This is my final blog of 2016 as we say hello to 2017. It’s been an incredible year and I have had an amazing time capturing so many great moments. My last wedding was with Becky and Richard who met whilst studying at Lancaster University but now live in London. Naturally it made sense that they would return to this historic town to say their I do`s. The day began at Lancaster House hotel were Becky and her girls were being pampered. Hair was being styled at the cute little salon inside the hotel by Samantha at the Hair Sanctuary whilst make up was also being created by the in-house time at the hotel. After capturing some images of the preparations, I went off in search of Becky’s wedding gown which was lovingly chosen from Suz- Hannah Bridal of Brighouse which was from the Ladybird collection. After shooting some images of this stunning gown I went in search of Richard who was also getting ready at the hotel. On arrival, no one seemed to know what to do with the button holes so I managed to sort all the boys out. The lovely button holes and flowers were supplied by Dalton Square Florist. I then returned back to the girl’s room where there had been an incident with a bottle of champagne, enough said :P Becky and Richard had arranged for a vintage London bus supplied by Stage Coach to transport all their guests to the Medieval Lancaster Castle, I also managed to hitch a ride which was great fun. Unfortunately, when we arrived at the castle Richard`s dad had been taken ill so he sadly missed the service. Richard and Becky knew that he would have wanted them to continue the day. The ceremony was a very emotional affair and had a special performance from Becky’s bridesmaid Sarah who is an opera singer. Sarah wowed the guests with the sounds of Adele and The Proclaimers 500 miles, which was amazing. The guests were also invited to sing “It must be Love” by Madness and I have to say this was one of my favourite moments of the day! Following the ceremony Richard & Becky visited Richards dad in the hospital before returning to the reception at Lancaster House hotel. Their guests greeted them with a huge applause. The evening continued with the wedding breakfast and speeches with even a special message for the bride and groom from the Mayor of London. The room was decorated with lots of special touches including the bespoke castle picture which were created by Becky’s Mum with help from her aunty Carol. Becky decided on two cakes, the first a traditional one which was created by Creative Cakes, Lancaster and the second aquirky cake made from cheese was supplied by Dewlay Cheesemakers. The guests partied into the night with sounds from the Retrosettes and fun continued in the Photo Booth supplied by me. There was even a human pyramid with Richard Centre stage!! I hope you enjoy my favourite images from the day!
With Wedding season well and truly in full flow, I welcome you to my blog which features Mr & Mrs Almond`s special day.......I had been really looking forward to Nicola & Hugh's wedding since they booked me at The National Wedding Show, Manchester back in 2015. As it was my first shoot at the enchanting Peckforton Castle. The castle had very much been in the news in the weeks leading up to Nicola & Hugh`s big day. Jamie Vardy, Leicester City football player and England striker had held his nuptials at the castle. Being a huge Leicester fan and reading about Jamie's wedding in Hello magazine had only made me more excited to be shooting at such a stunning venue.
My day started with bridal preparations at the 19th century fairy-tale castle in the heart of Cheshire. Nicola and the bridal party’s hair was expertly styled by The Hair and Beauty Retreat of Hazel grove and demur makeup was provided by Susie Taylor makeup. Nicola's elegant Downtown Abbey inspired gown was from the Confetti box, Eccles with chic flowers provided by Hazel Grove flowers. The Wedding party then made its way to the ceremony in Vintage Edwardian style wedding cars supplied by Grosvenor Classic Cars.
The church was the picture postcard grade 1 listed St Boniface's Church which stands prominently in the quaint Cheshire Village of Bunbury. Bunbury was used as the location for the fictional village of Great Puxford in the ITV drama “Home Fires.” Reverend Tim Hayward was delightful and made everyone feel welcome and provided a thought provoking ceremony. After the ceremony the happy couple made their way into the church yard and were showered with confetti before mingling and receiving congratulations from their guests. Everybody then made the short journey to the castle to continue the celebrations. On arrival the guests were met with a Pimms cocktail reception and the excellent toastmaster Peter Aust. Whilst the guests enjoyed their drinks and surroundings I took the opportunity to shoot some lovely images. Peter the toastmaster then helped me get everyone together for a group shot with the impressive castle in the background. The venue had been superbly dressed by Event Dressing Cheshire creating a magical atmosphere. My own vintage Royal Mail wedding post box also featured and fit in perfectly keeping all the guest cards safe and secure. It was then time for the wedding breakfast in the drawing room with Lamb & Seared bream on the menu.
The wedding cake was made by CC cakes of Stockport with fabulous cake pops from the Sugar Tart Cupcakery. Nicola and Hugh cut the cake with Peckforton`s huge ceremonial sword. The speeches were heartfelt and entertaining and left me with two distinct memories’......Robbie Williams and that no man should spend £85 on a haircut. :P With the evening guests arriving the wedding party moved to the Great Hall to party with fantastic live music from Breaker live. The party continued way into the night and ended in the dramatic Wine Cellar. I also spent the day working alongside a husband and wife team of Video My Wedding who captured all these great memories on film. Here are just a few of my favourites from the day☺