Lancaster Wedding Photographer

16th July 2018
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Lancaster Wedding Photographer

Paul and Yvonne

 

I first met Paul and Yvonne at a wedding fayre I was exhibiting at in Lancaster. They quickly got in touch and their booking was confirmed, probably the quickest booking I have had to date. Paul and Yvonne are super organised, and I quickly knew that being their Lancaster Wedding Photographer on their wedding day would be great fun.

Paul and Yvonne were getting married at the spectacular Ashton Memorial which is in Williamson Park in Lancaster. Ashton Memorial is a folly built between 1907 and 1909 and overlooks all of Lancaster, you can see its huge copper dome from the M6, it’s huge!

The wedding reception was to be held at Lancaster Brewery, a fully working brewery just down the road, with a great atmosphere and room for a marquee in the grounds.

Bridal Prep

I started my journey to Lancaster bright and early as I was meeting up with my second shooter, the very talented Will Stockton before going to meet up with Yvonne and her bridal party at Lancaster House Hotel.

Bridal prep was just getting started and the make up artist was on hand to make sure everyone was looking their best.

Lancaster Wedding Photographer - Bride sat in a chair during Bridal Prep at Lancaster House Hotel

Lancaster Wedding Photographer - Bride and her Make up artist at Lancaster House Hotel

Lancaster Wedding Photographer - Bride takes a selfie during Bridal Prep at Lancaster House Hotel

Yvonne’s Bridal Party joined us as the morning rapidly passed by. The most common thing that Brides and Grooms say to me about their day is that they had no idea just how fast time would go by.  One minute everyone is relaxed and remarking that ‘We have ages yet’, next moment everyone is running around with 5 minutes to spare, trying to find the Grooms cufflinks and worrying that the car will leave without them.  Relax, it wont.

Lancaster Wedding Photographer - Bride and her Bridal Party get ready during Bridal Prep at Lancaster House Hotel

Yvonne was booked in for a trip to the Hotel Hairdresser’s for the final touches.  It’s really quite ‘cosy’ in there, certainly no room for me and my two cameras, so this shot was taken through a gap in the door from the corridor outside.

Lancaster Wedding Photographer - Black and white image of bride at the hairdressers with her reflection in the mirror at Lancaster House Hotel

Yvonne’s wedding dress was stunning, with a beautiful delicate veil.  Will and I spent quite a while in this corridor with flashguns, brackets, light stands and modifiers.  In the end we got this shot by one of us holding the flash and the other taking the picture.  Sometimes the simplest solution really is best.

Lancaster Wedding Photographer - Black and White image of Wedding dress hung up in hotel corridor at Lancaster House Hotel

Lancaster Wedding Photographer - Back of Bride's wedding dress with veil at Lancaster House Hotel

Yvonnes shoes matched her dress perfectly.

Lancaster Wedding Photographer - Brides wedding Shoes at Lancaster House Hotel

I left Yvonne at the hotel and made my way to the Ashton Memorial.  Typically for me the access gate was locked so I ended up carrying 3 bags of gear and 2 cameras uphill through the park. Once again I swore to myself that it was time to lose some weight.

Lancaster Wedding Photographer - Black and white image of Bride arriving at Ashton Memorial Lancaster

Lancaster Wedding Photographer - Bride and her Father outside Ashton Memorial, Lancaster

Lancaster Wedding Photographer - Black and white image of bride and her bridesmaids waiting to go in Ashton Memorial, Lancaster

Paul and his Best Man waited patiently inside the Ashton Memorial.  Once I had spoken with the Registrar I set myself up for the service.  The Ashton Memorial is surprisingly bright inside, the marble floors bounce so much light from the huge windows.

Lancaster Wedding Photographer - Groom sits with his Best Man at Ashton Memorial, Lancaster

The Ceremony

It was wonderful to watch Yvonne and Paul demonstrate their commitment to each other during their ceremony at Ashton Memorial, whilst watched by their very closest of friends and family.

Lancaster Wedding Photographer - Bride and Groom exchange vows at Ashton Memorial Lancaster

Lancaster Wedding Photographer - Groom puts ring on brides finger during their wedding ceremony at Ashton Memorial, Lancaster

Leaving as Mr & Mrs they were showered with confetti by their family and friends.

Lancaster Wedding Photographer - Bride and Groom leave Ashton Memorial , Lancaster to a shower of confetti

Lancaster Wedding Photographer - Bride and groom Smile for their guests outside Ashton Memorial Lancaster

Lancaster Wedding Photographer - Bride and Groom pose on the steps at Ashton Memorial Lancaster

Being super organised, Paul and Yvonne had built time into their day for us to go wandering around Williamson Park.  So we used this time for some portrait shots down by the pond and on the bridge.

Lancaster Wedding Photographer - Bride and Groom pose for a portrait photo in Williamson Park Lancaster

Lancaster Wedding Photographer - Bride and Groom stand on bridge at Williamson Park Lancaster

Lancaster Wedding Photographer - Bride and Groom on bridge at Williamson Park, Lancaster

The Wedding Reception

Everyone was in a celebratory mood, and Lancaster Brewery was the perfect location for Paul and Yvonne’s celebrations. The compere had everyone dancing on their chairs, singing and competing with other tables.

Lancaster Wedding Photographer - Balck and white image silhouette of Best Man entering Lancaster Brewery

Lancaster Wedding Photographer - Photograph of wedding Guests with hands on his head at Lancaster Brewery

Lancaster Wedding Photographer - Guest with rainbow hair sips champagne at Lancaster Brewery

Lancaster Wedding Photographer - Black and white image of girl enjoying wedding reception at Lancaster Brewery

Lancaster Wedding Photographer - Father of the Bride delivers his speech at Lancaster Brewery

The compere hosted the newly married couple in a game of Mr & Mrs with questions provided by the guests.

Lancaster Wedding Photographer - Bride and Groom have a game of Mr & Mrs at Lancaster Brewery

After the games the beautiful cake was cut and everyone prepared for the couples first dance.

Lancaster Wedding Photographer - Three tier Wedding Cake wth Purple Flowers at Lancaster Brewery

The celebrations took off when the music began, with everyone joining Paul and Yvonne on the dancefloor after their First Dance.

Lancaster Wedding Photographer - Bride and Groom have their First Dance at Lancaster Brewery

Lancaster Wedding Photographer - Black and White image of bride and Groom enjoying their First Dance at Lancaster Brewery

Bride and Groom kissing in entrance at Lancaster Brewery

I absolutely love being a Lancaster Wedding Photographer as the Ashton Memorial is one of my favourite places to shoot.  If you are considering getting married at the Ashton memorial and are looking for a Lancaster Wedding Photographer, please get in touch.  Next years availability is almost gone and 2020 is filling up fast!

 

 

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