I first met Jade and Ryan at Buxton’s Old Hall Hotel wedding fair, back in 2020. I remember having a good chat with them while they browsed through my wedding album on show that day.
Well they booked me to photograph their wedding – roll forward to the day of their wedding in mid-October 2021 and it’s a lovely autumn day. I was feeling a little apprehensive as it was my first wedding (no COVID restrictions) with a larger guest list, not that it would take me long to overcome those feelings as I was too excited!
Jade was round the corner from The Old Hall Hotel at Hair Art By Isabel Clowes. I caught up with her mid-flow, having her hair curled and tiara fitted. She was very relaxed and looking forward to the day ahead. I love this hairdressers in Buxton, it’s great for photography, plenty of room and interesting light bouncing around for some artsy style pics. I walked back to The Old Hall Hotel with Jade taking the odd picture as we walked at a steady pace chatting.
Old Hall Hotel – Buxton Wedding Photographer
Now in the oldest hall in Buxton you get bags of character, the building entrance is stunning as is the inside with oil painting portraits and old artefacts letting you know you are in a historical landmark. I absolutely love this venue, situated in the heart of Buxton and its location opposite the park and pavilion, plenty for a wedding photographer to get stuck into.
I then moved between the rooms at the hotel, photographing Ryan and his groomsmen getting ready, and Jade with her bridal party. The last picture I took of Jade before moving downstairs to the ceremony room was Jade’s mum undoing her hair clips to let down her curls, which was a lovely moment for them both. In the ceremony room Ryan was relaxed and enjoying the company of his friends and family waiting for the arrival of his bride to be.
Jade’s entrance was lovely, certainly catching Ryan’s eye. The ceremony was funny too, with Ryan’s brother’s flamboyant delivery of the rings and Ryan’s cheer as he placed the ring onto Jade’s finger. When the ceremony came to an end we all went outside to take the full group shot so everyone could relax and enjoy a drink or two.
As J&R mingled with their family and friends I went about capturing everyone enjoying each other’s company; it was so nice to be surrounded by chatter and laughter again. Ryan’s brother started the dinner reception with a short speech, followed by Ryan, both reflecting on past events during the pandemic and how great it was to have everyone together again. As all the guests tucked into their three-course meal I recharged my batteries with a delicious roast dinner.
Wedding Shoot At Solomon’s Temple
One of the things I’d suggested to Ryan and Jade during our wedding consultation was the possibility of heading up to Solomon’s Temple for a sunset portrait session. Oh boy, this turned out better than I could have imagined. Huge kudos to J&R for being just as excited as I was to get up there.
The funniest thing happened as we approached the temple – we could see a group of young children on top of the temple, and when they spotted us we could hear cheering and see them waving, which was really funny and made for some great documentary photography. I honestly don’t think I’ve seen or heard of a wedding couple getting up to Solomon’s Temple for pics, so between us we felt we were doing something very special.
Back in the warmth of The Old Hall Hotel, everyone was starting to take seats in the main room where the band were preparing to play. Me, J&R decided to grab some evening shots around the venue to make the most of the downtime. I love this time of the evening as I get to play with my flashes too. Once the band started playing the atmosphere lifted and guests began to fill the dance floor. I stuck around to photograph some epic dance moves being thrown.
I had a great time working with Jade and Ryan, they really were a pleasure to work with, they understood my vision as a photographer and between us we got some amazing images! It was great to return to The Old Hall too!
Here’s the image selection from their day, enjoy J