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Rivington Hall Barn Wedding Photographer // Laura and Rich

Rivington Hall Barn Wedding Photographer

Wedding Photography at Rivington Hall Barn

I was looking forward to shooting Laura and Rich’s wedding as a Rivington Hall Barn wedding photographer as it meant a return to a venue I really enjoyed working at back in 2014 when I shot Leanne and Mark’s wedding. I really enjoy wedding photography at Rivington Hall Barn but the weather could not have been more different from my first visit though as it was a cold, wet and windy February day for Laura and Rich (in comparison to a lovely warm August day in 2014). However, that’s usually what winter weddings in the UK are like, and to be fair, quite a lot of summer weddings suffer the same fate and I’m more than used to battling less than favorable conditions. Bridal preparation was at Laura’s parents home where the morning started with Laura cracking open a couple of bottles of champagne and enjoying a relaxed morning of pampering whilst I quietly snapped away (in between grabbing more than a couple of handfuls of Haribo’s that were on the kitchen side). It was a lovely moment when Laura walked in the room and her family saw Laura in her dress for the first time (especially her very proud dad!)

The marriage service was nearby at Rivington Church where I caught up with Rich as he sneaked a quick chaser from his hip flask before Laura arrived under an umbrella. Rivington Church is quite compact but I was allowed full access at the top of the church to shoot the wedding service and it was great being so close to the action which meant I missed none of the jokes, laughs and perhaps the occasional tear during Laura and Rich’s marriage service. A quick confetti shot took place before we drove (literally) around the corner to Rivington Hall Barn. I love being a Rivington Hall Barn wedding photographer. It’s a huge barn (the clue is in the name) with exposed beams and a fantastic team who run the day flawlessly. The Highgate String Quartet were entertaining the guests (as they had at the church) with the highlight being their performance of the Game of Thrones theme tune, which was brilliant (but a little scary if you’ve ever watched the show!)

Natural, Relaxed, Couple Photos

With the rain insisting on joining the wedding for the full day, Laura decided she wanted to brave the weather for the couple photos so we went outside to grab a very quick session of couple photos in less than glamorous conditions. However, Laura and Rich made the absolute most of their time together and we got some lovely natural, realxed, couple photos outside Rivington Hall, even if it Laura’s feet got a little soggier than we’d have liked! The speeches were brilliant, with Rich’s best man absolutely tearing him apart. I absolutely love the shot of Rich with his head in his hands as his best man delivered yet another story that had the wedding guests (and myself) in stitches.

Once it had turned dark the rain decided to back off, so Laura and Rich came outside for a few more photos with some off camera flash before we headed back inside for the cake cutting and first dance. With The Deadbeats Party Band on duty, the evening reception kicked off with Laura and Rich’s first dance with the dance floor quickly filling up as the Deadbeats really go the reception going as my day as a Rivington Barn wedding photographer came to an end. It was a brilliant day with a super relaxed couple who were great company to be around and I can’t wait to return to Rivington Hall Barn!

So here’s my day as a Rivington Hall Barn wedding photographer at Laura and Rich’s wedding. Music by Camera Obscura, photos by me…

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Rivington Hall Barn, Rivington, Bolton, Lancashire BL6 7SB. 01204 697738

© 2016 James Tracey, Rivington Hall Barn wedding Photographer

Calke Abbey Wedding Photography // Jane and Lee

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Calke Abbey Wedding Photography

Every so often I get to work at a new venue that absolutely blows my socks off and in June this happened when I shot Jane and Lee’s Calke Abbey wedding photography. But more on this amazing venue in a bit. I’ve known Jane for a few years as she is one my sister in law’s best friends and I can say Jane is one of the most genuine and fun people you could wish to meet, so I was honoured when she asked me to photograph her wedding to Lee. Like many of my wedding couples now, Jane and Lee met on the internet and after hanging out with Lee on the pre-shoot it was clear to see they were a great match as Lee was just as much fun as Jane (and very comfortable in front of the camera!)

