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How to nail that confetti shot!

Nailing your confetti shot!

Confetti at same sex hyde bank farm wedding

So you want the most amazing confetti shot but not sure how to nail it on the day? Well let me help! I absolutely love the confetti shot, i think it is one of my favourite parts of the day. So much colour, fun and chaos all in one moment! Having shot close to 75 weddings now I have seen them all. Some amazing and perfectly executed to, well, lets say not the best so here are a few tips on how to nail that confetti shot!

Location makes a difference

Ok so I sound like that daytime TV show trying to sell you your first house, but its true. Location makes all the difference. Traditionally the confetti shot is done as the couple leave church or the ceremony however some churches are a little bit apprehensive about this and some venues will only allow confetti in certain areas so speak to your venue then have a chat with your photographer about the best location after your venue have advised. You want somewhere picturesque but don’t want a half mile walk for all your guests.

Confetti

Ok so this might sound a little simple but for the best confetti shot you need…… thats right, CONFETTI! Ok ok so why am I mentioning this. Well in recent times less and less guests are actually bringing confetti to weddings so for the best photo I would highly advise grabbing some yourselves. This way you can tie it in with your colour scheme, make sure it is bio degradable (some venues won’t allow anything other than this) and also make sure you have enough. Nothing is worse than a confetti shot with half a box between friends!

I would highly recommend speaking to my friends over at Dollz Confetti who have loads of different colours and styles for you to choose from and will be able to help with how much you will need for your guests.

And finally, Smile, walk and enjoy the chaos!

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Eaves Hall Wedding Photography // Sandra and Fran

Eaves Hall Wedding Photography – Fran and Sandra

Same sex eaves hall wedding

“Enjoy the process. The planning should be as enjoyable as the wedding day. We loved trying on different dresses and outfits, sampling food and designing the stationary. And on the day itself remember to stop and take it all in because it goes so fast.”

 Wise words from Sandra and Fran, I especially love their advice to stop and take it all in on the day. I encourage all my couples to do this as the day goes by so fast. You really do want to take a moment just to breathe and be together.

 Weddings at Eaves Hall

I am a big fan of Eaves Hall. Set in the beautiful Ribble Valley it’s exclusive use with amazing gardens. A wedding photographer’s dream venue!

 While Sandra and Fran loved the location the real draw for them was that Eaves Hall is dog friendly. They couldn’t have got married without their guests of honour, French Bulldogs Max and Diesel!

 The Frenchies walked down the aisle ahead of Sandra, then a huge smile lit up Fran’s face as she caught sight of her wife to be. I’m not going to lie, the ceremony was emotional. There were some lovely readings from their mums and a really special moment with their daughter Rebecca (who stole the show!). I love that the whole family were involved in the ceremony. Weddings really are about everyone coming together and celebrating.

 Wedding entertainment

During the wedding breakfast Chris from Dancefloor Couture kept everyone entertained. The DFC guys are incredible at what they do and really know how to get a wedding party started. He had the whole crowd up singing and dancing before sitting Fran and Sandra down for a hilarious game of

Mrs and Mrs. This seemed to be a particular highlight for everyone, there was a lot of laughter as Fran and Sandra battled it out.

And the entertainment didn’t stop there. After whisking Fran and Sandra away for some of my signature lit portraits it was time for them to take to the dancefloor. First though Fran had a surprise for Sandra. She took to the stage to sing Jess Glynne’s My Love for her new wife before they had their first dance together.

Sandra, Fran, what a day! I loved being your wedding photographer. Thank you!

 If you’re planning your own wedding at Eaves Hall then get in touch, I’d love to hear about your plans.

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The History of Eaves Hall

Eaves Hall is a beautiful country house set in the Ribble Valley in heart of the rolling Lancashire hills. The Grade II listed building has gone through a number of changes over the years as the building has passed to new owners each putting their own stamp on their home. The house was built after a number of plots of land were brought together in 1866 by John Burton – cotton entrepreneur.

