Thornton Manor Wedding Photography

Recently I had the huge pleasure of photographing Carolyn and Simon’s wedding at Thornton Manor in Cheshire. It’s hard to describe how much fun this day was, from the moment I arrived in the morning to take photographs of Carolyn getting ready with all her bridesmaids (just thinking of the word “boxes” makes me laugh now!;-)), through to leaving Carolyn and Simon dancing the night away in the Lakeside Marquee, I don’t think either of them stopped smiling and laughing all day.

Even though I’d only met Carolyn and Simon a couple of times, including their engagement shoot in Formby, it really was like photographing the wedding of friends I’d known for years:)On top of all this I also got to work with the incredible Flossy & Leigh hair and make-up artists again, who always make the girls feel so special and look so beautiful – I couldn’t recommend them more.

Thank you so much again for asking me to photograph your wedding Carolyn and Simon, for being so much fun on the day and also for all your lovely kind words about your photographs. It has been so nice getting to know you both and I know that you are going to be so happy together. Huge congratulations again x

Carolyn and Simon’s wedding story

What was the proposal like?
It was a beautiful sunny day in Greenwich (where we live) and we headed off to the park with a picnic. After eating (lots) and sipping on some champagne, Simon got down on two knees (he blames the nerves) and asked me to be his wife.

How did you find all the wedding planning?
I loved it! It was a little overwhelming at first as there is so much to do, but we had a year so could take our time and do the planning slowly. Simon was in charge of the band and photographer and we struck gold with both!!!

Do you have any tips for other brides who are just starting to plan their wedding day?
Use Neil Redfern?! But seriously, work out what matters to you and spend time getting those right – all the small details will come together in the end. Also – if something goes wrong, no one will notice so don’t worry! And enjoy the countdown as the day goes soooo fast!!

Why did you choose Thornton Manor as your wedding venue?
We wanted something traditional in the daytime but wanted to have a big party with friends and family in the evening. Thornton Manor gave us the best of both worlds as the house is charming and traditional, yet the marquee is really pretty and simple – and is ideal for a band and dancing!

What was your favourite part of your wedding day?
I can’t single one part out – it was all amazing. I will never forget walking in the Music Room for the ceremony and seeing Simon waiting at the front and all my friends and family smiling.

Who were your favourite wedding suppliers?
Obviously Neil! And also Flossy & Leigh – absolute legends and made the morning really fun too. They stayed all day to make me and the guests feel like celebrities!! We also loved Manor Cars who took us to the marquee in a spectacular Rolls Royce!

Barretts catering (Michelle was so attentive and in control!), Springbank Flowers did an amazing job with the flowers (especially the bouquets!), the band (The Different Lights) had everyone up dancing and the Solo Players (string quartet) played great modern songs in strings – even learning Simon’s favourite song especially for the ceremony!!

Thank you so much Carolyn for all of your lovely kind words, they really mean a lot to me. Here are some of my favourite photographs from your incredible day at Thornton Manor:

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  • October 14, 2014 - 2:52 pm

    Kyle Hassall - Thornton Manor is such a stunning place and you’ve nailed it again mate. I LOVE the shot of Carolyn in the chair and Simon looking out of the window. Beautiful :)

  • October 15, 2014 - 1:12 am

    Toni Darcy - I love the clear relationship you develop with your couples.
    I also completely agree the girls at Flossy and Leigh are amazing!
    Fave pictures are easily Carolyn and Simons portraits in the tree lines, simply stunning. xx

  • October 15, 2014 - 8:41 am

    Ian - Neil these are fantastic – it looks like such a chilled and happy day. And it helps having such a gorgeous couple!
    But that portrait of Carolyn in the chair and Simon by the window is fantastic!

  • October 16, 2014 - 6:15 pm

    Rachel Ryan - These images are timeless. I got goosebumps seeing the one of Carolyn walking down the aisle. The indoor portraits are incredible. My favourite is the black and white image by the window with Carolyn’s reflection. I absolutely love the aggressive hairspray one at the end too! xx

  • October 17, 2014 - 9:21 pm

    David Murdoch - Stunning set of images, I love use of light, focus and location – fab expressions from everyone as well :)

Photograph from a wedding at Dunham Forest Golf Club in Cheshire

Dunham Forest Golf Club Wedding Photography

Laura and Daniel’s Dunham Forest Golf Club wedding was absolutely perfect. Laura and Daniel both looked incredible and were so happy, the sun didn’t stop shining for them all day, beautiful venues and all their guests had an amazing day. All I had to do was point my camera at all the happiness:)

