Sandhole Oak Barn Wedding Photography // Nicky & Nick

Sandhole Oak Barn Wedding Photography // Nicky & Nick

Sandhole Oak Barn Wedding Photography

Nicky & Nick’s wedding photos from Sandhole Oak Barn in Cheshire

Here is an example of my Sandhole Oak Barn wedding photography; Nicky & Nick were married at Sandhole Oak Barn recently. Nicky booked me as their wedding photographer around a year ago, on recommendation from a colleague. Apart from a quick viewing meeting with Nicky way back then, this was a classic meet the ‘couple on the day’ scenario. I duly arrived (early, like I do) at Sandhole to do some exposure and colour balance checks in the barn, and bumped into groom Nick and his entourage decorating the venue in bunting, with lovely little touches of vintage on each table. I also bumped into a smiling and chirpy (but under-pressure) florist – Kate from The Mustard Seed Florist in Macclesfield, who was creating mini-masterpieces for each table. Nicky hadn’t arrived at the cottage as yet, so I captured the groomsmen walking across the field to the Waggon & Horses pub for a quick drink and sandwiches.

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We opted to go for a more analogue feel for this vintage wedding. Film emulation with subtle grain gave this wedding collection a unique style, which the clients loved…

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Running to my own timetable, it was time to head back to the cottage to catch up with Nicky and the girls, who were in full-flight makeup duties and having some champagne-based fun! After capturing some images of the preparations, I was off to photograph guests arriving, plus have a quick word  with the registrars – who were just brilliant….making our lives as wedding photographers just that little bit better. Thanks ladies!

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In keeping with my philosophy, we spent around twenty minutes shooting some fun portraits. The weather wasn’t brilliant so we didn’t venture far. Nicky & Nick just enjoyed being themselves, plus ‘hamming it up’ for camera here and there…as it should be! We grabbed another ten minutes after the hilarious speeches too, for some more images, using some late afternoon sunshine for a change. Yes, the speeches were hilarious; both Nicky & Nick work in the legal profession, so the best men dressed as judges and held court for Nick’s ‘trial’, since Nick was ‘charged’ with a handful of ‘crimes’ from his past…best not mentioned on here though to ‘protect the innocent’ (and me!). The guests were an eighty-strong jury…

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Sandhole Oak Barn Wedding Photographer // Claire & Phill

Sandhole Oak Barn Wedding Photographer

Claire & Phill’s wedding photos from Sandhole Oak Barn in Cheshire

Claire & Phill were married in February at Sandhole Oak Barn. When we met last year, and the couple asked me to be their Sandhole Oak Barn Wedding Photographer, we were rather hoping for snow for the wedding day. It would have been lovely. Even the damp day from their E-Shoot would have been welcome, but alas. What we actually got was the midpoint of the storms battering the UK and torrential wind and rain… proper heavy duty stuff as we all remember.

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It all started well, with a lovely bit of sunshine and a breeze like an average day in Blackpool, and while  Gemma from Doll Face was quietly getting the girls ready, I had time in my schedule to nip down the road to catch up with the lads in the Waggon & Horses pub.

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Keeping to my schedule, I was duly back ‘on site’ to photograph guests’ arrival, and Claire having her finishing touches applied – all still very relaxed. It was good to see Annette too, from Top Table  – a good choice Claire, using one of the best around to feed the ‘gang’.

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We had scheduled some formal images, and Claire very bravely pushed for us to shoot some. The wind and rain though, was horrible, so we managed about three minutes outside, sheltered by the side of the cottage where the bridal preparations had taken place earlier. Aha! Phill had a spare key, so we ventured inside to shoot some unstaged, live images of the two of them enjoying each other’s company. I quickly cleared everything from the floor and we were up and running. It’s times like this when everything seems stacked against us, that a good wedding photographer will still produce the goods, maybe off brief, and maybe even improve on the original plan too…but that’s not my call, I’ll leave that to my clients.. 😉

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So, weather aside, we nailed it. Low light, documentary style photography with lit formals, and available light reportage coverage, all in one package….

See Nicky & Nick’s summer wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn HERE

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