Pryors Hayes Wedding Photography
Emma and Thomas's Pryors Hayes Wedding Photography
The big morning...
Cheshire wedding venue
You didn’t really think we were ready, did you? Once we’d arrived it was time for just a few more, last minute bridal preparations—I love this “behind the scenes” shot of Emma’s dress being steamed by the mother of the bride.
Another shot I’m fond of from this timeframe is the groomsmen arriving at the venue, all looking extremely dapper. The photo has a real sense of movement which proves so much more effective than awkwardly standing still with a smile.
Good weather is never guaranteed in the UK, but luckily, the wedding ceremony could take place outside on the Pryors Hayes grounds. While garden weddings tend to pose some strife for women and their stilettos, luckily Pryors Hayes has the foresight to tile much of the outdoor area!
It was Emma’s mother who would be walking her down the aisle, and doesn’t she look proud? Finally coming face to face with her husband to be, Emma seems delighted while Thomas can’t believe his luck.
The signing of the register itself took place beneath the pagoda, which not only proved some interesting framing for the pictures but also ensured there was no sun in the couple’s eyes. While most of my images use colour to reflect the excitement of the day, Notice how I switch to black and white photography for timeless moments like this one. You’ll see this technique again in the image of children playing, frozen in time forever.
As family and friends mingled over drinks and canapés I took the opportunity to capture some group photos, my elevated position giving a clear view of every guest with plenty of greenery as backdrop. I then took the bride and groom for some couples’ photos on the venue grounds. One of Cheshire’s main draws is its spectacular countryside and I wanted to reflect this in my images. Though blessed with a day of sunshine, it wasn’t a cloudless afternoon, but clouds can actually add interest to shots and create a more complex mood than clear blue skies. Something else to think about as a photographer is composition; note how flowers in the foreground, followed by the newlyweds and then woodland create a real sense of depth. Finally, as Pryors Hayes is primarily a golf club, we couldn’t resist some shots in the golf buggy – as a photographer, it’s fun to incorporate any props at my disposal!