I loved my cousin’s wedding at Hassop Hall in Derbyshire – it was a beautiful celebration, Jenny looked amazing and Charlie every bit the English gent – a wedding I’ll never forget. I’ve been waiting for years for someone to send me another Hassop Hall wedding to feature on the blog, and finally – at last! it’s happened. Today I bring you the most beautiful English countryside wedding courtesy of gorgeous bride and groom Sally and Richard.
I love this wedding for so many reasons – Hassop Hall is just an incredible venue in rural Derbyshire and I absolutely fell in love with the place. Sally and Richard are a fun, creative and fabulous-looking couple, and they made their wedding day really personal with lots of details from little homemade pots of jam with labels, to photo frame table numbers – which are brilliant! and then the “Welsh Bob Marley and an air hostess cake topper”… it’s genius. I love it!
Thank you to lovely wedding photographer Shaun Taylor for sharing his images with us all today. Do check out his website at www.shauntaylorphotography.co.uk to see more! In the meantime, you’ll love Sally and Richard’s wedding photos. The full wedding report and recommended suppliers for Derbyshire weddings is below the pictures. Enjoy!
Wedding photographer’s website:
Shaun Taylor Photography www.shauntaylorphotography.co.uk
Hassop Hall, Nr Bakewell, Derbyshire
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
An English countryside wedding with our own personalities thrown in, we would like to do it all again tomorrow!
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time? Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
We were very pleased with Shaun. From the moment we met him at our house we liked him and knew we wanted him to do our wedding photos. So many people at the wedding commented on how good he had been and how he hadn’t ‘interfered’ with the day. We were on honeymoon in Borneo the first time we saw our wedding photos, we were so excited we just kept looking at them, the colours were so amazing and modern and vibrant. We shared them with everyone there and then!
Your wedding style and theme:
We had hearts running through all our stationery, and pink and purple was our colour scheme. We also made sure our roots were not forgotten and kept a theme of Derbyshire and Welsh influences.
Any happy tears on the day?
Lots!! Richard surprised me with a pearl necklace and earrings on the morning of the wedding along with a note which were the first tears of the day. Followed by tears on walking out onto the garden at Hassop Hall with the piano playing, the sun shining, all our friends and family welcoming us and the Pimm’s flowing. I then cried again at Richard’s speech along with half of the room.
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
18 months. Richard proposed to me as a surprise on a gondola in Venice. I started writing the guest list on the plane on the way home.
Best bit of budget advice?
Have a budget! Have a spreadsheet if you are good with excel and try and stick to it.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
Done by a friend of the family as a wedding gift.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes I tried about 30 on and knew when I got the one as my mum and sister cried!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Choola Bridal Boutique, Ecceshall Road Sheffield – Ella Rose dress
Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:
Ivory and Co. tiara, Bracelet a gift from Choola and necklace and earrings from Richard
The groom wore:
A suit with tails from Greenwoods
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Dessy dresses in Palamino
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
A local hairdressers in Wingerworth, Billy Joe’s (the village I am from) for my hair and the girls’ hair was also done by a local hairdresser Hair by Bev. A make up artist did our make up. Louise and Lauren Makeup
We absolutely loved our flowers, they really helped make our day so beautiful. Black Eyed Susan, Chesterfield
Wingerworth All Saints Church, Wingerworth Chesterfield
A university friend read A marriage made for two by Jennifer Purcell and Richard’s sister read 1 Corinthians chapter 13.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
No – we fell in love with Hassop Hall at our first visit and we felt nowhere else compared.
We had candelabras on the centre of the tables with pink and purple flowers on. Our table numbers were numbers we created over the last year for example in the snow, stood next to signs, friends holding up numbers without knowing.
We also made jam as favours which doubled up as a place settings with the labels saying Richard and Sally’s Wedding 29th June 2013. Spread the love! – They had little heart tags on with people’s names on.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
Traditional 3 tier cake. We met at a fancy dress house party where I was an air hostess and Richard was Bob Marley, we got chatting over Richard’s Welsh accent, so we had a cake topper of an air hostess and Bob Marley flying a Welsh flag!
On the day tips and advice:
Enjoy every minute it goes way too quickly, people say to take a step back and take it in and that’s good advice.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Not having to save for a wedding! And being able to plan our next adventure together