“Chris, we absolutely love them! You’ve done a fantastic job! I felt like I was reliving the whole day when I looked through them! I’m so glad we found you!”
When Emily first contacted me to tell me a bit about her and Pete, and their wedding at Ilam Hall, she talked about some of the things they loved doing. Now, I love it when people take the time to not only tell me about their wedding plans, but also to give me an insight into what makes them tick. She mentioned travel, literature, hiking, movies, music, and cooking, to name a few, and I knew right away that we’d get on like the proverbial house on fire. And get on we did! This pair were a total delight to photograph, and their friends and family made me feel so welcome, it honestly started to feel like I was just another guest. Which is just how I like it!
Relaxed Wedding Photography in the Peak District
Ilam Hall must be one of the grandest looking youth hostels you’ll ever see! Set in Ilam Park and the stunning Peak District countryside, this 17th century gothic manor makes for a great base for all kinds of exploring. Including the famous Stepping Stones at Dovedale! (A personal fave of mine!) It also plays host to a number of weddings each year, and Emily and Pete loved the place so much, they decided to be one of those lucky couples!
With plenty of room, it meant that they could both get ready at the venue. Emily in the large classroom space, and Pete in the main hall which would house the ceremony later on. I’ve mentioned it before, but it’s great when a couple get ready at the same venue. It gives me a chance to cover both aspects of the wedding preparations, which is the one part of the day that they’re apart from each other. Couples love seeing what their other half was up to on the morning of their wedding!
Ilam Hall Wedding Ceremony
Their ceremony was so much fun! Filled with music (courtesy of the best man and his guitar!), love, laughter, and smiles. A proper celebration! The hall was full of their nearest and dearest to watch them tie the knot. During the ceremony there were a couple of readings, but also a lovely speech from Emily’s brother. I know the speeches are usually saved until later in the day, but it was great to see things mixed up a bit. It’s their day after all, and if they want a speech during the ceremony, then so shall it be!
The main hall was transformed into a party room for the evening, with a HUGE dance floor! Thankfully, Emily, Pete, and their mates made good use of it, and it was wonderful to see so many people up and dancing! A good way to work up an appetite for that buffet later!
If you’re getting married at Ilam Hall, or anywhere in the Peak District, head on over to my contact page and tell me more about the two of you and what great stuff you have planned for your wedding day.
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