Images were captured by Sarah Illingworth of Mirror Imaging.
Sarah Illingworth is a wedding and portrait photographer with an elegant and editorial style covering, Nottingham, Derby, across the UK, and abroad.
She says of her work…
“My style of photography is elegant, clean and crisp. I think my photographs are also recognisable by their clarity and colour.”
“Authentically capturing the sincerity, emotion and connection between two people is what makes Mirror Imaging different from other photographers.”
“When I’m not photographing weddings I am happiest spending time with my family, friends and three cats.”
“I’m a dab hand in the kitchen; good food, a glass of wine, lively conversation and long walks are some of my favourite things in life.”
Sarah shares her recollections of capturing the day…
“Sarah and Tim’s wedding took last July, and it was a very cool, relaxed and fun affair with all of their many friends playing a part in their day.”
“They also lucked-out with one of the few truly sunny days we’ve had this year, which was perfect for their english tea party theme wedding reception on the lawns of Cockliffe Country House Hotel.”
“Guests gathered in front of the nearby Horse & Groom Pub and enjoyed a drink in the sunshine, before the groomsmen walked up to the picturesque church in Linby.”
“Sarah arrived, driven by her dad in a very cute open top vintage sports car and, impressively in high winds, without a hair out of place!”
“After the ceremony, Tim and Sarah drove away in the same car to the cheers, whooping and applause of all their loved ones.”
“The marquee was up on the lawn of the Cockliffe, decorated with a vintage, summer fete style that was quintessentially English and they’d provided outdoor games to keep guests entertained; a coconut shy and a badminton net with rackets.”
“Sarah’s mum and aunt need a special mention, who between them provided all the beautiful scented flowers and bouquets, made the bunting, the favours and made the stunning naked cake, one of the prettiest cakes I’ve seen.”
I now hand over to beautiful Bride Sarah…
Where did you get married and what was it about the venue that sealed the deal?
“We got married at St Michael’s church in Linby, Tim’s family live in the area so it meant a lot to us to have it there.”
“The church is in a lovely village location and was only a 5 minute drive from our reception venue.”
“We chose Cockcliffe House hotel for our reception venue, it was perfect for us and we fell in love with it as soon as we went to visit.”
“It is set in the countryside, has beautiful lawns and a pretty French style country house that dates back to the 17th century.”
“We opted for a marquee on the lawn to create an English tea party theme; Buster Marquees provided the marquee and provided a friendly and professional service.”
“We had exclusive use of the hotel, its 11 rooms and the grounds for the day which meant our families could stay over and we had the whole place to ourselves.”
“The staff at Cockcliffe were so fantastic and went the extra mile to make sure everyone enjoyed themselves; we received so many compliments from our guests who thoroughly enjoyed their meals and commented on how friendly and accommodating the staff were.”
Describe your dress and how you came about finding ‘the one’?
“My dress is by Maggie Sottero, it has a silk slip and then an overlay which is embellished with Swavorski crystals.”
“I loved it because it had a 1920s vibe to it and I felt so elegant in it.”
“It was a lot different from what I thought I wanted but as soon as I tried it on I knew from the reactions of my Mum, Auntie and bridesmaids that it was the one.”
“My family is from Doncaster so it was nice to be able to get the dress from my hometown; it was from a lovely little shop called Tickled Pink.”
“My shoes were by Freya Rose, you can accessorise the shoes with detachable clips on the front of the shoe, I chose clips embellished with pearls and crystals.”
“I also got a matching clip for my hair, and this completed my vintage look.”
“Finding the bridesmaid dresses was a much more difficult task as I had 8 of them and a flower girl.”
“Luckily for me the bridesmaids were happy to assist and took matters in to their own hands, they found some beautiful lilac/grey dresses from Coast and Debut at Debenhams, we had 4 dresses and two girls in each style.”
“I was so happy with the way they looked; they got to choose a dress that suited them but the dresses looked fabulous together and as there were so many of them it was nice to have some variety.”
“My beautiful niece Grace was our flower girl and she looked stunning in a simple white dress from Monsoon, this was accessorised with a flower wand which she absolutely loved.”
“Tim and the Groomsmen wore DKNY suits paired with a floral tie.”
How would you describe the style of your wedding and what made you decide to go down that route?
“We wanted our wedding to be relaxed and fun for all our guests, we made sure there was plenty of food, drink and entertainment.”
