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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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