Well, what a year 2020 was. Weddings were postponed, the industry hibernated and I saw my busy year reduce down to a handful of shoots and intimate weddings. But oh what wonderful, joyful celebrations there were!
“Microwedding” became the buzz word of the year for couples and those of us in the wedding industry. Huge parties were put on hold and ceremonies in front of a handful of loved ones took their place.
Not ones to let restrictions bring them down Hannah and Jamie, like many couples, made the decision to have two weddings – an intimate ceremony and reception with 30 family and friends with a huge party planned for a later date to celebrate with everyone they love most!
Hannah and Jamie planned to celebrate both their cultures at their wedding. Jamie’s British background means that a Celidh is a must at their big celebration! Hannah is Ethiopian and Ethiopian weddings tend to be filled with friends and family and involve lots of dancing (all of which will happen next year!). They were however able to bring some Ethiopian influences into their microwedding. During their traditional ceremony at Cogges Church in Witney they were presented with the Kaba (traditional Ethiopian cape) during the service. It was a real honour for me to witness the presentation and I just love the beauty and detail of the capes themselves.
An intimate wedding reception
Hannah and Jamie’s small, but oh so perfect, reception took place at the Blue Boar, a historic pub in Witney’s Market Square. Their marriage was blessed by an Ethiopian priest followed by an entrance dance (COVID safe as you’ll see from the photographs)! Hannah and Jamie then held each other tight for their first dance. It might not have been the raucous, busy party they’d originally imagined but it was moving, romantic and full of fun.
I have to say I love how resourceful all my couples have been this year. From working with me to postpone where necessary to splitting their day into ceremony and later celebrations it’s been so heartwarming to work closely with everyone and share in their joy and positivity.
If you’re wondering how best to celebrate in these uncertain times then get in touch, I’m more than happy to talk to you about your plans and help you work out the best way for you. It’s safe to say that love always wins out. Weddings may currently be smaller than normal but they were certainly no less memorable!
Take a look at the photos, I’m sure you will love them as much as I do!