Edale Gathering, Peak District - Olivia & Roger

Posted on 29th March 2020 by Mark Tierney

I hope everyone is fit and well in these strange days. I think 'when' we all get back to normal we will never take for granted getting together with our friends and family again. Olivia & Rogers Peak District wedding was one big party, I think there will be plenty of those when it's safe to do so!

This wedding didn’t go quite to plan for the bride and groom, as a few days before was one of the hottest days ever recorded, but on the big day, it rained pretty much none stop. But that didn’t dampen the spirits of the bride and groom, nor their guests!

Roger and Olivia chose Edale Gathering as it boasted an incredible rural setting, they had the freedom to decorate the venue as we saw fit, and had the run of the place for the entire weekend from Friday afternoon until Monday morning, meaning no cut off time for the party!

Roger and Olivia had planned to have the ceremony outside in the field, but the rain meant they had to go for plan B, which was the barn. Olivia’s bridesmaids constructed a beautiful streamer curtain which formed the backdrop for the ceremony, with a carpet they found in a cupboard for the ceremony area and used the flower vases from the tables to line the aisle.

They decorated the venue with natural or upcycled materials, including paper streamers, paper lanterns, lots of foliage and flowers, over 400m of upcycled hand-made bunting, and homemade confetti. Olivia’s mum has an excellent collection of brightly coloured umbrellas which proved to be vital on the day of the wedding!

Roger’s sister – who is a professional florist - made all the floral decorations for the entire venue, flower crowns for the bride and bridesmaids, buttonholes for the groomsmen, and the bride’s bouquet.

The bride wore an upcycled dress, made from a Nottingham lace tablecloth from the 1960s! Olivia’s school friend who is now a classical cellist played her down the aisle with his partner, and also performed a technical solo number as part of the ceremony.

The wedding party in the evening featured a New Orleans style jazz band, who performed their own rendition of the Tequila Song by the Champs, which resulted in one of the best men pouring an entire bottle of tequila in people’s mouths on the dancefloor!


In Olivia’s words:

“Mark was incredible!  We chose him because we loved his amazing landscape photography and his candid wedding style. He was brilliant on the day, so unobtrusive and professional.

“Because of the weather he kept checking an app on his phone with advanced weather reports, and we managed to snatch a few moments when the rain stopped for the confetti photos, and then again later for some stunning shots in the fields. He kept saying he loved the moody lighting and the clouds, and on seeing the photos now we know why!”

Olivia's Supplier Shoutout:

Venue: The Gathering; Staff: Hospitality House; Tablecloths: The Linen Hire; Celebrant: Love Celebrant; Brides Dress: Dame & Maiden; Hair: Cristina Whelan; Makeup: Bobbi Brown; Suits: Marc Darcy; Flowers: Hannah Jane Floristry; Cheese Cake: The Cheese Shed; Gluten Free Pies: Voakes Pies; Catering: The Greek Outdoors; Ice Cream: Derbyshire Ice Cream Bike; Shoes: Free People; Beer: Bradfield Brewery; Napkins: Vegware; Bridesmaid Earrings: Thodiaaram; Musician: Vernon Fuller; Band: King Brasstards; Wine: Laithwaite’s Wine; Rings: Ingle & Rhode

Oliver & Roger's Wedding was featured on one of the the UK's top wedding blogs - Festival Brides

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About the author: Mark Tierney

Mark Tierney is a Yorkshire based Contemporary Wedding Photographer covering the UK and beyond.