Through the Viewfinder
And What Alice Found There
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of returning the The Villa near Levens for Emma and Wayne's beautiful wedding. This venue never fails to disappoint, and is quickly becoming a favourite of mine - it's the ideal place for a small, intimate wedding but with tons of style and class.
The day started off well, with excitement in the air as Emma and her bridesmaids got ready together in a room at the hotel. It's always fun to see how people's emotions change as the day progresses, and as soon as the dress was on there were a few tears shed and the nerves began to sink in. After father and daughter headed down the dramatic staircase arm in arm, I quickly made it through into the ceremony room in time to catch the lovely entrance featuring Emma and Wayne's youngest sons leading the way. A beautiful ceremony was followed by a fun walk around the gardens for the bride and groom portraits, some emotional speeches, and a magical evening do (magic courtesy of Chris Cook)! Overall, a really lovely day with some fun little quirks making it a truly unique wedding. I wish all the love and happiness to Emma, Wayne and their lovely family - it was a pleasure to meet you all and be a part of your special day!
Some highlights from the wedding are below...
Around this time last year I was asked by one of my closest friends if I would photograph her mum's wedding the following May. At first I felt honoured to be asked and was really excited at the thought of doing it! But then I realised that May is the time for all my final year uni deadlines, and I sadly had to say no to doing the wedding photography. I was gutted - I really wanted to be a part of their big day but I knew it was just too risky booking anything before I knew my deadline dates. However, after a few months back at uni all our important dates were released and I soon realised I would actually be available for the wedding! I got back in contact with the couple hoping they hadn't already booked someone else, and luckily they hadn't even looked at other photographers yet!
To everyone's delight we soon got it booked and I'm so glad we managed to make things work! The wedding was beautiful - we had amazing sunny weather but not too hot, with gorgeous flowers filling the gardens at Castle Green making it look like the perfect fairytale setting. The bride and bridesmaids looked stunning and the groom shed a few tears of happiness, which is always so lovely to see. The whole day was just perfect - everyone was in such high spirits and being good friends with the family made it a very special experience for me too!
After photographing all day, I eventually had an outfit change and joined everyone for the evening celebrations - this made a lovely change compared to the usual weddings where I leave after the first dance!
Overall it was a beautiful day, and I wish all the happiness in the world to the new Mr & Mrs Taylor!
Wedding cake designed and made by Bespoke Cake Creations.
At the end of April I was lucky enough to get to photograph Suzanne & Craig's beautiful wedding. In the days leading up to it we had some really bad weather, and the forecast for the big day wasn't looking too good either! However, after a brief hail shower while waiting for the bride to arrive at the church, the rest of the day brightened up and the sun shone in all its glory!
The ceremony was held in the very pretty St Oswald's church in Warton, followed by the reception at the Castle Green Hotel in Kendal. When the three of us met up at Castle Green back in February the gardens were looking quite bare and dull, but luckily for us the flowers were all out by the wedding day, displaying a gorgeous array of colours.
Here's a small selection of my favourite images from the day...