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
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Oh Danielle and Dennis what a glorious day and time we had with you at your Kings Church Wedding we loved every second! Your welcoming home church where you worship. Such warm hearted people and church family to support you The church was transformed by the Wedding Collection from Moreton and your personal touches Their order of service was a clever fusion of the colours of their national flags morphed onto their figures. A beautiful violinist played prior to the ceremony which was filled with heartfelt worship songs and a special message Emotions running high, Dannielle, trembling as she bravely walked down the aisle by herself (her family in brazil) to her waiting Dennis Such looks of love and pride you gave each other, made our hearts swell too!
From the moment we met we warmed to each other and was evident their pictures were very important to them. Definitely our type of couple! They deliberately chose an early ceremony on our advice for the time of year to give plenty of time for their pictures without rushing yet still being with friends. Time to mingle with their guests and enjoy a finger buffet and cake and sweets – very important in Brazilian customs! before we left for Port Sunlight The beautifully package favours of BEMN-CASADO represent the sweet union, sealed with love and mutual respect. According to Brazilian custom it has magical powers. Every guest who tastes a BEM-CASADO will be blessed with the same happiness as the newly weds…just have to make a wish before the first bite.
They wanted to factor a good time in good light for their portraits in Port Sunlight so we had a good 2 hours to hop around to several locations The tin cans rattling behind on Denni’s car told of their joy on their wedding date and fusion of their Brazilian and Welsh nationalities Onto the Village Hotel Bromborough to rejoin with their guests for evening dancing and more cake! A wonderful day of celebration of the marriage of such a warm hearted loving couple. Danielle and Dennis we wish you much joy in this new chapter of your love story. We trust these images will provide you with lasting memories. Sandy & Dave xx
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
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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We have covered a wonderful Nunsmere Hall Wedding before, it’s a gorgeous country House Hotel. so many photo options. So we were delighted to be back here with Libby and Chris towards the end of June as their Nunsmere Hall Wedding Photographer. We had met Libby and Chris at the very first Hulme Hall wedding fayre run by the Bridal Show. We were thrilled when chatting after the wedding that Libby said she had chosen us as she could see it was more than a business but a passion to us – she watched us taking details at the fayre
We met at the rehearsal a couple of days beforehand for their Church ceremony at St Gorges URC Church in Thornton Hough There we discovered Sandy knew Libby’s parents from many years ago – small world! so that was a great start to a relaxed wedding even before we got to Bridal preps at her mum’s home. The wedding timeline was well planned, an early ceremony to make the most of the day and to allow for a longer journey to the venue
Bride and Groom Preps
Fab presents at the preps – Libby was given a day at the Liverpool recording Studios and Chris was made up with his table soccer With all timings going to plan (thanks to co-ordination with Emma MUA we got some fun shots with the girls helping Libby get dressed and captured Libby’s Mum and Dad’s reaction on seeing her in her gorgeous gown from Bridal Elegance ..and then the bridesmaids were crying at their reaction! Equally chilled out for groom preps, and of course they didn’t head straight to the church but to the pub across the road for some dutch courage we did have to coax them away before Libby arrived!
The minister at St Georges was really accommodating to us we cold shoot from the front and the back – always great to get both angles It was an engaging ceremony – think we detected a tear in Chris’s eye when he saw his Bride. arriving by his side It was a joyous ceremony and we had the choir singing too.
The reception Venue
Nunsmere Hall Wedding events is under new management, same company as Peckforton Castle (and now also Inglewood Manor) with same excellent service. The grounds and Marquee have been vastly improved (not that they were bad before, but the garden landscaping means the mere is now much more evident from the grounds. The extended marque has a lovely backdrop onto the lake too. The gardens are gorgeous and colourful as ever. Really spoilt for choices for where to take wedding portraits during your Nunsmere Hall wedding
Beautiful venue decoration by The Raspberry tree company for a woodland rustic theme and with a Tranmere Rovers football twist for Chis with the table names Loved the pallet table plan with its little buckets of flowers – genius ! The newly extended marquee looked resplendent with all their creativeness. The pearlescent heart shaped place names were hung on the back of the chairs ..it was lovely to see guests wearing them later on in the evening too
Libby’s band Shark Sandwich played in the evening – what a treat they were!, certainly got the crowd dancing, great party atmosphere plus they got Libby to sing a couple of songs too. So glad we stayed a bit longer than the first dance to capture these moments Check out the highlights below! Thank you Libby and Chris for asking us to capture your amazing day. much love Sandy and Dave
Church – St Georges URC Thornton Hough Venue – Nunsmere Hall Venue Dresser The Raspberry Tree Company Photography Pixsmiths Creative Photography MUA Emma Lampkin Florist – Amelia Jane Flowers Band – Shark Sandwich Cake – Natalie’s cakes and bakes Elegance Bridal for all of the bride and bridesmaids dresses
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