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A Rainy Wedding Day at Spring Cottage, Rivington

Karis and Luke got married on a lovely English summers day at Spring Cottage in Rivington and by a lovely English Summers day I mean it was absolutely pelting down all day. This didn’t damped (excuse the pun) Karis and Luke’s spirits and I really admired their gusto in sticking to their plan to have their ceremony outdoors. The weather had different ideas though and as it the rain got heavier and heavier at the last minute the plan for the day changed and the guests retreated back to the bar while the lovely staff at Spring Cottage rearranged the marquee and chairs for an indoor ceremony.

Impromtu Indoor Ceremony at Spring Cottage

Karis was walked into the impromptu ceremony room by her father and had help from a bridesmaid and wedding guest holding brollies and her dress so Karis didn’t get soggy. Inside the marquee Karis and Luke had a beautiful, heartfelt ceremony performed by and old family friend. On the way out Karis was greeted by wedding guests with brollies and confetti.

Couples Portraits

When it came to portrait time we knew with Karis and Luke’s love of nature we had to do the portraits outside, so we braved the elements with brollies and bridesmaids on hand to keep Karis and Luke relatively dry. We then used natures shelter of the trees in the gorgeous forest surrounding Spring cottage to do the rest and threw a couple of smoke bombs in for good measure!

The Party

As the evening drew in, everyone was up for a good party! Karis and Luke had their first dance together as husband and wife and the dance floor was jam packed while the couples awesome wedding band King Rose took to the stage and got everyone throwing some shapes!

As the evening drew in, the rain eased off and the fire pits surrounding Spring Cottage were lit giving the guests the chance to toast marsh mellows and cosy up by the fire. It was quite an adventure of a day!

Owen House Wedding Barn

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Owen House Wedding Barn

Jess and Mark got married at Owen House Wedding Barn in Knutsford. The Wedding Barn is a purpose built family owned business with loads of character, onsite accommodation for wedding guests and even it’s own shooting barn for couples to have their portraits taken in, very handy if it rains!

The Civil Ceremony Room

Jess and Mark had their teary and very emotional ceremony in the barns moody, orange bulb and fairy light lit ceremony room in front of 30 of their friends and family. Making it a beautifully intimate ceremony.

Photos and Games

Once the ceremony was finished Jess and Mark headed out into the beautiful lavender and bee filled gardens for some photos and lawn games with their friends and family.

Couples Portraits

After some milling around, eating some delicious wedding food and escaping the odd bee and wasp attack we grabbed a few portraits around Owen House Barn’s beautiful grounds. Dropping by on a massive row of hay stacks and talking a walk in Owen House’s Weddings Barns beautifully manicured gardens before heading back for the speeches and wedding breakfast.

Speeches

Mark gave a wonderfully emotional speech that had everyone moved to tears, when Jess and Mark had a little kiss at the end the entire room stood up and game them a standing ovation.

Albert Hall Manchester Wedding

When I first met Fran and Ben in a chic little bar in Manchester’s Northern Quarter I knew I was on for a good wedding, not only had they chosen one of my favourite (and one of the coolest) venues in Manchester to host their wedding, but Fran is also an event planner so I knew everything was going to be spot on, from having their own unforgettable hash tag in lights #TEAMCRUSE to having water and hang over packs ready for guests on the way out Fran had thought of everything in advance meaning Ben and Fran and all of their friends and family could just relax into the day, knowing that everything was sorted and it was spectacular perfect.

Thanks to my awesome second shooter Marni V Photography for being a general legend through the day and every day.

The Albert Hall

 The Albert Hall was an old Methodist central hall built in 1908 and is now used mainly as a music venue and a pretty epic one at that. A grade 2 listed building with a lot of the buildings old period features, including beautiful old tiled walls, a horse shoe gallery, magnificent 19th Century Organ towering over the room in centre stage, it really is something to behold. The huge beautiful stained glass windows either side of the building let in oddles of natural light during the day time and then when the sun goes down and the party gets started you have The Albert Hall’s professional concert lighting to give your party that extra edge.

Getting Ready

Fran and Ben both got ready with their bridesmaids, groomsmen family and friends at the Principal Hotel in Manchester. I love this hotel, the huge sash windows make way for loads of natural light and the rooms are nice and HUGE meaning there’s loads of space for you and your mates to have a nice chilled wedding morning together. The Principal hotel isn’t really very far from the Albert Hall so the boys walked while the girls jumped in a traditional Manchester black cab.

The Ceremony

Fran and her bridal party made their way across the main hall floor while their friends and family looked on from the stalls and cheered, before making it up onto the stage to get married! The Albert Hall lighting techs even added a little bit of smoke, to give the huge room the hazy atmospheric effect you can see in the photos.

  Albert Schloss

One great little perk they have at the Albert Hall Manchester is Albert Schloss, the huge, beautiful bar and restaurant down stairs, calling itself Manchester’s first bohemian bier it does have a strangely warm and cosy vibe for somewhere so huge! While the staff at the Albert Hall got stuck into getting the room ready for dinner and speeches, Fran and Ben’s Wedding guests were able to go and grab a drink at their own reserved part on the bar

This little break in the day gave us the perfect opportunity to grab some friends and family portraits and a few quick couple shots before dinner.

Speeches

Once the room was turned around we were all ushered back up into the Albert Hall for speeches and some epic scran. Fran and Ben took a few moments to watch their guests enter from the stalls, seeing them finding their wedding favours on their tables. It was Fran’s idea to let everyone have a chance to be the Bride and Groom, a veil for the girls and a cheeky glasses and nose mask for the boys. Poor Ben! Lol.

