Isle of Man Photography

An elegant farm wedding on the Isle of Man

May 30, 2022

In case you didn’t know, the Isle of Man is a little Island in the middle of the Irish Sea. The couple Anna & Jack chose the Isle of Man as the location of their wedding because Anna and her family own the most beautiful farm in the middle of the Island. The farm has long been owned by her family so it felt really special that they decided to have the reception at this location.

Beautiful flower girls and bridesmaids

The Ceremony

The wedding ceremony was held at a church built on the ancient Rushan Abbey grounds. It was built in 1853 and the grounds are beautifully kept. The vicars created a friendly and happy atmosphere. A few little mishaps like the vicar dropping a ring made the occasion unforgettable.

I love capturing small moments that no one expected to happen. The ceremony lasted about an hour and then it was time for the confetti throwing. 

All the guests were loaded onto buses and everyone headed back to the farm. The farm was literally 10mins from the church (however the buses took 30mins down the narrow country lanes (hehe)).

The Reception

The bride’s family set up a massive marquee that was beautifully decorated. The pink and pastel colours looked gorgeous against the bridesmaid’s stunning dresses. 

The sister of the bride and her husband are very talented artists and created a large Loaghtan (Manx sheep) carving For those who don’t know, here is a bit of history about the Manx Loughton sheep.

“The Manx Loaghtan is a small, primitive sheep, one of the rare breeds of sheep on the watch list of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. The breed originates from the prehistoric short-tailed breeds of sheep found in isolated parts of northwest Europe, where they survived because they were not replaced by more developed breeds. Other breeds in this same group are Soay, Hebridean, Shetland, Boreray, and North Ronaldsay.

Loaghtans and their relatives covered the hills of the Isle of Man until the 18th century, but by the 1950s numbers had declined to a handful. As a result of the work of enthusiasts on the Isle of Man and in England, numbers have steadily increased over the last 50 years. Continued success will ensure the Loaghtan has a future providing excellent quality meat and wool as a pure breed.” 

This was placed at the bottom of the field with a suspicious carpet on the top of it. Little did we know that the just married couple would be lifted onto the top of it (via digger). I had a very short amount of time to capture all of the best men shooting confetti canon. This was a perfect excuse to create a VERY cool GIF!!

In between being lifted onto the sheep, we managed to capture all of the group shots that the Bride and Groom wanted. My favourite photos from the group shots are ALWAYS those funny moments prior to the actual shot. The laughs the jokes and the funny attempts to organise people are hilarious.

Speeches, Dinner, Dancing…. And the surprise unveiling of the ice bar!!

After all of the group photos and sheep, it was time for the meal and speeches. The speeches were hilarious!! Jack’s brother did a brilliant job of announcing of the wedding parties. All the food served was locally sourced and there was a big emphasis on supporting local producers. After the speeches, it was time to unveil the amazing Ice sculpture by the same people who created the sheep The Ice bar was SERIOUSLY good!! The last time I’d seen anything similar was at the famous London Ice bar.

Finally, after a long day at around 8pm, it was time to cut the cake and get on the dance floor for the first dance. Once everyone else was welcomed onto the dance floor you could really feel the joy!! 

Here are some more favourites from the day…

I want to thank Anna & Jack for letting me capture their day. I really did feel like part of the family. I keep looking back at all the photos and thinking what a FUN day it was.

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