Delighted that Chelsea and Jack asked us to cover their Slater’s Country Inn Wedding in Staffordshire. Chelsea and Jack had previously had two family shoots with us. One when baby Flo was just a few weeks and another when she was nearly one.. We were let in on a surprise that not even Jack knew about and was not going to be publicised til after the wedding. You can read about the surprise shoot here
Chelsea is a wonderful photographer herself so an extra special privilege to cover another wedding photographer’s big day. We have done this a couple of times before but still extra pressure!
Ceremony St Andrews Crewe
The ceremony took place at St Andrew’s – just down the road from Crew Alexandra FC. Such a welcome we had, offered tea beforehand ad the vicar himself moved bins out of the way for the photos.
Jack and the guys were well on time for the ceremony – Chelsea (as Jack knew she would ) kept him waiting for a while. Bit of drizzle but once arrived it was suddenly a rush of bridesmaids, babies and a dog getting in place to prepare the way for Chelsea to enter with her mum and Jack’s Dad Chelsea could not contemplate getting married without her faithful pet Rolo being present. Cue adorable pics during the ceremony. Little Flo also made a special entrance in her truck pulled by the bridesmaids. It was quite a procession! Enjoyable ceremony with readings and lighting of candles in memory of Jack’s mm and Chelsea’s Dad,
Lots of laughter and typical Chelsea smiles throughout the service. A day Chelsea had planned and re-planned, so she was going to make the most of every single minute.
It was great to have Moe and Amber along to Video the day too – they know Chelsea really well and we got on great, helping each other out with shots and film. Check out their new website – video is now managed by Ambe, so Ambervideos is the new brand name. They kept Flo entertained during the signing of the registers. Soon they were walking out to happy congratulations and a confetti tunnel Onwards to Slater Country Inn – but not before stopping at a drive-through Maccies!
Slaters Country Inn Wedding Reception
A warm welcome was given at Slater’s Country Inn, set in rural Staffordshire. Formerly an 18th-century working farm, it hs been converted to a cosy wedding venue. You can also marry here in the cute outdoor barn There was time for mingling outside before the wedding breakfast and some portraits.
Chelsea is not your typical bride so we went with the flow of the day, capturing images as they happened. Refreshingly Chelsea didn’t seem to mind that her dress was getting blacker by the minute, she was even rolling on the floor at one time. Still, we managed to get some romantic as well as fun shots throughout the day and evening
do you see the heart shape in the hedge ??
Special places reserved fort hose sadly not able to be with Chelsea and Jack – a lovely idea.
we popped out before dessert and speeches for a few more pics and again after speeches
Time after speeches and before evening for more relaxing and family pics
Soon it was time for the evening to start with the traditional cake cut and first dance to get things going.
Thank you, Chelsea and Jack, for capturing your day. Thank you for being you, it was a mad but enjoyable day! Wishing you much happiness and well wishes for the new arrival. Much love Sandy & Dave xx
After a couple of gorgeous outdoor weddings, it was great to have this stunning Inglewood Manor wedding held indoors. The weather was getting a bit cooler, so indoor suited this family.
Right from the moment that Jason and Emily sent us such a beautiful email saying how much they loved our “approach and naturalistic styles of photography” and ” would adore you to be able to capture our smiles, love, and warmth in your photographs.,” we knew this was a match made in heaven. It certainly didn’t disappoint. Its no secret Inglewood Manor is one of our favourite (and most popular this year) venue but combined with a couple so full of love and not afraid to show it, was magical.
Emily and Jason made the most of the venue space. Ceremony indoors in the newly opened up Executive suite. The removal of the partitioning wall allows so much more light in, great from a photographer’s viewpoint. The wedding breakfast was downstairs in the Burton Suite with its doors leading out to the glorious view beyond to the big pond For the evening it was back upstairs to the middle room for the partying!
Bride and Groom Preps Inglewood Manor
The guys were quite relaxed as they strolled around the grounds for some pictures before the indoor ceremony. Meanwhile, Emily was a little more nervous, understandably, as the ceremony approached. Emily got ready in the beautiful Oak Room bridal suite. Her maid of Honour Kat did a wonderful job looking after her, helping her dress and keeping nerves at bay. Such a devoted friend. When her dad saw her, it was a beautiful emotional moment. We are so honoured to capture these moments. Dad proudly escorted his daughter, sweeping her down the stairs to her waiting groom.
A girl can never have too many shoes and boots!
Inglewood Manor Indoor Ceremony
The emotions continued into the ceremony with tears of joy from both bride and groom, each dabbing their eyes at moments throughout the Inglewood Manor indoor ceremony. So touching to witness., confess to a lump in my throat too and moist eyes.
Groups and Portraits
Plenty of time with theis relaxed wedding for family groups and couple shots throughout the extensive grounds. Emily and Josh love the woodland and reflection shots and they loved these results. we ended this session with a quirky shot on the steps and got in for the wedding breakfast just before a rain flurry.
Wedding Reception Inglewood Manor
Emily had requested that her flowers looked like they had been freshly picked from a meadow. They looked exactly like that, springlike fresh, so pretty and elegant. They adorned the tables for the reception and it worked a treat. Still, the emotions were running high for the speeches. Neve known such chemistry amongst family and friends.
Plenty of time afterwards for some more portraits. Emily and Jason loved exploring the grounds, they really maximised them to the full. A pathway has been made in the grass leading to the boathouse. We hadn’t often utilised this area but it’s so much improved. Their timescale meant it was a relaxed pace for everyone. Still time for mingling before the evening party kicked off with cake cut and dancing.
