Styal Lodge Wedding Photography

Jo & Dan’s wedding photos from Styal Lodge in Cheshire

 

 

Styal Lodge in the Spring

Jo and Dan were married at Styal Lodge in the Spring, giving me another opportunity to demonstrate my Styal Lodge wedding photography. 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 bridal prep photos. Everything was in full swing when I arrived, hairdryers on full tilt, lots of hairspray…everyone was in great spirits, quietly excited about the day ahead, and the atmosphere was building as flowers arrived, champagne was opened and dresses were unwrapped. I love a good Styal Lodge in the spring wedding shoot – the light is gorgeous if the rain holds off.

Jo and I had a quiet moment though, before I left. She wanted a photo with her and her dad, who sadly wasn’t with us. I won’t dwell on this, suffice to say that in over 400 weddings, this has to be the most difficult image I’ve ever had to shoot. I struggled as mum Barbara gave me a hug and brought me back….three, two, one, back in the room. Phew.

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Styal Lodge Wedding Ceremony

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! With a few minutes to go, we grabbed a few informal portraits of Dan and his best man before the Styal Lodge wedding ceremony. Jo was already on her way in one of I Do Taxi’s brilliant white cabs. When Jo and mum arrived, the nerves were kicking in a little. A quick photo of bride and mum sorted things out. Thanks Jo!

A very proud mum then walked Jo down the aisle, beautifully played in by The Carlton Ensemble

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Wedding Photos at Styal Lodge

Just before the wedding breakfast, we opted for a quick fifteen minute session for some wedding photos at Styal Lodge – nothing too fancy, over-complicated or over directed. Their faces say everything to me – 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, LIVE! The jetty was too unsafe to visit due to the recent wet weather…ah well, we made up for it!

The wedding breakfast was unique. Afternoon Tea, served on three-tier cake and sandwich stands. Absolutely fantastic! And…as I was photographing the table plan, I noticed my name as a guest too!! There I was on Table 12. So, I dutifully joined the guests for Afternoon Tea – with my own pot of Darjeeling too. Sarah and Neil from Pink Pepper did us all proud (I can say that when I’m also a guest!) Afternoon tea at a wedding works SO well. You should try it.

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Brilliant Wedding Speeches

It was speeches time next. And they were brilliant wedding speeches too. Very funny, heartfelt and brilliant to listen in on. I know I shouldn’t but sometimes cannot help myself. The Nikons did me proud too –  the 35mm and 85mm prime lenses on each body captured everything I needed as a Styal Lodge Wedding Photographer for Jo & Dan.

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Award-Winning Wedding DJ

For the evening entertainment, we were in the very capable hands of award-winning DJ Andy Murphy. Andy has won more awards for his work than any other mainline DJ in the North West wedding industry. He really knows how to read a wedding and tune after tune keeps that dance floor packed. Book him if you can, this man is a legend.

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