A Wonderfully Intimate Wedding at Biggin Hall in Derbyshire
Averil and Neil had a beautiful, intimate wedding ceremony at Biggin Hall in Derbyshire, earlier this year. And I was lucky enough to be asked along to photograph it. When we first spoke, they told me how their wedding day would be in front of just immediate family, and would be a very relaxed affair. Which they would then follow up with a big party at the weekend! Sounds like a cracking way to do things, right? I’m loving this growing trend of challenging the traditional way of doing weddings. Make it work for you, that’s what I say!
We all started off at The Peacock at Rowsley, a lovely little hotel in the Peak District where Averil and Neil spent the morning getting ready, and the family enjoyed a cuppa and a read of the papers (and maybe a cheeky pint!). It’s a beautiful hotel, and a perfect way to start off the day for everyone. In one of the suites upstairs, Averil and her mum were getting ready. No bridesmaids, no chaos, no piles of clothes and carrier bags, just a calm morning spent getting ready with her mum. Once ready, word was sent downstairs to stash Neil in the bar, so he wouldn’t see Averil as she made her way through the hotel to the car waiting to whisk her away to Biggin Hall.
Biggin Hall is a charming country house hotel in the Peak District, and one of the reasons Averil and Neil settled on this as a venue was it’s gorgeous outdoor wedding area. The gazebo sits nestled in the gardens, with the Derbyshire countryside as the backdrop. Pretty perfect. It’s a great venue for the smaller wedding party, so if you’re looking for a venue to hold your intimate wedding, give this place a look.
With Neil waiting nervously in the gazebo, Averil made a graceful entrance down the stone garden steps with her dad in front of their parents and siblings. She took her place beside Neil in the gazebo, the pair of them beaming from ear to ear. Just shows you don’t need a huge wedding day to be ecstatic to marry the love of your life.
The rest of the day was spent enjoying an afternoon tea on the lawn of the Biggin Hall, enjoying the good weather, good food, and close family. We found a little time to make some relaxed portraits of Averil and Neil around the venue’s grounds and along the country lanes outside. Nothing overly posed, just the three of us going for a walk, and giving the pair of them some time to take it all in away from their guests. I said my farewells and left the small group basking in the afternoon sunshine, and finishing off the champagne.
Averil, Neil, it was an honour to be a part of such a personal, and intimate wedding, and I hope this selection of some of my favourite images, brings back some great memories to you!