Blog / Outdoor ceremony at Reid Rooms spring wedding | Jo + Ben
This was my first wedding at the beautiful Reid Rooms in Margaret Roding, Essex. And what a beauty it was. Jo and Ben booked me last year after we chatted on the phone. We then met at their engagement shoot in stunning Saffron Walden early spring (which I just realised I haven’t blogged yet :\ I will do, then I’ll link it here!!)
Jo and Ben had a glorious May day, a perfectly blue sky and bright sunshine. Absolutely stunning, and perfect for their outdoor ceremony. And what a place to have a ceremony! The guests, and then the bride and her father, were taken on a wonderful tractor and trailer out to the middle of a field and the ceremony area. Guest were seated on hay bales, and it was magical. I can’t tell you how much I loved this venue!
I’ll leave Jo to describe more about their special day, and about their story. Thanks guys for having me with you, you lovely people! Enjoy!
Jo & Ben – The Reid Rooms
We met in a night club on the dancefloor! We have been together for 13years and got engaged in January 2015 after I nagged Ben that it was about time lol! I’m a fussy cow and picked my own ring (which Ben was quite please about!) so it wasn’t a surprise but we went out for a meal to celebrate. It ended up being a double celebration as we just found out that we were having our son Lennie which made it all the more special.
We chose the venue The Reid Rooms as they let you do pretty much whatever you wanted and it had such a relaxed vibe. I think the tractor ride sold it for us though!
My dress wasn’t something I thought I’d pick when I started the dress hunt but it ended up being the dream dress. So sad I’ll never get to wear it again! Ben chose his suit about a month before the wedding (not ideal!) but it looked great and fitted in with the style of the wedding. Having no bridesmaids or colour scheme it was pretty easy to go with the flow with outfits.
As the venue was on a farm I wanted decor to suit it so it was very natural and no fuss. Our florist was Paris Legore (stansted) who did a great job on what i asked her to do. We kept it simple and had wild flowers in kilner jars for the table displays plus a couple of wooden boxes with the same flowers on the top table. My bouquet had the same flowers just tied very naturally with twine and Ben had a buttonhole to match and that was it. We didn’t have any other decorations apart from the usual table plan and card box etc as the venue was so lovely it really didn’t need anything else.
The ceremony took place in a field with a tractor ride to get there on a beautiful sunny day. We had two readings, one read by Ben’s mum and the other by my step dad. We are not a romantic couple so we chose readings that were fun and suited our relationship. The same with the music, not very romantic and traditional but what suited us. My brother and Ben’s sister were our witnesses and with my dad giving me away and my mum and step mum helping me with my dress we tried to involve everyone close to us .
Rebecca was recommended to us and we are glad she could be there with us as she captured our special day beautifully. We really wanted natural shots with nothing too posy which is what we got! Its lovely looking at the photos as they give us lots of memories of the whole day and of what happened when and not just of the usual family line up after the ceremony. I didn’t realise Rebecca was taking pictures of the speeches and there are some lovely images of us all laughing and crying (happy tears obviously!) along to what was being said.
Our first dance was Still in too you – Paramore (slow version in to fast). It was a song we both actually liked and agreed on plus the words fitted how long we have been together. For entertainment we had a bouncy castle and lawn games as we had lots of kids on the day which went down well with them and the adults.
Any words of advice for other couples planning their wedding? Is there anything you would do differently?
Don’t stress the little bits/finishing touches. On the day it really doesn’t matter! You just get lost in enjoying the day plus no one else will even notice.