Wedding Photography – Best of 2018

Best wedding photography in Wirral, Cheshire and Liverpool

It’s that time of year again, we’re getting sick of cold turkey sandwiches and there’s still a big pile of mince pies to get through (not exactly a chore). So I thought I’d go back over the last 12 months and put together a little film. I’ve used some of the best images from each of the weddings we’ve photographed.

Some of the highlights include our first wedding at Owen House Wedding Barn in Cheshire, Hannah and Mark’s big day in mid March, where we had blizzard conditions. I really loved that venue and it was great to be back there with Sarah for Holly and Patrick’s wedding in August.

Another stunning new venue was Upper House Hayfield in the Peak District. I filmed Kerri and Rob’s wedding there in June, and was back there in August for Tanya and Patrick’s wedding photography. In early July we jetted off to the west coast of Ireland for Karen and Alan’s destination wedding. What an amazing place, somewhere to return to for sure!

So here’s the film, hope you like it and everyone has a fantastic 2019,

Stu

 

Inglewood Manor Wedding Photography – Sam and Chris’s Wirral Wedding

Confetti wedding photography at Wirral wedding

Inglewood Manor Wedding Photographers

Inglewood Manor is one of the most popular and prestigious venues on the Wirral. It’s always been one of our favourite places to photograph weddings, ever since we started back in 2007. The beautifully-preserved Edwardian manor house is gorgeous. Set within 38 acres of grounds, it gives us an infinite variety of locations and settings for wedding photography.

Inglewood Manor Cheshire wedding venue
Drone image of Inglewood Manor set within the Wirral countryside.

Full Day Wedding Photography

Sam and Chris opted for our popular Fusion photography package. This includes two photographers covering bride and groom prep, through to after the first dance. In addition, we film the wedding ceremony and use some of that footage combined with a selection of still images to create a fusion film. We show the film just before the first dance, and it’s a great way to get the evening party started.

Bride and makeup artist at Inglewood Manor
Sam getting ready before the ceremony.

Getting Married at Inglewood Manor

Getting ready, married, and partying all at the same location is super-popular these days. It makes a lot of sense (and it’s what we did for our wedding), as it reduces the costs and hassles involved with moving between different locations not he day. Inglewood Manor is an ideal location for this type of wedding, with spacious luxurious suites for getting ready and a dedicated ceremony room. Sam and Chris’s November wedding was a great example of this resulting in a lovely relaxed atmosphere to the day, right from the start.

Confetti wedding photography at Wirral wedding
Confetti at Inglewood Manor

A Fusion of Photography and Film

At SandS we offer both photography and video packages. However, the Fusion package is a unique option, ideal for many couples. If you want great photography, but would also like some video coverage (without the expense of a full wedding video), this is a great choice. We edit a selection of images on the day (typically 40-60) and these are combined with ceremony footage to produce a short Fusion film. Watching the video before the first dance is a real highlight, getting the evening party off to a great start. You can even add on additional films of the Ceremony, Speeches and First Dance if you like.

Before we go home, we give you a USB stick with the image files as well as the video. Really handy for social media and making ‘thank you’ cards. The remaining photographs are edited after the wedding for you of course, typically 400-500 images in total.

 

Ullet Road Unitarian Church – Liverpool Wedding Photography, Carla & Andy

Liverpool Wedding Photographers in Sefton Park

Fusion Wedding Photography

Although it’s still spring, Carla & Andy’s wedding at Ullet Road Unitarian Church had the feeling of being the first wedding of the summer. I started the day at their home in Liverpool to capture the bridal party getting ready, while Nick (filling in for Sarah after a minor op) captured team groom. Carla had made a last minute decision to upgrade to our Fusion package. This includes a film shown on our big screen before the first dance. The film contains stills as well as video footage from the marriage ceremony, and is also supplied on USB stick along with around 40 full resolution digital images. The rest of the photographs from the day are processed after the wedding and supplied later on of course.

Getting Ready

Carla and Andy’s home was a great setting for the girls to get ready, with a light and spacious open plan kitchen.

Bride and bridesmaids getting readyLiverpool wedding makeupReflection of bride's face in the mirrorHappy flower girl being made upPutting on the wedding gownGroom adjusting his tie before the wedding

Ullet Road Unitarian Church

The city’s Unitarian congregation goes back to 1689. Eventually building Ullet Road Unitarian Church in 1899 and the hall in 1902. Famous Liverpudlian Unitarians include the Holt and Booth families, famous ship owners, as well as Henry Tate, founder of the sugar company, and William Rathbone MP, who campaigned for the establishment of the University of Liverpool. The gothic church itself is one of the largest in Liverpool, with a long aisle, and the church hall is very popular for wedding receptions.

