Styal Lodge Wedding – Becky & Will

Styal Lodge Wedding – Becky & Will

Styal Lodge Wedding Photographer

Becky & Will’s brilliant

wedding at this unique

Cheshire wedding venue

 

 

Unique Cheshire Wedding Venue

I love photographing a Styal Lodge Wedding. In fact, I shot one of (if not the) first weddings there. I always look forward to photographing a wedding at this unique Cheshire wedding venue, since it has plenty to offer, both the couple….and their wedding photographer. Styal Lodge is high on many photographer’s favourite venues to work at….mine included.

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Wedding Preparations at Styal Lodge

I started my day earlier than normal, so I could pace myself into capturing those special little moments that I’m hired for. Becky and the girls were in high spirits, the Prosecco was flowing and everyone was excited about the day to come. Bridal preparations are in a separate ground floor suite, next to the ceremony room, so its just a matter of opening the door…and you’re at the head of the aisle!

The lads have it tough though. They have to put up with their own changing room (complete with showers etc) next to the bar. Tough call, but I’m sure they can handle it!

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Wedding gifts for the bridesmaids

Mid morning, Becky surprised her bridal party with some lovely gifts…

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Pink Pepper Wedding & Event Catering

Sarah & Neil from Pink Pepper Catering create THE most exquisite catering for your Style Lodge Wedding. From afternoon tea in (deliberately!) mis-matched china cups & saucers, to a full-blown banquet, the food is always exquisite. So too is the room styling and service, with Neil as front-of-house with his team, you’d think you were in an exclusive restaurant rather than a wedding with 90+ guests. Awesome…

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Not so perfect wedding weather

True to form the rain came, and looked to be staying for the day. No problem though – this was not going to put us off! There was always the flexibility in our timings to move things around. If the worst came to the worst, I would bring out the ‘Bad Boy’ and shoot the group photos inside! Hopefully we would get outside for a few minutes…

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Wedding Ceremony at Styal Lodge

As the wedding ceremony time was approaching for this Styal Lodge Wedding, the guests were arriving, the groomsmen were all dressed and testing the quality of the beers in the bar. I was quietly jumping from room to room, capturing the day as it rolled out, and took a few portraits of a VERY excited Becky before going to speak to the registrars.

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Getting married at Styal Lodge

The ceremony room to the lodge is large enough to house a good sized wedding, but small enough to maintain its intimacy too. Becky walked down the aisle accompanied by her proud dad. The moment was perfect as I quietly captured the ceremony mostly on 24mm & 50mm prime lenses on my trusty Nikons. I  prefer to use prime lenses for the quality and the ‘look’ of the images.

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Wedding Celebrations at a Cheshire Wedding

With the rain relenting, it was time to bring out the ‘Bad Boy’ and photograph the family group photos inside. There was NO chance of venturing out. But, do you know what? I actually really like these family groups. Very minimal and in keeping with the style of the wedding. We even took a few couple portraits against the plain walls, with a little in-camera trickery too… 🙂

Then, all of a sudden the rain stopped, sort of….so we went for a quick shot of the bridesmaids, a classic confetti throw and some more couple photos, ably assisted by the Best Man and an umbrella! And we nailed it!

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Eaves Hall Summer Wedding

Highlights from Leah & Brad’s summer wedding at this stunning Lancashire wedding venue

Exclusive Use Wedding Venue

Eaves Hall is one of the most popular wedding venues in Lancashire, and certainly a top favourite amongst us wedding photographers – especially for an Eaves Hall summer wedding. I’ll let Eaves Hall describe itself as per their website….”

“Welcome to Eaves Hall, without a doubt one of the finest exclusive use wedding venues in the North West. A glorious building surrounded by beautiful gardens set amidst the simply stunning countryside of the Ribble Valley. The thoughtfully updated interiors have been designed to bring out the best of the original features, creating a unique, contemporary country house ambience and atmosphere. The 30 bedrooms, ranging from magnificent suites to dinky twins and singles, have all received the same treatment too. Several rooms are licensed for civil ceremonies making Eaves Hall the perfect choice for small, intimate weddings and bigger blowouts for all your family and friends whatever the theme. Eaves Hall is the perfect choice. It is yours for the day and we are at your disposal”.

