When you combine the quintessentially English village of Ashford-in-the-Water with the grandeur of Cressbrook Hall, you’re going to get something very special. Jude and Barry’s wedding was extra special.
A contingent from Barry’s native country of South Africa made it over to join in with the celebrations, along with friends and family from closer to home. Barry is a man after my own heart – he likes to be organised. It’s the first time I’ve seen a group photo list with timings for each shot so that everyone knew when they were needed. The only deviation from those timings was when we managed to shoot a little quicker than expected. Fran, the Best Man, was fantastic in gathering everyone together – brilliant! A new bar has been set for wedding organisation!
Jude was calm and collected throughout the day and seemed to enjoy every part of the celebrations. It was an absolute pleasure to share with them both and witness their union. Here are just a selection of shots to give you a flavour of their amazing day.
Both Jude and Barry had stayed at Cressbrook Hall the night before (in separate cottages) so they were getting prepared in their respective rooms.
Jude’s bridesmaid, Claire, probably won’t be too impressed I’ve posted this next picture but I love it, showing her fun nature.
Some special customised Converse for later in the day.
The flowers were some of the best we’ve ever seen at a wedding. Wherever you walked in Cressbrook Hall you could smell the flesh flowers, Hats off to Black Eyed Susan for doing such a great job.
It’s not often I get the chance to document the guys preparations but Barry was just down the road so I couldn’t resist. He kept reminding me “I didn’t sign up to this”.
One dapper looking Page Boy.
The ceremony took place at Holy Trinity Church, Ashford-in-the-Water
Ashford-in-the-Water is an incredibly quaint village in the Derbyshire Peak District. We simply had to take advantage of some of the picturesque surroundings.
And then on to Cressbrook Hall for the reception.
Mrs Campbell looking content.
I loved the juxtaposition of the VW camper van with the Tudor style mansion.
As I’ve looked through the many portraits I took of the happy couple, many of them have Barry and Jude holding each other closely. I really love this, I didn’t have to tell them to do it, it just came naturally to them.
They wanted a relaxed country feel to the decor and that’s exactly what they achieved.
After the wedding breakfast we made the most of the remaining light and took a few more photos around the grounds. I love these next two shots, capturing Jude’s lightheartedness.