My wonderful friend Emily got married in June this year. Emily finally found that the man of her dreams just happened to be her business partner Noel! I have known Emily since we were eight years old when we started school together. I have many very happy memories with her, from playing with our pet rabbits in junior school, to horse riding together in our teens in winter months and getting warm by her parents’ aga, to the day when she hosted my sweet sixteen birthday party – an exciting camping venture with our very best girl friends!
Only the Emily we all know and love could get away with taking advantage of this year’s leap year – she pulled off the true epitome of girl power by asking Noel to marry her back in February! Much to everyone’s delight, a very chuffed Noel agreed to be her husband and so the planning began. Once again, in true Emily style, she amazed us all by organising the most beautiful wedding in just four months! Emily wore a stunning fairytale dress by Suzanne Neville from Dreamcatcher Bridal, Kirkham which was just perfect for her, not to mention the fabulous Christian Louboutin wedding shoes! The wedding took place at Christ Church, Treales, followed by a spectacular marquee reception complete with the London gospel choir Joyful Soundz at Emily’s father’s farm. Thank you ‘Daddy’ for a hosting such a wonderful day! We were treated to sumptuous canapés and a delicious wedding breakfast courtesy of the excellent Paul Rowley and his team.
I was officially off duty for the day as wedding photographer – it was lovely to be a guest and take in the events of day through my own eyes rather than behind a lens. However, I couldn’t resist taking some photos of Emily and the girls getting ready for the big day and I am so glad I did… she really is the most stunning bride, Noel is a very lucky man! I also managed to sneak a few snaps of the cake cutting and dancing!
I am so happy for you both, Emily it’s fantastic that you have met such a perfect match and I wish you both lots of love and happiness for the future! x x x
My dear friend Becky tied the knot with Matt in May this year at a beautiful wedding down in the big smoke! I have known Becky since we were about twelve years old. She has been a wonderful friend over the years so you can imagine how thrilled I was to be asked to capture her big day for her! When Becky met Matt she soon realised she had found her soul mate. It quickly became apparent that these two would spend the rest of their lives together.
Becky and Matt got married at All Saints Church, Fulham. Its tall ceilings and grand stain glass windows are just beautiful and made a dramatic backdrop for wedding photos. Becky looked stunning in a classic Lusan Mandongus vintage dress from Teokath, Wimbledon. The fun really began afterwards when we all headed to nearby Winchester House, Putney on the river. It made for a very interesting five minute walk in three and a half inch heels with a very heavy camera bag and tripod!
Winchester House sits in an enviable position on the riverside. It is a quintessentially old English building boasting a beautiful garden, just perfect for an intimate wedding reception. The unpredictable British summer weather behaved itself for once and although a little grey, the rain held off. The guests were able to enjoy mouth watering canapés and champagne in the garden overlooking the river Thames (catering by AM & PM Catering). Becky and the bridesmaids looked fabulous and we had a lot of fun taking the photos. I managed to steal a very special ten minutes with the bride and groom down by the riverside to capture some romantic moments for the wedding album… they look very happy!
The evening reception moved inside where we gathered in a beautiful room upstairs. Romantic low lighting and tasteful decor created perfect ambience for some very heartfelt and emotional speeches (yes I did have a few tears in my eyes behind the lens!). Becky and Matt then cut the cake and soon got to work partying on the dance floor! The celebrations continued until the early hours and everyone had a fantastic time.
Becky and Matt, thank you so much for letting me be part of your big day, it was a real honour. I am sure you will have a very happy future together, lots of love x x x
Lisa and Darren’s wedding was certainly a day to remember… the couple tied the knot at Dukinfield Town Hall in May 2012. Lisa contacted me via a mutual friend a few weeks before the wedding and explained that they had originally planned to have their wedding abroad but due to unforeseen circumstances, they were no longer able to go. What a shame! Regardless, Lisa and Darren rose to the challenge of organising their new wedding in very little time and I was delighted to be asked to be their photographer for the day.
When I woke up on the Saturday morning, I was pleasantly surprised to see that for one of the very few occasions this summer, the sun was shining and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. I don’t think any of us anticipated how hot the day would be. When I arrived at Lisa’s parents’ house at midday, the dashboard read 31°! Lisa looked lovely and we had the chance to take a few photos outside in the garden before shooting off in a limo with her five bridesmaids.
Dukinfield Town Hall is a fantastic venue for a wedding. The building’s classic Victorian red brick architecture makes for great photograph opportunities. Inside, the grand entrance hall with stunning oak staircase leads to the George Hatton suite where the ceremony was held. Lisa looked stunning as she entered the room with her father and Darren seemed to be very pleased with himself as she walked down the aisle! The heat was relentless but fortunately the staff had provided huge fans to keep the guests cool.
After the ceremony, the guests enjoyed a champagne or two then we headed to Dukinfield park to take advantage of the sun for the wedding photos. The park boasts a beautiful stone staircase which was perfect for group shots of the wedding guests. I also got the chance to steal the bride and groom away for ten minutes to capture a few shots of the newlyweds!
The wedding breakfast was held in the Lesser Hall. This was a good chance for Lisa and Darren to relax and cool down! Not for long though, the evening party soon swung into action a couple of hours later and the grand Jubilee Hall was filled with guests. The DJ started his set and shortly after, Darren led Lisa to the dancefloor for the first dance. Before long, the dancefoor was full and the partying carried on until late!
Thank you to Lisa and Darren for looking after me and also to the very helpful staff at Dukinfield Town Hall. What a fabulous day. Who says you have to go abroad to guarantee scorching sunshine?