Platts Farm Wedding Photography - Cath & Ostap

My latest blog comes from Platts Farm in Llanfairfechan, North Wales. This was my second visit this year to this exclusive and unique venue which holds just 4 weddings a year. Sam the owner does a fantastic  job to ensure everyone has an amazing time. Platts farm is a great blank canvas so I was really excited to see how Cath & Ostap had personalised the farm.

I was invited to stay the night before with Cath, her mum and her best lady, Helen at a quaint cottage close to the venue, as we had an early start. The day began with tea and toast whilst final preparations commenced. Cath's hair and makeup was created by Beauty Brought to You of Conway which really complemented her style. Cath's vintage inspired dress was from The Case of the Curious Bride, Sale. Accessories were provided from Antique Lace Bridal and her unique jewellery from @StringeffectsUK which were made from guitar strings. The stunning flowers were created by Patch to Posy, Davyhulme which I have to say were really something special. Cath had also added  a special touch with each bouquet, button & corsage with a scrabble letter representing each member of the bridal party. The bride awaited the arrival of Lucy the Love bus a vintage VW camper which was provided by Split the Difference. I went on ahead to shoot a nervous Ostap and his best man who were frantically adding the final touches to the farm. Cath arrived in Lucy and their ceremony was a unique, emotional experience held in the walled garden. Following the ceremony the guests mingled and played lawn games whilst enjoying Welsh artisan dairy ice cream provided by The Ice Cream Dreams and delicious scones provided by Jeanie at The Lonely Scone, Glossop. While the guests were enjoying their treats we headed to the beach  to capture some beautiful images. Cath & Ostap had a great time and even dipped their feet in the chilly September sea. Guests were entertained by the sounds of Maybe Frank who were a Glossop band, a favourite of Cath & Ostap. Guests enjoyed emotional speeches followed by a unique meal which was in the form of a picnic supplied in vintage picnic baskets for each table. Cath & Ostap's table was decorated with a unique penguin decoration created by the talented BexCraft. A lot of effort and hard work went in to the day with everyone getting involved making and baking various items and this could really seen on the day, the venue looked stunning. We didn't have one cake for the day we had lots of cakes which were lovingly handmade by each bridesmaid alongside family and friends, which provided an amazing dessert. I personally enjoyed the lemon drizzle cake, The celebrations continued into the night and I travelled home with a slice of cake for the journey.  Here are small selection of some of my favourites from the day I hope you enjoy looking at them, as much I did taking them.

Horwich Farm Wedding Photography -Tom & Rebecca

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!

Platts Farm Wedding Photography - Helen & Paul

Welcome to my latest blog which features Helen and Paul who were married at St Marys and Christ Church in Llanfairfechan. This stunning church dates back to 1864 and is 7 miles west of the walled market town of Conwy in North Wales. The day began with meeting Paul and Helen at Platts Farm where they untraditionally spent the night together before glamping on site in a luxury bell tent. The champagne flowed whilst Helen and her girls prepared for the day,  it was then off to the church to say I do. The Celebrations then followed at the beautiful and exclusive Platts Farm which hosts just four weddings each year. The farm was just a hop and a skip over the road from the church. Although the forecast looked decidedly unsettled the sun shone through with just some light rain showers early morning, but this didn't dampen any spirits. I originally met Helen whilst shooting the wedding of her cousin Janice.  I was delighted when she asked me to capture her and Pauls special day. So much planning, crafting and help from friends and family went into this wedding and it really does show through their personalities and represents Helen and Paul as couple. It was such a fun day with non stop laughter. The guests tucked into afternoon tea and free flowing alcohol followed by a hog roast supplied by the lovely Oink Haus in the evening, which I confirm was delicious. The bridal party headed to the breath taking  Llanfarirfechan beach for some atmospheric photo's and fun. Still being May the wind was against us and it nearly knocked us off our feet, only adding to the fun. I nearly pulled a Marilyn Monroe on a couple of occasions, thank god I had control of the camera! The fun continued through the night with music, fun, laughter, fires and of course the obligatory toasted marshmallows. I hope you enjoy a selection of some of my favourite photos from the day. Please get in touch if you would like me to capture your special day