Burton was given land by his father and bought up plots of land close by, Eaves House and Drake House. Both homes were demolished and a new Eaves Hall was completed in 1871 (about half a mile west of the original Eaves House). The estate remained in the Burton family, in 1918 Arthur Burton took tenancy of the Hall and began work landscaping the gardens.

The new formal terrace garden included rose garden and a bathing pool. The house was then transformed into the red brick building we know today. The brick facade was wrapped around the sandstone walls of the hall build only 50 years before. The works cost more than £200,000. The work was completed by Hitchon and Pickup, local architects. The house was sold for just £4000 in 1931 as the cotton industry went into decline, the Burtons could no longer afford the house. By 1941 Eaves Hall was the headquarters of Brooke Bond tea, safe from the bombings in the London Blitz. After the war Brooke Bond converted the hall into a hotel which they ran until 1961. It was purchased by the Civil Service Motoring club and became a members club for people ‘motoring’ north. It has been owned by a number of hotel chains since 2007 and is currently owned by the James group.

Eaves Hall boasts beautiful gardens, lush lawns and formal planting surrounded by the Lancashire countryside. The garden retains some of the original statues and ornate sandstone walls from the early 20th century rebuild of the house and gardens. The rooms retain some of their original features with a modern twist, bringing a contemporary style to the space. Tiled floors are complemented by wooden panelling and beautiful chandeliers. Open fires in original fireplaces bring a warming glow during the colder winter months. The outside space provides spaces to relax and unwind. The gardens can be explored, finding quiet nooks for a few moments of peace and to enjoy the views of the surrounding countryside or perhaps a game of croquet. The hall is framed by trees and manicured lawns, bringing a lush green. The formal gardens provide a myriad of colours all through the summer.

 

 

2020 – A Look back (Not all Weddings)

2020 – A Year In Review (not all weddings)

How little did we know that 2020 would become a year to look back on where nothing was as we expected. I wasn’t even sure I wanted to do a round up because how the year had been and how things had changed so drastically.

I have seen many posts of leaving 2020 behind as a year to forget or the year that we will remember for all the wrong reasons and then it got me thinking, 2020 has personally for me had a lot of positives, which is where this round up takes us.

Normally my end of year round up celebrates all the amazing weddings I have photographed and all the brilliant couples I have worked alongside to capture their memories of the best day ever. At the start of the year, I was heading into 2020 ready to push myself and be the best photographer I could be with 30 weddings in the diary. All amazing couples with amazing plans.

As we all know 2020 was far from a normal year an that’s where this round up now differs. Last year I had 2 weddings. One right before the pandemic started with Ben and Nina at the gorgeous Larkspur Lodge where Nina had even designed and made her own dress then one in September for Rebecca and Stewart who pulled out all the stops and brought their wedding forward and organised everything within a matter of days to work around the restrictions in place.

Moving over 25 weddings into 2021 and beyond meant that I had a lot of time. I have to say a massive thank you to all my amazing couples for working with me in assisting with moving their weddings.

 

Gisburne Park Pop Up & Other Projects

2020 in general gave us a lot of time. At the start of the year having a three month lockdown gave me time with my little boy that I can cherish and know that I will never have again. Spending time at such a great age watching him grow and learn was incredible.

I have also been given some amazing opportunities throughout 2020 that without this year the way it was I doubt would ever have arisen from working with Maverick Models on test shoots, Sitcom Soldiers and Lucy Spraggan for behind the scenes on her music videos to Coming out of lockdown to a phone call asking if I could photograph the UKs first ever socially distanced festival at Gisburne Park Pop Up, taking me back to my roots of live music photography and led to me having the most incredible summer working  working with some amazing artists, Joel Corry, Danny Howard, Maya Jane Coles, Solardo and Judge Jules just to name a few. As summer turned to winter, I worked Christmas markets and panto season too, which I never thought would happen.

