A wedding in the countryside - Georgina and Michael

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding & Family Photographer.

 
Ribble Valley wedding in a meadow
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A couple of years ago, Georgina sent me a message to say she was getting married in May 2019. She explained that neither her or her fiance, Michael liked having their photo taken and were both very camera shy. She said she didn’t actually want a wedding photographer, but her friends had talked her into it, even if it was just for an hour or two to capture her with her new husband. After discussing it further, she opted for my reduced package (half a day).

 
The Inn at Whitewell wedding - Ribble Valley
 

Georgina went on to tell me that they had booked The Inn at Whitewell which is nestled in the heart of the Ribble Valley, Lancashire for their wedding reception and they were having their ceremony in the church just next door. Being based just outside of Clitheroe, I do love it when I get a Ribble Valley wedding as it is just on my door step!

 
Outdoor bridal prep - Ribble Valley
 

Georgina, her bridesmaids, flower girl and her parents had spent the night before the wedding in The Piggeries which is a holiday cottage that belongs to The Inn at Whitewell. What a perfect place for bridal preparation! It’s big, light, airy, and has amazing views! All the ladies were on top form. Their hair and makeup was being done and Georgina’s Dad just sat back and watched with a proud look upon his face. It was a glorious day and the finishing touches to Georgina’s hair were done outside - perfect!

 
Ribble Valley church wedding
 

So now, Georgina and Michael had become husband and wife. Amazing! During bridal preparation, I had clocked a beautiful meadow right by The Piggeries. I knew that was the perfect place for couples portraits, so that’s where we headed. Oh my! It was amazing and didn’t let me down at all. Whilst there, the newlyweds had asked for a few formal group shots with family and friends. So I took those against the cottage as it had the most beautiful wisteria growing all over it.

 
Inn at Whitewell wedding - Ribble Valley
 

Once we were done, we headed off back to The Inn at Whitewell for drinks before the speeches and wedding breakfast. There were four speeches; the father of the bride, the groom and the two best men. Georgina’s brother, Dom was one of the best men. He was amazing! I have never seen a room full of people laugh so much! What a guy.

Oh, one last thing before I sign off. Georgina’s leather jacket! She had been worried in the weeks leading up to the wedding. It was her favourite and she couldn’t find it anywhere. It turns out that Michael had sneaked it away to get it personalised with ‘Mr and Mrs Green’ on the back of it and the date of their wedding. How romantic?

Jane x

Venue - Inn at Whitewell

Dress - LuLu Brown’s Bridal Boutique

Suit - Slaters

Hair - Loubellai Gt Harwood

Makeup - Nala and Knot

Flowers - Flower Design

Cake - Finch Bakery

Videographer - Tom Harrington Films

Sax - Event Entertainments

 
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Beautiful spring wedding at Mitton Hall, Lancashire - Jeanette and Trevor

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding & Family Photographer.

 
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Jeanette and Trevor. Where do I start? It could take me a long time to tell you their history due to the couple being together for 20 years before actually getting married!

Jeanette and Trevor had originally planned on sneaking away quietly to get married, but were talked into having a wedding more local and with actual wedding guests! She had seen some photographs that I had taken at a recent styled shoot and fallen in love with them. She actually knew my bride from that shoot and made contact with her, asking for my details. They were a little dubious about having a wedding photographer as neither of them like to be the centre of attention. They hate posed photos and the thought made them uncomfortable. After speaking on the phone to me and looking through my wedding portfolio, they soon realised that I don’t shoot that way. I have a relaxed approach to wedding photography.

 
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Jeanette and Trevor got married just 5 weeks after we first spoke on the phone at Mitton Hall in the Ribble Valley, Lancashire. They’d originally said they didn’t want to have their portraits taken together and just wanted me to focus on taking photographs with them and their guests having fun. I spoke to them about how my couples love that part as it gives them a breather and chance to actually speak to each other. I explained that Mitton Hall has such lovely grounds and it would be a shame to miss out on them, even if it was just for 5 minutes. They soon saw where I was coming from and agreed. However, when it came to it. I couldn’t stop them! Trevor kept saying “How about we do one over there?” and “No, it’s fine, we can stay down here a little longer”. Jeanette and I laughed about how we couldn’t stop him once he started!

 
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Jeanette and Trevor booked a bespoke wedding package, so I was only with them for 3 hours. But the time I spent with them was amazing! Seriously, this pair have been together for 20 years and it was like watching teenagers in love! The way they were looking at each other was lovely to see.

 
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Here is what Jeanette had to say;

Jane is so friendly, professional and her pictures are just beautiful. We organised our wedding within a short time frame and were lucky enough to book a bespoke package with Jane. As a camera-shy couple, we wanted to have a relaxed and natural photographs, not posed. Jane was a calming influence for a nervous bride before the ceremony She was friendly and unobtrusive and so captured our special day beautifully and naturally. She was quite right to persuade us to have a short time walking round the gardens. We actually loved that special time together and the pictures reflect that beautifully! Our gallery was available very quickly indeed and a wonderful little USB stick too! Just Brilliant - first class!
Thank you so much!
— Jeanette
 
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Elegant spring wedding at Higher Trapp, Simonstone - Sarah & Andy

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding & Family Photographer.

