Peak District Wedding with Marquee

Peak District Wedding with Marquee in a Spectacular Location

The Wedding in Sheffield

The Peak District wedding of Mailys and Tom was certainly a day to remember.

Well, it was two days actually because the wedding itself was held at Sheffield Registry Office on the Thursday before. Mailys’ family had travelled all the way over from western France. The buzz amongst the guests arriving on this warm summer day marked the beginning of the exciting occasion. A few photographs were taken in the Peace Gardens and surrounds. Then with Tom safely out of the way inside, further photographs were taken of Mailys before the ceremony.

The ceremony was delightful, with a little help of course from their their smartly suited three year old son Dorian. Afterwards it was back to the adjacent Peace gardens to take a full group photograph. We then went into the impressive Winter Gardens to take a few of Mailys and Tom. Everyone then parted to continue enjoying the day with the family. I left with a warm feeling, thoroughly looking forward to what was to come on the Saturday.

Off to Castleton two days later, for the stunning Peak District wedding marquee celebration (scroll down…)

 

A groom and his young son at a wedding in Sheffield Peace Gardens. Both are smiling at the camera

A bride arrives at her wedding in Sheffield Town Hall. She is wearing a white dress and carrying roses.

A bride at her wedding in Sheffield Town Hall. She is wearing a white dress and carrying roses and stands on the staircase.

A bride wearing a white wedding dress stands in the doorway of Sheffield Town Hall with her little boy, waiting to go into her wedding.

A bride and groom face each other as they say their vows during their wedding in Sheffield Town Hall.

A bride and groom face each other as they say their vows during their wedding in Sheffield Town Hall.

A bride and groom face each other as they say their vows during their wedding in Sheffield Town Hall.

A bride looks at her groom whilst signing the register during their wedding.

A bride and groom signing the register during their civil wedding in Sheffield Town Hall.

Wedding photography: a bride and groom signing the register during their civil wedding in Sheffield Town Hall with their witnesses.

A wedding group photograph with a large group standing outside the impressive Winter Gardens building in Sheffield Peace Gardens.

A close-up wedding photograph of a married couple looking at each other, taken by Sheffield wedding photographer John Mottershaw.

 

A Peak District Wedding Celebration to Remember

That hot summer Saturday saw an exciting coming-together of friends and family for lunch at Dunscar Farm, near Castleton. Lunchtime was to be a thoroughly relaxed affair. Bride and groom dressed informally to receive their guests, many of whom had stayed locally. Many too were going to be camping in the grounds later.

Greedy Pig Catering provided a superb outdoor buffet lunch. Everyone casually ate wherever they liked, making for a really relaxed atmosphere. The location, with the old farmhouse behind us, the marquee to our side and views of Winnats Pass and surrounding hills in the background, all looked breathtaking in the warm summer sunshine. All perfect for plenty of informal story-telling photographs.

A Ceremony in the Sunshine

After that consummate display of how to provide an outdoor lunch, the time had come for something a little more formal. After Mailys and Tom had disappeared into the farmhouse to get changed, all was made ready outdoors for the ceremony, readings and speeches.

With guests all seated ready, Mailys came out in a beautiful and quite traditional white dress to walk down the aisle to meet Tom. Her bridesmaids wore a beautiful shade of deep red (cherry?).  In front of their family and friends and with Tom’s mum conducting the ceremony, Mailys and Tom shared their commitments to each other, heartfelt stories told, readings read, laughter shared.

Following on, celebratory prosecco flowed for the adults. The order of the day was definitely still relaxed for everyone, so naturally I was able to take lots of informal photographs all along. With plenty of activity laid on for them, the children were all loving every moment of the day.

When I felt the time was appropriate I nudged proceedings on towards some group photographs. I always aim to make the groups an enjoyable part of the day and the choice of background for each group was hardly a difficult one here. But what a great bunch of people to photograph!

Of course we needed plenty of photographs of Mailys and Tom. Being deep in the heart of the Peak District at its most beautiful, it was tempting for us to go off on a photographic expedition. All those beautiful hills! But with the beauty of where we were, why would we? I always suggest not leaving guests for too long anyway. I’d done a good recce of the immediate surroundings and we were spoilt for choice, but couldn’t resist the abandoned tractors!

That Marquee was Perfect for this Peak District Wedding

So after taking plenty of photographs of the two of them in the most beautiful locations, separately and together, and after even more informal and reportage photographs of everyone, I left Mailys and Tom to further enjoy everyone’s company.  I went in search of details and close-ups in the marquee. Having done that and knowing that time slows down in the Peaks, I had time to go off to get some establishing shots from a distance, showing the marquee (Green Farm Marquees) in its surroundings in the early evening sunshine.

Oh, I almost forgot, during that time the caterers went round with even more food in the form of really beautiful looking canapés!

Time for that call. Please take your seats on the long tables in the marquee. Beautifully cooked and presented dishes were placed in the middle of each table for guests to help themselves. There was marinaded pork, spiced chicken, raita and, well, you name it. All followed by Tarte au chocolat, Eton mess and cheesecake with raspberries.

With speeches having been made during the earlier ceremony, Mailys and Tom just thanked their guests before going into their first dance. The dance was something a little different and lovely: the theme from Howl’s Moving Castle, an animated movie by Miyazaki. I’ve just revisited this piece whilst writing this and it’ll be going around in my head for some time!

