Louise & Paul’s Derbyshire Country Wedding

25th September 2012
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This was a wedding of many firsts: our first wedding in beautiful Matlock Bath at Masson Farm, the first time a couple has decided to arrive for their wedding ceremony by cable car, the first time I’ve accompanied a bride and her bridesmaid in wellies for a 20 minute walk down precarious muddy paths! We loved every minute of it!

Louise & Paul fell in love at first sight with Masson Farm and their gorgeous Swallow Barn where the wedding ceremonies are held – with nesting swallows swooping in and out during the proceedings. It is a truly beautiful spot, a 5 minute walk from the top of the Heights of Abraham cable car and with jaw-dropping views over the valley. The venue is meticulously managed and run by the lovely Denise and team who made us feel very welcome (thank you!).

I met up with Louise, her parents and close friends at a local hotel in the morning while Caroline met the boys at the bottom of the cable car for the trip up the hill (she doesn’t mind cable cars “as long as they go really fast and don’t slow down and sway”). This one slows down and sways quite a lot!

Just loved this beautiful wild flower bouquet.

Make-up artist? Nah…….

Just lovely.

The boys looked like they were straight out of a wedding scene on “All Creatures Great And Small”.

The Swallow Barn – and the venue for the Wedding Ceremony.

The cable car ride was hilarious – everyone who was coming down the other way was having a right good nosey!

The ramble down from the cable car to Masson Farm was tricky but fantastic for bridal portrait photos. We were also stopped on a regular basis by well-wishers.

I think the cow’s expression says it all!


So, onto the ceremony. The guests were packed tightly into a wonderful old limestone barn with vaulted ceilings and exposed timbers – and swallows flying in and out. Beautiful, beautiful. The ceremony was lovely, very funny in places (you had to be there) and emotional.


We were blessed with a beautiful Summer’s day (one of the few this year) and the gardens around the farm were resplendent – and perfect for some romantic photos of the newly married couple.


After drinks on the lawn, the guests headed into the marquee for speeches, before dinner was served and the cake cut. Now, on the subject of the “cake” – check this beauty out. A traditional Cornish wedding cake (Paul’s roots lie in Cornwall) comprising cheese, pork pie and….cake. I have dreamt about it ever since :-)

And then they danced the night away to a local Ceilidh band with a caller who was taking no prisoners!!

And so we left, leaving behind the party in full swing and a beautiful moonlit setting. Thanks to Louise & Paul for letting us be part of such a wonderful day! Love, R&C x


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