Fiona and Neil were married recently in Laneshawbridge, Colne with a reception at The Villa in Wrea Green. Theirs was a proper, close family affair, since all the immediate family members live within a stone’s throw of each other, so the ceremony was also very local to them. The date, very specific, was also planned with military precision. It had to be – there was a fifty mile drive from the church to the reception, allowing Fiona & Neil time to celebrate their wedding at Christ Church, with family and friends, by means of a post ceremony drinks reception in church, before heading off to Lytham for a few formal images and the Wedding Breakfast. The weather was typical too – very misty and damp. We hoped that things would lift, but proved otherwise – but that’s Lancashire for you, and being situated in the shadow of Pendle Hill, we were expecting the classic ‘four seasons in one day’…
On preparation duties were Flossy & Leigh, premier North West Hair & Makeup Artists, looking after Fiona, her bridesmaids, Mum, Auntie…the list seemed endless, but magically everyone was ready….on time too! A luxury us wedding photographers are not always offered 😉 This gave me chance to pop up to The Alma to catch up with Neil and the Groomsmen having breakfast, before heading off to church. Also there very much in spirit was Ann McKavney from Eleventh Heaven Bridal Wear, with one of her stunning head pieces, adding that perfect final touch to Fiona’s look for her wedding.
So it was straight from church, and a fifty mile drive over to Lytham to shoot a few formal images before the guests caught up with us. The weather still wasn’t playing ball, but Fiona and Neil braved the elements incredibly well for twenty minutes or so, giving us time enough to create a collection of both lightly directed and natural images. Hopefully they don’t come across as being too cold!
Young Samuel, the couple’s son played a large part in the day, as well as being in a lion’s share of the photographs too…and why not, when you look this cute in a suit? 😉
This was my first visit to the venue, and therefore my first post example as The Villa Wedding Photography. I must admit, the venue is stunning, brilliantly run by Greg and the team, and a top choice for your wedding.
Fiona’s bouquet and buttonholes were supplied locally, but the main attraction was to be the reception venue, incredibly designed and installed by Mat & the team at Red Floral Architecture. A very organic, Easter feel to this room design – I’ve never seen so many daffodils in one room. The Top Table alone was a wall of yellow and green, half concealing the wedding party, whilst each guest had a small jar of daffodils to take away as a gift – simple, and stunning.
Kelley & Mark were married recently at The Villa in Wrea Green. Booked over a year ago at The Great Lancashire Wedding Show, Kelley and Mark really liked my no-fuss approach, yet still quietly being in control of the day’s photography schedule – so I thought I’d share another example of one of my ‘The Villa Wrea Green Weddings’. This was to be my second visit to the venue that month, and weather was still the same as it was for Fiona & Neil’s wedding earlier in April….typically blustery, changeable seaside weather! Three seasons in one day almost… 😉
The started well, catching up with a seemingly vast number of ladies in the Bridal Suite at The Villa (that mirror is awesome!), so I quietly got to work photographing Kelley’s dress, shoes etc while I ‘acclimatised’…no, in over 200 weddings, I still haven’t got used to being the only male in a room full of ladies, flowers, hairdryers and champagne.. ;-). The light in the bridal suite was gorgeous – soft natural daylight for the dress, plus that little touch of Hollywood for the makeup and hair shots. I felt spoiled…what no cramped yellow-painted hotel room with a tiny window…?
It was suddenly ‘Champagne O’ Clock’ and the girls were in high spirits, giggly excitedly about the day to come. Kelley appeared to be taking everything in her stride, but secretly we all knew shew was a relative giddy kipper – especially when the flowers arrived via local florists Fleurtations, plus a special gift for Kelley to wear (Mark’s mum had been bursting to hand it over, just to see her face – it was worth the wait!)
As the clocked ticked by, a slightly nervous Kelley replaced the giddy kipper version, but all was kept well in hand by her fabulous, calm bridesmaids. Then it was time for me to quietly disappear to catch up with the guests downstairs, plus the main man himself, Mark. I found him, and his Best Man where I meet a lot of my groomsmen…in the bar. Funny that. But Mark was there meeting and greeting family and friends as they duly appeared.
After a quick chat with the registrars, it was systems go and everybody was ushered to their seats for Kelley’s arrival. The angled mirror above the fireplace in the ceremony room, so Mark could catch a sneaky glimpse of his new wife-to-be as she was duly escorted down the aisle by her dry, and very witty father. When he handed Kelley’s hand in marriage over to mark, he duly quipped “Good luck lad – she’s all yours!” to great laughter and applause…
Following my (memorised) schedule for the day, we opted to go to Lytham front rather than the Green itself. Previous heavy rain had made the ground very ‘un-wedding dress-friendly’, so we opted to be blown around like kites for 20 minutes instead!
From the formals, it was off to the wedding breakfast and speeches in The Pavilion – a beautiful marquee environment, expertly run by Greg and the team. With time on our hands, we managed a few minutes of portraits outside in the late afternoon sun (not heat though!), before heading back for the cake cutting and first dance.
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