Ok so I’m really not up to date with my blog posts and going totally out of order. Pete and Roxy’s amazing wedding at Soughton Hall was back in 2018!
Soughton Hall had not long built an outdoor ceremony area for couples do say I do, and Pete and Roxy were one of the first couples to get married outdoors at this stunning venue. The new ceremony area looked amazing with the stunning backdrop of Soughton Hall. The weather was overcast all day (perfect for photographers!) Bridal Prep was in the South Parlour of Soughton Hall where Roxy and her bridesmaids were enjoying some pre-ceremony drinks and giggles! Oh and not to leave out Pete and Roxy’s gorgeous daughter, Ivy who never stopped smiling all day.
The day was full of cheer, laughter and love. A chair was reserved at the front during the ceremony with a single white rose for Roxy’s mum who sadly couldn’t be there in person, but was there in spirit and in everyone’s thoughts.
I was joined by some awesome suppliers at Soughton Hall who helped make Pete & Roxy’s day extra special. Big thanks to:
First Lady Wedding Dresses
Wild Floral Design
Here are a small selection of my favourite photos from Pete and Roxy’s wedding day.
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Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photography
Dan and Laura were guests at a Leanne and Brad’s wedding in December 2017. When they contacted me to say they have seen how I work, they have seen the results and they would love to book me to photograph their Tyn Dwr Hall wedding…well it doesn’t get much better then that!
I drove up to Llangollen where the weather was clear for the time-being, however downpours were forecast throughout the day. This did not bother me, Laura or Dan. We were going to have an awesome day at Tyn Dwr Hall regardless! I was greeted in the morning by Laura’s mum and her 2 sisters who were also bridesmaids. The fizz was flowing and the smiles were beaming as we ticked down the minutes until Dan and Laura said I do.
When Laura’s Dad entered the prep room to see his daughter for the first time, his reaction was what every photographer hopes for! The gasp, the hand over the mouth, the tears and then the smiles.
Once Dan and Laura had said I do in Tyn Dwr Hall’s ballroom the weather was on our side. Everyone out quick for a group photo and confetti, and then back inside to enjoy the celebrations whilst I took Dan and Laura for their couples photographs.
Dan had actually broken a bone in his leg not long prior to the wedding, but still easily managed to get his ten thousand steps in I’d say! Tyn Dwr Hall is a stunning venue inside and out, and it would be a shame not to explore every inch of it.
After the speeches, we had rain…a lot of rain!! Yep time for some outdoor photographs! I love photographing in the rain and we produced some beautiful shots with the backdrop of Tyn Dwr Hall.
Thank you to Gemma from Lee Price Productions who helped me massively on the day and also to every supplier who played a part in making Dan and Laura’s Tyn Dwr Hall wedding a dream for them.
Venue – Tyn Dwr Hall
Assisted by – Gemma Price
Hair stylist – Hair by Carol Ellis-Thompson
Make-Up Artist – Perfection by Victoria
Suits – The Village Tailors
Wedding Dress – Wed2b
Florist – Elimay’s Flowers
Wedding Cake – EmzCakes
Evening Entertainment – The Chaperones
Harpist – Nerys Hewitt
Veil – Ivory Promise
Carden Park Wedding Photography…Wow what an amazing venue for your wedding! Located between Chester and Wrexham, you may be more familiar with Carden Park for it’s 2 luxurious golf courses rather than a wedding venue, but even if you are not a massive fan of golf you won’t be disappointed by the stunning grounds here.
I first met with Adam, Emma and Emma’s family in North Wales over a drink where we looked through some albums. We had a good long chat and instantly felt like I had known the family for years.
When we discussed Adam and Emma’s wedding at Carden Park and our ideas it wasn’t long before we were all reading from the same page. Carden Park was a very fitting venue for Adam and Emma, as Adam is a golf pro and is never too far away from a golf course.
On the morning of the wedding, I was assisted by my good friend Alex, where he covered some groom prep whilst I stayed with Emma and her bridal party. Everyone was so calm, full of laughs and looking forward to an epic day ahead.
Once Emma was in her dress, we had to get Adam over to the room Emma was getting ready, without him seeing her! Emma and Adam wanted a final chat before they became husband and wife..Some words of encouragement and a final “I love you”.
The ceremony was full of laughter and emotion…Mainly Emma laughing at Adam’s emotion!
Throughout the day, myself and Alex photographed many candid moments, family formal photographs as well as some couples portraits. Oh and check out Emma’s reaction when Adam accidentally stood on Emma’s dress during the confetti photograph! We got very jammy in the evening with a hint of a red sky over Carden Park!
Here is a small selection of my favourites from Adam and Emma’s special day at Carden Park.
