As a London photographer it’s always nice to get away and shoot a wedding in the countryside. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE London weddings (I will be blogging some of these shortly too) but it’s always nice to have a change of scenery. This summer I was lucky enough to be asked to shoot Hebe and Alex’s wedding at Tithe Barn in Mells, Somerset. It was also the first hand fasting ceremony I’ve shot, so that was really special too!
Despite having to work around the stress of lockdowns and retractions, Hebe and Alex’s wedding day turned out beautifully – the forecasted rain gave way to beautiful sunshine, just in time for couples portraits and drinks in the garden!
There were so many little details that just made the day their own. Hebe customised her dress with stones to match her gorgeous tiara and her bridesmaids even surprised her with a garter to match. The barn was filled with wildflowers and twinkling lights…a perfect setting for their hand fasting ceremony. There were outdoor games for the children and a delicious Tibetan vegetarian feast!
What is a hand fasting ceremony?
A hand fasting ceremony is an ancient Celtic ritual where the hands of the couple are tied together to symbolise the binding of two lives. Hebe and Alex used braided cord in different colours and had family members tie the cord around their hands and say a few words.
Here are some of the photos of Hebe and Alex’s special day.
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