A Winter Wedding

I spent a lovely day a few weeks ago with Nick from Crystal Logic Photography second shooting a winter wedding (with a twist).  Apparently winter weddings are a bit “on trend” at the moment and after my involvement with this wedding I can totally see why.  What a day – it was lovely, frosty and clear and there was a certain kind of magic about it.

The wedding was at Soughton Hall – a great venue and Leann and Steve had it all to themselves.  Soughton Hall is a Georgian County house on the border of Cheshire and North Wales.  It was the home of the Wynne Bankes family for over 200 years and is now a hotel and wedding venue.

I met Nick and videographer Amy at a nearby hotel to do some “getting ready” and detail shots before heading to the hall.  The girls were just the bride, Leann and her daughter Jessica and I was immediately comfortable in their friendliness and warmth.  Steve and his son made up the groomsmen.  The brightness of the day did cause us some problems during the ceremony with strong highlights and shadows but I try to never complain about seeing the sun…

The twist to the wedding was in the goth theme – skulls on the bouquet and button holes as well as on the cake!  I actually laughed out loud when I saw the cake for the first time – it was such a surprise.  It might not have been to everyone’s taste but it suited Leann and Steve and was so well done I couldn’t help but love it.

I always look forward to being fed when I’m doing a wedding and this time we were treated to a full roast dinner.  The three of us ate in the lounge in front of the fire which felt like a cross between something very civilised and something from an eerie psychological thriller where someone is prowling around outside looking for people to murder…  I think maybe all the skulls from the goth them may have put thoughts of death in our heads?!…  The reception was in a marquee attached to the hotel which was the warmest marquee ever.  Impressive considering the temperature outside!  With the shortness of the daylight, the fairy lights decorating the marquee really came into their own and made for a  great atmosphere.

I learned a lot working with Nick and look forward to doing some more photography with him next year.

Here are a few of my favourites from the day.  Congratulations to the happy couple!