Stancliffe Hall Wedding Photography, Matlock – Ed & Cat


Here’s Ed & Cat’s wedding from September 2014, one of the last weddings to be held at Stancliffe Hall in Derbyshire before it went back to being a private residence again. Such a shame, but I really can’t blame the owners as it’s a terrific house in a beautiful location, and I’d probably do the same if it were mine.

It’s nice to get some spare time (after another hectic summer season) to get around to blogging again. I suppose it’s a symptom of being busy, but something has to give way. Unfortunately, keeping up-to-date on blogging is one thing that goes out the door when I’m under pressure to churn out weddings to deadlines. Do you know anyone who would like to take on content collation, writing & blogging for me?

On to the details.

Ed & Cat fitted the template of my ideal couple perfectly; laid-back and fun-loving. They were keen to spend time with their friends and family on their day rather than being bossed about by a photographer – which suits my style & ethos down to the ground. They’ve been kind enough to provide the rest of the words in this post to describe their day and offer some advice.

“We got married at St Giles Church in Matlock and had our reception afterwards at Stancliffe Hall – intimate, had accommodation for immediate family and just felt like somewhere we could have a wonderfully unique party in a private location where we had an exclusive use! The style of our wedding was traditional, for us our day was about us getting married and then just having a relaxed party afterwards in a beautiful place that was private.

Ian was recommended by a friend of a friend who had him as their wedding photographer and his non-invasive documentary style appealed. After the wedding, and upon seeing the photos, the atmosphere and emotions of the day came flooding back. We were so happy with the moments he captured and the formal shots too which are great in a frame.

My mother-in-law made my wedding cake, an excellent way to save money! We used the ‘Letter Press of Cirencester‘ for invitations but also printed a lot of the additional stationery ourselves to cut costs. We used Cupid Carriages (Sheffield) for our wedding car. I bought a lot of wedding magazines that helped me to develop a mood board to visualise our day. I certainly wasn’t a girl that had a scrapbook when I was a small child!

Our tips for other couples planning their weddings. 

Don’t lose perspective on the fact that you are doing this to get married. Don’t lose sight of that, but it is also a day that your family want to share with you so they do need to be involved and consulted but do give them specific tasks!

Try and make sure you stay united as a couple and don’t allow the stress to create rifts between you.

Most of all, try and enjoy the planning. Especially the final week before the big day – get excited, not stressed!”

Other vendors we used were…

  • Dress by http://www.jscouture.com/
  • Shoes by http://www.emmyshoes.co.uk/
  • Flowers by The Floral Collection – A note on flowers – if you have a budding florist in your family, don’t be afraid to buy your flowers from a flower market and do your own displays in the church. We did this and saved a lot of money and they were fun to do the day before the wedding!
  • DJ – Chris Buj (Brilliant, the dance floor was full all night!)
  • PT Trio – Swing/Jazz Band we used for the drinks reception
  • Videographer Adam Galwas Productions

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