Mitton Hall wedding – Libby & Nick

Mitton Hall wedding first dance

Libby and Nick’s Mitton Hall wedding was brilliant – in every way. Libby and Nick are such a nice couple and I got to work at one of my favourite Lancashire wedding venues with lots of my weddings friends, perfect:-)

Anyway, enough from me, I’m now going to hand you over to the beautiful bride, Libby! Thank you SO much Libby for all your kind words and for asking me to be a part of your amazing wedding day x

How did you first meet Nick?
Nick and I met four years ago at the company I was working for at the time. He had an appointment with my MD for some business and after a couple more appointments and some cheesy texting we finally went out on our first date.

How did Nick propose?
He proposed in South Africa after a day on safari before dinner. The setting was so romantic, the day had been magical and I couldn’t have asked for anything more perfect. I had no idea how he had managed to stop me from finding the ring throughout the whole three weeks but it turned out he had someone else carry it for him – one of the only times he’s managed to catch me out!

How did you find wedding planning? Do you have any tips for other brides?
I loved the wedding planning although it wasn’t always easy. I kept asking Nick to get involved but he was happy to leave it all to me and in hindsight that was great as there were no arguments about final decisions. So myself and my mum put the whole thing together over a 14 month period – it was great mother/daughter time and I really missed that when it was all over.

Why did you choose Mitton Hall as your wedding venue?
We scoured the whole of the North West for venues and we had a bit of a checklist we needed to keep to so that we could make sure we could have everything we wanted i.e rooms on site, not too many steps for the grandparents etc etc. Mitton Hall ticked every box and more and there was never any doubt when we came across it that we wanted to get married there. The mix of old and new, the gorgeous room we could have the ceremony in that was separate to the room we’d eat dinner in, the grounds, the accommodation but above all – the quality of the food and the service.

What was your favourite part of your wedding day?
I absolutely loved every part of my wedding day but walking down the aisle on my dad’s arm has to be the part that stand out first when I think back. Luckily, as I chose such an amazing photographer, I have photographs that show the emotion of those few moments and I will treasure them forever.

Who were your wedding suppliers?
We used Flossy & Leigh for the hair and make-up – Amy was so much fun to be around on the day.

Jane and Jason from Flower Design absolutely worked their magic and created exactly what we had been hoping for – the flowers received so many complements.

Nat from www.iamnat.co.uk was a huge recommend for all out stationary – both invites and “on the day” – she took my ideas and created exactly what I was looking for.

Another supplier who is my biggest recommend would have to be Emma from Love Bridal Boutique. After visiting 10 shops and trying on 72 dresses, she finally gave me the whole “trying on the dress experience” as it should have been. She helped me to look at myself in a totally new way and over various appointments and fittings, her personal service and attention to detail made her a friend rather than just a supplier.

Finally…
After choosing the venue (and of course each other!), the most important choice for us was our wedding photographer. We booked Neil early on in the process but what a great choice. Beforehand, he made us feel totally comfortable, did a fantastic engagement shoot and was on hand to answer all my pestering questions. A pleasure to be around on the day, he was un-intrusive and so hard-working. It felt like he never stopped!

Most importantly, he captured perfectly the most special day of our life and if you are considering who to choose as a photographer for your wedding day, I would wholeheartedly recommend Neil. Worth every penny.

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Getting ready with Sally – perfectly sums and our relationship up and we had no idea it was being taken:

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I had finally finished getting ready and was just having a little twirl in the mirror as a bride. I was so excited and my best friend was watching:

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The photograph my dad wiping a tear from his eyes is one of my favourites – the emotion in this picture made me cry again when I saw it. I never see my dad cry and it was such a special moment, just as he walked into the room, saw me for the first time and gave me his gift:

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Again, with my brother – my family aren’t really ones for emotion although you wouldn’t think it by looking at these pictures!

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I love this – my brother took my mum to her seat just before the ceremony started:

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Dad just looked at me and said “Are you ready” – I was literally bursting with excitement at this point and my dad looks so proud – I love this picture:

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Total happiness – our ceremony was relaxed and informal with lots of laughter and jokes as well as personal contributions – I feel this picture sums up how lighthearted it was:

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I love this because it’s such a good picture of Nick and I with both sets of parents during the speeches. None of us are paying any attention to Neil, just the best man’s speech and I love the fact Neil managed to capture us all at that angle:

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I love my mum’s reaction as well as mine and this and people’s faces just show how funny and happy the wedding speeches turned out to be – exactly what we wanted:

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This is amazing – so different yet traditional at the same time:

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The lighting on this just makes it such a wonderful picture. The car was hired for the day by Nick’s ushers as a surprise and it almost took the limelight off Nick and I!

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Libby: You wouldn’t think it had been pouring down with rain from these pictures. The lighting is amazing and just goes to show it doesn’t matter what the weather is like if someone knows what they are doing with a camera:

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Everyone comments on this photograph – an action shot during our first dance but the fact that so many of our friends and family are included makes it perfect:

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I even know what song was playing here – “Dancing in The Moonlight” – our family song and we couldn’t believe Neil had managed to get these shots when we got the pictures back as none of us had any idea he was there but it was such an emotional moment with my parents and brother:

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These girls had all come to Palma with me for my Hen Do – we’d practiced this dance in bikinis by the pool and Neil stayed later than he should to get the shots of the dance – we were so grateful.

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  • December 6, 2013 - 4:44 pm

    Jane Thompson - Utterly breathtaking!!xxx

  • December 6, 2013 - 9:44 pm

    Stuart - Amazing photos Neil! Looks like such a fun wedding.

  • December 6, 2013 - 10:18 pm

    Lucy Greenhill - Amazing photos as always Neil :) Love reading about the wedding from the bride too and all about her favourite images. xx

  • December 9, 2013 - 11:50 am

    Martin Hambleton - Another Redfern wedding at Mitton Hall – excellent across the board, great shots, great lighting, top couple. Captured everything brilliantly. Job done.

  • December 10, 2013 - 7:49 pm

    Kyle Hassall - Amazing shots as always Neil. I love how it’s the bride that’s written from her point of view :)

  • December 10, 2013 - 11:59 pm

    Josephine Spenno Spence - Ace coverage Redfern, found myself lingering on every photo!
    You’re an evil genius.
    You dude.

Engagement shoot in Lytham – Lizzie & Matt

I recently met up with Lizzie and Matt for their engagement shoot in Lytham and what a great, fun evening we had!

Lizzie and Matt are such a nice couple, so easy going and fun and I just know that their wedding next month is going to be absolutely amazing! They are getting married at the beautiful Belle Epoque in Knutsford (one of the very best venues for winter weddings) it’s going to feel all Christmassy too, I can’t wait!

Here are a few of my favourite photographs from the engagement shoot – see you very very soon Lizzie and Matt!:-)x

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  • December 11, 2013 - 12:05 am

    J'dog Spencerphine - I’m going to rename you ‘Master of the skies’ – that plane silhouette shot is the work of an artist, you clever sausage! :)

  • January 20, 2014 - 12:48 pm

    Alex Davies - Gorgeous work Neil, lovin that plane! :)

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