Winter Wedding Thornton Hall: Jake and Sophie
How appropriate for Remembrance Day is this blog post of a winter wedding at Thornton Hall Hotel with Jake and Sophie.
Jake served in the British Army in Afghanistan sadly several of his mates are no longer around to celebrate his wedding day.
On this day of remembrance we pause and remember all those who lost their lives serving for their country.
A wedding day Jake nearly never had too..he and his best man were shot up in blasts in Afghanistan and have been slowly recuperating..a recent operation was just a few months ago.
Must be every girlfriends nightmare to receive such news from the war. can only imagine the emotions and thoughts that went through their minds, not knowing what the future might hold.
Sophie determinedly and devotedly looked after Jake, virtually becoming his carer over night. I’m sure that must have aided his recovery, so to see them healthy and happy on their wedding day was truly a blessing. I got quite teary eyed hearing their story in the speeches before the wedding breakfast.
Detail shots were captured at Sophie’s parents home whilst Sophie and her maids were in Liverpool for hair and makeup pampering.
I was glad to cover the getting ready details when the girls arrived back, whilst Dave went off to St George’s in Thornton Hough to meet the guys prior to the ceremony.
Ha I got to ride in the limo with the bridesmaids too – ther was plenty of room!
It was a lovely touch to see some of the congregation attend the ceremony, meant a lot to Sophie and Jake who enjoy attending the services here.
Sophie’s Dad proudly led his only daughter down the aisle to Jake – lovely shot of Sophie smiling as Jake had to compose himself
Sophie looked amazing in her Stella York dress from Cherish the Bride with its accompanying lace edged cathedral length veil.
Not sure who was more nervous Jake with his bride being nearly 3o mins late or the minister doing only his third wedding!
All went well and soon it was out for a group shot before the waiting cars whisked them off to Thornton Hall
Barely a hour to before speeches, we whizzed through a few family formals and bride and groom portraits, phew that was quick but we made it!
Time then for us all to eat the delicious food prepared by Thornton Hall Hotel and then time to mingle with the guests before the evening reception
Much fun was had in the photobooth and we got a few more shots using the hotel features after the meal using extra lighting that is needed for winter weddings.
Jake and Sophie it was a real privilege to cover your wonderful day and we wish you much happiness and health for the future.
Church: St George’s URC Thornton Hough
Venue: THornton Hall Hotel & Spa
Photography: Pixsmiths Creative Photography
Bridal Dress: Cherish The Bride
Flowers: Helen Wow Flowers
Rings: Rogers Jewellery
Thornton Hall is a wonderful wedding venue with function suites suitable for small or large wedding parties. Indoor and outdoor photography options suitable for weddings all year round>
if you are looking for a photographer or two for a winter weddign at Thornton Hall..or any other time of the year please do get in touch and fill out our inquiry form for a quote.
Relaxed Fun Cheshire Marquee Wedding: Lydia & Peter
We had previously covered the Cheshire marquee wedding of Lydia’s sister Hannah and Andrew about 3 years ago… the fancy dress wedding of the Zegg’s!
So we were delighted to cover Lydia and Peter’s home Marquee wedding. On paper it looked a very similar wedding – same home preps, horse and carriage ride down to their local country church at Burton and back for the Cheshire marquee wedding reception. Sisters however are chalk and cheese so it keeps things interesting and proves that weddings at same venues can have a different vibe and style.
Lydia admits she is laid back and very much last minute – Peter had done all the email communication with us beforehand re timings and groups
So we arrived at preps and not surprisingly both Lydia and Hannah were getting the marquee tables decorated, table plans done and cake decorated!
Leaswood Grange is a gorgeous house and full of family mementoes. The earrings were a 21st birthday gift for mum and like the small bible brooch are antiques
Always a challenge to be do something different with details. The gorgeous flowers were captured in the nursery chair and baby cradle.
Lydia was really grateful we just go with the flow of what is happening and not to have to pose.
She looked gorgeous in her Angelica Bridal Gown and her flower girl had a matching dress too
CEREMONY St Nicholas Burton
Its was blue skies at the church -one of the hottest August Saturdays, most unusual for a bank holiday too!
Bride was traditionally late and a long serviced followed so we were chasing the time a little
out to glorious sunshine and confetti on the steps before being driven away in her landau style horse and carriage
A beautiful country wedding lots of family involved in the bridal party with nephews and nieces and their own two year old.
RECEPTION – CHESHIRE MARQUEE WEDDING
Wonderful home made cakes, prosecco and delicious canapés from Cheekychilli catering ensued on the lawn whilst the string quartet were playing.
Family formals over time to mingle and capture some bride and groom shots before entering the marquee in the adjacent farm field
The table were named after favourite books and were adorned with pretty pastel coloured flowers matching those of the bridal and bridesmaids boquets
Guests were treated to a delicious meal and then followed the entertaining speeches.
Evening party soon followed and another treat was the Motown Magic band (travelled all the way from Bristol) who were excellent and had the dance floor packed!
