and herbs. The potted table decorations were designed to be taken home afterwards by guests and planted in the garden, a really simple yet effective idea.
Sometimes the planned colour scheme – for this wedding, cornflower-blue for the groom, Best Men and ushers, and the straw-coloured dresses of the bridesmaids – really works well with the natural colours of the environment, in this case the gentle colour palette of the Dorset countryside: the verdant greens of the grass-covered hills, the gold of the newly cut straw, and the hazy blue of the warm June sky. It was a photographer’s dream combination.
Add to that the impressive ruined fortifications of Corfe Castle as a backdrop, and the sight of a steam train chugging away in the distance, and you have the perfect setting. But what made it extra special was the chance appearance of a World War Two Hurricane fighter plane, heading towards us just as I’d gathered the guests for a group photo. The pilot saw us, turned and did a flypast – twice! – before heading out into the distance. Truly magical!
As a photographer I like to think I’m relaxed and informal, working closely with my clients to capture the essence of the day for them in whatever way suits them. This day was very relaxed, so the photos almost took themselves. This was when work and pleasure combine and makes me feel lucky to be a wedding photographer. Jo in particular could not stop laughing and smiling, which is a real bonus for any photographer. A truly lovely day and I wish the happy couple a long and fulfilled life together.