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A classic English wedding with peony bouquet at The Maynard with Tierney Photography

Anna and Kevin’s wedding is classic and timeless, with beautiful images and a focus on friends and family which is wonderfully touching. They married at The Maynard in the Peak District, a gorgeous privately owned boutique hotel near Bakewell and Buxton.

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Images are by Yorkshire wedding photographer Mark Tierney, of Tierney Photography. Mark says, “It was an elegant and memorable wedding, which included some touching and thoughtful details – as well as a truly delicious cake!

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Check out more weddings by Tierney Photography and get in touch at:

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But for now let’s go back to today’s beautiful bride and gorgeous groom with their classic English wedding at The Maynard. This is fabulous. Enjoy!
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Our wedding story: Anna and Kevin

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.tierneyphotography.co.uk

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

Extremely pleased. Some of our guests commented that they didn’t even know Mark was there. He is highly recommended.

Wedding venue:

The Maynard, Grindleford, Derbyshire

Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?

A wonderful day with family and friends, that went all too quickly.

What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?

We were thrilled to be able to relive the day all over again. We especially love the photos taken near Padley Gorge.

Your wedding style and theme:

We wanted a relaxed day that wasn’t overly colour co-ordinated, with a subtle New York theme, because Kev had proposed there exactly 10 years ago on the day we got married.

Any happy tears on the day?

No tears, just smiles.

How did the two of you meet?

Through mutual friends whilst at college. Kev bought me a drink (a Castaway!) when we were out at a local pub. The rest as they say is history.

How long did you spend planning your wedding?

Around 14 months.

Best bit of budget advice?

Pinterest for affordable/DIY ideas.

Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:

Adela Rosa based in Sheffield (www.adelarosa.co.uk).   We would not hesitate in recommending Steve and Tony. We emailed them with elements of different designs that we liked. They then produced the invitations and other stationery for the day to our specification, including; the table plan, table names, menus and the “I Spy” game that we provided for our younger guests. I cannot tell you how many emails I sent asking for elements to be tweaked and they did this quickly and without question. Our favourite piece was our wedding day timeline.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

Completely, although I didn’t pick the dress. It was the second bridal boutique that we visited and I’d tried on quite a few dresses that I’d picked out myself but with no joy. The assistant suggested I try “my” dress on and at first glance I wasn’t thrilled because it wasn’t all lace, but agreed to try it. Literally as soon as the dress fell on my shoulders I knew it was the one. My sister confirmed my thoughts when I walked out of the dressing room and she had tears in her eyes.

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

Sincerity from Georgian House Bridal.

Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:

My earrings were Lido pearls bought from www.thefashionaccessoryboutique.co.uk and a Tiffany bracelet, which was my wedding gift from my husband.

The groom wore:

Suit from TM Lewin, DKNY tie, Kurt Geiger brogues and cufflinks that I had engraved as a surprise.

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

Dresses were by Dessy in “Stormy” colour. My bridesmaids picked their own nude shoes and accessories.

Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?

Lucy Elliot (www.lucyelliot.mua.com) was recommended by The Maynard. Lucy literally did not stop throughout the morning of the wedding, doing hair and make-up for myself, my mum and 3 of my bridesmaids.

Wedding flowers:

Catherine Greatorex of Petalis in Sheffield (www.petalis.co.uk). The moment we met Catherine we had instant confidence in her. I told Catherine that as long as we had hydrangeas (my favourite) and peonies I would be happy. We were then pretty much led by Catherine, purely because she really does know what she’s talking about. We were delighted with the flowers on our wedding day. I shed a few tears when the last flowers of my bouquet wilted, although that was about 12 days after the wedding.

What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?

All of it. It really was a lovely ceremony. Just how we wanted it. I think it was also down to how welcoming our Registrar was.

Wedding readings?

We didn’t have any readings purely because we couldn’t decide. Instead we felt that the music we chose had more meaning; I only have eyes for you by The Flamingos for signing the register and our exit song was Happy by Pharrell Williams .

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

The Maynard is a beautiful venue so it really didn’t need much styling. Catherine added some flowers and tea light votives to the 2 mantle pieces in the Ballroom, in addition to the arrangements for the tables.

The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?

Oh the wedding cake! We started off favouring a naked wedding cake because neither of us like icing. Then we looked at M&S cakes and found a white chocolate tiered design that we loved. I then forgot to order the cake by a day, so it meant that Kevin had to collect the cake on the morning of the wedding. The cake itself tasted amazing but we were quite disappointed that it didn’t live up to the image online.

Entertainment:

We hired a Groovybooth (www.groovybooth.com) for our evening reception. It was definitely a hit with all of our guests. Our booth attendant was friendly and there to help when needed. We would highly recommend Groovybooth.

On the day tips and advice:

Do what you want to do.

Practice your first dance! We didn’t, I won’t say anymore…

What’s the best thing about being married?

We have been together for 13 years now, so finally being Mr and Mrs Wall is the best thing.

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Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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