Such a Happy Wedding Day at Woodthorpe Hall
and Hathersage Church
(Scroll down for photographs)
The day just couldn’t have been better for Grace and Mike’s wedding at Woodthorpe Hall and their beautiful church ceremony at Hathersage Church in Derbyshire. A few years ago I was Grace’s sister’s wedding photographer. It was exciting to be back and to meet everyone again.
It all started off at Grace’s parent’s house in Sheffield where a tremendous buzz and excitement was in the air, as the bride, her parents and bridesmaids prepared for the day ahead. Lots of happy reportage style photographs were taken here along with plenty of details of the wonderful dresses and flowers. After a few photographs outside in the garden once everyone was ready and looking amazing, and after Rich from Vintage VolksWeddings had arrived with his beautiful blue VW camper, it was time to head off for Hathersage Church.
That Beautiful Wedding at Hathersage Church
The sun continued to shine at the wonderful Peak District church of Saint Michael’s in Hathersage. Here I met up with Mike and the guys who were equally buzzing! Photographs taken of the groomsmen – Mike certainly has a nice bunch of friends – and Mike himself, guests arriving and details in the church and then it was time for the bridesmaids to arrive in the VW camper. And of course the highly anticipated arrival of Grace with her dad in a mint white VW Beetle, also from Vintage Volksweddings.
It doesn’t need me to tell you that Grace looked stunning and was beaming from ear to ear as she was greeted by her bridesmaids. That smile never stopped as she walked down the aisle with her dad, Andrew. I just love that moment of joy when the groom sees the bride for the first time on their wedding day! But that joy continued throughout, as their ceremony brought out some real emotion.
A few family photographs outside and lots of informals as the excited atmosphere continued. Some serious confetti throwing ensued as Grace and Mike walked towards the white Beetle, poised ready to whisk them off towards Woodthorpe Hall.
An enjoyable break for photographs above Fox House and Froggatt Edge was next on the menu. The view was clear right down the Hope Valley as we posed some gorgeous photographs of the two of them, still beaming!
Continuing the Wedding at Woodthorpe Hall.
And so for the next part of the wedding at Woodthorpe Hall, which began as Grace and Mike were greeted by family and friends and the the sounds of a band playing.
Woodthorpe Hall is a private 17th century country house on the edge of the Derbyshire Peak District. It’s close to Sheffield and Chesterfield and is a truly wonderful venue for a wedding reception. Excellent choice there!
Guests thoroughly enjoyed having a drink and ice cream in the summer sunshine. We took some family group photographs and then a photograph of everyone together on the lawn, taken from above.
It was soon time for everyone to wander over to the fantastic marquee where a superb meal was served, followed by some excellent speeches. The details in the marquee further showed just how much thought had gone into making this wedding such a visual delight. As the marquee was then readied for the evening celebrations, it was relaxing for everyone to enjoy the evening summer warmth in the gardens. Mike, Grace and I nipped down to the bottom of the garden to take in the view for a few photographs in the evening sunshine.
And so back to the marquee to cut that rather beautiful cake and then for guests to watch an expertly performed first dance to music by a live band.
Grace and Mike – your wedding really was a joy. Thank you so much for asking me to be your wedding photographer: I won’t forget such a cracking day! Wishing you both every happiness for an amazing future.
CHURCH: SAINT MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS, HATHERSAGE
RECEPTION: WOODTHORPE HALL, HOLMESFIELD
MARQUEE: GREEN FARM MARQUEES
HAIR AND MAKE-UP: LUCY ELLIOT
DRESS: PERFECT FIT BRIDAL COUTURE
CARS VINTAGE VOLKS WEDDINGS
BAR: MAGIC ROCK BAR, HUDDERSFIELD
ICE CREAM: FLOSSYS ICE CREAM
MUSIC: FLAT CAP BRASS, HOT ROCK PARTY BAND
VIDEOGRAPHER: GRACE FILMS
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