As a wedding photographer who frequents many varied venues it’s fair to say that I’ve visited many of the luxurious manor houses and country estates across Bristol, Bath and the South West of England, but when Bristol couple Hannah and Ian booked me to photograph their wedding at Fernhill Farm, I’d never heard of it and was certainly intrigued to find out more.
This wedding had been a long time coming, since Hannah and Ian have been together for 15 years (a point which was obviously much derided in the speeches on their big day). Being big time party animals, they wanted a wedding which reflected their passion for dance music and festivals, so what better way to do that than to hire out a rustic eco farm on which to host their own alternative festival wedding?!
Since they wanted to go the whole hog, the festival even had a name “Bearstock” (reflecting their nickname for each other) and fabric wristbands to ensure a bona fide festival experience.
They officially tied the knot the day before in the Bristol Registry Office so they were able to have a relaxed unofficial ceremony outside in a disused quarry in one of Fernhill’s many fields.
When you think of an “alternative” you might think we’re talking tattoos and piercings, possibly rock/metal or goth culture, but this wedding was completely unique and personalised to Hannah and Ian and completely different to what you’d usually assume would be a typical wedding day.
I had help from my assistant Carly and the laid back vibe of the whole day was a blessing for our creative yet natural style of wedding photography.
As wedding photographers we always wonder what the speeches will bring, and Ian’s best man (his own brother) certainly delivered, via sarcastic and cutting humour that only family or a best friend could pull off.
It seems this venue would be a perfect choice for anyone looking for a genuine eco wedding, as the venue boasts some great green credentials, from holistic livestock management to water harvesting & recycling, sun & logs heating the venue’s water. Oh, and did I mention the lambs?