Lottie and Adam’s wedding fused traditional elements with a relaxed and rustic reception which was so much fun, I didn’t want to leave!

 

Lottie and Adam married last summer at the fabulous Cuttle Brook Farm, which is a beautiful spot by the river in Swarkestone, Derbyshire. They had their ceremony at All Saint’s Church, just a short drive away. They chose Cuttle Brook Farm because it offers such a unique location, and they could totally personalise the tipis. It was a beautiful summer wedding, which went perfectly from start to finish. 

I first met Lottie and Adam on their engagement shoot, and knew straight away that we were going to get on! Lottie knew exactly what she wanted her wedding day to be like, but I’m certain that it was even better than she could have imagined.

Lottie first met Adam when she became his boss, as the assistant manager at a pub where he was the barman. He clearly remembers seeing her for the first time, whereas Lottie is a little hazy about the details of their first meeting!

Lottie got ready at her parents’ house with her bridesmaids Lizzie, Jane and Helen, and the atmosphere was calm, but excited. It was particularly special as Lottie and her sister Lizzie grew up in the house. They then jumped into a beautiful wedding car to be whisked away to the ceremony. Adam got ready at home with his best man Alex, ushers Steve and Andy, and his Dad Mick, and my second shooter Simon joined them for some final photos of Adam as a bachelor!

The ceremony at All Saints Church was lovely, especially as Lottie’s previous vicar – Alicia Dring – made a special return to All Saints in order to conduct the service. I know that it meant a lot to Lottie to have her there. Following some photos and confetti, we headed off down to Cuttle Brook Farm at Swarkestone to make the most of an absolutely beautiful day!

The tipis looked spectacular and were filled with some beautiful, rustic details dreamt up by Lottie and Adam, with some help from Laura at Everything But The Guests. There were plenty of details outside too, with plenty to keep the children occupied whilst the grown-ups made the most of the cocktail bar. The daytime guests were treated to some fantastic entertainment from the highly talented Paul Grundy magician, whilst those who were there in the evening were entertained by Captain Planet (the band, not the superhero), and were able to make the most of a wood-fired pizza oven and an ice-cream stand! A brilliant time was had by everyone – including me!

Lottie says that if you’re planning your wedding, the biggest piece of advice she could give you is to start stalking Pinterest now! “Find things you like then work out the common theme between the photos. Work out what is reasonable for your budget and work out what is most important to you. One you know that, it will all fit into place. Don’t worry about things too much – make sure that you do what feels right to you and that you will be happy on the day – you are the most important people in that room on that day.”

I’m Jon and I’m a wedding photographer based in Derby, covering weddings across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and around the UK. I chose to specialise in weddings because each one is unique and special to the couple. If you’re getting married and would like to know more, get in touch!

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