White Hart Lydgate Wedding – Zoe & Stephen

White Hart Lydgate Wedding – Zoe & Stephen

 

White Hart Lydgate Wedding

Highlights from Zoe & Stephen’s

brilliant White Hart Lydgate Wedding

 

 

White Hart Lydgate Wedding

A White Hart Lydgate Wedding is a unique experience. The wedding venue is situated on the hills outside Oldham, with Saddleworth a nearby neighbour. Located on the top of a hill, the venue offers stunning views and a unique and modern  barn-like wedding experience. Their website describes the venue as:

“The White Hart has enjoyed a rich and varied history, since it was built in 1788 by local landowner John Buckley. From being the local police station, with the top floor used to lock up the prisoners in shackles, to a schoolhouse, then a weaver’s cottage, the building was then used in the Second World War as a look out point, with the cellars a bomb shelter.

The Buckley family sold the pub in 1921 to the Gartside Brewery and it remained brewery owned until 1987. In June 1994, Charles Brierley bought the freehold of The White Hart Inn and has extended and renovated the pub, turning it into the award-winning venue it is today”.

I have photographed quite a few weddings at The White Hart Lydgate over the years, and it’s always interesting how the landscape and the atmosphere around the venue changes for each visit. Oh, and the food is simply stunning!

So – welcome to Zoe & Stephen’s big day at The White hart Inn. Here are some of the highlights…

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Bridal Preparations at a White Hart Lydgate Wedding

Zoe and the girls were upstairs above the main hotel. The makeup artist for the day was the lovely Frankie, from Makeup By Frankie. This was to be the second time in three weeks I’d worked with her. Small world! It also appears that Zoe’s step-dad used to teach Frankie at school! Even smaller world!

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Saddleworth Wedding Ceremony

As the clock on St Anne’s Church opposite passed the mid-day mark, the wedding guests were arriving for the ceremony and after-celebrations. I caught up with Stephen and the grooms men in the bar area. On hand was the lovely Carla from Classy Blooms, fixing the lads’ buttonholes on. Not long now till the ceremony…

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New Zealand Wedding Party

Stephen comes from New Zealand and is (obviously) a massive cricket and rugby fan…we didn’t talk about the Cricket World Cup much though… 😉 Stephen’s family were over, making the trip an all-encompassing affair. Stephen’s brothers were going to be the two best men. I was looking forward to their speech later…

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Playing and singing beautifully throughout the ceremony and reception was the very talented Hannah Trigwell

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It wasn’t all laughs and smiles for this poor wedding guest – a wasp joined in the celebrations a little too vigorously…

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Saddleworth Wedding Venue

The Oak Room was beautifully designed and dressed for the wedding. All modern, sophisticated, but understated, the wedding reception was looking beautiful. Speeches were to follow the three course wedding breakfast.

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Wedding Speeches at The White Hart

ASs I mentioned, Stephen’s family were over from New Zealand. With some really heartfelt speeches from both Zoe’s and Stephen’s fathers, it was time for the best men. With a little character assasination and a few anecdotes about when they were kids, it was time to pay tribute to their big brother. Both of them went into a Haka. The noise and the atmosphere these two guys created on their own stunned the room into respectful silence. An emotional groom looked on as his brothers performed this awesome spectacle. Wow!

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Summer Wedding Photos at The White Hart

After the speeches, we ventured off for some early evening portraits. The light was gorgeous! The bridesmaids and groomsmen came with us for some fun group photos and a bit of fun. As the evening guests started to arrive, soon it was to be cake cutting and first dance time. It was brilliant to see Gavin and the lads from The Rush Band on entertainment duties. This band are simply the best in the wedding industry…the white hart lydgate sunset wedding photo bride and groom photo at sunset sunset photo of a bride and groom at the white hart lydgate wedding photos from the white hart lydgatectreative wedding photography at the white hart lydgate natural wedding photo from the white hart lydgate cake cutting at the white hart lydgate first dance at the white hart lydgate first dance at the white hart lydgatethe rush band at the white hart lydgate

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Eaves Hall Summer Wedding // Leah & Brad

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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Stirk House Wedding Photographer

Lauren & Gary’s wedding photography from Stirk House – a stunning Lancashire venue

 

 

Stirk House Wedding Photographer

Here is my being a Stirk House Wedding Photographer as part of my folio of Lancashire weddings.

Stirk House, just north of Clitheroe on the A59 is a stunning wedding venue. Simple as. It’s old world charm meets modern in terms of style and is 100% one of my favourite wedding venues.  And, I have only photographed three weddings there to date…albeit over a two week period! Talk about (wedding) buses, you wait for one, then three come along at once… 😉 Lauren & Gary’s wedding was the third of my visits as a Stirk House Wedding Photographer. Their wedding day, like the previous Stirk House weddings I was covering produced a real test of my professional mettle…England were playing in the World Cup. As a Stirk House wedding photographer, I was there to do a job, and although the weather was blisteringly hot, I was determined to do my best – without constant updates from the wedding guests. Never in my life have I seen so many men staring at ladies’ handbags during the drinks reception…. 🙂

