Sarah & Ste’s Lancashire Wedding

Sarah and Ste were married at St Oswald’s church, Ashton-in-Makerfield – it was a wonderful Lancashire Wedding.

Many years ago I met a man, whom I clicked with straight away and someone I have kept in touch with long after I left the corporate world of Wella where we met. Fast forward a few years and I was honoured to be asked if I would photograph his daughters Wedding. I had met Sarah shortly after the birth of Daisy, and it was so nice to meet again and of course meet Ste, I only know Ste, as, well, Ste so it could be Stephen or Steven – I will keep it as Ste !

When we met up initially to discuss the wedding we all clicked straight away and I was delighted that they chosen me and the contracts were signed and sealed. We arranged the pre-wedding shoot and Sarah, Ste, Daisy and Sarah’s mum and Dad came up to the Lakes for their shoot.

We used a couple of locations and Sarah and Ste became very relaxed in front of the camera. Once they had chosen a couple of images from their Pre-Wedding shoot I produced the Signature Mount for guests to sign at the Wedding, it looked fantastic and I look forward to getting it back and having it framed up for them. When I left the Wedding it was looking pretty full with best wishes from guests !

I arrived at the Brides parents house bright and early on the morning of the Wedding, to be greeted by a sea of calm, everyone was so chilled and without further adoo I was treated to coffee and pastries, don’t mind if I do, Daisy was running around showing me her shoes and of course Peppa Pig provided the soundtrack to the morning. Limited edition Prince William Champagne was flowing and Carla was busy sorting out all the girls hair. Seriously this was the most chilled morning ever !

Our Brides parents own a hair salon so everything was on site, make-up completed and it was time for Sarah to get her frock on. I had already completed the detail around the house, including her stunning Wedding shoes by Vivienne Westwood.

Soon the cars arrived and Sarah came downstairs, dressed and ready to be married – you can’t really put down in words the moment a Father sees his daughter in her wedding gown, its always emotional and this was no exception. She looked amazing.

I nervously set off for St Oswald’s church, one junction down the motorway, nervous because motorways and Weddings are a scary proposition for fear of incidents shutting them. No dramas though and I arrived at church in good time to find Ste and Colin his best man trying and failing miserably to get their button holes in, one thing being a Wedding photographer – I have put a lot of button holes in for groomsmen in my time!

Right, unfamiliar church and I had not attended the rehearsal so it was off to find Father Brian and see what he would permit me to photograph, he couldn’t have been more helpful, showing me some positions I was permitted to use, also the balcony at the rear of the church with the choir – cool !

A lovely service followed, Sarah thought it would be cool to re-create one of the images from their parents Wedding album so we found the exact tree and managed to get an image very similar to the one take nearly 30 years ago !

Sarah and Ste had booked Holland Hall, Wigan for the wedding reception and again it was superb, Ste is a chef so the staff would be up against it – he approved of the meal and the service was really good, big thanks to Debbie and Colin at the Hotel for their attention during the day and evening. It was also really nice to see that the venue is developing a wild meadow, with long grass and wild flowers – perfect 🙂

Some great speeches, from the heart and that is just the way it should be, lots of laughter, mixed with memories of those no longer with us and of course both the Best Man Colin and the Brides Father both brought up the Stag Night, it certainly sounded like a good one !

As for the cake – just wow, I didn’t catch the name of the creator but once I get it I will update this blog post as it was truly amazing, definitely a work of art ! – Cake Designer Vicky’s Facebook Page.

I managed lots of time together with the Bride and Groom and took some gorgeous images – what a wonderful day and once again it was an honour to be a part of it. Sarah and Ste, on return from their honeymoon will choose images from the set for a Queensberry of New Zealand Wedding album and I really look forward to designing it for them. A snapshot of images can be seen below, I know they will have a tough job choosing the images for their album!

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  • Tom - June 14, 2011 - 8:15 pm

    Excellent wedding photography Ian and your blog narration always puts the reader in the ‘picture’.

  • Simon - June 15, 2011 - 10:06 pm

    Great Stuff !

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