Winter Wedding Thornton Hall Hotel: Jake & Sophie

Winter Wedding Thornton Hall Hotel: Jake & Sophie

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.

 





Thornton Hall Hotel winter season

wedding reception details Thornton Hall Hotel Cheshire wedding

bride and groom strolling in gardens of Thornton Hall Hotel


night portrait winter wedding Thornton Hall Hotel

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.

Cheshire Marquee Wedding: Lydia & Peter

Cheshire Marquee Wedding: Lydia & Peter

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.

PREPS

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

 

 

 









Oaktree Carriages bring bride and groom to St Nicholas Burton





heekychilli canapes Cheshire marquee wedding




bride and groom portrait Cheshire marquee wedding






groom speech Cheshire marquee wedding

Motwon Magic music band Cheshire marquee wedding

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

Inglewood Manor Wedding Photographer: Em & Josh

Gorgeous Inglewood Manor Wedding: Em & Josh

What a gorgeous Inglewood Manor Wedding day! It’s always a delight to be an Inglewood Manor wedding photographer, it really is one of our favourite venues. We have photographed here throughout the seasons.
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 so It was really enjoyable being with the families again.

Bridal Preps

Ah and 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.

Ceremony St Peters Lower Heswall

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 the cheering and uplifting of arms when pronounced man and wife.
Soon it was out  to the  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 at Inglewood Manor

Inglewood Manor Wedding Reception

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 added to teh theme.
The speeches were really entertaining – especially when Em was asked 3 memory questions, had the guests in stitches!

Evening entertainment at Inglewood Manor Wedding

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.  Thank you for all the giggles and joy shared.
much love and Happiness Sandy & Dave xx

Bride preparing for her wedding

weddign vows St Peter's Heswall

Inglewood Manor wedding photography

Bride and Groom arriving in a yellow Rolls Royce at Inglewood Manor

wedding reception set up at Inglewood Manor wedding photography Cheshire wedding

Inglewood MAnor wedding photography portraits

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!
entertaining speeches at Inglewood Manorlet'd go for a little walk around gorgeous Inglewood Manor

Gorgeous Inglewood Manor wedding bride and groom portrait

Cheshire wedding Inglewood Manor by the lake

giggles during the portraits at Inglewod Manor

bride and groom having a moment Inglewood Manor Wedding

beautiful gardens Inglewood Manor, Inglewood Manor wedding Photography

beautiful grounds of Inglewood Manorlovely bride and groom shot with Inglewood MAnor wedding venue behind them

cake cuttign at Inglewood Manor

evening dancing fun at Inglewood Manor

Inglewood Manor Wedding Photographer evening reception dancing fun

Florist – David Beckham 
Venue – Inglewood Manor,
DJ – Ian Sparks,
Dress – Opulence Bridalwear,
Band – Stanley Park 
 
We adore Inglewood Manor Weddings so if you are looking for your Inglewood Manor wedding Photographer we need to chat! Please drop us a message for a quote.  
We’d love to hear from you and learn about your plans.

 

Hadlow Road Willaston Wedding Photography

Hadlow Road Willaston Wedding Photography

 

WILLASTON WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

A RELAXED CHESHIRE MARQUEE WEDDING: PHIL & STEPH

Willaston Wedding Photography

Willaston is a beautiful Cheshire village, renowned for its historic buildings and award winning best kept village so we were delighted when Phil and Stephanie asked us to cover their Willaston Wedding Photography.   They met at Cambridge university where they were attracted to each other in the Chemistry lab – so true chemistry for these two!  Their relationship was long distance at times with Steph doing her best to follow wherever he had jobs.  When they got a cat together they knew it was serious!

