An Intimate Wedding at Home - Sophie & Steven
We love nothing more than featuring a real wedding on And so to Wed. No matter how big or small your wedding day, we love to hear and see the story of your day.
Today's real wedding is as real as it comes. A rainy day in Stockton-on-Tees and a reception venue at home, the two don't usually go hand in hand for a wedding day but I promise you the results are lovely, heartfelt and you know what it goes to show what a wedding is really about - having all your friends and family in one place, surrounded by good food, drink and hell of a lot of love. Love doesn't take up any space so a huge venue isn't needed! (Romantic, I know!).
There's a real warm snuggly glow around this wedding, you can just tell there was a lot of love in the house. The little details handcrafted by Sophie and Steven are amazing too, they must have put so much time into their wedding day to make it as perfect as they wanted. Oh and they did all the catering themselves! Incredible!
To prove you don't need a snazzy expensive venue for your wedding day I hand you over to Anete Lusina, the photographer behind the magic of Sophie and Steven's wedding day.
Sophie and Steven's day began on a rainy March Saturday in Stockton-on-Tees. Sophie was getting ready at her future mother-in-law's house while Steven was getting suited up at their own place nearby.
Sophie and Steven chose to have an intimate, low-key wedding full of DIY preparations in the weeks and months leading up to the wedding. Both of them prepared all the food, with Steven focusing on smoking the meat in the garden while Sophie made sure there's plenty of hot and cold food for all tastes.
The ceremony, held in Middlesbrough Town Hall, saw Steven live-streaming it on Facebook to ensure that their friends, who were abroad at the time, could tune in and witness this intimate love celebration.
The rain never stopped, and as we left the Middlesbrough Town Hall, we just got on with it (with the help of a few umbrellas) and braced through the weather. Few shots near the town hall followed with a visit to a local park that had a beautiful band stand, and then back to the reception, which was held at Steven mother's house.
Hosting up to 50 people isn't exactly a big task for venues but hosting a small wedding in a house while it's raining all day long? House was full of little things to look at - Sophie and Steven's polaroids scattered around the walls of their adventures and childhood photos, a DIY photobooth in one of the rooms, followed with a self-made bar in the kitchen where Steven's mum was ensuring everyone had plenty to drink and eat.
The garden was transformed with the help of a small tent/marquee, to shield us from the rain as we gathered outside to listen to the heartfelt speeches. Steven didn't have a best man, his friends were too dear for him to pick out just one so they all divided the task of giving a 'best man's speech' amongst themselves, making sure each one of them has a little bit to say about Steven and his love for Sophie.
Not once did the sun shine, but if anything, it just made the whole wedding even more cozy with people keeping together, chatting, having fun instead of scattering around as it often happens in large venues.
The food was plentfiful, it was something Sophie and Steven wanted to ensure is done right because we all know too well of weddings where guests are left hungry for hours while they follow a strict wedding timeline.
Eventually, the rain stopped for a brief moment and we managed to grab those last few shots in the corner of the garden, a place Sophie dreamed of having their photo taken ever since she started planning their wedding. It was the fond memories of them cuddling up to each other in candlelight, as they sat on the stone bench with trees and bushes all around them.
Having seen all the hard work that Sophie and Steven, as well as their family and friends, put into making their wedding a dream one, one has to question whether you need a large wedding at all?
Sophie is very good at crafts so there was no question that there will be plenty of handmade decorations and finishing touches throughout the house.
With thanks to:
Photographer || Anete Lusina
Dress || Truly Madley Deeply
Menswear || Most Suitable
Hair & Beauty || Rachel McLean
Styling and Decor || The Bride. Pretty Potato Blog
Venue || Mother of the groom's house.
Catering || Bride and groom prepared all the food!
Transport || Billingham Wedding Vehicles