After all of the ceremonial formalities, we had a little drink with our wedding party before sneaking off for the wedding photographs in the beautiful grounds and gardens of Calke Abbey. Of course, being such a frequent visitor, I had all of the best places in mind for our photographs and boy, we had such a laugh with our photographer Zeke and our wedding coordinator Sophie!
Zeke was such a star and he had us laughing before we had really gotten started with the photos! Dan was pulling faces and all four of us had to compose ourselves before starting again. We really didn't take the whole 'couples photos' very seriously and had a cracking time being silly!
Of course it wouldn't have been right for me to not have worn a pair of wellies to stomp around in, and it worked out pleasantly as my legs were not happy to walk in my beautiful wedding shoes. My wellies were the beautiful Evedon by Joules, in a stunning shade of red with big, ivory organza bows.
Of course more fun! Dan and I had one specific place that we wanted our photos taken, and that was the summer house in the corner of the walled garden. This little folly has always had a little place in our hearts since our first visit in 2011. Zeke had us posing and rearranging the furniture to do some arm wrestling! (Dan won, of course!)
Then Louie came to join us for a few photos, which he was not willing to cooperate with! Some bribing later, we managed to get a few but he was far too interested in having fun with his entire family waiting for him in front of the house!
It was so romantic to return to the very spot that Dan proposed in. I am sure not many couples can say that they got married in the very same place that they got engaged so we are very thankful for having the opportunity, it was a dream come true.
Everyone gathered for the formal photos with the mansion as the backdrop before we all headed back to the Riding School for the delicious wedding breakfast.
All images copywrite Ezekiel Taylor Photography
Part Two - The Ceremony
Part Three - The Photos