A Wonderful Wedding at Dronfield Church & Reception at Losehill House.

A Spring Wedding at Dronfield Church with Reception at Losehill House .

Lauren and Craig’s wedding was held at Saint John’s Church in Dronfield, with their reception at Losehill House. And what a day it was!

I first got to know Lauren and Craig (apart from our initial meeting, that is) when we walked along the banks of the River Derwent to take some engagement photographs on a very enjoyable wintry afternoon. Fast forward to April, with some beautiful and much warmer spring weather and we arrived at the very special day that you see here.

As a photographer I see weddings as being all about people. So after that engagement shoot and chatting to Lauren and Craig, I just knew that their day was going to be special.  Add into the day beautiful Dronfield Church, incredible Peak District landscapes and absolutely stunning Losehill House, and you really are heading for one amazing day.

When I arrived at Lauren’s family home,  I met her mum and dad and bridesmaids. Emma Buck was expertly working on make-up. Informal photographs were taken of make-up and of the dress hanging before going into the garden with the girls to take some photographs. On returning into the house Lauren’s dad was able to see her all ready for the first time. I love that bit – it really is a very meaningful part of the day.

The Wedding at Dronfield Church

And off to Saint John’s Church to meet the guys and to see Craig looking terrific in his kilt. Photographs of the men, informal and formal and then to wait for Lauren’s mum and the bridesmaids to arrive. And then soon following was Lauren and her dad. The church service was beautiful, as I hope you can see from the photographs (I’m really struggling to avoid repeating the word “special” too many times, but it isn’t easy here!) . Emotional, warm and kind, the service was a particular pleasure to photograph.

Gathering outside, there was no shortage of excited faces amongst family and the many friends, perfect for a wedding photographer and no shortage of confetti either.

Wedding Photographs in The Peak District

And so the open top car took our bride and groom off into the Peaks on the way to Losehill House. We planned to meet on the tops near Fox House at a favourite spot for a breather and for some photographs. Perfect! Just a few minutes for Lauren and Craig to spend a moment together – okay, they had a photographer with them as well, but you know what I mean.

The Reception at Losehill House

Arriving at Losehill, we met everyone on the lawn and had some fun with some group photographs. Looking fabulous, the dining room was laid out ready to receive the guests. With all the details photographed, the guests all rolled in and took their seats. Jackets off, the guests were in full relaxed mode whilst stunning looking food was served (yes I even photograph the food).

Time for the speeches, as Lauren’s dad and Craig himself delivered highly accomplished and enjoyable speeches. Craig’s sister followed with what has to be one of the best speeches I have ever heard, anywhere.

As the guests left the dining room for the garden or the bar to allow Jules and the Losehill team to turn the room around, Lauren and Craig went for a quiet wander along that beautiful lane for a few evening photographs. Then an enthusiastic welcome for the evening guests ensued before time to cut their rather beautiful cake.

And then the moment the guests had all been waiting for: Lauren and Craig hit the dance floor with aplomb (I think that’s what you hit the dance floor with). After rapturous applause, the guests then joined them to dance into the night to some cracking sounds from Warningtones, a brilliant live band with real Yorkshire energy.

 

The Photographs..

I hope you enjoy the photographs and that they convey something of what a wonderful day this was. Because it really was! It’s only a cross section and apologies if I’ve left any particular favourites out.  Do get in touch if you like them.

Craig and Lauren – thank you so much for asking me to be your wedding photographer. It really was fantastic to be a part of your day. Wishing you both every possible happiness for your future.

Groom sees the bride for the first time that day at the beginning of a wedding at Dronfield Church. Black and white photograph.

black and white photograph of bride having her make-up done before her wedding

black and white photograph of bride having her make-up done before her wedding. Looking into a mirror.

Bride and bridesmaids in the garden before the wedding at Dronfield Church

 

The bride is ready in her dress and her happy father sees her for the first time.

The bride and her parents pose outside the house before a Derbyshire church wedding.

Black and white wedding photography at Dronfield Church Near Sheffield. Groomsmen are doing each other's buttonholes.

Sheffield wedding: groom in a kilt outside Dronfield Church with two best men.

Sheffield wedding: groom in a kilt outside Dronfield Church standing on steps.

Sheffield wedding: groom in a kilt outside Dronfield Church leaning against railing

Guests arrive at a wedding at Dronfield Church, near Sheffield. Black and white photography of wedding guests walking into the church.

