Festival style rustic outdoor wedding at Dewslake Farm Barn, Pembrokeshire. Creative Wedding Photographer
A few years ago, I was listening to the radio on holiday in America, when I fell in love with an album by some guy called Scrimshire. Fast forward a few weeks and I mention this album on Twitter to someone else. Then Scrimshire follows me on Twitter… I come over all excited because, well ya know, I love my music. We Tweet each other for a while (I discover he’s also an incredible DJ and record label owner) and after a few months, he asks me to shoot some stuff to promote his new album. I drive all the way to the other end of the country to Dungeness (home of Derek Jarman’s Prospect Cottage, fact fans), and meet Adam Scrimshire in a grim sea front car park – my life is all about the glamour. We spend the day roaming the shingle beach taking photographs and then I make him buy me, and my assistant, lunch in a nice restaurant down the road. During lunch, he mentions his amazing girlfriend who has a proper job and for some inexplicable reason, seems to like him equally, despite him not having a proper job and keeping odd hours, as musicians and DJs are want to do.
Fast forward a few years.
Adam emails me out of the blue to tell me that his amazing girlfriend, Sas, has agreed to marry him at last! Huzzah. And, would I possibly consider driving six hours to deepest darkest Wales to shoot it? There will be beer and food and great music he informs me. And with that, I packed the cameras, put on several different playlists and headed out on the road.
And so, on an overcast morning, in a field surrounded by family and friends from around the world, Adam played his bride down the aisle. You read that right… he played her down the aisle… he was helped in this endeavour by some of his amazing musician mates. Not a dry eye in the house!
There was singing… there was laughter… there were tears (the good kind)… and there was beer!
Dewslake Farm in Lamphey, was taken over by a bunch of Sas and Adam’s family and friends who all pitched tents and camper vans and royally got stuck in to make the barn look amazing. Chandeliers were hung from the rafters, hay bales were stacked, cakes baked and flowers arranged. The fantastic Ness at TogetherNess Creative Weddings, was on hand to make me a mug of tea and oversee all the important stuff for Adam and Sas making sure everything ran on time and being chief wedding co-ordinator.
Sas wore a beautiful 70-year-old vintage dress from Elizabeth Avey, and Adam brushed up bloody well all suited and booted. After the ceremony, we all enjoyed a beer or two, sat down for some incredible food, and then some of the best speeches I’ve heard all year… let’s just say, I can never listen to Phil Collins’ Coming in the Air tonight ever again without immediately thinking of Adam’s two best men!
And of course, with Adam being a musician and chief tea boy at Wah Wah 45s, we were pretty much guaranteed some amazing sounds. The Expansions kicked it all off, followed by the reunion of Adam’s own band the Benjamin Gentlemen Trio, and then the decks were rolled out as Adam took centre stage to DJ his own wedding – what a friggin legend!
There was dancing and drinking and ice-cream and lot of singing. More weddings like this please!
So here’s some of my favourite moments of the day from their Dewslake Farm Wedding.
Dewslake Farm wedding photographer, Pembrokeshire by Toast of Leeds. If you’re getting married in the future at Dewslake Barn or elsewhere in Wales, get in touch by visiting my photography website at www.toastofleeds.co.uk or you can find me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest. I photograph weddings across the UK in tipis, barns, country houses and iconic hotels. For more information and to check availability, contact me now.