Lancashire Manor || Matthew and Emma Booth by Darren Heath

I had the opportunity to photograph Emma and Matthew's wedding ceremony a back in August. It was a little bit of a different experience with this one as these guys are family, my wife is the Brides older sister, so I was pretty always going to be the Wedding Photographer for their day.

 Lancashire Manor located in Preston was a perfect choice for the wedding. Since the first time I came to Lancashire Manor, I've always wanted to come back and was so pleased when Matthew and Emma chose it as their wedding venue. Built in the 16thCentury Lancashire Manor is an amazing please to get married, utilize the Great Hall to exchange vows then after a quick turnaround it became a spacious place for the wedding breakfast and later on the evening reception.

 The day began with me capturing Emma whilst she got ready at hotel. I get to photograph unbelievable moments as the bridal party interact during preparations. The room was one of the large bridal suites and it was packed with Bridesmaids, family and makeup artists. Everyone was excited about the day ahead. 

 Matthew got ready with his Best Man David and the rest of his groomsmen in one of the other rooms at Lancashire Manor before heading down to the hotel for a quick prewedding drink. We also grabbed the opportunity to take a few portraits of the Groom before he headed to the Great Hall ready for the ceremony to begin

 Family and friends present at The Great Hall witnessed Emma and Matthew exchange vows in a touching ceremony.  The Great Hall is an amazing space to get married, with plenty of space and beautiful medieval stone work that helps make the wedding day perfect 

 Emma and Matthew enjoyed spending quality time with their family and friends and loved every bit of their reception, whether that was the Candy Cart or the brilliant roulette table that kept people entertained for hours. 

 We took advantage of the nice weather to take some photos of the bride and groom out in the Lancashire Manors lovely gardens. When it comes to bridal portraits, I aim to do these in as quick a time as possible, so the happy couple aren’t away from their guests for too long

 There’re some real advantages to getting married in Autumn. The day was bright and sunny, which always helps to make everyone happy, and all the guests were able to enjoy the grounds, enjoying an evening buffet as the sunset

It was a long time in the planning, but Emma and Matthew pulled off a spectacular wedding and I just know they will build a brilliant life together.

Wyresdale Park || Adam and Katy Berry by Darren Heath

I was privileged to photograph Katy and Adam's wedding a few weeks ago. Wyresdale Park located in Scorton was a perfect choice for these two to get married at. I was overjoyed with the opportunity to shoot at Wyresdale Park as it's a new venue for weddings, but I really loved working there and I can't wait to photograph another wedding there soon.

Katy got ready in the living space of the Country House. The cosy wood-panelled room made a perfect place the the bride and her bridesmaids to get ready in and enjoy the build up to the ceremony, including watching the Royal Wedding that was taking place the same day.

Adam arrived at the venue an hour or so before the wedding all suited and booted with just the final details such as the buttonholes needing to be added

Katy and Adam’s wedding ceremony took place in one of Wyresdeale’s three dedicate wedding barns. The ceremony barn is a beautifully bright space that really fit the vibe of the couple and was a perfect choice for them to choose as their venue.

During the wedding reception we shot group photographs before I got chance to explore the grounds of the venue to capture some casual portraits of the couple. Everyone seemed pleased and were enjoying themselves out in the sun as drinks kept coming from the barns own Tavern. I mingled around the wedding party capturing the guests candidly whilst they enjoyed their drinks, including a cider named after the Bride herself.

Katy and Adam are a lovely and blissful couple, I was very fortunate to photograph at their wedding in a gorgeous venue like Wyresdale Park.

After I had delivered  the photos to the couple I received the nicest compliment from them I can ever remember getting. 

““Darren photographed our wedding in may & what an amazing guy! Just got the photos back & it was like reliving the day all over again!

We really can't recommend him enough, so talented & made us feel like he was old friend by making us feel really relaxed. 

The day went in such a blur so it was so nice to see the day captured for us, Thank you for helping us make our memories Darren! X””

Venue: wyresdalepark.co.uk

Flowers: branchandbelle.com

Samlesbury Hall || Rebecca and James Leech by Darren Heath

Photographing Rebecca and James's wedding was one of the highlights of the season so far. The wedding took place at Samlesbury Hall in Preston. This was the first time I’ve had the chance to visit Samlesbury Hall, and I love working at places with a fresh perspective. It is a delight to work as a wedding photographer in such unbelievable venues. 

 

Rebecca got ready at a lovely Lodge within the grounds of the hall on the morning of the wedding. The small details captured during bridal preparations help to tell the full story of the wedding, from the time taken to apply make-up, styling hair and even the cheeky McDonalds washed down with prosecco.

James, the groom, got ready at home with his groomsmen so I caught up with him as he arrived at the venue.  As you can hopefully see from the images both the bride and groom, plus their friends, were more excited about the day than nervous.

 

The ceremony itself took place in the main hall, which is an amazing looking part of the building. The atmosphere and lighting in there really added to the photographs and as you can see from people’s faces everyone really enjoyed themselves. Chasing each special moment is my mission as a wedding photographer. 

 

Everyone loves a good spring wedding, and I'm no exception. The sky was cloudy, but it creates lovely soft light, which does actually make help with the photographs. So, after working through the important group photos we headed off for a quick portrait session. With these I like to keep things simple, I usually suggest to the couple that they take a walk around their venue whilst I capture them enjoying their wedding day. 

 

Rebecca and James opted out of the traditional wedding breakfast and instead went for a hog roast for all their guests to enjoy. Once everyone was well fed it was time the guests to take a seat ready for the speeches. Photographing the speeches is a challenging part of the day because it's all about the words, so as wedding photographers we have to do our best to tell the story of the words with our pictures. 

 

It was a long time in the planning, but Rebecca and James pulled off an awe-inspiring wedding and I won't forget that one in a long time.

Pre Wedding Shoot || Wyresdale Park || Katy and Adam by Darren Heath

On a cold and snowy Sunday morning I met Katy and Adam for the first time. We ventured to their wedding venue to grab a coffee and chat about their plans for the big day. Whilst we were there we took the opportunity to explore Wyresdale Park and to do a quick prewedding shoot.

 

These shoots are always fun to do as it gives me the chance to get to know the couple and to learn a little bit about them. This in turn makes the wedding day more relaxed as I’m not just a stranger with a camera following them around as they get married.

 

Wyresdale Park is also a new venue for me and I’m pretty excited about getting to shoot a wedding here in a few weeks’ time. With decorated barns to have your ceremony in, a rustic bar for drinks and glamping in lodges and Tipi’s the photo opportunities are amazing.

 

Here’s a few of the images from the day, can’t wait to take and share those from the wedding day itself.

The Belle Epoque || Paul and Paul by Darren Heath

Paul and Paul chose to get married at the amazing Belle Epoque in Knutsford. After joining them for their day I can see why. With its Art Nouveau fireplaces and the 1st floor Mediterranean Roof Garden it is a stunning place to get married in. The ceremony was filled with happiness and even some live music, thanks to their friend Jenny.

 

After the ceremony, we took the opportunity for a quick portrait session around the venue and out on King Street. Initially nervous at first Paul and Paul soon settled into things and we got some great images.

 

After the wedding breakfast and some very entertaining speeches the evening guest began to arrive. With no first dance it was straight into party mode with the entertainment being provided by Chromatic Band. As the first set came to an end I left the couple to have a few drinks and enjoy the entertainment.

 

Congratulations guys