Ilam Hall, Peak District wedding photography (Kit + Caz)

I really wanted this to be the first wedding I shared in 2013 as this is, quite simply, one of my favourite weddings of all time, and in fact, I really struggle to think of one I enjoyed shooting more. Kit and Caz’s celebration was the stuff my photographic dreams are made of: breathtakingly beautiful and totally individual and unique, with the most down-to-earth, warm, funny, interesting, loving, welcoming people… and of course, a couple who both shine and melt every time they look at each other.

It was held at the beautiful, gothic Ilam Hall Youth Hostel, nestling amongst the hills in the breathtaking Peak District… Everyone stayed there… Gift bags containing presents handmade by Caz were waiting for all the guests as they arrived the night before… They even made a little gift bag for me too… Everyone pitched in getting the hall ready for the following day… In the morning, everyone went for a beautiful rainy hike together in the surrounding countryside… Lunch was a relaxed picnic and games on the grass back at Ilam Hall, before everyone nipped off to get changed for the wedding ceremony… Kit collected Caz himself and they walked in together… Caz’s own mum handmade her beautiful dress and did her hair… Caz’s good friend put together all those gorgeous flowers herself… The sun came out as Kit and Caz left the ceremony, and remained dreamy and ethereal for the rest of the day… The whole day was spent playing and relaxing, and it never once felt rushed, just contented, peaceful and joyous.

It was just all about the right things, the important things, family, friends, laughter, love and nature… incredibly moving and beautiful from start to finish, a totally personal, genuine, heartfelt, relaxed celebration, and you really would struggle to find two nicer, sweeter, gentler people than Kit and Caz. It was a complete pleasure to be there to photograph their day and I’m so grateful I got to share it.


  1. lisa

    So so beautiful! With every wedding you take it to the next level. Your photos are always full of heart!

  2. Caroline

    Such a beautiful wedding Anna!!! So much love and fun xx

  3. Claire

    Ah this wedding is amazing. I want to be friends with these guys! Your photographs really bring the day to life – such brilliant storytelling.

  4. Katharine Peachey

    These photographs are wonderful. So full of energy. I didn’t want the post to end.

  5. Emma Leivers

    Errr hello amazin-ness! The flowers, the dress, the venue but most of all the couple. As you say Anna, what a dream! They just sound wonderful. Your photography is so so heart-warming, they must have been thrilled.

  6. Andrea Ellison

    oh Anna…you really are a master at your craft …just gorgeous …you can tell you LOVED this wedding…your images sing it x

  7. emily

    Beautiful shots, once again !

  8. Sophie Winter

    Beautiful images Anna and the brides mum did her hair and made her dress… will she adopt me?!

  9. rob dodsworth

    Magical! That evening light looks amazing.



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