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A Wedding at Osmaston Park | Hannah & Andrew
Atmospheric Vibes at an Osmaston Park wedding
Hannah & Andrew got in touch last year to enquire about photography for their Osmaston Park wedding. Osmaston Park is a gorgeous wedding venue. It’s one of these venues which lacks the bricks and mortar but rightly so. Set in acres upon acres of gorgeous park land this marque wedding venue in Ashbourne, Derbyshire is a sure feast for thy eyes.
I’ve known Hannah since I was 11 years young. We had the pleasure of sharing our coming of age years in the same high school. Since then I’ve bumped into Hannah numerous times over the years through mutual friends or even weddings. Two years ago I was at a quaint village hall wedding in Brown Edge, Stoke-on-Trent. The best man was absolutely killer all day. It’s a job which you can give 0 effort and people will still clap you so when Andrew, said best man, gave it 110% I was blown away. Later on I bumped into Hannah again and we had our life catch up which you have with all old friends after not seeing them so long. It turns out just after this Hannah actually bumped into Andrew for the first time and this is where todays story originates from. I was there on the first day and now I was there at Osmaston Park on the first of the rest of their life together.
I knew this day would be great. For me photographing someone I know get married is a real honour. Those people have seen me in many different capacities over the years and still think I do a great job enough to book me. It’s one of the biggest compliments I can get.
Dealing with rain as an Osmaston Park wedding photographer
We started the day with Hannah and her family and entourage of bridesmaids at Penny Lane hairdressers in Leek. I stayed with them and arrived at their home to a nervous father of the bride. After this I made haste to my familiar stomping ground of Swan Bank Methodist Church in Tunstall. With rain imminent we caught a huge group shot before fighting sideways rain to leave for Osmaston Park. upon arrival we caught the family photographs before the heavens opened again. I’m always keen to alter the days events to get the “must have” family shots.
Once we wined and dined we moved on to the speeches. A tearful speech from Stewart the Father of the Bride caught me off guard and despite the thunder and heavy rainfall over Osmaston you couldn’t hear anything but his all too emotional words.
Almost in line with our timings the rain took break and we could then enjoy the atmospheric landscape as we peered out over Osmaston. Pizza, ice cream and incredible cakes from Beth Bakes filled the bellies.
With the party in full swing I couldn’t quite leave just yet and as if by some Harry Potter magic mist settled over the mini valley and the moon shone like the sun for a final shot for the collection.
So when people ask me about rain in the future I’ll direct them to this classic British wedding at Osmaston Park.
Dropped into English Heritage in the Derbyshire Countryside
Upon arriving at Osmaston Park you feel you’ve been dropped straight into a real life Pride and Prejudice scene. A stylish marquee now occupies the space where Osmaston Manor used to stand. Being almost too grand for it’s own good and a financial burden to the family who owned it, it eventually fell into disrepair and and was never replaced.
Osmaston is an estate and all the buildings were built in the 1800s and have a real classic English feel to them. The remaining foundations now house the permanent marquee and the views and grand elevation the home took advantage of is now open to wedding guests to enjoy.
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