A Spring Soiree

We always think that being a wedding photographer must be a pretty special profession; spending your working day with couples celebrating their love for each other and being surrounded by joy and romance! They are also in a unique position where they experience every aspect of the entire day. From the excitement and nerves of a bride getting ready to first dances and bouquet throws, the photographer is there, snapping away, throughout the lot. And it is because of this, that we always love to get the low-down on a wedding from their point of view.

So for Amy & Jamie’s wedding, we just had to ask Hannah and Ben, the dream-team behind of the lens of HBA Photography, to give us their account of this perfectly pretty Spring soiree.


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Calke Abbey
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Avant Garden
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Hannah says

“WHAT A DAY! We loved this wedding so much. It’s always amazing when we arrive at the bride’s house and everyone knows your name and is incredibly friendly & welcoming. That is when we knew we were in for a great day (and even better when we saw that Josephine Way was also there doing the make-up as she’s always hilarious).

The venue, Calke Abbey, quite literally is a photographer’s dream. It’s actually where Ben & I had our first kiss, and now 13 years later we’re still happily married, so to be able to bring our cameras and photograph weddings there is a real privilege and Amy and Jamie only added to that. Whilst walking around with them, hanging out while we did some photos, it became very clear that they were perfect for each other. They laughed, cried, had fun and were a total pleasure to be around for the day and hopefully, we’ve captured some of that in the photos. Photographically, there are lots of interesting bits of light around the venue as the sun moves overhead and sets beautifully over the field. This creates the most amazing golden hour sun light to photograph in and really create some dreamier sun flared photos.

The day featured an old vintage Routemaster bus to take everyone from the church to Calke Abbey, Tosh’s Troughs filled with bottles of beer for the reception, picnic boxes for starters, fish ‘n’ chips for main and pretty little jars filled with a delicious Eton Mess for pud. If that isn’t a recipe for a good time, we don’t know what is…

As if the day couldn’t get any better….then a Glitter Bar turned up. Everyone was covered in glitter by the end of the night – even Ben had a beard full!”

Wow, it sounds like they all had an absolute blast at the beautiful Calke Abbey – thanks so much Ben and Hannah for sharing.


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