Lucy and Dan

Lucy and Dan

An eco, vegan and feminist friendly wedding that broke all the rules.

When Lucy and Dan came for their pre-wedding consultation I just knew that this wedding was going to be a lot of fun, we spent two happy hours chatting that night! But not only that, I was over the moon to hear about their plans for a truly intimate, deeply personal, environment and feminist friendly wedding, that I I literally couldn’t wait to be the lucky photographer to shoot it!

Dan and Lucy invited just 20 of their closest friends and family to celebrate with them at The Wroxeter Hotel’s woodland ceremony and festival tipi area. It was incredibly important to the couple to have a Humanist ceremony as close to nature as possible, and from the word go things were significantly different to your average ‘I do’s’. Dan walked down the wildflower aisle alongside his Grandfather, with a stunning Lucy walking by herself down to meet her smiling groom. The heartfelt ceremony was concluded with the couple pouring coloured sand into the cutest little glass bottle as a symbol of their two lives joining together, and with the guests clapping and cheering as they left as the new Mr and Mrs Finch, a completely new name for the both of them, as a meaningful nod to their love of the natural world.

The most striking element to this wedding for me as the photographer was the COLOUR! The wild looking floral arrangements, ribbons and feathers in natural shades of green, pink, purple, blue and brown meant everything tied in together beautifully without being too uniform or twee. Not to mention Lucy’s incredibly pretty choice of a deep green embroidered and sequinned gown combined with Dan’s handsome navy shirt with grey waistcoat and trousers. It was a real treat for the eyes and the tipi canopy brought everything together for a relaxed and gorgeous afternoon.

Lucy worked closely with The Wroxeter to create a totally new delicious menu for their wedding breakfast that was totally vegetarian and vegan, and instead of a traditional tiered cake they opted for Vegan chocolate cupcakes with a fruity gooey centre (I can confirm, they were gorgeous!). The groom didn’t give a speech, but Lucy delivered an absolute blinder and swore like a sailor throughout (yes!), as well as her father and Dan’s mother. I loved this little twist on a very set tradition, why should people who hate public speaking have to make a speech? The whole day was done and dusted by 8pm , meaning no excruciating first dance, Lucy said she was more excited about going to sleep!

I was struck by just how far Lucy and Dan were prepared to go in changing the rules, going against tradition to create a wedding that reflected the values of equality and fairness that they live by. Why should their wedding be any different just because it’s what most people do? I admire them for this so much, and they are living proof that you can throw the rule book out the window and still have a fantastically memorable and very beautiful wedding.

Thank you Mr and Mrs Finch so very much for choosing me to capture your day and for being such lovely people to work and have a bloody good laugh with. Big Love!

Sophie x

The Supplier List

Vegan Cupcakes: Toyah Emily

Flowers: White Wysteria

Make Up Artist: Fierce and Flawless MUA

Hairstylist: Lisa Hughes at Meraki, Shrewsbury

Dress: Adrianna Papell

Alterations: My Little Wedding Shop, Bridgnorth

Venue: The Wroxeter Hotel