The National Trust

Jane’s preparation was at her home in Nottingham with her family and bridesmaids before we drove over to Calke Abbey near Derby. Calke Abbey is now owned by The National Trust and they’ve recently allowed weddings to take place at The Riding School, a huge barn set in the grounds of Calke Abbey. The whole venue is stunning, with the exposed brickwork of the Riding School alongside the rustic barn set alongside huge open fields and the spectacular Calke Abbey all available as photographic backdrops. You’re not short of options for amazing photos.

Married In The Barn

Jane and Lee were married in the Barn and words can’t really do justice to how stunning it looked. Luckily the photos are below so I’ll let the images do the talking but it was a fantastic service full of laughter and happiness. After the service we took the short walk down to Calke Abbey for the group shot and a handful of formals and as the sun made an appearance I grabbed the opportunity to get some lovely couple photos in the buttercups opposite Calke Abbey.

The Riding School

We returned to the Riding School for the speeches, including a truly brilliant speech/song from Jane’s bridesmaid Claudia, before shooting some more Calke Abbey wedding photography in and around the Riding School. With so many photographic opportunities I had to rein myself in as I could easily have spent hours in the grounds photographing Jane and Lee, partly due to the amazing venue and partly because Jane and Lee were so good in front of the camera. It’s an absolute pleasure to get a couple who are so natural but we kept it to 20 minutes before it was time for the first dance and the start of the party (which, I was reliably informed, was absolutely bouncing).

So here’s Jane and Lee’s Calke Abbey wedding photography. Music by Little Children, photos by me…

Credits:

Venue: The Riding School at Calke Abbey
Hair: Mary Rundle (West Bridgford, Nottingham)
Make up: Claire-Elizabeth
Dress & Shoes: Charlotte Thompson Bridal
Catering: Black Peppermint Food Co
Venue Lights: Fabric Theatre
Love letters: Distinct Events

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Calke Abbey Wedding Photography, Derby DE73 7LE. 01332 863822

Hyde Bank Farm Wedding Photography // Stacey and Mike

HYDE BANK FARM WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Stacey and Mike’s Hyde Bank Farm wedding photography

I love working at new venues and I loved Stacey and Mike’s wedding because I got to shoot my first ever Hyde Bank Farm wedding photography. Some photographers will tell you that you should only book someone who has worked at a venue before (usually because they’ve worked there themselves). This, of course, is nonsense. I mean, they must have worked there for the first time once themselves. I love new venues, new things to see and most importantly new opportunities for photographs. I mean, who wants their wedding photographs to look the same as every other wedding at their venue? It also means I occasionally find a little gem of a venue and Hyde Bank Farm is most certainly that.

Stacey and Mike got married at their local church before we made our way to Hyde Bank Farm. You think you’re going the wrong way as you make your way through an industrial estate into what appears to be the middle of nowhere before Hyde Bank Farm pops up. It’s a small family run farm, licensed for weddings (should you want to do your whole day there) and it’s brilliant for photographers. From the exposed brickwork and beams in the service/reception room to the landscaped gardens it’s a cracking place to shoot a wedding. But best of all are the working farm barns where you can get some really unique couple shots, and that’s just what we did. With the sun making a late appearance, we delayed the couple photos until after the wedding breakfast and headed out to make the most of the amazing low sunlight. I always approach weddings flexibly to make sure we don’t miss the best opportunities for the couple photos and I think we certainly made the most of the sun during Stacey and Mike’s Hyde Bank wedding photography.

With the first dance shortly after the couple photos, my day as shooting my first Hyde Bank Farm wedding photography came to a close, but I’m very much looking forward to coming back soon!

So here’s Stacey and Mike’s Hyde Bank Farm wedding photography. Music by Bright Eyes, photos by me….

Hyde Bank Farm, Oakwood Road Romiley, Romiley, Stockport SK6 4DZ. 0161 430 3582