Matt and Jess, are due to be married at Soughton Hall in North Wales, and I am so excited to be their wedding photographer for the day. With us all living so close to Chester, it only seemed right that we caught up at the Grosvenor Park for a chat before we cracked on with some candid photography.
Chester has so many amazing opportunities for engagement and wedding photography, but we chose to stay close to the Grosvenor Park, as the colours were amazing. It was an Autumn afternoon and the orange leaves looked amazing. We ventured off slightly around the Chester walls before heading back home.
We hadn’t long started before the photobombers came. I’m not talking about cyclists or people walking their dogs. We had an abundance of squirrels who were all wanting their photograph taking with Jess and Matt! Jess particularly got on well with the squirrels, feeding them nuts. I am a bit more reserved and was happy to photograph from a distance.
It’s not long now until Jess and Matt’s wedding day in North Wales, and I can’t wait to be part of it! Here are a few of my favourite photographs from their Chester engagement shoot.
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!
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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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.
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.
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!