Congratulations Malcolm & Gwen!

Yesterday I had the absolute pleasure in being part of this lovely couple’s wedding day. It was all held at the stunning venue that is the Macdonald Kilhey Court Hotel in Standish, Wigan. Malcolm and Gwen contacted me after they discussed their big day with Wendy who is the wedding coordinator at the venue. They wished to meet and run through the option of having myself for a short time to capture all the more important moments which I was very happy to do πŸ™‚ We met and discussed my mid-week package that is Β£200 and is perfect for those having a special occasion during the week and only wanting a couple of hours photography coverage. They were extremely happy and decided to go ahead!

So I turned up at 11.30am where Malcolm and 9 family and friends were hanging out in the reception area ready to head over to the ceremony suite to take their seats and await the arrival of the Bride. Gwen and her Brother were having a moment before later being asked to head over and meet with the registrars. The ceremony was a very intimate one and it was so nice to take my time capturing every moment during the ceremony. There were two readings spoken by Malcolm’s Daughters before the exchange of rings and the official signing of the register. They then prepared themselves before they walked back up the aisle as Husband and Wife.

After a confetti shot just near the venue’s iconic fountain they then enjoyed a good 30-40 minutes of canapes and drinks as there wasn’t too many groups and especially none that were so time consuming. When things died down slightly everyone headed upstairs inside the room which they were to enjoy the wedding breakfast.

Speeches were to be conducted first and when all were seated and champagne was poured Malcolm stood to give the first lovely speech before Gwen’s Brother then offered a fantastic poem. I left everyone to enjoy their food without a photographer around πŸ™‚ so I said my goodbyes to the newly weds and wished them a lovely remainder of such a wonderful day!

I hope they had a memorable afternoon and I look forward to editing their wedding photographs. Please enjoy these sneak peeks πŸ™‚

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Congratulations Dave & Julie!

Good morning everyone and I hope you’re all well and enjoying your weekend!

Yesterday I had the immense pleasure of documenting Dave & Julie’s big day which all took place within a 2 mile radius of where I live. I was to only photograph the ceremony through to the speeches so I had plenty to squeeze in with the time I had.

I arrived at St Anne’s Church in Shevington, Wigan where Dave was standing next to his stunning vintage car which he wanted part of the wedding as transportation for the Groomsmen. His friend and Usher was using his own personal and also vintage car for transportation for the Bridal Party. All guests were heading inside the church to take their seats and once Mother of the Bride had arrived it was time to get Dave inside also.

Julie turned up with her Dad who was to give her away and once they prepared themselves outside the church with last minutes alterations it was time for the Vicar to officially announce to family and friends the arrival of the Bride. Dave was patiently waiting at the end of the aisle with his Best man by his side. The ceremony went smoothly with a reading made by their son and once rings were exchanged and the signing of the register was complete it was time to get myself ready for the new Mr & Mrs Mckee to walk hand-in-hand back up the aisle and then outside.

After everyone had their moment to congratulate the happy couple it was time to head up to the reception venue for the formal group photos. We arrived at Wrightington Hotel & Country Club and there was a surprise awaiting the couple as they got out of the car. They have a dog who managed to be escorted up for a couple of photos with Dave and Julie outside before heading back home to sleep πŸ™‚

We cracked on with the formal group shots to get them done before then capturing the more intimate shots of the newly weds together around the stunning venue. I even managed to squeeze in the room decor shots before the wedding guests were invited inside to take their seats.

Dave and Julie waited outside to be formally announced by the wedding coordinator. once all guests were inside and ready to go it was time for everyone to cheer and clap as they made their way to their seats. The speeches followed with Father of the Bride first, the Groom and then finally the Best Man.

All the speeches were fantastic and I thoroughly enjoyed documenting the time I was with Dave, Julie and their lovely family and friends. I hope they had a memorable time after I left and I look forward to speaking with them shortly to present them with their wedding photographs. For the time being please enjoy these sneak peek shots….

