If you’ve not seen Ken and Eliza’s Chinese Tea Ceremony already, stop what you’re doing now and check out their wedding morning blog here. Their wedding was so action-packed it’s hard to believe they fitted everything into one day.
After their Tea Ceremony Ken and Eliza got changed for their wedding ceremony which took place outdoors around the campsite fire pit. The weather was nuts – we started off photographing the day in wellies and by the afternoon it was so hot many guests chose to get changed into shorts so they could spend the afternoon playing games.
Adorned with her hand-made headdress and Totoro origami bouquet, Eliza made her way over to the ceremony which was conducted by Ken’s Sister, Andrea. She’s easy to spot in the photos below as she is cloaked and armed with a Dragon Staff for the wedding. She also did a magnificent job of making the astounding wedding cake (despite never making one before).
The whole day took place within the grounds of YMCA Fairthorne Manor Campsite, so there were plenty of facilities for guests who wanted to let their hair down and kip over for the night. We can’t express enough how perfect this venue is for Bride and Grooms who want to be in complete control of the day. There was a “can do” attitude for everything Ken and Eliza threw at them. And simply a shrug and a giggle when the wedding group completely obliterated both a parachute and a heavy duty Tug-of-War rope.
Hopefully the photos do their role in explaining what happened on the day but a couple of explanations are probably needed for a few moments…
As well as getting changed out of their Chinese Tea Ceremony robes into their Wedding gear, Ken and Eliza had the brilliant, mad-capped idea of a “Paint the Bride and Groom” session in the afternoon. So they didn’t ruin their beautiful wedding outfits, a standby white suit and second hand wedding dress were used to be trashed. Guests were given Super-Soakers and buckets of paint-soaked sponges to lob at them.
There was no holding back! Again, the YMCA shower facilities came in handy afterwards – the results were beautiful but messy. On the upside, it was so so hot it gave Ken and Eliza the chance to cool down a little.
The speeches were brilliant, if a little terrifying at times. Frequently, they were broken up by the traditional Chinese Yum Sing toasts. The idea being to shout “YUM SING” for as long and as loud as possible – probably something that’s best suited to being on a secluded campsite when an entire marquee joins in.
Finally, the evening ended with an outdoor Ceilidh to incorporate Ken and Eliza’s Scottish Roots.
You were brilliant on the day, often melting into the background so that we could relax with our friends and family yet managing to capture lots of brilliant shots.
Ken & Eliza