Once upon a time…
A young Natalie and Thomas were sat on a bench, under a big tree on the Chatsworth Estate. Having missed the last bus home they were having a chat about what to do. Looking over the road at the village of Edensor a rather confident Thomas said to Natalie “I’m going to marry you in that Church one day.”
We joined Nat and Thom at the Darwin Lakes Holliday Village
, where they and their guests were staying for the wedding weekend, which created a completely personal environment, tucked away from the rest of the world.
Nat and her ladies were busy preparing in Darwin Hall, whilst Thomas and the boys were over in one of the cottages getting into their tweed suits from Rural Threads.
Then it was just a short trip through the Chatsworth Estate to St Peter’s Church
in the village of Edensor. YES, THAT ONE! It was a beautiful ceremony topped off with an impromptu song from the flower girl, followed by confetti and everyone on the church steps for a photo.
As the guests made there way back over to Darwin Lake we couldn’t resist taking the newly weds over the road to the bench, where Thom had first voiced his wedding dreams at the start of this love story, to capture some portraits.
It was then into the wedding car for a glass of Prosseco and the drive back to Darwin Lakes where a drinks reception was in full flow. As Bride, Groom and guests relaxed in the afternoon sunshine, we captured some group shots, and just as the sun began to set we whisked Nat and Thom off for some sunset images. Nat and Thom had mentioned when we first met that they were both a little nervous about this part of the day (most bride and grooms are!) however, this is completely absent in the images we captured with them. “You wont see my boots will you?” asked Natalie as we set off, “Nah, nobody will see them.” I answered not knowing that Thom was about to sweep her off her feet
Once back at Darwin Lake it was time for the wedding breakfast, complete with designated guest servers, followed by speeches. All too soon it was time for cake cutting, first dance and shape throwing on Darwin Hall’s dance floor.
I’ve since been assured that with guests staying on site the party went on well into the early hours.
Thanks for having us along!
(Incidentally Rae was so impressed with Darwin Lake that she’s booked out some of the cottages for the bridal party for our own wedding in July!)