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Congratulations Anthony & Paula!

On Friday I was part of the wonderful wedding of Anthony and Paula who got married in Liverpool. It was a late ceremony beginning at 4pm but they still wanted the preparations and build up documented beforehand.

I arrived 3 hours before (like I always do for the Bridal preparations) where I was met by Paula and the girls who were having their hair and make-up done. I began documenting everything before moving on to capture the smaller details including the dresses, shoes, jewelry, flowers etc. Once I was happy and the time had caught up to me it was time to head over to the ceremony room to meet and greet Anthony and photograph guests arriving.

It was soon time for all family and friends to be announced to take their seats ready for the arrival of the Bride. Paula was to walk down with her Brother but just before she reached her soon to be Husband her Father had the last few steps with his Daughter which was lovely to see πŸ™‚ The ceremony ran smoothly and with rings exchanged and the official signing of the register complete I got myself ready for the new Mr & Mrs to walk hand-in-hand back up the aisle to receive their celebratory glass of fizz!

Due to the horrific weather in the morning we got our opportunity for outside shots as the sun was beaming down. I got everyone outside and began with the large group shot of all guests followed by a few smaller groups and then just before everyone went inside I grabbed Anthony and Paula for a couple of photos of them together just in case the weather decided to turn again.

It was a very informal affair so there was no official introduction of the newly weds as they walked straight inside and to their seats to enjoy a well earned meal which obviously was the wedding breakfast, their first meal as Husband and Wife πŸ™‚

After coffee’s were served evening guests were soon arriving and so before I lost the happy couple in all the excitement of greeting them I went outside once more time with them for the final part of the more intimate shots of them together. The sun was just setting which gave us great light for this more personal part of the day.

We did a mock cut of the cake followed by the first dance which included a little surprise from the couple. AΒ choreographed dance was in store for all those watching and was superb as they smiled away to one another. I hope they had an absolutely memorable day and I can’t wait to begin the editing of their wedding photographs. For now please enjoy these sneak peek photographs πŸ™‚

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Congratulations Mark & Sarah!

I first met Mark & Sarah a while back at Langtree Stadium’s wedding fair where they were newly engaged and we spoke about their ideas and plans. I said at the time about coming to their home where we could sit down over a cup of tea/coffee and discuss further about their photography requirements etc. They were very impressed with my work and soon after I left them I had a message saying that they wanted me to be part of their wedding day, and I couldn’t wait!

The morning came and I headed up to Sarah’s parents home in Poulton-Le-Fylde for the Bridal Preparations. The girls were getting their hair done at the house as I turned up and so I captured a some documented shots before moving onto capturing the smaller details. Everyone was in high spirits especially as Sarah’s Dad popped open the champagne and actually almost nearly put a hole in the roof πŸ™‚ Once Sarah was in her dress I finished up and made my way into the town center to photograph the boys.

Mark and the Groomsmen along with a few family and friends were having a couple of drinks in the Thatched House next to the church. Liverpool were playing Watford which kept most entertained before they all headed over for the ceremony and as the first of three weddings was complete the remainder of guests began arriving.

Sarah soon turned up in the beautiful vintage cars from Fylde Bridal Cars which brought the Bridal party. The scene was set for a wonderful occasion and with the Bride and her Dad ready to make an appearance, Mark stood at the end of the aisle nervously waiting. The ceremony was lovely with readings, exchange of rings and the official signing of the register all done before the newly weds then headed back up the aisle. We done the confetti photo with St Chad’s Parish Church in the background before moving onto the afternoon’s reception venue which was to be Singleton Lodge Country House.

As I was travelling to the venue I noticed a Lancaster Bomber in flight which at the time I was gutted to miss out on a photo. I was soon to get my second chance however as Mark and Sarah were having some car shots and Mark quickly pointed out the iconic Airplane which was flying straight over our heads! The happy couple got out of the car and were greeted by the wedding coordinator with a glass of fizz before heading inside to check over the room. We did our mock cake cutting shot and then went back outside into the glorious sunshine and onto the lawn for the group photographs.

