We had such a fun day with Will & Kate for this Pott Shrigley and Adlington Hall wedding. Enjoy reading about it and seeing some of our favourite pictures from the day.
A bakewell tart
The day started for me in Bakewell, home of the Tart. Obviously, I’m not referring to the bride here! Kate (who is in fact a stylish and classic beauty, as you’ll soon see) greeted me at her parents’ home in a personalised robe with hair in rollers. I soon saw the loving attention to detail Kate and Will had poured into this wedding. The bridal party each had a goody bag, there was Wedding Breakfast Tea, and heartfelt cards she’d given to her parents and received from her soon-to-be husband.
While the bridal party pampered in the sitting room-come-beauty parlour, I admired the dresses. The bridesmaids had blue full length dresses in different shades to create an Ombre bride tribe. Kate’s dress was an elegant Jesus Peiro number that evoked Audrey Hepburn. But best of all… it had pockets!! So of course she sauntered about with her hands in her pockets looking awesome from the moment she put it on!
Once the Jo Malone perfume was sprayed and the stunning Flower House bouquets were divvied up, the bridal party took vintage cars through the picturesque (we’ll pretend it wasn’t drizzling) Peak District to the village of Pott Shrigley.
Grooms get ready too!
Over at the Groom’s pad, Will had gifted his groomsmen ties and wooden sunglasses (which clearly became a key accessory during the disco later) and opened a gorgeous painting from his fiance. Warm fuzzy vibes all round!
The service continued the personalised theme, with Will’s mum waiting in her reverend’s robes to marry her son and daughter in law. Groomsman Rupert was ringing the bells and their friend Rachel, a mezzo soprano, captivated the congregation with her beautiful voice while the couple signed the register.
It was then over to the main event of this Adlington Hall wedding, a stunning country house (which started life as a Saxon hunting lodge, don’tcha know?!) Here, the wedding party roamed the black and white timber great hall, courtyard and impressive gardens with their fizz and canapés. Lawn games provided amusement and revealed who the more competitive guests were (you know who you are!) Kate and Will spent time with the buzzing bees under the laburnum, in full bright yellow bloom – hurrah! Good timing guys 🙂
Mount The Horn!
Meanwhile, I spied a breakaway group head toward the garden, so I followed them, only to be confronted with a maze. Through the labyrinthine hedges I could hear laughter and someone being encouraged to “mount the horn”! Curiosity got the better of me, so I persevered and when I finally discovered the wayward revellers at the centre I realised the aforementioned “horn” belonged to a Unicorn, of course.
Back at the hall, the guests were treated to acoustic guitar before heading to the main hall for the wedding breakfast.
We had the honour of joining the guests at a table to share the amazing food and drink. Shout out to the table number 3 crew! This was about the time we merged from official photographers to guests with fancy cameras! (Guestographers?!)
Dance The Night Away!
After a romantic first dance, DJ Tom Finkill killed it with tune after tune after tune…all the way to midnight. So, fuelled by a cheese board, delicious wedding cake, and plenty of drunken guests throwing shapes for us to capture, Andy and I danced the night away with everyone (I did pause for a cuppa at one point…)
Will (being a Spanish teacher) gave Bieber a run for his money when Despacito came on……knowing ALL the lyrics! (Who knew they weren’t singing “Mojito Mojito?!”) Then he broke out into some Latino dancing! The newlyweds then exited the party in style with a sparkler send off.
We had such a great day at this Adlington Hall wedding, congratulations Kate and Will!!
Gabby & Andy xx
Suppliers at this Adlington Hall Wedding:
Suit: Whitfield & Ward
Flowers: The Flower House
Hair and makeup: Jenn Edwards And Co
Cake: Cherry Blossom Bakery
Food: Barretts Caterers
DJ: Tom Finkill
Guitar: Filippo Dall’Asta
Piano: Guy Porteous
Cheese!: Hartington Cheese Shop
Reception Venue: Adlington Hall Wedding Venue
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