Enjoyed this day so much, Donington Park Farmhouse Wedding Photography will always have a special place in my heart especially due to the fact that I got married there too. It’s so nice to watch (and capture) couples, families and friends create memories throughout the wedding day here. And this wedding was no different with a great couple and amazing family and friends. Georgie & Freddie are so nice and easy to get on with and I knew from when we first met up over a year ago that they day would be a super relaxed and friendly affair.
The day started at Georgie’s parents’ house in Shardlow just outside Derby, and I arrived just as most of the group were getting back from the hairdressers (Victoria Kempsey Tristram’s Hairdressing) who had done a lovely job of all the girls’ hair. So with 4 bridesmaids, plus 2 close friends doing make up plus parents and few other family and friends popping in and out, there was plenty to keep me busy. Everything seemed very chilled and on schedule until Georgie managed to break one of her nails off but luckily everyone was on hand to help out as well as provide more champagne to calm the nerves! I Love it when dad doesn’t get to see his daughter until the last minute and it’s always a special time to share and capture this moment. After seeing it so many times I hope to share a similar moment with my daughter if and when the time comes. As the girls were getting ready to make their way to the church in the super cool Campervans supplied by The Little Blue Bay, meanwhile my 2nd Photographer Emma was hanging out with all the boys getting ready and again it looks like it was buzzing with activity and people.
So with everyone whisked upstairs in the Trinity Methodist Church in the centre of Long Eaton, Georgie and her bridesmaids arrived to quite an audience outside the church. Meanwhile inside I could see Freddie was both bubbling with excitement but also a bit nervous and as Georgie (looking absolutely stunning) started walking down the aisle, the emotions got the better of him. Only real men cry Freddie so don’t worry, oh and did I mention I cry all the time too!
The whole wedding ceremony was beautifully led by Deacon Terry who made the whole thing very personalised and special to Georgie & Freddie. With beautiful readings, hymns and a slideshow of happy memories everyone was pretty emotional by the time the new ‘Mr & Mrs’ were walking down the aisle!
The trusty camper vans were prettily decked out in ‘just married’ bunting which made it a great backdrop for some impromptu group shots outside the church. I think my favourite moment was when Georgie and 3 of her bridesmaids managed to fool the other bridesmaid during a 1..2…3 jump shot, lots of giggles all round! With group photos and much mingling done, I managed to steal the happy couple away for a couple of minutes for a few newlywed shots. Normally we leave these to the venue or later on as the sun is setting but the forecast wasn’t great for later. I had a quick scout round while everyone was mingling outside the church and being in the centre of town I had to think outside the box a bit. I managed to found a few really cool backgrounds to provide some slightly alternative portraits instead of the middle of a field. Loved the challenge and we had a lot of fun during the little mini shoot too and got some gorgeous portraits of the two of them!!
After this time it was time to head to Donington Park Farmhouse for the party. Emma and the team there had outdone themselves yet again, with a beautiful set up using flowers from Jane Moore, bunting galore and with the literary theme running through the whole wedding it was a very rustic and classy affair all round. The food as always was stunning and was followed by some cracking speeches from Georgie’s dad, Freddie himself and his best man. Lots of laughter, tears and awesome reaction shots were had!!!
I love it when couples have something unique to their wedding and as part of the evening entertainment was Jess, one of Georgie’s bridesmaids, singing in the barn after the breakfast. The dance floor was packed and all the guests were swept away by how fantastic she was. It clearly meant a lot to Georgie and Freddie and huge kudos to Jess – she really was ace. After the cake cutting which followed it was really time to party!
I had such an awesome time photographing Georgie & Freddie’s wedding, they genuinely didn’t stop smiling the whole day and all their friends and family were so lovely it was a pleasure to be part of the day! I will always have a special affinity to Donington Park Farmhouse and love weddings there. If you are interested in booking me Donington Park Farmhouse Wedding Photography then please don’t hesitate to get in touch here.