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I have to admit that I’d been looking forward to Kate and Jon’s Derbyshire County Cricket Club wedding for quite a while. They’re a great couple and good fun to be around. If you haven’t already seen their engagement photos at Allestree Park then it’s definitely worth a quick look – we had a lot of laughs and caught some lovely photos too.

During the engagement shoot it became clear that Jon was a huge cricket fan, and played for Quarndon Cricket Club. It just so happened that the wedding fell on what would become the final day of the 2015 Ashes series, and a win for England was still on the cards. The Derbyshire County Ground felt like an obvious choice for a wedding venue then, and once Katie saw the beautiful marquee the decision was made.

The marquee is a gorgeous option for a summer wedding. I should know; Anna and I held our wedding reception there back in 2011, and it’s always special to go back. The service was excellent as usual; the team made sure that the whole day ran smoothly.

I arrived at Katie’s brother’s house for the bridal prep photos, and found a busy household and plenty of smiles. I also found breakfast! I was virtually forced to sit down with the bridal party and eat some delicious scrambled egg on heart-shaped toast. Yum.

The preparations were all going smoothly. Katie had made up some lovely gift bags for her bridesmaids; each one containing several pieces of handmade jewellery, designed by Katie herself!

Meanwhile Ben had met up with the boys. Jon had arranged to meet some of the guests for a pre-wedding drink in the Red Cow pub next to the church. He had chosen to meet them at 11am – a time chosen entirely at random. Coincidentally, 11am was exactly the time that the Ashes cricket test at Trent Bridge started, and as it happened the pub were showing this on the TV. Jon was completely surprised by this, but made the most of his good fortune and managed to watch England beat Australia and regain the Ashes before he had to depart for the church.

The marriage service at St Edmund’s was lovely, and made lovelier still by some musical accompaniment during the signing of the register by Dave Brooks, half of Hessian Throw. Helpfully Dave offered to provide the tracks for the video slideshow of the day too – so look out for that in the very near future! The other half of the duo, Rob, joined Dave at the Marquee and provided some great music during the afternoon. I knew Rob already as my Dad taught him guitar many years ago, so it was great for me to see him still playing. I should probably pick up my guitar again too.

The reception back at the County Ground was perfect. The weather stayed kind and there were several impromptu games of cricket out in the outfield. Further entertainment was provided by the hugely talented Luca Gallone – a very skilled close-up magician. I’ve worked with Luca on several occasions and really can’t recommend him enough.

I asked Kate and Jon to think back to their wedding day for me and give me their thoughts.

Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?

The most magical day of our lives!

What was your reaction when you first saw your wedding photographs?

Kate cried! Both of us had memories of the day flooding back to us, some that we had forgotten and some that we loved seeing again!

What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?

Kate: Walking down the aisle holding my dad’s arm, seeing the look on Jon’s face as he turned around to see me!

Jon: Putting the rings on and that moment of panic when Kate’s wouldn’t go on as easily as expected!!

What is the best bit of advice you could offer to someone planning their own big day? 

Don’t be afraid to get started early! There will be plenty of last minute arrangements and details to finalise closer to the big day, but it avoids stress and means you enjoy the build up!! Also enjoy every moment as it all comes and goes in a flash!

Your wedding style and theme…

Cricket/butterfly theme. Traditional with elements of contemporary

Did you do much decorating and styling at the venue? 

Friends and family were involved in all of our wedding decorations. Natalie at DCCC did a fantastic job to ensure our venue looked spectacular on the day!

The wedding cake; traditional or quirky? 

Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate!! Chocolate cake, 3 tiers, each tier edged with white, milk and dark chocolate fingers. Topped with malteasers and a B&G with cricket bat and ball!

On the day tips and advice? 

Enjoy every second!!! Relax, you deserve it after all of that planning.

What’s the best thing about being married?

If you’re looking for a wedding photographer for your Derbyshire County Cricket Club wedding then please get in touch!

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