SOPHIE + PETER – ALLESTREE CHURCH HALL, DERBYSHIRE

With COVID-19 putting a halt on all large scale weddings, it was a huge relief to be photographing Sophie and Pete’s relaxed and intimate Derbyshire wedding in Allestree.

The couple had originally planned a large scale wedding for the summer of 2020. They had rearranged due to the Summer lockdown. Their initial photographer was booked out for their newly arranged date. I was more than happy to step in a do the honours for the bride and groom to be.

Sophie began the day at her home with her gang of bridesmaids and cheeky kitten, who was very keen to explore the whispy, dangly bits on the colourful bouquets. There were plenty of laughs and ample champagne to ease the pre wedding nerves.

Meanwhile, a short distance away, Pete was getting ready at his brother/best man’s house. In typical male fashion, Pete and the boys prioritised a round of ball games in the garden before eventually retreating for a shower.

Due to government legislation, only 30 people were permitted to attend the church ceremony. Sophie and Pete were just grateful that the day could proceed and felt blessed that the majority of their nearest and dearest could be there to witness their marriage. The ceremony, despite masks and a lack of singing, was as perfect as it could be. Love and happiness oozed from the couple throughout their vows. There was a gratuitous sigh of relief once they had signed the wedding documents.

Following tradition, the couple left church to a rapturous applause and were adorned with confetti immediately afterwards. Sophie and Pete were very keen to visit a local scenic spot for photographs. It was a specific location with significant meaning. It was the place where Pete proposed.

Once the couple portraits were complete, we headed back to Allestree Church Hall. The venue had been transformed by the couple. They had done an awesome job of making it cute, quirky and wedding ready. The fresh flower displays certainly brought the room to life.

The weather was pleasant, and guests ate, drank and socialised out on the lawn within the church vicarage. There were wheel barrows filled with beer and champagne, plus a dainty little ice-cream stall which was serving the most delicious dairy flavours. A big hit with the little (and big) kids in attendance.

Once food was ready, the guests made their way into the hall, where they enjoyed barbecue food, washed down with a range of different homemade cocktails. The alcohol and familiar company was a perfect combination for a relaxed evening. Everybody was just delighted to be together, catching up after the lengthy lockdown.

I learnt a lot from Sophie and Pete’s wedding. I learnt that big glamorous celebrations aren’t always necessary to complete the perfect day. COVID-19 has prevented us from doing many things this year, but ultimately, if you have love, and your closest loved ones around you, nothing else matters.

I now offer an intimate wedding package for those requiring a shorter coverage for weddings taking place alongside government restrictions. Visit my prices page for further information, and get in touch today if you would like to book in.

Enjoy scrolling through Sophie and Pete’s relaxed and intimate Derbyshire wedding below…

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