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Holmes Mill Wedding PhotographyLiving in Lancashire I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by some absolutely stunning countryside. You don’t get more beautiful though than the incredible Ribble Valley. It’s right on my doorstep so I’m often booked by couples looking for a Ribble Valley wedding photographer. People travel from all over the country to get married here as, along with those breathtaking views, there is no shortage of gorgeous wedding venues.

Based within  the heart of the county, the Ribble Valley lies between Lancashire’s mill towns and the edge of south Yorkshire. Clitheroe, with its medieval castle, sits in the centre of the valley. Made up of small villages, bustling towns and beautiful hills and rivers it’s not surprising to hear that the Ribble Valley is classed as one of the most idyllic places to live in the UK!

Wedding venues in the Ribble Valley

Imagine saying your vows surrounded by green fields. Sipping champagne with a backdrop of  the rolling hills or having your wedding breakfast in one of the Ribble Valley’s incredible wedding venues. There are so many reasons why people choose to get married here. The views are amazing and always make for incredible photos. Whatever the weather (this is Lancashire afterall, sun is not guaranteed!).

I think the Ribble Valley must have more wedding venues than anywhere else in the country, couples really are spoilt for choice. These are just a few of my favourites.

Bartle Hall

Bartle Hall is set on the edge of the Ribble Valley. A converted country house that they describe as ‘relaxed luxury’. Ive got to say that phrase sums the experience up perfectly.

Surrounded by 16 acres of landscaped gardens (and some wonderful wild areas which I love making the most of for photos) Bartle Hall plays host to hundreds of weddings a year. Couples can choose to take over the entire place as exclusive use or decide between holding their wedding in the house or making use of the barn style Balmoral Suite with its private courtyard and BBQ area.

I’m a huge fan of Bartle Hall and it’s easy to see why they’ve been voted the best wedding venue in Lancashire and the North West on many occasions. These are some of my favourite Bartle Hall weddings.

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Holmes Mill

An old, converted mill which houses a brewery. Sounds like a dream doesn’t it! What a place for a party!

This is such a great venue. Set right in the heart of Clitheroe, the Mill has been lovingly converted over the last few years into one of Lancashire’s most unique wedding venues. Ceremonies are held in the Mill, guests sit on converted cinema seats (I LOVE this touch) and the walls have been kept bare for that industrial, urban vibe. The oldest part of the Mill, the weaving shed, was recently converted into the 1823 Bistro and Hotel. This is where wedding breakfast and receptions take place or for couples who like to party they can hold their entire day in the Mill itself, surrounded by exposed brick and huge windows it’s a brilliant room and I always love it when I get weddings here.

I recently photographed John and Ann’s wedding there. They had so many brilliant ideas for their day and I can’t wait to shoot another Holmes Mill wedding.

Holmes Mill

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Mitton Hall

Right in the heart of the Ribble Valley lies Mitton Hall. As a wedding venue it’s breathtaking. The location is beautiful and guests are greeted by incredible views as they relax in the gardens after the ceremony.

Mitton Hall manages to combine the grandeur of a country manor with the cosiness of a rural retreat. The Party Room is filled with natural light so is perfect for civil ceremonies (us photographer’s love natural light and lots of windows!) while in the evening it’s a great space to let your hair down and hit the dance floor.

My favourite thing about Mitton Hall though…the food! It’s delicious. I’ve sampled a lot of wedding dinners in my time and Mitton is always my number one!

I’ve been lucky enough to photograph a couple of Mitton Hall weddings. These are just a few of my favourites.

Bex and Tom at Mitton Hall

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Inn at Whitewell

The Inn at Whitewell always comes top of the list whenever I think of Ribble Valley wedding venues. This gastropub is equally popular with ramblers and wedding couples alike and it’s easy to see why. With oak beams, stone floors and open fires this is a cosy winter wedding venue but the amazing surroundings and the stepping stones across the river (yes, really!) make it perfect for spring and summer weddings too. A perfect all rounder!

