A Derbyshire Village Wedding at Melbourne Assembly Rooms
Beckie & Luke got married at the Assembly Rooms in Melbourne, South Derbyshire. It just so happens to be the same village where they live…and where we live, too! The Assembly Rooms is the hub of the village, playing host to all kinds of gigs, exhibitions, and events, so when they told me they were having their wedding there and they wanted me to photograph it, I was over the moon! Who doesn’t love a wedding that you can walk home from!
Photographing the Groom Getting Ready
Usually I start off the day photographing the bride getting ready, but today, as Beckie & Luke lived just around the corner from us, I stopped in on Luke and the guys to capture a few moments of them so that Beckie would have a glimpse into Luke’s morning when they received their final photos. I always like covering both angles of the preparations where possible. Sometimes it’ll need two photographers, but sometimes if the locations work out, I can handle it by myself.
Leaving Luke, I made my way to Littleover (a leafy suburb of Derby, which just so happens to be where I grew up) where Beckie was getting ready at her childhood home. Getting ready in a place that means something to you can play an important in helping you feel relaxed and comfortable on your wedding morning. And it helps to add that extra special spark to your photos when you come to look back on them years from now.
Humanist Wedding Ceremony in Melbourne
They knew that they wanted to get married in the village they call home, and they loved the Assembly Rooms as a venue, but since it doesn’t have a marriage license, they opted to bring a celebrant in to perform a humanist ceremony (the wonderful Susan Denton), and left the legal stuff for another day. This was their big wedding celebration, though. This was the one that counts! They also made the ceremony their own, by toasting each other with a small glass of port half way through, being lovers of the red stuff! And if you’re wondering who was responsible for making the venue look so amazing, look no further than Gemma Bond.
A wedding in Melbourne wouldn’t be complete without a few photos by the pool, a well-known lake in the area which makes a lovely setting for a few photos, and a nice post-wedding walk. Then it was back to the Assembly Rooms for the rest of the celebrations, including a band whose drummer gave up the kit for a couple of songs to let Beckie’s brother Martin have a bash, being a drummer himself. He celebrated by wearing his tie around his head, in true wedding style!