It’s been a cracking weekend of weather around the North West and I’m so pleased that we enjoyed plenty of sunshine yesterday for such a lovely couple’s wedding day! I met up with Lewis and Emma earlier in the week to show them the wedding albums on offer in each package and at the same time briefly ran through timings for the day. They were very excited and so was I!
So yesterday I arrived at Emma’s Parent’s home in Haydock where I began capturing a couple of documentary shots of the Bridal Party having their hair and make-up done. The conservatory was a little full so an over-spill area was created outside for the hair stylists to work their magic. I headed upstairs after a short while to document those all important smaller details. I love this part because not only does it give the girls a little breathing space from the camera being around, it also gives me the chance to show the wedding dress, wedding shoes, bridesmaids attire, flowers etc in all it’s glory. I use the natural light to my advantage with these photos and create the shots I feel would really make these items shine! After being upstairs for a bit I headed downstairs to finish off documenting the morning. As we approached noon Emma was helped by her Bridesmaids, Mum and Mother-in-law into her stunning wedding dress before she walked into the living room full of excitable flower girls and of course her Son, Max.
I headed off to the Church which was just around the corner to ensure I arrived with plenty of time to get some build up shots, speak with the Vicar and of course speak with Lewis to make sure he was okay. As I approached the Lychgate I saw Barry of Diamond Lights Wedding Films doing what he does best and as always it was a pleasure to see him again. I knew Barry was going to be there as we always keep each other in the loop of what weddings we will be seeing one another at. Lewis headed inside along with family and friends as the Bridal Party began to arrive in small groups. Emma and her Dad arrived last and after a couple of shots we took our positions inside and enjoyed documenting the ceremony. Max walked down first with a sign whilst holding the hand of a Flower girl, it was lovely. Emma followed with her Dad who was beaming with smiles as she walked towards her Husband-to-be.
The wedding ceremony ran smoothly with a couple of hymns and one reading which was read by the Vicar. Lewis and Emma smiled continuously which made fantastic photographs. Once rings were exchanged and after that all important kiss to seal-the-deal it was time for the newly weds to sign the register. Myself and Barry prepared ourselves for the newly weds to walk back up the aisle as Husband and Wife before they were overcome by their wedding guests who congratulated them. There was no confetti allowed inside the Church grounds and with the Lychgate right on the roadside we gave it a miss for ‘Safety’ reasons 🙂
I headed off with Barry to the Reception venue as time was ticking away and we were running slightly late. I arrived at Best Western Plus’s Lancashire Manor Hotel in Pimbo where I prepped my kit near the entrance and also the area in which the wedding car will stop. A couple of photos were taken but it was straight onto capturing those formal group photographs which we all love! I always try and get through them as quickly as possible yet I ensure they are done correctly and look spot on as we only get one shot at it. 20 minutes later all 10 groups (including a large group of everyone) we were done and let Lewis and Emma go and enjoy the time they had left before the wedding breakfast with their guests and a LARGE glass of Gin (or two)
The room was set and as always I captured photos of the stunning decorations before the wedding coordinator invited everyone to take their seats and then officially announced the new Mr & Mrs Hardman into the room. The speeches were first although we waited for Dad to arrive before proceedings began. A few moments later he appeared to a few cheers and howls 🙂
We enjoyed the speeches from Emma’s Dad, Lewis’s Mum, Lewis himself and then finally his Best man which they all contributed with loving words and funny stories. I checked over my photos during my break and had plenty of water as it was extremely humid. After a couple of hours we watched all of the wedding party exit the room for it to be turned around for the evening part of the day. Some headed outside to enjoy the sunshine and some stayed closer to the bar. I hadn’t done any photos of the happy couple together nor did we complete a confetti shot, so we did these all within 20-30 minutes.
I documented evening guests arriving before one last push with Lewis and Emma to just spend 10 minutes just outside of The Great Hall as the sun was low and glorious. We got some gorgeous shots and as promised after a short time away from their family and friends they returned. 8.30pm had arrived and it was time for the first dance between the newly-weds. They had a LOVE sign which was great as a backdrop and looked great in the photos. Lewis and Emma smiled away together and after a couple of minutes they were joined by those waited around the edge of the dance floor.
I had an absolutely amazing time documenting their big day and I hope everyone had a memorable time. I can’t wait to begin the editing of their wedding images but for the time being please enjoy these sneak peek shots.