Craig + Naomi – Highfield Hall

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Craig and Naomi got married on one of the sunniest days so far in 2017. Their venue of choice was the Saint Giles Church in Wrexham which is steeped in history and a must visit if you decide to take in the many historical sites of Wrexham.

The followed their wedding with a festival themed reception in the country house venue Highfield Hall which is beautifully set in stunning countryside in the village of Northop.
Naomi and Craig had lots of beautiful features including the table place cards which were so sweet.

Thank you to Naomi and Craig for an amazing day xx

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Hannah + Gav – Tower Hill Barns

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A few months before the wedding I met Hannah and Gavin for a pre wedding shoot at Shell Island where we tried some paint throwing. I knew then these guys were up for anything and good fun.
It was an early start on the day of the wedding and despite the early start we had a fabulous morning, not really rushed, just very relaxed and easy. Hannah had forgotten her hair piece but I really doubt anybody would have noticed as she looked incredible. What struck me that morning was Hannah and Gavin’s kind warm hearted nature. They are both definitely people persons and could not have done enough for family friends or even strangers. You really got the same sense from their family and friends as well.

The ceremony in Tower Hill Barns got underway with the jokers of the group starting early when the best man pretended to not find the ring, the registrar was quick to tell him off! That was the theme of the day I think there was plenty of comedians there. The speeches were great, I can’t say I understood most of the best man’s speech as he liked to drift the story off a bit but it was really funny and very personal and I think written from the heart. I know that Hannah’s Dad was not keen on public speaking so I was really touched when he stood up and raised a toast to Hannah and Gavin, I thought that really showed the love for his daughter in that moment. Having children really pushes you beyond what you think you are capable of.

The evening arrived and I must give kudos to Gav’s mum, what a dancer, I don’t think I could have kept up with her! She gave me a hug and a kiss at the end of the day as I was leaving and that really summed up for me how lovely everybody was.

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Karen + Chris – Iscoyd Park

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A wedding at Iscoyd Park always excites it. The venue is truly right up our street, beautiful, relaxed and fit for the best. This wedding was our first of 2017 and it was amazing.

Karen chose the most beautiful dress which reminded me of a ballerina which suited her small frame perfectly. She wore her hair simply with a slower detail which I thought complimented her dress perfectly.

The guy’s suits were timeless and I love blue. Some of the details must be credited to the groom particularly the chalk board showing the order of the day which I thought he had done professionally so well done Chris.
Karen and Chris were both such good fun to be around and we had a fantastic day. They send s this little review via email which I am so pleased to get so thanks guys.

“Thanks for everything on the day. Everything felt so chilled out. We didn’t feel a bit uncomfortable and that’s down to you and Jason being so friendly and professional. We really can’t thank you both enough”

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Ruth + Martin – Hafod Farm

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You’re all invited to the tea party!

What a lovely venue Hafod Farm is. It has so many little nooks and crannies! Your guests can stay in the farm in tents or campers or log cabins or cottages it’s just beautiful.
Ruth and Martin are a very sweet couple with impeccable taste. Their Alice in wonderland theme looked fantastic amongst the location of Hafod Farm.

I hope you enjoy the photos

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Marie + Jason – 2016 Review

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The first wedding of every year always brings butterflies, we’ve been doing this job for so long now but you still get them! What’s always great though is every wedding day morning I arrive with the bride and there is just love, smiles and excitement and it’s infectious. The first time you see the dress hanging up, it’s always magical. I can never get over how year on year dresses still manage to remain as beautiful and fresh as the year I started wedding photography.

Even simple things like the makeup are continually developing. The amount of amazing talent that is in the wedding industry now is staggering. One thing I liked seeing making more prominence in 2016 was brides and bridesmaids doing speeches. More and more we are seeing different weddings. Years ago nearly every wedding would have the same theme or same colour, but it’s a huge mixture now and that’s exciting. One of the other major changes over the last few years has been the rise in the choice of wedding venues. This means brides are spoilt for choice and there really are some exceptional venues to choose from.

