It not often a venue just stops you in your tracks, particularly after shooting as many weddings in some fantastic venues as I have but Nikki and Mark’s choice of the 700 year old Adlington Hall was one. Nestling in the leafy Cheshire Country side just outside Maccelsfield the Hall has a tremendous history and many a tale to tell I am sure. But today’s story was one of two people in love as the gorgeous couple tied the knot in the most amazing hall you could imagine. If the English (British!) do one thing well it is grandeur, and not much comes much grander than the Grand Hall at Adlington. Anyway enough of me gassing lets get the photos of their fantastic wedding up. I have also added a slide show to this fantastic wedding here.
I will start the blog with this one showing of a beautiful couple with the 700 year old hall as a backdrop. Leafy June seems a long way away as I watch the hail outside my window on a wintry January day as i type this.
This is it boys! All the men making their way to the to see the Registrars on the morning of the wedding. The Hall is deserted and it a beautiful time for some reflection and the odd beer. Or maybe few beers and the odd bit of reflection.
As the Men are doing their official duties just a few yards away in the Hunting Lodge Nikki is transforming into a most beautiful bride. The dress is simply divine, all the details just come together to make a beautiful whole. In the background her Chief Bridesmaid works away.
Shoes. perfume, garters and kids! Maccelsfield is very close to Manchester and is famous for being a place footballers choose to live, and the is no mistaken which colour of football shirt these two wear.
A bit of a melee as everyone tries to get a peep, video or photograph of the beautiful bride. Except the Flower Girl who has spotted a separate story in the background! How beautiful does Nikki look on her Wedding day. A model bride. I think black and white works really well for this one.
Surrounded by friends and family but I imagine feeling very alone Mark stands in the most regal of Great Halls awaiting the arrival of his bride. It truly is an amazing Hall, you eye is drawn to every centimeter. It is a rather special wedding venue and must be one of the finest in Cheshire and the UK.
And here comes the bride into the Great Hall watched over by friends and family as well as centuries old tapestry.
The British do indeed do grandeur amazingly well.
The exchange of the rings, a timeless act which I feel is very fitting in such an ancient house. The house is still privetly owned and the current family has lived there for 700 years. Now that is a family tree.
A beautiful couple in a magnificent surround on their magical wedding day.
And it is all sealed with a kiss.
Lets start the celebrations, Nikki and Mark look totally overjoyed on the biggest day of their lives. A beautiful Cheshire Wedding.
And just one last official thing to do in the Great Hall, the signing of the all important documents, Nikki looks totally fantastic, a model bride. Mark is a very lucky man.
Those moments with friends, priceless.
Confetti, a fun but much more violent than it looks tradition.
I think it is a lovely idea when the couple get married in the reception venue for them to go off for a drive, it one of the only times all day when they get to be with each other alone and can just say ‘We Did It’ the rest of the wedding day they are pulled apart by well wishers and family who all want to congratulate the lucky couple. Owe and also by the photographer who is inclined to never be far away! The drive in the car must be a very bright memory of the day.
Those people closest to you. The Bridemains and Groomsmen looking after teh flower girls. And what a garden.
A stunning wedding dress and it is a perfect choice for the beautiful Nikki. The lacework is rather exquisite. So delecate so fine and so beautiful.
I love the aspect of this wide angle shot, the trees all around. It more or less three dimensional.
Similar view, different lens and a spectacularly different photograph.
I love this one, the guys were brilliant to work with and a great deal of fun. As were the girls all in all for me a totally fantastic wedding to photograph.
And the little ones were a bit quick!
As it will be, the girls in charge!
This is the Hunting Lodge at Adlington Hall in Cheshire, with a glamorous black and white theme.
Guests enjoying the evening reception. Early in 2015 I swapped from the large and brilliant Nikon D4s I was using to the far smaller, quite and less noticeable Fuji system with a couple of XT1 now my chosen camera. Both are brilliant systems ad both have their negative points but for the me I find the little Fuji so much better, I feel more connected to the camera and it is far easier to get two or three candid shots without being noticed. I’ll not be going back to the big DSLR that is for sure. Funny in the 20 years I have been shooting wedding professionally cameras have got smaller and better, I really would not want to go back to a big Medium Format box ever gain!
The first dance ad didn’t they have a good one.
Even all the grooms men joined in!
I had a truly fantastic day out at Nikki and Mark’s wedding, shooting at what was for me a new and stunning location with a fantastic group of people. I couldn’t of asked for finer bunch to work with.
Thank you Nikki and Mark for employing me, it was a bit special to be part of your big day.
And may I think anyone who has had the patience to get this far reading the blog, I wasn’t born to write but I do try! Writing is harder work than taking the wedding photographs that is for sure!
See you all soon.