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St Mary the Virgin, Minster – Nicole & Ricky

“You were more than just a photographer at our wedding. You were one of the guests and fully embraced the day and the people there which made for great photos that represent how much fun we all had.”- Nicole & Ricky

St Mary the Virgin, Minster church wedding

From start to finish, I had the very best of times at Nicole and Ricky’s wedding. I couldn’t have asked for a more special day to be a part of.
We started off the day in their beautiful local church, St Mary the Virgin, Minster. This was a stunning location for their marriage and I loved the opportunity to photograph here. It was a wonderfully traditional back drop with Nicole and Ricky’s own stamp on it. And of course, it was no hardship at all to photograph the happy couple here. Their raw emotions were as plain as day and I couldn’t ask for a more joyful couple to capture.

We then moved onto their home made reception in a family friends back garden. It really felt like the whole guest list, me included, were all part of their extended family. It didn’t hurt that Nicole and Ricky looked after us all so well! The setting was beautiful and the perfect backdrop to their celebration. The atmosphere they had created was relaxed and full of joy, you could see that everyone was having the best time. The maqrquee was beautifully decorated throughout as you’ll be able to see in the photographs below. They really did think through every detail!

Nicole and Ricky are a great couple, I captured so many great moments of them throughout the day. They were clearly just over-joyed to be celebrating together and with all their family and friends and they put together such a great day. Their wedding at St Mary the Virgin, Minster was one of the best from my year and I’m so pleased to be able to share my favourite moments from it below.

I’ll now hand over to Nicole & Ricky to tell you a bit more about their wedding day!

What made your day unique?
It was so home made and DIY making it very authentic us!

What was your experience of having me as your photographer?
Loved it! You were more than just a photographer at our wedding. You were one of the guests and fully embraced the day and the people there which made for great photos that represent how much fun we all had.

What was the best decision you made while planning the wedding?
To do it all ourselves but with as little stress as possible. The day was so true to who we are.

What was your favourite moment of the day?
Impossible question!! The whole day felt like 5 minutes. It was a big happy blur from the moment I stepped inside the church to the end of the night.

What was the hardest decision you made while planning the wedding?
The one thing that was always set for me was the church so probably working out logistically how everything else would work around that

Do you have any advice for people planning their wedding?
Relax and enjoy it. Don’t try to make it something you’re not, it’s about the people and the love rather than the most expensive everything… and be prepared to have the best day of your lives!

Bride Dress Name/Designer
Willowby Watters

Bridal Boutique Name/Where did you get your dress from?
Emma Elizabeth Bridal

What made you choose your wedding dress?
I wanted something comfortable that I felt myself in. The dress was so lightweight but still had a full skirt making it feel very bridal.

Again comfort first – Rainbow

Grooms Suit
Made by a small boutique in Lincoln

What made you choose your suit?
It was classic in colour but the fabric made it different. We were also pleased that the groomsmen were able to wear the same suit but without the waistcoat.

Bridesmaid Dress
Marks and Spencer

Wedding Cake
Made by my Dad!

Grown by the Dad and arranged by a family friend

Make Up Artist
My lovely friend Kat

Hair Stylist
Another friend!

We had Tom Morley singing and playing acoustic guitar during the drinks reception and he was sensational! The evening band were also brilliant – Sound City.

All home made and assembled

Planner & Stylist
All us!

I arrived in a friends Aston Martin. The church was only a few minutes walk from the reception venue so we all walked together which was lovely.

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