I thoroughly enjoyed my day yesterday photographing such a special occasion for two lovely people. It was a local affair with having the preparation of the Groom at his parents home a couple of streets down from me in Shevington, Wigan and then the Bridal preparations a mile down the road in Appley Bridge, Wigan. So it all kicked off at 11.30am with Paul and the groomsmen including his parents documenting a short period of them all getting ready…or as it turned out, watching ‘Only fools and horses’. I captured a couple of shots of the smaller details before heading downstairs to say my goodbyes although I couldn’t leave without having a photo with Paul’s Mother 🙂 Well, she was adamant that I looked like someone famous, someone from Top Gun, that person turned out to be…Tom Cruise, Yes I was just so glad that I looked like Maverick and not Goose, haha!
Anyway I swiftly made my way to Judith and the girls to document the remainder of the time capturing them get ready whilst they played with balloons and drunk prosecco 🙂 It was a stunning setting to capture the smaller details whilst overlooking Ashurst Beacon. The weather was all over the place and I was crossing everything in the hope of a little break from the rain. It was soon time to head off to Saint Wilfrid’s C of E Church in Standish, Wigan to meet the Reverend Canon Andrew Holliday and document guests arriving.
The bells starting ringing soon after I arrived and so everybody knew the bride was minutes away. I managed to get a couple of shots of Judith and her Brother together before they joined the bridal party ready to walk down the aisle. The ceremony was very moving with some lovely readings spoken by certain family and friends. I couldn’t help but photograph so many different angles of the gorgeous interior of the church. The rings were soon exchanged and the signing of the register was soon complete so I took my position at the rear ready for the new Mr & Mrs Sutton to walk back down the aisle hand-in-hand.
We squeezed in a confetti shot at the church due to gap in the weather and then we swiftly made our way to the reception venue to quickly get the formal group shots done before the rain soon returned. It literally started as we finished and so we headed inside for the arrival drinks at the iconic Ashfield House. I do enjoy coming to this local wedding venue as the staff are so friendly and the location is just spectacular. I captured shots of the reception room beautifully decorated before guests sat down at their tables ready to receive the newly weds.
There were 3 great speeches read by Judith’s Brother, Paul and then finally Judith’s daughter. The sky soon revealed blue skies and with this in mind I grabbed hold of Paul and judith after they had eaten and suggested we head outside to complete the more intimate shots of them together as it would be a great opportunity missed otherwise. We still used the inside space of Ashfield House taking photographs within the unique downstairs bar area which includes dark wooden oak surrounds and red leather furniture and then finally around the grand staircase.
Unfortunately like every wedding there isn’t enough time in the day to really search for the unique spots all wedding venues have to offer as I appreciate that their wedding guests want to spend time with them. So researching before hand and keeping it to around 30-45 minutes really does offer the best of both worlds. The guests were so engrossed in Mickey Toons the Caricaturist with him drawing away in one of the rooms.
The evenings DJ who was Dance Floor Couture was playing all of the Mo-Town classics before the first dance soon arrived. One of the guests sung the first dance which was superb and got a huge round of applause afterwards.
I had such a great day documenting it all and it was a pleasure working with Mike Roberts Films again. I hope Paul and Judith had a memorable time along with their family and friends and I wish them all the best in their newly married lives together 🙂