Alice & Ben had the most beautiful day at their autumn wedding at Calke Abbey. Calke Abbey weddings are pretty special as I found out for the first time in September.
Bridal Prep Fun
I joined Alice and her bridesmaids at her parents home on the wedding morning. It was so fun listening to the girls reminiscing – lots of memories from lifelong friendship. Alice’s mum had photographs of them together as children which was pretty special and great fun to look back on. Alice’s mum was emotional, and chatting to her made me think of my own girls with the realisation that time really does fly and every moment should be cherished! A mixture of emotions ran round the house as everyone got ready and it was a lovely start to an amazing day.
Church Wedding Ceremony
The wedding ceremony took place with their loved ones at Holy Rood Church, Packington. The church looked beautiful- with flowers from Flowers in the Wild displayed in huge milk urns at the entrance. Readings and singing from Alice’s sister in law made the ceremony really personal. Alice’s Grandad made it to the ceremony to watch them get married. They had a bit of time with him afterwards before he returned home. Having your Grandparents at your wedding is a really special thing and something I always love to capture.
Driving down the impressive drive through acres of the picturesque National Trust Calke Abbey estate really is something! The Riding School is a stunning Grade I listed wedding venue within the Calke Abbey estate. A beautiful rustic building with exposed brickwork and large oak beams. It has so much character and has a romantic and spacious feel with lots of festoon lights and soft white drapes dressing the amazing space.
What makes a Calke Abbey wedding really stand out is Ivy House weddings- the amazing team Emma & Rebecca that help you to plan your perfect day and make sure you have the most awesome wedding day which runs like clockwork.
Alice & Ben had a relaxed drinks reception at the Riding School, enjoying canapes, card games and the lovely autumn weather. They, like most couples who book, really wanted candid, relaxed images as people enjoyed themselves. After spending time photographing their guests and the few group shots, Emma whisked us off on a golf buggy to the perfect photo spots around the grounds. As you can imagine, Calke Abbey has the most stunning places for couple portraits, and having Emma with her knowledge of the estate helped us to find the most gorgeous spots, without taking the couple away from their celebrations for too long! The late afternoon light was amazing and it was nice for Alice & Ben to have a bit of time alone before heading back for speeches and their wedding breakfast.
The relaxed fun vibe of the wedding continued into the evening with fun speeches and a brilliant live band- Pharaoh & the Beats, who had the dancefloor buzzing from the moment they started.
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