Jenna and Ryan’s wedding was one of my absolute all-time favourites. After exchanging lots of chatty emails with Jenna in the run up to the wedding, it already felt like I knew her, and then when we properly met for their engagement shoot (see this here) it was so effortless, fun and easy to spend time with them it felt like we were already friends.
Their wedding day was brilliant – I can’t go into everything I loved about it in detail or I’d be here all day, but to list a few: constant smiles and laughter all day long, all of Jenna’s family mucking in and getting ready together in a beautiful big barn, Jenna’s incredible eyes, the bridesmaid who refused to let her broken leg be a negative thing by decorating her crutches with glowing hearts, Jenna’s hilarious and wonderfully warm mum, the lovely bond between Jenna and her brother, gazillions of cute kids, Ryan’s dry sense of humour, outdoor speeches (so much nicer!), the cancer research donation favours, the creche for kids so parents could relax over dinner, Ryan and his mates having a quick round of golf in the grounds, the outdoor help-yourself photo booth and props, Jenna and Ryan’s fun and energetic first dance and of course the pleasure of seeing these two lovely people absolutely head over heels for each other.
It would be wrong not to make a special mention of the incredible venue, the Crab and Lobster in Dishforth, North Yorkshire. It’s easily my favourite venue of the year and I strongly encourage anyone to go there. It’s an award-winning pub and restaurant and it’s easy to see why. A winning combination of amazing food and drink and a completely breathtaking and unique venue. It’s filled to the brim with fascinating bric-a-brac and vintage curiosities, all of them crammed onto walls, shelves, window ledges, and suspended from the ceiling – you can spend hours just wandering around and having a good old nose – a skeleton in a wicker wheelchair, drums, an old-fashioned deep sea diver’s suit, nautical trinkets, puppets, ornaments, tins, clothing, material, crockery….. and a million other things, covering pretty much every surface. I loved the beautiful sun dappled conservatory for the ceremony and the atmospheric, candlelit tables during dinner, not to mention the lovely outdoor areas, the patio, the little golf course up the hill and the beautiful landscaped gardens.
All in all, like I said to begin with, one of my all-time favourite weddings. Throughout the whole day I was treated like one of the guests, everyone was so warm and welcoming. In Jenna and Ryan I feel like I have found two new friends and it was such a pleasure to spend such an amazing day with them. Here are some of my favourites…