This super stylish summer wedding took place in the Derbyshire countryside. With a traditional wedding ceremony in a picturesque village church, followed by a relaxed tipi (or teepee, or marquee) wedding in James’s parents grounds.

Harriet and James booked me many moons ago as their wedding videographer as Harriet remembered me filming her sister Annabelle’s wedding (you can see their wedding video here).

Plans changed along the way due to Covid. From new dates to new venues and even a whole new county.

But thanks to Harriet and I staying in touch throughout we were able to ensure I was there as her wedding videographer to film her big day!


A Relaxed Tipi Wedding Video – Harriet and James

Wedding Morning Captured On Video

The day started out in the usual and BEST way, with Harriet and James enjoying their wedding morning with their closest friends and family.

Harriet stayed over in this stunning country cottage and had so much space to relax and enjoy getting ready with their professional hair and make-up artists.

Champagne was flowing on both sides as the sun beat down over the Derbyshire countryside.

As a Bride I never felt the need to film the morning ‘prep’ and it’s the one things I massively regret. Now as a wedding videographer, it’s something I film as standard!

Not only to ensure everyone feels relaxed around me and my camera for the wedding day ahead but also, so I can capture all the excitement building up!

It’s also the best way to see each other’s wedding morning and see how nervous the other half really was…

brides lace and tulle dress hangs ready
bride smiles nervously in mirror on wedding morning
brides friend opens wedding champagne
flower crown gets put on flowergirl
groom cheers champagne glass with groomsman
groom enjoys breakfast on wedding morning
groom gets help with tie on wedding morning
lots of hands help bride get dressed on video
videographer captures mum looking lovingly at bride
bridal party help bride get big wedding dress in to car

Village Church Wedding Ceremony

Once everyone was ready and the wedding transport was waiting, it was time to make their way over to Osmaston Church (St Martin’s Church).

It’s such a picturesque church, tucked away on the country roads of Osmaston. With the summer sun shining down it really was the perfect setting for a countryside wedding.

Guests were soon seated and Harriet’s wedding car, who has been patiently waiting up the lane, slowly pulled up to the church gates ready for her to make her entrance.

The flower girls looked adorable in their flower crowns and ivory dresses. Their daughter Bella was even practicing her curtsy, clearly reveling in the fact her Mum looked like a princess Bride!

Restrictions meant no singing in Osmaston Church but guests got to enjoy the sound of the traditional organ before the couple said their vows.

I then got to film them seal it with a kiss (and a fist pump of ‘finally’ from James) before they made their way outside the church to be showered in confetti…

wedding car pulls up to Osmaston Church
brides shoes gracefully exit wedding car outside church
bride smiles outside Osmaston Church
2 flowergirls wait in Osmaston church door
videographer captures groom first look at church
couple kiss at Osmaston village church
couple leave Osmaston church married
videographer films bride and groom leaving wedding ceremony
confetti outside Osmaston church derbyshire

A Countryside Tipi Wedding Reception

As we approached the impressive Barton Hall and Barton Blount Estate we could see guests already enjoying the beautiful tipi setup for their wedding reception.

Thankfully the weather was on side and guests could enjoy canapes and drinks in the sunshine before cheering the new Mr and Mrs in from their wedding car.

After such a challenge of multiple postponements and Covid restrictions it was so nice to see everyone coming together to celebrate.

Filming all the hugs and reunited friends and family meant a little bit more after the year we’ve had in the wedding industry. And I’m sure it meant even more to everyone who could be there too!

The sun was a little TOO intense for the formal wedding photos so their photographer Hermione McCosh snuck them in to the Barton Hall gardens to find some shade…


wedding guests laugh outside tipi reception
guests mingle during wedding reception
bride and groom smile in Barton Hall landscaped gardens
couple kiss outside Barton Hall in Barton Blount

Wedding Speeches in the Tipi

Guests made their way to their seats inside the tipi before the newlyweds made their big entrance.

I got to film beaming smiles as they made their way to their seats and it was soon time to start the speeches.

Now, even after all these years I remember filming Harriet’s Dad’s speech at Thornton Manor in the Wirral. I think he holds the record for single longest wedding speech at nearly ONE HOUR!

He’d been warned in the run up to Harriet’s day that he needed to keep it short and sweet and to be fair, he tried! Ha.

The rest of the speeches were sprinkled in-between the wedding breakfast and there was a LOT of laughter (at the Groom’s expense) as the speeches finally came to a close.

marquee wedding reception speeches
grooms speech in tipi in derbyshire
best man has everyone laughing during speeches
best men laugh inside tipi wedding reception
tipi wedding in Barton Blount Derbyshire

Informal and Relaxed Wedding Vibes

As the sun dipped down behind the trees and impressive tipi guests caught up over drinks.

We snuck Harriet and James out in to the longer grass to get a few relaxed moments of the two of them before they headed back in for their first dance.

After a LONG time of dancing being banned at weddings it was amazing to see the dancefloor full again!

The band got the party started and I imagine that dancefloor stayed full for the rest of the evening.

video of bride and groom walking through field
bride and groom relax during golden hour portraits
groom laughs with bride outside Barton Hall Estate

Natural and Relaxed Wedding Videography

Harriet and James may’ve had a few traditional wedding elements in their day but it was all about those relaxed wedding vibes as they enjoyed celebrating in the Derbyshire countryside.

My discreet and relaxed documentary style allows me to capture those natural moments from the day that help you relive all the best bits.

Bits you may not have even seen on the day, or even remember for that matter!

Expertly editing it all together to ensure that when you watch your wedding film back it feels like you’re back there again.

This relaxed countryside wedding was all about capturing those natural moments of everyone having a great time and I feel that’s what their wedding Highlights really shows off.

So thank you Harriet and James for having me as your wedding videographer! It means so much you chose me after capturing Annabelle and James wedding all those years ago too!

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