Natalie & Joe

A Cheshire Wedding at Styal Lodge

Styal Wedding Lodge is a family-run, bespoke wedding venue set in the peaceful National Trust village of Styal, in the beautiful Cheshire countryside. As a wedding photographer in Cheshire this the perfect venue as the bridal preparations, wedding ceremony and wedding reception are all so close together.

A Cheshire Wedding at Styal Lodge 

Bridal preparations are where the nerves build and as a documentary wedding photographer this is prime time to capture those emotions. At Styal Lodge the bridal suite is right next door to the ceremony room so this made those vibes even more intense. As Natalie and her bridesmaids laughed and joked during hair and make up time nerves turned into emotion as she appeared before them in her beautiful wedding dress – and knowing it was only next door where she would be married. I nipped over with the cameras to Styal Lodge golf club bar where Joe was attending to the groomsmen and the button holes. After a few group photos of the groomsmen, Joe was with the smiley Cheshire East Registrars aka Becky & Tricia in the ceremony room. So now there was just one wall separating Natalie and he.

Photographing Bride and Groom Portraits

It was the most beautiful entrance to the ceremony and after Joe, finally, placed the ring on Natalie’s finger the wedding guests cheered and applauded, Becky the registrar gave them a big hug. Such priceless natural moments to capture as a wedding photographer! And it continued on as they were showered in confetti as they left. After chilling out and being congratulated by all of their guests they wanted to pop off for 20 minutes of photos together. I like to capture portraits of the bride and groom in a very natural way without overly posing couples. Natalie and Joe just had some time out together walking, chatting and being close together near the Lake on Styal Golf Club and then back in the Styal Lodge gardens. Forgetting I was even there, they shared some beautiful moments in which I created images that I think convey how much they love each other; naturally. Before we knew it they were back mingling with their guests.

Wedding Reception at Styal Lodge

As we spent just the right amount of time on wedding portraits that left more time for mingling with the crowd capturing those spontaneous moments, too. We did a big group photo which had me on a ladder much to everyone’s amusement and some choice heckling and after a couple of close family photos that Natalie and Joe wanted it was speeches and wedding breakfast time. A rowdy entrance by the bride and groom was proceeded by some wonderfully emotional moments at the speeches and then more mingling whist doing my Guest Wishes, my modern day twist on the wedding guest book. The spaces at Styal Lodge work so well. While guest can pop outside the party is right there with the wedding breakfast room and spacious dance floor combined; so you feel like it is a big venue but an intimate. And it was no less intimate to see Natalie and Joe do their first dance together under the glitter ball. It wasn’t long before the guest joined them and the party ensued. I had a brilliant time as their photographer photographing wedding guest near and far and just simply having a ball.

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

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