Cherry Orchard Lake Wedding Photographer
Where do I even begin with this blog? Everything about this wedding was amazing! We had the perfect weather, a stunning Cheshire countryside setting in Delamere, such a fun bridal party and an awesome bride and groom who let me have free rein on creativity!
Cherry Orchard Lake, run by Delamere events is tucked away in the Cheshire countryside and is the perfect wedding venue for anyone who is not wanting a formal hotel wedding. I mean literally….. its tipi’s in a huge field, next to a beautiful lake. You’ll see what I mean in the pictures!
So I arrived for bridal prep in the morning at Sophie’s parents house where Sophie and her bridesmaids were not showing any sign of nerves at all. 2 hours quickly flew by and it was time to see Chris and Sophie say I do at Christleton Church.
Nothing really out of the ordinary there… but as soon as we arrived at Cherry Orchard Lake, with the sun shining and the prosecco flowing, I couldn’t stop grinning with joy all day!
Working with Dan from Third Avenue Photography, we caught some amazing images with Dan’s drone, smoke grenades, a VW camper van and a beetle! Oh that was just the day time. Not to mention one of the best speeches I’ve heard from a best man (well best men in this case). … At your standard wedding, during the evening you might get a tasty buffet or a juicy hog roast. Nah that wasn’t going to happen at this wedding. A converted Mk1 landrover arrived to serve freshly made pizzas (when I say converted, i literally mean the back of it was converted into a pizza oven!) And Chris and Sophie had also arranged a van to serve tasty crepes all evening too! Maybe I did taste a few of these.. Obviously just to make sure they were ok for the bride and groom to eat!
As the evening went on, and the band played, the guests were having such an amazing time….. and it got a little bit better again when everyone was then invited outside for a fireworks display over Cherry Orchard Lake.
Anywhere, here are a selection of my favourites from Chris and Sophie’s epic wedding at Cherry Orchard Lake, run by Delamere Events.
Grosvenor Pulford Wedding Photographer
Gemma & Adam, chose to have their wedding at the beautiful Grosvenor Pulford Hotel just outside Chester. It was a hot one!! Not just the wedding but I mean the weather was actually sweltering!
The wedding was one of my biggest weddings on 2017 with over 100 amazing guests making the trip to Chester to see Gemma & Adam tie the knot. I arrived in the morning at the Grosvenor Pulford for bridal prep images with Gemma and her bridesmaids who were nothing short of amazing all day! The ceremony itself…. Well Adam & Gemma’s gorgeous daughter, Amelia wanted centre stage and didn’t want to be anywhere other than with Gemma as the “I do’s” were said.
Because I had the luxury of a rare hot sunny day over Chester, we made the most of the entire day and spent a lot of chilled out time outside. After the ceremony, it was straight into the group photo, family photos and then time for Gemma and Adam to chill before the wedding breakfast. To be honest, by that point it was that hot that I think everyone needed to refuel and hydrate. The speeches…….Well Adam’s best men’s speech was described more as a performance rather than a speech. And it was!! Adam used to be in a boy band with his groomsmen and they made him get up and sing one of their old songs infront of all his family and friends! I would have been fuming but Adam took it all in his stride.
After the meal and a few glasses later, the weather had started to be a bit kinder and it was time for bride and groom photos around the stunning gardens of the Grosvenor Pulford.
Here are a few of my favourites from Adam & Gemma’s wedding day at the Grosvenor Pulford Hotel.
Ruthin Vale Country Club Wedding Photographer
Often, I find I am photographing many venues for the first time. Not too many of them are on my doorstep though. I thought I had visited every wedding venue around North Wales and Chester… But hidden away in Ruthin, with a spectacular backdrop of the Clwydian Range is the Vale Country Club. This was the first wedding I photographed at this venue and I didn’t leave disappointed!
My day started at St Mary’s Church in Mold… where it sadly was raining. Daniel had already arrived by this point and parked his beloved Mini Cooper at the church. I awaited Lisa’s arrival expecting the usual white Bentley or Roll’s, but I was in for a surprise! Lisa pulled up in her Dad’s restored Robin Reliant. Thankfully by this point, the rain had stopped and Lisa’s dress could stay clean and dry for a little longer.
If you have never been to St Mary’s Church in Mold, go and check out the stained glass windows inside. They are huge!!! After the ceremony I brought Dan and Lisa back inside the church for a couple of photographs in front of the amazing windows.
