River Cottage Wedding with Emma & Joe

River Cottage is such a wonderful venue, we have photographed here a few times now but every wedding feels completely different to the last as it really takes on the vibe of the couples day. Emma and Joe picked River Cottage as the venue for their wedding blessing in the herb garden, followed by garden games and reception in the lodge.

Emma along with her bridesmaid and father got ready in the beautiful setting of The Chalet in Lyme Regis just below Mark Hix’s restaurant and overlooking the beautiful Lyme Bay. As Emma finished getting ready, her dad sat outside on the terrace overlooking the bay putting the final touches to his speech.

Joe and Emma had chosen a vintage feel to their wedding and all the time they had spent looking into and choosing the details really showed. The tractor and trailer brought the guests down the long drive to the farm where flags guided the way to the front of the farmhouse into the garden. The herb garden was decorated with big white balloons along with wild flower arrangements in watering cans. They had entertainment by a ‘Gramophone DJ’ playing 1950s records which we’ve never seen before and was a lovely touch. After the crackle of the needle, music filled the air and felt like we had been transported back to a bygone decade as Emma made her entrance into the sun basked herb garden.

After the romantic blessing, everyone headed over to the lawn for Pimms and the garden games. Emma and Joe had really gone to town and there was a wide choice of activities including hook a duck, coconut shy, skittles, welly wanging, splat the rat and ferret racing! There was a prize for the person who correctly guessed which ferret would win and as you can see below, the lucky guest was extremely happy with his win! The games allowed all the guests to get to know each other in a relaxed manner and the day was so relaxed and fun that even the chef joined in to show off his expert welly wanging technique.

River cottage is a working farm, and as much of the produce as possible is grown or kept on site or is from producers in the immediate area meaning the food is amazing as is all local or home grown produce. The menu is always chosen by the couple and introduced by the chef. For their main, Emma and Joe had a pig that had been reared on site (her name was Alice, the chef informed us) and had then been been spit roasted for 24 hours, and was absolutely delicious. This was then followed by fruit crumble and salt caramel ice cream.

The evening entertainment was courtesy of the River Cottage resident band, The Guilty Pleasures who kept everyone dancing until it was time to head home (or to the pop up hotel on site).

As well as being a really lovely couple, Emma and Joe really put on a wonderful day and one that we were privileged to be part of.