A view of the outside of Ullet Road Unitarian Church in Liverpool
Ullet Road Unitarian Church near Sefton Park

Documentary wedding photography of guests arriving for marriage ceremony

The groom and best man
Andy and his best man welcoming the wedding guests
Page boys looking at watch before marriage ceremony
“So, when’s your mum getting here then?”
Carla entering the church with her bridal bouquet
Carla arrives!

The wedding ceremony conducted by Rev. Philip Waldron

Carla and Andy walking down the aisle of Ullet Road Unitarian Church together
Happily married at thew end of the wedding service

Confetti at Liverpool wedding

Wedding guests enjoying drinks after the ceremony in the Church Hall
Carla and Andy had their wedding reception in the Church Hall

Portrait photographs in Sefton Park

Ullet Road Unitarian Church is just a few hundred yards from Sefton Park. Was a wedding photographer, it’s one of my favourite places in Liverpool. The group photographs of friends and family at the church, took about 20 minutes. After that I took Carla and Andy for a short stroll to the park.

Bride and groom photographed with graffiti in background
I always thing graffiti looks great in wedding photographs

Wedding Photography in Sefton Park, LiverpoolDocumentary wedding photography in Liverpool, Sefton Park

Ullet Road Unitarian Church Hall in Liverpool, the wedding reception venue
Church Hall set up for the wedding reception

Wedding guests during the speechesThe best man's speechThe first danceWedding photography at Ullet Road Unitarian Church

Liverpool Wedding Photographers

Are you looking for a Liverpool wedding photographer for your big day? Although we live on the Wirral, many of our weddings are in Liverpool and the Merseyside area generally. You might also like to see Katy and David’s wedding at the Palm House in Sefton Park, or Camilla and Peter’s wedding at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and the Racquet Club.

Rebecca & Luke’s Wedding Photographs at The Chester Grosvenor

Getting Married at Chester Grosvenor Hotel

You know you’re in a swanky hotel when as you’re waiting for the bride and groom to arrive in their wedding car, Noel Gallagher strolls out of the front entrance (presumably doing some Christmas shopping, I wonder if Liam is on the naughty list). This was all quite fitting, as Rebecca and Luke had the look of a couple of movie stars throughout their big day as you’ll see.

We started the day with Rebecca at her parent’s place in the lovely village of Thornton Hough on the Wirral. There was a great atmosphere as the girls were getting ready, excited, and not too stressed, a perfect start to the day.

Wedding gown and bridesmaids dresses for winter wedding
The wedding gown and bridesmaids dresses
Documentary wedding photography during bride prep.
Photograph of bride and bridesmaid getting ready
Bride in wedding dress having veil attached
Finishing touches
Father of the bride on the wedding morning
Rebecca and her dad at the house

Christchurch Bebington

Before heading over to the Chester Grosvenor, we headed over to Christchurch, a beautiful traditional CofE church in Higher Bebington. The guys were beginning to welcome the arriving wedding guests. Michael, the vicar at Christchurch, is quite a character. Very friendly, funny and confident in what he does. We’ve worked with him before, and look forward to doing so again. If you’re looking to get married in a nice church, with a friendly vicar, we would definitely recommend him.

Photography of groom as Wirral wedding
Luke and his best man at Christchurch Bebington, on the Wirral
Red rose buttonhole at winter wedding
Luke’s red rose buttonhole
Wedding guests at Christchurch Bebington, Wirral
Guests arriving outside Christchurch Bebington
Michael, the vicar at Christchurch Bebington
Michael, the Vicar chatting to the best man
Candid photography of bridesmaids arriving at Wirral wedding
Bridesmaids arriving
Bride in front of white Rolls Royce car
Rebecca getting out of her Rolls Royce wedding car

Documentary Wirral Wedding Photography

Love these shots of Luke getting emotional as Rebecca and the girls walk down the aisle.

Groom getting emotional as bride walks down aisle
Emotional moments for Luke
Beautiful bride walks down the aisle at Christchurch Bebington
Rebecca looked stunning as she walked down the aisle
Bride and groom saying their vows
Exchanging rings during the marriage ceremony
Bride and groom kissing during Wirral wedding ceremony
Sealing it with a kiss
Vicar at Christchurch Bebington
Michael pronouncing the end of the marriage service
Happy bride and groom walking down the aisle together
Luke and Rebecca walking down the aisle at Christchurch Bebington

It was pretty chilly outside, so just time for a confetti moment before heading off to Chester.

Amazing confetti image by Wirral wedding photographers
Confetti as Rebecca and Luke leave the church

5 Star Chester Wedding Venue

One of the most prestigious and famous hotels in the North West of England, the Chester Grosvenor has always been a popular wedding venue. Steeped in history going back to the 18th century, the Grosvenor is situated next the the landmark Eastgate Clock in the heart of Chester. Rebecca and Luke’s big day was just a week before Christmas, so you can imagine the amount of shoppers in the city centre at that time.

