PEAK EDGE HOTEL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
It was March 2018 when the email landed from Thomas asking me about my availability for his and Rach’s wedding at the Peak Edge Hotel; a full 18 months before the big day – love it when people are that organised!
A week or so after the email we all got together for a chat about all things wedding’s, from how the wedding day goes, their plans for the day and finally how I work on a wedding day as a wedding photographer.
Roll forward 18 months and its time for the big day!
With the wedding ceremony time set for 12 pm and with the girls getting ready from 8 am, it was an early start for me, but I much prefer an early start, I don’t like to wait to get to a wedding; I like to get up, get ready and then head off!
BRIDAL PREPARATIONS AT THE PEAK EDGE HOTEL
When I got to the Peak Edge Hotel, the morning bridal prep was already in full swing.
Rach and her Bridesmaids were either having their hair or make-up done or sat enjoying the air con, it was going to be another warm day!
Thomas rocked up with his best man around an hour before the wedding ceremony, and as the girls were still in full hair and make-up mode, I headed off to catch him before he disappeared into the bar.
By the time I got back to the girls, they were starting to get into their dresses, at this point I hid outside with Rach’s Dad until we were given the all-clear that they were all ‘decent’.
FINAL WEDDING DRESS ADJUSTMENTS
Once back in the Heath Suite and with the girls doing the final wedding dress checks, it was time for Rach to get her wedding shoes on.
This is always a fun moment as it typically falls to one of the Bridesmaids to get on their hands and knees, get under the bottom of the dress and get the Bride into her shoes – I love these pictures as the Bridesmaid completely disappear under a big wedding dress!
WEDDING CEREMONY AT THE PEAK EDGE HOTEL
The wedding ceremony at the Peak Edge Hotel was in the lovely Orangery, a great room with plenty of natural light – perfect for any wedding ceremony and great for wedding photos.
Once Thomas had greeted everyone, and the best man had helped people to find their seats, it was time for Bridesmaids to make their way down. Then it was the turn of Rach and her Dad to do the Walk down the aisle – always a special moment.
The wedding ceremony was a quick one – just how the guys had planned it, with no readings – just the vows and the “I do’s” and it wasn’t long before the ceremony was done, the legal paperwork all signed and they were walking back down the aisle as Husband and Wife.
ENJOYING THE SUMMER SUN
The afternoon was spent for the most part on the terrace next to the Orangery with people vying for shade under the big umbrellas, drinking, chatting and enjoying the late August weather.
By mid-afternoon the Orangery had been turned from a wedding ceremony room into a wedding breakfast room and with the air-con turned up to the max it was a relief to get inside and cool down from the August heat…
WEDDING SPEECHES AT THE PEAK EDGE HOTEL
Rach’s Dad had everyone in stitches with his speech, using different props and poking fun at the new Mr and Mrs. Next up was the Best Man who kept his speech short and sweet, kept the stories nice and clean – which was a relief to both Thomas and the parents of the young kids!
Then came Thomas speech, a quick thank you to everyone who was there and then a heartfelt thank you to everyone who couldn’t make it but who would be looking down and watching the day from above.
CASINO GAMES ALWAYS GREAT FUN!
The early evening kicked off with some casino games, with everyone getting some free money (not real, unfortunately) to play on the various games, everyone was up at some stage trying their hand at blackjack or poker – but remember the house always wins!
FIRST DANCE AND DISCO AT THE PEAK EDGE HOTEL
The first dance and disco were held in the Ashover suite another stunning room at the Peak Edge hotel and great for the wedding first dance with high ceilings and big chandeliers – a wedding photographers dream room!
Once the wedding cake had been cut and the wedding first dance (or first shuffle as I call it) was done – the late evening kicked off with some questionable dancing from Thomas and his mates recreating the dance moves from the Inbetweeners film…
THE PEAK EDGE HOTEL AS A WEDDING VENUE?
The Peak Edge Hotel is nestled on the edge of Derbyshire’s beautiful Peak District National Park, and no matter which way you look you are surrounded by beautiful views.
The Peak Edge Hotel caters for civil weddings inside the lovely and bright Orangery Room as seen here at the wedding of Rach and Thomas, but they also cater for stunning weddings using the wedding pagoda outside near the lake surrounded by the natural beauty of the Peak District National Park.
I really enjoyed the Peak Edge Wedding of Rach and Thomas, a lovely couple, great family and friends who all made the day special. Everyone left me to get on and to do my thing as a documentary wedding photographer – let me capture some great wedding photos that Rach and Thomas will cherish for their lifetime together.
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Destination: Peak District Wedding Photography | Wedding Venue: Peak Edge Hotel in Chesterfield | Wedding Setting: Civil Hotel Wedding