Windy Harbour Wedding Photographer Glossop – Claire & Michael
Sometimes you know that a wedding will be just fantastic. This was one of those times. This was my first time as a Windy Harbour Wedding Photographer, Glossop and wow what a day, an outdoor handfasting ceremony, plus a drive around Woodhead Pass for the bride and groom shots and also a Word of Warcraft wedding cake, what more could you want? Well decent weather for a start and we got that too, well most of the time.
Bridal Preparations for the Girls
My day started nice and early at Claire and Michael’s house which was not too far from the wedding venue. Everyone was in high spirits busily getting ready with hair and make being provided by the Rowena Carhart. Once everyone was ready, I set off on the short trip up to Windy Harbour, where Michael and the boys were in the gardens waiting for the girls to arrive.
Handfasting Wedding Ceremony
For those not familiar with handfasting wedding ceremonies, let me explain. A handfasting is an ancient marriage ritual that is becoming very popular again. The ceremony involves the couple’s hands being placed together and bound with ribbons or cords. This symbolises their joining through marriage, the ritual is performed by an experienced celebrant who today was Helen Parsons who had travelled from Cumbria to perform the ceremony. Claire and Michael also opted to jump the broom, this signifies the creation of a hearth and home together. They also performed the Sand Ceremony, which begins with a container of sand that represents the person as an individual. Both Claire and Michael and their children poured sand into a larger container, blending the sand and symbolically blending your lives. Finally, the rings were exchanged and the couple signed the wedding document. This was my first time photographing a handfasting wedding and I have to say I loved it.
A Walk Along The Moors and a Little Bit of Magic
After the ceremony, it was time to eat. A BBQ was dished up by the chefs at Windy Harbour. I had mine outside in the garden, where it started to rain but luckily the dark clouds soon moved over. A little bit of magic was provided by the very talented Ian Lavin Close Up Magician, the guests loved it. After the speeches and cake cutting it was time for Claire, Michael and myself to hit the road and head up to the beauty spots along Woodhead Pass. We chose two or three locations before heading back. No first dance at this wedding so it was time for me to say my goodbyes and head home.
Claire & Michael, all the kids, this was one heck of day, thank you for choosing me to be your wedding photographer.
All about Windy Harbour
Windy Harbour is a beautiful little venue, situated on the Woodhead Pass just outside Glossop. There are two rooms licensed for civil weddings, one holding 120 people and the other 80 people. As well the ceremony, they cater for the wedding breakfast, buffets and evening reception too. For larger weddings a marquee can be hired. With breathtaking views over the Peak District, Derbyshire, Windy Harbour could be described as the perfect wedding venue. Oh and it has rooms too, so you and your guests don’t have to worry about leaving when the wedding party has finished.
If you are looking for a Windy Harbour Wedding Photographer Glossop, then why not get in touch to received my wedding brochure and check availability?