Emma & Peter’s Wedding in Lancashire’s Ribble Valley
Emma and Peter’s Big Day was a beautiful, traditional wedding full of grandeur and style. I first met Emma at a wedding fayre and photographed the couple’s engagement shoot at their home, a farmhouse cottage in the Ribble Valley. When the wedding took place a few months later, I really felt I had got to know Emma and Peter. They are a really sweet, lovely couple.
Tanya’s Top Tip: An engagement shoot before your wedding can help to calm some of the nerves on your Big Day. It’s about us getting to know each other, so that you can both relax and just ‘be yourselves’ in front of the camera.
The marriage ceremony took place at St Leonard’s Church in the village of Langho, right in the heart of the Ribble Valley. I love photographing church weddings. From a visual point of view, there is often a grandeur and beauty to the building itself. I always photograph the bride, groom and wedding guests inside and outside the church, making the most of the stunning architecture as a backdrop.
After the marriage ceremony, Emma and Peter’s wedding reception took place at Mitton Hall, a fabulous country house hotel near Clitheroe. Mitton Hall is absolutely beautiful. It’s a classy venue with a real feeling of style and grandeur. Originally a 15th Century manor house, Mitton Hall has been transformed into a contemporary hotel and luxury wedding venue. It really has the wow factor.
Tanya’s Top Tip: Consider hiring a Master (or Mistress!) of Ceremonies when planning your wedding reception. Their role is to make sure everything runs smoothly and to schedule. A friendly and professional MC helps to ensure all your guests are happy and that the party goes with a swing.
Emma’s dress was a classic full length wedding gown, with cascading ruffled layers of ivory satin and tulle. The dress was strapless and corseted, with pretty ribbons and intricate detailing around the fitted bodice. It was a fantastic dress to photograph and looked really impressive against the red carpeted aisle of the church.
Tanya’s Top Tip: Bridal outlets are a great place to shop for your perfect wedding dress. These large superstores have plenty of choice and stock dresses in all sizes. Many carry a wide range of designer gowns at bargain prices compared to a small boutique wedding dress shop.
Emma’s bridal bouquet was a handcrafted posy of ivory silk roses, decorated with vintage broaches. It was full of glistening pearls and sparkling diamantes. Sourcing materials from an online retailer, Emma made similar posies for each of her bridesmaids. These featured artificial blooms in ivory and dusky pink shades to complement their beautiful dresses. She also created matching floral arrangements to decorate the church pews.
Artificial flowers from http://www.countrybaskets.co.uk
Bridesmaids dresses from http://www.forhimandforher.com
Tanya’s Top Tip: Artificial flowers are a popular and clever choice for weddings. You can choose traditional or exotic blooms in any colour under the sun to match your theme perfectly. Plus there is no chance of your bouquet drooping in the heat or being a disappointment on the day.
Emma’s long, golden hair looked amazing on her Big Day. Her hair was styled to one side with natural curls, gentle ringlets and delicate plaited braids. A sparkling silver diamante hair clasp made an eye-catching accessory.
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Tanya’s Top Tip: A professional hair stylist can work wonders on your wedding day. As the wedding approaches, search for photos online or in bridal magazines of hair styles that you like. Try and have a consultation or practice run with your hairdresser before the Big Day to determine the style that suits you best.
Emma and Peter chose to hire a replica vintage wedding car for their Big Day. The gorgeous silver and pewter Landaulette convertible had rear seats in ivory leather covered by a folding roof. A posh wedding car always gets people excited. It’s a great touch that really adds a wow factor.
Tanya’s Top Tip: Even if your journey is short, don’t overlook your means of transport to the wedding or reception venue. Whether you opt for a bicycle, horse drawn carriage, vintage car, stylish modern estate or a sporty coupe, your wedding transport provides a great photo opportunity.
Emma and Peter’s wedding was full of music and entertainment. It featured an operatic duet in church, a pianist playing on arrival at Mitton Hall and an amazing performance from a professional wedding singer during the evening reception. Guests were kept entertained from start to finish.
Tanya’s Top Tip: Does anyone in your network of friends, family and business connections have hidden musical talents? Why not offer them the opportunity to shine during your marriage service or reception? A special performance by someone you know can really add the X factor to your Big Day.
Emma’s thoughts on Tanya
“We both felt really comfortable with Tanya as our wedding photographer. Right from the beginning she was really friendly and interested in getting to know us. It was like making a new friend.
“Our engagement shoot definitely helped us to feel at ease in front of the camera. I thought Peter might be nervous but I shouldn’t have worried – he saw it as his big moment!
“We were really pleased with Tanya’s photography from our wedding day. We chose Mitton Hall as it is a beautiful venue and this comes across in all the photos.
“Before we got married I was unsure about whether to hire a wedding car, as I knew we would use it for such a short space of time. It actually turned out that my favourite photo from the whole wedding was one that Tanya took of me and Peter in the car. Plus it was the only time during the day that the two of us had to ourselves, so it holds a special memory.”