We had a truly amazing day at Katie & Ollie’s wedding photography at Thornbridge Hall in Derbyshire. A venue I highly recommend you visit should you get the chance (the gardens and so on are, I understand, open to the public), its scale and grandeur make for the perfect setting for a wedding. It’s currently contending for top spot in Hensel’s Favourite Wedding Venues list.
The ceremony was at the beautiful St Michael & All Angels Church in Hathersage.
I should also note that we had a mixed bag of weather – this is a good thing, as it allowed for a nice range of photos, from sunny to moody skies (I do like a moody sky…).
However, none of this is, of course, all that relevant. What makes the difference is a large number of happy people from both sides of the Atlantic enjoying themselves. Congratulations to Katie & Ollie, not least for organising a total blinder.
I’ll be quiet now and let my pictures do the talking – it’s their job to tell the story, not mine, after all.
Wedding Photography in Hathersage, Derbyshire
We started the day where Katie’s family were staying in Hathersage, Derbyshire, having flown in from the USA. Natural photos were the order of the day here, and I think capture the atmosphere: a mixture of fun and nerves!
Katie’s beautiful wedding dress was best photographed outside, seeing as how we had a nice garden and a bit of sunshine at this point.
I love these photos of Katie’s Mum & Dad seeing her in her dress for the first time.
St. Michael & All Angels Church in Hathersage sits atop a hill, and is a splendid place inside too.
Katie arrives with her dad in a vintage Rolls Royce, supplied by Avril’s Vintage Wedding Cars. I’ve worked with John from Avril’s many times and give them the highest recommendation.
These natural wedding photographs of Katie and her Dad coming into the Church are filled with feeling. Look at the changing expressions on their faces.
Further natural wedding photography, during the ceremony in St Michael & All Angels.
Look how happy they look! Go on, look! A great couple.
Leaving the church into bright Derbyshire sunshine.
A long walk of confetti provided ample opportunity to photograph Katie & Ollie being attacked from all sides with handfuls of the stuff. I love the shot of the bridesmaids picking it out of Katie’s hair afterwards too 🙂
Wedding Photography in Derbyshire
We stopped off at The Surprise (a well known spot in the Peak District) on our way to Thornbridge Hall to take some photos in the Derbyshire countryside.
I love these Derbyshire wedding photographs of Katie & Ollie and the Peak District and nothing else. Couldn’t ask for a better combo.
Wedding Photography at Thornbridge Hall
On arrival at Thornbridge Hall. The Rolls Royce fitted in perfectly with the surroundings, and the British and American flags served as a reminder of the international nature of this wedding.
Some of my favourite ever group photos. We decided to use the opulent surroundings of Thornbridge Hall to best effect, rather than lining everyone up outside.
Guests going over to the carriage house, for the wedding breakfast.
The pictures on the side of Katie & Ollie’s parents on their respective wedding days were a lovely touch. Also note Hannah (who’s wedding to Catherine I’m photographing in 2016, by the way) signing the “signing mount” on one of the engagement photos I’d shot with Katie & Ollie a few weeks earlier.
We took a walk out after dinner to get some wedding photographs in the amazing grounds of Thornbridge Hall. Note the rainbow visible in the first one – a good omen!
I love the reflections in these photos by the pond. And I do, as I said earlier, like a moody sky…
Speeches. The photos are as much about people’s reactions as they are about the person speaking.
I like how people are mostly laughing in the speeches photographs. Captures the mood 🙂
The Father & Daughter dance is a big deal in American culture, and was held just before the Bride & Groom’s first dance. Note the small nephew coming to join in too 🙂
A stunning last shot of the night. A light mist had descended, which when lit up by my flash adds a beautiful atmosphere to the wedding photograph.
That’s All from Thornbridge Hall, Folks
If you’re getting married in Derbyshire, I’d love to have the opportunity to undertake your wedding photography at Thornbridge Hall. Please contact me and we’llhave a chat about it.
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