The time soon came for the wedding breakfast and speeches so all family and friends were invited inside to get ready to officially announce the new Mr & Mrs Golding into the room. Whilst everyone was enjoying their food I looked over the photos I had captured so far and even managed to get some cheeky shots of the resident Alpacas that were sunbathing outside πŸ™‚

With glasses topped up with fizz it was time for the speeches which were read out by Sarah’s Dad, the main man himself, Mark and then the Best man. To turn the room around for the evening part of the day everyone was asked to leave before so the staff could do this. This gave me the opportunity for the more intimate photos of Mark and Sarah together around the stunning grounds! With the sun slowly setting over the Lancashire wedding Country House it offered some low light imagery which I was very happy with!

So with the first dance just around the corner I left them to mingle for a little while with their guests. They weren’t exactly looking forward to it but they requested to Andy the DJ that he invite everyone up to join them after a minute had passed. The moment also saw Father and Daughter have a little dance before the song finished which was great to see.

I packed up my stuff and said my goodbyes. The party was just getting started and as always I was sad to leave but I knew I had to get back and continue with my work in transferring files onto my computer etc.

I wish the newly weds all the very best in their married lives together and I look forward to editing their wedding photographs soon sam-sanders-photography-wigan-photographer-wedding-church-ceremony-web-238sam-sanders-photography-wigan-photographer-wedding-church-ceremony-web-272sam-sanders-photography-wigan-photographer-wedding-church-ceremony-web-322sam-sanders-photography-wigan-photographer-wedding-church-ceremony-web-468sam-sanders-photography-wigan-photographer-wedding-church-ceremony-web-506but for the time being enjoy these sneak peek shots.

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Congratulations Paul & Leanne!

My second wedding of the weekend which was to be held at Wigan’s Mercure Oak Hotel involved such a lovely couple who I had met a couple of years ago at a wedding fair which the hotel had organised. We met again after they saw me and we discussed many things related with my photography services and their big day. I got a message shortly after saying they were very happy and wished to proceed with booking me for their wedding day which I was ecstatic to hear πŸ™‚

We met a few months ago this year to do their pre-wedding shoot which we captured in Mesnes Park in Wigan town center. It was good fun and they enjoyed it and as part of the deal at the time of booking they had a FREE print included which was to be presented on the day and signed by their family and friends πŸ™‚

The day arrived and I was super excited and even after battling the traffic through Ince, Wigan I was eager to get going with the Bridal Preparations at Leanne’s parent’s home. The morning involved a short period of me upstairs capturing the smaller details which included the wedding dress, shoes, jewelry, flowers etc followed by documenting the getting ready part. I’d say throughout a wedding day from start to finish approximately 80-90% of my work is natural and unobtrusive imagery as I believe this method captures the true essence of the day this way!

Once Leanne began to get into her wedding dress I made my way back through the bad traffic to arrive at the Hotel ready to photograph the ceremony. Paul was outside when I arrived and after a quick hand shake and a hello from me, he made his way inside along with family and friends to take their seats. Leanne soon arrived with her Mum, Bridesmaid and Dad and after the registrar confirmed all the official details they all made their way inside to prepare for the short walk down the aisle.

Paul was ready at the front and once the ceremony was in full flow the happy couple soon relaxed and enjoyed it whilst smiling away at one another πŸ™‚ After rings were exchanged and the official signing of the register was complete the new Mr & Mrs McCann walked back up the aisle hand-in-hand to be greeted with their glass of fizz before heading outside for the confetti shot.

The newly weds wanted photos in the park of them two together so we popped into the wedding classic car and headed off. We spent around 30 minutes walking around and having fun whilst they had some lovely and memorable photographs captured of them. I knew time was against us and that we needed to do the formal group photos before the wedding breakfast so once we were happy and ready to go we made our way back to the wedding venue.