Plus there’s a church right next door which makes traveling between ceremony and reception venues nice and easy!

I’m a huge fan of the Inn at Whitewell, it’s perfect for relaxed couples looking for a chilled out venue for their day and they are my favourite kinds of couples! I would love to work at the Inn at Whitewell so if you are getting married there please get in touch!

Eaves Hall

Just beyond Clitheroe, down winding country lines, lies Eaves Hall. A manor house and luxury wedding venue it is surrounded by the stunning countryside of the Ribble Valley. An exclusive use venue, couples get the entire place to themselves on their wedding day, as well as the use of a Lodge which is perfect for groom prep or for families to stay over.

The seven acres of grounds are great to explore with couples. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of portrait shoots here. Inside is equally stunning which means Eaves Hall is the perfect venue for winter weddings or those unpredictable rainy days. At that point I break out my lights and we can get all creative with your photos!

I’m always over the moon when I get booked to photograph an Eaves Hall wedding. Check out my most recent one – for Katie and Mark here.

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Beeston Manor

Beeston Manor is a 16th century barn, complete with exposed beams and beautiful sandstone walls. Over the years it’s been carefully converted into one of the Ribble Valley’s most beautiful rural wedding venues. In the right season the barn is surrounded by cornfields, I obviously take full advantage of these for pictures whenever I get the chance!

This venue has won so many awards and was recently named “Wedding Events Team of the Year” in the 2019 Wedding Industry Awards. You know you’re in good hands with the team here with an accolade like that!

I recently photographed Lisa and Andy’s Beeston Manor wedding. Take a look over on my blog.

Beeston Manor Wedding

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Bashall Barn

Last, but by no means least, is the brilliant Bashall Barn. With breath taking views across the Ribble Valley and great food photographing weddings at this venue is always a highlight of my year!

All food is produced on site so couples can be sure they’re getting an excellent dinner – as well as wood fired pizzas or a hog roast! If you’re both foodies then this is the venue for you!

The venue itself is a unique barn conversion, with the option to get married outside – providing our Lancashire weather plays ball! The huge glass doors in the main room give a real outside in feel to the place which is perfect when you’re getting married in the heart of such amazing countryside.

If you’re looking for a Bashall Barn wedding photographer then I’d love to hear from you! Get in touch if you’re getting married anywhere in the Ribble Valley and are on the hunt for a wedding photographer.

Eaves Hall Wedding Photography // Katie and Mark

Eaves Hall Wedding Photography

Eaves Hall Wedding PhotographyI’ve got a cracking blog post to share with you today. Katie and Mark’s Eaves Hall wedding. You won’t believe that these photos were taken in March, the sun was shining, the sky was an incredible blue and we spent most of the day outside, making the most of the mild weather. They couldn’t have chosen a better day!

Winter wedding at Eaves Hall

Katie knew she wanted to get married at Eaves Hall before Mark had proposed to her. I’m not surprised, it’s one of the North West’s premier wedding venues. A country house set in acres of the Ribble Valley countryside, Eaves Hall regularly scoops awards for ‘best wedding venue’ and I always know I’m in for a good day whenever I shoot here.

The grounds are lovely, with lots of hidden nooks and crannies which are perfect for portraits and the interior is equally as stunning. Katie was determined to keep any additional decorations simple to really make the most of Eaves Hall. Beautiful flowers by The Flower Shop, Clitheroe were all that were needed to add a touch of colour to the ceremony and wedding breakfast.

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Eaves Hall morning preparations

I love it when the entire wedding day is all at one venue. It makes for a really relaxed day for both the couple and their guests. No one needs to worry about driving anywhere or getting to the ceremony on time when all a bride needs to do is stroll downstairs!