2020 And Adapting My Business

2020 also saw me learn new skills and pivot my business into different aspects of photography taking on food shoots, product shoots from home, Portrait photography and going back to live music and family shoots with the addition of socially distanced doorstep portraits during lockdown. I also ran my first ever wedding photography workshop at The Wellbeing Farm.

All in all 2020 has been a rough ride for us all and I can understand why many people want to leave it behind but it is not one I want to forget in a hurry. In the short 2020 taught me resilience and flexibility. It taught me that saying yes to new and exciting opportunities will push you further. It also taught me that no matter what is going on in the world that time with family is precious and valuable.

2020 in a strange way I thank you, but now we must look to 2021. And with that I wish you all a 2021 that brings bigger and better things.

I have weddings in the diary and I am so excited to get back to them.

And with that I wish you all a 2021 that brings bigger and better things.

Please scroll through and take a look at my best moments of 2020. A smorgasbord, if you will, of photography.

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Sandhole Oak Barn Wedding // David and Georgina

Sandhole Oak Barn Wedding – David and Georgina

Sandhole Oak Barn Wedding Photography

We’re off to the Cheshire countryside for today’s blog. Sandhole Oak Barn, a pretty wedding venue that sits on the shores of a lake and set amongst green fields. Sounds pretty idyllic doesn’t it!

I arrived at Sandhole bright and early to meet up with Georgina and her bridesmaids who were getting ready in the lovely prep rooms there. I was working alongside my good friend Kieran who was on video duties for the day. It’s always a nice bonus when I get to spend the day with my mates!

One great thing about Sandhole is that there’s enough space for couples to both get ready there, without setting eyes on each other. This is brilliant for us photographers as it means we can easily dash between both morning preps. David was getting suited and booted in the Shepherd’s Hut. A new addition to Sandhole and perfect for the boys to get ready in and have a quick pre ceremony drink!

A traditional church wedding ceremony

I set off for the church just ahead of Georgina. I always make sure I get a head start. Namely so there’s less risk of me getting caught up in traffic and arriving behind the bride. That wouldn’t be good! It also means I can have a chat with whoever is leading the certemony, go through any rules they have for photographers and let them know I’m not out to disrupt the ceremony or draw any attention to myself!

David and Georgina’s ceremony was led by the lovely Reverend Anne-Marie who showed me to a great spot at the front of the church. This led to some fantastic photos of David and Georgina saying their vows and I was still able to remain relatively inconspicuous. Win win!

Once the ceremony was over the ushers helped me get all the guests together to form an aisle for the newly weds to walk down, complete with handfuls of confetti being thrown at them of course!

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Then it was time to party! And Sandhole is a fab location for a wedding party. Georgina, David and I left the church ahead of their guests so we could fit in some portrait time before everyone arrived. There are so many great little spots for portraits around Sandhole, we made the most of the time we had before David and Georgina were swept away by friends and family. I did manage to sneak them out again once it had gone dark though, we weren’t going to miss an opportunity to get one of my off camera flash portraits out by the lake!

David and Georgina, what a brilliant day! And your dancefloor was incredible, such a great party!

These are just a few of my favourites from their Sandhole Oak Barn wedding.

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Venue Spotlight // Eaves Hall Weddings

Wedding Venue Spotlight – Eaves Hall

Two brides in the gardens at Eaves Hall on their wedding day

Ahhh one of my favourite wedding venues is being highlighted today. The wonderful Eaves Hall in Lancashire.

The Ribble Valley is one of the most beautiful areas in the country and home to so many fantastic wedding venues. It’s a real home from home for me during the summer as I shoot so many weddings out there!

Built in the 1860s Eaves Hall was a private home up until 1938. It was turned into a hotel and then, when James Places bought it, became the stunning wedding venue that it is today.

Exclusive use wedding venue

Eaves Hall is an exclusive use venue, couples can take over the entire place for their wedding day (or wedding weekend in some cases!) and know that the only people on site are their guests and the Eaves staff. There’s plenty of room for guests to stay over, 30 rooms to be exact. All are beautiful, really understated luxury. There’s also the The Lodge near the main entrance, perfect for families to stay in, and great for morning prep too. It’s spacious and light which always makes for fantastic photographs.