 
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Sarah and Andy met at work a few years back. In fact, I used to work with them both too (before I left to be a wedding photographer)! Back in 2017, the couple enjoyed a holiday in Cyprus. On the final day of the holiday, Andy popped the question and Sarah said YES! They began planning straightaway. Once they had booked their wedding venue - Higher Trapp Country House Hotel, Lancashire, they contacted me to book in. I was so excited to hear their plans. I love listening to all my couples plans and I especially love it when I can help them with recommendations for other wedding suppliers.

 
Sarah & Andy
 

As part of their wedding package, we included an engagement shoot, otherwise known as a pre wedding shoot. The lovely couple booked me in the winter of 2017, so we decided to arrange the engagement shoot for spring instead. Anyway, we met up one evening in May 2018 at Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston, Lancashire. It was a glorious evening! We took a stroll around; walking, talking, laughing whilst I captured some gorgeous and natural photographs of them. They were great fun around the camera and I knew then that their wedding day was going to be awesome!

 
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11 months later and it was the day of the wedding. Another glorious day! I met up with Sarah, her bridesmaids, her Mum and not forgetting, her gorgeous stepdaughter, Maddie! Bridal preparation was well underway. I couldn’t believe how relaxed everyone was. Everyone was obviously excited, but no-one was stressed. I took my second photographer, Laura across to meet Andy and the groomsmen. They were just as relaxed. Everyone was getting ready at the hotel. Obviously in different parts.

Sarah’s wedding dress was beautiful. So simple, so elegant. She looked amazing, they all did! I went in to the ceremony room ahead of the wedding party. Soothing music was being played on a harp to the wedding guests. Andy was now looking nervous and emotional. He was my first groom who told me not to be nice to him or it would make him cry (he was doing that without me being nice to him, sssshhhhh). Maddie was a flower girl and came down the aisle first. She burst in to tears when she spotted her Daddy as did Andy in return. Andy missed the other bridesmaids coming down the aisle due to Daddy and daughter cuddles. At one point, I thought he was going to miss his bride coming down. Luckily, he didn’t!

 
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I made full use of the amazing grounds of the Higher Trapp for group shots and couples portraits. It was such a nice day that I got to take the newlyweds out more than once! I obviously didn’t take them away from their guests for that long but I managed to get some after the wedding ceremony (my couples love this as it gives them a moment to themselves), then again as the sun was setting and finally a quick 5 minutes to get a nighttime shot. Andy had told me that he loved my backlit night shots, so I knew I had to get it for him. That was one of the images I gave them as part of their sneak peak. They loved it!

This was an amazing day all round. Thanks to everyone involved for making it so perfect.

Jane x

Venue - Higher Trapp

Venue dresser - Add a Little Sparkle

Bride’s dress - Kimberley Anne Bridal Boutique

Bridesmaids dresses - Debenhams

Groom’s suit - Next

Flowers - Sue’s Bluebells

Hair - Hair Blair

Makeup - The Retreat Darwen

Cake - Chief Cupcake Maker

Harpist - Sarah Davies Harpist

Videographer - Pat Holt

2nd Photographer - Laura Duggleby Photography

Beach Goddess Shoot - Formby Beach

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
Sunset beach bride
 

So, I am now in my second year of wedding photography. I’ve got to be honest, I totally love it! I have always been a creative person and I definitely like to use that side of me when it comes to wedding photography.

Like most things, photography is changing all the time. In order to keep up with this, I like to attend wedding workshops. It’s a way of leaning from some of the best and also making friends with other photographers. It’s a way to experiment and try new things.

Last night, I attended a ‘Beach Goddess’ shoot at Formby Beach, Liverpool. It’s only about an hour away from my home in Lancashire. Anyway, this photo shoot was organised by Toni Darcy. She had chosen a model who was perfect for this shoot. She had also chosen two dresses and a flower crown for Beth.

 
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We started off in the woodland area of Formby. There were some great areas to shoot in. I totally loved the areas with exposed tree roots. They worked so well with Beth’s look. We spent quite a lot of time playing with them before moving on to make some beautiful silhouettes. The sun was now going down and we made our way out on to the sands. The tide was out, but there were still plenty of pools on the sands. The Easter weekend was a scorcher, but the temperature had unfortunately dropped for this shoot. That didn’t stop Beth. She was so brave and even lay down on the waters edge for us to experiment with flash photography.

This workshop was an incredible experience. If you are a wedding photographer and reading this, get yourself on one of Toni’s workshops. She is so helpful and has some great tips to share.

If you are a bride or groom to be and like what you see on here and my website, give me a shout to see if I am available.

Jane x

Ribble Valley, Lancashire wedding photographer - couples portraits

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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Well hello!

You might already know that I am a Lancashire based wedding photographer. I live in a lovely little village called Langho. It is nestled in the beautiful Ribble Valley. I cover Cumbria, Yorkshire, Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside and pretty much anywhere in the North West! That being said, I will travel further afield too.

When I meet new clients, I often tell them that my favourite part of shooting a wedding is the couples portraits. Most of them want to know why this is. It’s simple. From the start to the finish of the day, it is pretty full on……

Bridal preparation is a gentle easer into the day. But you aren’t 100% relaxed; more a mixture of nerves and excitement. That being said, I do love being there for bridal preparation as I get to interact and be with you and the bridal party from the word go.