With the formal shots done of specific family and friends Paul and Leanne had around 10 minutes before they were to head inside for their meal and speeches. So they were invited by Natasha who was the wedding coordinator to check the room over which gave me the opportunity to do the mock cutting of the cake. They were constantly saying throughout checking the room that they didn’t want to cut the cake later as they loved it!! Becky ‘s Crafty Cakes was the maker and designer of this amazing superhero themed wedding cake πŸ™‚

With the meal eaten and speeches read it was time for the team at the Hotel to turn the room around ready for the evening part of the day. I asked Paul and Leanne if they wanted a couple of photos of them around the venue before they settled and enjoyed the remaining hours of their special day and they said yes. We had a further 10 minutes before they got ready for the official cutting of the cake and then the first dance. Leanne even had a lovely moment with her Dad dancing away to an 80’s classic.

I hope the happy couple had a wonderful and memorable day and I wish them all the best in their married life together πŸ™‚

For now please enjoy these sneak peek shots from their big day.

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Congratulations James & Rebecca!

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend just gone πŸ™‚ Friday was the first of two wonderful weddings for me and the weather was spot on. The day started at 6.30am with a 2 hour drive down to Nottingham where the Bridal Preparations, Ceremony and afternoon/evening celebrations were taking place. James & Rebecca both went to University in the city and with Rebecca’s family mostly living around the area they decided on the stunning venue that is Colwick Hall Hotel.

The Bridal preparations was good fun with the girls getting ready in their rooms whilst I documented the build up whilst capturing the smaller details. James was to also get ready but on the other side of the Hotel and was to only arrive at around 12pm. I had time in between to get a couple of photographs of the ceremony room to which I was greatly surprised to see a familiar face. Steven Heath who I had the pleasure of hearing back a couple of weeks ago at Kieran and Tracey’s wedding in Styal Lodge in Manchester was to spend a few hours entertaining this wedding’s guests. I finished upstairs with the girls and awaited their arrival downstairs with Rebecca’s Dad and Brother.

Everyone was ready for the arrival of the Bride especially James as he waited at the front of the aisle with his Best men and Ushers. The ceremony was underway as soon as Rebecca, her Dad and Bridesmaids entered the room and made their way down the aisle. Their were two readings spoken and once rings were exchanged and the signing of the register was complete it was time for the new Mr & Mrs Beaumont to smile away as they were to walk hand-in-hand back up the aisle and be presented with their celebratory glass of fizz. Before everyone tucked into the canapes on offer we did the confetti shot out the front which was great!

The group shots were later captured overlooking the beautiful lake that surrounded the venue at the rear. I like to get this part out of the way but I love to make it fun and interactive keeping smiles on faces πŸ™‚

It was soon time for the wedding breakfast and then a couple of hours later, the speeches. The afternoon had flown by as everyone came outside afterwards so the room could be turned around for the evening party. Myself, James and Rebecca headed off around the venue’s grounds both inside and out to capture the more intimate photographs of them together. It was great fun chatting with them whilst doing this and after we were done it was lovely to hear they enjoyed it also πŸ™‚

So the time had come for the official cutting of the cake and then lead straight into the first dance. The newly weds requested that I stay behind for a short time to capture the dancing in full flow which I was happy to do. As much as I would have loved to stay longer and capture the whole evening I knew I had to hit the road and get back as I had to get up early once again for my next wedding. The 2.5 hour journey saw me arrive home at 11pm and after the photographs were downloaded onto the computer I then enjoyed a little shut eye!

I hope the happy couple had an absolute blast with their lovely family and friends. Enjoy these sneak peek shots from the day and I look forward to sending them the remainder of the day’s wedding images soon.

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Congratulations Nick & Emma!

Last Saturday was the wedding day of Nick and Emma who were to get married at a venue which is close to home but one which I am proud to say that I am a preferred supplier at, Kilhey Court Hotel in Standish, Wigan.

