Sailcloth Marquee Summer Wedding, Derbyshire

My favourite photos from Lydia & Will’s beautiful summer wedding in the rural village of Melbourne, Derbyshire. Here’s what these guys had to say about working with me…

“Thank you so much for the amazing photos , we absolutely LOVE them all!! We can’t wait to show our family and friends. They really capture the day so well and all look so fun and natural ! We’d love to do it all over again and had the best day! That’s really kind of you to put together the slide show, thank you, we absolutely love it and have already watched it more than once.

Thank you so much again for doing such an amazing job of capturing our special day, the photos are just as we had hoped for and more and are something we will cherish forever and look back on with very fond memories. Thank you !

We will definitely be recommending you when other friends or family are getting married, and hopefully see you at another wedding again in the future 🙂

Take care & best wishes, Lydia and Will xx”

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I’m a huge dog fan so was delighted to meet the family Dalmatian during bridal preparations, although dog slober + cream bridesmaid dresses = some fear!

As the couple live just down the road from Lydia’s parents, I was able to photograph both sides in the morning. You’ll see Will giving the locals a wave on his way to the pub – I love little happenings like this. Interior design is clearly a shared passion in Lydia’s family; both houses were quirky, creative backdrops for the morning events. I work with this to weave character into the photo narrative as our homes are such an expression of our personalities, and I focus on tuning into who my couples are to best tell their story in the photographs.

Bride Lydia wore a stunning Hermione de Paula dress with chic Loeffler Randall Camellia Bow heeled sandals, a gorgeous paring of two epic designers.

We made our way to church for the ceremony which, despite being under some pandemic restrictions, was lovely and super personal as bride Lydia grew up in the village. Onto the drinks reception, you’ll see the sailcloth traditional tent pole marquee situated in their friend’s field. The couple had chosen a theme of mixed green foliage including eucalyptus with gold candelabras. So perfect for an outdoor, rural, summer wedding in the countryside.

Everyone was SUCH good fun all day which made for great candid photos. I really focus on getting lots of natural, unposed, documentary style photos of you and your guests having a good time – this is my jam!!

The speeches were a hoot. Will’s brother gave a touching speech through some tears, which the best man revelled in teasing him for. All captured on camera – the speeches provide the ideal opportunity for me to capture reactions and emotions.

We got crazy light between downpours and a dazzling sunset, so I ventured out with the couple for a set of natural, fun wedding portraits. I work quickly and barely pose you – I just want you to be yourselves, and by this point in the day we’ve built up a great report, you’re feeling relaxed and in this is a time for you to be alone together.

Onto the dance floor, one of my favourite times in the day! Epic moves, confetti cannons, missing shoes. The photos really say it all here. All day I was reminded of how much I love this job. Lydia, Will, their family and friends couldn’t have been nicer to me and such good fun to work with. I was particularly touched that Lydia’s dad too the time to express how he felt about the photos…

“Hello Charlotte,

I just wanted to congratulate you on the beautiful wedding photographs – what a lovely record of the day, chilled, natural and fun – you should be proud – brilliant.

Best, Philip”

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