The wedding ceremony is the reason we are all there!

The drinks reception is lovely as it is the first time that the wedding guests have got to give you their best wishes. They are very excited to congratulate you both. But….. you, the newlyweds haven’t even had chance to say hi to each other.

Now, it tends to be time for the couples portraits. Sometimes it is done after the confetti shot or group shots. That is totally on what timetable you have given me. So, I would tend to take you away from everyone else. That way, you can grab a breather. You can obviously take your drink with you, don’t panic! Couples portraits usually take around 20 minutes. I tend to walk around the grounds (park or wherever you have chosen) with you, shooting as we go. It is really relaxed. I do give you hints for posing and know what looks good. I encourage laughter and will often make a fool of myself to relax you and get a giggle. All the while, you are getting to chat and get close to your new wife/husband! Once we are done, I will return you to your guests. Depending on the time of year, I will sometimes nip you out again in the evening for some lovely golden hour (sunset) shots.

Throughout the day, I make sure I take lots of candid images of you and your wedding guests. I also focus of taking plenty of shots of the details there; table settings, centre pieces, flowers, signs etc.

I leave you in peace whilst you eat your wedding breakfast. No one wants their photograph taking whilst eating! I return for the wedding speeches and see you through until just after the cutting of the wedding cake and your first dance.

If you are looking for your wedding photographer and all this sounds good, please send me a message or give me a call.

Jane x

Elegant wedding at Stanley House Hotel, Lancashire - Catherine & Joe

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
Catherine & Joe
 

Catherine and Joe! What a fantastic couple! I actually only met them a few weeks before their winter wedding! They live in Nottingham, but were getting married up north due to Catherine being from up this way. They had booked me earlier in the year and we had made arrangements to get together when they were up making final arrangements.

Catherine and Joe have been together for 6 years. Catherine had moved down to Nottingham with work and Joe had moved back there from London as he wanted to be closer to home. The rest (as they say) is history. Oh, the couple share their home with their fluffy fur baby - Oscar. Would you believe that Oscar has a curfew? Catherine worries about him if he is out too late. This was just one of the hilarious tales that we heard during the speeches.

 
Catherine & Joe
 

Anyway, the day of the wedding was here. I met Catherine and her bridal party at her parents house in Great Harwood, Lancashire. It was literally 10 minutes away from my house in the Ribble Valley; perfect! Bridal preparation was well underway. Catherine had 6 bridesmaids and her Mum with her. They all looked incredible and were such fun to be around.

The ‘big reveal’ of Catherine in her wedding dress to her Dad, Paul was amazing. I had previously asked him if he was going to shed a tear. He said no. He was wrong! He was grinning from ear to ear, tears streaming and looked so proud of his beautiful daughter. This resulted in the bridesmaids in tears too!

 
Catherine & Joe
 

Whilst I was with the bridal party in Great Harwood, my second photographer, Laura was with Joe and his best man for groom preparation at Salmesbury Hotel, Preston. They had stayed there the night before.

 
Catherine & Joe
 

When I shoot a wedding, I always like to give myself plenty of time to get to the Church in case there is an issue with traffic. I had no worries about that at this wedding. It was literally around the corner from Catherine’s parents! St Bartholomew’s Church, Great Harwood is a lovely little building. When I arrived, I was greeted by the vicar wearing his Christmas jumper; awesome!

Catherine & Joe were now husband & wife. Whilst the newlyweds signed the register, Catherine’s Auntie sang for the congregation.

 
Catherine & Joe
 

Tea and biscuits were provided for the guests whilst Catherine and Joe had a couple of photographs taken. We then headed up to Stanley House Hotel for the wedding reception.

Stanley House Hotel is beautiful and has some amazing views. Unfortunately, due to the time of year and time of day, we couldn’t see much of them. But, that didn’t matter. The 17th century manor house itself makes an amazing backdrop!

 
Catherine & Joe
 

Catherine and Joe love to travel together. Joe actually proposed whilst the couple were skiing in France. Travel was the theme for the wedding breakfast table names; each named after countries and each table had photographs of the couple during their adventures together.

Myself and Laura left shortly after the first dance. Catherine and her girls were busting some moves on the dance floor. They had all had the best day.

I love being a Lancashire wedding photographer. It’s an amazing feeling to capture such happy memories for newlyweds.

(I do cover other areas, including Cumbria, Yorkshire, Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside)

Jane x

 
Catherine & Joe
 

Other suppliers included;

Church - St Bartholomew’s Church

Venue - Stanley House Hotel

Groom prep - Salmesbury Hotel

Wedding Dress - Amelia’s Bridal, Clitheroe

Brides shoes - Kurt Geiger

Bridesmaid dresses - Very

Suit - Next

Flowers - Flower Design Events

Hair - Hair by Nichola

Makeup - Amy Lauren MUA

Band - The Upstarts

2nd photographer - Laura Duggleby Photography

A Winter Wedding at Cheadle House, Cheshire - Katie & Taib

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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In May 2018, Katie contacted me. She wanted to meet up and discuss her up coming wedding. We met for a coffee in Costa in Haslingden, Lancashire. She told me how she had met her husband to be, Taib whilst on holiday in Agadir. He worked at the hotel she was staying at. The couple hit it off straight away. After that holiday, they were in constant communication and Katie went back for many more holidays. She went out for Taib’s birthday and he proposed to her! Wow! Her family were slightly concerned at first, so they went out to meet him. It seems they fell in love with Taib straight away too and thought the pair were perfect for each other.

