Romantic Contemporary Wedding Day Photography Captured at Hotel Van Dyk



The wedding of Rebecca and Daniel began on a crisp, fresh November morning at Hotel Van Dyk near Chesterfield where Rebecca and her bridal party were busy preparing for the amazing day ahead.

There were no apparent nerves as everyone found a suitable space to apply make-up and sort hair as the room was full to bursting, but it only added to the excitement of the morning with an abundance of fun and laughter. The couple’s children were integral to the day, with Freddie and Ruby joining the morning’s preparations, along with their Niece, Brooke and friend Rosie.

Rebecca’s dress was exquisite, it wasn’t a colour you see very often. I would describe it as a very pale taupe and incredibly beautiful with lace and crystal detail and a fitted bodice. This was further complimented with an elegant veil and elegant satin shoes with diamante detailing framing the open toe. Rebecca’s flowers were a neutral colour palette with an abundance of creams and green. Stunning!

When I caught up with the boys, Daniel, his Best Man and Ushers were already settled in at The Blue Bell Public House conveniently located across the road from the church. However it was soon time to join their guests who were starting to arrive in anticipation of the ceremony.

Rebecca arrived in a stunning cream vintage car, adorned with coordinating ribbon. Her Father looked on proudly as he accompanied his daughter into the church. It must be a very poignant and emotional time for Fathers faced with walking their daughter down the isle. I sometimes forget just how momentous a moment it really is, but on this occasion Rebecca’s Father did a superb job.

The ceremony in the stunning Parish Church of Bolsover was very traditional and presided over by a very co-operative vicar, always a bonus for us photographers and very much appreciated. There were tears and laughter in equal measure from the guests there to join the happy couple in witnessing their declaration of marriage.

Immediately after the ceremony the guests were ushered into the grounds of the church. Rebecca’s Mum had arranged for the couple to release of a pair of symbolic white doves.

It’s only a short drive from the church to the beautiful wedding venue of Hotel Van Dyk. A very popular hotel and one that I have worked very regularly. As the guests were still arriving there was time to capture the couple outside the venue and with their vintage car.

As it was rather chilly I made quick work of the group shots enabling the guests to get back indoors, however Dan and Rebecca were completely un-phased by the chill in the air and were more than prepared to remain outdoors to capture some stunning couple shots. Maybe the champagne was helping!

After the wedding breakfast it was time for the speeches. As is tradition Rebecca’s Father, Dan the Groom and Fabien his Best Man stood to say a few words. In addition to this there were also a few poignant words from Rebecca’s Best Friend and Chief Bridesmaid Marilyn, during which Rebecca was presented with a memory book of photos taken during the hen party in Marbella. Needless to say this was a very popular read with guests for the remainder of the day.

The evening celebrations were started with the couple cutting their cake, which was a stunning display of individually sculpted chocolate tortes. Immediately afterward the couple took to the dance floor. Entertainment for the evening came in many forms including the fantastic Motown band Soul to Motion who ensured the dance floor remained full all night. There was also a special surprise for the couple in the form of Rebecca’s close friend Donna Ramsdale. Donna is a professional performer and wowed guests with two songs especially selected for the happy couple.

As guests were enjoying themselves on the dance floor, there was just enough time to head outdoors with the couple to capture a few night shots. With some assistance and additional lighting we were able to utilise some of the hotel’s features.

Congratulations to Dan and Rebecca from Marie Anson Photography.


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