Ione & Josh July 2018

Where rock meets woodland. Where tattoos and sunglasses mix.  Where beer pong and afternoon tea congregate.   What’s not to love about Ione & Joshua’s alternative wedding day and woodland ceremony?  I’m in love with Ione’s hair, fabulous nails, their style, sense of fun and relaxed approach.  The only thing I would have changed, is adding their 2-foot long giant rabbit Millhouse to share in the celebrations.    He wasn’t there on the day, but perhaps that was a safer bet for the tasty woodland foliage anyway!

Read on!

THE WOODLAND BIT

Nestled in 60 acres of woodland, Ione & Josh chose the peaceful and private setting of Evenley Wood Garden in Northamptonshire to tie the knot.   What a gorgeous venue, and the walk through the woods to get to the ceremony area was great fun (I went on a little meander and got myself lost – fortunately I found my way back to very helpful staff and a navigationally proficient  groomsman…)

THE ROCK BIT

Just look at them. Ione and Josh embody rock. They met whilst studying music at college which was instrumental (sorry!) in them getting together.  Josh is a drummer in a band and was studying music technology at the time, whilst Ione was studying music performance.

THE PROPOSAL BIT

After dating for a number of years, Joshua believed that making his Ione his wife was the ultimate declaration of love.   He also believed that it would look much better on their headstones if they shared the same last name (spoken just like a rock star!

He set about planning the surprise proposal and took Ione away for the weekend – to a remote location in North Wales that they both hold dear, and that holds special childhood memories for Josh.   En-route, Josh and Ione stopped at a quaint shop that sold a variety of items; one of those delightful shops that sells everything that is handmade and that you just can’t get enough of.    He came out of the shop with a small wooden rabbit souvenir  that he gave to Ione, and a ring that she didn’t know about.

Later that day they went for a walk to a waterfall and the highest accessible point.  Picture the scene. It was idyllic.  Snowdonia towards one side, the sea to the other. As Ione turned to face Joshua, he was down on one knee bearing a single solitaire that he bought from the very same shop as the wooden rabbit….

THE CEREMONY BIT

Ione and Josh wanted an intimate and relaxed ceremony with an early start so that they could enjoy their whole day.  Not superstitious in the least, their ceremony was on Friday 13thand it turned out to be a glorious summer’s day.

They wanted a ceremony that was short, simple, sincere and intimate.

  • Haybales provided seating.
  • Groomsmen provided guests with a drink
  • Guests provided the atmosphere
  • Josh provided himself with a ciggie to calm the nerves,
  • The bride and groom provided the love.

We all provided emotional tears when they said their vows.  On my gosh. The vows.

The vows say everything about this truly lovely couple.  Real. Heartfelt.

Ione and Josh’s vows were at the heart of their ceremony, and they kept them a surprise from each other until they were spoken.  I’m not even going to try and put the emotion into words on paper – just watch their amazing video trailer below by professional videographer Craig of AmazingDays that captures it all.  You get it just right every time Craig!

Enough said.