I am a Lancashire based wedding photographer. Katie and Taib were getting married in Cheshire. I didn’t mind though as I cover Cheshire, Yorkshire, Cumbria, Manchester etc anyway.

Christmas was now over and it was time to get married! I met Katie, her bridesmaids and her parents at Cheadle House. She had stayed over the previous night. Bridal preparation was well underway. Everyone was so excited. Katie wouldn’t stop talking (I am allowed to say that, she knows she talks a lot).

Taib had now arrived. He was equally excited! He was enjoying a chat with the guests whilst Katie finished getting ready.

The bride and groom became husband and wife after having a civil ceremony at the hotel. True to Katie, the first thing she did was pose for a selfie with her new husband!

It was a bitter cold day. So I made sure I was quick with group shots and couples portraits. Taib was loving that part. He couldn’t stop kissing his new wife. I didn’t even have to prompt him!

I stayed with them through the wedding breakfast, cake cutting and first dance. Do you know what? This family were so lovely. Every single one of them made me feel so welcome. Thank you all so much!

Jane x

Venue - Cheadle House

Dress - New York Bride

Suit - Next

DJ - Cheadle House

Hair & makeup done by Katie’s friends.

Katie did her own flowers.

Daisy Chain Photography - Why pick me as your wedding photographer?

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
Bashall Barn Styled Shoot
 

So, you are finally engaged and planning the day you have been dreaming of for what seems like forever. Everyone is recommending wedding suppliers to you and it feels like a minefield. Who should you go with?

If you are reading this blog, chances are, I have been recommended to you, possibly by a friend or family member. Maybe I have come up on a google search or on your Facebook or Instagram feed. I thought I’d write some notes about myself, so that you can get to know me and get a feel of if I am the right wedding photographer for you.

 
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If you have read my ‘about me’ page, you will already know this. But….. I was born in Ulverston, Cumbria where I spent all of my childhood. I was pretty much always outside; out on my bike, going for walks, doing something with animals etc. I was always interested in photography and my bedroom wall was covered in a sea of photos that I had taken of my adventures. This started off as pictures of animals etc and progressed to drunken nights out with my mates!

I moved to Lancashire shortly after I turned 21 and have been here ever since. I have lived in various areas of East Lancashire before settling in Langho, near Clitheroe. I haven’t always been a professional photographer. I wanted to be, but couldn’t take the risk of not having a guaranteed wage coming in. After having our 2 lovely daughters, I decided something had to change. I wanted to do something that fits more around them and spend more quality time with my family. This is when Daisy Chain Photography was born! I started off shooting newborns and families before quickly progressing on to wedding photography. Some of you might not have been interested in that. But I often get asked how I got in to photography during wedding consultations.

 
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Talking about wedding consultations, I love getting together with new clients to discuss their wedding plans so far. It’s also a good excuse to get a coffee out. Usually a latte or a hot chocolate in fairness. If it’s a hot chocolate, I have to have cream and marshmallow on top! Anyway, moving on from me and my obsession with coffee and unhealthy treats….. I love to hear about what has been bought so far, the wedding dress (if the groom isn’t there), the flowers, little details etc. I also like to know how the couple got together and how the engagement went. It helps me to get a feel of how the couple work together. I show the couple my wedding portfolio and go through any questions they have. I let them know that having me as their wedding photographer is like having an extra friend there. I am very friendly and will chat to everyone, whilst working, obviously! But I also know when not to get involved and take a step back. I make sure they know that I am not a traditional wedding photographer and WON’T be lining them and their guests up for hours on end for endless group shots. Obviously, I do take the group shots that are requested. But I prefer to get natural images of guests interacting with each other and having a giggle.

On the wedding day, I like to have someone from the wedding party point out important guests to me. I know how important it is to capture an image of the bride with her beloved Grandma.

 
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My husband and I were lucky enough to have Jane for both our engagement shoot and for our wedding day. We absolutely love the photos from both shoots. On both days, Jane made us feel at ease in front of the camera and created some beautiful memories that we will treasure. Many of our guests commented on how nice Jane was on our wedding day too. We would highly recommend Jane.
— Samantha & Liam

So, If all this sounds good to you (and looks good to you - portfolio video attached below), please send me an email or give me a call to discuss further.

I look forward to hearing from you and about your adventure so far!

Jane x

Daisy Chain Photography, Lancashire based wedding photographer - Best of 2018

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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Wow. Is 2018 really over already? What an incredible year it has been. It has been the first full year of wedding photography and I have loved every minute of it! I have met some amazing couples, worked with incredible suppliers and visited some great venues all over the North West! I shot in venues in Lancashire, Manchester, Cheshire and Yorkshire. I live just outside Clitheroe, Lancashire, so it is quite central to all the places.

I have loved meeting all of my couples. I love to hear about how they got together, their engagement, plans for their wedding and finally, their plans for their future together. It’s a great feeling when a couple put their trust in you to shoot their wedding.

I am not a traditional wedding photographer. I really don’t like staged photographs where everyone is stood round for hours on end. I prefer the more natural approach and tend to capture guests laughing together. That being said, I do love my couples portrait sessions, but that only takes about 20 minutes and is nice for the bride and groom to have a breather!

