It was great to meet Craig and Lindsay at the White Hart Inn, Moorwood Moor, they have been friends with my brother since school. I vaguely remembered Craig from my brothers group of friends and it was lovely to catch up again after so many years. They had decided to get married at their local church at Idridgehay in Derbyshire and the wedding reception would be held at the White Hart.

Growing up in the peak district I knew the area well, which helped with my directions and plans on the day. However, I wasn’t familiar with the White Hart Inn, so we met there a couple of times beforehand to have a scout around for the best wedding photography locations on the day.

I arrived at Lindsay’s parents’ house in Cromford at 11.30am to capture the bridal prep, however, the bridal party had decamped to Hers and Sirs in Wirksworth to have their hair and makeup done and were running a little behind. This gave me chance to get acquainted with Paul, Lindsay’s dad and take some of the detail shots, like the dress, flowers, shoes and Lindsay and Craig’s boys.

Once the bridal party returned we managed to get some group shots in before I whizzed off to the church to meet Craig and his groomsmen. The church was probably the smallest church I have ever worked in, but the villagers had come the day before to decorate the doorway with boughs of seasonal foliage which made it look lovely.

When Lindsay and her bridal party got to the church (fashionably late as the car didn’t turn up on time) they all looked gorgeous. Lindsay’s dress which was from Allison Louise Bridal was delicately simple and suited her figure and the bridesmaids and mother of the bride wore electric blue matching the flowers and bouquet.

I loved the bouquets and table decorations from Avant Garden. Themed on blue, purple and white, there was a mixture of garden flowers like Scabious, roses and gypsophila. The table decorations were arranged in jam jars, milk bottles and small tin milk churns in keeping with the rustic look. The chairs at the White Hart were brown leather with hessian bows and even the cake made by Jess Blair was naked and natural!

Nature is something that is very important to Lindsay and Craig. Craig is a farmer and Lindsay was excited to become a farmer’s wife and embraces the lifestyle. Outdoors living comes naturally to them, so there was no surprise when I asked Lindsay to climb over a fence into a field of wheat for their creative shots, that she was up for it! I think you will agree it was worth it and will hopefully encourage brides to be, to be adventurous for their artwork.

The venue itself was a bit limiting for photography. They have done a bit of landscaping and now have a pond which will look lovely once the grass has grown back this year. I am a sucker for gates and bridges and The White Hart Inn has two gates that make great backdrops. The small grassy lane down the side was also a winner for me.

I have another wedding booked this year at the same venue and look forward to working there again, but unfortunately the wheat will have been cut by September. There is a cracking sunset opportunity though over the field if the heavens permit and the sun decide to shine down on us.

Until next time!