It was a couple of years ago when I first met Stephanie and Chris, in fact it was at Sarah and Ste’s wedding Chris is Sarah’s brother and I was delighted when I got the call for a chat about their wedding photography.
It was going to be a long day for me, arriving at the Groom’s parents house around 7.30am where the girls were having their hair wedding hair created by Chris’ mum and make-up also applied in the salon, all very familiar to me and once again the hospitality and banter was superb, that coffee just kept on coming!
A couple of the lads appeared and the banter started proper, these guys have some awesome friends and great family, really good to be amongst it again. When the girls were ready it was time to depart about 200 yards as the crow flies to Stephanie’s parents house where once again we were all greeted with amazing hospitality, while the girls quaffed Bucks Fizz and had another breakfastthe excitement was building. There was a knock at the door and it was the florist with Stephanie’s flowers, lots of oooing and ahhing – they were gorgeous!
It was time for Stephanie to be put in her gown and while I waited for the shout that I could come in the room I looked forward to the day ahead, everything was on time and going to plan, a 4 stop wedding increases the possibility of hold-ups on the roads and especially being a Friday it is something I always think about and have to have a back-up plan for. I got my shout to come in and the wedding gown was beautiful, it was fastened up by Steph’s mum, I got the images and we were good to go!
I left the girls to finish titivating and set off on the 5 minute drive to St Oswald’s church in Ashton-in-Makerfield, our groom and his groomsmen were on good form and the guests were arriving with big smiles – it was great to see so many faces from previous weddings as well, I was greeted like an old friend, really, really lovely to be a part of!
I nipped in the church and had a chat with Deacon John O’Brian, I was familiar with the church and the usual rules applied – all systems go for the arrival of our Bride!
A great, fun service followed and Stephanie and Chris became Husband and Wife, Chris and Steph’s grins were infectious, they were very, very happy people, as, of course one would expect having just tied the knot! I organised the confetti line-up for the happy couple and retreated to a safe distancesome great images followed and then it was time for me to blend into the background and let the guests congratulate.
Next stop was Bartle Hall near Preston, a great venue, and perfect service from the staff and MC followed, a lovely day to be out on the sheltered lawn and the children at the wedding ran around till they were red in the face, totally safe and sound and just being awesome. Chris and Stephanie had insisted I was seated for the meal, which was delightful.
As the meal finished, evening guests were beginning to arrive and out on to the lawn we all went while the band set up and the room was transformed for the evening entertainment.
A cracking day, marvellous people and will hopefully see some of the guests again at more weddings in the future, I really enjoyed the day!
It was lovely to get an email from Stephanie and Chris, an extract is below……
“We may have returned from honeymoon, the suits have been returned, the wedding dress hung in the wardrobe and the flowers wilted, however we get to enjoy the beautiful images, which in turn conjure up wonderful memories of our most special day, for a lifetime.”
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