2017 I think will we will continue to see more of a mixture of wedding styles and themes. I feel brides and grooms are choosing different elements from different styles and mixing them together with new ideas to create a unique wedding to them. I think weddings will still aim to be on the more relaxed side with a move to more modern wedding etiquette.

Two of my favourite elements of any wedding day are the music and the food and it really please me to say that every couple nailed it in 2016. The quality and thoughtfulness from the couples into this really showed in their wedding days.

Let’s hope for an amazing 2017 and here are some of the special moments from 2016…

Helen + Adrian – Bodnant Welsh Food

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Helen and Adrian, here is their story…

How we met:
We met online on a dating website. Not ashamed to say it as I know many people are. After numerous failed dates you soon wisen up and are a little bit more critical about who you message or reply back to. Adrian messaged me first. We chatted for a few weeks then it went quiet…Adrian went on holiday with his friend and we lost contact. A couple of weeks later, attracted by his new holiday profile picture, I messaged him again and the conversation was ignited. Adrian made numerous attempts to try and arrange for us to meet…I finally agreed to meet him after playing hard to get. We arranged to meet for a drink, it happened to be the day after my birthday – 10th October. As a gift, he bought me a love spoon which instantly impressed me. The date went well (despite the fact he turned up in a hoodie and trainers!) and we still laugh now at my inappropriate first date question ‘do you want to get married again?’ having known that he had previously been married. Thankfully he didn’t hesitate and here we are!

The proposal:
We made a joint decision that we wanted to get engaged. We agreed that we would go ring shopping together and then hide the ring away until Adrian felt it was the right moment. That way, I got the ring of my choice and he got to surprise me with it. Saturday 26th October 2013 – The day started with a spa day in a local hotel (not too unusual for us as we do enjoy spa days and had previously purchased a day spa pass to use the facilities). He then whisked me off to a hotel in Cheshire where the proposal took place in the beautiful gardens. We had a lovely meal in the hotel and drinks to celebrate. We spent the rest of the evening phoning everyone to let them all know the exciting news!

Wedding vision:
We visited many wedding locations – hotels, country houses, barns, large holiday lets and even discussed the possibility of doing it abroad. We finally decided on a local wedding and wanted a barn style venue. We visited Bodnant Welsh Food and was instantly attracted to it’s beautiful surroundings, rustic nature and modern barn. We fell in love with the venue’s relaxed setting and decided this was the one.

We loved the simplicity of the venue and the use of raw materials such as the wood, we decided to combine this into our wedding theme along with pretty pastels.

We wanted to be creative and personalise our wedding so we decided to swap formal suit hire for relaxed chinos and blazers, we decided on no formal seating plan and swapped the traditional wedding breakfast for afternoon tea as we are big afternoon tea lovers!!

We love our music and so much so we decided on having three forms of musical entertainment at the wedding – an acoustic singer to entertain at the ceremony and wedding breakfast, a pop/rock band to get the party started and a DJ to ensure everyone would be dancing right up until the end.

The band we booked ‘Big Business’, wasn’t just any random band, they were the first band we saw on our first weekend away in Llangollen together a couple of weeks after meeting. It was a huge relief when Adrian spoke with the lead singer 4 years later and the band agreed to do the gig.

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Wedding suppliers:
Lunaflower Florists, Rhos on Sea
Rhiannon Pritchard, Make up artist, Llandudno
Jo Gendle Films, Videographer, Manchester
Dorothy Rose Bridal Boutique, Ellesmere Port
Bodnant Welsh food, Tal Y Cafn, Conwy

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Nadine + Peter – Tower Hill Barns

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Here is their wedding story as written by Nadine…

How we met – We actually met at work 8 years ago, 4 years before we started dating. We were friends for a long time before realizing there was something more there.