And finally there’s the stunning bridal suite in the Hall. Complete with balcony overlooking the front terrace. It’s the perfect spot to do the finishing touches before walking down the grand staircase to your wedding ceremony.

Speaking of the wedding ceremony Eaves Hall has four licenced spaces so couples really are spoilt for choice! Two spots in the grounds for those wanting an outdoor ceremony and two rooms inside the Hall.

Wedding photography at Eaves Hall

The Hall itself is magnificent looking. I always make sure to get some slightly more traditional, but still relaxed, portraits in front of it as it makes a stunning backdrop. I then whisk couples off for a wander round the extensive grounds, the gardens are beautiful whatever the season and a bit of a break from your guests for portraits is a chance for the two of you to have a chat and catch up in the midst of the busy day!  

I’ve photographed some fantastic weddings at Eaves Hall. The friendly, modern yet luxurious atmosphere of the Hall lends itself to relaxed couples who want a stylish wedding day, without becoming too caught up in tradition.

You can see some of my favourite photographs from Eaves Hall weddings below, and at the bottom of the page I’ve put links to some of my Eaves Hall wedding blogs.

If you’re planning a wedding at Eaves Hall and are on the hunt for a photographer then I would love to hear from you. Please get in touch.

 

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The Wellbeing Farm // Venue Spotlight

Wedding Venue Spotlight – The Wellbeing Farm

Wellbeing Farm Weddings

It is no secret that The Wellbeing Farm is one of my favourite venues to work at. Set high on the hills of Edgworth, Lancashire overlooking the beautiful Bolton countryside this rural gem of a venue is one of a kind. Hosting fun, unique and quirky weddings is what Celia and her team do best.

When the venue opened back in 2013, after two years of hard work and research, venue owner Celia went from working full time and threw herself into the world of corporate, cookery school demos and events. Two years of converting her partners farm and once run down livery school emerged the wellbeing farm hosting its first ever wedding in the summer of 2014.

From that first wedding back in 2014 The Wellbeing Farm was firmly on the map of north west wedding venues and grew from strength to strength. In 2016 the farm was granted its wedding licence and has since gone on to become multi award winning.

Weddings at The Wellbeing Farm

From my first look at The Wellbeing Farm and my first wedding there it is easy to see why this venue has gone on to be so popular with the non traditional wedding market. This completely original venue runs like a well oiled machine and nothing is too much trouble. I absolutely love working at The Wellbeing Farm and with their team as they create such a fun environment.

From the bespoke fairy tale, festival styled wedding barn holding ceremonies and feasts for up to 170 guests to being able to throw wedding parties for up to 300 guests its an easy choice for those wanting something unique. With amazing outdoor space for your guests to relax in or alternatively play garden games or take on a space hopper race! With the farms own prop store for you to raid the options for entertainment are endless.

Putting a bowtie on a llama

Speaking of the unique, this working farm wedding venue has some very unique guests that can drop in for your drinks reception. Thats right, Llamas! Well dressed and with their finest bowties you can be joined by the farms resident llamas and donkeys for a few selfies and drinks!

Looking for something unique? Rustic and festival inspired? Something where you will become one of the family and be truly looked after? then look no further than The Wellbeing Farm.

 

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Your Wellbeing Farm Wedding

The Wellbeing Farm is a Gold Award-winning eco-friendly, business, with a commitment to the local area. The wellbeing farm prides itself on its renewable energy with the powering of the venue by a wind turbine. On your wedding day the farm, belongs to you and your guests, oh and don’t forget the resident donkeys and llamas. You and your guests can mingle and mix with the animals throughout, a brilliant touch, to create a memorable occasion.

With an outdoor licence and the surrounding fields the venue is the perfect space for an outdoor festival styled ceremony. With space for up to 250 guests, the Wheasheaf Barn at Wellbeing Farm may be the ideal space for your ceremony. With the barn beautifully crafted to give a rustic, festival woodland feel all these themes fit perfectly with the farms aesthetic. Once the ceremony is over there is time to chill out with a drink with your guests and enjoy the rural surroundings and soak in the spectacular views of the Lancashire countryside.

