Wedding Photography at East Lodge

Mia and Richard

East Lodge Wedding Photographer

The Wedding Venue- East Lodge, Rowsley, near Matlock Derbyshire 

"Our wedding venue was East Lodge hotel, from the beginning of our wedding search it was a venue that on paper that ticked all the boxes for us. It enabled us to get married outside, the grounds are stunning, you get exclusivity on the day and night, and it was just the right size for our wedding party.  I've always imagined getting married in a country house with amazing gardens and East Lodge definitely provided that. The staff were so friendly and we was able to create the wedding we wanted from the beginning."

The Dress and Shoes 

"My wedding dress was from Brides of Bakewell, they made me feel so comfortable and didn't rush me at all as I couldn't decide between two dresses. The dress (a lace dress with a open lace back) I picked they suggested a few alterations to make it exactly what I wanted and I loved it, it suited the wedding the venue and my figure. My shoes were Jimmy Choo as a lover of designer shoes they were a must, I went for a pale pink colour to complement the colour theme of pastel pink and purples."

The Make up, Hair and Flowers

"I picked Embellish for hair and makeup. I'd used them before for my makeup so knew they would be amazing for my wedding, the girls there are so friendly. Flowers were provided from JJs Flowers, her flower arrangements are amazing and her style suited the ideas I had. They were pale pinks and purple roses with foliage, gyp etc to provide a movement in the arrangements."

The Groomsmen Suits

"We got Marc Darcy suits from Grays menswear in Chesterfield. We went for Navy suits with a slightly bluer Navy for the Groom and Bestman so they look slightly different. They were quite lightweight material as we were getting married in summer, but with a slightly knitted look so not your classic wedding suit and suited the country house." 

The theme of the wedding

"The theme of pastel pinks and purples started with me loving a specific purple rose, and the two colours complimented each other so well. Outside we had quite a garden rustic theme which flowed in to the conservatory with pompoms, lanterns, buckets of gyp and wooden signs but in the main wedding breakfast room we went quite traditional with tall flower stands. It worked with the style of the hotel."

The entrance of the bride

Mia "I nervous walking down the aisle, I had to walk down some paved steps in front of everyone adamant I was going to trip. Once I got down them and looked up, I relaxed and felt excited.

Richard "I was surprised seeing Mia for the first time because her dress wasn't what I expected and happy I could relax now she was coming down the aisle." 

The Ceremony

Mia "I remember Rich joking about the ring not fitting on my finger, then when it was his turn because it was so hot his was a really tight fit. Serves him right! It felt really personal under the pergola like it was just us and the registrar."

Celebrations and Confetti

"It felt nice to see everyone, everyone was happy and in good spirits so there was a lovely atmosphere. Also, overwhelming as everyone wants to talk to you and some we haven't seen for a while. Our favourite confetti picture is the one where were walking through everyone throwing it and we are both smiling or laughing. There is also one at the beginning where our dog had tried to follow us which makes us laugh."

The bride and groom photoshoot

"When we went for our bride and groom photographs I remember just chatting to Rich and catching up and it felt like we was in our own little bubble."

The wedding breakfast and speeches

"The stand out moment for me was my dads speech he put together a short video of photos and all the music was songs from bands we've seen it was such a shock and some of the songs were funny or embarrassing I just remember a buzz in the room. 

All the speeches were amazing, they were all lovely speeches and loads of people were crying and laughing just a nice atmosphere again."

The cake and first dance

"We picked The Pantry door for our cake, we'd heard such good things and her work is so varied. Plus her tasters were amazing we struggled to pick. 

Choosing a first dance took ages for us as we didn't have a particular song, but we both liked Ed Sheeran - Perfect, this song and the lyrics felt right for our journey and relationship."

Standout memories from the day

"Obviously there is the signing of the register, first dance which i'm sure everyone has. There's also one's of me and my girls going for a drink and cool in the room and Frances found us it made great pictures, and the groom and best man carrying their personalised steins around all day."


"We picked Frances because we felt so relaxed around her from day one and that showed on the day, some of the guests didn't even realise she was there and to say neither of us are comfortable having are picture taken this doesn't show. We had so many compliments about Frances the next day, and with the pictures she took of our guests we were able to print them and put them in our thank you cards.

There is so many nice pictures, we love the one of Rich picking me up with the fields behind us we're both laughing and one of us walking through the gardens just chatting. They seem to capture us and the scenery perfectly."


Any tips for future brides and grooms?

"Enjoy it, stay organised and make sure the day is what you both want. Try and relax."


Any suppliers you’d like to recommend?

"All of them, they were all amazing and helped make the day run so smooth."

Mia and Richard's suppliers for the wedding at East Lodge Derbyshire 

Wedding venue- East Lodge

Wedding photographer- Frances Milburn Photography

Wedding dress supplier- Brides of Bakewell

Wedding hair and make-up- Embellish

Wedding cake- The Pantry Door

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