Becky and Tom | A Derbyshire Wedding
August 27, 2012
Derbyshire weddings are a delightful rarity for me. Although I am happy to travel anywhere in the world for my wonderful clients, I mostly work in the south-east. So I was delighted to be invited to photograph Becky and Tom’s wedding in Rowsley, just inside the Peak District National Park. In fact, we did their pre-wedding portraits there too, and I was, um, persuaded, to go for a walk up into the hills behind The East Lodge Hotel. Well, I like a modest ramble, but an hour later I felt as if we should be shortly arriving at Everest Base Camp!
With an eye for vintage detail, Becky and Tom had been assiduously collecting old cups and saucers from junk and charity shops for two years before their wedding day, and had collected enough to give each female guest a home-made candle in a cup, with a matching saucer. The men were given hand-made sachets of leaf tea, and in fact all the tables were named after different teas. I have to say Dana and I were thrilled and touched to be given cup-and-saucer candles as a thank you gift when we left. Another departure from the usual was Tom’s best man, the delightful Rachael!
The highlight of the day for me was brave Becky determined to tramp up the footpath we had started our previous trek on, to get to a stone stile she had remembered. It was well worth the nettles and brambles, it was a beautiful spot for some portraits of Becky and Tom together.
We photographed Tom and Becky’s Derbyshire wedding in a mainly documentary style, recording moments as they happen, with consideration and without prompting. Of course we did some formal family groups, (just before the heavens opened!) and we take a little time out to gently direct some portraits of the couple.
Here are some of my faves…