The wedding of Sarah and Dan at Bartle Hall is the second wedding this year where I can call one of the couple a long standing friend. I have known the Bride Sarah for what seems like forever, her personality and easy going nature just makes her one of the nicest people you could meet.
Sarah’s day started nice and early, 6am for hair and makeup. Luckily there was coffee and bacon butties with chocolate spread (I’m not kidding). The girls were early staters with the Prosecco, and why not?
Hair styling was provided by Emma from Halo Hair, who just like me was appalled by the use of chocolate spread on bacon…. Make up was by Kerry Baker from Kerry Baker: Makeup Artist, I’m not sure what her preference was on the whole chocolate/bacon issue…..
Sarah had two bridesmaids, Lucy and Lisa. Both were absolute stars during the bridal prep, having your picture taken can be daunting for some people at the best of times, having it taken while you are being made up can be invasive. A nice relaxed approach can set everyone at ease and make it painless.
I had been given a sneak peek of the dress by Sarah a couple of weeks before the wedding and had been sworn to secrecy 🙂 Even on the day of the wedding hardly anyone had seen it. I love a good wedding dress shot and when its a dress like this it makes life so much easier.
Sarah’s Mum helped her into the dress and I shot the final moments of preparation. As Sarah remarked, I never thought I would see her in a wedding dress!
While Sarah finished off upstairs in her childhood bedroom, I popped downstairs in time for the flower delivery.
Then it was time for Sarah to reveal the dress to the Bridesmaids. It’s safe to say that everyone cried.
Some final touches to everyones outfits and it was time for Sarah to get into her Vintage Rolls Royce and set off to see her Dad in Preston.
It was a bit of a squeeze in the back seat, 3 Bridesmaids, flowers and of course the champagne.
After a quick (very quick) journey we arrived at Bartle Hall for the service. Sarah waited in the car for a few minutes while the venue made some last minute adjustments to the seating. The rain was threatening us so our driver made sure his umbrella was ready to protect Sarah’s hair and dress.
On the other side of the venue, the Groom Dan was getting ready in the gardens. The boys looked great in their Navy Blue suits. Everyone was relaxed and the Groom and Best Man took it all in their stride. There was even time for a brotherly handshake and cuddle before Sarah made her entrance.
The service went off without any problems, Dan & Sarah looked amazingly calm throughout. Once the service was over, everyone moved through to the bar area to relax.
I had another photographer with me on the day, a chap called Nik who likes to play with smoke bombs. We took Dan, Sarah and her Bridesmaids and a couple of the Groomsmen around the side of Bartle Hall and had a little shoot with the colours. The girls loved this! The boys were commenting that blue was the wrong colour for them (must be Red’s)
We had a few minutes to spare so we dashed off into the local woodland for a few moments of peace and quiet.
Then the night time party began! Cutting the cake moved straight into the first dance for the newlyweds. DJ Doug Love was on the decks and he soon had the dance floor filled.
The party went on into the small hours, everyone was upbeat and having a ball. It was a great day and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Thanks Sarah & Dan xx
Chloe & Beejesh Chloe and Beejesh’s big day was to take place at one of my favourite venues, the prestigious Peckforton Castle in Cheshire. I have had the pleasure of shooting many weddings here, and it never fails to take my breath away every time I return. Chloe and Beejesh live in Shanghai. Early communication […]