Thornton Manor Wedding Photography – Alex and Kate

Thornton Manor Wedding Photography – Alex and Kate

Thornton Manor Wedding Photographer

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.

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Don’t Tell the Bride Wedding – Bodelwyddan Castle – Victoria & Adam

Don’t Tell the Bride Wedding – Bodelwyddan Castle – Victoria & Adam

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! 🙂

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