It was great catching up with Dave again – the Stirk House Wedding Manager who runs the day with precision timing and accuracy. Those in the wedding industry all tip their hats to this legend…

As I say, the day was blisteringly hot, the ‘No football on TV’ ban was (almost) fully adhered to (the guests, not me!), and these are some of the highlights from Lauren & Gary’s big day with me as their Stirk House Wedding Photographer…

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Wedding Days at Stirk House

My schedule allowed me visit Gary and grab some shots of him and best man getting ready, but it wasn’t to be. Lauren & Gary’s son Freddie stole the limelight for the few minutes we had available…and why not? Groom prep at it’s unpredictable best. Stirk House allows the Stirk House Wedding Photographer time to jump between rooms for bride and groom preparations, quite easily. By now the ceremony was fast approaching so I left the boys to it…

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Summer Wedding Ceremony

Best Man was the ever-chirpy Craig, one of my previous clients, seen HERE marrying the love of his life Keely at Beeston Manor. The ceremony was soon to begin, and the guests were arriving on time. The registrars were brilliant to work with too…I’ve worked with them before so they just let me do my thing as the Stirk House Wedding Photographer for the day.

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Speeches at a wedding

The speeches were hilarious, and curiously Lauren seemed to get the brunt of the one liners and stories from times past…hmmm… but Craig did a brilliant job. Power Point-aided, he slowly ‘destroyed’ Gary with embarrassing tales, then built him back up, as only a true friend and great best man can. Nice one guys!

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Bride & Groom Photos at Stirk House

After the speeches, we had a few minutes to grab some fresh air, and take a few images outside Stirk House, and in the grounds. The light was gorgeous…still bloomin’ hot mind, but we did well. I love sun flare, and controlling it bouncing around inside my Nikons, and we got the results I was looking for – even though half the time I was shooting ‘blind’ with my eyes scrunched up staring at the sun!

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Marquee Wedding in York – Ros & Nick

Marquee Wedding Photographer

 

Highlights from Ros & Nick’s village Marquee wedding in North Yorkshire

 

Marquee Wedding in York

Ros and Nick hired me for their summer Marquee Wedding outside York. I love North Yorkshire and jumped at the chance to be part of their big day. They were to be married in Aldborough, a small village just North of York itself. Nick grew up there, and both he and Ros wanted to go back to the village for a summer marquee wedding. How could I say no to this? Ros and Nick were guests at a recent Tipi wedding in North Lancashire. They had seen me in action, and the results and promptly booked me for their Marquee Wedding in North Yorkshire. A proper village wedding this was planned to be…lets just hope the weather was going to play ball…

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A Very Village Wedding

Ros and Nick were getting ready about 100m apart on a farm and some beautiful converted stables. I spent a short time with Ros and the girls, then on schedule, scooted down the road to catch up with Nick and the lads – who were already dressed and raring to go! So…time for a few formal photos outside the farmhouse, and they were released to The Ship Inn for a pre-ceremony beer. Nick informed me that his parents used to be Licensees many moons back…

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Typical British Summer Weather

As their one o’clock ceremony beckoned, so did the clouds. A Typical British Summer’s Day was promising to be spoilt slightly by the (Typical) British Rain! This Marquee Wedding York was about to run on a slight Plan B. Plan A was to have post-ceremony drinks on the village green…but, alas that plan was axed pretty quickly.

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Summer Bunting Galore

Ros’ mum, together with several helpers had created and sewn around 250m of summer bunting for the wedding. I loved how they’d dressed the path to the church, both for the bride’s entrance, plus the confetti throwing afterwards. A stunning, hand-made touch to the day. I actually never got tired of photographing the effect with different lenses whilst waiting for the guests to arrive…

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Traditional Church Ceremony

The church was literally across the street from the Ship Inn, and 200m as the crow flies from ‘Ros HQ’. Using dad’s car, the bridesmaids arrived first for the traditional church ceremony – the first part of this Marquee Wedding In York. Ros was soon behind them, looking every bit as excited as any bride could be on their wedding day. What rain?

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Village Wedding Celebrations

After church, the Plan B kicked in, with a temporary bar setup for a free drink for all the wedding guests as they left church. The rain was coming down as mild drizzle, but we didn’t care. Ros & Nick didn’t care either…and I don’t think the weather impeded the photography in any way either! This Marquee Wedding In York was now into stage two. Confetti time, and chance to use that stunning bunting again. As we finished, the guests made their way another 200m or so into a secret walled garden in Aldborough Manor. The newlyweds and I walked too, stopping every so often for a few couple portraits. Ros’ dress was getting a bit muddy, but she didn’t care. It was only later that I found from her father’s speech that she is actually a Quantity Surveyor and loves mud and dirt!

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A Marquee Wedding In Summer

With the rain coming down, we had to photograph a few family group photos inside the marquee, whilst the guests mingled around us, to the sounds of a stunning string quartet to our right. There was a respite in the rain later though, so the guests could get out to play crazy golf and badminton…more excuses for Ros to get muddy… 😉 After the brilliant speeches, the band arrived to set up. A brilliant Soul band, who Ros knew and had travelled up from near Taunton.