Katie and her girls were getting ready in Eaves Hall’s beautiful bridal suite when Mark arrived and headed straight to the bar. Typical groom prep! As he enjoyed a pint and said hello to friends and family Katie was being helped into her stunning Justin Alexander dress. She had decided to keep things nice and simple and she looked beautiful. I love the sparkle that she added with her veil, earrings and Swarovski bracelet.

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Natural, relaxed couple portraits

After a short, but very sweet sunlit wedding ceremony we all headed outside to the terrace where Katie and Mark were enveloped in a sea of hugs and well wishes. As their guests enjoyed delicious canapes and lots of fizz the three of us decided to sneak off to get some portraits. Katie had told me that she was feeling pretty nervous about this point in the day so I reassured her that we’d just be going for a stroll and all they needed to do was relax and have a chat with each other! By the end of our portraits the two of them were posing like absolute pros and we had such a good laugh!

Eaves Hall is perfect for both summer and winter weddings – the acres of grounds surrounding the hall make a gorgeous backdrop for portraits when the weather is fine but if it’s raining or even snowing then the hall’s interior is fantastic. During the evening I set up some lights and took Katie and Mark away for a few more portraits. A perfect chance for them to have a breather after all the emotions of the speeches! The snooker room is a great spot for some creative portraits so I knew that’s where I wanted us to start. I’m over the moon with how those pictures turned out and I know they’re some of Katie and Mark’s favourites too.

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I’m going to hand over to Katie for some final words on why her and Mark decided to book me for their Eaves Hall Wedding Photography. Thanks so much, I’m so glad you did, I loved being part of your day! If you are getting married at Eaves Hall and want to chat more then please get in touch!

“I first met Nik when I went to a wedding fayre at Manchester Hall and knew straight away I wanted him to shoot our wedding. His style is so modern and perfect for someone like me who doesn’t like their photos taken. He’s also so laid back and the best type of person to have around on your wedding morning. We are elated with the photos.”

Hundred House Hotel Wedding Photography // Maisie and George

Hundred House Wedding Photography

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Meet Maisie and George, two absolute gems! When they got in touch about their Hundred House wedding and told me all about their plans I knew I (and all their family and friends) would be in for a real treat. These two put so much thought into their wedding. They were determined to put their own stamp on things and, boy did they! The whole day was a real testament to their personalities and their relationship, it felt utterly unique and so, so them.

There was a real sense of love throughout the day. Maisie and George have been together since their school days so it wasn’t a case of two families coming together, more one gigantic family celebrating two of their favourite people! The atmosphere was incredible and you could really feel the emotion in the room, especially during the ceremony. Maisie’s sister, Emily, sang Finale from Nightmare Before Christmas and I think everyone got goosebumps. What a moment!

That wasn’t the last of the musical talents on display, more about that later…

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Unique wedding styling at The Hundred House

Maisie had confided to me that she wasn’t a girly girl and had found the idea of searching for a wedding dress rather overwhelming. A chance suggestion from a friend stuck in her mind and she suddenly knew how to make her outfit her own – enter ‘the cloak’. Maisie, you looked incredible. The photos of George as you walk down the aisle show just how overcome he was too.

Maisie teamed her (handmade) red cloak with a pair of skull print Doc Martens. Skulls and Halloween are a real favourite of hers. George’s parents also surprised her with a special gift. A dagger brooch featuring the Murray clan crest. It used to belong to his grandparents and was such a sweet present for their new daughter in law.

Determined not to opt for the usual plain suit George found a grey check suit that looked great on him. Maisie’s mother presented him with a tie and handkerchief made from the same fabric as Maisie’s cloak which really added a unique twist to his look.

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The Hundred House wedding reception

Like me, these two are really into their music so I knew that the surprises they had in store for their guests would be right up my street. And I was not disappointed!

After their meal (Maisie and George had chosen The Hundred House because of their fantastic vegan and vegetarian food) George stood and gave a heart felt speech. He later told me it was his favourite moment from the day because “I stood up in front of everyone I care about professing my love for Maisie and everything I love about her”.