 – Laura

View of River Cottage HQ and the pop up hotel and beyond over the Axminster valleysEmma's bridesmaid tries on her floral blue wellies before the wedding ceremony on the FarmThe bride, her bridesmaid and father are on the deck of The Chalet in Lyme Regis overlooked by Hix RestaurantEmma admires her wedding dress while her bridesmaid does up the back for herA nervous father of the bride does the final amendments to his wedding speech on the deck of The Chalet in Lyme Regis as his daughter and her bridesmaid finish getting ready inside Emma the bride embraces her proud father while her sister the bridesmaid looks on smilingThe sun lit Lyme Bay is seen through the windows of The ChaletThe bride looks on as her father has hairspray put on in The Chalet in Lyme Regis prior to her River Cottage weddingFlags lead the way to the marquee at River Cottage HQ ahead of Emma and Joe's weddingBridesmaid checks her fathers speech on a balcony overlooking Lyme Bay prior to her sisters wedding at River CottageA nervous Emma holds her veil in The Chalet in Lyme Regis prior to her weddingJoe and his groomsmen check the large white balloon in the River Cottage garden prior to his wedding ceremonyGuests are seen making their way from the tractor and trailer across the field at River Cottage HQ towards the wedding ceremony in the gardenThe bride and her father embrace before leaving for her wedding on the deck of The Chalet in Lyme Regis. Lyme bay is seen beyond them.A balloon is seen against the sky with the River Cottage farmhouse behindEmma the bride alights from the taxi to her wedding ceremony at River Cottage, her fathers smiling face is seen reflected in the cars windowA beaming bride smiles at her groom down the aisle as she walks up the garden path of River Cottage on her fathers arm before her weddingBride smiles at her father as he givers her away at her River Cottage garden wedding while the registrar looks onA friend smiles at the bride and groom while their guests look on as she recites a reading at their River Cottage garden weddingGrooms brother looks on as the bride and groom say their wedding vows in the River Cottage vegetable gardenTwo guests look on as the bride and groom can be seen exchanging rings during their wedding ceremonyThe registrar speaks to a bride during her wedding ceremony, only her heart shaped earring can be seen with the brides face in the backgroundGuests throw confetti as the bride and groom leave their wedding ceremony in the River Cottage vegetable gardenBride and groom smile as they are showered with confetti after their wedding ceremonyA wedding guest pours himself a glass of PimmsFlowers in the River Cottage vegetable garden are seen against the sky with the famous farmhouse in the backgroundMetal sign with the wording 'Live Well, Love much, Laugh often' is seen hanging up at River Cottage during a weddingThe couples initials are spelt in lit wooden boxesThe silhouette of a wedding cake and guests is seen through a marquee windowBride and groom laugh as they cut their Victoria sponge wedding cake at River CottageBride and groom smile as they cut their wedding cake, their guests also look on smilingThe outline of wedding guests can be seen as they knock down skittles which are part of the garden games at River CottageWedding guests drink champagne and chat under the large flags at their friends River Cottage weddingA wedding guest gets a bowling bowl ready to play skittles at River CottageWedding guests are seen in the background throwing beanbags as a coconut shy is seen in the foregroundA coconut is seen being knocked off the stand during some wedding garden gamesA racing ferret emerges from it's tube as wedding guests look on at River CottageWedding guests laugh as they play Splat the RatWild flowers are seen in a Hessian covered jam jar at a wedding at River CottageWedding guests throw wellies as part of the welly wanging at a wedding at River CottageWedding guests look serious as they throw wellington boots as part of the welly wanging at a river cottage HQ weddingA wedding guest looks ecstatic as he wins a toy ferret as part of the ferret racing at a river cottage weddingWedding guests play skittles with hills and scenery behind at River Cottagethe shadow of a wedding guest with a fishing rod is seen reflected in a hook-a-duck poolThe chef at River Cottage looks pleased with himself after he throw a wellyBridesmaid looks happy at her sisters river cottage wedding teaming her dress with a mans suit jacket and blue floral wellingtonsBride and groom pose for their wedding photos at River Cottage Park FarmRiver Cottage chefs smile as they prepare a wedding meal of spit roasted pigFather of the bride laughs as he reads his speech to the wedding gueststhe silhouettes of wedding guests are seen as they clink glasses during a wedding toast in the River Cottage marqueeWedding guests look on, full of emotion as the best man does his speechGroom reads his wedding speech in the marquee at River CottageBrismaid wipes away a tear as the groom addresses his bride in his wedding speech at River CottageGrooms parents look emotional as their son addresses them in his wedding speechAn emotional bride looks on as her new husband reads his speech at their weddingA glass of champagne is seen in the front of the River Cottage Marquee while the outline of the groom doing his wedding speech is seen silhouetted behind.Wedding guests pose while their friend takes a photo of themThe chef at River Cottage talks the wedding guests through the menu for the wedding breakfastThe bride and groom embrace the best man and chat with friendsChefs in the river cottage kitchen prepare the dessert for the wedding breakfastWedding menu dessert of fruit crumble with salt caramel ice cream at River CottageGuests look on and take photos as the wedding couple have their first danceWedding couple perform their first dance in front of the wedding bandWedding couple smile at each other as they danceWedding guests laugh and danceBride and groom are seen through the embers of a fire log at River CottageBride and groom are silhouetted against the sky and colourful flags at their river cottage weddingRiver Cottage staff laugh and joke

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