Traditional, Romantic Tissington Hall Wedding

My final wedding of July last year saw me in the Peak District for Teddy and Laura’s Great Longstone Church ceremony and Tissington Hall wedding reception. Teddy is a native New Yorker and he and Laura live in New York after having met while both at University in Scotland, so planning for their wedding was very much a family affair with family helping to source & book vendors. Their wedding day story follows…

“We got married at St. Giles Church in Great Longstone, Derbyshire. We chose this church because it has a lot of family history. Laura’s grandparents were choristers there for 50 years, it is where her parents were married, it’s where she was christened and where her mum is a member of the choir today. And if that wasn’t enough, we both agreed it is a beautiful village church set in some of the most bucolic countryside in England!

After the ceremony, we had our reception at Tissington Hall. It was a bit of love at first sight with our reception venue. The house and its grounds are breathtaking and we couldn’t stop gushing about Phoebe, the wedding coordinator there. We knew we were in good hands, which is important when you live 3,000 miles away!

We didn’t really have a style in mind, it just seemed to evolve as we made decisions. If we had to say… it was a traditional, romantic, countryside wedding. We wanted something that was relaxed, but with a sense of occasion. Our venues really determined the style of the wedding. Anything glamorous or modern wouldn’t really look right in such historic settings. We also had a lot of friends who came in from the States, so it was fun to amp up the Britishness of everything a little bit while also bringing some New York to the party.”

[creativ_alertbox icon=”comments” colour=”light-gray” custom_colour=””]”We absolutely LOVE our wedding photos. They are so beautiful and beyond anything we could have ever dreamed of. We have really enjoyed sharing them with family and friends over the past few weeks; often getting choked up at the emotion in the pictures and reminiscing about the day. Thank you for taking such incredible images for us!” – Laura and Teddy[/creativ_alertbox]

“We were really lucky to have some very talented friends and family . Teddy’s sister, Christy, has her own clothing line in New York. She custom designed the groomsman’s suits and the bridesmaid’s dresses. She really spoiled us with some of the details she added to everything. The boys had their initials in the jackets and special pocket squares. For the ladies, she made scarves/wraps in case it got chilly in the evening and straps that could be clipped onto the dresses for dancing.”

“As we both live in New York, finding vendors was a bit of a joint effort – we searched online while Laura’s parents were the man and woman ‘on the ground.’ Laura’s mum, Jane, found Ian in a wedding brochure and fell in love with his photos immediately. After seeing his website, we felt the same. We were looking for a documentary style photographer, neither of us are too fond of having our picture taken and the idea of spending hours on portraits was a little frightening, but having a few family photos for posterity’s sake was important to us.¬†Jane met with Ian over tea. She mentioned how easy to talk to he was and even likened him to a great family friend. Double thumbs up! We couldn’t wait to meet him ourselves, which we did a few days before the wedding to go over all the details.

On the morning of the wedding, he fitted right in, it was just like having a friend over. Throughout the day he was discreet, kind, professional and a wonderful calming force. When we saw our photos for the first time we were pretty emotional! It was like reliving everything over again. We couldn’t believe some of the shots that Ian got. He was able to capture so many intimate moments without us knowing and he intuitively picked up on our guest’s personalities, relationships, and histories, which really comes through in the photos. We would absolutely recommend him to other couples!”

“For the ceremony flowers, we picked lavender from Laura’s parents garden and bought flowers from Tulips, a local florist in Bakewell, and Marsia designed the arrangements and bouquets that hung from the pews. We also rented some bay trees for the entrance. We had a lot of fun decorating the church before the wedding with our mum’s, Laura’s bridesmaids and her girlfriends. For the reception flowers, bouquets and boutonnieres, we used Kerry at the Blossom Tree in Melbourne Derby. Her flowers were more beautiful than anything we had imagined. She had been so helpful, especially with emailing back and forth from the States and sharing Pinterest images of things we liked.”

“I Do Wedding Cars provided the beautiful old Beauford and Lafbery Chaffeurs provided transport for Laura’s mum and bridesmaids. Initially we were a little against the pomp of a vintage car and of the attention we would get riding in one, but it was something Laura’s dad was excited for and it didn’t take a whole lot of convincing for us to go with it. Looking back, we wouldn’t change this for the world, driving to and from the church were very special parts of the day.”

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“Mart’s Manchester Jazz Band played during our cocktail reception in the garden. They were recommended to us by a good friend and were the first vendor we booked. They clearly love what they do and Mart was just the loveliest man to work with. For the rest of the evening’s music we used Function Central, they were very good at organizing everything for us and had great selection of bands and DJs.”

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“We created a wedding website so that our guests had somewhere to go to if they had any questions about accommodation and travel. It was fun getting Laura’s parents involved with this – Laura’s dad, Jem, made a ‘Pub Guide’ page and Jane made a “Sightseeing” page. Our invitations were printed by Paper Presentation in New York and included a drawing that Laura’s Grandad Evans had drawn of St. Giles. We used this drawing in everything from the Menu Cards to the Programs which we designed and printed ourselves at home. For our table map, we found an old subway map on Etsy and made a ‘frame’ using Japanese washi tape. We named our tables after some of our favourite New York delis and diners.”

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“Teddy’s mum, Marsia, is a furniture designer in New York and has a fabulous creative mind. She made the wedding topper for us. It was a model of Teddy with his stethoscope and Laura in her wedding dress. The cake itself was a delicious vanilla cake with strawberry jam and buttercream, made by Jane Evans in Ashbourne. We brought over ribbon and lace that matched Laura’s dress which she added as trim for the cake. We mailed over a magazine cutting of what we were looking for and it turned out perfectly!”

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[creativ_alertbox icon=”thumbs-up” colour=”light-gray” custom_colour=””]TIP: “Your wedding day is all about family, friends, and having everyone you love in one place. We just wanted to make sure everyone had a good time. Everything else comes second. Other than that our advice would be to go with recommendations from friends and use local suppliers when and wherever possible, it adds a lovely sense of community to the day.”[/creativ_alertbox]

Wedding Vendor Roll Call

Jazz Quartet: Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz from Stockport
Booking Agency for evening Band & DJ: Function Central
Band: The Jay Bees (via Function Central)
DJ: DJ BB (via Function Central)
Hair & Make-up: Lucy Chapman and Lucy Elliot from The Stage in Baslow
Cake: Jane Evans in Ashbourne. Teddy’s mum made the cake topper
Dress: Mark Badgley & James Mischka from Badgley Mischka in NYC
Flowers: Kerry from the Blossom Tree in Melbourne, Derby
Suits & Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Teddy’s sister, Christy, did all the suits & the bridesmaid’s dresses. Her company is Dowry Designs and it’s based in NYC
Cars: I Do Wedding Cars and Lafbery Chaffeurs
Caterers: Red Olive

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Steven Carter Hewson

Fantastic work, Ian. Creative and full of emotion.

Many thanks Steven, very kind of you. Hope all is well!

Fantastic works Ian. I love that picture of a bride sitting in a car.

Many thanks for the kind words Magdalena, loving your work also folks!