The sign on the Chester Grosvenor Hotel in Cheshire
The Chester Grosvenor 5 Star Hotel
White Rolls Royce wedding car arriving at Chester Grosvenor Hotel
Rebecca and Luke’s car arrives amid the Christmas shoppers
Champaigne for the bride and groom at the Chester Grosvenor
Champaigne for the happy couple
Bride and groom kissing by wedding car outside Chester Grosvenor - professional wedding photography
Rebecca and Luke were centre of attention in Chester that day
Wedding photography in Chester
Wedding photography in Chester city centre
A traditional bridal bouquet with red roses
The bridal bouquet
Photo of bride and groom inside Chester Grosvenor Hotel by staircase
Inside the Chester Grosvenor – the crystal chandelier in the background has 28,000 pieces apparently, although we didn’t have time to count them personally 😀
Wedding breakfast setup at Chester Grosvenor Hotel
Tables set for wedding breakfast at Chester Grosvenor Hotel
Guests at Chester Grosvenor wedding celebration
Guests before the meal
Bride and groom entering function room at Chester Grosvenor
Luke and Rebecca making their big entrance
Father of the bride toasting the bride and groom
Father of the bride speech
Guests listening to speeches at wedding reception
Guests during the speeches
Groom's speech at Chester wedding
Luke’s speech
Best Man's speech at Chester Grosvenor Hotel
The best man
Documentary wedding photographer - reactions during best man's speech
Documentary wedding photography – reactions during the best man’s speech
Bride and groom enjoying sparklers at Chester wedding
Sparklers!
Happy couple photographed in Chester
Evening portrait photography in Chester city centre
Off camera flash wedding photograph in Chester
More wedding photography near Chester Grosvenor
First dance photo in Chester Grosvenor Hotel
The first dance
Mother of the bride hugging her daughter
Hugs after the first dance
Bride and family dancing at evening reception
The evening party

 Wirral Wedding Photographers

If you’re looking for experienced, professional and unobtrusive photograpgers for your big day on the Wirral, Cheshire or Liverpool, please use our contact page to get in touch. Here’s another wedding we photographed near Chester at Inglewood Manor.

Sophie & Alex’s Fusion Photography at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire

We don’t actually get many weddings with snow. I don’t think it’s global warming, just that January and February tend to be the coldest months, and are also fairly quiet in terms of weddings. However, Peckforton Castle is on top of its own little hill, sticking out of the Cheshire plain, so there was still some of the slight sprinkling of snow left from December’s little flurry when we got there for Sophie & Alex’s wedding.

As this was a Fusion package, we produce a video on the dat incorporating still images combined with film from the wedding ceremony. You can pick whatever music you like for the film, but I have re-edited this one with some copyright-free music to allow sharing online:

Peckforton has some lovely rooms and it’s a great place for brides and bridesmaids to get ready. With the fusion package we cover the wedding as a team of 2 photographers, so Sarah was with the girls while Stuart took the drone shots, captured some of the scenery, and caught some shots of the guys as the guests began to arrive.
I’m sure they weren’t that heavy! After the ceremony in the fabulous Great Hall we headed outside for some group photos, and then some shots of Sophie & Alex.
The timing was perfect with some lovely light as sunset approached: After some wonderful speeches, cutting the cake, and then onto the evening party.

Rebecca & Tom’s Wedding Photographs and Film at Rivington Hall Barn near Bolton

We received this lovely email just before Christmas from Rebecca & Tom:

“Hello stu and Sarah!

Just want to say we got the video and I have been watching it every day! We are going to have previews with family over Christmas so thank you for getting it to us!

We can’t wait to give our parent albums out at presents they are all wrapped and ready. We have loved working with you and cannot thank you enough for everything!

Have a great Christmas and new year!

Love

Rebecca and Tom xx ”

Photographing and filming their wedding at the stunning Rivington Hall Barn was an absolute pleasure, here’s their Short Form Wedding Film, followed by a small sample of the images from the day:

We started the day with Rebecca at the Kilhey Court Hotel where she was getting ready Stunning Dress!
Next, we headed off to Rivington Hall Barn for the ceremony. We’ve been here a few times now, and it’s truly a spectacular venue with a huge amount of space inside and fantastic atmospheric lighting.
The Hall and Barn are set in stunning countryside which makes for great drone shots: Dramatic entrances for the Wedding Breakfast:

