Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding & Family Photographer.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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