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Are you going to come with me?
Often referred to as Engagement shoots or pre-wed shoots, come with me on an adventure in North Wales.
i try not to call these shoots engagement shoots or pre-wed shoots. To me, they sound stiff and part of a routine. Lets go with ADVENTURE SHOOT!
These shoots are often booked by couples who feel they may need to get comfortable in-front of the camera before their wedding day, or sometimes couples who just want to me to capture some awesome pictures, in an epic surrounding with no pressure, no guests, no routine and no rules!
North Wales is one of my favourite places ever. Yeah ok i live here but there are so many mountains to ramble in… So many views to get lost in. Whenever i am asked if i can book a couple in for a shoot, my mind immediately goes to North Wales and the mountains.
Do i ever have a plan on an Adventure Shoot? Nope not really! Apart from a time and place where we will meet.
i will always try to shoot in a place where you may not have been before. Sometimes even a place i haven’t been before. That way, reactions and WOW’s come more natural.
My favourite thing about Adventure Shoots is, more often than not, you will arrive feeling a little apprehensive about having your photo taken and what you may look and feel like. Give it 20 minutes and you will be smashing some awesome shots, feeling super confident and comfortable!
What if we have rubbish weather or limited daylight?
We go anyway! It’s an ADVENUTRE remember!
Moody skies, EPIC clouds and fading light can make some awesome photographs.
If its cold, we wrap up warm. i would love to go on an adventure in the snow! Will you take me with you?
Let’s be honest, we don’t have to go travelling too far in North Wales to find some epic snowy peaks.
CAN WE BRING OUR FUR BABIES?
If you would like to bring your dog along on your adventure then they are more than welcome. They usually love getting involved and love the bribes of dog treats for sitting still for a photo!
Tower Hill Barns Wedding Photographer – I first met Nathan and Alice a while ago in Chester. I just remember thinking, wow what a lovely couple. So down to earth and so much fun. Obviously I was delighted when they said they would like to book me to photograph their wedding at Tower Hill Barns.
I arrived with Alice for bridal prep at Tower Hill, and was made to feel like one of the bridal party. Tea, coffee, Prosecco Rich? As much as I would have loved to be sipping fizz with them all, it might have made my job a little bit tricky.
Alice looked stunning in her wedding dress and the lads didn’t scrub up to bad either. The ceremony was held inside the main barn at Tower Hill. It was far too cold for an outdoor ceremony. The ceremony had me and everyone else in stitches. Nathan had recently caused an injury to his knuckle meaning he couldn’t get his wedding ring on without a little help. So…. When it came to the rings part of the ceremony, Nathan whips out a tin of Vaseline from his inside pocket!
Following the ceremony, it was party time and time to create to awesome pictures and video footage. Michael from Capture My Big Day was on hand to make sure the video footage looked epic as always.
After the wedding breakfast, the daylight had faded over Tower Hill Barns in Llangollen and left us with some awesome lights from the venue and lovely fire-pits provided by the venue.
To finish the night, with guests braving the wintery North Wales weather, everyone joined us outside for a sparkler exit.
Here are a few of my favourites from Nathan and Alice’s amazing wedding at Tower Hill Barns.
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Kinmel Wedding Photography – The Kinmel is one of my favourite venues to photograph. The long driveway on the way to the venue running through North Wales that surround the venue, the amazing staff, the level of effort that goes into every detail to make this a lovely wedding venue is evident wherever you turn.
I was lucky enough to be asked to photograph Rich and Laura’s wedding at the Kinmel and we had an amazing day. From when I arrived at Laura’s family home in Prestatyn, to the church ceremony and then on to the venue (where Laura even went off-roading in her stunning dress and beautiful shoes)..You’ll see what I mean in the pictures!
At bridal prep I was greeted by Laura’s family and an army of bridesmaids with smiles, laughter and excitement for the day ahead. Make up was by the talented Sinead from Look Fabulous by Sinead.
After a beautiful ceremony, came the confetti, and its still one of my all time favourite confetti shots! Loads of it!!!
Here is a selection of some of my favourite photos from Rich and Lauras beautiful wedding at the Kinmel in Abergele.
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Kate and Adam got married!
I am lucky enough to know Adam and Kate personally. Since Adam and Kate booked me a few years ago, we kept in touch ever since and I was also asked to photograph Kate, Adam and Olivia’s family portraits to hang in their living room.
Now, I am a man who shows very little emotion when it comes to weddings, but there was a special moment during Kate and Adams wedding at Northop Hall which brought the entire room to tears. Even I had to turn away when Olivia was reading a speech.