If you are looking to get married in the Ribble Valley, I’d definitely have Eaves Hall on your shortlist. Leah & Brad chose the venue for their Eaves Hall Summer Wedding. I say Summer, it was still May, but the weather was gloriously hot and sunny…all day. Here are some highlights from their special day…

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Nala & Knot Makeup & Hair

Leah and the girls were getting ready in the lodge in the morning, before walking up to the hall to dress. The bubbly duo from Nala & Knot were on hair and makeup duties – always great to work with Laura & Natalie on their ‘Beautifications’, and have done a few times recently.

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Dance Floor Couture

Leah & Brad are fairly local to Eaves Hall, and chose the venue for their perfect wedding day. Their Eaves Hall summer wedding was shared by lots of family and friends, who, literally laughed all day. You can’t blame the weather for that though, eh? Ryan from DFC Lancashire was the host for the day, running the wedding entertainment from the end of the speeches onwards. A game of Mr & Mrs finished the wedding breakfast perfectly – very funny!

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Sunshine on a wedding day

I do love a good Eaves Hall summer wedding. I love the way the light works in and around the venue, from dark oak-panelled walls, to bright, airy rooms….and those gardens! Eaves Hall has everything for a perfect wedding, and as the sun moves around the grounds, the whole ‘feel’ of the place changes. Late afternoon is especially stunning at Eaves Hall…

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Unique First Dance

Apparently I am the first photographer to photograph the first dance outside the front of Eaves Hall, now that the gravel has been laid. I took the call to delay the first dance an hour, so the light would be perfect, as all the wedding guests were still enjoying the warm summer-esqe evening anyway. And then we went for it – Ryan rigged the PA speakers outside and we were off. Total ‘Al Fresco’ dancing into the evening…

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Mitton Hall Wedding

Highlights from Nicola & Dan’s

brilliant day at this stunning

Lancashire wedding venue

Mitton Hall Wedding in The Summer

Nicola & Dan booked me for their Mitton Hall Wedding over a year ago. I love Mitton Hall, and especiially working on a Mitton Hall Wedding. It’s one of the best wedding venues in Lancashire, and a firm favourite amongst wedding photographers. I’ve been a Mitton Hall Wedding Photographer a few times now, and am always looking forward to spending the day there. Nicola & Dan’s Mitton Hall Wedding was back in June, and a very hot day too. Bright sunshine is great for wedding guests, but, at times – not so great for us photographers though! Thankfully modern professional cameras can handle it. Here are some of the highlights from the day…

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A perfect Lancashire Wedding Venue

Mitton Hall is a stunning Wedding Venue, and also very popular one. Owned by James’ Places, Mitton Hall is one of a portfolio of wedding venues the company own. Beautifully run, with friendly staff, the venue is simply one of the best in the Ribble Valley…and they really look after us wedding photographers when we’re working too!

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Lancashire wedding flowers

It was great seeing Linda from The Flower Shop in Clitheroe, (sadly ducking out of shot this time). Her wedding flowers are always stunning, which is why the business has won so many awards, and is incredibly popular for Lancashire weddings. Linda & Jim are brilliant to work with, and look great on camera…sadly not this time… 😉

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A Mitton Hall Wedding

As the ceremony time was approaching, Nicola and her constantly laughing entourage switched rooms. Her dress was duly re-hung on a stunning four poster bed. Time for a few more shots of it before Nicola out it on then… 😉 The nerves were kicking in a little, but the laughter was relentless. A handful of portraits later, I was off to meet Dan and his Groomsmen outside the Hall. With a nerve-steadying beer in one hand, Dan was busy greeting guests as they arrived. The sun was out, everything was on time  – a perfect Mitton Hall wedding was to commence.

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Unique Wedding Cake

Nicola & Dan’s wedding cake was made by Amy at Polka Pops – a totally original, award-winning baker, who produces the most fantastic wedding cakes. Her creations are just awesome, so check her website out…

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Wedding Photos at Mitton Hall

As the guests were being seated for the wedding breakfast, we nipped upstairs onto the gallery for a few minutes’ shooting with that famous Mitton Hall chandelier. An icon in Lancashire wedding photography, every couple needs ‘The Chandelier Shot’ from their Mitton Hall Wedding.

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First Dance at a Mitton Hall Wedding

It was great working alongside Ryan from DFC Lancashire. Always the chirpy professional, Ryan got that dancefloor full in no time…and kept it full well after I had finished for the day….

