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
The Beast from the East…Remember that? As if we could forget! Welly’s, wind, an AA recovery van, a late ceremony, and the most amazing snow we have seen for a long time! Leanne and Brad’s wedding was amazing despite the unexpected interference from the snow.
Leanne and Brad were married at Tower Hill Barns just outside Llangollen. Although snow was forecast, I don’t think any of us were prepared for what mother nature threw at us. Huge credit to the happy couple, all the staff at Tower Hill Barns, all the amazing suppliers and all the committed guests for making Brad and Leannes day super special!
I arrived with Leanne in the morning, expecting a little bit of stress but she was calm, full of laughs and couldn’t wait to get married. We had to wait a little bit for the registrars to battle through the snow but I’m sure Brad will agree that Leanne was worth the wait. She looked stunning in her wedding dress….and wellies! The things brides have to do on their wedding day eh!?
Once married, we made our way outside into a huge snow storm. Needless to say we didn’t stay out for long. Later on once the snow had calmed we went back out and took some more photographs.
Ironically, Leanne had arranged for guests to throw snowfetti outside the venue instead of traditional confetti. Well….. turns out we had plenty of snow to make sure every guest had a handful if they wanted. Every guest did make the sensible decision to stay inside in the warm bar at Tower Hill Barns.
We actually didn’t stop laughing and smiling all day. It was so much fun! Even for the poor guests who had to arrive to the wedding in an AA van because their car got stuck in the snow.
Here is a small selection of my favourites from Leanne and Brad’s special day at Tower Hill Barns.
You can also check out some of my other wedding photography at Tower Hill Barns here
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.