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 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.
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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