There’s something so so special about a wedding at home, I always think how lucky couples are to be able to make everything completely personal in a meaningful location. WWW readers Lara and Max wed on the 13th May 2017 at the ever so sweet St Henry’s Hall, Derwent and followed this with a simply beautiful reception in a marquee at Lara’s parents’ home. It was no mean feat organising everything from New Zealand but luckily talented relatives were on hand to help! You can tell how much love and effort went into all the gorgeous details, think whimsical fairy lit ceremony backdrop, pallet bar and amazing florals all created by clever family.
It wasn’t all about the aesthetics though. Lara and Max wanted all of their guests to have a fantastic time and the bar was central to this. There was no chance of every couple’s nightmare coming true and the beer running dry! The backdrop is simply stunning too, the couple shots by the lake could have been taken in Italy.
Lara looked just beautiful in her Anna Campbell Miranda Dress and Max was a John Lewis groom, but also included a very smart waistcoat from New Zealand where they currently live. Sit back and enjoy ALL the details.
Thank you so much Peakography Photography for these incredible images.
THE PROPOSAL | A total surprise! Even now, I can’t quite believe it actually happened! We were on a cycling wine tour in New Zealand and stopped to take a photo for his Mum. I set up the camera on my tripod and ran into the photo. I turned round and he was on his knee with the ring. The shock on my face in the photo says it all! I ran into the winery crying and hugged the first lady I saw who was the owner. She apparently continues to tell the story to everyone who visits!
THE VISION | We didn’t want anything too formal and wanted everyone to just have lots of fun. A central bar area was important and somewhere good and spacious for dancing. After months of web searches and reading reviews and drive bys, I decided on my parents house! My Mum had offered for us to have the wedding at home, Dad was less keen but a bit of a push over so the venue was decided!
THE PLANNING PROCESS | I did it all from New Zealand (where we are currently living). I had my Mum who was a great help and sorted all of the marquees and my sisters helping source decorations. My Mother-in-law stayed in on numerous occasions to let parcels be delivered and housed all of the wine and decorations until the wedding!
THE VENUE | The ceremony was at St Henry’s Hall, Derwent (an old school hall, the original chapel to Derwent House which was flooded when the Derwent Valley was flooded to make the now known Derwent Reservoir). The reception was at Gores Farmhouse, on the opposite side of Derwent Reservoir in the Peak District
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Anna Campbell Miranda Dress (silk tulle) with the organza skirt over the top. I took this off for dancing and just had the silk tulle. I also wore the Anna Campbell Willow comb.
FINDING THE DRESS | I tried on everything from sleek satin to meringue princess to vintage lace. 48 dresses later I found the one! It’s such a shame I only get to wear it once! (Although my niece Hettie tried to make me get into it the day after so we could play princesses together!!:)
GROOM’S ATTIRE | John Lewis navy blue suit worn with a grey cheque waistcoat from Barkers in NZ. The ties were pastel yellow from TM Lewin.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Entrance music, Variations on Canon – George Winston
Paths and Journeys – Adapted from Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
The Bridge across Forever by Richard Bach
Love is a Temporary Madness from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
Exit music – Waltz of the flowers by Tchaikovsky
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My beautiful sisters and two best friends Sally and Sophie wore Jenny Yoo’s Annabelle maxi dresses. These dresses come in heaps of different colours and tie in so many ways. The cardigans were from Coast.
THE FLOWERS | My amazing mum and sister-in-law did all the flowers with the help of my sister and close family friend Katie. The flowers on the tables were a mix of wild flowers and roses and peonies. The wild flowers were from Hollow Meadow Flowers.
THE CAKE | My beautiful friend Sophie made an empty gesture in offering to make the cake. I took her up on the offer. I’m not sure anyone thought she could pull it off (the kitchen is not her comfort zone) but she did! It exceeded all expectations. Looked amazing and was so delicious!
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | The amazing Colin from Peakography. Colin was really friendly and not in your face but also captured the day perfectly.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | My husband made the bar from pallets which was topped with a tree trunk that my Dad had sawn in two last year. It was decorated with festoon lights. My sister and I made a candle/ light display out of logs that Dad had cut up from various trees in the garden. The marquee was decorated with pastel coloured lanterns from Paper Lantern Company that my sister and I hung. We also hung all the globes in the barn.
THE HONEYMOON | Japan 2018 snow festival. We ran out of annual leave this year…
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The whole day. It really was the best day ever! Getting ready with the girls was so relaxed and so much fun. Walking down the aisle and seeing each other. Drinking champagne in the back of my Brother-in-law’s vintage Mercedes Limo. Having photos on the Lake side thinking being amazed by the blue skies and overwhelming happiness. The band – so much energy and charisma. Got everyone dancing, even the oldies!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Don’t start too late or finish too early, the day will fly by and you’ll be glad for every second! The memories will be with you forever so make them good!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Peakography Photography
Venue | St Henry’s Hall. We were the first people to get married there (on the edge of Ladybower Reservoir) but they are opening to public bookings.
Food | Thomas the Caterer – Callum and Thomas and their team were amazing. All so friendly and the food and service was impeccable.
Celebrant | Lovely Jo from My Perfect Ceremony made our beautiful ceremony.
Ceremony Music | Dorothy Davis (pianist) – taught me and my sisters to play and so lovely to have her playing our ceremony!
Band | The Jive Doctors – absolutely incredible band – they made the night and got all ages up on the dance floor.
Toilets | Luxury loos – prompt delivery and pick up. Very clean and exactly what we ordered.
Beer | Intrepid Brewery, local brewery in the Hope Valley. We met the owner who creates bold and flavoursome new world style beers, had a tasting sessions and ordered before we left. He even had one on stand by for us the night of the wedding in case we ran out!
Florist | Hollow Meadow Flowers – beautiful wild flowers and greens.
Wow, Lara and Max – what a day! Thanks ever so much for sharing it with us here at WWW. Rachel x