Lauren & Phil

Lauren & Phil

Lauren & Phil

An Autumnal wedding at Eaves Hall

Lauren and Phil wanted a blend of natural, documentary style photography and choice portraits to take advantage of this exclusive wedding venue with it’s glorious building surrounded by beautiful gardens set amidst the stunning countryside of the Ribble Valley. And so it was! Being a regular wedding photographer at Eaves Hall I know where some fantastic photo opportunities lie and we started in The Lodge where Lauren was getting ready with her bridesmaids. I knew we were in for an emotional day as the bridesmaids hadn’t seen Eaves Hall in full and, as we walked up to the Georgian mansion, there were gasps of amazement as the day of Lauren and Phil’s wedding day became very real. The bridesmaids spotted other wedding guests and I was already feeling the perfect vide as their wedding photographer.

An Autumnal Wedding at Eaves Hall

So it was up to The Kemple and The Ribble Suite where Lauren and Phil were preparing for the wedding ceremony. The bridesmaids were keeping a tab on family and friends arriving and relaying that to the bride and groom in their respective rooms, so the excitement and nerves built. Then the bride and groom swapped letters. I loved capturing that with the camera! So emotional!  But it didn’t stop there. What a wonderful ceremony as the wedding congregation were getting giddy before the father of the bride walked the beautiful Lauren down the aisle with a few words as he went. Then out side for some confetti and a royal wave from the balcony before the wedding breakfast. As well as some emotional speeches there was a great laugh with a surprise game of Mr & Mrs organised by Kat & Georgie the bridesmaids. The whole day went from one energetic moment to the next; the perfect scenario for a wedding photographer. I even managed to get Lauren and Phil out for a couple of portraits as the autumnal sun set. I love the colours of the gardens at Eaves Hall and with so many angles to shoot from I can be a really creative with my photography whilst keeping it simple and using natural light.

Photographing the Evening Celebrations

Natural light turns more to the evening lights of Eaves Hall and with that the party, full of colour and energy, takes hold. Lauren and Phil enjoyed a parade of sparklers before it was time to cut the cake and go for the first dance – not before the father of the bride also enjoyed a dance with his daughter. The crowd were in such wonderful form, everyone really emotionally and taken by the whole wedding so it was at that point I sneaked Lauren and Phil out for a very quick off camera flash shot which showed them off in front of the beautiful Eaves Hall lit at night – just a wonderful touch to a perfect day before it was to join everyone again to party on into the night.

If you like my wedding photography at Eaves Hall then get in touch. I’d love to hear from you!

wedding dress at the top of the stairs at lodge at eaves hall in clitheroe
designer hanger with brides name on and wedding date
bride and groom walk up the steps at eaves hall
bride and bridesmaid walk up to the eaves hall georgian mansion

Ash & Sam

Ash & Sam

A Humanist Wedding at The Out Barn

To be a wedding photographer at The Out Barn, Clough Bottom is to immerse yourself totally amongst this unique place in the Ribble Valley countryside and all of the wedding guests that shared Ash & Sam’s day. Add a humanist ceremony to the mix a for the personal touch and I had the ingredients to create a wonderful story that only personal, natural documentary wedding photography can. From the view of Pendle Hill on the horizon to the star studded moonlit sky which lights the elliptical cedar clad shaped barn, there’s the perfect blend of nature and farmland with contemporary architecture and design for a bride and groom and their guest to spend the perfect day. The Out Barn is family owned and run and has its original roots in the 17th Century as a traditionally stone built barn. How fitting that Ash and Sam, and Taylor their son, decided to do the legal wedding beforehand and then on the day have a ceremony that was all about their family, traditions and roots.

Wedding Photographer at The Out Barn

The perfect start to shooting the wedding day took place at The Old Dairy Wedding Cottage for all of the bridal preparations. Just outside the barn itself it has it’s own private lane. There I met a very excited Ash and mum Karen and the bridesmaids. As well as the hair and make up the proseco, tears and laughter were all in full flow. I love to photograph personal effects and the letters swapped between Ash and Sam were so heart felt. This is photography that is truly authentic and tells a real story. Sam wasn’t so far away with his best man, Pete. The lads were staying in the village Waddington which was five minutes away. With only five minutes sleep the night before the lads had a quick brush up, a nip and a splash of after shave and they were out for a few groomsmen photos. I was a bit like Reservoir Dogs had come to Waddington.

Capturing The Wedding Day Celebrations

After a nervous walk down the aisle the humanist ceremony from Jo brought out all of the emotions. Through my lens I often see and feel the event unfolding with a few goosebumps and the odd lump in the throat. None more so than here. Then that emotion just spilt out into the rest of the day and this is where The Out Barn is so perfect. People can be outside or inside but you always feel together as a wedding party. Once the wedding breakfast was set it was time for The Singing Waiters and the speeches. IF the singing waiters caused an outrageous amount of dancing that felt like we were already in the early hours, then the speeches were something truly unique. The best man, Pete was a Kiwi of Māori decent. When there’s a wedding they Māoris perfrom The Haka and Ash and Sam had their very own haka. I have never had such a rush in photographing a spontaneous, authentic moment at a wedding (he could have warned me beforehand!). Wow! Just, wow! It was so electric and full of emotion that after everyone just chilled out side in the summer sun and I was able to just go with a mix of family photos and just those pure documentary shots that capturing wedding family and friends just having a great time unposed.

