Paddy and Bethan’s wedding was a lovely occasion and one which had obviously taken a lot of planning and coordination with people arriving form all around the globe, namely from right over the other side of the world with some of our colonial New Zealanders joining the party. Paddy and Bethan currently live and work in New Zealand so we met up around 9 months ago to organise their photography and how the day was going to flow, with everything set in place all that was needed was the weather to play ball.
The day started with a few drizzles of rain but that didn’t hinder the getting ready shots of both the bridal party and groomsmen, who were all preparing for the big day in Peak Forest, Derbyshire. Things were a little damp when we arrived at the Charles, King & Martyr church in Peak Forest but I always think there is something really nice about a bride walking into church with dad on one arm and an umbrella in the other hand, as though being protected from all sides in a way. After the ceremony we headed off into the countryside while the rest of the guests headed back to the reception down on the Fletcher’s dairy farm. It was a joy to ride in the front seat of the classic car while photographing Paddy and Bethan drinking champagne and enjoying the ride in this beautiful open top Beauford, this was a shot that both had said they really wanted to get. We found a fantastic corn field and blessed with some dramatic clouds, a beautiful blue sky and some flashes of golden light made for some cracking scenic shots of the newlyweds.
A quick turnaround and we were heading back to the reception down at Damdale Farm, I love it when weddings are held in marquees down on the farm, probably because it reminds me very much of my own wedding day where we did exactly the same :-) The marquee was beautifully laid out and gave such a lovely light and airy feel to the reception giving plenty of bright light for the photos of the speeches which were as always both an amusing and sentimental experience. Before Paddy and Bethan’s first dance they had decided that they wanted to practice their first dance one last time, just to make sure they really nailed it in front of their guests. I suggested that they practice on their own in one of the wide concrete feeding alleys in the large cow shed which houses the 400+ strong dairy herd at Damdale farm and is very much a part of Paddy and Bethan’s lives. I’m sure the cows wondered what on earth was going on but never the less it made for some seriously unique photographs, needless to say they got the dance off to a tee and it was time to get back into the reception where guests watched in awe of their eloquent dance moves.
All in all a great wedding day and you can see a small selection of the images below…