French Themed Summer Wedding at Upper House, Hayfield

“We would really like to book you for our wedding day”

Sophie and Jon had contacted me to ask if I would be their wedding photographer for their summer wedding at Upper House. When I heard they were having a French themed wedding, I was SO excited! For those of you who aren’t familiar with Upper House in Hayfield, it had Kinder Scout as it’s backdrop. One of my favourite views in the whole of the Peak District.

It’s easy to see why I think Upper House is one of the best Peak District venues I’ve worked at so far. It’s beautiful inside and out and the staff are amazingly friendly and accommodating. You really do feel exclusive here.

Following on from our initial conversations, Sophie and Jon had requested that we did their engagement shoot at Upper House too.

Upper House Engagement Shoot

It was a gorgeous day in April when we headed up to Upper House. You’d be forgiven to mistake it as a summers day from the photos, the sun was shining and even though it was cool, it was perfect to do the shoot.


Engagement Shoot at Upper House Hayfield

Summer Wedding at Upper House – Wedding Photography

August quickly came round and I was so excited to be shooting Sophie and Jon’s big day. However, when you think of an August wedding, you think of blue sky and sunshine all day long! The morning greeted us with torrential rain but this absolutely didn’t dampen Sophie and Jon’s spirits.


Photo of the groom looking in the mirror

First stop of the day was at Jon’s grooms house to shoot the groom prep. Jon and his best man were unbelievably calm, they were up, coffee brewed and everything was in check. I love shooting groom prep, it’s not very often I get to shoot bride and groom prep. It’s nice to see the guys getting suited and booted and seeing their excitement and nerves develop throughout the morning.

Groomsman Holding Shoes
Upper House Hayfield - Cufflinks
Groom holding up a pocket watch in Derbyshire

Bridal Preparations

Next it was time to head over to Upper House to photograph Sophie and her family getting ready. Sophie was so chilled out when I arrived. Her hair makeover in progress and everyone in great spirit, despite the weather outside. Once her hair was complete, it was time for make-up and some glamorous photos to match her glamours French theme.


Upper House Hayfield - Bridal Hair Prep
Bridal Prep Mirror

Once the bridal party photos were taken, it was time to head upstairs to photograph the detail shots. Sophie’s dress was absolutely stunning and there’s no denying that Upper House have amazing rooms to display such a beautiful garment.

Upper House Hayfield - Bridal Dress

Sophie’s mum was there to help her into her dress followed by lots of laughter with the bridesmaids – who were dressed in gorgeous matching cobalt blue dresses.

Bride and Mother Getting in the Dress
Bridesmaids at Upper House Hayfield

Bridal Portraits

In addition to the bridal prep shots, I always try to include the final part of the bridal preparation. This is the bridal portraits once the bride is ready. It’s hard to take a bad photo when Sophie is absolutely stunning! She absolutely rocked her bridal portraits and I was really pleased with the results.


Upper House Hayfield - Bridal Portraiture

The Ceremony

Whilst I was waiting for everyone to add their final touches to their hair and make up, I head downstairs to shoot the ceremony room and features. The ceremony room at Upper House is beautiful. Sophie and Jon’s French themed details really added to the rustic feel.

Lavender at French Themed Wedding
White and Green Flower Arrangement
Summer Wedding at Upper House - Ceremony Room
Summer Wedding at Upper House - Ceremony Details

The Service

Sophie’s brother Robert walked her down the aisle and the whole room was filled with cheer and happiness. The service was really lovely and I was excited for the following parts of the day.

wedding ceremony at Upper House

The Sun Came Out!

In the brief moments after the service, the sun made an appearance! I ushered everyone out super quick to capture the group shots. Don’t you agree, the boys look pretty dapper?

Group shot at Upper House in front of Kinder Scout

Room Decorations

The wedding breakfast room looked absolutely beautiful, the French theme ran throughout the decor, including their cake! It wasn’t long before the guests piled in for the speeches and food, which was Provided by Samuel James Events.

Reception Room at Upper House in Hayfield
French Sign at Upper House
French Cake at Upper House

Couple Shots

Following on from the wedding breakfast and speeches, it was now time for the couple shots. As the rain outside hadn’t given up, I suggested we use the excellent interior of Upper House. The staircase and wooden walls made wonderful features in their shots.

creative flash photography of a couple at Upper House in Hayfield
Couple kissing inside Upper House

First Dance

The final part of the evening was the first dance. Sophie and Jon looked so elegant as they glided across the dance floor. It was such a perfect end to a perfect day, one that I thoroughly enjoyed shooting.

First Dance at Upper House Hayfield

Thanks for looking,
Sarah x

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Worried about rain on your wedding day? Why not have a read of my blog all about ‘What If We Get Rain On Our Wedding Day?’