Wedding Photography at The Devonshire Dome in Buxton, Derbyshire
Cassie & Steve’s Devonshire Dome Wedding was my first time shooting a wedding in Buxton, Derbyshire. If you’ve never heard or visited Buxton, you definitely should. On a gorgeous summer morning like this one, the drive through the Peak District to get there was breathtaking.
Me and Steve went to school together, so when they started wedding planning, he asked if I was free for a beer, and the rest is history. They were both keen to have mostly natural and unposed photos throughout their wedding day. Leaving them free to enjoy the fantastic venue and chatting with their friends and family.
Bridal Prep at Old Hall Hotel
I started the day with Cassie at the Old Hall Hotel, just a few minutes walk from the Dome. It’s a lovely old hotel, and Cassie’s room even had a view of the famous Buxton spring, where people come and fill their water bottles with the town’s most famous export. Cassie was accompanied by two of her cute little flower girls. Everyone who came to see Cassie was distracted by this pair just sat innocently on the sofa. Bless.
The weather was perfect, so we all walked over to the Dome, where I caught up with Steve as he was greeting guests. He seemed calm enough, but a few minutes later, he looked to be receiving some comforting words from his dad. So maybe there were a few nerves after all.
Cassie didn’t leave Steve waiting too long for her arrival, and after her three flower girls had made their way to the front, her and her dad walked down the aisle. It was a great ceremony, with plenty of smiles and laughter. Exactly how it should be.
One Room Wedding Venue
The unusual thing about the Devonshire Dome as a wedding venue is that every part of the day happens in the same space. It’s that big, there’s no need to move furniture around or anything. Each part of the day has it’s own space. So after the ceremony, the guests made their way over to the bar area for drinks and canapés, whilst the kids were entertained with some quality balloon animals! Oh, and another unusual thing about the Dome is the weird acoustics due to the shape. Often you’ll hear footsteps behind you only to turn around and find nobody there, or overhear a private conversation as if you were part of it! Weird indeed.
For their first dance, they’d chosen a live band to provide the music (and yes, they struggled a little with the acoustics!), and after a few verses, they were joined by a few of their family and friends before the party really got started.