Capture My Wedding Shoots Spring Wedding at Crabwall
Emma and Daniel approached Chester Wedding Photographer, Capture My Wedding almost a year before their wedding was due to take place at the beautiful, Crabwall Manor Hotel, Chester, Cheshire. They invited me to meet at their home and as soon as I arrived it felt as if we were old friends. Their dog Pippin was clearly the center of their world and as we discussed their wedding plans in more detail, I soon realised he was going to be a big part of their Wedding day too.
Preparation Photos with Chester wedding Photographer
When I arrived at Crabwall Manor the morning of the wedding, it soon became apparent that Emma was unwell. She rested whilst her fabulous Bridesmaids, Chelsea and Claire-Louise rallied around her, ensuring everything was organised. Suffering with flu on any day is bad enough, but on your wedding day could have knocked anyone’s confidence…but not Emma! Hair and make-up carried on for the Bridesmaids as I captured the finer details, whilst Emma rested. I kept a close eye on our Bride-to-be, reassuring her that everything would be fine, keeping her calm and taking care of all the details as the morning progressed.
Capturing the Groom’s Preparations is always very special
At our initial meeting, I spoke to Emma and Dan about the opportunity to capture Dan’s preparations on the morning of their Wedding and they both loved this idea! Dan’s preparations took place at their home, only a few miles away. His best friend and Best Man, Lee was in charge of keeping him calm and ensuring he was ready for photographs when I arrived.
Dan’s smile lights up any room and it was my aim to capture this, despite the nerves and excitement of getting married. Luckily, Lee was on form and was keeping him distracted and relaxed, producing some lovely natural preparation photographs when doing up their ties, tying shoe laces and attempting to put on their cuff links. It’s not always possible, due to geographical locations to include the Grooms’ preparations and I’m so glad we captured this part of the story for Emma and Dan.
On my return to Crabwall Manor, the sun was shining and the sky resembled a summer’s day so I took full advantage and captured the wonderful building and gardens at Crabwall before heading to the conservatory to see the fabulous details created by Colette of Couture Chair Covers in their ceremony room.
Heading back up to the Bridal preparations, gone were any tell tale signs of flu. Sitting in front of the mirrors was Emma, hair and make-up completed and simply glowing. Emma’s Sister, Claire-Louise and best friend Chelsea helped Emma into her wedding dress before embarking on the beautiful detail buttons.
Proud Father of the Bride, Brian collected Emma from the Bridal suite before escorting her to meet Emma’s Fiance, Dan who was waiting patiently with all their family and friends.
Emma proudly walked down the aisle, beaming from ear to ear with her Father at her side. Dan’s smile mirrored Emma’s as she neared him and everyone in the room witnessed their love for one another. Recalling it now gives me goosebumps! It’s always a wonderful thing watching two people get married and really is the icing on the cake for me!
Pippin makes an appearance…
Unbeknownst to all the wedding guests, Pippin was waiting in the garden for some cuddles and photographs with the happy couple before he retired with his dog handler for the night. Wearing a super-cute dicky bow tie, Pippin fitted in perfectly with the guests at the wedding and enjoyed his five minutes of fame on the red carpet too! Mummy and Daddy were so proud!
Whilst the sun shone, we embarked on the group family photographs before the wedding breakfast began and entering the conservatory again once the hardworking team of staff at Crabwall Manor had re-created an amazing Lord of the Rings, themed wedding breakfast designed by Emma and Dad. Here you could really see their creativity and skills, from the handwritten place cards to the table plan. The speeches took place before the meal and Brian, Dan and Lee were absolutely brilliant and delivered funny, poignant and heart warming speeches. Well done to you all!
Evening photographs in the garden to make the most of the March sunshine
Before the sun set completely, I took Emma and Dan outside for some photographs to make the most of the hotel grounds and they both fully embraced my ideas and suggestions for photographs. Thank you for trusting me and full embracing my ideas.
Witnessing Emma and Dan’s wedding, meeting their families and being a part of their big day has been an honour and a privilege and being able to capture their wedding photographs has been magical.
Chester Wedding Photographer