My day started off with Sophie and her bridesmaids, getting ready with hair and make up (them, not me!) and having lots of laughs and emotional moments getting ready for the ceremony. My second shooter was capturing Steve’s prep, an equally fun affair, with the groomsmen all heading off together to the church to greet the guests. Sophie’s dress was absolutely gorgeous and she looked like a princess as she walked down the stairs and her dad saw her ready, a really special moment I always love to capture. The preparations all completed, the bridesmaids set off for the church, with the bride and her father following in the really cool wedding car.
The church looked beautiful in the sunshine and it was equally stunning inside. I love the sequence of photos of first the flower girls, then bridesmaids then Sophie and her dad walking down the aisle – they really tell the story of that part of the day and the emotion of that moment. The ceremony was so beautiful – emotional and so full of love, there were plenty of tears throughout! With it being such a lovely day, Sophie & Steve spent time outside the church being congratulated by their guests and enjoying the first few moments of being Mr & Mrs Rawlings. The guests then all headed over to the reception venue, Park Farmhouse, and the newlyweds followed in the car.
At Park Farmhouse the guests were able to enjoy the private courtyard in the glorious sunshine and welcome in the happy couple as they arrived in style! With the wind ‘mostly’ in their favour, Sophie & Steve sailed through the confetti tunnel and spent time chilling out with their guests until it was time for the wedding breakfast. With their guests fed and watered, it was time for the speeches, which were really lovely and funny, particularly the best man’s gag about returning house keys – a bit of prep went into that!! The weather was still absolutely wonderful so Sophie, Steve and their wedding party left the barn to have some fun group shots in the many areas around Park Farmhouse which are just awesome for photos! With the sunset doing its thing, Sophie & Steve absolutely smashed the whole couple shot thing, and then we headed back for the first dance and cake cutting (or, technically, donut eating!)
Sophie & Steve’s day was just amazing, and one of the photos I absolutely love is them taking a moment, just watching the rest of their guests having an awesome time (plenty of shots were happening by this time…!) Guys, thank you so much for asking me to capture your Derbyshire wedding photography, it was an absolute pleasure and you pair are just perfect for each other. Congratulations, and enjoy a lifetime of happiness together 🙂