Beechenhill Farm Wedding Photography
I’ve been shooting weddings around Derbyshire for the last 7 years. Despite that, I photographed my very first Beechenhill Farm wedding back in April of this year. Louise and David’s wedding got my 2017 season off to a flying start. They’d chosen a couple of fantastic farms near Ashbourne in Derbyshire (Beechenhill and Lower Damgate) to play host to their wedding. The drive from my hometown of Melbourne to the venues was incredible. Even more so thanks to the first proper good weather we’d had all year!
Bridal Preparation at Damgate Farm
Just over the road from Lower Damgate Farm are the Winnow Barns holiday cottages, which is where Lou spent the morning getting ready. It’s a working farm still, so it has all the authentic sights and smells of the countryside! I parked up and fought my way through the chickens guarding the cottage.
Lou and her bridesmaids were relaxed and chatting while they had their hair and make-up done. (They obviously hadn’t seen the dodgy looking chickens outside!) Then the celebrant for the day (the lovely Hannah Wroe Gill from Your Three Days) popped in to say hi and run through a few timings for later on. Bridesmaid Mary stepped in to play the role of David for the hand-fasting practice!
The Shortest Wedding Coach Trip
I nipped over the road to see how Dave was getting on, and spent a while with the groomsmen until the coach turned up. We all piled on to the coach, and 90 seconds later, we all piled off again. We did startle some lambs along the way though. So that was fun. The guests enjoyed the stunning views from the gardens of Beechenhill Farm. And with the fab weather, it was just what we all needed after a long winter!
After a beautiful ceremony, which saw a group of latecomers charging across the courtyard and a rather emotional groom (I don’t think the two were linked, don’t worry!) it was back onto the coach, and back down the hill to Damgate Farm for the reception. Damgate is also an animal sanctuary, so we were greeted not only by champagne, but also by goats and alpacas! And then it was time for the treasure hunt. Intended to take less than an hour, it turned out to be a little trickier than they thought, and after a couple of hours, it was time to herd everyone back inside for the meal and speeches.
I couldn’t have asked for a more laid-back and fun wedding to ease me into 2017. Lou and Dave were absolute legends, and their friends and family made me feel like one of the gang. As the sun set on Lower Damgate Farm, I made my way back to the car with a smile on my face and memory cards full of happy memories.