That wasn’t all though, George raised a glass to his new wife and immediately picked up his ukulele. Joined by Emily on piano, Maisie and George performed their First Song. A brilliant rendition of Tim Minchin’s Nothing Can Stop Us Now.

The fun didn’t stop there – I whisked them outside for a bit of alone time (and a chance for me to take some beautifully lit portraits of the two of them) before we headed straight to the dancefloor for their first dance. They’d been practicing for months and all their hard work paid off. As George lifted Maisie into the air the crowd went wild and I could hear his mum shouting “Ten! You get a ten” at the top of her voice! What a reception!

I’m going to give the final word on this blog to George and Maisie. This is their top tip for planning a wedding

“Make sure that your wedding is a reflection of you both and the things that you love. If you do that you really can’t go wrong”.

Wise words indeed, thanks guys!

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If you’re planning at wedding at The Hundred House then get in touch.

Beautiful Summer Same Sex Wedding – Rivington Barn

Summer same sex wedding at Rivington Barn

Two brides kiss at twighlight at rivington barnThis blog post takes me back! Not only does it get me thinking of Steff and Lou’s awesome Rivington Barn wedding, but it marked the beginning of one of the most eventful weekends of my life. Just a few days after I photographed their wedding my little boy entered the world and I became a Dad!

I have to admit I knew in the lead up to the wedding day that there was every chance I wouldn’t be there. Babies are known for being a tad unpredictable in their arrival and I wasn’t going to miss Reuben’s birth. Steff and Lou were so understanding though and knew I had plans in place should he decide to make an appearance on their wedding day. My good friends, and ultra talented photographers, Steve Grogan and Jack Valentine were my wedding wingmen. They were primed and ready to spring into action if I needed to leave. However all was well, I got to spend the day with Steff, Lou and their family and friends and had the added bonus of Steve and Jack as my second shooters!

Rivington Barn wedding

Steff and Lou had chosen the gorgeous Rivington Barn for their day. This Saxon era barn (yep, it’s old!) is in the heart of Rivington, Lancashire and surrounded by hills. Its location is one of my favourites in the North West. There’s so much to explore nearby for wedding portraits.

We started the day at Halo Salon in Padiham. Well it would be rude not to, the salon is owned by Steff and Lou. They also own Nines Pizza Place but my hopes for early morning, bridal prep pizza were soon dashed! A photographer can dream, eh!

Meanwhile Lou was getting ready at a nearby hotel. Both bridal preps were so chilled out and full of giggles. The nerves only started to set in when it was time to get wedding dresses on and head over the Barn. I say nerves, I think it was more excitement about seeing each other!

Both brides walked down the aisle accompanied by their Dads and I loved the moment the two proud fathers took their daughter’s hands before placing them in the hand of their wife to be. I’m sure there was an emotional, yet reassuring, squeeze or two given at that point!

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Party time at Rivington Barn

Ceremony over it was time to celebrate with fizz and ice cream on the terrace! Steff and Lou spent some time catching up with their family and friends before we snuck away to a nearby meadow for some portraits. There was a lot of laughter as we wandered around the grounds of Rivington Hall and the two of them loved catching up with each other and spending some time together.

Back at the Barn guests were making the most of the Bucking Bronco (such great wedding entertainment!). It made for some fantastic photos of everyone trying (and mostly failing) to stay on! Jack, Steve and I were in our element!  

Steff and Lou, thanks for making my weekend even more memorable! You two are absolute superstars and I loved every minute of your day!

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Beeston Manor Wedding Photography // Lisa and Andy

Beeston Manor wedding Photography

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I first met these guys when they were guests at another wedding I was photographing. We got chatting, they told me they were on the hunt for a wedding photographer and the rest is history!

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Set in acres of countryside just outside Preston, Beeston Manor has won the coveted TWIA’s Best Wedding Venue in the NW two years in a row as well as winning for their Events Team this year. These are such well deserved awards, this venue is fab and the staff are always brilliant.

