Melbourne View Hotel Wedding

Melbourne church wedding with the bride struggling to put on the ring

An Autumn Wedding at Melbourne View Hotel

When Alex & Dan contacted me to photograph their wedding in the lovely Georgian market town of Melbourne, South Derbyshire, I was living in Derby. By the time their wedding date rolled around, both Alex & Dan AND me & Beck had moved there! Their wedding was my first in Melbourne as a local. They were married at the beautiful Melbourne Parish Church before making the short drive out of the village to the Melbourne View Hotel for the wedding breakfast and reception.

The day started off at their house in Melbourne, where I met Dan and his groomsmen. After a few minutes knocking at the door and a couple of missed phone calls, I managed to get one of them to let me in. The mood was calm, yet there were plenty of laughs and jokes, too. Just how the morning of a wedding should be. In further keeping with tradition, once everyone was ready, we walked the few minutes down the road to the pub (which is conveniently across the road from the church) for a few pre-wedding drinks. (Despite many offers, I stuck to the soft drinks. Got to keep your wits about you for this wedding photography!)

A Beautiful Parish Church Wedding Ceremony

The parish church in Melbourne (St Michael with Mary) is a fantastic looking church, with a mysterious history to go with it. There are a number of theories as to why this “mini cathedral” was built in such a small town. But those are for another blog post. On another website, probably. Anyway, despite walking past the church on countless occasions since we moved to Melbourne, I’d never been inside it until Alex & Dan’s wedding day. It’s true. It IS like a mini cathedral! And it even has a creepy, narrow, stone staircase to get you up to the viewing gallery.

After the ceremony the wedding moved to the gardens of the vicarage  next to the church. With spectacular views over Melbourne Pool it was a great location for champagne. That is, until it started raining. Which literally put a dampener on things. But we British know how to take a rainy day in our stride. Out came the brollies, and we made our way to the Melbourne View Hotel.

A harpist played as the guests arrived at the venue. Sadly, the bouncy castle outside was out of use due to the wet weather. (It did get some use later in the evening though, so it wasn’t all bad!)

Would You Like Unposed Wedding Photography?

If you’re planning for your wedding in Melbourne and would like natural, relaxed and unposed wedding photography, then get in touch and tell me a little more about you and your wedding ideas. I hope you enjoy the highlights from this Melbourne wedding.

Close up of bride and groom's front doorPair of groomsmen laughing in the bathroom fixing their tiesGroom having a moment alone at home before the weddingGroom stood in front of a mirror fixing his button holeGroomsmen helping out with button holeGroom and groomsmen getting ready to leave the houseGroom and groomsmen walking to the churchWalking to the church in Melbourne DerbyshireGroom having a drink in the pub before the ceremonyGroom laughing with guests at the pubBridesmaids waiting outside the church for the brideGuests gathering outside the churchGroom with a big smile at the altarBride smiling through the car windowBride and her father arrive at the churchFather of the bride with his arm around his daughterBride about to walk down the aisleGroom looking over his shoulder down the aisleMember of the choir looking at the brideWide angle shot of the interior of Melbourne church during the ceremonyLaughter as the bride struggles with the groom's ringBride smiling at her husband as witness signs the registerJust married couple stand in front of their guestsWalking down the aisle together at Melbourne Church in DerbyshireGroom hugging his friend after the ceremonyGuest shakes hands with groom after the ceremonyThrowing confetti outside Melbourne church in DerbyshireBride and groom champagne toastGroomsmen pouring champagne for guestsGroom's hand on his wife's dressGroom's mum doing the hooveringRelaxed wedding portrait at Melbourne Pool in DerbyshireMelbourne View Hotel Wedding in DerbyshireGuests arriving at the venue looking at the drinksHarpist playing next to the wedding cakeSmiling guest is relaxing with friendsBride and groom arrive at reception under umbrellaNewlyweds are announced into their wedding breakfastBride wipes her eyes during her dad's speechSmiling groom giving his speechHappy bride looking lovingly at her husbandLaughter during the best man's speechFather of the bride holding back tearsA champagne glass raised in toastA guest on the bouncy castle with his childA couple of wedding guests checking their phonesRim light around the bride and groom at nightGroom's grandma saying goodbye to friendsPair of male wedding guests smiling and laughingShocked faces as the couple cut the cakeLittle boy playing with a grown upBride greeting her friends at the evening receptionRomantic moment during the first danceCouple smiling as they have their first danceBride's smile is highlighted during the first danceFun times on the dance floor

If you’re interested in Alex’s wedding dress and flowers, her suppliers websites are listed below:

Dress: Brides of Chester
Flowers: Selena’s Contemporary Flowers

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