Peckforton Wedding Photography – Joanne & Matthew

Wedding Photography at Peckforton Castle

This was the first wedding I photographed since the coronavirus pandemic hit us and locked us all down in March. This wedding took place in August between lockdowns. I’ve really missed photographing these joyous occasions in normal, non COVID, circumstances. My wedding photography this year has certainly been impacted with so many couples rescheduling to either later this year or next. So what is it like now, photographing a wedding during a pandemic?

For a start this really did feel like a fairytale wedding with a real live princess. The venue was just stunning and inside the castle itself, it felt just like we were at Hogwarts (luckily I only got lost the once lol). As for the wedding, it was different in parts, but it was still such a lovely day, and crucially, undeniably a wedding day! The couple were really lovely, the guests were really friendly, and I believe we all had a genuinely brilliant day despite all the new rules and regulations.

The number of guests were legally capped at 30, so it was a small wedding. Guests at the ceremony were seated at a Covid-safe distance and had to wear face masks. But apart from that, it was a normal wedding! The couple wrote their own vows to each other and these were delivered in beautiful and emotional way. The groom was so emotional and he clearly meant every word. But he had the support of his bride to help him through and they were some of the most heartfelt and emotional vows I have heard. Following the ceremony we conducted some family and friends photography in the glorious sunshine, and then I took the couple away for a little photoshoot in the amazing grounds of the castle. Quite honestly, it was a lovely spectacular day, and I was so happy for the couple who didn’t stop smiling all day long.

I believe attending a wedding is a privilege and not a right. A marriage is a bond between two people, a small audience, or the lack of an audience, doesn’t devalue it in anyway. I had the great pleasure of being able to attend this amazing wedding while they got married, and to also record their forever memories. The wedding was small, intimate and beautiful. I’m so grateful to have seen this couple so happy and emotional to be marrying each other. I’m pleased to have documented their union to share with family and friends who weren’t able to attend because of the risk of contagion.

Don’t let the coronavirus spoil your day – you can still make your wedding a very special event as this couple proved!



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Park Hall Wedding Photography – Katherine & Stephen

Wedding Photography at Park Hall Hotel Chorley

2020 has been a ‘funny’ year so far; a new storm each week for the first couple months, and then Covid-19 lockdown. With most of my remaining 2020 wedding couples having to reschedule their wedding to much further into this year, 2021 or even 2022 (if you’ve been affected by this whether you’re a current client of mine or not, my virtual door is always open if you would like to have a chat about anything or whether I am able to help).

I was lucky enough to have been able to photograph  Katherine & Stephen’s wedding in March 2020 at Park Hall Hotel in Chorley, and just before lockdown was put in place. This was a truly lovely, and somewhat surreal, wedding spent with Katherine and Stephen, for the very last wedding ceremony at Park Hall Hotel before the country went  into lockdown at the end of March. It felt a privilege, and quite honestly inwardly a little sad for me, to document a special day which none of us knew, from the registrars to the staff of Park Hall, when any of us would be back. However, that didn’t dent the energy of myself or this really fantastic couple and their guests. Everyone was in high spirits and there were plenty of smiles all round.

The Park Hall Hotel boasts gorgeous gardens and a lake within the grounds, perfect for romantic couples photographs and following the lovely ceremony in the Medieval Banquet Hall, we made use of these areas for some shots of the happy couple. This wedding was such a beautiful wedding to be a part of, and I’m so happy for them both that it was still able to go ahead despite all the worry leading up to the day. Congratulations to such a wonderful couple and their families.



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Shaw Hill Hotel Wedding Photography – Victoria & Jamie

Wedding Photography at Shaw Hill Hotel Chorley

On a wet day in September this lovely couple tied the knot. Victoria and Jamie were married in the Gold room at Shaw Hill Hotel in Chorley. The Gold room is a wonderful venue for any wedding, it is beautifully decorated with stunning views out across the Golf course.

Following the ceremony all the guests retreated to the conservatory where drinks and canopies were served. The beauty with Shaw Hill as a wedding venue is that, even when the weather does its worst, there is always somewhere dry, comfortable and bathed in beautiful natural light (which is an added bonus for us photographers) for the guests to enjoy themselves. The staff are also amazing as they will assist in any way they can, so the couple have the perfect day, and on this occasion it even included vacuuming up a tonne of confetti!

Time flies on a wedding day and it wasn’t long before the guests were seated for the wedding breakfast and it was time for me to leave. Victoria & Jamie’s wedding was a lovely happy day that wasn’t affected by the weather. I wish them both all the very best for their future together.

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Devonshire House Wedding Photography – Joanna & Christopher

Wedding Photography at Devonshire House Chorley

Rain on your wedding day has long been considered a symbol of good luck. It is based on the Hindu idea that wet knot is harder to untie. So, if the amount of rain on Joanna and Christopher’s wedding day was anything to go by, then this couple will have a very long and happy marriage. It rained the entire day and was one of those days that was very challenging, but so very worth it. Joanna and Christopher didn’t let a little rain spoil their day though. Joanna beamed with joy all day, from the second she arrived at Devonshire house until I left them later that afternoon, her happiness and laughter were infectious.


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