I joined Lisa, her daughter and her mum as they were getting ready up in the bridal suite. The fab Kerry Baker was on make up duties while Lisa had asked her close friend and hairdresser Lesley to be in charge of her bridal ‘do’. The girls were full of laughter as they gossiped over glasses of champagne. It was the perfect, chilled out start to their day.

Meanwhile Andy arrived and headed straight to the bar (pretty standard groom prep right there!) He was grinning from ear to ear and there was no trace of nerves. He just couldn’t wait to see Lisa. I could see his emotions building though as he waited for Lisa to walk down the aisle and he did have to surreptitiously wipe away a few tears as she made her way towards him. As a man who has been known to shed the odd tear myself I do love a groom who isn’t afraid to show his emotions!

During the ceremony you really could feel the love in the room for these two, they were surrounded by family and friends and said their vows to each other as their children looked on. The cheers that they were given as they left the room as man and wife just showed how loved they are. It was such a great moment to be a part of.

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Beeston Manor wedding portraits

It rained on and off all day but we didn’t let that spoil the fun. Lisa and Andy were so chilled out, they told me to grab them as soon as the rain eased off and that’s when we headed out to explore the Beeston Manor grounds and get some couple portraits. As you can imagine these two were on cloud 9 and didn’t stop laughing together once. Made my job so easy! They were so excited and giddy that as they entered the wedding breakfast room they did an impromptu first dance, everyone was on their feet with them!

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Lisa and Andy, you two are great! I loved spending the day with you. These are some of my favourites from your Beeston Manor wedding.

Quirky Festival Wedding at The Wellbeing Farm // Caz and Scott

Quirky Wellbeing Farm Festival Wedding

Bride and groom and llamas at the wellbeing farmI was going to do my usual blog write up for Caz and Scott’s amazingly quirky Wellbeing Farm wedding. However, Caz got in touch with her own summary of the day and it’s so utterly brilliant that I decided it was far better to hear about it from her rather than me.

Before I hand over to Caz I’m going to take a moment just to repeat myself – I LOVE the Wellbeing Farm. Like Caz and Scott it is crammed full of personality and there’s quite literally a surprise around every corner (normally a surprise in the shape of a bow tie wearing Llama!)

If you’re planning a wedding there then take a look through this blog, and my past Wellbeing Farm weddings, then get in touch. I’d love to hear from you!  

Now, over to Caz!  

“So Scott and I met in our local pub 17 years ago. It was during the 2002 World Cup and we, like most of the country had piled into the local drinking establishments to get behind England in a crucial match against Denmark. England won that day…and so did I!

Getting wed wasn’t at the top of our list. We travelled, we bought houses and we had two beautiful children. Then, to my delight and surprise, three years ago Scott proposed on Christmas Day. I was giddy with excitement, yet neither of us made any attempt to turn that sparkly ring into a wedding! The thought of that big, grand day overwhelmed us both so much that the years passed without us doing anything.

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Wedding planning – Caz and Scott’s way!

I love nothing more than attending a wedding. They are just the BEST days and being a guest is great…but the thought of attending my own scared me to blumin’ death!

When it came to thinking about our wedding plans I knew I wanted a fabulous dress, all the colours of the rainbow and flowers everywhere but the rest needed to be as relaxed and informal as possible.

Unlike me, Scott hates a fuss and he didn’t want anything traditional so our visions were the same – ish! We both wanted a day that was different and packed full of personality. A wedding that was all about love and fun with very little ‘official’ bits.

However, we still hadn’t set a date. Then Scott’s brother told us he was travelling over to England from his home in Australia. This was big news. All the family would be together at Easter so we decided to celebrate that by getting married!

Wedfest at the Wellbeing Farm

I plucked up the courage and dipped my toe into the world of wedding planning. I googled “quirky weddings” and up popped The Wellbring Farm.  I liked the name, gave them a  call and within days was there for a visit. Within five minutes of arriving I knew it was the place for us.

