Jane & Tim | Humanist wedding| Burwash Manor | 18th June 2016


Deep in the heart of Cambridgeshire, is a working organic farm, Burwash Manor. With its sweet little shops, cows, alpacas and vintage decor, this was the perfect location for Jane and Tim’s wedding day. Back in March this year, Jane booked me instantly at the wedding fair in Impington at the Holiday Inn. Jane also commented that I would fit in, I wonder what she meant by that? 😀

This was a wedding that I truly couldn’t wait for because of many reasons. When I carried out a recce at Burwash manor, I fell in love with a cow named daisy. The cow is my second favorite animal and when I approached Daisy, she got up and licked my ear and hair, which is now my profile picture on Facebook thanks to a little skill called the selfie. After the recce, I spoke with Jane and she told me all about the unique and wonderful wedding details. What stood out for me is that this was going to be a humanist wedding. I had never photographed a humanist wedding nor had I experienced one, so adding this to my pagan, catholic and christian weddings would be a great experience for me. A humanist wedding is non-religious, giving you the freedom to marry where you want and to have a script in your own words. Two weddings in a row now I have heard the speech about “love” from the lovely words spoken by the actor John Hurt, from the film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. It has so much meaning and I am a believer in these words. “When you fall in love, it is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake, and then it subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots are become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the desire to mate every second of the day. It is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every part of your body. No… don’t blush. I am telling you some truths. For that is just being in love; which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over, when being in love has burned away. Doesn’t sound very exciting, does it? But it is!” – John Hurt

Tim is fascinated with nature and his favorite creation of mother earth is the butterfly. He knows everything about the butterfly and his best man had a beautiful surprise for Jane and Tim. Whilst searching online, Mike discovered that you can buy butterflies to release at weddings! To blend in with the theme of butterflies, I wore a butterfly tie! Just when I thought this wedding had enough surprises, the wedding cake, was a real “Cheese” cake, made with Brie, Cheddar, Stilton and other fine cheeses!

The staff at Burwash Manor were superb and I would like to thank Sue for being amazing and helpful. I would mention all the names but I didn’t quite catch your names, but you know who you are; the girls behind the bar and the two ladies who I sneakily captured a photo of on their well deserved break! Sue also let me into her house and on the bedroom on the first floor so that I could get a group shot of everyone. She also showed me round to her private grounds where I could take the bride and groom for a wedding shoot. After carrying out the shoot, it was the cutting of the cheese and their first dance!