I’ve got to say that September weddings hold a special place in my heart. The summer rush is over, and the month holds the first batch of autumn weddings. The air is slightly cooler and more comfortable, the lighting is softer, and the colours really make for beautiful photography. Hunstile Organic Farm is definitely a top ten venue for me. I’d shot there once before and adored it, so I was more than excited when Ali and Niall booked me for their September wedding.
On the morning of the big day, the weather was a little wet and iffy as I drove down towards Taunton. The venue itself is beautifully rustic, truly magical and a stunning location set in ancient hills of Goathurst. Ali, Niall and their families stayed on the farm the night before in tipi’s, gypsy caravans and shepherd’s huts. When I arrived, the gorgeous bride was getting ready and there was a buzz of excitement in the air.
I took a wander around the venue and found the magnificent cake made by Niall’s mum in the marquee. The room was filled with beautiful homemade touches including fresh autumnal flowers and tasty jams. Next, I went to hunt down the boys to see how they were getting on – the champagne was going down nicely. I caught Ali just in time as she came out in her fairytale dress.
When everyone was finally ready, a tractor was awaiting to take everybody up to the top of the farm where the ceremony would take place. Myself, along with all of the guests, really enjoyed the ride and spirits were high despite the spitting and spotting of rain. When we arrived, there was a string trio playing beautiful music underneath some umbrellas. Everyone took their seats and Niall stood at the top of the aisle. Soon after, Ali arrived in a Land Rover and like magic, as she stepped out, the rain stopped.
After the rustic and beautiful ceremony was taken by Niall’s sister looking over the Somerset hills, the guests made their way back down the hill and I was left with the bridal party at the top to get some shots. Not long after, we headed back down the hill where the official registrar was waiting to marry the couple officially, which was celebrated with a big cheer.
The relaxed party started with canapes and fizz and some wedding guests picked up their guitars and started jamming under the stormy sky. Some guests gathered around Ali’s late father’s final project as a toymaker – a project that Niall had vowed to finish. After some chinwagging, the guests filed into the marquee where dinner was served and speeches were given, including an emotional few words by Ali’s mum. A few tears were shed, but it was time to cut the cake before the guests broke out into an Irish céilidh, a traditional Gaelic social gathering involving Gaelic folk music and dancing. Ali’s brother then took to entertain the guests with a bonfire and fire shows. As afternoon turned to evening, the band started to play and Ali and Niall totally rocked Bon Jovi’s Living On A Prayer as their first dance.
Hunstile Organic Farm is such an amazing venue that offers a relaxed and personal day that I love to shoot. All that’s left to say is a huge congratulations to Ali and Niall on their marriage and their amazing wedding day.