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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White Hart Lydgate Wedding Photographer

Highlights from Maria & Steven’s brilliant day at this stunning Lancashire wedding venue

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Katie and Andrew were married recently at Christ Church in Friezland, with a reception at The White Hart in Lydgate; allowing me to share with you an example of my White Hart Lydgate wedding photography, sourced and commissioned from finding my work featured in Little White Books.

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When I arrived at Katie’s house, she was (literally) in the safe hands of talented make up artist Nina Wren, along with her four bridesmaids. With clockwork precision, the flowers duly arrived, safely delivered in the now famous Red Floral Architecture van, and Mat and the team yet again didn’t fail to impress everyone with the ‘wow’ factor only they produce – sounds cheesy, but it’s true. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – nobody comes close to Mat and the team when they’re in full tilt on a wedding. The arrangements – both at the venue, and the church plus the overall design and ‘feel’  is just stunning. Maybe one day, somebody will prove me wrong… 😉 Whilst I was at Kate HQ, my colleague Jason was a mile or two down the road with the groomsmen. Between us, the four Nikons and a bag full of prime lenses, we were busy from the word go…

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A phone call from the Far East, half expected came in as Katie was halfway through her makeup and hair preparations. Totally live and unstaged, I love this shot of Kate talking to her friend on speakerphone! With me on videography duties was John Wilson – highly regarded as a top quality wedding videographer.

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Meanwhile back at Andrew HQ, the usual ‘stress’ of positioning and fastening buttonholes was well underway. I’m asked every week…I still don’t know! 😉

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I rarely work with a second photographer, unless client requests, or geographics dictate. This was one occasion where  client wanted more time spent ‘on camera’ with both her and Andrew, so I got to spend some quality time shooting some natural portraits of Kate as she was ready to leave for Church…

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Wedding cars came via Horgan’s – and what else to drive Katie than this little number with her name on the side! A top choice, expertly driven by Steve! (Well, he never gets a mention…)

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Katie was played down the aisle in style by Dobcross Youth Band. Unique, and a brilliant touch to the day, the sound of brass seemed perfectly apt for the wedding ceremony. The church organ sat quietly waiting for the hymns and the playout for the end…

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From a brilliantly paced ceremony, overseen by Fr Chris Halliday – who, incidentally allowed the photographers and videographers full reign to do their job…which we did, expertly and unobtrusively, keeping the attention on the happy couple and not us. As it should be… 😉

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From church, it was a whistle-stop trip to a small vantage point overlooking Saddleworth for a few formal images. Great fun trying to get Kate over a style surrounded by barbed wire. Proper trooper though, that lass – nailed it perfectly without even a spot of mud on her beautiful dress! Battling the early afternoon sun, I opted for a bit of fill-flash. Not my usual style, but perfectly fitting for Kate and Andrew’s style of wedding coverage.

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After thirty minutes, we were at The White Hart for the reception, played in by a stunning string quartet – the happy couple, not me! Then off to the wedding breakfast room, stunning and typical of Red Floral Architecture….a mini hanging gardens of Babylon. Just beautiful – and I know nowt about flowies… 😉

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With the wedding breakfast and speeches finished, we, yet again – jumped a wall and a style / barbed wire fence combination for a few sunset images….and the video cameramen had to come along too, cameras, tripods, all over the dry stone wall….organised chaos, but well worth it. Thanks Kate & Andrew (again).

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And there we have it – a brilliant, fun-filled day at a stunning rural wedding venue.

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The ceremony was planned to take place in The Dove Cote – a purpose built structure in the gardens, looking like a quaint chapel amongst the flora & fauna. Hmm…it was going to be busy in there in a couple of hours – time to grab that fisheye lens I thought 😉 Shona arrived on time, and we spent a few minutes photographing her dress, shoes etc – I say we – James Wray was on video duties with me for the day. James is a very relaxed and totally professional videographer, and comes highly recommended!

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As the ceremony time approached and the guests arrived, Shona and Phil’s nerves were feeling the strain slightly. Very excited about what was to come, both were anxious about the ceremony, but really wanting to ‘get on with things’…patience, patience….

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As Shona was having her dress fastened, I asked her about her tattoo. She told me modestly that she used to be a GB athlete. Erm….ok. Yes, indeed I was about to photograph one of the UK’s (previous record holding) and quickest brides-to be. Hopefully Shona’s high heels would give me a fighting chance of beating her to the Dove Cote though. They did. Just 😉

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With a few minutes to go, Phil was already getting emotional. Nothing wrong with that at all. I’ve seen men of all statures having a ‘wobble’ around ceremony time. I did on my wedding day. Sort of…well, not really ahem!

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The weather broke for the better as Shona duly arrived. With the guests duly gathered too, there were a few forced to stand outside the Dove Cote, watching on – such was the popularity of this couple.

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After the emotional ceremony, time for champagne…

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With the ceremony over, the mood became even more relaxed as the champagne flowed, and the canapes rolled out. With a pre-scheduled time slot of around twenty minutes, we nipped off around the gardens for a few quick bride & groom portraits. James and his second cameraman came along too; it’s always great to work alongside professionals – I know I say it a lot, but it makes all the difference to everyone’s (working) day, when the ‘team’ gel as one unit, with no ‘politics’.

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With the family groups completed, we were inside for the wedding breakfast. Unusually each table had a menu, so guests could order what they wanted- a very unusual and unique touch…

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…then it was time for the emotional roller coaster that was the speeches. Heart felt, touching, funny – the speeches had everything…

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…as did the weather. By now it was gloriously warm, so out we ventured for an hour or so while the room was being prepared for the evening celebrations. Time for ten minutes’ more portraits then! The light was lovely, and with such relaxed and easy going clients, the job was easy…..eh James?

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With a quick family tradition of passing round the whiskey, it was into the main room for cake cutting and first dance. It had been a brilliant day – relaxed, fun and an absolute joy to be part of and capture. Thanks guys…

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Celebrating The Wedding of Claire & Lee at The White Hart, Lydgate, Oldham

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Claire & Lee were married recently at The White Hart in Lydgate – a fabulous wedding venue. The couple originally met me at a wedding fair, way back in winter, organised by Little White Books.

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The day started off to a noisy reception – Claire had 10, yes TEN bridesmaids, of all ages…brilliant. Some were getting ready at her home, some were standing by to be suitably ‘delivered’. But, amongst all the chaos that is a wedding morning, the ever-lovely Rachael Bottomley was quietly and calmly on hair and makeup duties, and it was good to see here again.

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Claire & Lee’s Wedding Day was all about one thing – fun! And, boy was there a lot of it to come…

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I love photographing weddings at The White Hart – one of my favourite ever weddings was Katie & Andrew’s a year or so ago. It’s a very relaxed, unassuming but classy wedding venue, brilliantly run with awesome food….well worth shortlisting.

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As we finished our fifteen minute session, it was back to the venue, where the Beato Burritos were in full flow. Incredibly talented, funny and game for a laugh, these guys were just brilliant fun…who’d have thought – real Mexicans just outside Oldham… 😉

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After a first Daddy Daughter Dance, we were in to the full-on official first dance and party. After a few songs from my old mate DJ Peter Lockwood, it was time for me to hand over the reigns and head for home.

If you’re thinking of The White Hart as your wedding venue, why not get in touch to see more of my work?

See Katie & Andrew’s White Hart Wedding HERE

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