I was so excited when Hayley first booked me for her Rivington Hall Barn wedding photography. Her friend Joe kindly recommended me to her after I photographed his wedding a couple of years ago. Rivington Hall Barn weddings are amazing and it is definitely one of the best venues in the North West.
Hayley and Gary and I when they first booked me as their wedding photographer. They were bursting with excitement and couldn’t wait for their big day. It was clear how much time and effort they were putting into their wedding and it sure did pay off! This Rivington Hall Barn wedding was packed full of entertainment from start to finish, with the amazing Dax on Sax from Six15 Events getting the party started with his saxophone skills during the outdoor reception on the terrace, followed by award winning singer and entertainer Howard Wing who made sure that the evening was one to remember!
Choosing to have an entertainer at your wedding is a fantastic way to take the day to the next level. I have seen so many different things at weddings from my years as a wedding photographer from bands to magicians. Another great thing about an entertainer during the drinks reception is that it keeps guests busy whilst you and your photographer get some wedding portraits. At Rivington Hall Barn there are so many places to take beautiful wedding photography, the more time you have the better.
Hayley was getting ready at her house accompanied by her bridesmaids, Mum and Dad. The extremely talented Louise Cleary was there doing the hair and makeup and she did a fantastic job. With six bridesmaids she had been there from the early hours! Champagne was flowing, music was playing, and excitement levels were rising. There was never a dull moment during the bridal preparation as the girls laughed and cried waiting for the day ahead.
Hayley kindly gave her bridesmaids beautiful bracelets as wedding gifts and also handed her Dad a touching ‘thank you’ card which brought tears to everyones eyes. Some of the most special moments are shared during bridal preparation. We love being there to capture these images, this is why we include full day coverage as standard so that no moment go your wedding is missed.
Ceremony at Sacred Heart RC Church
It was a beautiful moment as Hayley walked up the aisle with her Dad at the Sacred Heart RC Church in Bolton. I could see the tears in the brides eyes and the “first look” photo of Gary seeing Hayley for the first time is without a doubt one of my favourites from the entire day. Natural wedding photos are always the best and I absolutely love shooting in a documentary style. The bridesmaids were crying, dabbing their teary eyes with tissues, which again made for some beautiful natural wedding photos of the ceremony. Pronounced husband and wife, they were married and it was off to Rivington Hall Barn for their wedding photography.
A beautiful summer wedding at Rivington Hall Barn
As we arrived the guests were greeted by the talented Dax on Sax playing his saxophone on the outdoor terrace overlooking the lake. With beautiful music playing, tasty canapés, champagne, strawberries and of course sunshine, this was the perfect setting for their summer wedding. The girls were dancing in the sunshine and having an absolutely blast! It was then time for their Rivington Hall Barn wedding photography so the bridesmaids all got together for some natural photos walking away from the venue.
The sky blue bridesmaids dresses were absolutely beautiful and complemented the bouquets perfectly which were made up of white roses and thistles. Hayley looked stunning in her white long lace wedding dress from designer Mori Lee Gardner. The girls then wanted some funny wedding photos holding their bouquets up in the air which was then followed by some natural photos as they laughed at each other. Capturing funny moments is just as important as the more serious ones, made their photos at Rivington Hall Barn more memorable.
After we had finished the wedding photos at Rivington Hall Barn I then went inside to photograph the reception room before dinner. The hall looked absolutely incredible! Purple uplighting filled the room with colour and cute fairy lights provided the finishing touches. The chandelier table centre pieces were particularly eye catching and the wedding favours were so cute. The guests were then called through and it was time for the speeches. First up, the brides Dad gave a touching and sincere speech there brought tears to everyones eyes again. This was then followed by the grooms speech and the hilarious best man speech where the groom was made to reveal the tattoo on his lower back which he got on a lads holiday! The speeches always make for great natural wedding photos.
Howard Wing – Singer & Entertainer
The bride and groom has booked award winning singer and entertainer Howard Wing for their summer wedding. He really got the party going as he started his performance during the main course of the meal. By the time the starters had been served, everyone was too busy dancing on the chairs and partying to eat their food! It really made for some incredible Rivington Hall Barn wedding photography. As the guests were holding hands and swaying I was shooting in a purely documentary wedding photography style capturing the natural reactions.
To top off this perfect summer wedding we were then lucky enough to get a beautiful sunset! Golden light is a photographers dream and this made for some amazing bride and groom portraits. After a fifteen minute sunset shoot it was then back inside for some more fun Rivington Hall Barn wedding photography. The DJ had the crowd rocking and Howard Wing was still performing. The guests had all had quite a lot to drink and this made for some great natural photos of the crazy drunken dancing! Everyone was so much fun and I absolutely love weddings like this. Finally, the dance floor was cleared to make way for a touching father and daughter dance. This kind of love is immense and made for beautiful Rivington Hall Barn wedding photography. This wedding was such a pleasure to be a part of and is exactly the reason why I love being a wedding photographer! Thank you so much Hayley and Gary for booking me.