Food & Drink at The Wellbeing Farm

One of the more recent additions to the team at The Wellbeing Farm is Award winning head chef Sean Noonan. Taking on the job of curating the new menu Sean has run with the rustic feel of the venue and created an amazing menu using some of the best locally sourced ingredients in keeping with the venues support of the local area. I can first hand testify for how good Sean and his food are. Having worked at the farm a few times I have been lucky enough to be well looked after and well fed. Equal attention is paid to your drinks with total customisation with the llama bar, pimp your Prosecco, craft gin bar or sample a local beer from the Edgworth Brew Co.

Fun, Unique and Alternative Wedding Photography

So if you are looking for someone to capture your Wellbeing Farm wedding then please do get in touch!

 

 

 

Samlesbury Hall Wedding // Chris & Emily

Samlesbury Hall wedding photography – Emily and Chris

From a modern Tinder meet up to a wedding at one of the oldest venues in Lancashire, this is Chris and Emily’s Samlesbury Hall wedding.

Oh, but first, let me kick off with their top tip for a fantastic wedding day… Hire Nik to do your wedding photos!

Haha! Thanks guys, did I ever tell you you’re my favourite couple ever?!

Samlesbury Hall Wedding Photography

Preston’s Samlesbury Hall is a Lancashire stately home packed full of history. Rumour has it there’s even a ghost or two that lives there! I kept my eyes peeled but didn’t spot any supernatural antics at Chris and Emily’s wedding though!

I love the story of how they chose Samlesbury as their wedding venue. It was one of the first places they visited after getting engaged but being a rather analytical pair they needed to know it was the right one for them. Cue them making a list of every wedding venue in the country, whittling it down to venues within an hour of Manchester (200…) and then made a shortlist of 40. From there they visited a few, made some meticulous notes on a spreadsheet and ended up at Samlesbury Hall. Back where they started!

I love that Chris and Emily kept their decor nice and simple, showing off the beautiful interiors of Samlesbury Hall. Kerry from Wild Flowers put together some very natural arrangements of foliage, herbs and seasonal flowers which were used as centrepieces for the tables, as well as using similar arrangements for the buttonholes and bouquets.

Like me these guys love their music. They put together a playlist for each part of the day and themed their tables around albums that had impacted on their life including Clockwork Radio, Elbow and Bruce Springsteen. Each table name also had a little story on the back, so guests could understand the album and why it was so important to them.

Wedding photography at Samlesbury Hall

After their informal ceremony in the Whittaker Room everyone made the most of the glorious weather and spilled out (to the sounds of Morecombe and Wise singing Bring Me Sunshine) onto the grass for some lawn games. Chris, Emily and I decided to sneak away for a few portraits and headed out around Samlesbury’s grounds before rejoining everyone for some hilarious speeches and a first dance to Richard Hawley.

Chris, Emily, I loved your day! These are some of my favourites.

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The History of Samlesbury

The first mention of Samlesbury Hall is in the days after the Norman Conquest of England in 1185. A small hall was built to house Cospatric de Samlesbury and his family. This is before Preston and Blackburn were even noted as towns.

The oldest part of the hall is the Great Hall first built in the 1325 by Gilbert de Southwith and remained in the Southworth family until the 17th Century. Each generation and owner added too and changed the property with the hall we recognise today being built by Thomas Southwith the dining room fireplace dates back to 1545. The family were tied up with the Catholic Church at the time that Queen Mary was in the throne and were staunch supporters of the Catholic cause. However, the family later swore allegiance to the Church of England conforming to the new Queen, Elizabeth I.

The Southworth family were then tied up in the Lancashire witch trials in 1612. With Sir John’s Great Granddaughter accused alongside two other local women of witchcraft. The case went to trial at Lancaster and the famous Samlesbury Witches were aquitted of their alleged crimes.

