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While they describe themselves as “kind of old people at heart”, Hannah and Matt were teenage sweethearts, meeting when they were just 16. For Matt, it was love at first sight. And while Hannah took a little longer to fall, love shortly followed.
Sharing many values and interests, the pair often take day trips to explore beautiful gardens or spend time at the coast. Hannah smiles, “Hot chocolate and milkshake dates are common too!” Their love of the outdoors made them the perfect pair for Liberty Pearl Photo & Film Collective’s style of natural wedding photography.
After eight years together, the couple got engaged and started planning their big day at Rockbeare Manor. The main objective for their wedding? “We want to have fun and of course finally get married! We’d love to feel and spread joy throughout the day.”
After having to reschedule their wedding plans thanks to the Covid19 pandemic, Hannah and Matt finally said “I do” on the 5th of August the following year. Feeling at ease in a building they knew well, this couple celebrated their love with a religious ceremony at their local church. Matt says, “St Matthias Church is a huge part of our lives and always will be.”
After the confetti moment outside of the church, the couple and their one-hundred guests headed to Rockbeare Manor, Hannah and Matt’s reception venue. “Rockbeare Manor is beautiful, we love its elegance and simplicity,” the couple tells us. “We especially like the balconies and the wildflower meadow at the front of the building.”
Hannah was a vision in white. Her Stella York dress featured beautiful embroidery, an open back and dainty buttons running the length of the dress. A show-stopping, scalloped-edged, sweeping train made Hannah feel every bit a bride. She completed her aisle style with an embroidered, fingertip-length veil, diamond jewellery and heels. Matt and his groomsmen stepped out in coordinated checked navy suits, their look completed with pale pink ties and pocket squares. And finally, completing the wedding party, four bridesmaids made their way down the aisle in pale pink dresses.
A classic colour scheme of pale pink, white and green set the scene for Hannah and Matt’s day. Both the bride and the bridesmaids’ bouquets featured fragrant roses and eucalyptus, framed with frilly Gypsophila. The difference being Hannah’s blooms were all white and the girls carried flowers with pops of pink.
Continuing the green theme, miniature potted succulents were popped on each place setting. Firstly, adding colour to the tables capes and secondly acting as favours for guests to take home. Foliage fronds featured on the couples’ wedding stationery too.
Like many couples, Hannah and Matt would say they feel awkward in front of the camera. Although looking at their natural wedding photography you’d have never guessed! After having an engagement shoot, and a second photoshoot on the beach to mark their original wedding date, they felt much more comfortable in front of the camera. They decided that on their wedding day at Rockbeare Manor, they would follow Amber’s tips and direction as they found it so helpful at their previous shoots.
The couple told us they were after a balance of elegant and traditional wedding photographs paired with some fun pictures. “We wanted our photographs to capture the mood and tone of our character and the day!” And they absolutely do.
Even before they tied the knot and celebrated at Rockbeare Manor Hannah and Matt knew their big day would go past in a flash. They wanted to cherish every second. “We want to try and take in every moment we possibly can,” and their advice to future couples is to wholeheartedly do the same!
Makeup artist: Glam Ward
Hair stylist: Lily of the Valley Hair
Bridal designer: Stella York at The Bridal Corner, Plymouth and Suzie Slipper
Groom and groomsmen attire: Moss Bros
Bridesmaid dresses: Wed2b
Band: Blushing Ushers UK
Videographer: JT Film
Hannah & Matt booked our full-day photography package. To find out more about our different packages, please get in touch via our contact page. We cannot wait to find out more about your wedding plans.