“We had a loose theme of English tea party, the marquee was decorated with bunting and we had lawn games set up including a coconut shy and badminton court, these provided lots of fun.”
“We had a band called Mellow Rebellion play in the evening, they were so much fun and managed to get most of our guests up on the dance floor, we also had one of our guests up singing with the band towards the end of the night!”
“We had a photobooth in the evening and I would highly recommend this, looking back at the photos has given us hours of great memories ~ Emma Cleveley provided ours; they had so many props and made it so much fun.”
Talk us through the suppliers you used for your wedding from stationery to cake, flowers to cars – was there anything quirky or creative which will inspire future brides
“We wanted to make the wedding as personal as possible and did this by roping in friends and family to support where they could.”
“My mum is an amazing baker so I asked her to bake our cake which was a naked cake decorated with fruit and flowers.”
“She wowed us all with a four tiered cake with different flavoured sponges.”
“My mum also filled favour boxes with mini sweet treats including fudge, tiffin, flapjack and shortbread biscuits.”
“Flowers were done by Helen and her team at Helen’s Flowers in Grantham.”
“I was probably one of the most difficult brides to work with as I didn’t have any specific flowers in mind but talked about how I wanted the flowers to look like they were from an English country garden.”
“Helen had so many ideas and I loved her suggestion of decorated jars on a wooden block for the table centrepieces.”
“Helen also decorated the venue for us with some quirky props, plants and huge milk urns filled with flowers, she understood exactly what we wanted and made the venue look stunning, I can’t thank her enough.”
“Our photographer was Sarah Illingworth with her assistant Susan from Mirror Imaging; they were friendly and reassuring throughout the whole process.”
“They met with us before for an engagement shoot; this helped us get to know them and made us feel at ease with having our photos taken by them.”
“Sarah planned the timings and group shots with us before the wedding which made everything go smoothly on the day.”
“The pictures are so beautiful, I would highly recommend Sarah and Susan as they put so much effort in to making sure we had a wonderful and memorable day, they were also willing to help out in any way they could above and beyond their role.”
“My hair was by the very talented Amy Lee from Dillon and Lee Hairdressers in Nottingham who was happy to try out several different styles with us all before the big day.”
“Doing the hair of 9 girls for a wedding is no small task but Amy was calm and made us all look amazing!”
“The car we used was a vintage Triumph Vitesse that belongs to our neighbours, Tim cheekily asked them if they would consider lending it to us one day and they said they would be happy to!”
“Tim drove us both from the church to the venue, I loved having that bit of time together.”
Any words of advice for future brides about planning your dream day?
“Asking friends and family to get stuck in can save you a fortune but it also makes the day feel so special and people really want to help out where they can. ”
“We had our loved ones helping out with a variety of tasks including making bunting, signs, decorating jam jars, creating a sweetie station, filling confetti cones, printing order of service sheets and organising lawn games, the list goes on!!”
“We also had one of our best friends as master of ceremony and our four year old nephew banged a gong to announce that it was time to eat.”
“Involving our family and friends at every step made the day a celebration of not just the two of us but all the important people in our lives who were there to wish us the best for our lives together.”
Thank you much to Sarah for sharing this exquisite English tea party theme wedding.
Love the stunning florals, from bouquets to table centrepieces but especially the amazing frame for the table plan.
The cake is just incredible, there are almost no words, such a lovely way for Sarahs mum to be part of her daughters day.
The styling of the day is elegant and and there is such a fun atmosphere with garden games providing a sort of garden fete atmosphere and a beautiful family celebration.
Photography: Sarah Illingworth ~ Mirror Imaging Photography
Ceremony Venue: St Michael’s church ~ Linby
Reception Venue: Cockcliffe House
Marquee: Buster Marquees
Bridal Shoes & Shoe Clips: Freya Rose
Hairclip: Freya Rose
Flowergirl Gown: Monsoon
Groom & Groomsmen Suit: DKNY
Floristry: Helens Flowers Grantham
Wedding Cake & Favours: Brides Mum
Hairstyling: Amy Lee from Dillon and Lee Hairdressers ~ Nottingham
Wedding Car: Vintage Triumph Vitesse borrowed from neighbours
Photobooth: Emma Clevely – Oh Photobooth
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Phone: 07968 159 465