Styal Lodge Cheshire Wedding Photographer
Jo & Dan’s brilliant wedding at Styal Lodge
Jo and Dan were married at Styal Lodge recently, giving me another opportunity to demonstrate my being a Styal Lodge Cheshire wedding photographer. Another April wedding for me, meant April weather too….typical showers and overcast skies, but that’s never going to put us off! I caught up with Jo and her girls at the Hallmark Hotel in Wilmslow for the preparation images; everything was in full swing when I arrived, hairdryers, ipods all on full tilt, lots of hairspray…everyone was in great spirits, quietly excited about the day ahead.
One of the images requested by Jo was one of her and her recently departed dad – just a simple image of her holding a photograph of one of the family’s favourite seaside resorts. Mine too, funnily enough. Being a new dad at the time, I thought it was going to be a tough five minutes, but nothing, nothing prepared me for how difficult taking this shot was going to be. Even now I glaze over and get a lump in my throat but I’m so proud that I got to share this private moment with Jo. The makeup artist wasn’t though, having to redo some of her work…..sorry!
So, on time, it was off to Styal Lodge to catch up with Dan, and the arrival of the guests for the wedding. Dan proudly showed me his new watch with a special engraving from Jo….gorgeous – lucky lad!
Jo and Mum arrived in Style (no pun intended!) via Graham and one of his gorgeous white cabs from I Do Taxi – always nice to see this gentleman and the white carriage on a wedding day…
A very proud mum walked Jo down the aisle, beautifully played in by The Carlton Ensemble…
The weather still wasn’t looking it’s glorious best, so we had to cancel the trip out to the jetty and the lake, and stayed with the guests in the comfort of the Lodge.
Just before the wedding breakfast, we opted for a quick fifteen minute session in the gardens – nothing too fancy, overcomplicated or over directed; just a collection of images of a newly-weds enjoying each other’s company. I’m a firm believer in letting clients be themselves without fussing over them with flashguns and lighting kits…just let the natural emotion shine through, without any contrived intervention.
The wedding breakfast was unique. Afternoon Tea, served on three-tier cake and sandwich stands. Absolutely fantastic! And…when I was photographing the table plan, I noticed my name as a guest too! So, I dutifully joined the guests at the ‘Ceylon’ Table for Afternoon Tea – complete with my very own pot of Darjeeling and sandwich/cake stand too. Bliss! Sometimes you simply don’t need a full three-course meal. This was incredible…
The evening entertainment came in the form of award-wining DJ Andy Murphy – a must-have for your big day. Andy knows how to rock the place… 😉
As the party got into full swing, I ‘handed the baton’ to Andy and he cranked up the volume late into the night…
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