Four bridesmaids stand outside Dronfield Church as the vicar looks on. Black and white wedding photographer.

Bride's mother stands outside Dronfield Church as the vicar looks on. Informal wedding photographer.

Bridesmaids walk into Dronfield Church. Informal black and white wedding photography.

Bride and father arrive at her Dronfield Church wedding in the back of an open top car.

Vicar walks down the aisle at the beginning of a wedding at Dronfield Church. Black and white photograph.

Groom is excited as the bride and her father walk down the aisle at the beginning of a wedding at Dronfield Church. Black and white photograph.

Groom sees the bride for the first time that day at the beginning of a wedding at Dronfield Church. Black and white photograph.

Groom sees the bride for the first time that day at the beginning of a wedding at Dronfield Church. Black and white photograph.

Gentleman in a kilt gives a reading in church. Black and white wedding photography.

Yawning in the congregation at a wedding in Dronfield Church.

A couple say their vows to each other during their church wedding ceremony.

A couple say their vows to each other during their church wedding ceremony. Sheffield wedding photographer.

A couple say their vows to each other during their church wedding ceremony. Wedding photograph showing the groom in a kilt.

A couple say their vows to each other during their church wedding ceremony. Black and white wedding photography.

A couple say their vows to each other during their church wedding ceremony. Black and white wedding photography.

A couple say their vows to each other during their church wedding ceremony. Black and white wedding photography.

Wedding photograph showing bride and groom's dress and kilt. They are holding hands during the ceremony.

Signing the register during a wedding at Dronfield Church near Sheffield.

Signing the register during a wedding at Dronfield Church near Sheffield. Also shows the two witnesses and vicar.

Looking outside through the church doors at the bride and groom after their wedding ceremony. The bride in a white dress, the groom in a kilt.

Happy wedding photograph of confetti being thrown at the couple as they leave the church grounds.

head and shoulders of a bride and groom at their wedding.

Bride with her four bridesmaids outside church.

Bride and groom with parents outside church.

Laughing wedding guest

Wedding couple in the back of an open top car after their church wedding.

Bride and groom posing for their wedding photographer in the spectacular Peak District hills near Sheffield.

Bride posing for her wedding photographer in the spectacular Peak District hills near Sheffield.

A black and white kiss. Bride and groom posing for their wedding photographer in the spectacular Peak District hills near Sheffield.

Bride and groom posing for their wedding photographer in the back of heir wedding car as they arrive at Losehill House in Derbyshire.

Wedding group at Losehill House in Derbyshire, with hills in the background.

Family wedding group at Losehill House in Derbyshire, with hills in the background. Three men wearing kilts.

Bridesmaids and groomsmen wedding group at Losehill House in Derbyshire, with hills in the background. The groom is wearing a red kilt.

The dining room at Losehill House in the Derbyshire Peak District, laid out ready for the wedding breakfast.

Wedding food photography of a starter of paté and toast

Wedding food photography of a starter at Losehill House

Guests high five in black and white at Losehill Hous in Derbyshire.

A guest smiles while talking to the bride at a wedding at Losehill House.

Black and white wedding photograph of groom chatting.

The father of the bride makes his speech at a wedding at Losehill House. The bride and groom laugh.

The groom makes his speech at a wedding at Losehill House. The bride and groom look at each other.

The bride and groom listen to a speech at a wedding at Losehill House.

A bridesmaid in blue makes a speech at a wedding at Losehill House.

Bride and groom listen to a speech at a wedding at Losehill House. Black and white photograph.

Guests toast a speech at a wedding at Losehill House in Derbyshire.

A bride and groom pose for their Losehill House wedding photographer on a country lane. The groom in a red kilt, the bride wears a traditional white wedding dress.

A bride and groom pose for their Losehill House wedding photographer cutting the cake. The groom in a red kilt, the bride wears a traditional white wedding dress.

A bride and groom pose for their Losehill House wedding photographer cutting the cake. The groom in a kilt, the bride wears a traditional white wedding dress.

Colourful photograph of a happy first dance at a Losehill House wedding.

Black and white photograph of a happy first dance at a Losehill House wedding.

 

 

CHURCH:  DRONFIELD PARISH CHURCH

RECEPTION:  LOSEHILL HOUSE

HAIR AND MAKE-UP:  EMMA BUCK

DRESS:  BRIDES OF BAKEWELL

FLOWERS:  WILDE FLOWERS

CAKE:  SOPHIA’S CAKE BOUTIQUE

BAND:  WARNING TONES

 
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