A Chester Wedding! Dale and Natalie were married at Oddfellows in Chester. Oddfellows is not only one of my favourite city centre hangouts, but it makes an amazing wedding venue! It is a unique, modern and classy bar, restaurant and hotel which regularly plays host to many live acts as well as exclusive weddings in their upstairs area with private terrace.
Natalie, her bridesmaids and mum were getting ready just down the road at Oddfellows apartments. I had never actually been to these before, but wow they are incredible. They continue with the modern and trendy theme throughout.
I was assisted by Neal from Neal Mcveigh Photography throughout the day. We all covered some serious mileage around Chester! I am a Cestrian at heart being born there, and love exploring around the walls, the Grosvenor Park, the River Dee and the Eastgate Clock. Obviously we were going to use all these locations in Dale and Natalie’s wedding photos!
But first…After much laughter and fun during bridal prep, it was a short hop over to Oddfellows where Dale and Natalie said I do. I’m sure both Dale and Natalie were pretty nervous but the nerves weren’t really on display. Just lots of smiles! Myself and Neal captured many candid photos up until the wedding breakfast as well as the most have family photographs. Oddfellows has a unique outdoor bar area which looks so cool and make an awesome backdrop for an alternative wedding photo.
Following the wedding breakfast, it was time to get away from everybody for a little bit so Dale and Natalie could have some time together. Well….Kind of. We went exploring Chester which is a pretty busy city anyway, but when you’ve got 2 photographers and a beautiful white wedding dress, you’re going to attract some attention. We all had such a amazing, relaxed time whilst out and about. There was 1 or 2 more formalities though. Cutting the cake and first dance. After first dance, Dale and Natalie jumped in a taxi and headed from Oddfellows to Chester city centre. We decided to do a couple of pictures at the Eastgate clock. These are still some of my favourite pictures I’ve ever taken!
Thank you Dale and Natalie for being so awesome. Here are a few of my favourites from your wedding day.
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.
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.
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.
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.