I’m writing this blog post just two days after Ric and Evey’s wedding at Ashfield House. Normally I don’t do this. Normally I cull the images, edit the images, create the slideshow, upload the gallery and post the USB off to the couple. All this before I even think about sitting down and sharing my favourite images in a blog post. But this wedding got to me big time. I just had to sit down as soon as possible and write about it. I need you to get the feeeeels.
First up, Evey and Ric. Properly lovely people. I knew when I met them that I was going to enjoy being their wedding photographer. This became even more obvious after their engagement session where we essentially spent an hour wandering around the streets of Manchester giggling. But to be honest, that’s not what did it for me. I’m so lucky. All of my couples are lovely. I’m a bit spoiled in that department. What did it for me at this wedding was the LOVE. Not just the love between Evey and Ric who describe themselves as each others favourite person in the world! But the family love. It was one of those days when I get a little tingle of how lucky I am to be able to capture these memories for people. Evey lost both her parents too young. But her relationship with her step-Mum Pat (awesome dancer by the way) and her brothers and step brothers was just an absolute flipping joy to see. Evey’s brothers walked her down the aisle and her two brothers and two stepbrothers stepped in to do the Father of the Bride speech. It’s been a while since I’ve cried so much at a wedding. Not forgetting Ric’s lovely Mum and his step Dad too – hearing Ric talk about them during his speech made me sob! Then there was the fact that these two were surrounded by 120 of their favourite people, including friends and family who had travelled from across the globe – that’s a big wedding and a whole lot of LOVE!
Ok soppy bit over. There’s still a lot to tell. I turned up to bride prep to find the house booming. There was an actual live singer in Pat’s living room belting out some rat pack classics whilst the bridesmaids in matching pyjamas danced around. Surreal. Whilst the rain and hail hammered the roof, Evey and her bridesmaids prepared for the big day without a care about the weather. But, (I am such a lucky so and so) just as Evey got into her dress – the rain stopped and blue sky appeared and stayed all afternoon. We had the most beautiful autumn sunshine for the rest of the day. After the ceremony we all headed to Ashfield House for the reception.
It was my first visit to Ashfield House and it was easy to see why Evey had booked it for the wedding reception the day after Ric proposed (she knows what she wants this girl). The venue is beautiful and light and the staff couldn’t do enough for Evey and Ric during their wedding planning and they certainly looked after me on the day. The couple’s elegant navy and blush colour scheme was a perfect fit for the venue and the personal photographs they were able to leave around the venue made it feel like you were walking into someone’s home. It was so personal. After a delish meal the party kicked off with singer Matt Johnson getting everyone up dancing. There was an amazing atmosphere and I’m sure they continued the party late, late into the night.
Evey and Ric – it was an absolute delight being a part of your wedding planning and the big day. You are truly lovely people with a very happy future ahead of you. Here are my favourite images from your day – mainly featuring Evey smiling that beautiful infectious smile!
Wedding Team Extraordinaire:
Venue: Ashfield House
Dress: Ronald Joyce from The Confetti Box, Eccles
Hair: Bang and Loop Standish
Make Up: Louise Hall
Flowers: Rose Boutique Wigan
Stationary – The Talented Aunty Trish
Cake: Homemade by The Talented Aunty Jean