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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

bride and groom stand in front of the iconic hanger at beeston manorI’m so excited to blog this Beeston Manor wedding today – it’s one of my favourite Lancashire wedding venues and Lisa and Andy are absolute legends!

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!

Beeston Manor weddings

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.

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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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Holmes Mill Wedding Photography // Anne and John

Wedding portraits at the spinning block in Clitheroe

Holmes Mill Wedding Photography

Anne and John! These guys are such a brilliant couple and they chose an amazing venue to get married in. I was so pleased when they booked me to photograph their Holmes Mill wedding, I knew without a doubt that it was going to be a lot of fun!

Previously an old mill (obviously!) in the centre of Clitheroe Holmes Mill has been transformed over the last couple of years. The site now has a brewery (I can confirm that the ale is excellent), a farm shop and hotel. Weddings take place above the brewery in a brilliant open plan, blank canvas space. Couples really put their own stamp on it and Anne and John were no exception.

DIY wedding space

The high ceilings and huge windows at Holmes Mill mean it’s a real pleasure to shoot in. Strings of lights cover the space and Anne and John had filled it with foliage, vases of flowers and candles. The ceremony itself was beautiful, I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house when Anne’s daughters walked down the aisle ahead of their mother who was escorted in by her proud brother.

It was a real family affair as John’s son was Best Man alongside one of John’s oldest friends. He gave a heartwarming speech later on in the day welcoming Anne into the family, everyone needed tissues again at that point too! I’m a sucker for a good speech and he really delivered.

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Relaxed and natural wedding portraits

While acoustic band, Good Foxy entertained everyone in the Engine Room I ventured out to explore the Mill with Anne and John. They were keen to have some relaxed, fun and natural portraits together and I was more than happy to oblige! Holmes Mill is a great place for photos, there are so many nooks and crannies to explore and the mill itself makes for a fantastic backdrop. If you’re planning a Holmes Mill wedding I’d love to chat to you about your ideas and plans. Get in touch!

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Photography education

I’ve recently started to offer photography mentoring and as part of his experience the brilliant Adam Grills shadowed me at Anne and John’s wedding. Coming along to a real wedding day with me is invaluable if you’re looking to learn more about becoming a wedding photographer. You’ll get to see how I work on the day as well as taking your own photos to build up a portfolio of work. I’ll be officially launching my 1 on 1 mentoring days soon but get in touch if you’re interested in finding out more.

Wellbeing Farm Wedding Photography // Ashleigh and Kayleigh

Wellbeing Farm Wedding Photography

Wellbeing Farm Wedding Photography

Guys, grab a brew. This is a long post but so worth it. WHAT A DAY!

This was the first time I’d photographed a Wellbeing Farm wedding and I’ve fallen head over heels in love with it. It’s a whole lot of fun and completely and utterly unique. I don’t know any other wedding venue where donkey and llamas mingle with the guests! Inside the barn it’s charmingly rustic with a quirky edge. I love the canopy ceiling made from parachutes which is covered in fairy lights. Kayleigh and Ashleigh had added bunting and bright ribbons as well as colourful flowers. The effect was incredible and just what I’d imagined when they described their plans to me.

I started the day with Ashleigh at Baron’s Farm, the Wellbeing Farm’s wedding accommodation. It’s a homely, traditional country cottage with plenty of room for a bridal party to get ready in. It was such a calm atmosphere, everyone was chatting about the day ahead and Ashleigh was loving being completely and utterly pampered by her cousin who did her hair and Alex Kate on makeup duties. Even the bride can’t relax all morning though, she was soon roped in to make sure her Dad’s bowtie was on properly and help her brothers with their buttonholes.

Kayleigh got ready at her family home where Zoe, my fab second shooter, joined her. I love the photo of all Kayleigh’s family seeing her in her dress for the first time, it looks like such an emotional moment.

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Same Sex Wedding Ceremony

After some brilliant, ninja style co-ordination by the Wellbeing Farm both Ashleigh and Kayleigh made it to the barn without spotting each other. Phew! Mission accomplished!

Two extremely proud Dads walked their girls down the aisle and there were a few tears of joy and a lot of cheering when they were pronounced Mrs and Mrs! These guys are so flipping brilliant to be around and the room was full of love for them both. It was wonderful to be a part of.

Then it was time to grab some drinks, get a confetti cone out of the Harry Potter box, and pelt the newly weds with some dried petals. I can’t stress enough how much I enjoy this moment, you can feel everyone’s excitement as the celebrations really begin.

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Quirky Wellbeing Farm wedding

As their family and friends enjoyed canapes and cocktails it was time for us to head out and meet the guests of honour – the donkeys and llamas! They were dressed to the nines in bowties and flat caps and looked very dapper indeed. The animals were a huge hit with the guests and featured in many a selfie that afternoon! 

While the llamas kept everyone entertained the beautiful brides and I snuck away to get some portraits of the two of them. There are so many great spots for photos at the Wellbeing Farm, it’s a wedding photographer’s dream!

After some hilarious speeches there was time to make the most of the sunshine and take part in some very enthusiastic space hopper races. No guests were harmed in the taking of those photos! We just laughed a lot! As darkness fell the music started and everyone hit the dance floor.

I’ve got to say that my first Wellbeing Farm wedding was absolutely brilliant. Kayleigh and Ashleigh, you guys are so much fun to be around and I loved every minute of your day. Thank you!

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If you’re reading this and are looking for someone to photograph your own wedding at the Wellbeing Farm then I’m your man! I’d love to hear from you.