I’ve had an awesome start to the Bank holiday weekend which kicked off documenting Matt and Caroline’s wonderful wedding day along with their lovely family and friends.
I never actually met with the couple until a month or so before the day arrived as Matt was unavailable to meet to discuss their photography requirements due to work commitments being stationed down south with the Army Air Corps. When we did meet it was really nice to have a good chat about what they had planned already and where I was going to fit in with it all. Timings were the main talking point with it being very important to get these close to spot on as it helps keep the flow of the day’s events run smoothly.
The day arrived and I was to head to Caroline’s Mum’s home in Aughton to document the build up with the Bridal party. I started off capturing a couple of photos of make-up being applied and the final part of the hair stylist doing what she does best 🙂 I then went upstairs to get those all important shots of the little details that make the Bridal preparations all worth it. Unfortunately I wasn’t around to get the photos of Caroline in her beautiful white dress as I had to head to the venue to prep for the ceremony. This sometimes happens and it’s actually nice because this part can be intimately enjoyed by Parents and Bridesmaids.
After battling through the Ormskirk and Southport traffic I arrived outside of the entrance to the stunning venue that is Meols Hall. I didn’t go in as Matt and his mates from the Army were having a tipple in the Hesketh Arms which was located just outside of the grounds. They checked each other over making sure that their uniform was spot on and after downing their drink and a quick shape of the iconic blue beret they made their way down the path to meet guests and a then a quick discussion between Groom and registrar.
Caroline arrived early with the Bridal party which resulted in a covert operation of ensuring Matt wasn’t seen by his soon to be Bride. With Matt safely out of view Caroline then prepped herself ready to walk down the aisle with her very good friend and Bridesmaid who was giving her away.
The ceremony was lovely and after a reading, rings exchanged and the kiss to seal-the-deal it was on to the signing of the register. I got my official photos and then made my way to the back of the room where the new Mr & Mrs Marshall were to walk hand in hand up the aisle. We had a couple of moments before they were to head back inside so Matt passed the time by chasing a couple of chickens around the yard with his ceremonial sword… Don’t worry there were no chickens harmed during this period 🙂
With the Guard of Honor in place and guests ready with confetti they walked outside to be presented with crossed swords. With a quick kiss before the last man family and friends were ready in the wings to throw their confetti. We cracked on with the formal group photos afterwards whilst everyone was enjoying canapes and fizz. The happy couple even had time to mingle with their guests before the meal which is what I like!
After a quick look over the decorations in the room the wedding coordinator invited everyone inside to then congratulate Matt and Caroline by cheering and clapping them into the room. Speeches were conducted after the wedding breakfast which gave me time to look over what I had captured so far and also photograph the cheeseboard which was being created in the barn next door.
Caroline’s Mother spoke a few words of her love towards her Daughter whilst sharing a couple of humorous stories. Matt then took over including thanks and gifts before then passing on the mic to his Best man. The next 10-15 minutes were, as usual a respectful slating of the Groom but made sure everyone knew how strong their friendship was by sharing funny stories of their childhood.
After the reception it was the time me, Matt and Caroline headed outside to finish off the final photographs of them both together around the the stunning grounds that Meols hall offered to us. It was really nice chatting to them whilst walking around to various spots for these more intimate photographs.
The day soon became evening and night time guests were arriving which resulted in Matt and Caroline heading inside where the party was in full flow. The couple booked a live band to entertain everyone for the night and a photobooth in the barn was also on hand with props 🙂
The time soon came where I was to leave everyone and let them enjoy the time without a photographer around. I was sad to leave and could’ve easily stayed and chatted to guests whilst capturing more memorable moments but as always after a very tiring and mentally draining day my bed was calling me.
Before I leave any wedding event I always say goodbye to the newly weds and on this occasion I was very much taken aback as they offered me a very kind and thoughtful gift to say thank you for my service. I always put 100% effort in every wedding day or event I am part of but this is because I love what I do and respect that people pay a lot of money to create a day of their dreams. I don’t ever expect to receive anything but Matt and Caroline gave me a decommissioned 30mm Apache machine-gun round which they had made into a shot glass and engraved. This was from an exercise Matt was part of and they thought it would make great gifts for family and friends who were part of their wedding day.
An absolutely lovely couple to deal with and I hope they had a fantastic and memorable day. I can’t wait to edit the remainder of the big day photographs but for the time being enjoy these sneak peeks 🙂