St John The Baptist Church Buxton Wedding Photography
This was a unique wedding for me, one which I had been looking forward to for a good 18 months.
I first met Ed when he was doing his first wedding as a priest at the wedding of Lindsay and Tom; I was super happy when he got in touch after the wedding and asked me to be his wedding photographer.
When the big day arrived, started super early for me with a good hour and a half travel to Buxton, where Ed and Carrie were getting married.
Carrie and her bridesmaids were getting ready at a salon in Buxton called Meraki.
The morning was nice and relaxed with the girls all chatting away while getting their hair and make-up done, hardly a mention of the wedding.
When Carrie and her girls headed off into Buxton to get some lunch, I popped over to find Ed who was getting ready at his parent’s house, which was a 5-minute walk to St John The Baptist Church – he was doing some gardening when I arrived; as you do on your wedding day!
On the way to the Church, the heavens opened, and the rain started to pour down… Carrie and Ed had plans to have activities outside in the Church gardens following the wedding… but it wasn’t looking good.
By the time I got to the Church, I was soaked and so were many of the guests – but that didn’t stop everyone from taking in the beautiful Church.
Ed and Caroline have a lot of friends, and I don’t mean Facebook or Instagram friends – I mean real people, people who travelled many miles to be at their wedding, people from America, Australia and many other countries beginning with the letter ‘A’.. I think by the time Caroline had arrived, we were close to 400 people either sat down or stood and squished down the side of the pews.
With all church weddings, you have to be respectful as a wedding photographer. You are in a place of worship, and ultimately you are there as a photographer, and you have to respect the rules and use your moral compass to make sure you do not overstep a mark laid down by the priest conducting the service. Ed, having experienced me at his very first wedding, knew how I worked, knew my respect for the Church and knew that I would obey the rules.
The priest conducting the ceremony gave me a pretty free reign to move freely and to go where I felt comfortable to get the shot. This sort of freedom is not generally given with church weddings, even so, I made sure that I didn’t distract, made sure that I was silent when taking pictures and that I only moved when hymns were being sung.
Ed and Caroline’s ceremony was beautifully done, with many readings, many hymns and plenty of laughs.
Once the ceremony was done, and with the legal bits done, it was time to walk down the aisle hand in hand for the first time and husband and wife.
The plan after the ceremony was for everyone to enjoy the gardens of the Church, enjoy some home-baked cakes and enjoy the July sunshine… but… it was still pouring with rain.. and I do mean pouring with rain!
The wedding breakfast, afternoon fun, games and the speeches were being held at The Pavilion Gardens – a 10minute walk from the Church. With it still pouring with rain, anyone armed with an umbrella became everyone’s friend with groups of 10 people crammed under a single small umbrella…
Thankfully by the time I left the Church, the rain had eased, and I was only slightly damp by the time I got to the Pavillion Gardens!
Carrie and Ed had booked the Octagon room at the Pavillion Gardens for their post-ceremony celebrations, a fantastic room with plenty of space for their hungry guests.
Once grace had been said, it was time for everyone to tuck into the wedding food. I always like to capture people waiting, choosing or collecting their food; I think it can make for some interesting images but, I don’t take pictures of people eating their food, no-one wants that captured for all to see!
The speeches were good fun, with a lot of stories – mainly about how disorganised Ed has always been!
The guys had arranged for a folk line dancing band to kick off the evening’s celebrations – another reason for picking the big Octagon room as most of the guests were up dancing for most of the night!
I have a lot of love for Ed and Carrie, hearing the stories of their charitable work, travelling to far-flung places in the world to assist people who are less fortunate than us, helping people in their local community and you can see by the number of people who braved the rain to witness Ed and Carrie getting married; how much love there is for this special couple.
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Destination: Derby Wedding Photography | Wedding Venue: St John The Baptist Church Buxton | Wedding Setting: Church Wedding