Sunday July 14th at Alcumlow Wedding Barn was the day that Mike & Su said “I do!” I first met them during the Alcumlow open day, shortly after the Cheshire Wedding venue had asked if I would like to be one of their recommended photographers! I jumped at the chance. To work as an Alcumlow Farm Wedding Barn wedding photographer just doesn’t feel like work. The staff are always so helpful and on hand to help out with anything that might need doing and the venue itself has lots of areas for photographs of the bride and groom together.
Father of the bride
The day started at Su and Mike’s house where Su and her bridal party were getting ready. I met Su’s dad Ken shortly after he arrived and we chatted at length about all sorts of things. I was pretty confident that when he saw his daughter he would be beaming from ear to ear. Photographing the moment a father of the bride sees his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time is my favourite part of photographing a wedding. Of all the wedding’s I have shot, Ken’s reaction was the most surprising. The emotion that came from that moment was beautiful. As my website says, I wear my heart on my sleeve and tend to show my feelings, so I love it when my couples and their families don’t try to bottle their feelings up on the wedding day. I like to think that I have made them all feel comfortable with me being around so they will hide the emotion less. If I shed a tear at weddings it’s usually at some point during the ceremony, but Ken’s reaction left me with tears rolling down my cheeks. I have said before that weddings are a privilege to photograph, but this moment really is pleasure to be allowed to be a part of and often creates some lovely photographs.
After we had all dried our eyes, I made my way to Alcumlow to met the groom and his groomsmen. Mike and Su were married in the White House at the farm. It’s an extremely unique structure which you may have already read about in my other blog about Alcumlow Farm Wedding Barn. Su’s bright yellow sunflower bouquet was stunning and fitted in really well with the style of the venue.
Mike and Su chose to hand out Christie Foundation badges as their wedding favours after Su’s Uncle Michael was diagnosed with terminal cancer at Christmas and has been supported by Christie’s – he was their main reason for making the donation. This isn’t something I had come across before but i think it’s a brilliant idea to help raise funds and awareness for the Cancer charity. You can find out more about it on the Christie Website.
After the wedding breakfast and the speeches (more tears) the evening guests arrived and the dancing began, including the bridesmaids with their tambourines and Mike Masks going the happy couple. Many of the guests were glued to their mobile phones. Not that they were being rude, but they were all transfixed by the excitement of the end of the Cricket World Cup which of course, England won!!
I knew from the pre wedding shoot that Mike and Su were going to be fun, but their wedding day was full of so much love, tears and laughter that photographing it was a dream. They were so easy to get along with and were happy to go for a walk in the corn field and even had a go on the swings. You’re never to old for a swing, lets be honest!
List of suppliers
Swan Brides – http://www.swanbrides.co.uk
7th Heaven – https://7thheavenbridal.co.uk
Peter Posh Suit Hire – https://www.peterposh.co.uk
Heaven ScentFloral Design – https://www.facebook.com/HeavenScentFloralDesignbyRuthRodger/
Cakes by Bethany – https://cakesbybethany.co.uk
DJ Ben Malone – https://www.djbenmalone.com
Stationary – https://www.emmydesigns.co.uk