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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

Plough Inn Hathersage Wedding Photography // Laura + Chris

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Marquee Wedding

There’s something special about a wedding in a marquee. I can’t put my finger on it, but whenever I photograph a wedding in a marquee it’s always a brilliant day. Laura and Chris booked me to shoot their Plough Inn Hathersage wedding photography in The Peak District where Laura was born and raised, which meant that we weren’t struggling for some spectacular scenery. I made my way down the Snake Pass to Laura’s parents near Sheffield for the bridal preparation where I met up with a very excited bunch of ladies who were having their make up expertly applied by Rosie Powers. As the Moet flowed (quite early on too) it was obvious this was going to be a lively wedding!

Plough Inn Hathersage Wedding Photography

Once the ladies were suitably beautified and ready I went over to meet Chris at St James’ Church in Sheffield, who was much calmer than most of my grooms awaiting the arrival of his wife to be. Laura soon arrived in her vintage camper van and it wasn’t long before Laura and Chris were being showered in confetti before we set off for their reception at The Plough Inn in Hathersage. Laura and Chris wanted the Peak District to feature in their couple photographs, so we stopped on the way to Hathersage and grabbed some quick couple photos, including the one at the top of the page, which I absolutely love with Laura and Chris absolutely nailing wedding cool!

Tom Rocks and The Replicants

We arrived at The Plough Inn and grabbed a few photos with the camper vans before Laura and Chris enjoyed the afternoon with their guests whilst they were entertained by Lauren Moreau playing the harp. The marquee looked amazing, styled by Laura it looked beautiful and I loved the vintage ladder table plan. The speeches were hilarious and emotional in equal measure before my favourite wedding band, Tom Rocks and The Replicants, arrived. I knew it was going to go off when I over heard the reaction of the guests to the sound check (everyone was super impressed) and I wasn’t wrong. In fact, this was the craziest dance floor I’ve been on for a long time as even I got lifted up onto the ushers shoulders after the first dance! I wasn’t the only one as Tom from the band was hoisted up onto the groomsmen during Mr Brightside as the wedding party went off big time. Honestly, I say this a lot, you’ve got to book Tom Rocks and The Replicants for your wedding, they absolutely kill it every time and make your evening reception the best party you can possibly imagine!

So here’s Laura and Chris’s Plough Inn Hathersage wedding photography. Music by Little Children, photos by me…

Credits:

Venue & Caterers: The Plough Inn, Hathersage
Bridal Boutique: Gracie Bleu
Dress: Marylise
Bridesmaids Dresses: Dessy, New York
Groom: Reece Ford Suit Hire
Hair: Loaf (Sheffield)
Make Up Artist: Rosie Powers
Flowers: Hollyhocks
Cake: The Pink Cake Box
Harpist: Lauren Moreau
Live Band: Tom Rocks and The Replicants

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The Plough Inn, Leadmill, Hathersage, Derbyshire S32 1BA. 01433 650319