Sarah & Will’s wonderfully unique Peak District wedding, with Tom Hodgson

Published by Claire Gould on

A glorious summer wedding, stunning images and the most adorable couple! Meet Sarah & Will, married in the Peak District and combining their respective heritages with kilts and a tea ceremony! This is wonderful in every possible way – congratulations to the happy pair, huge thanks for your interview and also to wedding photographer Tom Hodgson!

Wedding photographer’s website

Peak District wedding photographer Tom Hodgson –

Wedding photographer review

From the moment we met Tom, he provided us with such a personalised experience. He even invited us over to his house for a cup of tea! We felt like he was really invested in our wedding from the get go. We really loved the way he tells stories through photos, by documenting real rather than staged moments. He managed to capture all of the emotion of our wedding.

Your best moment or memory

All of the tear jerking speeches from the best man, the brothers and father of the bride and the groom.

Tell us anything you did differently – we love hearing about NEW traditions (or none at all!)

We did a Yam-Sing ceremony, which is a tradition in Malaysia/Singapore. Every table had to down a shot and yell Yam-Sing at the top of their voice, with a prize for the table that shouted the loudest.

Venue name + review

Losehill House. We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful setting in a secluded part of the Peak District with magnificent views over Win Hill. The weather was amazing as well, so everything sparkled.

Tell us a little about your outfits – both of you!

Sarah wore a vintage style dress that was entirely covered in gold glitter (although the glitter is difficult to see in the photos). In the evening she wore a red fifties style dress as a nod to the Chinese side of her family. The bridesmaids wore white. Will wore a kilt in honour of his late father who was from Scotland. The groomsmen (including Will’s young nephews) also wore a kilt and our friend played the bag pipes.

Dress or suit shop name + review

Sarah bought her dress from Fairy Godmother in South East London. They provided beautiful dresses, excellent service and were very good value for money. Sarah got two dresses for about half the price of what she was quoted in other shops.

Cake maker name + review

Sarah’s cousin made the cake.

Stationery maker’s name + review

We made our own invites.

Any crafty projects or homemade styling touches?

Helen, Will’s sister in law, made beautiful shot bottles and little wooden hearts with our initials on it. We also made our own programmes and invites from scratch.

Wedding readings?

We had an extract from Everything I Know About Love and also Bruce Springsteen’s “If I Should Fall Behind”.

First dance song? Playlist recommendations?

Prince – I wanna be your lover. We had amazing music throughout the day (ceremony, canapes and reception) from The Rockets Collective. Everyone commented on how amazing they were. As Will used to be a professional bass player, they also let him play a few tunes.

Hair + makeup name + review

Alla Moda in Belper. They did an amazing job and drove to a remote part of the Peak District at the height of summer, Louise was heavily pregnant but she pulled out the stops to be there.

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 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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