By 1687 the family were bankrupt and the Hall was sold on, being used as a small factory for local weavers. By 1834 the hall in the ownership of Col. T.R.G. Braddyll and he converted Samlesbury Hall into The Braddyll Arms. It’s position between Preston and Blackburn made it an ideal spot for a hostelry. Much of the original interior was pilfered by Col. Braddyll and installed in his own home! Sadly he rather overstretched himself with his endeavours and he also became bankrupt. The hall was then converted into a school in 1852 to educate local young ladies and small boys.

By 1862 the Industrial Revolution was is full swing and a local mill owner and philanthropist Joseph Harrison purchases Samlesbury Hall. He and his son embarked on a project of restoration and repairs to the hall which he made his home until his death in 1879. The hall then passed to various relations over the years until the final owner FitzRoy Lewis Montague Johnstone was killed at the Battle of the Marne in 1914. The house then fell into disrepair and a builder bought the property with the aim of demolishing it and building a housing estate. A local fundraising effort was made in the local area to buy and save the property took place. The Samlesbury Hall Trust took ownership in 1925 and have managed the property ever since.

The Grade I listed medieval manor house is open to the public. The house still retains its 14th Century roots, with it’s striking black and white exterior. The hall also includes a Chapel, initially built by the Southworth family to upgrade the property to a manor house. Inside the hall huge oak beams hold up the ceilings providing a cavernous space for entertaining. Stepping into the Great Hall feels like stepping back in time, you can almost feel the Southworth family waiting to join in the party. Huge stone fireplaces can be found in many of the rooms. On the walls paintings hang of the previous owners of the house. There is a

heraldic theme in the decor with crests and coats of arms found surrounding fireplaces and in the stained glass. Fireplaces are flagged by fine hearthstones. Dark wood is the feature of this building, shining floorboards can be found throughout the hall and an imposing staircase leads up to the second floor. Wood panelling and carving add to the medieval ambience of the space.

Samlesbury Hall has a number of outdoor spaces, a fine lawn bordered by seasonal planting and a glorious courtyard area. The Courtyard has fountain surrounded by fine topiary and provides a lovely outdoor setting for guest to enjoy. Flowers surround the door in hanging baskets and planters bringing a splash of colour to the monochrome building. The Hall is surrounded by mature trees, in the spring you will find and array of daffodils, the summer sees bedding plants and autumn reveals it beautiful colours in the trees surrounding the hall.

Fairfield Social Club // Charley and Lee

Fairfield Social Club Wedding

Manchester City Centre Urban Wedding Inspiration

Ok so let me warn you from the top that this is a really image heavy blog. This was an amazing wedding and there was so much to share. From me getting to photograph two of my amazing friends getting married through to a bride who made her own wedding cake, lovely family moments and a massively emotional dad, Clint Boon rocking up to DJ, friends officiating the ceremony and all this happening in one of the coolest wedding venues in Manchester, Fairfield Social Club! This is a special one for me and in some lovely words from Charley this is why

“From the moment we started planning we knew Nik had to photograph our wedding. He’s basically photographed our relationship at various club nights over the years and id always loved his wedding photography.”

Manchester Wedding Photography

Lets wind back to before I met Lee and Charley and look at how they met each other! Meeting through a “friend” Lee was a DJ at a few Manchester clubs and bars and this is where Charley first laid eyes on him. This is a similar story as to how I met Lee too but we didn’t end up getting engaged. From Charley finding the ring in Lee’s underwear drawer (lads be a bit more creative) Lee changed plans and decided surprise was key so he organised a surprise engagement he proposed to Charley and in totally their style all their friends and family were there too for the biggest surprise!

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Super cool and laid back wedding vibes

Fairfield Social Club isn’t your average wedding venue but it is a super cool one. Chosen because it doesn’t need a lot of decoration and already looks pretty cool but also its HUGE and these guys have a big set of friends and family who love to party. From a chilled bridal prep in the morning through to a beautiful personal ceremony led by friends in some gorgeous light flooding in the day couldn’t have been more perfect. One of my favourite moments from the day had to be when Charley walked down the aisle and Lee saw her for the first time. He absolutely lost it and it was one of the most beautiful things I have seen!

