Summer Wedding at The Folly at Mackworth, Derby // Alex + Chris

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Congratulations to Alex and Chris who got married on Saturday at The Folly at the Mackworth Hotel in Derby. What an amazing sunny day filled with laughter and joy, and it was an absolute honour to spend the day capturing all their happy memories!

Congratulations again Mr and Mrs Hooper, welcome to your Wedding Photography Preview!

Our Lovely Couple, Alex and Chris:

Alex and Chris met at University at Nottingham Trent. Alex explains “We probably first starting talking and hanging out together during circuit training sessions with the Athletics team. We socialised together and had the same friendship group and we lived in the same halls in our first year. We built a really good friendship in those first years at uni and we just clicked!”  After uni, Alex and Chris both went back home to live separately with their parents. After spending pretty much every day together at uni, it was hard for them to live apart, but they knew they would make it work. “After a few tough years living separately and working in jobs we both hated, we finally found our chosen career paths and then we moved in together into our rented house in Belper in 2016.”

The Proposal!

“Chris proposed, on Christmas Day 2016. I had no idea whatsoever! We came downstairs in the morning to open presents. We got half way through when Chris handed me a large box – it was a personalised card with around 12 pages! There were photos of us, and special things written on each page, and on the last page it said ‘Will you Marry Me?‘. He then handed me the box with the ring in! I was so shocked, and probably actually forgot to say yes haha!!. It was our first Christmas in our house and we were hosting, with all family attending later that day. So it was a nice time to tell people all together.”  – How absolutely lovely!!

How Did You Choose Your Wedding Venue – The Folly at Mackworth?

“We looked around something like six different local venues, having in mind that we wanted the whole wedding day to take place in one place. But everywhere we looked kind of disregarded the actual wedding ceremony part of the day, e.g. ‘Here is the bar, …oh here is where you get married, in this conservatory’. We came home one evening and I said to Chris, what about church? We went to my local church in Denby and we just fell in love with it all over again. I was Christened in Denby Church, and I went to the Primary School right next door, and we used to go to church every Friday for assemblies. It’s such a quaint and special church. Chris and I went to a service and we just knew we HAD to get married there. I then found the Folly online and went to have a look around. It had everything we needed and was a perfect venue for our size wedding party, plus a good location for all our friends and family to easily get to. And we loved the space outside! I’m really happy we went for two separate venues in the end. For me I think it is more memorable, to get married at the church before then moving onto the Folly.”

The Wedding Day:

After weeks of unseasonal rain, the sun shone beautifully for Alex and Chris’ June wedding day! The sky was blue, the forecast was great, and moods were high! I headed to spend the morning with Alex and her girls and Second Shooter Tara headed over to spend the morning with Chris and his Groomsmen. Both houses were full of laughter and merriment as they got ready for the festivities ahead! With 7 bridesmaids, Alex’s parent’s house was full to the brim and it was a wonderful morning. Chris soon headed over to St Mary’s Church in Denby to meet with the vicar and welcome their guests. Once dresses were on, and hair and make up completed, Alex’s party headed over to!

The wedding ceremony was a wonderfully sentimental occasion. With readings from Alex’s sister Jessica and Chris’ brother Alex, Chris and Alex said their “I Do’s” and proudly became Mr and Mrs Hooper! The church bells rang as Alex and Chris left in a flurry of confetti, and drove off to their reception venue in a beautiful old red Jag called Ruby.

The Folly at Mackworth Hotel was gorgeously and lovingly styled by Alex’s Mum Gill. Not a thing was forgotten! After a relaxed drinks reception spending time with their guests, Alex and Chris took a moment to have some couples portraits taken on the lawn of The Folly. (I particularly loved the baby calves that were playing in the next field so had to get a few shots with them too!) We also spent some time taking some fun and relaxed photographs of the bridesmaids and the groomsmen and Chris’ stag party lads. 

The Wedding Breakfast began with a collection of wonderful speeches by Alex’s Dad Dave, Chris, and Best Man Liam. Then the couple and their guests enjoyed a stunning three course meal including good old Sausage and Mash! Yum!

Then, as the sun started to make its descent, Mr and Mrs Hooper cut their beautiful wedding cake and made their way to the dance floor for their first dance as husband and wife. Richie Muir and his band then kicked off the party with a jam-packed dance floor! Perfect!!

What One Piece of Advice Would You Give Other Couples?

“Have only exactly what YOU want and don’t let friends or family tell you what you should or shouldn’t have! Luckily our family and friends have been wonderful, supportive and everything has gone the way we want it to.”

Are you getting married at the Folly at the Farmhouse in Mackworth? Please get in touch to see if your wedding date is available! I will be pleased to speak to you about your exciting plans! – Jenny xx