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!
I was delighted to be capturing the wedding of Janie & Adam at Adlington Hall following the lovely engagement shoot, which also featured their cute dog, Mia.The day began with bridal preparations at Shrigley Hall where hair was styled by a family friend hair by Robert Brannan who together with his wife created stunning hair for both Janie and her girls. Make up was created by the lovely Victoria Thorley she amazingly managed to carry on despite being stung twice by a cunning wasp whilst protecting the bride from its evil ways! Janie and Adam`s wedding theme was Alice in Wonderland and I was excited to see all the elements of this. The first glimpse of the theme came in the form of Janie`s shoes which were the Alice in Wonderland collection at Irregular Choice and she had selected the White Rabbit edition. I have to say hands down these are the best wedding shoes I've ever seen. Janie`s dress also didn't disappoint and was a stunning blue by Enzoani gown purchased from Lulu Browns Bridal Boutique, Whalley. The stunning floral bouquets and arrangements in the room were created by Green Earth Flowers, Poynton and they did a fantastic job bringing the world of Alice to life.Cheshire’s historic Adlington hall was the perfect setting for Janie and Adams vision. The oldest part of Adlington hall is the Great Hall where the ceremony took place. It was built between 1480 and 1505 and the great organ housed here was famously played by the composer Handel.The ceremony was performed by registrar Prudence who was lovely and a pleasure to work with and she put everyone at ease. I was delighted to capture the reaction of Adam`s face as his bride came down the aisle, but I have to say it was the couples precious dog, Mia who really stole the show as she strutted down the aisle. Following the emotional service the guests got to enjoy the beautiful sunshine with a selection of ice creams provided by Vitalianos Ice Cream bike which everyone enjoyed along with the Maze which I believe was great fun. The guests tucked in to a selection of food which was carefully chosen by the couple to reflect their favourite foods. During the wedding breakfast the guests were entertained with the speeches between each course, with the grand finale following dessert with the best man providing an hilarious slide show. As the evening continued the guests enjoyed the fun and frolics of my Alice and Wonderland Themed Photo Booth along with the sounds of Classique Band who had everyone on their feet. The cake was cut just before the surprise first dance and this little stunner was created by Joy to Eat Cakes and it was delicious. Janie and Adam had been preparing for their unique dance and had attended dance classes in the weeks leading up to the wedding. All the hard work had paid off and they stunned everyone with their new moves by performing to Orson`s No Tomorrow which is a song close to both of their hearts. Adlington hall did both Janie & Adam proud and they cannot thank the staff enough. It was an amazing day here are some of my favourite pictures from the day, enjoy.
I recently had the pleasure of capturing Tom & Rebecca’s big day in the beautiful high peak region of Derbyshire. My day began at the delightful Felton Brook Cottage at Horwich Farm, Whaley Bridge, where Rebecca, her bridesmaids and daughter Mia (and toy dog Reggie) were preparing for the day. Rebecca’s hair was styled by her sister in law, Laura of Cutting Edge Hair & Beauty in Whaley Bridge with makeup from friend Louis. The bridesmaid’s hair was styled by Rebecca's Aunty, Serena of SK Barbers in Whaley Bridge. My first task was to photograph Rebecca’s stunning bespoke gown which was created by Emma Beaumont Design of Knutsford.
Tom is a Watch Manager for Greater Manchester Fire Service and this gave the inspiration for the wedding vehicles, 2 Fire Engines supplied by Chesham Fire Engine services. The Bridesmaids made the short journey to the Church in a modern Scania appliance whilst Rebecca and her dad were in the vintage 1979 Shelvoke & Drewry. Flowers, bouquets and unique button holes were created by Lucy, one of Rebecca’s oldest friends. The church was the characterful St James in the hamlet of Taxal. After a lovely service Rebeca and Tom had the honour of receiving a ceremonial guard of honour from Tom`s colleagues at the fire service.
It was then onto the reception back at Horwich farm in a fabulous Tipi supplied Peak Tipis of Ashbourne. Roger Hinchcliffe owner of the farm organised a surprise tractor ride for the Bridesmaids and Mia up to the Tipis. The Bride and Groom followed suit in one of the fire engines with sirens and lights in action to guarantee a spectacular arrival. It had been a wet week and an even wetter morning so to Rebecca's surprise she was carried across the field to the tipi to mingle with her guests. Mark the videographer and I from Marlyn pictures also hitched a ride on Rogers tractor which was great fun and an even better photo opportunity. The tipi had been lovingly dressed in a rustic style by the bride and her little helpers. On arrival the guests received welcome drinks and pies from the Treacle Town Pie company of Macclesfield (which were delicious) and they also supplied the wedding breakfast followed by a hog roast in the evening.
The wedding cake was from Buttercup Cakes in Whaley Bridge and continued the stunning sunflower theme. We then moved into the evening were the drinks flowed (especially the cocktails) thanks to the Cobbles of Chapel-en-le-Frith, mobile bar. The Tipi was bouncing with tunes supplied by DJ Ali B. The guests all enjoyed the fun and frolics of the Photo booth which was supplied by me. Live music came from Turtlezed performing their last ever gig. The Dance floor was heaving with a conga making its way through and around the tipi. With the dancing still in full flow we packed away the photo booth to head home only to get stuck in mud, which resulted in us being towed by a wedding guest in a 4x4 at midnight lol. Never have I had such a drastic exit!! Here are a few of my favourite images from the day, enjoy!