I have put together a small selection of my favourite images from this year’s weddings. It was pretty hard selecting them as like I said, I have had some fabulous ones.

I have already hit 50% of my target for 2019 weddings and I can’t wait to get started on them. If you are getting married in 2019 or 2020 and still looking for a wedding photographer, get in touch to secure your date.

Our experience of working with Jane as our wedding photographer has been fantastic from the moment I met her. She had been in constant communication leading up to the wedding and on the day she was just perfect. Jane worked so hard to get the perfect pictures of our special day. She was very friendly and it was a pleasure having her as a part of our wedding. Thank you so much for our amazing photographs x
— Cheryl & Alan

Jane x

A Summers Wedding At Cliviger And Holmes Mill, Clitheroe - Sherry & Simon

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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Wow, June seems like such a long time ago now! Where does time go? What a beautiful summer we had. I shot so many weddings of my own, along with second shooting for other amazing wedding photographers.

I second shot for Laura from Laura Duggleby Photography at the wedding of Sherry and Simon. It was quite funny as the week before, Laura had second shot for me at Simon’s cousins wedding, so we already knew a lot of the guests!

 
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I briefly met up with Simon and his groomsmen at his house. We then went to meet some of the wedding guests at The Ram Inn, Cliviger. Great little pub! Simon was really relaxed and having a great time catching up with friends and family. I stole away the groom and his groomsmen (woman) briefly to capture some lovely images before we wandered over the road to St. John’s Church. Simon was eager to get in and get started!

 
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The bridesmaids arrived, closely followed by the beautiful bride. Sherry’s wedding dress was absolutely amazing; blush pink and backless! She has family in America and chose it when she was over there visiting.

Once the bride and groom had become Mr & Mrs, we went outside for a few photographs before heading across to Holmes Mill, Clitheroe. I personally LOVE Holmes Mill. I think it’s not only an amazingly quirky wedding venue, but it’s also great for a family meal or a few drinks out.

 
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The room looked fab. Sherry and Simon are fans of Star Wars. They had little Lego Star Wars figures throughout, including on the cake, in vases with fairy lights and even in the buttonholes. This impressed me. Not as much as if it was Marvel Lego figures, but you can’t have everything…. Massive Marvel fan over here! Anyway…. They also had a wheelbarrow full of beer, all with personalised labels.

 
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Holmes Mill has some amazing backdrops for wedding photography, both inside and outside the venue. What I also love about it is, it is only a stones throw away from Clitheroe Castle. So in the evening, we made the most of being right by it and nipped over for some extra couples portraits.

We headed back in time for the cake cutting and the first dance before leaving the newlyweds to party with their friends and family.

 
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Jane x

www.daisychainphotography1.co.uk

A Winter Wonderland Styled Shoot At Bashall Barn, Clitheroe.

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
Bashall Barn Styled Shoot
 

After our last styled shoot, Jo (from A Cake Occasion) and I were keen to organise another! We wanted to do something totally different from the last one at Shireburn Arms, Hurst Green. We decided that a ‘Winter Wonderlandstyled shoot would be loads of fun.

Back in June, my husband and I went for lunch at Bashall Barn, near Clitheroe with our kids. I’ve always loved going there; especially for a hot chocolate and a cake! Whilst there, I spoke to Robyn who is a wedding coordinater there and got us booked in. I couldn’t wait to let Jo know that I had yet again, sorted us another awesome Ribble Valley wedding venue. She was just as excited as me.

 
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Jo organised us a board on Pinterest (she is far better with Pinterest than me). She uploaded an image of an incredible wedding cake. Our styling went from there.

Whilst speaking to one of my Mummy friends (Danielle), she mentioned she was building her business in doing bridal hair. She was keen to get involved and set up her Facebook page - Oh So Pretty.

Orchid Designs, Nikki Webb MUA & Rachael from The Wedding Workshop were involved in our last styled shoot. They were also excited about our plans for the shoot and wanted to get involved again. Our plans were coming together quickly.

It was suggested to me to speak to Laura from The Flower Girls, Whalley about making us a wedding bouquet. (I am so glad I did. Everything we suggested floral wise, she was all over. We were looking at getting a real Christmas tree, but decided it would be awkward to transport, just for one day. So she made a feature arch out of winter greenery instead!).

Jo spoke to Jenny from Jen’s Rustic Wood about supplying us with a cake stand. Just wait until you see the final result. It looked amazing!

I then spoke to Paul from Cosgrove’s about supplying a suit. They were in too! Yippee!

We had now found our models too. I knew they were going to look fantastic.

 
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Anyway, that’s enough about how we all came together and behind the scenes.

The day of the shoot came. I had high expectations of this day as we had all put so much effort in. We met at Bashall Barn at 9:30. Nikki and Danielle got started on hair and makeup. I took some action shots of that, as if it was real bridal preparation and also got some lovely images of the details as they were being put together by Jo, Rachel and Laura. The Bashall Barn team were straight out to look after us. Tea and coffee was just what we needed!

Everyone was now ready. We had Hayley as a lone bride and Amelia and Brad as a bride and groom. They all looked incredible!

 
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It was the perfect day for this kind of shoot; dry with a dull sky. It was freezing out though. Amelia pointed this out once or twice. She was a good sport though.

