Emily and Jake got married this summer at the beautiful Cusworth Hall, which is a stunning venue in Doncaster. It was such a fun wedding and even the rain, or getting stuck in horrendous traffic didn’t dampen the day! This was a lovely wedding for me as I shot the Brides brothers wedding (The fab Leigh & Frankie) in 2018 so I already knew a lot of the couples family and friends. This is an added bonus as a wedding photographer!
Emily got her hair and make up done at Milanda’s Bawtry, which is located at 54 – 56 High street in Bawtry, then went back to her parents house in Auckley, to meet all the other bridesmaids and her Dad too. The atmosphere was full of excitement. Jake got ready at home, then following on traditional from Leigh & Frankies wedding, went to the Eagle & Child for pre-ceremony drinks, before Jake & the groomsmen and the guests were collected by Bus to travel to the Ceremony.
The ceremony was at Cusworth Hall, once everyone, including the registrars got through the crazy traffic that day. They chose Cusworth Hall because they love it. When Emily arrived, as the registrar still wasn't there, she got taken and hidden in a side room, so that the guests could come back out of the ceremony room, as it was getting a bit hot & stuffy in there.
Emily says 'I got bundled off into the library with mum dad, bridesmaids and page boys and we're supplied with Prosecco (still don't know if this was Cusworth or the registrars that paid for this) and I was genuinely quite relaxed!! Jake and the other guests were taken out of the main room and all mainly headed to the bars too. Jake was relaxed about it all too, but says he was hot. However, even an hour and 15 delay didn't impact on an amazing day, we just rolled with it and took it all in'.
The reception was held at Peacocks in Finningley. They decorated the venue in a rustic fashion with hessian & foliage. Emily says 'The inspiration for the colour scheme and decoration was really just because we're not very formal people and I'm not really into pink and girly so we really wanted it to be chilled out and fun. I have loved fairy lights forever so they needed to be included to make it all twinkly and Jake likes a good candle and lantern so they just worked together lovely'. Emily says 'We were lucky to have Jess, Jakes sister, who bought all the jars, decorated them and filled them with sweets for the sweet table which looked amazing. Both sets of families in general and the bridesmaids and best man helped so much. They were the ones who we just helped out for weeks without moaning and seemed to enjoy being involved'.
In the afternoon, they had a fantastic, colourful buffet, complete with a wedding cake made entirely out of cheese. And then in the evening. they had a disco and fun was had by everyone, although the rain persisted most of the night.
The couple met at through a mutual friend and now work together, with Jake messaging Emily on Watsap to ask her out, however she mistakenly thought he meant with all their work buddies too, so she told her she would let him know when she had spoken to the team!
The couple say that if you’re planning your wedding, the biggest piece of advice they could give you is to take it all in and enjoy every moment, even the things that feel like they're going wrong. Emily says 'On the day make sure to enjoy time together'. She says at one point, they both just stood together and looked around at all their nearest and dearest in one room together and that is a moments that will stay with them forever. Emily says 'We even had guests travel from across the country, from France and Germany to be there so they amazed us'.
As for the great British weather, Emily says 'the rain certainly didn't dampen the day, it was funny that it was the start then of a non-stop 7 day wet period and it was nice that it wasn't boiling hot. It also worked in our favour for the reception because it meant then that people were involved and felt close by all day as people weren't spread out across the rooms as well as the garden area. It felt cosy. It was just a shame that it meant I was too nervous to put my train down! I remember panicking that I was going to be really late and worrying that the registrars wouldn't marry us because we'd missed our time because town was gridlocked but then on getting to Cusworth, my Dad & I got got told the news that the registrar wasn't there yet and I instantly relaxed'
Emily and Jake’s wedding was amazing. Here’s a few images from their big day. If you’re currently planning a wedding, please feel free to get in touch for a quote on any of my wedding day photography packages.
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