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!
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.
I recently had the pleasure of capturing Natalie and Christians big day at the WhiteHall hotel in Darwin, my day began with bridal preparations in the bridal suite with Natalie and her girls. Hair was created by Janice at Salon Perfection who is Natalie's boss and friend and make up was created by the talented Helen Cafferky. Natalie also worked on her big day styling her mums hair. Natalie's dress was purchased from Wed2B and she had lots of borrowed items which added to the tradition. Natalie's son Aiden also made an emotional appearance in his Paige boy outfit.
Guests were greeted by the sounds of Rondino strings a fabulous string quartet playing modern songs. The room was beautifully decorated by Kelly Dooley of Kellibrations. The ceremony was incredibly emotional and I don't think there was a dry eye in the house myself included.
Following the drinks reception guests were invited out into the grounds where I took the opportunity to capture some great images of both the bride and groom and their guests. There was also a star appearance from Christians much love car, Bumblebee. The guests then tucked into their wedding breakfast which I have to say was delicious, I especially loved the love heart shaped bread served with the soup. The guests were entertained by the sounds of Matthew Reekie that I have had the pleasure of working with many times and would highly recommend.
As the night continued Natalie and Christian cut their cake which was created by Occasion cakes followed by DJ sounds from PC Roadshows and fun in my Photo Booth. The whole day was captured on film by Melody Taylor and there was even a Father, Daughter dance which was lovely. I have to say the hotel staff worked so hard and where extremely helpful in ensuring everyone had a great time. Here are a few 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!