Wedding venue booked we decided to have a break from it all (ha!) and start wedding planning in earnest after Christmas. Cue three months of frantic box ticking and decision making! Wedfest was go!

Our theme was quite simply ‘rainbow surfer dreams’ haha! The decor was bright and bold, with all the colours of the rainbow and then some! We had flowers in milk bottles and jars mixed with neon pom poms everywhere. The venue spoke for itself and we just added a little bit of magic.

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Choosing a wedding photographer

I have to say, choosing our photographer was easy! Nik was all kinds of cool and amazing! We instantly knew he was our guy the moment we met him.

He made us both feel relaxed and excited for the big day! I love being in front of the camera however, Scott, like most men, would rather stick pins in his eyes! Luckily Nik reassured Scott so brilliantly and made him feel instantly relaxed. I skipped home the night we met Nik and couldn’t wait for all the photo magic. Scotty didn’t exactly skip (way too cool for that!) but he had a spring in his step and a little smile on his face.

Nik worked his socks off and didn’t stop all day and night! He reassured me so many times throughout the day when I felt a little nervous. HE WAS AWESOME!

I loved receiving three sneaky official pics the very next morning-it was just the nicest surprise to wake up to after the most amazing day!

Top tips for couples

My top tip is nice and simple, do what YOU want and don’t be afraid to break the rules. Your wedding your rules!

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Supplier Shout Outs

Venue – The Wellbeing Farm

Flowers – Love Rosie

Band – Hit The Dance Floor

Make up – Mirror Mirror

Dress – The Case Of The Curious Bride

Magic Mirror – Scene My Event

Magician – Rockstar Magic

The Role Of A Wedding Toast Master

Why should you hire a Toastmaster for your wedding?

Picture a Toastmaster, I bet you’re thinking of a more elderly gent, clad all in red and barking orders at your guests. I used to think exactly the same until I met Stefan, The Tall Toastmaster. Once I’d worked alongside him I was happy to admit that I’d been wrong to tarnish him with that tag and he was a joy to spend the day with. Plus he made a huge difference to how the wedding ran, meaning my couple could relax and enjoy their day.

I sat down with Stefan and we chatted about what he brings to a wedding and why you should think about booking a Toastmaster for your day.

Wedding Toastmaster at Pryors Hayes in Cheshire

 

Stefan! Thanks for your time, now for those who don’t know tell my readers what the role of a Toastmaster is on a wedding day.

I like to think of myself as a calming influence on the day. My primary role is to look after the couple and their guests, liaising with suppliers and the venue and ensuring that, as much as possible, everything runs smoothly and on time.

I’m basically a safe pair of hands, dealing with anything and everything that crops up.

When do you start working with the couple?

Before we’ve even got to the wedding I’ll have helped the couple out with their plans and timings for the day. I know from my own wedding that the more planning a wedding has the more relaxed things are on the day. Knowing that all the finer details are being taken care of in the background means that the couple enjoy their day without any worries.

Beeston Manor Wedding Toastmaster Stefan The Tall Toastmaster

How does a more typical wedding day pan out?

I’m not sure there is such a thing as a typical wedding day, as you’ve experienced Nik! However there are a few things that tend to be the same regardless of anything else that crops up.

I’ll arrive at the venue ahead of the ceremony. That means I can build a nice rapport with the staff. I’ll go through timings with whoever is co-ordinating the day and the photographer/videographer. It always helps when we’re all on the same page!

Once the registrars arrive I’ll introduce myself and see if there’s anything they would like me to do during the ceremony. I’m a dab hand at button holes, ties and hankies so I’ll give the ushers a hand with those (always happens!) and I’ll also talk through their role for the day and run through the ceremony seating plan.

Once the ceremony is over I’ll make sure that the arrival drinks are all ready for the couple and guide the guests to their drinks/wherever the photographer would like them. I’ll assist the photographer with any family group shots and annouce the confetti photo and/or large group photograph.