Dan drove himself and his beautiful new bride to the Vale Country Club in Ruthin in his Mini, sadly battling the rain again. With the views over the venue, it would have been such a shame not to have these in Dan and Lisa’s wedding pictures… So we took our chances between rain showers to capture all the family shots and bride & groom photos. We were greeted by an amazing sound! No it wasn’t the sound of any more vintage cars, but it was the sound of a Welsh male voice choir. They were fantastic!!
Oh I should mention at this point… Lisa’s sister and bridesmaid has to be the most organised person I have ever met. Wherever and whenever I needed someone to be ready for photos, she was on it! That job offer still stands Laura if you’re reading this haha!
The evening reception… Well lets be honest.. Everyone had found the bar a long time ago and were all clearly enjoying themselves. Before first dance, I thought that we may try something a little different with Dan’s Mini for a photograph. Out came the flashes and smoke bomb, and boom! Scroll down for the result.
Here are a few of my favourites from Dan and Lisa’s special day.
Thornton Manor Wedding Photographer
Wow I have really neglected my blog posts this year!! 65 weddings and a 1 year old have meant I have had less time to keep on top of these.
So… Here is the amazing wedding of Alex and Kate who were married at Our Lady & St John RC Church in Heswall, and held their wedding reception at Thornton Manor. For anyone who has never been to Thornton Manor.. Have a Google.. Go and check out the history. This place is amazing and everything a wedding venue should be! Kate and Alex’s wedding was in the actual manor house, with so many photo opportunities surrounding us inside and out.
Kate and her bridesmaids got ready at Kate’s parents home. Genuinely one of the nicest, welcoming families I have met… Oh and a cat called Monkey! He has even managed to get in on some of the wedding pictures. Kate looked stunning in her wedding dress, and Alex being in the RAF, chose to wear his number 1’s.. and even brought his sword! How cool is that!? The weather….. well it wasn’t kind, but Kate, Alex and their families weren’t going to let a bit of Wirral rain bother them! Off we went outside for some family photographs followed by some bride and groom portraits around Thornton Manor.
Once we had decided that we had taken enough of a beating from the wind and rain, we carried on inside for a few final images before Kate and Alex sat down for their meal in the music room. Wow this room is immense! I mean seriously!! The architecture blew me away.
Every wedding has to have a theme, and Kate and Alex being massive lovers of books went for a literacy theme. Every table had its own book for a table name and we even got a bit quirky later on in the evening, carrying on with the book theme.
After the meal (which was delicious!), typically the rain had stopped! But the daylight had gone. Not to worry… Back off outside we went to capture some night-time images before first dance. Talking of the first dance, I had spotted a small balcony I could shoot from, and then the DJ also had a smoke machine to make it look like Kate and Alex were dancing in the clouds.
Oh, and keep an eye out for some of the dance moves on display…..i’ll let you make your own minds up on whether its a 10 from Len!!
So much love for this wedding and Thornton Manor, and I could go on and on… But I have about another 50 blog posts to write!
Here are a small selection of images from Kate and Alex’s day at Thornton Manor.
Queen Hotel Chester Wedding Photographer
I had been to this venue loads of times for events and parties, but never actually had the pleasure of photographing a wedding here. Needless to say I was delighted when Craig and Susanne asked me to photograph their big day at the Queen Hotel, Chester. As soon as you are greeted at the door by the friendly staff and one of the best staircases I have ever seen, you know its going to be a good day!
Craig and Susanne were married in January so opted for an indoor ceremony, but the Queen Hotel can also accommodate for outdoor ceremonies. Indoors or outdoors, you will have a beautiful ceremony whichever you choose.
I started the day capturing some of Susanne’s hair and makeup photographs at the venue and finished just after first dance… Be warned before you scroll down to the pictures.. There was some serious commitment and dance moves on display by Craig and Susanne’s guests. The day was full of emotion and tears from start to end (mainly from the bridesmaids!), and so many happy smiles throughout from everyone.
During the evening, I was able to take Craig and Susanne around the hotel for some evening portraits. The huge light fixture in reception was perfect for these..oh and also those amazing stairs that I mentioned! Craig and his groomsmen weren’t quite finished with their photos yet though.. As is tradition with most weddings now, the groom must have a celebratory cigar on his wedding day so we popped outside for a cool looking cigar photo.
Here are a few of my favourites from Craig and Susanne’s wedding at the Queen Hotel Chester.
Venue – Queen Hotel Chester