The Party

After the speeches we took another little breather from the hustle and bustle of the wedding outside to grab a few more portraits in the street outside The Albert Hall Manchester, before re-entering to have the party start with the awesome The Herringbone Cocktail Club had people up and dancing straight away and right up until Fran and Ben’s last dance at midnight, sealed off with golden confetti canons and Fran and Ben making it up onto the stage for and end of night bow. An absolute belter of a wedding!

Suppliers

A shout out to Fran and Ben’s Awesome hand picked wedding suppliers who did an awesome job!

Venue - https://www.alberthallmanchester.com/

Hotel - https://www.phcompany.com/principal/manchester-hotel/

Dress - Knutsford Wedding Gallery 

Shoes - Office

Bridesmaids - Needle and Thread 

Band - The Herringbone Cocktail Club 

Love letters - The Word is Love 

Florist - Frog

Suits - Ted Baker

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Goldstone Hall in Market Drayton

Up on the blog today we’ve got Lucy and Nick’s gorgeous autumnal wedding at Goldstone Hall, Market Drayton where they had a intimate outdoor ceremony (despite a tiny bit of rain) amongst their closest family and friends and surrounded by the most beautiful wild flowers both inside Goldstone Hall and out! I’ll let Lucy and Nick take it from here. If you’d like to see the full day from start to finish click on the link below to watch Lucy and Nick’s nifty little Wedding Photo Trailer!

Lucy and nick’s Story

 A mutual friend (James - Lucy's friend from uni and Nick's friend from school) invited us both to an outdoor film screening in Summer 2013. It wasn't intended to be a set up but we hit if off! As we met at a film screening we (unimaginatively!) arranged to go to the cinema for our first date. We saw Only God Forgives not quite realising it was full of gory violence, definitely not a first date film but at least it gave us something to talk about!

 We got engaged in our flat in London, the first place we've ever lived together! It was super low key but perfect for us, Luce was wearing her pyjamas while I got down on one knee! She immediately burst into tears (and then said yes thankfully!)

Goldstone hall wedding venue

 We got married at Goldstone Hall, Market Drayton, one of the most beautiful venues we've ever seen. Lucy wanted to get married in an old house and have the reception at the same venue, Nick wanted a marquee reception and so Goldstone was ideal! We visited on a rainy autumn day and even then the gardens and house looked so beautiful that we knew it was right for us! Goldstone couldn't have been better throughout our build up, they even managed to somehow give our guests a choice of food on the day!

FLOWERS

The biggest superstar supplier of the day was our florist, Nicola (Brown Sugar Blooms). We wanted relaxed, colourful flowers that didn't look too neat or tidy and she absolutely blew us away! She turned something that was just inside our heads into the most perfect arrangement and made for a stunning marquee! And Lucy adored her bouquet!

 Wedding SUIT

Nick's suit supplier, Beggars Run, were also awesome, making the whole process super easy, enjoyable and producing a great looking suit!

The Dress

Lucy’s beautiful wedding dress was by Maggie Sottero Designs

Wedding cake

 Nick's Mum made our cake and decorated it with flowers to match Brown Sugar Blooms, it looked and tasted amazing! She then went one step beyond and made all our bunting too!

Photographer

 Of course Katie Dervin - who did the best job! Getting our photos through after the wedding was like reliving the whole day again!

The BAND

 Our band were The Vivas and they were brilliant! They played an amazing set that got everyone dancing, so much in fact that the speakers began to shake as everyone jumped up and down! They really made the evening a great party!

Advice for future couples on their wedding day

 The day will go really quick, so make sure to try and stay in the moment and don't worry too much about what's coming next, it'll all work out just fine! And make sure you make time for each other, it's easy to get lost in making sure everyone else is having a good time!

Creative Documentary Wedding Photographer - Manchester - Cristal & Max.

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Creative Couples Shoots are the Best! 

I love couples shoots, it’s always a nice fun relaxed way to get a load of photographs of you both together, there’s more time to mess around, be creative and get the kind of photos or travel to kind of places that you might not have the time (or the motivation to) get to on your actual wedding day

How Does A Creative Documentary Couples Shoot Work?

Sometimes people ask how Documentary Photography and things like couples portraits can work together and I suppose it differs from photographer to photographer, but generally getting people to relax and be themselves and mess around together in a place of special meaning to them, makes for the perfect mix of context and emotion for the photographs to work. We obviously set up these scenes but I promise you the fun and laughs in these photographs are very, very real! ;)

Falling In Love In Manchester

Photographing Cristal and Max was an absolute dream! Manchester is a really special place to them as it’s where they met at Manchester University before travelling back home together and getting engaged. They visit the UK and Manchester every 4 years if they can, to check out their old haunts, see old friends and see how the landscape has changed since their last visit.

Remembering the Normal Every Day Parts of Your Story as A Couple.

We visited their favourite KFC, the Sainsbury’s where they would have “shopping dates” (I was in awe of the practical time use of that one!), their favourite bars and cafes, their university and old university halls and a dozen other places with special meaning to them both and their individual story as a couple. Cristal and Max did this all while donning their stylish wedding gear and they both totally rocked it!

Cristal and Max

Cristal and Max will be getting married on the 2nd of February 2019 in Singapore.

 

Cristal and Max I wish you both a wonderful married life and future together, it was an absolute delight to be a small part of your adventure. Thanks so much for having me along for the ride! Lots of love Katie xxxxx