An outdoor, late Summer Peak District wedding

Rachael & Allan officially got married back in March 2013 and I spent just a couple of hours in Nottingham at World Service Restaurant to document their cosy & intimate civil ceremony. Fast forward 5 months later and I found myself working with them again, shooting their larger celebration – an outdoor humanist ceremony and my first ever Brosterfield Farm wedding in the most glorious of locations in the heart of the Peak District. Rachael talks us through some of the finer details of their special day…

Why a Brosterfield Farm Wedding?

“Allan and I got married at Brosterfield farm which is situated on the outskirts of Foolow, a small village in the heart of The Peak District. The the wonderful, warm & accommodating approach of the owners allied with the views of the rolling hills, the dry stoned walls, and the perfect pitch for our Tipi marquee made Brosterfield our perfect venue. Our scruffy but gorgeous dog just had to be with us on our special day too and he was able to run around freely and enjoy himself at the venue.”

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The Dress

“I had loads of fun wedding dress shopping and trying on all kinds of wonderful dresses! I’d bought my wedding dress before we even booked the venue. I knew it was the one when I just didn’t want to take it off. I swished around the dress shop and felt totally comfortable in it – it was just “me”. It was made out of a heavy white lace, it was strapless and to the floor without a train. Perfect for the outdoors setting at the farm and for dancing in my cowboy boots later on in the evening! I had a silver satin band around my waist made from the lining of Allan’s wedding suit and a decorative brooch to help hold it in place.”

The Style

“Our wedding was informal, inclusive, relaxed and rustic while retaining an air of elegance. This style openly and honestly reflects who we are. We wanted people to feel like we’d invited them to a massive dinner party at our house rather than a wedding.

We saved loads of money on stationery and postage by creating a wedding website. I spent many hours on this but I did find it very enjoyable. The site included our engagement story, some embarrassing photos, our potted history, an insight into who our family were, listings of campsites, B&Bs, hotels, taxis, wedding gift list, things to do nearby to encourage guests to stay in the area, a guest book, RSVPs – you name it we had it in there! We used and it was really easy to set up. As the website is only live for a fixed period – however long you choose to pay for – they also produce an offline CD version for you to keep.”

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“I did all my flowers myself, keeping it simple with lots of small white flowers. Morrisons were brilliant and I ordered all my fresh cut flowers from them at a brilliant price. The flowers arrived boxed in buckets of water so they were really easy to transport and keep safe and watered until the day of the wedding.

The other thing I did with flowers was to collect dead hydrangea heads from my neighbourhood. I sprayed them white and stuck them into dry oasis and used them all around the farm to decorate gates, fences and archways. I could get these ready anytime before the wedding and because they were dried they were ready to just pin up on the day. Quick, cheap, easy and a big impact. Although I recommend asking before taking your scissors to your neighbours garden!”

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The Reception

“To help with the informal feel of the day our wedding meal was planned more like dinner at your Nan’s house! Big hearty lasagne dishes, brought straight from the oven were placed on the tables and guests dived in and served each other. It was a nice ice breaker for those people who didn’t know each other so well.”

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Working with Ian

“I first met Ian at my best friend Abigail’s wedding. She had raved about this photographer at a wedding she was best woman at in Manchester. I knew that his photos must have really captured something special for her to be so excited that they had him secured for her big day! On her wedding day I was amazed at how Ian seamlessly moved amongst the bridal party and guests. He was so unobtrusive, personable, calm and professional. A pleasure to be around. Then I saw her photos! He captures the most beautiful, honest moments between people and his albums tell the story of the day in images – just beautiful. We knew we wanted Ian to take our photos at both of our weddings! We had a civil ceremony in March and a outdoor Humanist ceremony in August. Ian photographed them both and he was just as wonderful as the first time I met him and YES, I would definitely recommend him.”

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A roll call of suppliers used…

Tipi Hire – Special Event Tipis
Hog Roast – JT Beedham & Sons
Reception Catering – Saunts
Evening Band – The Kicks
Reception Band – Bob Ludlam
Allan’s Suit – Higgins & Brown

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Ian, fabulous images from an equally fabulous day. Superb story telling.

Cheers Paul, very kind comments!

Fantastic photos Ian. I often play there with The Bears Wedding Band and we always have a brilliant time. Keep up the great work!