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Colshaw Hall Wedding Photography

Photographs of Becci & Aaron’s brilliant day at this stunning cheshire wedding venue

Colshaw Hall Wedding Photography

Becci & Aaron commissioned for their Colshaw Hall Wedding Photography well over a year ago. It was to be my first visit to Colshaw Hall – one of the most exclusive and luxurious Cheshire wedding venues, so I was really looking forward to it. The weather promised much, but alas didn’t deliver…ah well. Not to be disheartened, I grabbed the Nikons and headed to capture Becci & Aaron’s wedding at Colshaw Hall.

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The Stables at Colshaw Hall

Colshaw Hall has a stunning purpose-built ‘chapel’ for wedding ceremonies. This ceremony hall can seat up to 180 guests, and is a perfect location for the ceremony. Guests can walk up the short pathway from The Peel Suite to The Stables, whilst the bride and bridesmaids are safely ‘delivered’ in a fantastic buggy!

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I caught up with the girls as they were finishing theirs and each other’s makeup. A great team effort this was. I also met up with the talented James Wray Lang again on video duties. James is one of the best and most respected videographers in the business…well worth checking out if you’re getting married!

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Cheshire wedding venue styling

Becci and Aaron’s reception styling and ‘all things flowers’ were designed and supplied by the lovely ladies at Lily Rose Events. The bouquets and buttonholes looked stunning…but the Peel Suite was simply gorgeous! I hope my images do the room styling justice – it was beautiful…

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Cheshire Wedding Ceremony

As the ceremony time approached, I caught up with Aaron and the wedding guests as they arrived at The Peel Suite. Though the weather was starting to fade, spirits remained high…and stayed high all day. What weather? 🙂 As the groomsmen made their way to The Stables, I just had enough time for a few portraits of Becci, who was looking stunning.

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Cheshire Wedding and Events Singer

Aaron never told me on the day about his alter-ego…but here is is in full swing, so to say. A very talented singer it seems (always the quiet ones, eh Aaron?). Check him out HERE….

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Cheshire Wedding Photography

I approached Becci & Aaron’s wedding slightly differently to my normal approach. This needed to ‘feel’ a little more traditional than simply documentary or reportage wedding photography. Our schedule allowed for this too, so it was nice to slow things down a little and have a little fun inside the hall (the grounds were simply too wet from a week of serious rain!) So…after a few family group shots, we moved inside for a little ‘chill time…’

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Cheshire Wedding Magician

As the speeches finished, and the toasts made, it was time to step things up a gear. Cue….Sam Fitton. THE best events magician around, and a total live wire. Simply the best award-winng wedding and events magician I have ever worked with…book him if you can. Sam wowed the guests with his close up magic. I was allowed to photograph anything I wanted too…and even the high speed Nikons revealed nothing. So I still have no idea how he does it…

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As the evening got into full swing, Sam and I passed the gauntlet to the talented Six15 Events to fill the dancefloor…

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Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding – Rachel & Mark

Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding

Rachel & Mark’s brilliant

wedding at this unique

North Wales wedding venue

 

 

North Wales Wedding Venue

Tyn Dwr Hall is a stunning Grade II* wedding venue in North Wales, nestled among ancient woodland and rich greenery in Llangollen. Built in 1866, this unique building boasts a mock Tudor design, striking turrets and a bell tower, and the grounds and gardens it looks out on are nothing short of magical. And that’s from their website. And it’s true – Tyn Dwr Hall is a fantastic venue for a wedding. It has everything – style, charm, space and some magnificent grounds to enjoy a Tyn Dwr Hall wedding, like Rachel & Mark had recently. It was a privilege to be asked to be part of Rachel & Mark’s Tyn Dwr hall Wedding, so here are a few of the images from the day…

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Nikki Webb Makeup Artist

It was great working alongside Nikki Webb for the morning; she had everything under control. Nikki is a great freelance hair and make up artist based in the North West offering fresh and on trend make up and specialises in fashion, editorial, bridal and commercial work. Her website is well worth checking out. On duty with me for the day was my good trusted friend and colleague Martin Hambleton. So, between us, Nikki and the girls…. the day was just one big relaxed affair full of jokes and laughter…it never really felt like work! Martin and I opted to photograph the day with minimal kit, travelling light with two Nikons each, all fitted with a 50mm and 24mm prime lens – allowing us to move quickly and unobtrusively capture the day. Martin spent the morning with the groomsmen whilst I was buying around photographing Rachel’s dress, shoes etc plus some makeup photos.

