Shiningford Farm Wedding Photography

I first met Clair and Peter when they were tearing up the dance floor at Clair’s sister,  Keri’s wedding to Neil at Tower Hill Barns a couple of years ago. So when they asked me to be their wedding photographer at Shiningford Farm I knew that it was going to be one big party.

It was a hot one for Clair’s marriage to Peter. I nearly ended up as a puddle with a camera by the end of the day but what a day it was. There was so much happening for me to photograph. Shiningford Farm is such an amazing wedding venue in Ashbourne, nestled in the Derbyshire countryside. The cottages are converted stables and the amazing country manor house is a grade ii listed building. Clair and Peter held their wedding in a tipi giving the whole day a rustic, boho feel.

Getting ready at Shiningford Farm

On the morning of their wedding, Clair and Peter both got ready in the cottages at Shiningford Farm. I met up with Clair first who was having her make up done and looking very relaxed with her bridesmaids before getting into her beautiful dress from Rock The Frock, Cheshire. Then I took the short walk across the courtyard to photograph Peter who was getting ready and enjoying a beer with his two best men before greeting his wedding guests.

Clair and Peter’s outdoor Humanist Wedding Ceremony

Clair and Peter’s wedding ceremony really was something else. They tied the knot outdoors under the shade of the Shiningford Farm trees. Their humanist ceremony was really personal and so much fun to photograph. It was conducted by their brother-in-law, Neil and even involved a gin drinking ceremony! That is one tradition I could get on board with!

Dancing the night away

After an amazing day Clair and Peter partied into the night to their wedding band, The Cassettes. There were so many awesome moments to photograph on the dance floor and so many wedding guests throwing amazing moves out.

I absolutely loved being Clair and Peter’s Shiningford Farm Wedding Photographer. Here are some of my favourite images from their incredible day.

Tipi at Shiningford FarmBride having her make up appliedBridesmaid laughing with the bride on the morning of the weddingBrides wedding dress hanging up by a windowWedding Guest holding his sleeping babyGroom laughing with his Groomsman while getting readyGroom doing his cufflinks on his shirtGroom fastening his waistcoat up in the mirrorGroom and Best Men walking to the wedding ceremonyWedding Guests laughing while getting readyBride fastening Bridesmaids dressBridesmaid fastening her shoeBrides mother and father laughingSign that says, Wedding Guests laughing before the wedding ceremonyGroom laughing with his Wedding Guests before the wedding ceremonyWedding Guests huggingBrides arms in the air as she puts on her wedding dressBridesmaids helping the Bride get in her wedding dressBridesmaids help the Bride get readyBride smiling with her BridesmaidsClose up photograph of the Bride stood by a windowWider photo of the Bride walking past a windowFather of the Bride and Bridesmaids seeing the Bride in her dress for the first timeFather of the Bride getting emotional as he hugs the BrideBride and her Bridesmaids walking to the wedding ceremonyBride and her father walking up the aisleFather of the Bride walking his daughter up the aisle for the wedding ceremonyBridesmaids laughingduring the wedding ceremonyBrides parents laughing during the wedding ceremonyBride laughingBride laughing at Wedding Guests doing a readingWedding Guests doing a reading in the wedding ceremonyGin being measured out during the wedding ceremonyBest Man topping up a gin with tonicBride and Groom clinking glasses as they toast with gin and tonic during the wedding ceremonyBride and Groom walking back up the aisle as the Wedding Guests throw confettiBridal party walking back up the aisle and smilingWedding Guests laughing and chattingSign that says, Shiningford Farm Wedding tipiLow angle photograph of the table planWedding Guests laughing togetherPhotograph of wedding guest laughingWedding Guests huggingBride and Groom stood on front of a wooden building having a drinkWedding Guest doing a shotWedding Guests having a shotBride and Groom having a private moment together before they head into their wedding breakfastBride entering the tipi with her arms in the airBride giving a speechBride smiling as she gives a speechWedding Guests laughing at the speechesWedding Guests laughing as they listen to the speechesGroom laughing as the Best Man gives a speechWedding Guests laughing as they listen to the Best Mans speechWedding Guests standing around and chattingBride with her arms in the air as she plays table footballClose up photograph of the Bride and Groom is golden lightSilhouette of the Bride and Groom in front of a sunsetBride and Groom laughing with each otherBride and Groom holding hands and walking across the Shiningford Farm fieldBaby wedding guestBride and Groom having their first danceBride and Groom dancing on the dance floorBride jumping in the air on the dance floorBride and Groom dancing together on the dance floorBride and Groom kissing on the dance floorWedding band playing as the Wedding Guests danceLow shot of the saxophonist playing and the guitarist in the foregroundGroom on the dance floor with his hands in the airBride and Groom singing to each other on the dance floorWedding Guests dancing on the dance floorGroom holding a bottle of champagne to a Wedding Guests mouth as the guest drinks itBride drinking champagne from the bottleWedding Guest dancing with an arm in the airPhotograph of a Wedding Guest on the dance floorGroom wearing an inflatable crown with his shirt openA Wedding Guest motorboating the groom as he wears an inflatable crown and the Bride laughsThe Groom swinging the Bride around on the dance floorThe Bride and Groom dance together on the dance floorWedding Guests sing and dance on the dance floorThe Bride dancing with the grooms father on the dance floorBride and Groom lit with off camera flashBride and Groom close together with a flash behind them

