When Josh & Emily asked me to be their Derbyshire wedding photographer at Horsley Lodge. I will admit being a teeny bit nervous. You see I'd been told by several other wedding photographer's that Horsley Lodge was a difficult venue to photograph at.
Apparently there is a lack of locations and couples apparently are not allowed out on the course.
Josh & Emily are an amazing couple. It's clear to see how much in love they are. They got married on the perfect summer's day in July. Not too hot, not too cold. Josh got ready at Horsley Lodge whilst Emily and her bridesmaid did the all important bridal preparations at home in Derby.
Their ceremony was held at Breadsall Church and the couple had thoughtfully hired a double decker bus to transport all their guests to and from the venue.
The vicar left strict instructions that I was not to make noise and she didn't want to hear me "clicking away". I'm usually very discrete anyway during a church wedding ceremony but this time was a special time for me. It was my first wedding using my brand new Sony A9 camera which has a true silent shutter. This meant she literally wouldn't hear a click!
Later in the day I was talking to the best man who is a keen amateur photographer and he said he was worried at first because he literally couldn't hear me taking any photographs :D
After we arrived at the reception, I left Emily & Josh to mingle with their guests whilst I went around capturing the candid photographs and some detail shots of the room. About half an hour before the start of the wedding breakfast, I took the newlyweds off for some Horsley Lodge wedding photos.
We walked down to the path to the front where there's a dedicated area for wedding photos.
The truth is that for a wedding in the UK, often we are at the mercy of the weather. It's something none of us can control. Josh & Emily were incredibly lucky in this respect since the weather behaved perfectly for them. Not only did we get amazing sunlight during the afternoon portrait session. They were also blessed with the most dramatic sunset I have seen in a long time. It would have been criminal to not take more photographs and I was grateful that they were both happy to go out again for some more portraits.
I left Horsley Lodge much later than originally planned. At this time of year, sunset is much later but when the sun is this kind, it'd be remiss of me not to use it.
Personally I found Horsley Lodge a wonderful place to photograph. The staff and the couple looked after myself and my team wonderfully. I'd love the opportunity to shoot here again. So if you are getting married here and looking for a Derbyshire wedding photographer then please do get in touch. I'd love to find out more about your wedding plans.