Helen and Ant

I first met Helen and Ant at a wedding fayre I was exhibiting at in Blackpool at the Hilton Hotel.  Ant appeared relaxed about his wedding plans, whilst Helen had an air of excitement that was contagious, and I quickly became as excited as she was for her wedding plans!

As is the case at many fairs, it was several months later that Helen and Ant confirmed they would like to book my services, and I was thrilled.

Pre Wedding Shoot

I met with Helen and Ant at Beacon Fell Country Park for their Pre Wedding Shoot and quickly got to know them. They soon relaxed and got used to the camera being around them and really enjoyed the experience of having a Pre Wedding Shoot.

 

Bridal Prep 

The day previous to Helen and Ant’s big day we had experienced torrential downpours throughout the day, and knowing of Helen and Ant’s plans I was nervous about the weather. However, luck was on our side and I awoke to beautiful blue skies.

Helen was getting ready at her parent’s house with Ant getting ready at The Big Blue Hotel in Blackpool. I had assigned Groom Prep duties to my second shooter, the very talented Rob Clayton who very kindly stepped in at the 11th hour and got some amazing shots throughout the day.

I arrived at Helen’s parent’s house bright and early, receiving the warmest of welcomes from Helen’s parents, and was introduced to Theo the Turtle.

Turtle in a tank watching Bridal Prep

Theo is an important member of the family, with Helen sporting a tattoo of him on her foot.

Tattoo of turtle on Bride's foot.

Bridal prep was just getting underway, the Champagne was flowing and I got the chance to get some warm up shots of Helen and her bridesmaids.

Bride sits with bridesmaids at Kitchen table during Bride prep with their reflections in the glass

 

Bride in her Dressing gown during Bridal Prep

Bride enjoys a glass of champagne in her kitchen during Bridal Prep

Bride and Bridesmaid hold hands during Bridal Prep

Dad was already in the kitchen with his apron on, busily cooking up the bacon sandwiches with the gardebn BBQ (dont ask) and making sure everyone’s glass was kept topped up.

Black and white image of Father washing up during Bridal Prep

Father washes up during Bridal prep

Katie from Sonara Parker was on hand to do everyone’s make up…

Bride having her make up applied during Bridal Prep by Sonara Parker

Brides mother has make up on during bridal prep by Sonara Parker

reflection of bride in eyeshadow pallet mirror during bridal prep

With Natalie from SAKS of Lytham perfecting everyone’s hair

Bride has hair done during bridal prep by Saks of Lytham

Bride has hair done during bridal prep by SAKS of Lytham

Excitement filled the air as Helen and her Bridesmaids got ready. I always love bridal prep for this reason, seeing Mum and Dad fuss around and making their Daughter’s morning as special as it possibly can be and also making sure everyone had eaten.

Bride has a bacon sandwich during Bride Prep

Bride and her father during Bride Prep, brides father is checking Brides pulse

As bridal preparations were well underway, Rob was with Ant and his Groom Party, where there was lots of laughs and banter with enough time for a stroll on South Promenade.

Groom outside The Big Blue Hotel in Blackpool

Black and white image of Groom and his party on promenade in Blackpool

 

Groom and his groomsmen on the promenade in Blackpool

Helen and Ant are avid Blackpool Football Club supporters and there was a strong Tangerine theme throughout the day. Every detail had been meticulously covered by Helen, her Mum and Dad hand making all of the stationary which even included a “Match Day Programme”

Personalised match of the day programme for wedding

The stunning Flowers arrangements were created by Sonje Jones

Flowers on church pew at St Thomas Church in St Annes-on-Sea

…..which included precious photo charms in the Bridal Bouquet

Photo charms to go in brides bouquet

The bridesmaids wore Tangerine Dresses from Cheshire Bridal in Altrincham, Cheshire.

Bridesmaid dress hung up on wardrobe doors

With the Groomsmen wearing smart Grey suits with Tangerine accessories supplied by Moss Bros

Grooms Grey suit outside The Big Blue Hotel in Blackpool

Groomsmen all have matching cufflinks with Grey suits

In no time at all it was time for Helen to make her appearance for the first time fully made up and in her dress, and despite everyone saying they would not cry, nobody escaped a few tears.

Father sees his daughter for the first time in her wedding dress

Black and white image of father seeing daughter for the first time in her wedding dress

 

Brides Father after seeing his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time

Helen had to make two first appearances!  One for Dad and one for the Bridesmaids.

Brides wedding party sees bride in her wedding dress for first time.

Helen looked radiant in her beautiful elegant Wedding Dress which was made by Essence of Australia..

Black and white image of Brides refection in wardrobe mirror

And everyone equally loved her gorgeous Ted Baker shoes

Ted Baker Wedding Shoes

The Church

Helen and her Father began their journey to St. Thomas Church in St Anne’s-on-Sea, Lancashire.

Bride and her Father in her Wedding Car

Black and white image of bride in her car at St Thomas Church in St Annes-on-Sea

Bride gets out of her Bridal car at St Thomas Church in St Annes-on-Sea

Where Ant waited patiently for his beautiful Bride.

Black and white image of Groom in the church with his Granddad at St Thomas Church in St Annes-on-Sea

Black and white image of Groom waiting for his for Bride at the church altar at St Thomas Church in St Annes-on-Sea

Groom waits at the altar in the church at St Thomas Church in St Annes-on-Sea

As the Church Organ announced the Brides arrival, everyone turned to stop and stare as a very proud and emotional Father walked his precious Daughter down the aisle.

