Village fete style wedding, Gladstone's Library, North Wales - Lucy & Phil sneak previews

Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won't have to hunt for happiness -  William Ewart Gladstone

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It's hard to really put into words how incredible Saturday was... I have probably never laughed or cried so much.  The ceremony was lead by Lucy's Godmother (and quite possibly the first female Bishop to perform a marriage ceremony in Great Britain) and that fact, along with the hauntingly beautiful choir from Lucy's school made it incredibly moving.  Both me and my second shooter, none other than the fabulous Andrea Ellison, were a bit of a mess by the end, along with most of the guests.

Then there was the location of the village fete style wedding reception - Gladstone's Library.  Somewhere less than a few miles from where I grew up and yet had never been, until Saturday.  And somewhere that Lucy was lucky enough to grow up and call home (well, the house in the grounds).

There were so many wonderful details... the bright coloured hand-cut confetti made by the beautiful bridesmaids, the little bags of bread given out to everyone so they could feed the ducks at the pond just round the corner from the church, the black cabs as wedding cars (best ever in my book), all the village fete style games (hook a duck, splat the rat, tin can alley, lucky dip, skittles, hula hoops), the handmade origami cranes, pom-poms, pies, a cake of cheese and a bouncy castle... I could go on.   OH... and an awesome flash-mob first dance to Farrell's 'Happy'.

And finally, the people.  Every last one.  I bumped into Judith, a dear friend to my Mum before she passed away, and someone I've not seen in over 20 years.  Also Carol the lovely Cheshire registrar was there on a rare Saturday off - and I once again told her that she married me & Mr P.  Apologies Carol!  : )   And of course the rest of the friends and family - all totally brilliant.  I would in fact like to steal all of Lucy & Phil's friends but in particular the bridesmaids who just made me smile all day long.  Oh and for Helen (Lucy's Mum) to please adopt me.

Which just leaves Lucy & Phil... two of the most chilled out, warm, lovely and fun people you could ever wish to meet.  This was without doubt one of my favourite weddings because of... well... everything.  So, THANK YOU both for choosing me to be your photographer.   I hope you have a wonderful honeymoon, enjoy these previews and we'll catch up soon.  Lots of love guys.  xxxx

Wedding at Manchester Town Hall and Room Restaurant, Manchester - Lindsey & Chris sneak previews

My third and final wedding of the weekend was this beauty in Manchester and despite the rain it has to be one of my favourites.  The people, the venues, the atmosphere, the music and of course, the couple.  It was just such a brilliant day. Lindsey & Chris - I'm gutted it's over!  Keep in touch and have the most incredible time in New York.... I'm so envious of you seeing it for the first time.  It's my favourite city on earth and I know you'll love it.

My NYC tips would be - Top of the Rock; Battery Park & Staten Island Ferry; Grand Central Station & Pershing Square Cafe (right outside); Bryant Park chilling/people watching; Hill Country BBQ on West 26th Street (if you like meat and plenty of it); espresso martinis or any other cocktail at 'Upstairs' (roof terrace bar at The Kimberley Hotel); Serendipity 3 on East 60th Street (as camp as Christmas but the food is yummy and it's a bit magical... the frozen hot chocolate was worth the visit alone).  I would also say hot dogs & Wonder Wheel at Coney Island but it's a bit of a way out for your first trip - best save that til next time!

Tipi wedding at The Bells of Peover, Cheshire - Helen & Adam sneak previews

I'm going to keep this pretty short and sweet just tell you a little about Friday's wedding... the beautiful church and Bells of Peover pub right next door are picture postcard beautiful.  The torrential downpours forecast all day only arrived once Helen was safely in the church and stopped right before she and Adam came out, making way for sunshine all afternoon.   The best part was the huge clap of thunder right after Helen said "I will".  Hence the laughter (although there was plenty of it during the ceremony - thanks to the brilliant vicar). All this plus a really lovely group of people and an amazing couple who I hadn't even had chance to meet until the day itself but it didn't matter one jot.  They were so relaxed and intent on having the BEST time.  As it should be!  Helen & Adam - here are your previews and I will catch up with you once you return from your honeymoon! xxx


Hope Street Hotel & Oh Me Oh My wedding, Liverpool - Emma & Shane sneak previews

Friday's wedding... well I just loved it so much.  Emma & Shane have a wonderful long distance love story (which you can read about here) and anyone can see they are so totally in love, it was easy to get swept up in the romance.  You'd also be hard pressed to meet two more laid back people on their wedding day!   The weather was pretty spectacular, their friends and family were awesome and all the little touches that Emma and her sister Annmarie worked so hard on looked beautiful.  We got to shoot in lots of locations around Liverpool which was great, ending up opposite the Liver Building at rush hour - cue lots of beeping and people shouting 'Congratulations!'.  : ) Add to all that an amazing supporting cast of suppliers that I know and love - two great venues Hope Street Hotel and Oh Me Oh My, the beautiful dress from Vicky at Isla Jean Bridal (who saved the day, just weeks before the wedding), an incredible cake from Laura's Little Bakery and the inimitable Strange Case Collective on photo booth duty!   And not forgetting Verity & Thyme - creator of Emma's stunning flower crown and bouquet.

Emma & Shane... congratulations and lots of love to you both.  I hope you enjoy these previews, safe travels back to Vancouver and we'll catch up soon!  xxxx


Oddfellows wedding, Chester - Sarah & Jamie sneak previews

Sarah & Jamie clearly have connections to old Mother Nature because Friday was VERY grey and VERY wet.  And their wedding could not have been more perfect! The stunning dress, the Jimmy Choos, a big red bus, the boys in blue, a cake of two sides, a raging debate that went on for hours (who would win in a fight between Superman and Batman? - I don't know if it ever got settled), classic literature, a cute library card table plan and the best bride & groom cushions ever. Fact.

Mr & Mrs Bates, thank you for having me along, it was a wonderful day with a top bunch of people and I hope everyone stopped crying eventually.  Totes emosh!   Lots of love, enjoy these previews and catch up when you're back from mini moon. xxxx