The whole day was local in Willaston and was a relaxed day even with an early start for the 11am ceremony at Christchurch in Willaston.  Then across the road to Pollards Inn with a marque set up for the day’s reception and evening fun

BRIDAL PREPS HADLOW ROAD

First though bridal preps for Steph at their gorgeous home on Hadlow Road – see a very local Willaston Wedding Photography day!
Steph and her bridesmaids were pampered by award winning Cathryn Kerwin Rawlinson MUA and hair by Carol Ellis.  Stephanie and her dressmaker mum had spend many evenings making her own wedding dress – what a labour of love!  The plaque all you need is love and a cat made a perfect pic for Steph’s engagement ring picture.  The bridesmaids dresses were hung on the prized  rowing oar that Phil proudly displays – a trophy from his Uni days.  These oars can only be purchased when you have beaten a rower 4 times in a row.  Always love to incorporate personal mementos when doing bridal preps at home.  The navy colour of the bridesmaids dresses was picked up in Steph’s blue shoes and little blue earrings.

CEREMONY AT CHRISTCHURCH WILLASTON

Soon it was time to capture some men shots at the church whilst Step finalised her getting wedding before making the short drive to her waiting groom. ah the looks they were giving each other melted our hearts!
Out to the noon day sun for some family formals and candids

Phil was given the keys to his new father in law’s jag and he carefully took his new bride for a spin in it before heading to the restored train station at Hadlow Road for some gorgeous newly married images.  Wherever they may move to in the future these images will be a constant reminder or where they loved and married

Reception at Pollards Inn Marquee

The marquee was provided by the newly named Astra Marquees and Phil and Steph said how amazing the company had been advising them and suggesting useful additions.  it was perfect for their situation …a good field area fenced off so kids were safe to play the garden games
of course the food was amazing  and staff were friendly- we really must go back to Pollards for a meal too.  The chocolate pudding was a firm favourite of our couple and we can see and taste why!  The speeches were so entertaining warm, humorous  and sincere.  Some of the best we have heard. Ah and even more cake – Phil’s sister make the cake complete with a bunting topper with their names to match the bunting in the marquee.  Later a family friend provided them with a pork pie cake to cut too.  We love things a bit different!
Plenty of home made cakes to enjoy  Fab touch with a laboratory book for their guest book – a novel and personal touch.

speeches Willaston wedding marquee wedding Astra Marquees

Our couple were up for a few more pics around the village before heading back for dancing to a Ceilidh dance band – Two Left feet

 

A wonderful wedding day in Willaston and we wish Phil and Steph much happiness and health,  love Sandy & Dave xx
Updated to add:  Thank you so much Phil and Steph for your wonderful comments – see testimonial below

 

 

The blog you have just put up is wonderful! It’s like re-living the day. We picked you to do our wedding photographs because you filled us with so much confidence and promised to get un-staged action shots – and you really didn’t disappoint! The shots you have contain so much energy and capture the personalities of our guests so well I will be excited to look at them time and time again (and I generally avoid looking at photos I’ve been in!).

Phil & Steph

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Thornton Manor Waterside Pavilion Rustic Wedding: Jennie and Toby

Thornton Manor Waterside Pavilion Rustic Wedding: Jennie and Toby

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.

Bridal Preps

So many pretty details! Dessy bridesmaids dresses in pretty different coloured pastels, Jennie’s own dress was  a gorgeous bridal gown from Bellissima 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

Neston Church Ceremony

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!

Reception Waterside Pavilion

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 coordinated  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

waterside Pavilion Thornton Manor

Thornton Manor Cheshire wedding phoographer

beautiful stationery from Pink Sherbet Designs Thornton Manor Waterside PavlionThornton Manor Waterside Pavilion wedding reception timeline

Groom speech Thornton Manor Waterside Pavilion

bride and groom portrait Thornton Manor Waterside Marquee

Wedding Dancing Thornton Manor Waterside Pavilion

Dessy Bridesmaids dresses Bellissima Brimstage

Bridal Dress Shoes – Valentino

Rocks for Frocks hair piece

Pink Sherbet – Stationery

Venue Thornton Manor – Waterside Pavilion

Photography – Pixsmiths Creative Photography

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