A Swancar Farm Wedding in May

A bride and groom walking down the road that leads to Swancar Farm, their wedding venue.

Sally and Ed had a Swancar Farm wedding in May 2019. They first met in a bar in Cambridge. Ed was a serving officer in the RAF Regiment and Sally was embarking on her first year of teaching. Shortly after they met, Ed was medically discharged from the Armed Forces due to partial hearing loss. This was a tough process which brought them closer together.

Ed now specialises in learning and development for Tesco managers across the South East and Sally is a secondary school Geography teacher in North Hertfordshire.

I was curious to know how Ed proposed to Sally, so I asked…

“In 2018 Ed was training to run the Race to the Stones 100km ultra marathon in aid of SSAFA. As part of his training, Ed was keen to complete a 32 mile training run around Rutland Water. In an attempt to be a supportive girlfriend I agreed to cycle round with Ed to carry his water and fuel supplies. After our first lap of Rutland Water, I was perplexed when Ed was adamant that he wanted to continue carrying his enormous ‘empty’ rucksack for a second lap. Little did I know it contained an engagement ring! I ditched my bike and decided to run the second lap by Ed’s side. Towards the end of the second lap, he kept stopping to go to the toilet and, at the time, I had no idea it was pre-proposal nervous wee’s! After a very long day of physical exertion, I started to get a little impatient and needed some gentle coercing to go down to the reservoir side as I was ready to go home. It was during a cool down routine when I was mid-lunge that Ed pulled out the most beautiful ring from his rucksack and asked me to marry him. In that moment, everything felt perfect and made sense.”

Swancar Farm Country House is a stunning venue which really lends itself to a rustic, boho and picturesque wedding. They chose to include lots of foliage including ivy and eucalyptus leaves along with simple white flowers including roses, Veronica flower and gypsophila. “We felt the greenery reflected our love of the great outdoors!” says Sally.

I asked Sally what details of planning their wedding did they find the toughest?

“Friends and family kept telling me to enjoy every moment of the planning process as well as the day itself. However planning a wedding is tough and it’s only natural to put pressure on yourself to plan the ‘perfect’ day. A few weeks before the wedding, I was really feeling the pressure of confirming the finer details with our suppliers, making the final payments and finishing off the tonnes of handmade decorations which seemed like a great idea when I first started.”

And the best part of their wedding day?

“Both of us were so excited to have everyone we know and love in one space and it didn’t disappoint! It was an amazing feeling knowing that we were the connection that had brought this combination of people together and they were there for us. Walking into the ceremony room and seeing everyone there, with Ed waiting patiently at the front was the most wonderful and uplifting feeling which made any nerves melt away.”

As their wedding favours they had organised a charity donation to go to SSAFA one of the UK’s oldest armed forces charities.

They chose ‘Wonderful Tonight’ by Eric Clapton as the song for their first dance. They first listened to the song together when they were getting ready for the RAF Honington Officer’s Christmas Draw early in their relationship and it felt like the perfect choice for their big day.

They headed down to down to Dorset after their wedding to explore the Jurassic coastline for our ‘mini-moon.’ They then flew out to Bali a month later to explore the forested volcanoes, iconic rice paddies and beautiful beaches. They had fallen in love with Thailand a few years before and they were both keen to explore another region of Southeast Asia.

Any words of advice for those organising their wedding day at the moment?

“Be organised and proactive in your planning leaving plenty of time to get things sorted. Make the most of family and friends to help where possible and don’t be afraid to pass some of the responsibility on to others and trust their judgment. Keep things in perspective and don’t allow nerves to detract from your enjoyment of the day! I found that some simple breathing exercises and yoga early in the morning helped to calm any nerves.”

Thank you to Sally & Ed for choosing me as their Swancar Farm wedding photographer. Here are some of the photos that sum up all the joy, tears and laughter on their wedding day.

If you are planning your wedding at Swancar Farm, and think that my style of wedding photography is a good fit for you, send me a message using my contact page to see if I’m still available for your date.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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