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.
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
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
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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.
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!).
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 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
Emily and Peter’s Sunshine Wedding at Thornton Manor
We were so delighted that peter and Emily asked Pixsmiths to be their Thornton Manor wedding photographer. Thornton Manor is one of our most local venues and we love coming here its such a gorgeous place,in the Cheshire countryside> Always well organised and staff are brilliant The grounds and rooms are just stunning and a perfect wedding venue – exactly why Emily and Peter chose it.
Bridal make up and hair preps were in the spacious Gatehouse and then Emily got dressed in an even more spacious room in the main house. Very impressed with how he team organised transfer of belongings over. Emily was super organised from early on with make up already done when we arrived some hours before the ceremony. Peter had Emily all emotional with the message on his card to her and had arranged for her Nan’s chain (which she wore every day prior to her passing) to be placed in her bouquet. A thoughtful way to remember her Nan and Emily’s mum also got teary seeing it too. Emily wore flowers in her hair to match the lilac of the bridesmaids dresses. Lovely detail in the top beading detail of their dresses which matched that of Emily’s gorgeous dress. Little Oliver, Emily’s nephew almost stole the show though, so cute!
We always enjoy plenty of time relaxing with the girls and get some venue shots. Seeing as the girls were getting ready on site it was easy to capture the groomsmen arrival too. The groomsmen added to the colour of the day by wearing a variety of colourful socks.
The dining room(through the Grand Hall) was packed with family and friends for the ceremony – lovely to see the bridesmaids escorted down the aisle before Emily made her stunning appearance with her proud dad- she looked radiant all day! Celebratory drinks and out for confetti mingling and photos before the wedding breakfast. The Lime avenue was looking stunning in the sunshine
The music room always looks fabulous and today was no exception, truly a grand setting for a memorable meal. We loved the expression of joy on Emily’s face when she was shown the room. Lots of cheers and hand waving as Peter and Emily were announced in as the new Mr and Mrs. Good food and entertaining speeches followed, the best man had everyone laughing.
Time for a stroll after the meal to get some fresh air and some softer light portraits -in the beautiful flower decked sunken garden area Extra portraits are a bonus when we are booked for a full day package, making the most of your photo opportunities and spreadign it over the day. Soon time for the evening dancing and party with the casino going down a treat, certainly provided for a lively atmosphere!
It was great to work with Stuart Appleyard of Appleyard Productions too, we worked together really well, all of us liking the natural unobtrusive approach The sun shone all day and everyone had a great time. Thank you Peter and Emily that we could capture and share in your day and we wish you much continued happiness love Sandy & Dave x
Venue: Thornton Manor Caterign and Events Management: Chapman Holmes Photography: Pixsmiths Creative Photography Videography: Appleyard Productions Entertainment Dave Bladen Cake: Terry Tang Florist: Passion for Flowers – lilac/ivory Blackjack tables : Fun Casinos
Travel Themed Brook (Meadow) Hall Wedding for Dawn and Sean
So much to enjoy about this travel themed Brook Hall (formerly Brook Meadow) wedding of Sean and Dawn. A sunny August Bank Holiday weekend – a rarity it itself! Sean and Dawn have been together 11 years and travelled to many destinations together so it formed a natural theme for their fabulous day. A gorgeous green and brown coloured theme, the decor in their home matched perfectly too for the bridal prep details, obviously inspirational for the colour scheme.
Sea’s three daughters were his “Best Men” they not only looked fabulous in their jackets from Slaters, white trousers and green tie ribbon matching the bridesmaids colour, but also were well organised helping with the big group as well as enjoying swigs from their hip flasks to help calm any nerves at the church with their dad and checking times with their pocket watches. The church, St Oswalds in Bidston is a friendly place and there was even a banner up about being together on a journey. The vicar is well known for his singing and during the registry signing sang “Come fly with Me” ..so appropriate for Sean and Dawn!
