PETE + LUCY
STATHAM LODGE, LYMM, CHESHIRE, WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
It was lovely when Pete and Lucy contacted me as they said I had been recommended by a friend of theirs. I can’t thank people enough for recommending me to family and friends as my job is such a personal thing and I really give each and every wedding all my heart. I still get nervous before every wedding and not about failing but because I care and I know how much pictures mean to people.
When I met up with Pete and Lucy, we did a pre-wedding shoot at Lymm Dam (you can see the shoot here) and I feel and I hope they did too, that we connected straight away. They have a massive love for travelling and so do I, the idea of travelling the world means so much to them and I can totally understand why.
So anyway, I was over the moon when they booked me and so excited for their wedding.
Following each of my weddings I ask my bride and grooms to answer a series of short questions to help with my blog and to make it more personal for each wedding. It also gives people reading my blogs a little testimonial which is such an important thing when choosing your photographer.
Where did you both meet ?
Through friends at college. Lucy invited Pete’s friends to a birthday house party and they invited Pete. It turned out that Pete knew the person who’s house party it was too 🙂
Tell me about the proposal
We’d been together for 9 years nearly. Holiday in Iceland for Lucy’s birthday. Pete planned to propose under the Northen Lights but the boat was too full and it was too cloudy that night to see them. so plans changed. Pete was nervous and hid the ring in the ceiling of the hotel. Proposal happened on an excursion to a black sand beach (I think Reynisfjara black sand beach) once we were on our own. Pete picked ring himself and asked parents a few days before we went on holiday. Nobody else knew.
What was most important to you when planning your wedding day ?
People having fun, outside wedding for the flowers, a day to celebrate with us and share the love, happiness and memories of such a special day.
In three words describe the style of your wedding and did you have a theme ?
No real theme apart from relax and have fun. Flowers, dance, love.
What made you choose your wedding venue ?
Lymm is our go to place. We’ve always celebrated special occasions with a walk on the Dam. We had heard so much good feedback about the venue, the food, the people. The wedding organiser was really relaxed and nothing seemed any effort. The Wisteria on the front of the building was beautiful and we could have an outside wedding there. The size was perfect.
Why did you choose Emma Boyle Photography ?
We had heard really good feedback and our close friends recommended Emma. You seemed chilled and took the type of photography that we like – not too fussy, real, informal. We liked the pre-shoot idea too.
How did Emma Boyle fit in/work with your wedding day ?
Emma was great! She mingled with others. Everything was organised and easy. There were a lot of photographs taken and Emma worked like a trooper. Emma looked like she was genuinely having fun and wanted to take pictures that we and our guests would be happy with. Emma arrived early and left late and was constantly snapping away in between.
Do you have any planning tips you would like to share ?
Don’t fuss. The only thing we tried to do beforehand was arrange bedrooms for our guests and this was the only thing that caused stress 🙂 If something isn’t done the day before or doesn’t happen on the day like planned then it doesn’t matter. Enjoy your time, take some time out with your new wife/husband – those are the times you’ll remember forever. Sit back and take in what all the hard work and money has been for.
Tell me your top 3 moments of the day
Holding hands at the alter and seeing the smile on Pete’s face Sitting outside together in the evening and dancing to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody on the terrace just the two of us Hearing the speeches. All three were amazing in their own way. The Funny Best Man speech, The strange but so ‘dad’ Father of The Bride speech (not knowing where the story was going). And the amazingly thought-through, loving, emotional and nerve-wracking Groom speech.
The Big Day
There are so many things that I loved about this wedding, firstly, Lucy informed me that it would be an outdoor ceremony in the gardens of Statham Lodge, what better way to get married, out in the sun, surrounded by beautiful gardens filled with fresh flowers and your family and friends. Second, she choose the most amazing yellow flowers for her bouquet by Flowers By Siobhan and wow were they beautiful. Now normally its the bouquets that I gush over but although they were absolutely stunning, it was the mens button holes that caught me attention. Honestly, Siobhan you exceeded mine and I think Lucy’s expectations with the flowers at this wedding.
The hotel provided the most amazing spacious room for the bride, bridesmaids and her mum to get ready in whilst popping the corks on the presecoo, it truly was a lovely morning. The funny thing was whilst they were all busy getting ready, you know hair, make-up, dresses, the groomsmen were outside setting up the garden games having a beer – in fact they were just playing and having a beer, how easy is it for men to get ready hey !
As I said the ceremony was outdoors in the gardens of Statham Lodge, which was just the most perfect setting for an English Country Hotel Wedding. The emotions were running high during the ceremony, in fact I think everyone had to have tissues at the ready, including myself. The service was amazing and the register was just lovely and even took a sneaky kiss from the bride after telling her how beautiful she looked and I couldn’t agree more, Lucy is just lovely, inside and out.
The best bit was the exist music, where everyone was encouraged to sing “When I wake up” by the Proclaimers !
As the weather was just amazing, everyone headed to the gardens for a drinks reception. I always say to my bride and grooms to keep the group shots limited. I get they need to be done, but people really do just want to enjoy the day rather than having to stand around having staged posed pictures for hours on end. Lucy and Pete listened to me and literally had 5 groups shots including everyone and then this left time for them to enjoy the drinks, chat with guests and before the meal to take 10 minutes out for their own portrait pictures whilst everyone is getting seated.
This is one of my favourite parts of the day, as I love to capture natural documentary pictures of the guests and bridal party during the speeches. Lucy’s dad certainly entertained the guests with his fireball and talking fish ! Again it was another emotional roller coaster, I really don’t think people could quite believe that one second they were crying, then doing a good old belly laugh the next.
Following the speeches, I took the bride and groom out for another 10 minutes just to capture some natural romantic images of them together after they had had a drink or two and relaxed which also enabled them to have a quiet moment together before the evening guest arrive.
The Party Time
I love a wedding with a band, as it really gets the party started for when the evening guests arrive. I’ll let the rest of the pictures show you just how much Pete + Lucy’s friends and family really know how to party.
Pete and Lucy, I can’t thank you enough to choosing me to photograph your amazing wedding day at Statham Lodge in Lymm. It was an absolute pleasure to get to know you both and your family and friends who were just so lovely and welcoming.
Enjoy your travel’s guys, go see the world together !!!
BIG SHOUT OUT TO ALL THE AMAZING SUPPLIERS WHO MAKE THESE FANTASTIC WEDDINGS HAPPEN
Where is your wedding dress from?
Who is your florist?
Who is your hair / makeup artist?
Danielle Gray (hair) Jessica Pink Ladies (makeup)
Where is your cake from?
Who is your band/DJ?
Martin and the Apostles