I made use of all the beautiful backdrops and I even got them to go in the cow shed. How could I not?

The staff brought us more tea and coffee to warm up. They even gave us all our lunch! How good is that?

 
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Here is what some of the team had to say……..

I am a wedding and event florist. I work from home at my family farm in the centre of Whalley. I loved being part of the winter wonderland styled shoot. I provided the bridal bouquet, dressed the archway, cake stand and cake wreath. I also brought along some other decorative bits and bobs.
— Laura from The Flower Girls, Whalley
I design and create luxury and bespoke wedding cakes, including cup cakes and macarons. Each cake is hand crafted with great attention to detail. Their fabulous and flawless clean finish ensure that not only do they look amazing, they taste amazing too!
For the styled shoot, I provided the cake and the macaron wedding favours.
— Jo from A Cake Occasion
Hi. For this shoot, I provided the stationery, table plan and venue dressing. I like to create bespoke stationery for each bride and groom so that it is personal to them and complements throughout. I have a wide range of table plans and personalised plans available, as well as various centre pieces to suit your theme.
I love working on new ideas and styles with my couples!
— Rachael from The Wedding Workshop
I specialise in bridal and occasional hair styling. I love my job and believe that bridal hair shouldn’t have to break the bank to get a quality service. It is such a privilege to be involved in someone’s special day. I just love to make people feel extra special.
— Danielle from Oh So Pretty
I am really big on local community. The fact we had so many local suppliers in one shoot is amazing! I was over the moon to provide the wood for the cake stand. Along with Jo’s amazing cake and the wreath by The Flower Girls, it really came to life.
Anything to do with wood and rustic, I am here for. We already own all of the wood as we have a tree surgeon business too. So there’s no third party high prices to sting your wedding budget. Please get in touch if you’d like your rustic ideas brought to life.
— Jenny from Jen's Rustic Wood
 
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This day was totally amazing! I loved it from start to finish. A massive thank you to everyone involved and a special mention to our gorgeous models; Hayley, Amelia and Brad. Top job, guys!

Jane x

P.S. We are already planning our spring styled shoot. Watch this space!

Venue - Bashall Barn

Cake - A Cake Occasion

Flowers - The Flower Girls, Whalley

Hair - Oh So Pretty

Makeup - Nikki Webb MUA

Stationery - The Wedding Workshop

Cake stand and logs - Jen’s Rustic Wood

Dresses - Orchid Designs

Suit - Cosgroves

Autumnal wedding at Artisan Ribble Valley - Gill & Darren

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
Gill & Darren
 

Earlier this year, I met Gill & Darren at Artisan Ribble Valley for their wedding consultation. It was the perfect place to meet up. Not only is it in between my house in Langho and theirs in Clitheroe, it is also the place they had booked to get married. They told me how they had known each other for many years, but had only recently got together. They bumped into each other at the MOD weekender in Clitheroe back in 2017. They hit it off and the rest is history! We discussed their plans so far. They only wanted a small wedding, so they were only inviting 20 guests. Gill was having her wedding dress hand made by Liz at Orchid Designs in Clitheroe.

Like them, we got on well from the word go and I was booked.

 
Gill & Darren
 

Flash forward to October. It was the day of the wedding and it wasn’t raining - yay!

I met Darren at Artisan Ribble Valley and got some shots of the venue and details before the wedding guests arrived. Darren was nervous, but very excited.

Guests were now arriving and it was almost time to get going.

 
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Gill had now arrived. Eeeeek! I went out greet her. She looked absolutely amazing! She was also very nervous, but eager to get going.

Her nephew had been given the honour of giving the beautiful bride away. Darren’s face lit up when he saw enter the room. They were both grinning from ear to ear.

The ceremony was lovely. Gill and Darren couldn’t take their eyes off each other. Both of their Mums had tears in their eyes (as did I at one point).

 
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The bride and groom were now husband and wife!

They were greeted with a drink by the hotel staff. Their friends and family were keen to congratulate the happy couple. Oh, there were now 40 guests instead of the original 20 as planned. These things happen….

I whisked them outside for couples portraits. My favourite time of the day! They get to have a breather and I get to be creative. Win, win! There are some great areas at Artisan Ribble Valley for portraits. One being the wooden gazebo/band stand in the wooded area. I made a bee line for it.

 
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Gill and Darren then enjoyed having a drink and chatting with their friends and family before their wedding breakfast. I left them shortly after speeches and the cake cutting.

Here is what Gill and Darren had to say about their experience of me working as their wedding photographer;

Hi Jane. Received our photos today. They’re absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much, we’re thrilled with them. We couldn’t have asked for anything better.... We had a lovely day and we’re so glad you were a big part of it. Thanks again 😘 Love Gill and Darren xx
— Gill Harris

Below is a list of the other suppliers involved in making Gill and Darren’s day extra special.

Jane x

Venue - Artisan Ribble Valley

Venue Dresser - Classique Wedding & Venue Styling

Wedding dress - Orchid Designs

Grooms suit - Paul Costello

Cake - eBella

Flowers - The Flower Shop Clitheroe

Hair - Kellie Hughes Hair & Beauty

End of summer wedding, Hurlston Hall - Rowan and Alex

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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If you remember, earlier this year, I did an engagement shoot at Clitheroe Castle for Rowan and Alex. It was a freezing cold day and the ground was covered in snow. Their gorgeous boxer dog, Simon joined them for the photo shoot. It was a great morning and Simon was up to mischief. I love boxer dogs. They are one of my favourite breeds.

