Staunton Harold Hall Wedding in South Derbyshire
A few times each year I’ll work alongside other professional wedding photographers where a second photographer has been booked. Last year I was asked by my good friend Andy Pickard (Peacock Obscura Photography) to photograph this wonderfully laid back Staunton Harold wedding. After a church ceremony in Castle Donington, Emily and Gareth had booked the idyllic Stauton Harold Hall, set in a beautiful country estate for their reception.
I started the day with Gareth at their home in Nottingham. Along with a few of his groomsmen who had stayed over the night before (and enjoyed a mammoth Cards Against Humanity session!), he was having a super relaxed morning. Pyjamas, slippers, massive fried breakfast. Sounds like a pretty good start to the day so far.
Castle Donington Wedding Ceremony
With the dishwasher loaded, and everybody suited up, the cars were loaded and we set off to the St. Edward King & Martyr church in Castle Donington for the ceremony. Gareth and his groomsmen were all smiles and laughter as they greeted the guests arriving at the church. No signs of nerves at all. Just a bunch of guys enjoying their mate’s special day. It wasn’t too long before Emily arrived and walked up the short hill to the church overlooking this little town. A few moments outside the church to collect herself, then she was walked down the aisle by her dad.
The Staunton Harold Estate is a pretty amazing place. Nestled in a valley in the South Derbyshire countryside, it’s a fantastic location for a wedding. And the icing on the cake…the sun had made an appearance as we all arrived. Perfect time for some group photos then. As Andy set about arranging the guests, I mingled with the remaining guests watching, catching natural moments that Gareth & Emily won’t have seen.
Staunton Harold Hall has two fantastic rooms where the reception was held, and soon people were asked to take their seats for the wedding breakfast. It’s a superb room, with high ceilings and huge windows flooding it with natural light. A photographer’s dream! After food and speeches, guests moved back into the reception room for the cake cutting, first dance and evening reception. Hair was let down. Shapes were thrown. Fun times were had by all.
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