Today I am thrilled to share a beautiful handcrafted Derbyshire Wedding with warm, autumnal tones at Horsleygate Hall.
Images were captured by Charlotte Elizabeth Photography.
Charlotte tells your story through beautiful, natural photography.
One of the things she loves about photography is capturing special moments, and weddings are full of them.
Whether it’s the excitement of morning preparations, the expressions on your faces as you walk down the aisle or the tears of laughter during the speeches; she loves to capture them all.
Her natural style allows me to tell the story of your day as it happens, and she loves to talk wedding plans over a good cuppa.
She says of the couples handcrafted Derbyshire Wedding…
I met Andrew & Fran at a wedding fayre in Sheffield. I was excited to hear about their tipi wedding, and we got on straight away.
Their day was full of laughter and colour. Everyone was involved, from organising the ‘wave off’ from the church to piling on the dance floor during the evening. It was a lot of fun to photograph, and Fran’s bouquet is one of my favourites.
The couple say of their day…
How did you meet?
We went to school together since we were 7 but only got to know each other properly in sixth form where Andrew got told off for being too chatty.
Tell us about the Proposal…
I (Andrew) had it all planned out as we were going away to celebrate Fran finishing at medical school but she wanted the trip to be all about her and I couldn’t wait any longer having bought the ring months before!
So I ended up surprising Fran one evening at home. She was so shocked and excited it took her a while to say yes!
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
A lot of time on the motorway!
We live in Newcastle but wanted to get married back in Sheffield where we both grew up so we spent a lot of time driving back and forth singing along to ideas for the party playlist. Our engagement was about 18 months.
We went for a DIY wedding so there was lots to organise, but I love a good spreadsheet!
We fell in love with the idea of a Tipi wedding and picked a venue close to our childhood homes to suit.
After that came the fun bit of finding food, drinks, flowers and photographers. We used wedding fairs early on to help us get an idea of what was out there, but also did a lot of googling and just speaking to suppliers to see what they could do for us.
We took great pleasure in choosing and naming our own cocktails!
We arrived back in Sheffield on the Wednesday before our wedding on the Saturday to see the Tipis be constructed and then spent all of Thursday and Friday dressing the venue – including some of our own floristry – setting things up and helping our suppliers get ready for the big day.
We got to the Friday evening feeling like everything was in place and could relax. At that point we both felt like it would be okay.
Any special touches/DIY?
Because we had organised everything ourselves, our handcrafted Derbyshire Wedding special to us.
Our mum’s made fudge for the wedding favours, we all helped out with arranging table centres and dressed the barn where the drinks reception was held ourselves.
Fran is part of an orchestra and string quartet who were guests as well as contributing their talents which was amazing.
We also got in touch with Sheffield University Big Band who played at the reception which was a great choice as it got everybody up onto the dancefloor – grandmas included!
What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?
Because of other weddings that year and dates that worked, we got married in October and ran with a warm, autumnal feel.
The tipis worked well, and our amazing florist created beautiful bouquets and other touches.
It also really suited the setting of a country home and we both wanted it to feel relaxed and a bit more informal than a perfect white wedding.
What was the best bit of your day?
Fran says: When I first walked in the church and I wasn’t nervous then I got to the altar and saw how happy Andrew was – I was just so happy.
Andrew says: At the drinks reception after the ceremony, Fran and I were having a great time chatting to people and having fun when our photographer Charlotte grabbed us and said that we had about 20 minutes before the meal and do we want to do some shots of just us.
t was like Charlotte wasn’t there and in the middle of all the joy and bustle I got to spend some time alone with my wonderful new wife in a beautiful place and just take it all in.
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Pick a good partner who has similar tastes? Do it how you want to do it – not what magazines or the internet says is right.
Doing what we wanted made us both feel so much more relaxed and we felt really proud of what we had achieved.
Photographer: Charlotte Elizabeth
Venue – Ceremony – St Andrew’s Church – Sheffield / Reception – Horsleygate Hall
Wedding Dress – Marrime Bridal – Newcastle
Bridesmaid Gowns – Quiz
Suit/Kilt Hire supplier: Debenhams
Stationery: DIY by couple
Cake Maker: SJ Cake Studios
Florist: Sweatpea & Thyme
Make up/Hair stylist: Jenn Edwards
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