Proposal – Pete proposed while we were on holiday in Canada last summer. My grandmother was very ill and he wanted me to be able to tell her the good news in person, and so he proposed while we were staying with her. I was very surprised, and he had planned the whole thing meticulously, proposing on a bench my parents had actually built there together 40 years earlier, which still has their initials engraved on it.

Wedding vision – very simple and low key! No colour scheme or bridal party.

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Suppliers –
Tower Hill Barns,
Vivid Floral,
http://www.northernstringquartet.com/,
Jonny Ross Music.

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Cara + Anthony – Tower Hill Barns

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Their Love Story as written in the words of Cara:

Anthony and I met at the ages of 16 & 18! Yes, we are first loves!
We have now been together over 12 years & are FINALLY tying the knot!!

We have shared some of the most fantastic experiences together during our time travelling the world from sweating on farms in Australia to working on ski resorts in New Zealand! We have truly had some fantastic years where we have swam in the Great Barrier Reef and lived in an old 1980’s camper van for 5 months!! After an amazing couple of years away, we are ready to settle down and grow old together!

The proposal came as a bit of shock! After 10 years together, Anthony popped the question whilst we were on a trip through Italy. He actually proposed on a gondola in Venice outside of Marco Polo’s house. How he ever got down on one knee on an unsteady boat I will never know!!
The proposal was the most romantic setting ever as it was twilight & the city of Venice is so pretty!
The celebrations carried on at a local restaurant where the locals cheered/ sang for us & the restaurant staff even came out with sparklers

Our Wedding vision is an Italian themed, rustic style barn wedding! We would like a very relaxed and happy day full of smiles & fun!
The scheme/ colours are very natural with blush pinks, creams and sage greens.
The evening party is a venetian masquerade theme which will make for some great pics!
We love the candid shots of people laughing/ dancing and just enjoying themselves!
We love the outdoors & hope we can spend a lot of the time outside at the venue!

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Suppliers:
Tower Hill Barns for food/ drinks/ whole wedding day
Cakes by Lowri: cake
Damon Jacs: Acoustic singer
Decades Discos: DJ
Family Member: flowers
Tim Cowell: Videographer

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Charlotte + Matt – Cock o Barton

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I photographed a few of Charlotte and Matt’s family previously and so it was lovely to see so many familiar faces. Charlotte and Matthew had opted for a simpler wedding and you really did feel very relaxed and welcome at their wedding. One of my favourite parts of their reception held at the Cock O Barton in Chester was the open plan space used for the speeches. It was a simple gather round affair and felt really intimate. I honestly don’t think I have ever photographed a wedding where a bride has smiled more during her wedding day. Here’s to Charlotte and Matthew, I just know these two are made for each other x

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Ffion + Eilir – Carden Park Hotel

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It was the Welsh wedding of Ffion and Eilir and the rain and winds decided to arrive on the very small village of Cerrigydrudion! It was Very unusually for a small village to have two weddings in Cerrigydrudion on the same day on the 20th of August this year 2016. Luckily the weddings were not in the same chapel but both have the SAME minister and registrar so Ffion was really concerned about making it to the chapel on time.

The make-up artist Kay Evans whom is fabulous and hairdresser KPS Hair Lounge made everyone look amazing.

After the service at we travelled to Carden Park where the weather looked more favourable. Welcome drinks for guest upon arrival were served inside the hotel as the weather was still not dry enough but I love the inside with my favourite part being the antler chandelier.

I just want to mention a theme which ran through the day and has inspired me to do the three peaks in memory of my mum for the 20th anniversary of her death next year. Eilir lost his brother 10 years ago this October. Eilir and 12 of his friends have just finished a 503 miles bike ride around the coast of Wales (2nd of July to the 11th of July), to remember Myfyr and to raise money for the Welsh Air Ambulance. The total they have raised so far is staggering at over £20,000. I just want to say well done and Da Iawn to them.

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