Today I am thrilled to share this colourful bohemian Derbyshire Wedding at Hargate Hall.
Images were captured by Lisa Webb Photography.
Lisa Webb offers alternative Wedding photography for couples who want to do things a bit differently.
Her style of photography is very relaxed, capturing the couple just exactly as they are.
She specialises in preserving those precious moments… how mum or dad looks when they first see you in your dress, the look in her eye and when you say your “I Do’s”.
Lisa says of the couple and their day…
Ella and Chris’ wedding was such a joyful occasion.
It was my first time shooting at Hargate Hall and it was the perfect choice for their boho styled wedding.
It was very colourful and so full of love. The party was amazing too!
I hand over to gorgeous Bride Ella…
How did you meet?
We initially met through a mutual friend and it went from there.
Tell us about the Engagement…
We got engaged near Dovedale in the Peak district around 2 years later on my birthday.
We were engaged for 4 years before we were married, and were married on the same weekend which we had met, exactly 6 years earlier.
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
We picked the venue in the Peaks because we spend a lot of time outdoors with our dogs and on holiday in our little caravan.
This was where Chris proposed but is also a beautiful area of the UK and would be a fantastic backdrop to our ‘outdoorsy’ style wedding.
We had a hall and a marquee to decorate.
In the marquee, which was where we had the wedding breakfast we had around 100 multicoloured paper poms poms hung along the middle of the marquee ceiling.
We also had bunting along the walls of the marquee.
Our centre pieces were different types of fresh flowers, which also gave each table their name.
Little touches such as trivia cards on the table meant that our guests had a bit of an icebreaker with people they did not know as well. In the main hall we used fresh flowers in jars dotted around the room and decorated the stairs with fairy lights.
My sister and her partner helped to create for us a ‘guest book poster’.
The poster, which had space for any messages also could be coloured in by our guests. It was a great talking point but also gave our guests a different way to record their thoughts and well-wishes for us.
What was the best bit of your day?
My favourite part of the day was during the evening.
We were all in the hall and most people had changed out of their ‘fancy’ clothes and in to their pjs. We were still all partying, dancing and drinking but it was just so incredible to have our own venue until whatever time we wanted to stay up to.
We had a bar which we had stocked up ourselves so no-one had to pay for anything,
ll never forget my dad doing jager-bombs surrounded by 30 people chanting his name..!
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
For if you are planning a DIY wedding – expect the unexpected and be prepared to deviate from the original plan.
It’s inevitable that it will happen! When planning such a big event be prepared to accept somethings make not go according to plan.
I can say though when it comes to the day itself you will not care if you end up with an empty chair at a table or if you can see a few jars which could have done with a bit more lace round them (I needn’t really have worried about that) because you will be filled with such amazing memories and have an incredible day that the minor details won’t matter.
Venue – Hargate Hall near Buxton.
We chose the venue because it is a complete DIY venue.
We were also able to hire the venue for the whole weekend which meant that we saw no-one except for our wedding guests all weekend (with the exception of the catering staff!).
It is also set in 7 acres of ground which meant we could really be in the middle of nowhere for the weekend.
Photographer – Lisa Webb Photography
Lisa was incredible. She captured the day so perfectly for us.
We didn’t want a lot of ‘staged’ photographs. We wanted natural shots which told the story of our wedding day.
She wasn’t intrusive and our guests barely knew she was there.
Having her in the room with the girls getting ready was lovely and such a laugh.
So down-to-earth and understood completely the theme of our day.
Not just on the day was Lisa so wonderful but all the attention and time spent with us before and after the wedding was just fantastic.
Dress – Phase Eight
It was so simple, but with the lace overlay it was still elegant without being over the top.
It was light and floaty for a mid-summer wedding but also had small cap sleeves which I was looking for (I had a lot of weight before the wedding but still wasn’t a fan of my upper arms!)
I am not a girly-girl either and so the thought of spending thousands on a dress did not appeal to me at all.
It was also perfect having this dress because of my plans to trash it the following day. I had in secret put a plan in place to trash my dress the day after our wedding.
We still had the venue on the Sunday so organised with the owner an area of land which I could use.
I waited until the speeches to announce to everyone that I was going to ask them to help trash my dress in honour of my grandma who couldn’t be at the wedding, and has now sadly passed away from Alzheimers.
They used coloured holi powder, water guns and silly string to trash my dress completely and I am thrilled that I was able to raise over £1000 in doing so.
Shoes – Irregular Choice
Bridesmaid Gowns – Little Mistress
Suit Hire – Slaters
Cake Maker – Brides Mum
My mum made the cakes and all the cake decoration. Including over 60 handmade sugar crafted flowers.
It was 6 tiers and had sugarcraft flowers cascading down the side of the cake.
She also made the Groom a cake, which was a nod to his love of motorbikes!
It had a topper of a bride dragging her groom in a suit covered in oil, a full garage scene and a replica model of his own motorbike.
Florist – Zara Reid
I chose Zara because I had seen some of her beautiful bouquets which were inspired by the amazing countryside and area of Derbyshire in which she lives and works.
Her ethos fitted in perfectly with the theme which we were looking at for the wedding of countryside/wildflower/English country garden. I gave Zara a really broad brief.
General colours of purples and blues and all the bouquets to be slightly different and she didn’t disappoint.
We also used a florist from Coventry who is a neighbour of my parents.
She provided us with all the flowers which were used around the venue and for our centrepieces.
It worked out fairly cost-effective because we had them straight from wholesalers but was a little challenging transporting them from Coventry to Buxton the day before the wedding!
My ring was from Aspell & Co in Coventry. We bought my ring from there because this was also where we had the engagement ring made.
Chris’s ring was from H Samuel, a simple, hardwearing, titanium band due to his line of work.
Stationery – Brides friend
A friend of mine who works in our design department at work put together all the stationery which we then had printed.
We used the same design for all the stationery which worked really well.
Make up/Hair stylist – Beau Hair & Make-up
Sarah Addenbrooke did our hair & Saskia Borra did our make-up.
To Contact Lisa Webb Photography
Website – http://lisawebbphotography.co.uk/
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