Rachel and Simon got married in October in Ashbourne, and it was a pleasure to be their Derbyshire Wedding Photographer. We met up earlier in the year in Windsor for their Engagement Shoot and talked about their plans for the wedding day. As well as hearing about the plans, the engagement shoot is a great chance to get to know the couple a little bit better before the day. The wedding ceremony was at the methodist church in Ashbourne, and was followed by the reception in a superb marquee at Rachel’s parents house in the Derbyshire countryside. The house is in a beautiful scenic setting overlooking a valley, and has a large garden at the front that was the perfect setting for the reception. On the way back to the reception I travelled with Rachel and Simon, and we stopped to make the most of some of countryside along the way for some photographs. The heavens opened for a short while, but it didn’t dampen the mood in the slightest and there was much smiles and laughter throughout the afternoon.
The marquee had strips of orangey red coloured material which really set the whole room off. In the evening they had hired a ceilidh band play, and the dance floor was soon full of people taking part – it was fantastic to photograph, with people being flung around left right and centre. It’s always great to photograph people having so much enjoyment whilst dancing. I love staying into the evening to capture that part of the day, and it’s one of the reasons that I don’t have time restrictions on my wedding packages. There were some complicated dances going on which was causing a lot of laughter as arms got tangled together! With everyone moving around so fast it was an interesting and fun challenge to photograph, and I was delighted with the results.
I’m currently in the process of designing Rachel and Simon’s beautiful Queensberry album, and I can’t wait to show them the final product. I met with them after the wedding for a personal viewing of their images, and was delighted by their reactions as they watched the slideshow that I had put together for them. It’s especially good to see the reaction when someone sees a photo of something that happened that they had forgotten about. There’s so much happening on a wedding day, and being able to create a lasting memory of those moments is something that really motivates me at every wedding that I photograph. As always, here are a small selection of my favourite shots from the day. There will be some photos posted on my Facebook page soon. If you see yourself in any of these shots please feel free to tag yourself. The fantastic and colourful flowers were provided by Nadia Di Tulio