A wedding is an incredibly happy and poignant milestone in our lives but for Eve and Carl, it really was the icing on the cake that they were able to involve their guests to create a truly memorable and remarkable day.
Right from the start, the happy couple knew how much their family and friends meant to them – and it's why they chose them to help turn their wedding reception at the Newton Blossom Park Farm, which overlooks beautiful countryside across the Ouse Valley and the perfect blank canvas to create their dream day, into vintage splendour.
Bunting was tied around the marquee attached to the farm's historic barn and a bar, made by Eve's dad from wooden pallets with the letters 'E & C' engraved on them, stood pride of place in the centre. Pretty cushions made by the mother of the bride and plants dotted across the grounds gave an extra homely feel to the wedding venue, as did an Aunt Sally and photo booth designed by their friends.
And with the stunning decorations in place, it was then time for Eve and Carl to get ready for what was to be one of the best days of their lives.
Whilst Eve excitedly slipped on her vintage wedding dress at her parents' home with the help of her seven bridesmaids, Carl steadied his pre-wedding nerves with a quick drink in Ampthill's White Hart and his five grooms, family and friends before hot footing it across to St Andrew's Church in Ampthill to wait for Eve to arrive. And he certainly wasn't disappointed.
Just as the loving couple had enlisted the special people in their lives to turn their wedding dream into reality, so too did they ask their friends to play a poignant part in their service. As Eve walked down the aisle on the arm of her father looking absolutely stunning, their friend played the trumpet to the glorious wedding music they had both chosen for the intimate service and the exchanging of vows.
Laughing, smiling and glowing afterwards, the couple held hands as they left the church with friends and family throwing confetti over them before they jumped into an Austin Cambridge car to Newton Blossom Park Farm in Bedfordshire whilst their guests were transported in a vintage bus.
Surrounded by breathtaking country views and corn fields, I captured the vintage day with some beautiful shots of the happy newly weds, family and friends as well as the first wedding dance during the joyous reception that even had tables named after cakes in recognition of Eve's job as a talented cake maker at the Crumble Cakery in Ampthill, a Prosecco van serving guests with chilled sparkling wine, garden games, music sung by two of their friends and a delicious, eye catching wedding cake, lovingly made by the bride.
To cap what was a truly perfect day, the besotted couple then settled down in a tepee tent especially put up in the farm's grounds by the lake to spend their wedding night after they had bade farewell to their family and friends who had made it so special.