Cos and Vicky’s beautiful humanist wedding

Bride and groom in marquee with wedding guests cheering and clapping

This incredible humanist wedding was such a wonderful day to be a part of. Vicky and Cosimo wanted their wedding day to be as personal as possible, and reflect them as a couple and what getting married meant to them. This turned out to be one of the most special ceremonies I have been privileged enough to photograph. The humanist wedding took place in the most beautiful ancient church on the Somerset/Wiltshire border, St Mary’s at Old Dilton. As a disused church, they were able to have a humanist ceremony inside, and it was such a beautiful and unique celebration. Vicky and Cos have some incredibly talented musician friends, who put together a special arrangement of songs they had chosen for the ceremony. Rather than traditional wedding hymns, they had David Bowie and The Beach Boys, with the entire congregation joining in for the choruses. I can’t begin to describe how incredible it was to hear over a hundred voices all singing “ch…ch…ch…ch…changes” in unison!

The reception took place back at Vicky’s family home, with a relaxed drinks reception in the beautiful gardens. Everything was themed around Italian olive groves, which are special to Vicky and Cos. The marquee looked so pretty with the olive trees dotted everywhere, and fairy lights twinkling in the background. They had also put together one of the most wonderful ideas for their guests’ wedding favours – an individually chosen/created Lego character for each and every guest. It was wonderful to see everyone’s faces as they opened their personal surprise. An evening of feasting and brilliant speeches followed. Then a surprise, with a spectacular fireworks display slipped in, before some full on dance floor action to end the party.

I always really love a humanist wedding. There is something so special about putting together a ceremony that exactly reflects you as a couple, in a really personal way. I loved the relaxed feel to all of it, and how unique everything was. It was an amazing celebration filled with all the love and happiness in the world. Congratulations Cos and Vicky, it was a delight to share this day with you both!

 Bright pink flowers in front of a marqueeA grey cat sitting outside a glass doorA group of women smiling at each otherWoman smiling with a gin and a bouquet of flowersTwo women moving a sign outside a marqueeGroup of three women laughing togetherBridesmaid putting out conkers ready for a wedding partyFather of the bride feeding the chickensGroup of women laughing together on a swing seatTwo women playing swing ballTwo women walking together arm in armBride to be having her make up done with bridesmaids getting ready behind herBlack and white shot of bride having make up doneExcited bridesmaids and bride's parentsGroup shot of bridesmaids in dark blue dressesBride putting on her wedding dressBride's friend reacting to bride in wedding dressBride's family reacting to seeing her wedding dressGroup of bridesmaids reacting to bride's wedding dressBridesmaids reacting excitedly to bride in wedding dressGuests arriving at disused church for wedding ceremonyGroom with group of flower girls in a church entranceGroom hugging guests as they arrive at churchBoy tossing a coin in the air waiting for a weddingFlower girls looking at braceletsFlower girls and bridesmaids waving excitedly at bride's arrivalFlower girls and bridesmaids waving excitedly at bride's arrivalBride arriving in red vintage carBride arriving in red vintage carBride hugging flower girls by red vintage carBridesmaids and flowergirls walking along church pathBride and her father walking up the aisle at humanist wedding ceremony in a disused churchWedding guests peeking over high pews at St Mary's in Old DiltonBride and groom in front of large arched window during humanist wedding ceremonyWedding guests peeking over high pews at St Mary's in Old DiltonBride and groom looking at each other during humanist weddingMusician singing from a song sheetTwo small flower girls standing at the front of a churchBride and groom looking emotional and smilingMusician singing from song sheetBride and groom saying wedding vows at humanist weddingWedding guests peeking over high pews at St Mary's in Old DiltonBride and groom having hand tying humanist wedding ceremonyWedding guests peeking over high pews at St Mary's in Old DiltonSister of the groom watching the wedding vowsBride and groom smiling at their wedding guestsBride and groom's first kiss at humanist weddingWedding guests applaudingWedding guests applaudingBride and groom walking up aisle at St Mary's, Old DiltonFather of the groom singing in churchFather of the groom giving a readingBride and groom walking down the aisle, with children ruffling groom's hairBride and groom looking at each other walking down the aisleBride and groom leaving St Mary's, Old Dilton, with confetti overheadBride and groom leaving St Mary's, Old Dilton, with confetti overheadBride and groom smiling at each other in front of corrugated barnBride and groom kissing by old caravanBride and groom smiling at each otherBride and groom kissing in pocket of light amongst treesA tray of champagne in flutesBridesmaid and wedding guest playing conkersTwo page boys playing swing ballBride and groom arrive at wedding reception in red vintage carBride and groom waving at guestsWedding guests laughing togetherBride hugging flower girlsWedding guest hugging brideWedding reception in a gardenWedding guests with small children playing in a marqueePage boys and flower girls playing chaseBride and groom standing together by vintage red carPage boy and grandfather playing conkerswedding guests playing conkersFlower girls playing swing ballGroup of bridesmaids laughing and drinking proseccoGroup shot of bride and groom and friendsBride and bridesmaids in dark blue dressesGroom and best man and ushers laughing togetherChildren playing with sticks outside a marqueeWedding decorations with Hendricks Gin bottlesWedding guests entering marqueeWedding guests laughing at Lego figure favoursWedding guests laughing at Lego figure favoursBride and groom entering wedding marqueeWedding guests applauding in the bride and groomGroom cheering with brideTwo bridesmaids laughing togetherFather of the bride giving a speechBride and groom laughing at wedding speechWedding guests toastingFather of the bride smilingBirds flying in an evening skyBride and groom kissingBride and groom watching fireworksWedding guests watching fireworksBride and groom kissing in front of fireworksGroom kissing bride's head in front of fireworksBride and groom doing first dance Pulp Fiction styleFlower girls and wedding guests cheering during first danceBride and groom doing first dance Pulp Fiction styleFlower girls and wedding guests jumping onto dance floorFlower girls dancing at weddingWedding guests dancingWedding guests dancingBride and groom dancingBride and groom dancingBride and groom hugging friends on the dance floor
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Wonderful suppliers involved in this wedding:
Vicky’s dress: Sassi Holford
Vicky’s make up: Ella Bradley
String quartet: Westwood String Quartet
Trumpet: Hannah Opstad
Singers & piano: Holly Hallam, Greg Hallam, Ruari Edwards
Band: Gravity
Fireworks: details to follow
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