This Rookery Meadow Festival Wedding has got to be one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve had the privilege to shoot. Rookery Meadow only host a very limited number of festival weddings each year, so it was a huge compliment when Gemma and Rob recommended me to Kathryn and Andy last year. We spoke a few days later and I knew right then this was going to be something special. We met in person a few weeks later and we got along brilliantly. They were really relaxed and Kathryn had all the planning under control. They’d been together since their teens and this wedding was years in the making. Their DIY festival wedding vision sounded intense but if anyone could pull this together, Kathryn could. And by golly did she do it!
Rookery Meadow is set in the heart of Suffolk on a working farm. But Gemma and Rob have set aside and poured an enormous amount of hard work into maintaining a beautiful meadow and lake for weddings. This blank canvas is perfect for you to express your own wedding vision. Kathryn and Andy had their official marriage ceremony at the Norwich County Hall earlier in the week and then had the freedom to book a wonderful celebrant for their wedding under one of the enormous 400 year old Oak trees in the meadow.
The meadow is tall and wild but they cut a lovely winding path to the Oak trees and for the tents. Yes tents! Kathryn and Any had booked a dozen stunning bell tents for their guests to stay overnight and some of their friends had their brought their own as well. Kathryn and Andy had the bridal tent set away from the main tents under the other 400 year old Oak tree. They had even set up a special pamper station tent for guests to touch up on makeup, suncream and for baby changing. They’d really thought this through. And this was just the beginning of their personalisation of the venue.
The huge marquee for their wedding breakfast was spectacularly set out with long tables and benches for all their 120 family and guests. Kathryn hand made all the table places which were drawings of the constellations with the guests names set in frames on a gallery wall. Every seat had a polaroid of either Kathryn or Andy with that guest with a special message on the back, they had their own Myhill bar, a glitter station, selfie station with polaroid cameras for everyone to record themselves and add it to their wedding book along with a message. Then there was all the home made cakes and their utterly delicious pork pie and cheese wedding cake for later in the evening.
Kathryn’s bridal theme was to die for. All her bridesmaids wore beautiful white dresses and had the most beautiful flower crowns and bouquets that brought Kathryn to tears when she first saw them. They were stunning. I spent the morning with Kathryn, the bridesmaids and her mum in a wonderfully large bright and airy house they’d rented. Hair and makeup was going at a pace to the tunes of Destiny’s child and Beyonce and seamlessly a delicious lunch was knocked up and the wedding cars cleaned and adorned. Everyone was working to Kathryn’s list, it was like clockwork.
The Kathryn and bridal party arrived and took everyone’s breath way, they looked outstanding. They’d prepared a beautiful ceremony with old pagan Handfasting, from which “tying the knot” is derived. Set under the huge Oak tree it was all a bit rather special and a privilege to be a part of.
As the afternoon wore on we nipped off with a couple of glasses and a bottle of bubbly for some portraits. This short alone time gave them some time to chat and reflect on their momentous day. We got back to the raucous shouts from the Beer Pong table where many old scores were being settled.
Right from our first meeting Kathryn wanted a brass band for the evening entertainment. She found The Turntable band and boy are they good! They played 3 great sets and I’ll never forget their encore of Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York. It brought everyone in for one final dance, arms interlinked, dancing in tune round Kathryn and Andy. It was incredible to be a part of this close inner circle of family and friends celebrating their wedding. What a night. What a wedding.
If you are thinking of a festival wedding do get in touch and give some serious thought to Rookery Meadow for your festival wedding venue.