Natural Wedding Portraits

Ash and Sam were having such a brilliant day and it was time to have a few photos together. As with all my weddings I like natural photography that is un-staged and unposed. That doesn’t mean you can’t ask anything of them to get the perfect composition and light, so a little guidance as to where to be and stop as they spend some time away from the crowd together is just perfect. I could feel how they were just enjoying the day and I just let that unfold in front of the camera lens. So beautiful. They even had Pendle Hill as a backdrop and in a spontaneous moment we captured one of my favourite bride and groom portraits as the lens looked to the hill and left them just out of focus and their own moment in the foreground.

A Photographers Story at The Out Barn

And so the evening drew in and the party just went on. Italian and Mexican food with plenty of champers kept the wedding guests fuelled and so to the cake cutting and first dance. Surrounded by everyone the purple lights of The Out Barn provided the perfect ambience saw Ash and Sam take to the oval barn’s intimate dance floor with special moments for the family. More partying ensued with people partying on and I was still part of the whole day; swept up in all of the emotion I then took a breather outside and then saw the shot to complete the story. The moon gazed down at this wonderful, contemporary wedding venue and the people within it. The dark but clear skies above the Clough Bottom and Clitheroe landscape at dusk provided the perfect contrast with the purple lights of the cedar barn. Wedding photography is about creating and capturing someones wedding day by telling their story – truly – from beginning to end.

bride and bridesmaid take selfie getting ready
mother of the bride and bride
bride has hair done
broom and best man have a drink
groom wears special cuff link

Rachael & Kyle

Rachael & Kyle

Rachael & Kyle

A Marquee Wedding at Thornton Manor Lake Side

It was my first time photographing a wedding at the Lakeside Marquee at Thornton Manor in The Wirral and I couldn’t have asked for a better couple to be with than Rachael and Kyle. Now, they were fun!! It all started up by the Thornton Manor lodges where all of the bridal and groom prep kicked off the day. Then down from the Groom’s Cottage and Bridal Suite there’s the Lakeside Marquee situated in the grounds. What an amazing place to have your wedding breakfast and party and what a place to be a wedding photographer at Thornton Manor. There was the boat trip around the lake for a unique experience, the decking all around for the bridal party and the wedding guests to chill out on and the the super huge marquee for a beautiful light and bright ceremony, the breakfast and then a big party under the starry dome of the marquee at night.

Wedding Photographer at Thornton Manor

The beauty of photographing in the marquee is that all the events that make up a wedding day are around you. And when you have such brilliant, chilled out wedding guests then the two combine for the perfect blend of real, natural documentary wedding photography that creates the best memories. Rachael, Kyle and I went off mid celebrations for a quick wander and found a little monument plus a bank and massive hedge, and together, those made for some really unique wedding portraits. Just while I was shooting those and without looking up from my camera, a flock of geese from the lake flew over the hedge and, bam – got it! I wasn’t long before we were partying away. The first dance started with a big reveal of “R&K” on the dance floor under a starry roof and it was easy to photograph because everyone just piled onto the dance floor full of energy and the shots – both from the camera and from the bar – kept flowing!

welcome signs at thornton manor lakeside
hair and make up in the mirror
bride gets ready with bridesmaids
wedding dress hangs in the light
hairspray on bride

Katy & Daryl

Katy & Daryl

Katy & Daryl

A Summer Wedding at Falcon Manor

It stared around home with an engagement photo shoot. As with all of my pre-wedding shoots I wanted Katy and Daryl to be in a place where they love to be and important to them. Just like the photography on the big day at Falcon Manor the engagement shoot was just as relaxed. Katy and Daryl chose some beautiful spots near their home in Halifax. Beautiful country lanes, woods and the grand vista of a big reservoir made it easy. It was a simple walk and chat in a lazy summer afternoon and once they had forgotten I was there with the camera and we captured some really spontaneous moments then the photography at the wedding was just going to be a breeze..

Wedding Photography at Falcon Manor

I have been a regular wedding photographer at Falcon Manor, Settle. I never go without my camera to The Yorkshire Dales because it is so beautiful. So it’s an even bigger buzz to be the wedding photographer at a venue in the heart of The Dales. As with all James Places you get to photograph historic architecture, contemporary chic decor and all classically sophisticated. On the day we just hit the ground running – wedding photography at Falcon Manor was so easy after the engagement shoot. I went between Katy and Daryl’s rooms to get both the build ups. Excited nerves, the swapping of notes, gorgeous dresses, red socks and a deconstructed set of flowers gave the opportunity for some quirky, spontaneous photography. Katy looked absolutely stunning in the bridal suite silhouetted in her dress and Daryl was taking it easy with the lads after a few cheeky beers with the night porter the night before..

Falcon Manor Wedding Ceremony, Portraits and Party

And so to the ceremony and party. The wedding ceremony room at Falcon Manor is so perfect. Intimate and beautifully set I, like all of the wedding guests, had a wonderful view of Katy and her dad as the doors opened and she walked down the aisle. They had a fantastic bunch of friends and family and the party began straight after the ceremony. The champagne flowed as did the sunshine and it felt so easy to be amongst the newly weds and capture the day as it happened – true documentary photography! The portraits were shot in a perfect little lane by the side of Falcon Manor and the gorgeous lawn. The photography was even easier because of our pre-wedding shoot! The bridesmaids and ushers were a top laugh and got together for their own mini shoots. So cue umbrellas, confetti and jumping off walls to add to the laughs and then onto the first dance and the party. What brilliant energy! Just the right mix of romance and ripping it up on the dance floor. I really didn’t want to leave.

If you like my wedding photography at Falcon Manor then take a look at my pre-wedding shoot offer and get in touch. I’d love to hear from you!

couple holding hands
walking down the road together
face to face in the sunlight
kiss on a bridge
together in the woods
kiss before the wedding
couple cuddling on the bridge
looking out together over the water
dancing on the bridge
together on the bridge