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!
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.
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.
Bodelwyddan Castle Wedding Photography – Don’t Tell the Bride
I’ve been waiting months to write this blog, and now the show has finally been aired I can share all my highlights with you!
So…..I get a phone call from Adam (the groom)… “Hi Rich, I’m currently planning my wedding for 3 weeks time for a reality TV show called Don’t Tell the Bride. Are you available?” I had no hesitation in saying Yes to this and was mega excited when Adam had told me his plans.
For those of you who have never seen the show, basically the bride and groom can’t see each other for 3 weeks and the groom is given £12,000 to entirely plan the wedding in a 3 week period. Everything from the venue to the brides dress!!!
The background: Adam is a huge car fan, and from what I understand his Volkswagen Golf convertible is his 2nd love, only to be topped by Victoria (the bride)….So to combine the two loves of his life, Adam had arranged for his ceremony to be in the back of his own car, at a Volkswagen car show being held at Bodelwyddan Castle. I can only imagine what Victoria’s thoughts may have been, to be driven up to the stunning setting of Bodelwyddan Castle……only to drive straight through them, and into a field where the show was in full swing with thousands of onlookers.
The day as it happened: I was instructed to go to the Premier Inn, Heswall to photograph Victoria’s hair and make-up preparations. Adam had specifically arranged the Premier Inn, some miles away from the venue so Victoria would not be suspicious as to what was about to happen. Once ready, Victoria was quickly whisked away by a vintage VW Camper Van en route to the Castle. Once at the castle entrance, Victoria clapped eyes on Adam’s VW Golf convertible and was advised she had to sit in the back of it and be driven in to meet her groom.
Victoria was escorted by her bridesmaids walking in front of Adam’s car whilst an Elvis impersonator (Elvin Priestly) serenaded the procession, to then be greeted by her man who she hadn’t seen for 3 weeks! The pictures clearly show how much Adam and Victoria missed each other! Adam joined Victoria in the back of his car, and Elvis began the ceremony.
Following the ceremony, it was then off to Bachwen Farm in Conwy for the reception. As you may have seen on the show, Adam had kitted out the venue with various VW parts he bought on the lead up to the big day. The weather was slightly disappointing in Conwy, with blustery winds and grey skies but the entertainment and refreshments Adam had booked meant no one was even noticing the weather! He had thought of everything from a VW photobooth, a VW bouncy castle and even a VW bar! Adam had booked Rocksalt to play at the wedding, and they had everyone up on their feet for the whole night with some great music.
The day was busy to say the least! There were various TV folk rushing around, conducting interviews and filming for the entire day, but we did manage to squeeze in a few formal pictures whilst the TV folk were having their lunch, and we even managed to slip away to do a few bride and groom portraits.
On a personal note: I think Adam planned the perfect wedding for him and Victoria. It was an absolute pleasure to be involved in the day and here are my highlights! I hope you enjoyed the show! 🙂