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Mitton Hall Wedding Photographer – Faith & Paul

Mitton Hall Wedding Photographer – Faith & Paul

Mitton Hall Wedding – Faith & Paul

 

Highlights from Faith & Paul’s winter wedding at this stunning wedding venue

 

Mick, we couldn’t have hoped or wished for anyone else to photograph our day. We loved having you with us, your humour and professionalism was fantastic and everyone commented on how good you were. Thank you for agreeing to be a part of and beautifully photograph our wedding memories and hopefully some others to come. x

 

 

Mitton Hall Wedding

Faith & Paul booked me as their Mitton Hall Wedding Photographer via a friend’s recommendation. Their wedding was to be in February, a proper Winter Wedding! I really enjoy winter weddings, and the technical challenges they bring. I am a low light specialist, shooting unobtrusively on very expensive lenses without resorting to firing flash all day. So…well suited to the dark oak panelled walls of Mitton Hall. No, the flashguns could be kept in the bag for a handful of stylish portraits later in the day. I was really looking forward to being their Mitton Hall Wedding Photographer in February, as Mitton Hall is one of my favourite venues to work at.

Here are some of the highlights from Faith & Paul’s brilliant winter wedding with my being their Mitton Hall Wedding Photographer.

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Mitton Hall Getting Ready Photos

During Faith’s bridal preparations, Paul and Best Man quietly sneaked in to the Bridal Suite to get ready. I joined them for around 15 mins for a few live, unstaged getting ready photos. Unlike the ladies, the lads take about ten minutes to get dressed and venture off to greet the guests’ arrival (near the bar area obviously!)

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Mitton Hall Wedding Ceremony

As the clock slowly edged towards ceremony time, Faith was ready! Ready to meet an emotional mum and dad too, as they popped in to see their daughter in her stunning wedding dress from Fairytale Brides in Manchester. By now the excitement and emotions were running high, so I left the girls to it and joined the wedding guests downstairs.

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Walking Down The Aisle at a Mitton Hall Wedding

On cue, and perfectly on time, Faith and her bridesmaids emerged from the Hall, flanked by proud dad Malcolm. They walked slowly towards the rear of the conservatory, ready to walk down the aisle. My brief from Faith, as their Mitton Hall Wedding Photographer, was to get a great shot of her walking down the aisle. Plus a great reaction shot of Paul watching her. Hmmm…ok then…

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Wedding Photos at Mitton Hall

After the ceremony, we were off outside to brave the confetti run. I love the confetti throwing, the buzz and vibe of the shots just scream ‘wedding’. Afterwards, the three of went down into the gardens for a few Couple photos – classic unposed wedding photos from Mitton Hall.

The light was gorgeous, and with very minimal direction, we got a brilliant set of wedding photos in the bag, in around 15 minutes too!

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Speeches at a Mitton Hall Wedding

SAfter the couples portraits, plus a good time for mingling with the wedding guests, it was time to head inside for the speeches. As the guests made their way, we hung back for a couple of minutes’ portrait shooting. I say portrait…more of a laugh really…!!

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Gilpin Lake House Wedding

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Gilpin Lake House Wedding

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Weddings at The Gilpin

Sarah & Charlotte were getting ready together with some friends and family members. The door to the suite seemed to revolve with a steady stream of well-wishers peeping round the door to say hello and good luck. This was to be my first visit to Gilpin Lake House, and already I was loving the freedom that the girls allowed me – ‘Documentary wedding photography,  Lake District style‘. As the guests arrived in their cars and minibus, the atmosphere was building…so, alas was the rain. 🙁

Stylish Lake District Wedding

As the guests arrived, I opted to capture this stylish Lake District wedding on prime lenses, mostly a 50mm and a 35mm. These lenses allow me to work in low light without using flash, so I can blend in with the guests more. As the Lake House was filling, I was down to using more wide angle lenses for the girls’ arrival into the ceremony room. It was going to be tight for space, but if we all breathed in a bit…

Unique Wedding Entertainment

From the ceremony, we ran…literally…to the marquee behind the Lake House. Waiting for us, and firing up on cue were the incredible Mr Wilson’s Second Liners. Seeing (and hearing) is believing with these guys. Full on club anthems, New Order and Human League etc covers – all on brass and ukelele – incredilble! That was everybody sorted for the next hour or so, whilst the canapes and cocktails flowed…and the weather broke for the better.

Wedding speeches in a marquee

The speeches for Sarah & Charlotte’s wedding were to prove…er, colourful. Sarah’s brother was up second and was simply hilarious….all at Sarah’s expense! I cannot recall the content, but trust me, he didn’t pull any punches and brought the marquee to it’s knees in laughter. Then…it was Sarah’s turn. And whatever she had received, she gave back double, and totally floored her brother and his speech, bringing the whole house down to thunderous laughter and applause. Trust me, it was an impressive performance! After everyone had recovered and eaten the wedding breakfast, Sarah, Charlotte & myself popped out for ten minutes to grab some portraits before the cake cut. No first dance as such, just a relaxed ‘boogie on down’ was planned after the nieces had put on a dancing performance to the newlyweds as a present….brilliant stuff.

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