South Farm wedding
South Farm, a country wedding venue on the Hertfordshire/Cambridgeshire borders, was Olivia and Will's choice for their midweek July wedding. The day before had been one of the hottest days in the UK for decades - I know, I was stuck in stationary traffic for over an hour on the M1 motorway (for no apparent reason). The heat, and the blue skies, eased off for the wedding day. Rather than overbearing heat, it was a pleasant, if overcast, summer's day.
The whole took place at South farm - a self-contained wedding venue 'in the middle of nowhere'. It has changed a little bit since the last time I was there though. In particular the barn and sadly the avenue of trees lining the driveway. Now there is a much younger and smaller set. But it has lots of character, unlike many hotels/golf courses. Check out the wild flower part of the garden for portraits.
But this was a different wedding for me. I knew Olivia's father from where I grew up in St Albans and then later he did his PhD at Manchester Uni. That was probably the last time I'd seen him until this wedding day. A lifetime ago. I could tell his daughter all about the giant poster of Sabrina (a very buxom Italian pop star) he had in his place in Manchester. He did come out with one of the most risque father-of-the-bride speeches I've heard.
Back to the wedding day...the ceremony was in the summerhouse, across the small pond. Music by Olivia's brother. Drinks in the gardens, with ice cream. Before dinner and speeches in the large barn. Evening guests then arrived for drinks outside, before the dancing started with their first dance in the small dance room attached to the barn.
Here are just a few images from this wedding day at South Farm...
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