Laura & Matthew’s Wedding Photographs at Soughton Hall on North Wales

It’s been some time since our last blog post. Not that we haven’t had any great weddings to blog about, quite the opposite, the problem has been finding the time in-between photographing filming and editing, which is a nice problem to have. I couldn’t resist putting this one up though. Laura & Matthew were married at Saint Mary’s Church in Hooton on the Wirral, and their wedding ceremony was at the spectacular Soughton Hall in North Wales. Like many of the weddings this summer, the weather was a bit unhelpful at times, but we made the most of the sunnier spells and Laura, Matthew and their guests were a lovely crowd to spend the day with. Sarah was prime photographer for the day, with me (Stu) helping out at times as well as filming their Short Form Film (which I’ll add to this blog post later on once it’s ready).
Laura had arranged some lovely details like the labels on the bridesmaids shoes and individual hangers. We have a small ‘Selfie Cam’ that we can lend out during the day, very popular with the bridesmaids of course: I love the driveway at Soughton Hall, it’s so spectacular and their wedding cars (by Chester Wedding Cars) looked amazing. We were limited with the drone due to weather conditions, but I love this shot showing the venue, cars and tumultuous sky. A couple more shots from the selfie Cam:

Kirsty & Steven’s Wedding Photographs & Video at the Gibbon Bridge Hotel in Lancashire

Kirsty & Steven’s was our first wedding at Gibbon Bridge, have to say, we love the place. Stunning location near the Forest of Bowland in Lancashire, with amazing landscaped gardens as well as a beautifully appointed hotel, it’s a great location for wedding photography.

As with many of our weddings we were providing both videography and photography, including a Same Day Edit wedding film which is presented in the evening on our huge projection screen:

Kirsty got ready at the hotel, which always helps make for a more relaxing morning in our experience, and the suite was gorgeous with plenty of space for her and her bridesmaids.

Huge veil:

We love outdoor ceremonies, not too many places can do them in the North West of England, and it’s always a bit of a risk with the weather we have, but it’s so nice when the weather’s good like this:

Lovely pre-ceremony atmosphere with the guests sat at picnic benches and entertained with live music.

The gardens at Gibbon Bridge are perfect for our relaxed natural style of photography.

Eve & Daniel’s Wedding Photographs at the Hope Street Hotel, Liverpool

The Hope Street hotel is one of our favourite venues in Liverpool, a sophisticated high end hotel in a fantastic location, with amazing views from the ceremony room. We had previously photographed Elise & Leon’s wedding at the hotel, and it was lovely to be back there for Eve & Daniel’s big day.

As well as photographing the wedding, we also produced a Same Day Edit film which was presented in the evening before the first dance:

Deniels family own the Dutch Flower Shop in Liverpool (a fantastic place to get your wedding flowers by the way) and when we arrived there were 2 whole vans full of flowers being delivered and arranged.

The ceremony room is up on the 6th floor so the views over the city and beyond to the Wirral and North Wales are spectacular.

As you would expect, there were beautiful flower arrangements everywhere you looked at Eve & Dan’s wedding.

Elsewhere in the hotel, Eve and the girls were busy getting ready.

Dan and the other wedding guests were relaxing downstairs and having a drink in the stylish bar area.

After the lovely family focussed ceremony, the happy couple and their guests headed down to the basement for drinks.

The Philharmonic Hall makes a great setting for group photos, but I was almost run over by the Magical Mystery Tour bus taking this one.

After photos, everyone headed back up to the ceremony room which had been turned round ready for the meal. There’s this fantastic balcony up there:

After the meal, we took Daniel & Eve out for 5 minutes for some evening shots.

Amy & Adam’s Wedding at the Vale Country Club in Ruthin, North Wales

“Stuart and Sarah did an absolutely amazing job at our wedding, we are so pleased with our photos and absolutely love our wedding DVD. Stuart was friendly and accommodating before the wedding, answering any queries we had very quickly. On the day they were fantastic and our guests have made comments on how lovely they were. We hardly noticed them around on the day; the necessary snaps were done in an enjoyable way and done fairly quickly allowing us to enjoy our day.
The quality of our wedding album is great and would highly recommend the Cinematography option as everything goes so quickly. The video gives you a chance to re-live the day.
Thank you Stuart and Sarah!”

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We started Amy and Adam’s wedding day with Sarah at Amy’s parent’s home in Henllan near Denbigh in North Wales, and Stuart with the guys at Eriviat Hall nearby.

Gorgeous dress:

Gorgeous shoes!

Eriviat Hall, where Adam and his family were getting ready is a wedding venue in its own right, but also a great place to stay the night before a wedding and get ready in the next morning.

Eriviat Hall Wedding Venue

The wedding ceremony was at Henllan Church.

Henllan Church Inside Henllan Church

After the ceremony, we headed over to the Vale Country Club near Ruthin for the wedding reception.

Amy made great use of our Selfie Camera:

The Vale Country Club has a fantastic setting, with the Moel Famau and the rest of the Clwydian Range as a backdrop.

We also produced a Short Form wedding film for Amy and Adam (sorry, it may not be viewable on some mobile devices):