Yesterday’s wedding was a recommendation from Mr & Mrs Mclean who’s wedding I documented back in 2014…Wow how time has flown since then! I soon met up with David and Louise soon afterwards to discuss their photography requirements after they were very interested in my style work. As all of my clients know I offer a very relaxed and unobtrusive approach to any project or occasion I’m included in. It certainly gets the best results when I’m taking snaps of people being themselves! 🙂
So the big day soon came around and as I arrived at Heskin Hall to meet and greet David and his 5 Ushers it darned on me how many times I had made the local trip to this stunning Lancashire wedding venue although this time was a first for me. I had never actually photographed a civil ceremony in the Tudor room and with this in mind I was very excited!
Guests arrived and were enjoying drinks outside before proceedings began. The weather was absolutely glorious with the sun beaming down, temperatures close to 20° at 12.30pm and not a cloud in sight. Louise soon arrived with her parents, bridesmaids and daughter and after speaking with the registrars they were all ready to make an appearance. The Bridesmaids walked in first followed by Louise and her proud Dad who enjoyed the moment together. The ceremony was lovely with plenty of smiles and two superbly spoken readings by one of David’s Ushers and a wedding guest. After rings were exchanged and the signing of the register was complete the newly weds were ready to walk back down the aisle together as Husband and Wife.
As soon as everyone officially congratulated the happy couple I swept in to get David and Louise inside before setting up the confetti shot which included all of the wedding guests. This was followed by the formal groups which I like to get out of the way as quickly as possible as it keeps the atmosphere lively and happy 🙂
I got some snaps of the wedding breakfast room including the wedding cake which looked very yummy but also beautifully decorated. Everybody was invited into the room by the wedding coordinator around 3.30pm to take their seat and to also prepare themselves to formally introduce the new Mr & Mrs Cooper. David and Louise stuck with tradition and included the wedding speeches after they had their meal.
First up was Louise’s Dad who offered a very ‘short but sweet’ speech to kick things off. David followed with the Thank you’s and the lovely story on how they first met and then finally onto David’s Brother for the Best Man speech. I always look forward to this part because you get some cracking stories but mostly because from these stories you get all kinds of reactions and facial expressions from those listening 🙂
I grabbed the opportunity to get outside with the couple as soon as they were ready as I could see the sun was falling towards the horizon by the minute. This part of the day is where I walk around with the couple for the more intimate photos of them together taking our time and having fun! It’s very important that they feel at ease as it helps create natural emotions in front of the camera.
After we enjoyed the gorgeous sunset and the little walk around the grounds it was time to head inside for David and Louise to greet evening guests and more importantly get ready for their first dance.
They were to spend a little time in each other’s company during the first dance enjoying the fantastic vocals of a singer who they booked for the evening. He also played the acoustic guitar offering a vast array of music. I packed up afterwards and left all of their family and friends to carry on the celebrations which I’m sure went on well into the night!
As I left I couldn’t help but look up into the star-lit sky and take in the breathtaking view. I decided I was going to try something I hadn’t done before and capture this moment which you can see for yourselves in the sneak peek shots below. I hope you all enjoy looking through them and I can’t wait to get the remainder of David and Louise’s special day’s memories to them very soon 🙂
Until then, Enjoy…