Black and white image of Bride and her Father entering the church at St Thomas Church in St Annes-on-Sea

Bride walks down the aisle with her F her father is crying at St Thomas Church in St Annes-on-Sea

Black and white image of Bride and her Father walking down the aisle in church, with father crying at St Thomas Church in St Annes-on-Sea

The Priest was fully gowned in his robes, and with the beautiful stained window behind them, the Church Service with all the traditions was ready to begin.

Bride and Groom at altar of St Thomas Church in St Annes-on-Sea

Bride and Groom at the Altar at St Thomas Church in St Annes-on-Sea

Bride and Groom at the Altar at St Thomas Church in St Annes-on-Sea

Black and white image of Bride and Groom at the Altar at St Thomas Church in St Annes-on-Sea

Bride and Groom at the Altar at St Thomas Church in St Annes-on-Sea

Bride and groom at the Altar St Thomas Church in St Annes-on-Sea

Bride and Groom kneel before the preist during the wedding ceremony St Thomas Church in St Annes-on-Sea

Rings from Beaverbrooks and Embr were exchanged

Bride and Groom exchange rings St Thomas Church in St Annes-on-Sea

Bride and Groom Kiss at Altar in St Thomas Church in St Annes-on-Sea

Bride and Groom sign the registrar in church at St Thomas Church in St Annes-on-Sea

As their guests watched the beautiful and emotional ceremony

Wedding Guests in Church St Thomas Church in St Annes-on-Sea

Black and white image of Wedding Guests in St Thomas Church in St Annes-on-Sea

Soon it was time to leave the Church as Mr & Mrs Summers and the couple were welcomed by very excited and emotional Friends and Relatives

Bride and Groom leave the Church at St Thomas Church in St Annes-on-Sea

Bride and Groom leave St Thomas Church in St Annes-on-Sea

Bride hugs family member outside St Thomas Church in St Annes-on-Sea

Black and white image of bride and her guests outside St Thomas Church in St Annes-on-Sea

Bride with relatives outside St Thomas Church in St Annes-on-Sea

Bride with Family memebers looking at the Bridal Bouquet outside St Thomas Church in St Annes-on-Sea

Bride hugs relative outside St Thomas Church in St Annes-on-Sea

Cloud cars were waiting to take Helen and Ant to The Great Hall at Mains,

Cloud cars wedding car arriving at The Great Hall at Mains

…with a couple of scheduled stops on the way

Bride and Groom next to rocks at St Annes Memorial Park

Bride and Groom stand on the Comedy Carpet in front of Blackpool Tower

Bride and Groom at The Glitter ball on Blackpool Promenade

Bride and Groom at The Glitter Ball on Blackpool Promenade

Bride and Groom walk hand in hand on North Pier in Blackpool

The Wedding Breakfast

As the happy couple arrived at The Great Hall at Mains, they were greeted by their guests and a shower of confetti. Helen and Ant claimed this moment as their favourite of the day.

Wedding Car with the Bride and Groom arrives at The Great Hall at Mains

Bride and Groom in their Wedding car

Bride and Groom arrive to a Confetti shower at The Great Hall of Mains

Bride and Groom arrive at The Great Hall at Mains to a confetti shower

As the guests sat down for the traditional Wedding Breakfast, speeches were the general topic of conversation

Groom delivers his speech during the wedding breakfast at The Great Hall at Mains

Black and white image of bride listening to speeches at The Great Hall at Mains

Groom delivers his speech at The Great Hall at Mains

Best mans speech at The Great Hall at Mains

Groom listens to speech at The Great Hall at Mains

Clear Blue Skies lasted throughout the day, enabling all of the Wedding Guests to enjoy the beautiful grounds of The Great Hall at Mains

Bride and Grandparents in the grounds at The Great Hall Of Mains

Two little girls walk hand in hand down a tree lined drive at The Great Hall of Mains.

 

Groom and his family enjoy the gardens at The Great Hall of Mains

Young family enjoy the grounds at The Great Hall at Mains

Bride and groom sit with their family in the gardens at The Great Hall at Mains

Evening Reception

Helen and Ant had secretly been practising their first dance as a surprise for their guests.

First dance with Bride and Groom at The Great Hall at Mains.

Black and white image of Bride and Groom enjoying the First Dance at The Great Hall at Mains

First dance with Bride and Groom at The Great Hall at Mains

And I think you will agree that Auntie Julie did an amazing job making the cake.

Bride and Groom cut the cake at The Great Hall at Mains

Bride and Groom cut the cake at The Great hall Of Mains

Soon they were joined on the Dancefloor by their Wedding Guests

Brides Mother and Father dance at The Great Hall at Mains

Bridesmaid and Best Man dance at The Great Hall at Mains

Groom Dances with his mother at The Great Hall at Mains

 

As the Band On The Edge played spectacularly throughout the evening, the guests carried on parting well into the night. Helen and Ant’s wedding day was perfect in every day and I feel truly privileged to have been a part of it.

Black and white sparkler image of Bride and Groom at The Great Hall at Mains.

Sparkler Shot Of Bride and Groom at The Great Hall at Mains.

 

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