” Mick you have done an incredible job capturing these special moments that we can look back on for the rest of our lives! Thank you!!”

Bhavini & Adam booked me to be their Abbeywood Estate Wedding Photographer around a year ago. This stunning venue, based near Delamere Forest is a dream venue to work at; stunning landscaped gardens, forest, plus open fields, a beautiful Glass House / Conservatory for the wedding ceremony and wedding breakfast. But in Bhavini and Adam’s case – just the wedding breakfast, since their wedding ceremony was to be outdoors. Here are a few from their extensive wedding collection…

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With me for the day, on video duties was Stefan and his assistant from Your Special Day. Stefan brought one of his drones to film sequences for the wedding video. Now, I’m not normally a fan of drones, since a lot are ‘flown’ by amateurs without the proper training and CAA licence. But Stefan shoots a lot for the BBC, and since Abbeywood is technically, err…massive, there would be no problem with minimum height / distance restrictions. In fact, we worked together so well, that we both captured the day simultaneously with the minimum of fuss. I even left Stefan in some of the images deliberately!

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With the guests gathering, and the sun getting hotter, we were a few minutes away from the ceremony. A glorious day for an outdoor wedding. Normally I would have the 70-200mm with me, but was saving it for later, sticking to my usual 24-70mm and 85mm combination for the next couple of hours…I really didn’t need a heavy bag!

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As Bhavini and here father made their way through the walled garden (hello Stefan!), we had plenty of opportunity to get some great angles. Adam, quietly, and slightly nervously waited on the lawn…

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Part-way through the open air ceremony, we moved around to the relative shelter of the gazebo – for the legal declarations and signing of the register…

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And a special mention at this point that Bhavini made both hers and the bridesmaids dresses too…now taking orders I’m told…

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By now the sun was high and the temperature soaring. Photography shouldn’t be undertaken in extreme lighting conditions such as this? Yep, but we love breaking the rules and having a little fun for ten minutes… 😉

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During the drinkas and canapes, the entertainment was provided by magician Nick Rushton, who did a brilliant bending spoon routine, which had us all fooled…even the Nikons!

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This was my first visit to an Abbeywood Estate wedding, and I have to say, thoroughly enjoyed the day so far – full on busy, but everything seemed so well-paced as to not feel too much like work – even in the heat!

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With a slightly more traditional confetti line-up, it was time for the guests to be seated in the glasshouse. Bhavini & Adam entered to thunderous applause…

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While the room was being refreshed for the evening party, it was time for a few more Bride & Groom portraits…again with ‘The Professor’ Stefan and a combination of the drone and Steadicam….again, we worked seamlessly together – as it should be! The images speak for themselves with little to no direction from us….

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..and then it was party time. One bouquet toss later, we were off to cut the cake and start the first dance…and still exactly to schedule….fantastic planning by all concerned!

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And that was it – nine hours’ shooting which never felt like work at any stage of the day. I left the dance floor in full swing, with tunes spun in by Cheshire Wedding DJs – and sparing the ‘Dad-Dancers’ blushes…

If you’re considering Abbeywood Estate for your wedding, why not get in touch for a no-obligation chat?

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