Mar 6, 2018

One of the things I enjoy the most is hearing the stories behind each couple and their wedding. Sadly, Amy and Paul’s story starts with a family tragedy which postponed their engagement. But, Paul wanted the proposal to still be a surprise! On January 18th, 2016, Amy came home on a dark evening from work as though it was any other day. Amy had found the dining room filled with candles, a large bunch of roses and a bottle of Champagne. Paul stood in front of her, dressed to the nines, holding a piece of paper. It was a romantic poem Paul had written describing how much he cared for Amy and how much he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her. When Paul had finished reading, he opened a small black box and placed the ring on Amy’s finger. Amy was completely overwhelmed with happiness.

I was asked to be a photographer for their Wedding on 27th May 2017; Amy and Paul were married in a beautiful little church in King Sterndale. Amy wore a gorgeous princess-style wedding dress from Gracie Bleu Bridal in Buxton. The lace on the wedding dress was delicate and thin as though it was made by fairies! Amy felt magical wearing the gown. Paul wore a smart charcoal grey suit rented from a little shop in Macclesfield. He had a custom pocket watch, from Not On The Highstreet, engraved ‘Until the end of time 25.5.17 x Amy’ on the back. Bridesmaids wore long strapless dusty pastel green dresses and held bouquets of purple lavender and baby’s breath.

The flowers were curated by Margret’s Flowers in Harper Hill, Derbyshire. Margret helped to gather small potted lavender for wedding favours at the end of the day. Amy wanted guests to take them home for their own gardens and remember the special day.

Their reception was in the historic Old Hall Hotel in Buxton. The room was decorated with gorgeous peonies and wildflowers as well as slices of logs and jars with hessian and lace as centrepieces. Amy found many homemade items on the website, Etsy. This included laser-cut wooden heart confetti that was scattered on the table, engraved signs with phrases such as ‘Happily ever after’, and place names sprayed gold. Hanging from the Top Table was bunting that read ‘Paul & Amy’ from a local shop called Atticus Boo. Amy and Paul’s wedding encompassed simple, rustic, elegance.

Wedding Cake’s are an art form. Amy and Paul chose a tiered cake with vanilla and chocolate in a heavenly buttercream from Buttercup Cakes in Whaley Bridge. The florist added baby’s breath surrounding the edges and Amy placed a cake topper with the word ‘Always’ sprayed in gold – a subtle reference to a Harry Potter quote.

In between the reception meal and the evening party, Amy wanted to keep her guests entertained by putting together a fun pub-style quiz about her and Paul and their relationship so far. The winning team won a bottle of Prosecco and a box of chocolates. For the evening, Amy and Paul were recommended a DJ by the hotel who did a fantastic job – the dance floor was packed all evening!

Music is a big part of Amy’s life so her sister sang her down the aisle – it was the most beautiful moment and there wasn’t a dry eye in the church! The Buxton Opera House holds very fond memories for Amy and her music – so it was an absolute ‘must’ to create an image for her involving this iconic Buxton venue!

Dream Team

Venue – Old Hall Hotel in Buxton

Hair & Make Up – Hair and Make Up By Saskia

Cake – Buttercup Cakes

Florist – Margaret’s Flowers

Wedding Dress – Gracie Bleu Bridal

Decorations – Atticus Boo Cavendish Arcade and Etsy

Kind Words

Sally was brilliant and many of our guests thought so too. She managed to get some beautiful pictures without being overly intrusive! I wouldn’t have wanted anyone else – she did an incredible job. Plus she even helped me fix my make up after my Best Man’s heartfelt speech made me cry my false lashes off! 

– Amy

Bride’s Top Tips

Amy’s top tips for weddings are:

Enjoy it! Don’t stress, take it one step at a time.
You don’t need to spend crazy amounts.
Make things the way you want them and don’t be influenced by other people.
No matter what happens the two of you are all you need!

Want to see more Derbyshire weddings? Check out Danielle and Jon’s rustic wedding at the Belfry.  

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