The dance floor then completely filled with enthusiastic dancers. With no neighbours to disturb, it seemed that virtually the entire party was on the dance floor, keen to dance the night away.

Congratulations and Best Wishes

Mailys and Tom, your wedding was particularly special and I am so grateful to have been asked to have been your wedding photographer at such a joyous celebration. I wish you both, along with Dorian and Oscar, the most wonderful futures.

A bride having her hair done in a Derbyshire farmhouse bedroom, with the white dress hanging in the window.

Five people sitting before an outdoor wedding in the Derbyshire Peak District, admiring the view looking over towards Winnats Pass.

A bride having her white wedding dress tied up in front of a window. Photograph by Sheffield wedding photographer John Mottershaw.

Close-up wedding photography of a white dress being tied up, laces at the back.

Bridesmaids tie up the bride's dress whilst a little girl looks at the bride.

guests assemble at a Peak district wedding. A scenic location near Castleton for an outdoor wedding with marquee.

young bridesmaid walk down the aisle at this outdoor wedding in summer. The groom awaits.

The bride in white walks down the aisle with her bridesmaid at this outdoor wedding in summer. The groom awaits. Derbyshire Peak District wedding.

Outdoor wedding in front of the marquee: A lady gives a speech with the bride and groom in the foreground.

Peak District wedding: the bride and groom face each other in front of a large circular garland at their outdoor wedding at Dunscar Farm near Castleton.

Peak District wedding: the bride and groom face each other as the groom makes a speech at their outdoor wedding at Dunscar Farm near Castleton.

Peak District wedding: the bride and groom look on as a groomsman makes a speech at their outdoor wedding at Dunscar Farm near Castleton.

Image of the bride at her Peak District wedding: the bride and groom stand next to each other as they listen to a speech at their outdoor wedding at Dunscar Farm near Castleton.

Peak District wedding: the female MC in pink speaks at an outdoor wedding at Dunscar Farm near Castleton.

Peak District wedding: three bridesmaids speak at an outdoor wedding at Dunscar Farm near Castleton.

A groomsman makes a speech. Image of the bride at her Peak District wedding in the foreground as she listens to a speech at their outdoor wedding at Dunscar Farm near Castleton.

A groomsman makes a speech at an outdoor wedding in the Peak District.

A young woman makes a reading at an outdoor wedding in the Peak District.

The bride and groom walk down the aisle after their outdoor wedding near Castleton in Derbyshire. Winnats Pass is seen behind.

Confetti shot. Confetti thrown at the bride and groom at a rural wedding in The Peak District.

Wedding: A large group shot in picturesque Derbyshire with hills in the background

A small family group at a wedding in picturesque Derbyshire with hills in the background.

A small family group at a wedding in picturesque Derbyshire with hills in the background.

Friends lift up the groom in a field in Derbyshire.

Bridesmaids lift up the bride in a field in Derbyshire.

A bride and groom pose for their wedding photographer. They stand by a gate with Peak District views of Mam Tor behind them.

A bride poses for her wedding photographer. She stands by a gate with Peak District views of Mam Tor behind her.

A groom poses for the wedding photographer. He stands by a gate with Peak District views behind.

Wedding on a farm: the bride and groom enjoy sitting a an old tractor and plough.

Wedding on a farm: the bride and groom kiss on an old tractor.

Peak District wedding. The bride and groom pose for their Derbyshire wedding photographer in front of Mam Tor in the Dark Peak.

Peak District wedding. The bride and groom look at each other, posing for their Derbyshire wedding photographer in front of Mam Tor in the Dark Peak.

Peak District wedding. The bride poses for her Derbyshire wedding photographer in front of Mam Tor in the Dark Peak. She spins her white dress.

Peak District wedding. The bride poses for her Derbyshire wedding photographer in front of Mam Tor in the Dark Peak. She spins her white dress.

Close up of the wedding menu in French on the table in a marquee.

Informal wedding photography: a group of three guests chat and laugh together outdoors.

Summer Peak District wedding: a distant shot of Dunscar Farm with wedding marquee. Landscape photograph with hills in the background.

informal reportage wedding photography. Close-up of the bride laughing with guests.

Group shot of nine women at a wedding near beautiful Castleton in Derbyshire. Winnats Pass can be seen in the background.

Rural wedding photography on a farm. The bride stands by a wooden gate looking at her bouquet.

Rural wedding photography on a farm. The bride stands by a wooden gate with her bouquet.

Close-up of tables in a marquee laid out ready for a wedding.

Close-up of tables in a marquee laid out ready for a wedding.

male wedding guest holding baby in a marquee.

Informal wedding photograph of three guests chatting and laughing.

Food photography. Barbecued marinaded pork on a plate with garnish.

Guests chat to the bride at her wedding at the table whilst showing her photographs.

Wedding photographer at the first dance. Bride and groom dance romantically in front of all the guests in a marquee.

Wedding dancing. Guests dance in a marquee.

Wedding dancing. Guests dance in a marquee.

Wedding dancing. Guests dance in a marquee.

A wedding marquee lit up at dusk.

 

 

Here’s another marquee wedding..

…that you might enjoy. This also took place on a remote Peak District farm:  A Marquee Wedding at Lowfield Farm

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