Anyway, flash forward to the end of summer. Rowan and Alex got married in Zante. They took their close friends and family to witness the wedding. Unfortunately, I couldn’t go with them. But I did get to be their wedding photographer for their UK party!

 
Rowan & Alex
 

I joined Rowan with her 8 bridesmaids at her parents house in Burscough for bridal preparation. The house was full of makeup, straighteners and laughter!

 
Rowan & Alex
 

The bridal party were collected by 3 lovely wedding cars and driven to Hurlston Hall Golf Club to meet the rest of the wedding party. I left about 15 mins ahead of them in order to catch up with the groom and his groomsmen. I took a walk round with Alex and the groomsmen and we took some photos on the way.

 
Rowan & Alex
 

By now, Rowan and the bridal party had arrived. I whisked the newlyweds off for their couples portraits. The sun was setting and it was so beautiful! Rowan and Alex are childhood sweethearts and totally in love. They made my job of getting some natural images easy!

 
Rowan & Alex
 

After their portraits, the bride and groom went for a drive in the wedding car before the guests arrived. That way, they could make a grand entrance. By the time they returned, all the guests were outside waiting; armed with confetti! The guests were in for a treat. Karen (Rowan’s Mum) had made a fantastic wedding cake for them. It even had fairy lights in it! They also had a magic mirror, candy floss machines, a sweetie table and Greek dancers!

Rowan and Alex make such a wonderful couple and I wish them all the best for their future.

Jane x

Venue - Hurlston Hall Golf Club

Dress - Wed2B Liverpool

Bridesmaid dresses - Chi Chi London

DJ - Andy B Events

Wedding cars - Churchtown Wedding Cars

Mirror and candy floss - Make It Stand Out

A summer wedding at Burnley, Lancashire - Samantha and James

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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At the back end of last year, I was contacted by Samantha. She had heard I was a Lancashire wedding photographer through a mutual friend. She told me all about her plans for her summer wedding in Burnley, Lancashire. We got on straight away and that was that, I was booked.

Flash forward to this September and the big day was here. I met Samantha and the rest of the bridal squad at Rosehill House, Burnley. The ladies had been up early and their hair was already done. Makeup was now well on the way. They were all super excited. Samantha’s Dad was there, making sure everything was in order. James has sent his bride to be a beautiful bouquet and a lovely card to go with it. The bride was now ready to go and she looked amazing!

 
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The bridal party were now on their way to the St. Matthew’s Church. I rushed ahead to get some shots of James and his best man. As Samantha walked down the aisle with her Dad, James stood there grinning like the Cheshire Cat! He just knew he had hit the jackpot!

The exchanging of rings had now taken place - Samantha and James were husband and wife! The bride and groom walked through a confetti aisle before we headed around the corner to Scott Park for couples portraits. This is the best time of the day; the newlyweds get to have a breather and some time to just themselves, well I am obviously there too, but you know what I mean. Samantha and James love Scott Park as it is just round the corner from their house. They often go their with their children. I spotted a lovely stone bridge straight away, so we made our way over to that first.

 
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From here, we headed back to the hotel to meet the wedding guests. Wedding breakfast was served, followed by the speeches. What made the speeches extra special was Samantha and James’ son gave one, including a picture he had drawn. That little boy was awesome. He had me in stitches throughout the day.

Now the formalities were over with, it was party time! Wow, that crew knew how to party, hard!

Special mention to Samantha’s friend Laura who made the couples wedding cake.

Jane x

Brides dress - Dreamaker

Grooms suit - Dreamaker

Venue - Rosehill House

DJ- DJ Buck

Cheryl & Alan's Summer Wedding - The Glass House, Staining Lodge.

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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Last November, Cheryl made contact with me about being her wedding photographer. She had seen some of my work on Facebook. We arranged to meet up at Starbucks on the A59, Barrow for a coffee and a chat. We hit it off straight away and I just knew that we were well suited.

Speaking of well suited, Cheryl and Alan were set up by a mutual friend of theirs. They both said they knew they were the perfect match for each other from the moment they met. Their first date was 3 years ago and Alan proposed 2 years later. He popped the big question on a jetty on Lytham sea front, not too far from where they first met.

Cheryl and her 3 bridesmaids got ready at Cheryl's parents house in Fulwood, Preston. I love shooting bridal preparation; it gives me chance to become one of the girls for the day. I get to know the bride better, which means they tend to be even more relaxed during the day.

 
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The bride and groom got married just round the corner from Cheryl's parents home - St. Anthony's R C Church in Fulwood. Cheryl was dropped off for the ceremony in a 1975 Royale Drophead. She looked absolutely incredible! Cheryl is a primary school teacher. Whilst the signing of the register was taking place, pupil from her school entertained the wedding guests by singing a couple of songs. It really was heart warming.

After the wedding ceremony was finished, the new Mr & Mrs Elstone were driven across to The Glass House, Staining for their wedding reception. What a fantastic venue it is. The staff were all super friendly and helpful too! Cheryl's friends had helped out with details there, making it even more special. One of them had hand painted table names (flowers) and one of her bridesmaids had made the wedding cake! It really made me giggle when she threw a pinny on over her bridesmaid dress.