Nick and Emma found me through the hotel a while back and they contacted me to find out more regarding my photography services. After a lovely meet with them both they decided to go ahead and book me for their big day! I was over the moon and couldn’t wait to get going…

The day arrived and I was up at Kilhey Court for a short period of photographing Nick, his Best man and an Usher as they got ready in one of the rooms they stayed in the night before. I soon headed off to Emma’s Parent’s home in Orrell which was just around the corner from the church which they were getting married at later that morning. I documented the build up as I always do capturing the smaller details before the Bride gets into her stunning wedding dress πŸ™‚ I left them after this to arrive in good time at the church.

Nick was already inside as him and his Groomsmen greeted family and friends inside ready for the ceremony to begin. I quickly had a word with the Vicar who was lovely and allowed me to move around resulting in different angled shots. Emma and her Father arrived and as they walked down the aisle Nick was smiling away at the front awaiting his Bride. The ceremony was lovely with readings spoken, rings exchanged and then finally the signing of the register. The last part was the newly weds making their way back up the aisle past their wedding guests smiling away.

We cracked on with a confetti photo and then asked everyone to head off to the reception venue for the formal group shots and afternoon celebrations.

Nick and Emma arrived in their classic car outside the reception of Kilhey Court where they were greeted by the wedding coordinator with two glasses of fizz. After a couple of photos we made our way to the grassy area at the back for the formal groups. The wedding breakfast room was then ready for their inspection before guests were invited to take their seat for the speeches and of course their meal.

I looked through what I had captured up to that point whilst having a wonder around the grounds looking for the best locations for the more intimate shots of the happy couple together later that day. The weather was great, holding off so that everyone could enjoy some time around the venue’s beautiful grounds.

The evening included plenty of fun and drinking time for the daytime guests and as evening guests started to arrive to join them in the celebrations it was soon time for the official cutting of the cake and last both not least the first dance πŸ™‚

I left them to it after this as they enjoyed a dance on the dance floor. I had such a magical day documenting it all for them and I can’t wait for them to arrive back from their Honeymoon destination and enjoy looking through the remainder of their wedding photographs. For now however please enjoy these sneak peek shots…

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Congratulations Phil & Catherine!

Okay so it has been nearly a week since this lovely couple tied the knot and after sieving through their wedding day photographs I have edited a couple for you all to enjoy!

I met with Phil & Catherine quite a while ago after they contacted me from Vietnam wishing for more information regarding my wedding photography services. They are both teachers and have been working out in Vietnam for a couple of years now and I enjoyed chatting to them about it not just at our first meeting but during their pre-wedding shoot also which was done at Formby Beach among the Red Squirrels. They are such a lovely couple and from that point I couldn’t wait to be part of their special day πŸ™‚

So the day came and I was to head over to Birkenhead for the Bridal Preparations whilst my friend Kirsten (who is also a professional photographer) documented the morning with the lads. The sun was shining although I was expecting a mixed bag that day and as I turned up to the salon I was greeted by Catherine and the girls who were getting their hair and Make-up done. I was around for an hour or so before heading half a mile to her parents home where I finished off capturing the smaller details and the getting ready part. After the Bride was in her beautiful dress and gifts were given out I headed off to park up at the church in good time ready for the arrival of the Bridal party.

I met up with Kirsten as she documented guests arriving and I also bumped into a friendly face who I have worked with in the past many times before, Barry of Diamond Lights Videography. The Bridesmaids and Catherine’s Mum arrived first leaving the Bride herself to arrive in fashion with her Dad. I headed inside after a couple of photos and got myself ready for the official arrival.

Catherine and her Dad walked down together as guests looked on with smiling faces. It was a very proud moment for Catherine’s Dad as he made his way towards Phil to pass over his Daughter’s hand to her to-be Husband. The ceremony was beautiful which included the exchange of rings, a couple of chosen guests doing some readings and a very touching video of the school children singing at the school which Phil and Catherine teach at in Vietnam projected up on a big screen for everyone to enjoy.

