Shottle Hall Wedding

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A Shottle Hall Wedding in Derbyshire

Last summer Beth and Emmet tied the knot at Saint Mary’s Church on the outskirts of Derby’s city centre. Their Shottle Hall Wedding reception was beautiful against the picturesque Derbyshire countryside. The weather tried it on to start with, but it all came good in the end!

Occasionally, it’s not the bride who gets in touch with me but the groom. In this case, Emmet’s a photographer too, which meant we spent an hour or so in QUAD chatting about photography, camera gear and other stuff that most normal folks wouldn’t be interested in! We did talk a little about their wedding, obviously, otherwise you wouldn’t be about to see my photos of their wedding.

I started the day at Beth’s parent’s house to capture the excitement, nerves and laughter that makes the bridal preparations one of my favourite parts of photographing a wedding. Despite the persistent drizzle, spirits were high and it was a pleasure to be around her family and friends.

At the church, the rain had upped it’s game and was tipping down! Beth’s ‘Just in case’ brolly was put to good use as she was escorted from the wedding car up to the church. Though, by the look on Emmet’s face, she could have walked down the aisle completely drenched, and he’d still have looked like that cat that got the cream.

After the ceremony, in true English summer style, the rain had been replaced by sunshine, much to everyone’s relief. So it was off into the countryside to Shottle Hall for the reception, where Beth and Emmet got things started with a dove release before we spent a few minutes working on some group shots and portraits.

The evening gave us more sunshine and allowed the guests to enjoy the grounds and views over the Derbyshire countryside. It also meant the boys could enjoy some wedding day cigar action. Then it was back inside to watch the newlyweds dance their first dance under the twinkly ceiling of The Orangery. Nice!

Bride having her make up done
Nervous bride playing with her engagement ring
Mother of the bride having make up done
Bride and sisters with their mum
Bride admiring her make up in a mirror
Grandma putting on her wedding hat
Bride's family on the morning of the wedding
Bride getting into her wedding dress
Beautiful bridal preparation photography
Bride's family see her in her dress for the first time
Bride laughing with her family
Wedding umbrella just in case
Saint Mary's Church in Derby City Centre
Wedding guests arriving at the church in the rain
Groom hugging guests
Bride arriving at church under huge umbrella
Groom waiting at the altar
Bride arriving at Saint Mary's Church
Bride looking at groom across the aisle
Saint Mary's Church in Derby
Mother fixing bride's dress in church
Bride laughing in church
Bride and groom in the back of the church
Signing the marriage register
Saint Mary's Church Derby Wedding Photography
Bride and groom leaving the church
Saint Mary's Wedding confetti
Bride showing off her wedding ring
Groom chatting with wedding guests
Shottle Hall Wedding Venue
Bride and groom wedding dove release
Documentary wedding photography
Bride and groom entrance wedding breakfast
Laughing during wedding speeches
Groom tells a joke in his speech
Shottle Hall wedding speeches
Shottle Hall Wedding Venue
Groom's friends smoking cigars
Wedding cigar
Shottle Hall wedding guest selfie
Wedding guest disposable camera
Shottle hall cutting the wedding cake
Shottle Hall first dance
Black and white first dance photo
Groom hugging usher
Groom's parents dancing
Wedding hugs