In Lee and Charley’s words

“Screw everyone else’s opinion. Weddings can we as big or and little as you want and the only people you have to please is you. And most people that love you will get in bored with it. Try not to let it stress you out because once the day starts you can’t control it and you just have to enjoy it as much as you can. Also you do you.”

And from the images you can see this is exactly how they did it. Super cool, laid back and just out to enjoy their wedding. Thanks for letting me photograph the next stage of your relationship!

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Ferraris Country House Wedding

Wedding venue spotlight – Ferrari’s Country House

Ferarris country house wedding photography

I’m a big fan of this hidden gem and so I’m very excited to shine my ‘wedding venue spotlight’ on Ferrari’s Country House Hotel.

Set amidst beautiful Lancashire countryside it would be easy to mistake Ferrari’s Country House as a rather grand family home, and that’s what makes it so special. The house has been in the Ferrari family since 1995 and you’ll get a warm welcome from one of them as soon as you walk through the door. They take a hands on approach to each and every wedding that takes place there and, like me, they always go the extra mile. Nothing is too much trouble for a couple and their guests.

Susan and Ginio Ferrari were running the successful restaurant, Ferrari’s of Great Eccleston, for over a decade before they happened upon a beautiful country house near Preston. In the years since they purchased it they, along with their four children, have turned the old house into one of Lancashire’s most acclaimed wedding venues. It’s so popular it often gets booked up years in advance.

Ribble Valley wedding venue

It’s no secret that I love the Ribble Valley, it’s a stunning area of the UK and most of it is designated as An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Ferrari’s is right on the edge of the Valley and there can be no better backdrop for a couple’s portraits.

Lots of my couples love an adventure and are keen to head out into the countryside for some creative photographs of the two of them. I love that! We’ll jump in a car and go for an explore. I’m predominantly a documentary photographer though and many couples book me because they don’t want portraits to take up too much for their day. When I know a couple wants to stay close to the party then there are still no shortage of brilliant locations at Ferrari’s itself. It’s set with 4 acres of carefully manicured gardens so there’s no need to walk far to find a gorgeous spot for photographs.

Regardless of photo opportunities you never want your guests to have to travel too far down winding lanes for your wedding so a big advantage of Ferrari’s is that even though they are tucked away within beautiful countryside surroundings the venue is still just ten minutes from the M6. I get to class it as one of my locals as its just a quick drive up the motorway from my home near Bolton.

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Weddings at Ferrari’s Country House Hotel

Ferrari’s is the perfect place to hold your entire wedding. From waking up there on the morning of your big day to your wedding ceremony (outdoors if the weather obliges) right through to joining your friends and family for breakfast the morning after you’ve said I do!

If the weather plays ball then ceremonies can be held out in the gardens in the Dovecote. Surrounded by greenery it’s a beautiful place to say your vows. Perfect for intimate ceremonies a few guests can join the couples inside the Dovecote whilst others gather outside and view the cremony through the large openings. It also means if the weather is a little bit iffy guests can shelter under umbrellas but the couple (and that all important marriage register!) stay nice and dry.

The ceremony room within the main building isn’t too shabby either! The lovely big windows let in lots of light (perfect for photography) and there’s more than enough room for every guest to take a seat and enjoy the marriage ceremony.

For couples who have opted for a more religious ceremony there are no shortage of local churches meaning the couple, and their guests, don’t have to travel far to get married before returning to celebrate at Ferrari’s Country House Hotel.

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As you can probably tell I love it whenever I get chance to photograph a wedding at Ferrari’s. I know that the family and wedding co-ordinators will be on hand to make sure that everything runs smoothly and that there are so many places for great photographs.

If you’re planning a wedding there then please get in touch. I’d love to hear all about your plans!

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