Some of my very favourite memories of my time in Hamburg, being post-grad with my life literally stretching infinitely ahead of me, surrounded the feelings of life being limitless.Friendships were exagerrated and passionate, nights out dancing rarely ended before dawn and rounded out with a wobbly cycle home from the train station and house parties were the stuff of legend. These sacred memories are filled with packed out many-roomed flats and German hip-hop, art students arriving in costumes on a theme, loud music and comfort food. I have SO MUCH fondness for the epic house party. When the joy and hilarity expands to much that the room struggles to contain it and friends and family members wrap their arms around each other, shouting the words to their favourite songs. Naomi & Jamie's October wedding embodied this sweet nostalgia for me: an exclusive-use wedding venue that became a home away from home, filled with friends and family embracing the big fat crazy joy of the wedding day and having the time of their lives.It was insane and loud and silly and SO. MUCH. FUN. to capture.
Naomi and Jamie got married last autumn in the awesome Ashfield House, which is a quirky house in Standish. They had their ceremony at the same venue as the reception, which was great, because having everything in one venue meant more time for drinks. They chose Ashfield House because they could have the place for the whole weekend and they just fell in love with it. It was a massive family wedding, which felt so personal and authentic to them as a couple. I love shooting Ashfield House weddings because the staff is just incredible. Ashfield House has become one of my very spaces to work in, simple because the scope of the venue means no two weddings look the same. It's large and grand but still feels intimate. And the FOOD. Seriously, the food.
Naomi got ready in the bridal suite, and the atmosphere was full of excitement. The girls were super giddy and it made for such a fun atmosphere. The boys then arrived via a fancy wedding car to the ceremony. My awesome second shooter Amy was there to capture Jamie and the lads' arrival in their snappy suits.
The wedding itself was a civil ceremony in a beautiful room at Ashfield House. During the ceremony Jamie's son Leon was so overcome that he very sweetly wept as his dad and step-mum said their vows. It was so emotional. Despite being overcome with emotion and stumbling through some of the words - to the delight of their guests! - cheers rang out as this beloved couple fairly danced back down the aisle.
The reception was at the same venue and they had a cocktail drinks reception in the afternoon, and an awesome emcee from DFC Lancashire in the evening. Having the emcee for the day really kept things moving along but also so entertaining with a danced-in grandentrance by the birdal party and a game of Mr. & Mrs. They decorated the venue with so many blush roses by the genius Sarah of The Rose Boutique and tealights, because it’s so cosy. The most touching part was a small photo tribute to Naomi's mum who sadly passed but whose presence was surely felt through the day. For dinner they had proper wedding grub, which was loved by all the guests. The first dance involved the wedding party getting on the dancefloor to get the dancing going, and they finished off the evening with everyone lying around drunk off their heads.
The most fun part of the day was the dancing, because everyone totally let loose.
Naomi wore an elegant, biased cut sleeveless gown from Wed2Be with Sophia Webster shoes and Jamie wore a French Connection suit and they looked so perfect. Naomi’s shoes were winged and she had even bought a matching children's pair for their daughter Orla!
Naomi and Jamie’s wedding was such a laugh and had such a fun atmosphere. Here’s their epic wedding!
If you’re having an Ashfield House wedding, get in touch!
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