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Calke Abbey wedding photography | Victoria & Tom

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Calke Abbey Wedding Photography (The Riding School) by Jennifer Peel

I met Victoria and Tom at Calke Abbey a few weeks before their wedding and as I walked into the Riding School I was completely blown away. So much so I announced to the wedding coordinator that I was going to get married there (despite not having a ring on my finger!) It’s a photographer’s absolute dream with so many opportunities. The exposed brick of the walls and the flaking green painted doors of the Riding School make for fab backdrops but my favourite is the orangery in the grounds of Calke Abbey. The blue peeling paint and it’s beautiful windows are just amazing! I was lucky enough to get the couple all to myself for enough time to make full use of the grounds whilst guests enjoyed canapes in the Riding School. They were married at Melbourne Parish church in the village where Victoria grew up and as her family spent a lot of time at Calke Abbey when she was younger, they chose the venue for these reasons. After dinner, guests were invited to join the bridal party for a game of cricket – a big passion of both families! The evening ended with dancing in the Riding School – and boy could these guys dance! I don’t think I’ve ever photographed a wedding where pretty much everyone could actually dance – and I mean properly dance! I loved photographing at Calke Abbey and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a venue with a bit of a difference – but be warned they book up very early!

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Calke Abbey wedding photography – formal family portraits in the courtyard of the Riding School Bridal party group shot at the Riding School at Calke Abbey Calke Abbey wedding photography bride and groom in the Orangery at Calke Abbey

Calke Abbey wedding photography – bride and groom portraits in the Orangery bride and groom portraits in the Orangery at Calke Abbey Calke_Abbey_Riding_School_Wedding_Photographer_028 bride and groom portrait at Calke Abbey Calke_Abbey_Riding_School_Wedding_Photographer_030 Riding_School_Calke_AbbeyWedding_Photography_031 bride and groom portraits in the gardens at Calke Abbey Calke Abbey wedding photography bride and groom walking through the grounds of Calke Abbey bride and groom sitting in the orchard at Calke Abbey bride and groom portraits in the Riding School at Calke Abbey The riding School at Calke Abbey set up for wedding breakfast

Calke Abbey wedding photography – the couple perform their first dance in the Riding School Calke_Abbey_Riding_School_Wedding_Photographer_038 Calke_Abbey_Riding_School_Wedding_Photographer_039 A wedding breakfast at The Riding School at Calke Abbey A wedding at the Riding School at Calke Abbey Calke_Abbey_Riding_School_Wedding_Photographer_042 speeches in the Riding School at Calke Abbey Calke_Abbey_Riding_School_Wedding_Photographer_044 bride and groom play cricket at Calke Abbey Calke_Abbey_Riding_School_Wedding_Photographer_046 cricket match at a wedding at Calke Abbey bride and groom cut the cake in the Riding School at Calke Abbey Bride and groom perform a first dance in the Riding School at Calke Abbey

Calke Abbey wedding photography – the couple perform their first dance in the Riding School Calke_Abbey_Riding_School_Wedding_Photographer_051 Calke_Abbey_Riding_School_Wedding_Photographer_050 wedding reception at the Riding School at Calke Abbey

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