Meols Hall wedding photographer
I love a summer wedding, but as a North West wedding photographer, the weather is never far from my mind! However, Lauren and Daniel were blessed with a glorious June day – meaning we had an exciting session of Meols Hall wedding photography ahead of us.
The bride to be should feel like a million dollars on her big day, and so should her feet. Understated but dazzling, a pair of Jimmy Choos were to complement a gown by La Sposa. With Michael McVerry in charge of hair, and makeup in the capable hands of Holly Finnegan, there was nothing for Lauren to do but mentally prepare. A shot I’m especially fond of from this portion of the day is that of Lauren’s reflection in the vanity mirror, which represents the reflection taking place inside her mind.
Lauren and Daniel’s wedding at Meols hall
Transport to the venue would take the form of a Classic VW Campervan, with the groomsmen arriving on foot. As a documentary wedding photographer, I believe it’s the unposed images which tell the real story of a couple’s special day, and those of a nervous Daniel surrounded by his nearest and dearest are a favourite.
The rest of our day would take place at Meols Hall, Southport’s oldest manor house. On our arrival, I noted the estate’s acres of wooded parkland, which would become a key component of my Meols Hall wedding photography later on.
Summer wedding ceremony at Meols hall
The ceremony itself would take place in the restored 400-year-old tithe barn. Decorated with flowers by Tamaryn’s Treasures to create a cosy atmosphere oozing old-world charm, it was a delight to see this historical space given a new lease of life.
Finally, it was time for the vows. I often switch to black and white wedding photography to document particularly emotive moments, which in this instance draws our attention towards the sanctity of marriage.
Colourful wedding reception
The knot tied, guests were free to enjoy the sunshine over fizz and canapés in the courtyard. Notice how in contrast to the previous monochrome images, these are a riot of colour to reflect a sense of celebration.
On to the wedding breakfast and speeches. Now that you’re familiar with my technique, I hope you’ll again notice the use of black and white photography to signify the heartfelt words from the father of the bride, best men and Daniel.
Couples portraits photography at Meols hall
Meols Hall is surrounded by 100 acres of parkland, so to burn off the meal the newlyweds took a short walk. This was a great opportunity to make the most of the day’s natural light, the grounds offering an abundance of timeless photographic backdrops.
With this going on, family and friends were left to mingle. Those of the ladies relaxing on the grass at sunset have a real nostalgic quality, so full of life they might jump off the screen. To me, they encapsulate what a wedding should be – two families coming together.
All that sun must have gone to everybody’s heads because the evening party was an absolute hoot! I wished I could stay longer, but I had hundreds of shots to sift through…