If you follow my work, you will already know that couples portraits are my favourite time of the day. This wedding made no exception to that! I spotted some old barn doors and a red brick wall. They both made great backdrops. I'd also spotted a great field, right across the golf course. It was far too far away for the bride to walk to in heels. I had a word with a member of staff who was able to source us some golf buggies. I am so glad they did as that made one of my favourite images from the day. I think Alan particularly enjoyed that part too.

 
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Big shout out to all the incredible suppliers who helped make this day even more amazing!

Venue - The Glass House

Venue Dresser - Sophisticated Events

Caterers - Campbell & Rowley

Florist - Sugar Stealers Florist - Blackburn

Bride's dress - Especially for you - Longridge

Bridesmaid dresses - Especially for you - Longridge

Groom's suit - Youngs formal hire, Debenhams

Rings - Peter Jackson

Entertainment - StereoFever

Hair - Lucy Biddlecombe

Makeup - Beccie Kelly

Transport - Malvern Wedding Cars

Videographer - Jorvik Wedding Videography

Second photographer - Lottie Elizabeth Photography

 

Jane x

An elegant outdoor wedding at the Higher Trapp, Simonstone - Lianne & Chris

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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Who doesn't love a good old wedding? Well this one was a corker!

As well as being a wedding photographer and having my own photography business, I often second shoot for other wedding photographers. On this occasion, I was working for my good friend Laura from Laura Duggleby Photography. It was the wedding of Chris and Lianne and it was all held at Best Western, Higher Trapp Hotel at Simonstone, Burnley. This is a perfect wedding venue; it is a beautiful building, it has stunning grounds and the staff are very attentive. What makes it even more amazing is..... it's only a 10 minute drive from my house in Langho in the Ribble Valley! Happy days!

 
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Anyway, Lianne and Chris got married in April. That week where it was scorching hot, remember? There wasn't a cloud in the sky. Lianne and her ladies got ready at the hotel. Wow, that was an excitable room! Lianne as looking amazing. Her wedding dress and shoes were something else! Everything was coming together nicely.

Chris and his groomsmen had now arrived, so I took them off for some portraits before the guests began to arrive. We had a laugh about anything and everything.

 
Lianne & Chris
 

The wedding ceremony took place outside in the garden. Chris was stood up front in the bandstand, guests were sat waiting to catch a glimpse of Lianne and a string quartet was playing in the background.

The bridesmaids led Lianne and her Dad out of the hotel, down the steps and down the aisle. Wow. Lianne made a stunning bride. It was a lovely little ceremony and they soon became husband and wife.

 
Lianne & Chris
 

From there, it was time for couples portraits for the bride and groom. I love this part of the day. They made our job really easy as they are so relaxed and natural together. Relaxed and natural is what I go for with a photograph. I don't like couples to look forced. It just doesn't work for me.

Celebrations were now getting started. The whole day was fantastic from start to finish. Below are a selection of my favourite image from their special day.

Jane x

Libby & Mick's colourful wedding - The Stables Country Club Hotel, Bury.

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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I am a Lancashire based wedding photographer. Often, I travel to various other areas to shoot weddings of my own and also do second shoot for other wedding photographers. This can include Manchester, Cheshire, Cumbria and Yorkshire.

Back in April of this year, I was the second photographer for my friend Laura of Laura Duggleby Photography. It was the wedding of Mick and Libby who got married at The Stables Country Club, Bury.

Wow, what a day! I have never seen a man so eager to get down the aisle! Mick was like a giddy school boy. I've never seen a man with a bigger grin on his face. Libby was quite clearly the love of his life. Libby was with her ladies for bridal preparation. We took Mick and his groomsmen for some portraits. The Stable have loads of beautiful places for portraits. My personal favourite was a little area that had a fabulous red brick wall, a corrugated metal roller door and the most amazing, rusty David Brown tractor.

 
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It was now time for the wedding ceremony and to finally see Libby, the bride to be. Libby walked in to the room looking absolutely amazing! She was wearing a lace tea length wedding dress, she had a dried wedding bouquet that was full of colour and she had some matching flowers pinned in her hair. Tears were now streaming down Mick's face. Their children who were involved in the wedding had tears in their eyes too. The ceremony was lovely. The bride and groom couldn't take their eyes off each other. It was wonderful to see how much they love each other.

Later on in the day, I was able to get involved in the couples portraits. If you have read my other blogs (or spoken to me about weddings), you will know that this is my favourite part of the day. I think it is great for the newlyweds as they get a breather and chance to actually speak to each other and I get to be creative - win, win! Laura was also in love with the red brick wall, so we made back there to start with. Most of my favourite shots from the day were done in this area.

 
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We returned the bride and groom back to their friends and family for their wedding breakfast. This was followed by speeches where Mick was again, able to tell everyone how much he loves Libby. I was shocked his face wasn't sore by now. He seriously didn't stop grinning all day.

It was now time for the evening reception, cutting of the wedding cake and first dance as husband and wife. Their wedding cake was amazing; a cheese cake. Layers and layers of actual cheese. Heaven!

Below are a selection of my favourite images from Mick and Libby's amazing day.

Enjoy!

Jane x