The wedding of Erica and Daniel was set at Hamps Hall and Barns on the edge of the peak district. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the venue and the fact it isn’t actually licensed for weddings, I didn’t get to view it on the Pre-wedding shoot.

Thankfully, Erica and Daniel had booked it out for the whole weekend, so I took a quick trip over the day before to assess the lighting situation and look for usable locations for their wedding photography.

I’m glad that the snow had come two days before and not the weekend of the wedding, as there was no way on this earth we would of all got up the tiny dirt track to the venue. That said it was still one of the coldest weddings I’ve shot so far.

Being on the top of a hill in the Peak District meant this venue has stunning views across the valley, but this also made it a great wind tunnel. Erica did fabulously well in her three quarter length dress and heels, I didn’t hear her complain once about being cold. It was also the perfect venue for their special guests, the three family dogs!

Erica and Daniel both stayed at Hamps Hall and Barns the night before the wedding which meant when I arrived in the morning everything was under one roof. This made it nice and easy to photograph both the bridal prep and the groomsmen without too much fuss. The venue was so big there were no worries that the two would meet before the ceremony and ruin any surprises.

The couple had actually got married on the Thursday before at the local registry office and the ceremony on the day was being held by a friend, who just got the couple to read their vows. This was held in a Tipi in the grounds of the barns, a fabulous idea despite the mud from all the rain and snow we had, had. The Tipi itself was heated and toasty warm so the weather wasn’t an issue at all.

For the wedding meal Erica and Daniel had chosen an informal buffet style hog roast and then crepes for dessert. Once the meal was over the guests headed back to the Tipi for the party and I took the Bride and Groom off for some creative night time shots.

I wish Erica and Daniel all the best for the future.

Until next time!