Brook Hall Hotel Reception
Onto Brookmeadow, now renamed as Brook Hall, and beautifully updated in a contemporary style, befitting the owners of Sheldrakes who now run this venue. Brook Hall has an idyllic setting in the Childer Thornton, Cheshire countryside. Truly a wonderful Cheshire wedding venue. So many opportunities for stunning portraits around iis gardens and stone bridge over the brook towards teh bottom of the gardens. Outdoor weddings can take place here too
The tables at Brookmeadow were artistically decorated with travel memorabilia from various countries they had visited …and the anecdotes from their travels during teh speeches were hilarious..on the lines ..we went here, Dawn doesn’t like flying, scuba diving etc.. all the things Sean loved…so opposites do attract! It ended with Dean saying he like to be punctual …Dawn was a wee bit late at the church ..well it is the bride’s prerogative 😉
The Matt magician worked the tables during the reception and in between meal courses went down a treat, kept all the guest entertained. Whilst in the evening the band Route 66 had the dance floor rocking. A wonderful day for Sean and DAwn and we thank you that we could capture all the days events for you. Wishing you many more years of happiness.
Crabwall Manor Wedding Photography: Evelyn and Lewis
Wow its been a busy August and here we are for Crabwall Manor wedding Photography of Evelyn and Lewis. Weddings at Crabwall Manor are always well organised, it has had a fab refurbishment and staff are super helpful and professional, everything ran to schedule. Another eagerly awaited day for this special couple – they had each emailed a surprise for the wedding for each other, just love secrets! The morning started a bit damp but the girls were in great spirits during the prep and the time flew by as we captured them getting ready with Emma Lampkin in attendance for hair make up duties. Lovely details too – just know this is going to make a fabulous album. Oh loved the way Evelyn’s room has especially been re-wallpapered with bridal preps in mind, what a fab mum she has.
Crabwall Manor Wedding Photography – Ceremony
The bridal car arrived at Crabwall Manor – its handy clock tower is undercover so no need for umbrellas here and it was an easy access to the ceremony. Evelyn looked gorgeous in her beautiful dress and was led to her waiting groom by her mum, a real special moment. A beautiful poem was ready to them specially written by a relative to poorly to attend but read by her daughter. Evelyn and Lewis chose a purple scme for the day and the bridesmaid (her aunt) dress in lilac matched the colour of the flowers from Earth Flowers from Heswall and teh flower decorations skillfully crafted on the wedding cake by Bella’s cake pantry. So lovely to have our Blue Orchid suppliers collaborating, a great way to co-ordinate a look for your wedding.
At the ensuing drinks reception was Lewis’s surprise – the Carlton Ensemble playing beautiful music for all the guests to enjoy. Evelyn’s face was a picture! With our British weather its always worth considering a venue’s indoor space for group shots and Crabwall Manor certainly has this option. We shot the large group looking down from the stairwell in the big reception area by the fireplace and more formal smaller groups in the outside courtyard which is conveniently undercover.
Plenty of time to mill around and get some portraits before the wedding breakfast. Really tasty food …mm the Creme brulee and shortbread was divine We were honoured to be sat with their guests too, so lovely, we were treated just like family and was really appreciated> Evelyn’s mum gave a heartfelt speech, it was a real tear-jerker moment to see the special relationship between them and Yvonne had kept a message from Evelyn as a child which she’d treasured all these years and read out..not a dry eye in the room!
After the wedding breakfast came Evelyn’s surprise – ..and wonderfully the sun came out for everyone kids and big kids alike to enjoy the vintage lawn games courtesy of the Jolly Good Vintage Company. There was hook a duck, tin can alley, coconut shy, splat the rat and more. Wonderful fun and beautifully set out too on the lawn with all the vintage touches and bunting. Time flew by and soon time for the dancing – think Evelyn not only enjoyed the first dance but also dancing to the Spice girls ..and Lewis not to be undone did a rap – wow he was really good!
So happy for you Evelyn and Lewis, I know we will keep in touch and look forward to hearing more of your journey together and enjoy your lovely new home. much love Sandy and Dave xx