A wonderful day enjoyed by all and so glad the sunshine was out for such a memorable day for Peter & Lydia
A joy to be back with your families again and we wish you much happiness and health
Florist – Jilian Dawn http://www.jilliandawnfloraldesigns.co.uk
Band – Motown Gold https://earcandylive.co.uk/acts/motown-gold/
Catering – Cheeky Chilli http://www.cheekychillievents.co.uk
Dress – Angelica Bridal http://www.angelicabridal.co.uk
Church– St Nicholas’ Church http://www.burtonchurch.org.uk
Venue/Marquee – M & G Marquees http://www.mgtenthire.com
Carriage – Oak Tree Carriages http://www.oaktreecarriages.co.uk
String Quartet – Pachelbel String Quartet http://www.pachelbelstringquartet.co.uk/
Inglewood Manor Wedding Photographer: Em & Josh
Its always a delight to be an Inglewood Manor wedding photographer, it really is one of our favourite venues.
So we were delighted when Em and Josh asked us to cover their wedding day. Josh was no stranger to us as we had covered his sisters wedding a few years ago
It was really enjoyable being with the families again.
Ah what a day Em and Josh had for their church wedding at St Peter’s lower Heswall and reception at Inglewood Manor too.
Relaxed bridal preps at Em’s parental home – and a gorgeous home too! Plenty of space for all the getting ready and details.
Dad and bride really quite emotional when the reveal happened, tugged at our heart strings! Think the bridesmaids and mum had quite a moment too!
A bit of rain on arrival at St Peter’s in a beautiful yellow Rolls Royce – such a sunny yellow.
The ceremony was uplifting and joyous with the worship songs and message from their own church pastor.
So may humorous moments to capture – not least he cheering and uplifting of arms when pronounced man and wife.
Out then out to sunshine and a light breeze to aid the natural veil shots. Smiles all round as the confetti was rained on them before they left for the wedding breakfast
Em is an English teacher and favourite literature provided the theme at Inglewood Manor with the table settings, the wording on the stunning cake and favourite quotes strung up on the stair railings outside.
The speeches were really entertaining – especially when Em was asked 3 memory questions, had the guests in stitches!
The weather was warm enough for friends to enjoy the popular giant Jenga garden game before the evening took over with fun photo-booth
Their band Stanley Park had the dance floor rocking from the off. Em and Josh’s friends really enjoy a great party and it certainly was!
Thank you both for such an amazing day to capture for you Really hope you enjoy these highlights
much love and Happiness Sandy & Dave xx
Before guests took their seat they were invited to take a shot – think that helped with the fun atmosphere and certainly a novel form of wedding favours – certainly went down well!
Florist – David Beckham
Venue – Inglewood Manor,
DJ – Ian Sparks,
Dress – Opulence Bridalwear,
Band – Stanley Park
We adore Inglewood so if you are looking for your Inglewood Manor wedding Photographer we need to chat! Please drop us a message for a quote.
Jennie and Toby’s Rustic wedding Thornton Manor Waterside
A church wedding and reception at the idyllic Thornton Manor Waterside Pavilion were the chosen locations for Jennie and Toby’s wedding The smaller of the lake settings at Thornton Manor but lovely grounds with the bridges and lake views A tinder match made in heaven for Toby and Jennie ..their 3 year anniversary marked was their wedding day.
So many pretty details! Dessy bridesmaids dresses in pretty different coloured pastels, Jennie’s own dress was a gorgeous bridal gown from Bellisima Brimstage Brides and check out those divine Valentino shoes. Pretty blossoms in white and green from Victoria Blossom where a perfect match for the day, fresh and summery The girls had fun being pampered
The ceremony took place at St Mary’s and St Helens parish church Neston, a beautiful historic church with exhibits from the Viking age inside A few nervous looks from Toby and great to see his Best men supporting him and giving reassurance Of course Jennie being devoted to her pooch Oliver had a poem read out especially about how to love her favoured 4 legged friend …and Oliver did make an appearance later on in the day, unsurprisingly. The threatened thunderstorms did not appear, a little rain in the morning freshened things up after the heat of the previous day and did not reappear til late in the evening. Perfect weather for all as they came out to a confetti tunnel – the mini canons totally surprising them! That look on Toby’s face!
The reception took place at the idyllic Waterside Pavilion beautifully set out in trestle table format, suited to the BBQ meal. Barratt’s the caterers did a great job cooking minted lamb, BBQ chicken, vegetable skewers, prawn and salmon skewers as well as steak. Salads and Couscous with pepper, potatoes and coleslaw provided the perfect accompaniments Pink Sherbet stationery excelled as usual with her luxury designed stationery from her Sophia range. Check Cheryl’s blog post for all the details. The invites and order of service all co-ordinated with the table plan, table names and place names. The tables were all named after bars with significant meanings – eg. Sydney Opera Bar for the proposal location during the Australian adventures. The speeches were regaled with those early tinder messages and much laughter with surprise images of Toby from his modelling days! A wonderful day spent with such hospital staff, friends and family. The evening got underway with he cake cut and reveal in to the first dance amidst lots of smoke effects and then musical entertainment from the band The Daddioes. Jennie and Toby we loved your day, so relaxed hope you enjoy your blog post and we wish you much love and happiness
Sandy & Dave
Dessy Bridesmaids dresses Bellisima Brimstage Bridal Dress Shoes – Valentino Rocks for Frocks hair piece Pink Sherbet – Stationery venue Thornton Manor Photography – Pixsmiths