Mark Crayden Photography

The Secret Garden Wedding Doncaster

Neil and Jenny’s Secret garden wedding

I’m whisking you back to the month of June this year for the wedding of Neil and Jenny at the fabulous Secret Garden. I’d previously met up with  Jenny and Neil for their -1 degree Peak District pre-wedding shoot, back in January of this year if you’ve not seen it, have a quick look here

My morning began at the fabulous Mount Pleasant hotel (where I actually got married 14 years ago myself). The getting ready room was a hive of activity: makeup artists and hairdressers helping Jenny and her five bridesmaids get ready for their special day.

Transport to the church was kindly supplied by Jenny’s uncle Graham, a fabulous pale green 1970s Volkswagon camper van complete with an Ikea footstool! With Jenny and her girls almost ready, I myself set off for St Wilfred’s Church in Cantley, where I met up with Neil and his groomsmen. The Church ceremony was meaningful and joyous with live music from The string quartet. What made this church wedding a whole lot more personal was that friends of Jenny and Neil came up to the front of the church to read out messages of wisdom and love.

As confetti shots go, I absolutely love taking them! I can honestly say I’ve never seen so much confetti offloaded on to one couple like this before. Even when Neil and Jenny thought they had weathered the confetti storm, without warning a rouge basket of surplus confetti rained in from the left-hand side showering the newlyweds once more! Brilliant!

With the unmistakable sound of the VW camper’s engine being fired up, friends, family and guests all started to make their way up to Gringley on the Hill to the awesome Secret Garden. The Secret Garden is like no other venue I’ve photographed before. It’s basically an old, exquisite Grade II listed building set in a secluded area with seven acres of beautiful gardens and a large courtyard. The gardens are divided into five individual areas all with a unique character and a story to tell, and with breathtaking and uninterrupted south facing views. You really do get a feeling here that everything is personal to you. With the canapés and drinks going around freely everyone was having a good time. Perfect. With formal shots and portraits in the bag and speeches belly aching complete, ( love the mullet hairpiece) it was soon time for the silent disco. Shhhhhh!

If you don’t know, this is where you are given a set of headphones with three channels to choose from, so while maybe the older groover might be getting down to some sweet soul and Motown in stark contrast a younger dance floor diva could be getting down to the latest Dutch hard techno release! What a great idea! How many times have you seen a DJ clear the dance floor with poor music selection? Not so with the silent disco! If you don’t like the track, you’ve got two more channels to choose from, Genius!

With old and young guests alike dancing into the night it was time for me to leave. What an amazing wedding day! Thank you, Neil and Jenny, for having me along on your secret garden adventure.I loved it!….



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Supplier shoutouts:

Dress: Lace & Co

Shoes: Light  the box

Mua: Pacha

Hair: Sophie Millburn

Cake:Dellisima cakes

Catering: P-J Taste Sheffield

Flowers: Sue White. (Church) Laura Pattern Carr

Rings: Jessica Flinn rings

Live music: The String Quartet

Venue: The Secret Garden Nr Bawtry, Doncaster

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