Every wedding should, at the very least, involve a dog wearing a bow. You’ll be pleased to hear that on this day I was far from disappointed!


Cate and Nick chose to hold their wedding reception a few months after having a low-key registry office ceremony. This gave them the freedom to celebrate with family and friends in their own unique, informal and relaxed way. The groom’s parents home, a converted barn in the Peak District overlooking a quiet village green, made the perfect venue for such an event – an outdoorsy country wedding. The greenery of trees and meadows formed a lush backdrop to the wedding blessing given by Cate’s father by the buttercross on the village green.
Other than a few bits ‘n’ bobs, this was very much a DIY wedding, including Nick’s mother putting together most of the flowers and decorations herself. The DIY ethic extended to the buffet lunch, with all the guests bringing delicious food to share, which resulted in a fantastic spread. There was plenty going on to keep both children and adults entertained for an entire afternoon with a sports day on the village green including rounders, tug-of-war, welly wanging, cricket, swing ball, boules and more.
Drawing closer to the evening, Nick and his brother got their chef’s outfits on and stirred up a scrummy paella for everyone (at which point I convinced the groom to remove his shirt for a slightly more comic effect).

It was such a fun and chilled out day. Love and laughter, sunshine and happiness filled the air on this fabulous summer wedding day. And as for the dogs wearing bows? Well, you’ll have to scroll down and see for yourself!

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