Derbyshire Tipi Wedding Photography | Fabienne & Chris

Married by the river, mini golf and a Rolling Stones connection - very rock n roll!

Groom holding the brides dress of the ground as they walk along a track at their Derbyshire tipi wedding

"Please allow me to introduce myself, I'm a man of wealth and taste I've been around for a long, long year. Stole many a man's soul and faith and I was 'round when Jesus Christ had his moment of doubt and pain. Made damn sure that Pilate washed his hands and sealed his fate"

Those are the opening lines from 'Sympathy for the Devil' by the Rolling Stones, a random way you to start a wedding blog perhaps?!

Welllllll.....I'm not losing it, time for a musical history lesson

Back in 1968 the band had just finished recording Beggars Banquet and needed shots for the album cover, cue a trip up the M1 to Derbyshire to the (at the time) ruined Swarkestone Pavilion.

20 years later The Landmark Trust bought the ruins and renovated it to its former glory and leaping forward to the present day, it's where Fabienne got married on the morning of her wedding to Chris!!

Thus endeth the history lesson

Bride and her father walking away from Swarkestone Pavilion

A wedding is one of the most significant chapters in every couples history book and I do feel like a story-teller.

Every good story, of course, has a beginning, middle and end, and with a wedding you have lots of little 'side plots' and colour being added as you go through the day, driving the narrative forwards

At Swarkestone Pavilion it acts as a look out so you can peek as your guests pull off the main road, drive past you and head down the dusty road to Cuttlebrook Farm by the River Trent

There are horses and sheep peacefully grazing in the field below and you feel hidden away as the groom and guests arriving create their own parallel storyline


Oh don't you dare look back

Just keep your eyes on me

I said you're holding back

She said shut up and dance with me

This woman is my destiny

She said oh oh oh

Shut up and dance with me

Derbyshire Wedding Photo-journalism

With the Bride & Groom now only about 1/4 mile apart I was able to shuttle up and down the lane to visually tell the two sides of the story, documenting both the main characters

Black & white candid image of bride getting ready at Swarkestone pavilion

Flower girls climbing the stairs to see the bride getting ready at Swarekstone Pavilion

Bridesmaid and flower girl during morning prep at Derbyshire wedding

Reportage image in bride getting ready for her derbyshire wedding

Groom embracing a guest before his outdoor wedding next to the river Trent in Derbyshire

guests arriving for outdoor wedding ceremony at Cuttlebrook Farm

Samitipi tipi in field next to river Trent

Flower girls with foliage crowns before Derbyshire wedding

Flowergirl with flower crown looking in mirror

Father of the bride open mouthed as he sees her for the first time in her dress at Swarkestone Pavilion

Emotional father of the bride upon seeing his daughter in her dress at Derbyshire wedding

Bride waiting for the wedding car at Swarkestone Pavilion

Wedding car coming down dustryroad at Cuttlebrook Farm

flower girls waiting in a field at Cuttlebrook Farm before bride arrives

Bridal party waiting to cross a bridge across Cuttle Brook

Wedding guests in a field next to river trent for open air wedding

Bridal party crossing over Cuttle Brook for outdoor wedding

Candid, unposed, documentary wedding photographer

Funnily enough, Cuttlebrook Farm is where a little brook called (you're ahead of me here) The Cuttlebrook flows into The Trent. In the image above you can see the bridal party making their way across the brook on a little footbridge, a simplify delightful way to make your entrance

The ceremony was conducted by the Groom's Step-Mum, with readings, flower girls, the Bridesmaid and Best Man all being close family members, the ultimate in togetherness

Flower girl walking across grass before outdoor Derbyshire wedding

Crying bridesmaid walking across the grass at open air wedding next to the river Trent

Bride making her entrance for outdoor blessing in Derbyshire

Smiling bride & groom looking into each others eyes at start of their outdoor blessing

happy flower girls and bridesmaids sitting on wooden benches during open air wedding at Cuttlebrook Farm

Outdoor wedding blessing in Derbyshire

River Trent in background for open air wedding ceremony

Swan swimmig past on River Trent at end of outdoor wedding ceremony at Swarkestone Pavilion

A wedding like this is totally chilled with no venue host or wedding coordinator to hustle things along, it's very DIY. To the extent that after the ceremony, everyone grabbed a bench or a chair to carry them over to the tipi, ready for food later on

The rest of the day comprised a 9 hole mini golf, yummy food from Heidi (a food van, not a person!), music, dancing and some bridal flossing, all by the river bank with swans gracefully swimming by

Wedding guests carrying benches across the grass at Cuttlebrook Farm

Girl holding pink flamingo under her arm as other wedding guests carry wooden benches in the background

Wedding tipi from Sami Tipi at Cuttlebrook Farm in Derbyshire

Guests during drinks reception at Derbyshire outdoor wedding

Children playing mini gold during wedding near Swarkestone Pavilion

Bride & Groom playing mini golf during their drinks reception at Cuttlebrook Farm

Bride at Derbyshire wedding celebrates after winning at crazy golf

Groom holding the brides dress of the ground as they walk along a track at their Derbyshire tipi wedding

Bride & groom in a field at their Derbyshire wedding

Bride and groom walking through field of wheat at Cuttlebrook Farm wedding

Wedding guest asleep on the grass as other guests drink and chat behind her

Wedding guests queuing for food from Heidi the food van

Montage of images during wedding specches in tipi at Cuttlebrook Farm

Documentary photograph of laughing guests during wedding speeches at Derbyshire Tipi wedding

Bride and flower girls spinning around on the spot in a derbyshire field at tipi wedding

Bride being taught to do the floss dance at Cuttlebrook Farm wedding

I hope that if you've looked through all these images they give you a really good feel for Fabienne & Chris's wedding day

If you're planning your own wedding and this approach to photography is for you then please get in touch!!

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