How did you both meet?
Neither of us remember meeting! We know it was in Hula Tiki in the Northern Quarter so Peter is convinced it involved some smooth witty chat up line – something worked!

What was the marriage proposal like?
Very chilled, at home on my birthday. I thought Peter was reaching under our bed for my birthday present and I didn’t even notice he was down on one knee.

How did you find wedding planning?
We absolutely loved it!! We enjoyed making every aspect of the day about us. My tips would be to not over complicate things, go with your gut and don’t feel forced to do anything you don’t want to. Looking back on our wedding now we love how much it reflected us and all of the small details worked so well.

Why did you choose Shiningford Farm for your wedding venue?
When we first got engaged we agreed to 5 must haves at our wedding:
1. Cheesecake
2. No curfew
3. An honesty bar
4. Humanist ceremony
5. Have the Rolling Stones play (we failed on this one!)

We found it really difficult to find a venue that had a relaxed atmosphere and gave us the freedom we wanted.

When a friend told me about Shiningford Farm we fell in love and literally visited the one venue.

What was your favourite part of your wedding day?
It’s hard to pick but if forced, our ceremony. We smiled non stop from start to finish and love the photos you captured of each aspect of the ceremony – gin, fist pumps and power ballads!

What song did you have for your first dance and why did you choose it?
Imagine Dragons – On Top Of The World
It was bouncy and we thought we could get away with dancing to it – we failed!! It was also the song of our holiday just before we got engaged so meant something to us too.

Wedding supplier shout outs:
You – obviously!!! In all seriousness, you make everyone feel so comfortable on the day and capture every aspect of the day perfectly. We love looking back and re-living the day.

The band [Cassette Band] were so good, I’ve lost track of how many people complimented the band after the day.
My wedding dress – I got it from Rock the Frock Cheshire. Helen is amazing and has an incredible selection of dresses that are a little different 
Peter is a graphic designer so I should probably give him a shout out for all of the invites and signage
My sister, Keri offered to make our wedding cake – something she’s never done before and it was epic!

We asked our brother in law married us and it was one of the best decisions we made! Neil had never done anything like it but used the humanist structure and created the most incredible, personal ceremony. We didn’t have any sneak previews of the ceremony or the readings so got to enjoy it all on the day for the first time – I’d recommend this to everyone!


If you are looking for a photographer for your Shiningford Farm wedding, get in touch and check my availability.

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