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.
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