Not long before their wedding I had met up with Laura and Daniel in for their engagement shoot in London and we had such a fun time. I knew then that their wedding was going to be a really great day and that is exactly what it turned out to be. A bonus for me is that I had also photographed Laura’s brother Mark’s wedding to the lovely Kylie 3 years ago and it was so lovely to see them both again:-)

To Laura and Daniel, thank you both so much for asking me to be your wedding photographer. I loved being a part of your day and I wish you both a very very long and happy marriage together x

Here is Laura with the story of her amazing day:

How did yourself and Daniel first meet?
Although our paths had been crossing over a few years – we’d been gone to the same University and both spent time in Manchester and New York – we finally met at the Halloween Party of our friends Jason and Vicky. Daniel was dressed as a gorilla – it was pretty romantic!

How did Daniel propose?
We spent the Easter weekend at my parents’ in Manchester and then had planned a holiday in north Wales. It was a chilly but beautiful day (there was still a lot of snow on the ground) and after a walk around some nearby hills, Daniel proposed when we were sat on the beach at Llanfairfechan, watching the sun go down. I hadn’t realised that he’d already asked for my parents’ blessing whilst we’d been in Manchester the previous weekend!

How did you find wedding planning? Do you have any tips for other brides?
On the whole we really enjoyed the wedding planning process – ultimately it’s making lots of decisions about fun things like flowers and dresses and cake. There were times when it did all get a bit overwhelming, so I think what really worked well for us is that we had quite a long time (about 15 months) to plan, so we were able to pace ourselves. We also knew that a lot of our guests would be traveling a long way from Daniel’s hometown in the USA, so early on we decided not to go down the crafting/DIY route and just to prioritise making things as easy and stress-free as possible. In terms of tips I would definitely recommend building as much contingency time as possible into the final week. I was determined to get most of the big things done ahead of time and knowing that there wasn’t a lot left to do in the last few days definitely meant we could actually relax, enjoy spending some time with family and friends and take the whole experience in.

How did you choose your wedding venues?
Choosing the right Church was really important to us – we hoped to find somewhere that felt familiar to Daniel’s Methodist Church in the US and could accommodate my mixed Church of England/Jewish background. We feel so lucky that we found Hale Unitarian Chapel just round the corner from where my parents live. It’s just the most welcoming and kind community, and the Minister, Jeff Gould, has been amazingly supportive throughout the whole process.

Living in London and planning a wedding in Manchester, it was brilliant having my Mum’s help. She spotted an advert for the reception venue, Dunham Forest Golf and Country Club, in a local newspaper. As soon as we visited, Daniel and I knew it was the perfect venue for us. With lots of guests travelling a long way to be there, the priority was making sure they’d be comfortable, well-fed and well looked after. We felt completely confident in Mike and Lesley – they are such professionals and have been fantastic throughout the whole planning process. We were incredibly lucky with the weather on the day, meaning our guests could enjoy the fantastic grounds – and the food is fabulous.

What was your favourite part of your wedding day?
The build up to the wedding was so much fun – I had such a great time choosing dresses, shoes, hair and make-up with my nine beautiful bridesmaids – my cousins and sister-in-law. Having all our friends and family turn up the suburbs of Manchester in the days leading up to the wedding felt completely surreal, but incredible, and we’re so grateful to all of them for making the effort to be there.

On the day itself the service was particularly special for us. Daniel and I are both a bit geeky about hymns, so that was one of the things we spent a lot of time choosing! The three readings from my friend Hanna and our two brothers, Mark and Tim, were especially moving – I was a very emotional bride! My Dad, Daniel and the Best Man Jim, also did a fantastic job with the speeches, and there were a few more tears!

Thank so much Laura:-)Here are some of my favourite moments from your beautiful wedding day:

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  • October 8, 2014 - 3:53 pm

    Toni Darcy - Aww I love these Neil!
    The groom portrait is brill.
    And the bride and bridesmaids laughing behind the younger ones.
    I love hearing the back story too, the gorilla story made it to the speeches!

  • October 8, 2014 - 4:18 pm

    Kelly Clarke - Gorgeous as always Neil… such a happy smiley bride and that groom shot is amazing!

  • October 14, 2014 - 12:12 am

    Kyle Hassall - Awesome as always dude. I love the shot of Daniel on his own with the swirly bokeh. Cool as!!

  • October 14, 2014 - 3:16 pm

    Samantha Ward - wonderful images as always Neil – I love the shot of the flower girl through the car window!

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