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Real Weddings – Emma & Jimmy


Real Weddings – Emma & Jimmy
As part of our series of inspiring real weddings, we found out about the wedding of Emma Reed and Jimmy Atkinson which took place on a family farm in Harperley Hall

How did the bride and groom meet?
They are both primary school teachers and met in a bar in Bishop Auckland.

How did he propose?
Jimmy proposed by taking Emma on a walk in the woods at his family farm. He led her on a bit of a wild goose trail, criss-crossing the woods and going round in circles. When he stopped he showed her his phone, on which he had activated a trail app, and it became clear that they had walked in that way because it spelt out Marry Me! When she said yes he gave her a treasure map to follow through the woods until she came to a tree in which he had cut out a drawer with the ring inside.

Where was the service and reception held?
The wedding took place at Blackhall Farm, Harperley Hall in the same woods as the proposal. The service took place outdoors with an aisle created from the natural growing of the trees and the 140 guests sat on hay bales. The service was led by Deacon Sue Peat, a Methodist Minister from Weardale. Jimmy’s aunt played Perfect Day on the harp as the bride arrived with her 11 bridesmaids, including the couple’s seven month-old daughter who was carried down the aisle by her 10-year-old brother. The whole congregation sang All You Need Is Love at the end. The reception was held in a cow byre on the farm – converted by the fathers of the bride and groom, the groom and his friends.

Where was the wedding gown from? And the bridesmaids’ dresses?
Emma bought her gown from Phase Eight. The bridesmaids’ dresses were from Dessy and Two Birds and the little ones’ dresses were from Peppermint.

Where were the suits from?
The groom, his two best men, three ushers and the bride's father all wore jeans, shirts and waistcoats from Next with brown boots.

Where did they source the flowers and cake from?
The cake was made by a friend of the family, Christine Dodd, and it was a three-tier naked sponge cake. The flowers were from Daisy Chain Florist in Stanhope.

What did they eat?
The evening meal was fish and chips served by The Battered Cod from Spennymoor. 

Who did the photography?
The photography was provided by Pennick Photography (the groom’s cousin).

Published in: November 2016

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