I met up with Mark and Rebecca a couple of months ago to discuss their upcoming big day after a very kind recommendation from David and Charlotte Fish whose wedding I had photographed back in 2014…Thank you 🙂
We ran through the day regarding the photography side of things and expectations with timings as it is the most important aspect with any wedding day. It is so crucial to have an idea of how (generally) it will all run and even though things may crop up, having in mind a set time frame to keep with will maintain a relaxed atmosphere during the daytime.
So the day soon arrived and I was due to arrive at Wrightington Country Hotel and Spa around 1 O’clock to begin documenting the build-up before the ceremony started at 2 O’clock. Initially I headed straight for the ceremony room where I met up with the registrars and ensured they were happy with my documented approach…which they were! I then looked for Mark to reassure him that I had arrived and once that was done I documented all of the wedding guests having a chat and a drink in Bennett’s Restaurant upstairs.
Mark soon headed downstairs to take his place whilst I waited in the reception area for the arrival of the Bridal party. Rebecca looked stunning in her wedding dress as she arrived with her Dad. They were both smiling away as they headed down the corridor to prepare to officially begin proceedings. The Bridesmaids made their way first with two Paige boys which included the couple’s Son, James and then Rebecca followed up behind. The ceremony was lovely which included the exchange of rings before the official signing of the register. Once formalities were complete the newlyweds made their way back past their family and friends together holding hands and smiling away!
We decided to get the group photographs out of the way before the wedding breakfast although in typical British style the weather hindered our plans slightly so I rearranged the ceremony room to make it spacious enough so we could capture at least the smaller sized group shots. It was all good fun which even included a shot, which I have to say, I have never done before but could begin to phase its way into future wedding celebrations. It was the same shot which has been done before of the Men holding up the Bride…..but the other way around! It created great smiley faces and was actually hilarious 😀
The happy couple and myself headed outside after the rain subsided slightly to capture the more intimate shots of them together around the venue’s grounds before heading inside where we did a mock cut of the cake and I also managed to get the all-important room photos before he wedding guests were officially invited in to take their seats. I had my break whilst everyone enjoyed a lovely 3 course meal but I do have to say a huge Thank you to Mark and Rebecca for their very kind gesture of making sure I got fed, it is always appreciated. I also checked over my photos and also prepped my kit for the evening part of the day which would include the speeches.
First up was Rebecca’s Dad who was absolutely brilliant in including funny stories and kind words. Mark followed suite with the customary ‘Thank yous’ to those in attendance along with special thanks to parents, Bridal party and someone they had asked to make their wedding cake. Finally was Mike, the Best man! Mike included an array of jokes with the inclusion of funny stories. They were all fantastic and made for great photographs!
The evening guests started to arrive which was a sign that we were approaching the time for the first dance. I wanted to squeeze in a couple of shots of the happy couple before I lost them to the awesome tunes that was being played by ‘Upside Down DJs’. I also suggested that James had 5 minutes with them both whilst I documented the moment, it was beautiful!
The official cutting of the cake had been and gone and the new Mr & Mrs Moorcroft were dancing away to their first dance before Rebecca then asked for a moment with her Dad during a song she requested with the DJ.
I had such an incredible day and I hope they did too along with their family and friends. I wish them a lovely time away up in the Lakes but for the time being please enjoy these sneak peek shots.