A beautiful summer day to be a photographer, covering Olivia & John’s Cheshire wedding.
Starting the day at St. Mary Magdalene
I met with Olivia and John a few months prior to the ceremony, and found them such a relaxed couple, who had everything planned for their wedding day, Olivia was well up on every detail of the whole day, whilst John’s infectious laugh made sure this was going to be a great day to work on. The couple wanted to get married locally, and chose the newly refurbished St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sale. Vicar Jane Beaumont was busy making the large number of guests feel welcome and was an absolute joy to work with!
Guests began to arrive in the beautiful spring sunshine and it became clear from the number of guests that Olivia and John are a popular and much loved couple. Olivia looked fantastic on her arrival with her bridesmaids and flower girls. The ceremony was relaxed and ran smoothly, with plenty of laughs! It was the first time I’d shot any wedding photography at St. Mary Magdalene, but I hope it won’t be the last.
Spring sunshine at historic Crewe Hall
It wasn’t a short drive for Olivia and John from the church in Sale, but the M6 behaved itself for them and they arrived in good time to be greeted by a toastmaster and a champagne reception on the magnificent facade of the hall. Guests arrived to drinks on a chilled out patio overlooking the glorious ornamental gardens whilst the happy couple posed for a few group shots with family and friends.
In the middle of the beautiful Cheshire countryside, this grade I listed hotel is quite simply one of the grandest wedding locations in the north-west. Crewe Hall can boast royalty as previous residents and with it’s grand tree-lined driveway, acres of beautiful landscape and spectacular architectual features. It’s not hard to see why the property has been nominated not only for Hotel of the Year but also Wedding Venue of the Year in the Marketing Cheshire Awards. The sheer number of locations and opportunities from a photographic point of view is remarkable and it was a great opportunity to photograph a wedding at Crewe Hall.
The history of the site dates back to 1170, and in 1680 the Crewe family acquired the property. In a considerable state of repair at this stage, it was completely demolished and rebuilt by Sir Randolph Crewe. As can be seen in many of the architectual points of interest, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Italian and Flemish craftsmen were involved in the build.
The building survived a fire in 1866, but needed extensive rebuilding, and at this point the Victorian flourishes were replaced by marble and alabaster. Leaded panes were replaced by stained glass windows. The Crewe family eventualy left in the 1920’s and was sold to the Duchy of Lancaster in 1936. The War Department occupied the building in the war years and a visit from Queen Elizabeth II in 1955. Crewe Hall came in to it’s current ownership in 1998 when the property was sold by the Crown.
Spectacular fireworks to finish off
Working with such a relaxed couple can be great fun and they were happy to take on a few ideas of mine for impromptu photos around the property. With huge staircases, seemingly never-ending corridors and a grand classical chapel within the property, a wedding photographer has plenty to work with. It was then on to the wedding breakfast in the amazing Sheridan Room.
The evening came, and family and friends relaxed in the many rooms off the Sheridan. They were then treated to a spectacular West Indian buffet, before rounding the night off with a surprise fireworks spectacular, that even this photographer was unaware of!
It was time for me to pack up and leave after that, though clearly the party would be going on well in to the night, all the wedding guests were obviously having a fantastic time and wonderful memories were captured in the photographs.
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If you are looking for a Crewe Hall wedding photographer then please don’t hesitate to get in touch and ask for a copy of my wedding brochure. Photography for me is all about capturing those candid moments as they happen, with very little posing (if any) involved. To me, this is the way to capture the true essence of a wedding day. Please contact me to see if I am free on your wedding date.