Staunton Harold Wedding

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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 join him as a Staunton Harold wedding photographer. 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.

groom stroking his cat
groomsmen with his arms open and a cup of tea
groomsmen cooking breakfast
groomsmen in full suit arrives
one of the groom's friends holding a rasher of bacon
best man sanding the groom's shoes
groomsmen checking the time
groom getting ready at home
groomsmen tying their ties
castle donington church st edward king and martyr
best man laughing on the phone
groomsman having his button hole fitted
groom smiling at church assistant
button holes being fitted inside the church
guests arriving
bridesmaid and flower girls waiting at church
guests taking photos in church
father of the bride holding the dress
bridesmaids helping with the dress
bride waiting nervously outside the church
bride arrives in church
bride walking down the aisle with her dad
bride smiling with guests outside the church
guest sniffing the confetti
guests taking photos outside the church
best man cheering
best men outside the church eating biscuits
bride and groom outside staunton harold hall
guests gathering in front of staunton harold church
guests standing outside staunton harold hall
glasses of pimms on the ground while waiting for group shot
bridesmaids helping bride with veil
guest helping bride with make up
applause as bride and groom enter the room
newlyweds share a moment during speeches
top table in staunton harold hall
guests watching father of the bride's speech
bride during father's speech
groom delivers his speech
flower girl sat on bridesmaid's knee
bride laughing during her husband's speech
lady wedding guest laughing during speeches
laughter during groom's speech
two best men give their speech
bride and groom holding hands walking away
relaxed wedding portrait during golden hour
view of staunton harold hall and church for a wedding
lady playing the piano for wedding guests
flower girl looking up at bride
groom laughing during cake cutting
first dance at staunton harold hall
girls dancing together on the dance floor
wedding guests dancing
flower girl dancing
bride and groom let loose on the dance floor

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Groom Prep

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.