The signing of the register was complete and it was time for the newly weds to make their way hand-in-hand back up the aisle. As they approached the exit I stopped them due to heavy rain and so I decided to crack on and get the group photographs complete inside the stunning church. After the rain subsided slightly everyone was asked to head outside for the confetti photo which we managed to do just before the rain returned.

I asked the new Mr & Mrs Holland if they wanted a couple of photos of them in the church whilst everyone got onto the bus and made their way to the reception venue. Once we were done they jumped into their gorgeous classic car which took them to the reception venue. We realised that a couple of guests were accidentally left behind and so they jumped in my car as we driven around Liverpool city center finding the best place the park which was interesting πŸ™‚

We eventually arrived at the absolutely outstanding venue that is The DoubleTree Hilton Hotel and I headed straight up to the wedding breakfast room to get a mock cutting of the cake with Phil and Catherine whilst getting some shots of the room set up. Guests were then invited in to take their seats before the wedding coordinator officially announced the happy couple in.

Speeches were first before everyone tucked into their meals. Me and Barry looked around the venue during this quiet period to see where the best spots were for the more intimate shots of them together. We had an absolute blast walking around with them and capturing them both together enjoying the moment πŸ™‚

The evening soon came and it was time for the first dance. They cut the cake and then danced away together eventually inviting their lovely family and friends to join them on the dance floor. Afterwards I packed up and said my goodbyes as it was time for a photographer free evening for them πŸ™‚

It was an absolute pleasure being part of their wedding day and I hope they had a memorable one. I also hope they have had a wonderful time on their Honeymoon in France which I look forward to hearing!

For now enjoy these sneak peek photographs, Thanks…

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Congratulations Philip & Hannah!

The second wedding of the weekend was on Sunday and was a little more local. I firstly spoke with Hannah’s Mum, Barbara a little while ago as she asked for my availability for a very quick organised wedding due to the couple leaving the country for work very soon. I said I was and that I would love the opportunity to sit down with them to discuss the day and show them my wedding ‘storybook’ albums. They were fantastic and after seeing them at their home I shortly afterwards received a message advising they wanted me to document their wedding day, I was very excited πŸ™‚

The day arrived and the sun was shining! I arrived a little early before Hannah and the Bridal party so I could get photos of the venue and grounds. As they turned up together along with all the essentials their room was ready and so the preparations began. I started off getting the shots of the smaller details moving them around the room in the best spots depending on light and backdrop. I then moved onto documenting events as they happened before heading downstairs to the ceremony room to meet and greet Philip and the boys as they confirmed details with the wedding coordinator and registrar’s. I also managed to get room shots before guests arrived!

So the final part before Hannah headed downstairs was to get into her beautiful wedding dress. After 10 minutes had gone by it was time to take a walk…

Hannah and her Dad were ready at the back of the room along with Flower Girl Hallie. Philip and his Best Men stood waiting although they didn’t have to wait long until the ceremony began. Hannah couldn’t stop smiling as she walked alongside her proud Dad which helped me capture the moment perfectly. The ceremony from start to finish was lovely which included a well spoken reading. After rings were exchanged and the register was signed it was time for the new Mr & Mrs Johnson to make their way back up the aisle to receive their well deserved glass of fizz πŸ™‚

We captured a confetti shot outside before heading round to the front of the venue for the formal group shots. Because of the weather was getting progressively worse as the day went on I decided to do the more intimate photos of the happy couple before the meal which I’m not too keen on doing but it paid off especially as it rained from the end of the shoot up until it got dark, Phew!!!!

