Rhea & Daniel had their hearts set on a woodland wedding, as well as being a couple that loves the outdoors, they wanted to have a day with a relaxed atmosphere that an outdoor ceremony could deliver. The woodlands being top of their priorities, when they came across Cuffley YHA, it was love at first sight. Although they did have to use their imagination at the time as they first visited in January when the trees were bare. Their faith paid off as on their August wedding day everything was in full bloom, tying the knot outside with a backdrop of lush greens. To continue the relaxed vibe, they had a late afternoon start, a graze table before the ceremony and a BBQ in the evening.
The ceremony was held under a huge oak tree with dappled light coming through the leaves. I am all for an outdoor wedding, there’s something very calming about having the ceremony outside and we really do have beautiful countryside in the UK so why not make the most of the scenery? However to address the elephant in the room; with an outdoor wedding in the UK, there’s of course always the risk of the Great British weather turning on you. As luck would have it, the rain was perfectly timed; just before the ceremony but clearing before Rhea arrived with the sun shining for the rest of the service. The next downpour was whilst guests were eating inside and from then on we didn’t have another raindrop but a beautiful rainbow appeared instead. And I will say I’ve photographed a lot more sunny wedding days than rainy ones, so if you’re considering an outdoor wedding; I say go for it!
The happy couple clearly have a great eye opting for simple but beautiful décor that worked perfectly with their natural backdrop. They had so many lovely touches; my favourite detail was Daniel’s beautiful calligraphy over pages from an old flora book to create unique name places and seating plan. ‘The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady’ has the most beautiful paintings of plants and flowers and was found by the couple in a charity shop where they knew it would complete their vision perfectly.
The wedding day really was a family affair with Rhea & Daniel and their loved ones arranging most of it themselves from music to flowers to the food to setting up the day before and even the gorgeous lemon and elderflower cake.
Appreciating the peaceful moments, I know the couple enjoyed the time away to have their photos as it meant they got a quiet moment with each other which is so important on a day that can fly by.
It was so lovely to witness how much love Rhea & Daniel’s community have for the couple, clear by how many of them refused to leave until they helped to clear up. Congratulations to Rhea & Daniel and thank you for letting me be a part of your dreamy day!