Evening Reception Inglewood Manor
The evening kicked ogg with cake cut and dancing – great first dance, even if Jason stod on Emily’s dress when he swept her over on the dance floor. Great moves guys! Guests were treated to a chocolate fountain and Emily and Jason had some cool presents! The cross stitch perfectly complemented the ring cushion made for them by mum. The dance floor was kept busy, everyone having a fantastic time. Emily changed into a dress for the later part of the evening, being on-trend with a cape attachment, ooh swirly!.
We really didn’t want to leave, such an amazing day. When you have couples and families who enjoy each other’s company and not afraid to display their emotions it just makes for the most perfect wedding story. This isa day we will never forget just as Emily and Jason won’t. We felt so privileged to share in this day and we wish you every happiness for the future.
If you wish us to capture your stunning Inglewood Manor Wedding we would love to hear from you. We have covered Inglewood Manor weddings throughout all the seasons – full day weddings and shorter ones. We know all the best places. We are thrilled to hear of the developments of this beautiful venue and can’t wait to be here again – not too long to wait!
Lis and Chris, we loved your golf-themed Colshaw Hall Wedding! Thank you for allowing us the privilege of capturing your day at this wonderful venue. It’s a luxury venue set in idyllic grounds with exclusive use You packed a lot into the day – lots of surprises in store – we threw the schedule away and just went with the flow of the day!
Only fitting that Golf-mad Lisa and Chris used Golf for the theme of the day – Golf venues as the table names, golf ball favours with their logo and date of wedding on. The wedding cray golf supplied by Lancashire Wedding Golf was an inspired surprise for Chris and all the guests loved it. All wedding themed and personalised for the couple Already on a high from Liverpool winning the Champions League the night before this wedding just topped the weekend off fabulously.
Bridal Preps Colshaw Hall Wedding
Irlam Lodge at the beginning of the drive to the Hall provided a perfect place for the girls to stay overnight in readiness for make-up and hair preps So much space to enjoy and then even more space in the glorious bridal suite for the getting dressed and final preparations. Beautifully fitted out with large bedroom and en-suite as well as a dressing room with spacious wardrobes and hook to hang the dress – all careful considerations for the room Meanwhile, the guys arrived and checked into their rooms at the other end of Colshaw Hall. We were able to cover both preps as all on one site, flitting from room to room.
Loved capturing the reaction of the bridesmaids, seeing Lisa’s beautiful dress or the first time They were a great group of girls, being hands o with steaming the dresses.
Soon it was time to make their way over to the ceremony location – a purpose-built ceremony room. of course, a golf buggy was used as transportation, first for the bridesmaids and then Lisa and her proud dad Running a little late at this time and whilst there were some last minute changes to the ceremony vows we made the most of the opportunity with some pictures. Soon it was time to enter for Lisa to meet her groom and a beautiful ceremony ensued. Pianist Benjamin Clark added a touch of elegance with his music which continued throughout the drinks reception and wedding breakfast The bridal flowers and flower decor in the venue were stunning, perfectly complimenting the blue of the bridesmaid’s dresses.
Smiles from Chris and Lisa as they greet each other and I do believe a tear from Dad.
One happy bride and groom exited to the confetti throwing from the guests, looking radiant. The decorated golf buggy then took them off to their reception at the Pele Suite while the guests followed behind.
The crazy golf was a bit hit and just before the group shots another surprise was a dove release – always tricky to capture as happens so fast, but we did okay I think! The weather was not completely on our side and groups were interrupted with rain before the wedding breakfast. However plenty of clean space inside to finish the groups and beautiful rooms to take portraits inside – really spoilt for choice at this venue. So many photo opportunities.
Beautiful elegant cake from Suzanne Harvey Cakes. The detail included their wedding logo/initials to fit in with the theme
Bride and Groom Portraits Colshaw Hall Wedding
Happily, after the wedding breakfast, the sun came out and our couple had time to play some golf – Chris even got a hole in one. Quite competitive this couple! Time also before the evening party to capture some beautiful shots in the extensive gardens. A particular request from Lisa was by the Acer tree in the Japanese garden area Then with the golden evening light, it was time for some fun with the bridal party.
A specific request from Lisa – a ring shot with the golf ball favor
The evening kicked off with cake cutting and plenty of dancing. The live band certainly kept guests on the dance floor. Chris couldn’t resist donning a Liverpool shirt to dance in – after the first dance of course
Venue: Colshaw Hall Video – Dave Bones Photography: Pixsmiths Creative Photography Pianist Benjamin Clark Florist: Alexandra Christina Maccioni Cake: Suzanne Harvey Crazy Golf: Lancashire Crazy Golf
Such a delight when Gemma and Scott approached uo to cover their relaxed family wedding Crabwall Manor Crabwall Manor is a venue familiar to us having shot previous weddings here before. This latest time though it was fabulous to see how the gardens have been maintained and improved. Additions of a gazebo and a love seat are welcome too.
An afternoon wedding ceremony that rolled into the evening celebrations. A perfect day just as they wished for and sunshine to enjoy the gardens. Flowers for the bridal bouquet and those throughout the venue were by Flowerhouse Irby They were stunning and vibrant, the peonies gorgeous and in full, bloom
The focus for this wedding was to be relaxed and family focused. The groups were not to be bride’s side and groom’s side but rather a joining of families – so refreshing! The minimal groups meant guests had plenty of time to enjoy the gardens. Plenty of space for football and lawan games such as garden darts and croquet. The secret gardens were explored too. certainly kept the kids entertained and then later on kids young and old enjoyed the casino and dancing.
Hope you enjoy these highlights and we wish you much joy and happiness.
Crabwall Manor is a perfect venue for a relaxed venue. Plenty of space, gorgeous gardens excellent food and staff. Please contact us if you wish to discuss your Crabwall Manor wedding photography. Always happy to be here.
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