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Calke Abbey Wedding Photography // Jane and Lee

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Calke Abbey Wedding Photography

Every so often I get to work at a new venue that absolutely blows my socks off and in June this happened when I shot Jane and Lee’s Calke Abbey wedding photography. But more on this amazing venue in a bit. I’ve known Jane for a few years as she is one my sister in law’s best friends and I can say Jane is one of the most genuine and fun people you could wish to meet, so I was honoured when she asked me to photograph her wedding to Lee. Like many of my wedding couples now, Jane and Lee met on the internet and after hanging out with Lee on the pre-shoot it was clear to see they were a great match as Lee was just as much fun as Jane (and very comfortable in front of the camera!)

The National Trust

Jane’s preparation was at her home in Nottingham with her family and bridesmaids before we drove over to Calke Abbey near Derby. Calke Abbey is now owned by The National Trust and they’ve recently allowed weddings to take place at The Riding School, a huge barn set in the grounds of Calke Abbey. The whole venue is stunning, with the exposed brickwork of the Riding School alongside the rustic barn set alongside huge open fields and the spectacular Calke Abbey all available as photographic backdrops. You’re not short of options for amazing photos.

Married In The Barn

Jane and Lee were married in the Barn and words can’t really do justice to how stunning it looked. Luckily the photos are below so I’ll let the images do the talking but it was a fantastic service full of laughter and happiness. After the service we took the short walk down to Calke Abbey for the group shot and a handful of formals and as the sun made an appearance I grabbed the opportunity to get some lovely couple photos in the buttercups opposite Calke Abbey.

The Riding School

We returned to the Riding School for the speeches, including a truly brilliant speech/song from Jane’s bridesmaid Claudia, before shooting some more Calke Abbey wedding photography in and around the Riding School. With so many photographic opportunities I had to rein myself in as I could easily have spent hours in the grounds photographing Jane and Lee, partly due to the amazing venue and partly because Jane and Lee were so good in front of the camera. It’s an absolute pleasure to get a couple who are so natural but we kept it to 20 minutes before it was time for the first dance and the start of the party (which, I was reliably informed, was absolutely bouncing).

So here’s Jane and Lee’s Calke Abbey wedding photography. Music by Little Children, photos by me…

Credits:

Venue: The Riding School at Calke Abbey
Hair: Mary Rundle (West Bridgford, Nottingham)
Make up: Claire-Elizabeth
Dress & Shoes: Charlotte Thompson Bridal
Catering: Black Peppermint Food Co
Venue Lights: Fabric Theatre
Love letters: Distinct Events

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Calke Abbey Wedding Photography, Derby DE73 7LE. 01332 863822

Heaton House Farm Wedding Photography // Lucy and Andy

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Wedding at Heaton House Farm

Shooting a wedding at Heaton House Farm had been on my wish list for quite a while so I could finally chalk it off when Lucy and Andy booked me to shoot their Heaton House Farm wedding photography in May this year. Their day started with bridal preparation at Lucy’s home where I got to work alongside Gemma Lucas who weaved her make up magic on Lucy during a lively morning getting ready (the bubbles were most certainly in full flow) with Lucy and her bridesmaids. To help me out, I had Daniel Lloyd along to shoot Andy’s preparation over at Shrigley Hall Hotel, where the lads got ready nice and early and made the most of their spare time by popping down to the local for a couple of pints.

It was a funny old day for the weather, with glorious sunshine accompanied by quick, heavy downpours at St Christophers in Pott Shrigley before the wedding service (the groomsmen did a cracking job sweeping the water away for the guests). Dan and I were allowed free reign to shoot the service without restriction and there were plenty of smiles (and perhaps a tear or two eh Andy?) when Lucy arrived in her stunning dress from 7th Heaven Bridal. After a lovely service Lucy and Andy made their way through the lychgate to a a huge confetti explosion. With Lucy being a southerner it was fitting a London Routemaster bus was awaiting the guests to take them onto their wedding reception at Heaton House Farm.

Don’t Tell The Bride

Heaton House Farm is situated close to Macclesfield and is a superb venue for a wedding. They’ve been Regional winners for Best Northwest Wedding Venue 2014 at the Wedding Industry Awards and they’ve also starred on BBC’s Don’t Tell The Bride (just like me when I shot Holly and Anthony’s wedding in 2012). It’s a proper working farm that doubles up as a wedding venue and it is a brilliant place to get married, with amazing opportunities for wedding photography all over the farm. With a crack team on hand, the day went by perfectly and we managed to grab some fantastic couple photos as the sun (which eventually beat the rain) got lower later in the evening, with the iconic Heaton House Farm tree featuring in a few of the shots too!

Once again, my first dance shot was made a lot easier as Lucy and Andy had light up love letters from my friends at The Word Is Love. Ollie from The Word Is Love had challenged me to get a ‘wow’ shot of their letters and I managed to get a few that I was pretty pleased with. It appears I met the challenge too as one of my images is The Word Is Love’s Facebook cover photo!

Lucy and Andy were a brilliant couple to work with and I loved shooting their Heaton House Farm wedding photography. I’m back at Heaton House Farm next year and I can’t wait to return to one of the best venue’s I’ve worked at. If you’re getting married there, get in touch below as I’d love to hear from you.

So here’s Lucy and Andy’s Heaton House Farm wedding photography. Music by COLLEAGUES, photos by me and Dan…

Credits:

Venue: Heaton House Farm
Venue Dressing: Venue Perfection
Dress: 7th Heaven Bridal, Congleton
Flowers: Green Earth Flowers
Make Up: Gemma Lucas at Dollface Make Up
Wedding Cake: Buttercup Cakes
Second Shooter: Daniel Lloyd Photography
Light Up Letters: The Word Is Love

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Heaton House Farm, Rushton Spencer, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 0RD. 01260 226203

© 2015 Heaton House Farm wedding photography by James Tracey