A Hope Valley Viking Wedding – Emma & Robert

Wedding guests with bride and groom

Tipi, Viking themed, home made wine, mead, ale, cider and the Hope Valley as a backdrop for a wedding. Photographing Emma & Roberts wedding was and is going to be one the highlights of 2019.

DIY Wedding

Emma and Robert were lucky enough to win their wedding photography when I ran a competition back in 2018. On their entry they stated; “We are having an outdoor wedding with a tipi. The ceremony will be a handfasting, hopefully outside if the weather allows! Fairly relaxed without too many of the formalities with an elvish pagan theme.” Sounds pretty cool right? Well after driving over to their home in Hope Valley, it became clear that this was going to an amazing wedding. Their day would be completely DIY with them making all their own alcohol (including beer, cider, wine and mead) and even making their own wedding rings with the help of Emma’s sister, Cicadaseed Jewellery. It would also be heavily Viking theme with Roberts love for the TV show Vikings.
Of course this wouldn’t be a completely unique or DIY wedding without Emma actually having a custom wedding dress made by Anna Dixon at Rumpelstiltskin. She looked amazing and complimented Rob in Viking gear (complete with long sword) so well.

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Hope Vallery Wedding

Hope Valley is stunning, so to have a wedding there and as a back drop was perfect. I arrived with everything already setup and ready to go. The tipi provided by Prestige Events Nationwide was standing tall the top of the field and decorated perfectly in their Viking theme.
The place looked amazing, with Viking banners at the entrance, tree branches for the table plan, a Nordic themed bar and so much more.

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Handfasting Ceremony

The ceremony was one of a kind too, beautiful given by Celebrant, Keli Tomlin. I’ve done hand fasting weddings before, but never quite like this one. With all the wedding guests sat in circle on hay bales, the hand fasting ceremony took place under a large oak tree. It really was like something out of game of thrones, Keli made it really personal and special to Emma and Robert. I particularly loved that all the ribbon used to bind their hands together was created by their friends and family.

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Fun Wedding

You can’t have an outdoor wedding in the Hope Valley without having a bouncy castle either. This wedding had so much, ice cream from Coldeaton Jersey Ice Cream, street food from The Rich Blues Meats and an awesome alternative wedding band Radio Romanthic. Congratulations again to Emma and Robert for winning their wedding photography too.

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A truly unique wedding day at Hope Valley. More of these please..
It was awesome to work with these guys too:

Finishing Flourishes

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