If canapes have been ordered I’ll make sure that the venue have set aside a plate just for the couple (you’d be surprised how rarely this happens and the poor couple miss out!) and I always make sure the couple have a drink to hand. I’m then there to answer any questions the guests may have.

Photo By Chris Chambers Photography

Toastmaster assists with grooms buttonhole

This all sounds great, and as a photographer it’s always nice to have a helping hand with group shots! So, I’m guessing the next portion of the day – the wedding breakfast and speeches – is where you really come into your own?

It is indeed! I’ll arrange the receiving line if they’re having one and then once everyone is seated I’ll announce the couple in.

At this point I’ll then tell everyone all about ‘the bell’. I let the couple know they can ring the bell at any point if they need me or they want a top up! It always gets a laugh and guests love it.

When it’s time for the speeches I’ll check the order of the speakers and introduce each one. I always encourage guests to make a lot of noise and cheer each speaker on. It can be daunting so all cheers and applause are encouraged!

My next big role in the proceedings is the evening reception and first dance. I make sure that guests know where they need to be and when, calling them back into the main room when everything is ready. I’ll organise the cake cutting if it’s happening at this point in the evening and make sure the DJ knows when to announce the couple before they go into their first dance and kick off the party.

Toastmaster announces bride and groom into wedding breakfast

Photo By Key Reflections

Photo By Key Reflections

If you want to know more about Stefan and how he can be a part of your wedding head over to his website and drop him a message

https://www.thetalltoastmaster.co.uk/

Pryors Hayes Summer Wedding // Kia and Charlotte

Pryors Hayes Wedding Photography

Pryors Hayes wedding Photography

This wedding was a first for me, I’ve never shot a wedding before where the whole day was a bit of a surprise for the bride and groom! Charlotte and Kia knew when they were getting married, they knew where they were getting married but other than that nearly everything else was a surprise! Charlotte’s Mum had stepped into help the couple out with planning and they’d given her free reign along with her taking it upon herself to book a few surprises. From singing waiters to magicians and confetti canons on the dancefloor the day was exactly how Charlotte and Kia had imagined it.

Mercure Hotel Chester, bridal prep

I joined the girls at the lovely Mercure Hotel just outside Chester. Charlotte’s eight bridesmaids had made her a brilliant scrap book of all their adventures and hen do. There was a lot of giggles as they looked through it and reminisced together.

As the girls were drinking fizz and chatting about days gone by the boys arrived at Pryors Hayes to put some finishing touches to the decorations. Kia had been given a list and he dutifully worked his way through it! I’m a big fan of the ‘love story’ timeline he had put together using loads of photos from when they met at uni right up to their wedding day.

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Beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony

One of my favourite things about Pryors Hayes are the beautiful grounds and Kia and Charlotte were able to make the most of them with their outdoor ceremony. It was such a great atmosphere, the sky was blue, the sun was shining and the string quartet sounded amazing. The guests were loving the weather and chatted away as everyone gathered on the lawn to greet the newly weds and shower them in (a lot!) of confetti!

As everyone enjoyed their canapes and drinks I took Charlotte and Kia away for a bit of a breather, and some portraits. These two are utterly gorgeous and so relaxed with each other, they hardly needed any direction from me! I just stood them in the good light and let them do their thing!

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Fun wedding party!

These guys know how to throw a party! They kicked off the shenanigans during the speeches when the singing waiters got everyone up dancing and singing and from there the party didn’t stop! Charlotte was determined to dance the night away so she’d chosen a second wedding dress to change into – one that made dancing a lot easier! Whilst she was getting changed the guests were entertained by a fantastic close up magician before everyone hit the dancefloor and the fab The Chosen Few kept everyone dancing.

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Getting married at Pryors Hayes?

Getting married at pryors hayes and want to talk more? Get in touch and drop me an email!