Afterwards the wedding coordinator invited all guests to make their way to the wedding breakfast room to take their seats. So everyone downed their drinks and finished playing their games on the lawn. Paul Guard was the entertainment for the afternoon as he got everyone involved in celebrating Philip and Hannah’s special day. He announced the newly weds into the room as all guests cheered loudly and clapped immensely before they also took their seats. Paul continued to do what he does best and sang a range of songs throughout the meal keeping smiles on faces πŸ™‚

The speeches soon arrived and it was Hannah’s Dad who had the pleasure of starting. Philip went afterwards thanking everyone for turning up and various other things and then finally the Best Men as they prepared their slideshow to the ‘Eye of the Tiger’ from the famous Sylvester Stallone movie, Rocky! They were all fantastic πŸ™‚

I managed to get a couple more photos of Philip and Hannah inside the venue before the first dance as we had a little time before evening guests started to arrive. Dance Floor Couture provided the DJ for the evening events and Paul obviously sung the first dance song creating a magical atmosphere resulting in cracking photos!

I hope they both along with their wonderful family and friends had a memorable time throughout the day and I wish them all the best in their married lives together.

I would also like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to Michael and Sarah-jane Ignatius for recommending me to not just Philip & Hannah but also Saturday’s wedding couple, Kieran & Tracey πŸ™‚ Thank you…

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Congratulations Kieran & Tracey!

So the first of a two wedding extravaganza weekend saw me starting the Saturday in Warrington for the Bridal Preparations with the Bridal party. I was there to capture the usual shots which make up such wonderful memories of a couple’s wedding day especially as so much time, effort and money goes into organising those smaller details. Tracey had a make-up artist and hair stylist arrive at Tracey’s parents home nice and early ensuring everything happened under one roof. The time came after Tracey got into her beautiful wedding dress for me to make like a tree and leave πŸ™‚

I arrived around the corner at St Wilfrids Church which was situated in a stunning little village called Grappenhall which still had it’s original cobbled street. Kieran and the boys were outside enjoying the sunshine whilst greeting guests as they were arriving. I briefly headed inside to pop my spare camera bag down before speaking with Jane the Rector who was to conduct the service.

With everyone inside the Bridal party started to arrive to which I then waited and got myself into a position ready for Tracey and her Father. With everybody accounted for the ceremony was ready to begin and so Tracey, her Father and Bridesmaids were soon making their way down the aisle. The ceremony was lovely which included a couple of readings before rings were exchanged and the register was officially signed.

The newly weds made their way back up the aisle as Husband and Wife and I got them to stand to one side to allow all family and friends to congratulate them before I set everyone up for the confetti shot. We all made our way to the reception venue when things calmed down so we could complete the formalities of the group photographs which I like to get out of the way.

Styal Lodge was the venue of choice which the afternoon and evening’s celebrations was to take place. It was a very picturesque location offering a gorgeous backdrop in the form of a Golf course. Upon arrival a wedding singer and guitarist Steven Heath was keeping everyone entertained playing top tunes throughout the afternoon and even up to the first dance. The happy couple headed inside to check the room before the wedding coordinator then invited all wedding guests to take their seats before the wedding breakfast began.

After everyone enjoyed their meal it was time for the speeches which were spoken by the Father of the Bride, the Groom and then finally the Best Man. All were outstanding including comical moments and touching stories.

As the weather began to turn myself, Kieran and Tracey went out on a Golf Buggy to capture some of the more intimate shots of them together around the course. This included a location which offered a pond with a pier specifically made for occasions like this πŸ™‚

We all headed back shortly after leaving as it did start to look a little grey and also evening guests were beginning to arrive. The first dance wasn’t too far away either as I began to set up my light stand. The first dance song was a twist on a Michael Jackson classic which was great and then followed by an awesome dance off between Father and Daughter πŸ™‚ They shared a very happy moment together dancing away as family and friends looked on with smiling faces.

I hope Kieran and Tracey along with their guests had such a memorable day and I look forward to hearing all about their amazing Honeymoon upon their return. Until then please enjoy these sneak peek shots…

Thanks πŸ™‚

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