Wedding Photography at Lancashire Manor
This wedding was really special for me as I used to work with the bride, Natalie, many years ago. Natalie was one of the managers at Label on Deansgate and I would take photos there on the weekend. When Natalie called to book me for her Lancashire Manor Hotel wedding photography I was delighted. She was so excited for her big day and requested plenty of natural photographs to document everyone enjoying themselves.
Early morning excitement
Natalie and Lee’s traditional wedding was held at the fantastic Lancashire Manor Hotel. The day began with bridal preparation at Natalie’s parents house. Whilst enjoying some bubbles the girls helped each other with hair and make-up. Wearing stunning long gowns in a light purple colour, the bridesmaids looked beautiful. These gorgeous bridesmaids dresses were from Sorella Vita.
Keeping with the traditional theme, Natalie wore a gorgeous princess style dress. It took quite a while to get her all done up, I have never seen so many buttons! The finished look was perfect, topped with a veil and tiara.
Emotional groom preparation
Meanwhile, Lee got ready for the big day at his house. Natalie had written a letter for him to read in the morning and I got a lovely shot of him getting a bit emotional. It is always amazing to get capture these little moments that make the day so special for the couple. Capturing natural pictures is what I love doing the most and it is these moments that are remembered by the bride and groom forever.
Church ceremony at St. Hilda’s Presbytery
St. Hilda’s Church Presbytery was the ceremony venue. Guests cried as Natalie entered the Church with her Dad to walk her down the aisle. Waiting nervously, the groom had a tissue in his pocket ready for the tears and his best man gave him a sturdy hand shake. Witnessing their first look at the front of the alter was emotional. Everyone was crying except for Lee’s Mum who laughed at how nervous he was!
Lancashire Manor Hotel summer photos
After the ceremony it was time for a confetti shot in the Lancashire Manor Hotel garden; always one of my favourite photographs at a wedding. Confetti photos are a great way to encapsulate the fun and festivity of a wedding. I am always really keen for my couples to make the most of this moment and encourage friends and family not to be shy with the confetti! With the sun shining and lovely gardens, Lancashire Manor Hotel is the perfect venue for summer wedding photography.
The Lancashire Manor Hotel is a lovely 16th Century building. Natalie and Lee had their wedding breakfast in the Great Hall. The manor looked stunning with its galleried balcony, amazing beams and chandeliers. Situated in the hills of Lancashire, the rustic feel provided plenty of character.
Wedding details and decorations
Opting for a traditional wedding with natural colours, the table decorations and flowers were kept to a soft palette. Natalie and Lee chose a simple and sophisticated three tier cake, with delicate piping detail and edible flower on top. All of the wedding suppliers did an excellent job to ensure that every detail was taken care of at this Lancashire Manor Hotel wedding. Attention to detail really makes the difference when it comes to the photos.
Golden hour sunset portraits
Following on from the reception, I took the married couple outside during the ‘golden hour’. With this beautiful light it was a joy capturing amazing pictures of Natalie and Lee. This is one of the best times to get relaxed wedding photos. With the sun setting in the distance at the Lancashire Manor you don’t even need to walk far to find the glorious warm light. If you are getting married in the summer make sure to note what time sunset is! This is something I am always looking out for and my trusty “Dusk and Dawn” iPhone app lets me know what time is optimal for sunset photos.
Finishing with a good party!
The Great Hall at Lancashire Manor Hotel is perfectly set up for couples who want a good party in the evening. Some of my favourite pictures from Natalie and Lee’s wedding are the party pictures. With a great band on and the energy levels were high and guests were letting their hair down on the dance floor. Natalie also threw her bouquet in the evening which I photographed from the balcony at Lancashire Manor Hotel. She didn’t get it exactly right though and ended up throwing it sideways across the room. The single ladies were less than impressed!
Check out the photo highlights from this unforgettable day.