Hanna & Paul’s laidback, woodland farm wedding…

Photos by My Beautiful Bride - Words by Hannah Rogers

Photos by My Beautiful Bride – Words by Hannah Rogers

Woodland Ceremony & Meadow Flowers…

Happy Friday everyone!

Today we bring you the beautifully simple wedding of Hanna & Paul which took place at Hawthbush Farm in East Sussex.

The couple were keen to spread their big day over a whole weekend so Hawthbush farm was the perfect venue, complete with glamping, chic caravans and a farm house. This wedding is a perfect example that if you find the right venue to put your stamp on, you can have a laid back, fuss free day and let the love speak for itself!

A stunning sequin dress, beautiful handpicked flowers, woodland ceremony and an adorably loved up couple, all captured by our MMU supplier My Beautiful Bride…enjoy!

The couple: Hanna & Paul

Venue: Hawthbush Farm, East Sussex

Michael from My Beautiful Bride…

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Why do you love this wedding…

I’ve been going to music festivals for the last 10 years so the idea of a ‘Festival Inspired’ Wedding sounded really inspiring. Hawthbush Farm in East Sussex is a lovely venue and has a host of great locations to shoot in – meadow grasslands, Woods, Old Shepherd huts, converted farm buildings and a barn where the reception was held. The whole day had a very laid back, unconventional, warm atmosphere and the weather was ideal.

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What were the couple’s requirements…

Hanna and Paul best part gave me a very open brief. They were very familiar with my style of photography and simply gave me a free hand. Fantastic!!

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Favourite detail of the day…

On the farm there is an isolated woodland meadow that has been set aside to grow wild flowers. All the bouquets, button holes and decorative flowers were all sourced from this meadow.

Hanna & Paul… 

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How did you meet and get engaged…

We were on holiday in Mexico and were at the end of our two-weeker at Laguna Bacalar. It was our last day there before heading back to Mexico City to fly home.

We went kayaking early afternoon and Paul kept insisting we head further and further out which was unusually as he really dislikes kayaking as it’s so tiring. We later found out that he wanted to go far out so he wouldn’t be overheard and because he kept waiting for the sun to come out from behind the clouds.

Eventually, tired, we stopped in the kayak and were floating for a while when Hanna spontaneously started singing ‘Don’t Stop me Now’ by Queen. This is a song she has always said she’d walk down the aisle to. Paul knew the moment was right and asked her if she wanted to get married. Hanna said yes! Then the kayaking back to shore commenced!

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What was your vision for the day…

We wanted a day that felt both special and relaxed in its energy. We didn’t want to get married somewhere that was a conveyor belt of weddings, but somewhere we could make our own. We wanted something simple that we could add our own touches to.

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Tell us about how you found the dress…

After a day spent in boutique wedding dress shops on a Saturday with her mum and sister, Hanna was exhausted from the very idea of any more wedding dress shopping, though she had discovered she liked a 20s/30s silhouette to her dress. Roann her sister (and Chief Bridesmaid) told her they ought to go to a vintage wedding fair at Battersea Arts Centre that was on the next day.

Reluctantly Hanna agreed to go and they brought fellow bridesmaid Alexis along too. After milling around for a bit, Hanna saw something sparkly catch her eye – to find a beautiful dress entirely covered in sequins. She knew it was the one! At once understated and dramatic – not many people get married head to toe in sequins!

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So, massive congratulations to Hanna & Paul and a huge thank you to Michael at My Beautiful Bride for sharing his wonderful photography with us! To find out more about Michael and his work, check out his website here.

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