Grosvenor Pulford Wedding Photographer
Candid, Converse, Sparklers, Smoke Grenades……I love a good wedding!!!
Its no surprise Mike and Adele had chosen the Grosvenor Pulford for their wedding reception. Its a beautiful venue and offers so many different photo opportunities. Not to mention the fact it was an absolute scorcher of a day so we spent a lot of time outdoors where guests could socialise and lap up the rays with a glass of Pimms! Ok it might not have been Pimms but you get the idea!
The ceremony was held at the gorgeous St Lawrence church in Soak, just outside Ellesmere Port. The vicar is one of the friendliest modern vicars I have ever met. He was taking photos on his iPad and adding his own personal touches to make Mike and Adele’s wedding ceremony perfect.
After the ceremony, we stayed for a few photos with the bridal car at the church before heading over to the Grosvenor Pulford. We made the most of the gorgeous Chester weather and created some stunning images. We even had a little bit of fun later on with some sparklers which was a shot Adele really wanted.
Here are a few of my favourites from Mike and Adele’s wedding day at the Grosvenor Pulford Hotel.
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.
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.
Ruthin Castle Wedding Photographer
This was the first wedding I had the pleasure of photographing at Ruthin Castle. Situated high within the North Wales landscape, Ruthin Castle is an absolute corker of a venue, whether you are having a small intimate wedding, or a huge gathering with an amazing medieval banquet wedding breakfast to match!
Becky and Steve had a small but perfect wedding, with their closest family and friends who had all made the trip up to Ruthin from the Midlands.
North Wales weather isn’t glorious at the best of times, and although the sun shone over Ruthin Castle, let me tell you it was flipping freezing! Not a single complaint from Becky in her beautiful wedding dress though!
I arrived in the morning at Ruthin Castle for Becky’s make-up shots and also to capture some candid moments of Steve with his family and friends around him in the bar. I could have stayed in the bar area all day.. A photographers dream! Huuuuuge windows letting in masses of natural light. I wouldn’t expect anything less from a castle as grand as Ruthin Castle.
Following the ceremony, we went straight outside for family photographs, before taking Steve and Becky out for their Bride and Groom portraits in Ruthin Castle’s stunning gardens! We didn’t stay out too long due to the risk of hypothermia, and it was soon time for Steve and Becky’s wedding breakfast. I’ve seen many table centres before such as huge martini glasses, gold fish bowls, bird cages.etc but this was the first time I had seen 90’s board games as a table centre! There were Hungry Hippo’s, Pop-up Pirates and more! I wish I could have stayed longer.
Anyway……Here are a selection of some of my favourite photos from Steve and Becky’s brilliant wedding day at Ruthin Castle.
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