I arrived at Northop Hall Country House Hotel for Kate’s bridal prep in the morning. The weather was absolutely glorious over North Wales. Kate and her daughter Olivia looked stunning in their dresses. The lads looked pretty sharp too!
As Kate walked down the aisle with her Dad, a seemingly composed Adam soon melted. The ceremony was full of laughter and tears as their nearest and dearest watched the happy couple tie the knot.
We flew through the family photos. Mainly because it was so hot over Northop Hall and we didn’t want to keep people out for too long….oh or away from the bar!
Speeches…Well I’ve already briefly mentioned these. Olivia stole the show! Once everyone had recomposed themselves and the speeches were over, the temperature had cooled a little and Kate and Adam came outside for some more relaxed photographs.
Here are a few of my favourite from Kate and Adams special day at Northop Hall Country House Hotel.
This was my first visit to Chateau Rhianfa on the stunning North Wales island of Anglesey. Pete and Jen had chosen their dream venue and it was only a few moments away from their new home.
Chateau Rhianfa provides an absolutely stunning backdrop for wedding photographs. Situated on the Menai Straits, it is a joy to photograph the stunning building and scenery.
As is usually the case in North Wales, the day started off with rain. I arrived at Jens house on Anglesey for Bridal Prep in the morning where the family, and bridesmaids made me feel so welcome.
Pete and Jen were married on Jen’s Nana and Grandads wedding anniversary and Jen’s Nan was also a bridesmaid, and Pete’s Dad was his best man on the day. Jen and all her bridesmaids looked amazing with smiles beaming ear to ear.
I arrived at the venue ahead of the bride to find guests enjoying themselves and a slightly nervous looking Pete. Just as Jen was walking down the aisle, Pete did shed a couple of tears as he watched his bride.
Once Pete and Jen had said the I do’s we quickly ran out for a confetti photograph….and ran straight back inside! Typical Welsh weather eh.
Family wedding photographs were all completed in the dry and warmth inside Chateau Rhianfa as well as some Bride and Groom portraits and candids.
The wedding breakfast room looked amazing…especially the wedding cake which featured a cake topper with Pete and Jen’s treasured dogs, Fred and Dozer.
Once the speeches were done, and everyone was fed and watered we had glorious sunshine outside! Quickly we ushered everyone out for a group photo and some couples portraits using the stunning grounds and backdrop of Chateau Rhianfa.
Thank you so much again Pete and Jen for asking me to be part of your special day.
An amazing day spent with amazing company for Sion and Lauren’s wedding day at Tyn Dwr Hall in Llangollen. Despite the grey skies that hung over Llangollen, smiles were broad and spirits were high as I arrived for bridal prep. Lauren’s flawless makeup was done by Lizzie Griffiths.
Lauren looked stunning in her wedding dress, huge veil and Manolo Blahnik shoes and their daughter was such a cute flower girl.
During the ceremony, Sion couldn’t hold is emotions. There may have been a tear or 2 as he watched his beautiful bride walk down the aisle. I was keeping an eye on the weather outside and the rain had stopped, grey skies had started to lift so we made our way outside after the ceremony for the must have confetti photo and group photo before the rain came back in. Typical North Wales weather, the rain stopped again later on and we were able to get Sion and Lauren outside for some beautiful photos.
Thanks you so much Sion and Lauren for having me a long and thank you again Tyn Dwr Hall for all your help.
Here are a few of my favourites from Sion and Lauren’s big day at Tyn Dwr Hall.
Well seeing as Craig and Sharnah have just celebrated their 1st wedding anniversary, I guessed it was time I wrote a blog about their amazing wedding at the Grosvenor Pulford Hotel in Chester.
Apart from the lack of leaves on the trees, you wouldn’t believe it was January. We had great daylight and lovely sunshine throughout most the day and I had the pleasure of being assisted by Neal from Neal McVeigh Photography.
I arrived for bridal prep like always and knew it was going to be a good day even before I entered the room. You could hear Sharnah and her 2 bridesmaids Amber and Sarah laughing from down the hallway as the prosecco corks popped.
The ceremony was held inside the Grosvenor Suite at the Grosvenor Pulford Hotel which made a beautiful setting for Craig and Sharnah to say their “I do’s”.
As for the photo’s….we smashed through them! We even managed to find some time for some smoke grenades and creative flash work indoors and out. We did spend a lot of time in the Japanese gardens at the Grosvenor Pulford with its stunning ponds and waterfall which make the wedding photography opportunities idyllic.
Anyway….. Scroll down to see some of my favourite images from what was an epic day in Chester!
Venue: – Grosvenor Pulford Hotel
Other Weddings from the Grosvenor Pulford here
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.