April, what a wonderful month as winter is replaced by spring and the countryside bursts into colour. April is a beautiful month. And back in April I had the pleasure of photographing a rather colourful and beautiful wedding as Hannah and Justin tied the knot at a very ancient and historic Church. St Chad’s in Farndon which has a long history standing as it does on the border of England and Wales on the River Dee. In later times it has also been caught up in the English Civil War and still carries the scars. Fortunately today was all about love!
After a wonderful service in this historical Church Hannah and Justin then went on to possible the finest venue in Cheshire, the wonderful Grosvenor Pulford Hotel and Spa which like St Chad’s stands on the English and Welsh border, but this time on a somewhat smaller river!
Lets start the photos at the end! Well nearly anyway. I love the simplicity of a silhouette against a quickly darkening evening sky. One thing that grabs my attention is the little detail. How feminine are Hannah’s hands compared to the masculine hold of Justin. Hannah has such beautiful lines and elegance.
A nervous looking bride! Hannah arriving at St Chad’s in Farndon. If one picture could sum up a the pre wedding events this one must be in a short list.
Beautiful.After the wedding and the thse signing of the register, everyone’s gaze is glued on the page as Justin puts pen to paper. I don’t think you could get a much better frame for the picture than the magnifecent arch and the stained glass window is so beautiful.
A kiss before leaving. The yellow daffodils line the Church and are sure sign of Spring blossoming. The photograph is in a colour sepia, it still allows some prime colours to bleach through and the daffodils stand out beautifully.
A black and wedding photograph of the exterior of St Chad’s. It a lovely Church on a prominent point overlooking the Dee which at this point forms the border between England and Wales.
How many lovers have passed under that tree? It a wonderful historic walk down the aisle and then out the Church which has been walked by so many. We are living history, and love is the word.
The cutest bridesmaid you could ever imagine. And look at her flowers, I think she may just have borrowed that bunch from one of the bridesmaids. And the flowers in the Grosvenor Pulford look amazing. Spring in the air.
Blue skies in the Grosvenor Pulford other Garden, the Oriental one with the magnificent waterfall in the background.
Sepia just ot add a different finish for this close up.
I wonder what is being said? Photography is a strange beast. People are often very nervous about having their photos taken, yet quickly, very quickly in most cases they become at ease and I think eventually sort of forget you are there. It these moments when photos move from being posed by the photographer to being created by the couple, the photographer is just the conduit.
A much wider shot of the same pose, how different does it look? The change of angle, the change of lens. And what a sky.
I loved the sky so much I wanted to show even more of it off so now I am even wider but closer with a fish-eye lens with the results of a massive sweeping sky. Big sky country in Cheshire!
Black and White for this relaxed group shot. The people who are the nearest and dearest of your friends. A very good looking bunch!!
The English Garden Bridge,A perfect spot for group shots and you can fit around 40 people on the bridge which does cover most families. A few yellow daffodils make up the spring theme.
The beautiful Hannah against a night sky with just a glimmer of the setting sun showing through and Justin looks on.
And a bit closer.
Black and White never looses it charm and delicacy. The is something very special about black and white images.
What a stunning dress. Just look at the detail.
A stunning landscape with the waterfall leading us into a fabulous garden with Hannah and Justin finishing the image off. The Grosvenor Pulford have done a magical job sculpturing such a landscape.
A night sky and a beautiful couple.
A perfect Bride reflected against the lake. She is so beautiful even the fish have came for a look!
And for the last one on the blog is of Justin and Hannah reflected in the water of the Pond of the Grosvenor Pulford Oriental Garden. I couldn’t of asked for a finer couple to work with and it was an absolute joy to photograph their wedding.
I hope you have enjoyed the images as much as I enjoyed taking them and may I wish Justin and Hannah every joy for their life together. It was a pleasure to be a part of your big day.
See you all soon.