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Emotional Dads at a wedding

Dads at weddings are generally emotional…oh yes they are, they just hide it well at times. When Rachel’s dad appeared and saw his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time, emotions ran high. Nobody spoke, it was all so quiet. I grabbed that one shot reflected in the mirror I wanted and left them hugging in silence. Wow, that WAS a moment to experience, and one I hope to share with my daughter when she gets married one day.

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Wedding guests at Tyn Dwr Hall

As the wedding guests started arriving, the ceremony room was finished being set out and dressed, the atmosphere was brilliant. The weather looked promising, people were enjoying pre-ceremony drinks, and children ran around the grounds laughing. We were all set for a fantastic Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding! As the guests were seated, Mark and the groomsmen were in position, it was time for Rachel and her dad’s entrance. Martin and I quietly captured both angles…all the shots looked great so it was hard to choose what to include here. As the music started, down the aisle they came.

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Wedding celebrations at Tyn Dwr Hall

As they newlyweds emerged from the Hall, the confetti was thrown and it was total chaos for a few moments. Sometimes, as photographers we have to trust our cameras to still ‘see’ through the confetti clouds and capture what we see. Yet again, the Nikons nailed it. With a few minutes of family group photos to capture, ably assisted by the ushers, we were done and the guests could grab a drink. Rachel Mark and I stayed out for a few minutes, capturing some natural, mostly non-posed couple photos while the bar was under ‘siege’ 😉

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Wayne Farrow Wedding Singer

It was great to work with Wayne Farrow again on this ‘gig’. This guy has so much energy and MC’s a wedding so brilliantly. Oh…and he can really sing too! It was great to be immersed in the wedding guests with our wide angle lenses while they toasted the happy couple with face-cringing shots and then battering Martin and I with napkins while the whole room exploded into song. A mass conga, led by Rachel, a full ‘male voice choir’ (erm!) on bended knee singing Wonderwall, plus some brilliant speeches took the reception to another level. Great work Wayne!

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Wedding Entertainment at Tyn Dwr Hall

From the end of the speeches, to the first dance, the entertainment was full on. Wayne was in top voice, ably assisted by several wedding guests at any given time, the party ran on and on, never ‘stopping for air’. Soon, though it was time to take the party indoors for Rachel & Mark’s first dance…and more partying! This was a brilliant day, and we loved being part of it…thanks Rachel & Mark!

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Gemma & Jake’s wedding photography from this top Lancashire wedding venue

Award-winning Country House Hotel

Here is an example of a recent Bartle Hall Wedding, photographed exclusively by myself. On the official website, Bartle Hall describe themselves very accurately; “Bartle Hall is an award-winning country house hotel in the heart of the stunning Lancashire countryside. A charming period mansion nestled within sixteen acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and woodlands, Bartle Hall offers a luxury experience like no other.

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Wedding preparations photographs

Gemma was getting ready at The Marriott Hotel in Preston with her mum, and sister Lucy. So were the groomsmen…a few doors away…so I had time to drop in for a few minutes to photograph the lads, already in high spirits, getting ready. These smiles are all real. Looking back at the images it feels as if I’ve asked everyone to smile for the camera all day, but I can assure you, these are all live and unstaged images! 😉

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Weddings in Preston

With the church being so close by, everything was running like clockwork. St John Baptist Church is a lovely classic style, and as the choir appeared together with the organist, things were starting to ‘hot up’ a little. I do love a good church wedding! As the guests gathered inside, Gemma and Lucy appeared at the gate, driven by dad in his stunning Bentley. Time for a few formal images – family heirloom photos to be cherished in years to come, then off into the dark sanctity of St John’s…

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Wedding speeches at Bartle Hall

As the afternoon merged into early evening, a stunning rainbow triggered the traditional speeches. Led by Gemma’s father, the three speeches were a proper rollercoaster –  laughter, tears, (shock!) and heartfelt messages from all concerned. Brilliant to witness and be part of this special day. As the speeches ended, I duly met up with DJ Supremo Andy Murphy, who had been hired to  ‘Spin the Choonz…’ It was great catching up with him again over a quick coffee. Soon it would be cake cutting and first dance time…and time to leave the party in Andy’s capable hands…

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