Blackpool Engagement Shoot // Fran and Sandra

Blackpool Engagement Shoot

Same sex couple walk along blackpool beachWhen you think of Blackpool what do you think of? The Big One, The Pleasure Beach, tacky Kiss Me Quick Hats, The Illuminations, Arcades? Yep me too! Maybe you don’t initially think of the perfect place for an engagement shoot. I did and Fran and Sandra were totally with me. Like Me and like Blackpool, Fran and Sandra don’t take themselves to seriously and are up for a good laugh and were happy to run with any of my suggestions.

Walks on the beach and chips by the sea

We met up on a Friday evening by one of Blackpool’s largest arcades, Coral Island. From here we took a wander along the beach and got some shots under one of Blackpool’s three Piers. After dirtying up our shoes in the wet sand we took a walk along the front and grabbed some chips, it’s a tradition when by the sea! Making our way down the comedy carpet in front of the tower, home to the world famous Blackpool Ballroom and then heading into a few arcades.

Unusual locations for engagement shoots

After exhausting all the standard locations we took a walk through some closed down areas on a few back streets of Blackpool where Fran and Sandra trusted me when I suggested some slightly unusual spots but I am sure you will agree they totally worked!

I really can’t wait to catch up with Fran and Sandra again and I am sure there will be lots of fun and laughter when we take on their wedding at Eaves Hall later in the year!

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Why should you book a pre wedding shoot?

A few reasons why you should have a pre-wedding shoot

I’m going to lay my cards on the table straight away – I LOVE pre-wedding shoots so I’ll always recommend one. Do you need one? No, of course not, no one ever needs a photoshoot, but there are loads of advantages to having one. Here are just a few…

Get used to being in front of the camera

A biggie to start off with! We live in an age of selfies yet the thought of having a photo taken still fills many of us with fear! A pre-wedding shoot is a great chance for you both to get in front of my camera and see that the whole experience isn’t scary at all and in fact is a lot of fun. I work really hard to make sure you’re both comfortable and we just have a good laugh together.

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Get some creative portraits

So we all take loads of selfies and we have a camera with us everywhere we go but we never have great, creative photos taken together. I know my wife and I are guilty of that too but I am slowly changing this and taking my own advice. Having a pre-wedding shoot is the perfect time to experiment and get creative. We have more time together than we would on a wedding day and we can relax and really enjoy catching up with each other and trying out lots of cool photography tricks.

Add a nice touch to the wedding day

Lots of my couples use their pre-wedding shoot photographs to add even more personalisation to their day. You could make a guest book up of your images, or have one framed and ask all your guests to sign the mount. These always look great when they’re up on the wall. I’ve also known couples to use their portraits on their table plan.

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Chance to meet up before the big day

Having a pre-wedding shoot is a brilliant excuse for the three of us to meet up before your big day. We can have a catch up about your plans, grab a coffee/beer/food together as well as take some great photos. I love getting to know my couples and the more time we can spend together the better as far as I’m concerned!

If this post has been enough to convince you to have a pre-wedding shoot then lets get it booked in! So many of my couples pick somewhere that’s special to them to have the shoot. That could be a walk you go on together, or where you got engaged (I won’t complain if you want to fly abroad for your shoot, haha!) Alternatively we can choose somewhere together. I know loads of fantastic locations around the North West. One of my favourites is Rivington. I grew up there so I know the area really well plus there’s a great cafe for lunch and a catch up after our shoot! Dovestones Reservoir is another beautiful area and perfect for exploring together.

If you’re after a more urban vibe then you can’t beat Manchester city centre. I’ve travelled loads but Manchester has got a special place in my heart. The Northern Quarter is uber cool and I love the street art. Castlefield always looks great, the canals and industrial look appeals to lots of couples.

Wherever you decide for your shoot one thing is guaranteed. It’ll be fun and we’ll laugh a lot. You’ll also get a gallery of fantastic photos of the two of you. What more could you ask for?!

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