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Beeston Manor Wedding Lydia & Ben

It’s normal to be glued to the weather report on the week prior to your wedding, I’d been watching the bbc weather online 2 or 3 times a day – yes it becomes a little addictive. The day before Lydia’s wedding she sent me a text ‘Aaaaaah HEAVY RAIN most of the afternoon’ There must have been a lot of praying and sun dancing too, as we only had one tiny April shower phew to our amazement and delight. Brides shoe and dress at Beeston ManorThe bride and bridesmaids champagne before getting ready at bees ton manor Wedding dress and purple bridesmaids dresses at Beeston Manor Wedding dress sparkle details, purple bridesmaid dress sparkle detailsBridesmaids thank you gifts wooden heartsThe bride and her bridesmaids all smiles before getting ready at bees ton Manor lancashirethe bride getting ready at beeston manorBrides dress being buttoned by bridesmaidOver to the boy’s
Grooms men pinning on their button hole flowers Dad ensuring his sons buttonhole flower is right Oh la la the wedding ring s a bit of texting before the groomsmen set off to churchGrooms men outside higher Walton church grey suites purple cravats Ben and Lydia-Beeston Manor-wedding-5173The Groomsmen show off their cufflinksLove the cufflinks
Bride arrival with her father to Higher Walton church Lancashire Bride and her bridesmaids outside Higher Walton ChurchLydia and Ben’s wedding took place at the Higher Walton Church with 2 vicars Simon  and David – yes we are on first name terms here. It really was a beautiful service I liked the fact it was conducted by 2 vicars – maybe this could be a new trend?
Higher Walton church Lydia and Ben's marriage Higher Walton church Lydia and Ben say I do Higher Walton Church Lancashire Lydia and Ben exchange rings Higher walton church Lydia and Ben Hold HandsI loved the fact they walked back down the aisle as Mr & Mrs to the Star Wars theme tune!Higher Walton Church Lancashire Lydia and Ben kissing in the archway After the wedding they set off in style, in a 1966 split screen campervan van metallic silver her name Coco very classy by posh pampa campa. We headed on to Beeston Manor very much a family run business which ensures a warm welcome and attention to detail.
Lydia and Ben in the posh pampa campa co co bride and groom at bees ton manor with posh pampa camp co co Bride and Groom with camper van  Co-Co at Beeston Manor Bride and Groom Lydia and Ben at Beeston Manor
Wedding Party at Beeston Manor Confetti at Beeston ManorBen and Lydia shared their wedding day with wonderful family and fabulous friends who ensured Lydia and Ben had the most perfect day.
The room at Beeston Manor set up for the wedding breakfast Purple Chiffon bows on the back of the chairs at Beeston Manor Lancashire The tables named after racing drivers at Beeston manorAs always the speeches have everyone laughing!
The wedding party at Beeston ManorAfter the meal it was time for the boys to have a traditional cuban cigar and just be boys!
Cuban cigar at Beeston Manor the boys chill out The boys and their cuban cigars at BeestonAll too soon it’s time for the first dance
Bride and Groom Lydia and Ben's first dance at the Beeson Manor Guests party the night away Everyone dancing Bride and groom dancing

And they partied the night away!
Thank you Lydia and Ben for asking Ray and I to document your day…. it was magical xx

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Life In Between The Weddings

Well if I’m not at a wedding you will more often than not find me at a gig with camera in hand. My lovely Ray is in a couple of bands playing the upright double bass, an instrument I have grown to love. I’ve followed the band Ray plays inThe Del Rio Ramblers‘ for quite a while and more recently ‘The Western Valley Hotclub’ (I will write about these another time). The Del Rio Ramblers plays 1940/50′s Rockabilly, Honky Tonk, Country and Hillbilly bop. I’d never really come across this type of music and really didn’t know what to expect when Ray told me he was in a Hillbilly band (The Beverly Hillbillies sprung to mind). I have to say I love it ;) I think there is a lot to be said about watching a band live. So band photography is something I fell into by default, as I didn’t know many people I would take my camera for company and take lots of photos. However now I can happily say I know many of the bands followers and look forward to seeing them…. But I always manage to take a photo or two.

The Del Rio Ramblers-9938 The Del Rio Ramblers-9960 The Del Rio Ramblers-9949 The Del Rio Ramblers-9937 The Del Rio Ramblers-0026 I always find it hard to choose between colour or black and whiteThe Del Rio Ramblers-9988 Del Rio Ramblers Blackpool-9988 The Del Rio Ramblers-9975

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Vanessa & Jonathan’s Wedding The Woodlands Hotel Second Shooting

So for this wedding blog we are traveling back in time to one of the hottest days in July last year. I had the pleasure of second shooting for my friend Natasha at the beautiful Woodland Hotel in Leeds. Here’s a few photo from the day the grooms shoes cravat watch and socks The grooms waist coat cufflinks and best man gift Groom and ushers button hole flowersGood job I was there to pin 6 button holes!The grooms men getting readyThe boys looking very smart in the suites The Groom and his ushers The groom and best manThis church had an amazing stained glass windowThe-Woodlands-Hotel-Vanessa-and-jonathan-wedding-9796So while Natasha is documenting at the front of the church I’m photographing at the back. The-Woodlands-Hotel-Vanessa-and-jonathan-wedding-9814The bridal party Bride and her bridesmaidsWeding chairs with ribbons Bride and groom place settings The wedding cake and it details The wedding sweet trollyThe woodlands Leeds grounds Guests at the Woodlands Leeds Bride and groom in the grounds of the woodlands Bride and groom in the grounds of the woodlands Bride and groom in the grounds of the woodlands Brides brooch bouquet at the woodlands LeedsThe wedding party sent off balloons with a message attached what a lovely idea.Bride and Groom with balloons at the woodland hotel leeds balloons at the woodland hotel leedsDay eventually turned into night and it was time to light up the dance floor Bunting and fairy lights Bride and Groom first dance Bride and groom first dance at the woodlands hotel Guests party the night away

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A Lifestyle Change

So the beginning of this year saw quite a big lifestyle change for me. I felt it was now or never, I took that leap of faith and became a ‘Full Time Professional Photographer’ – eeek I said it!
Rose hips, moss and ivy
Believe me this was one of the hardest decisions I have ever made. Life was good I’d worked at Rectella since the age of 16. Starting as a textile wallpaper designer and growing with the company as it changed throughout the years, eventually becoming a graphic designer I can claim that the hand on Bar-Be-Quick’s instant lighting charcoal bag has been mine for many years… I wonder what will happen next… I will watch that space. The things I miss most are my friends (I can’t really call the colleagues) it’s the daily chatter and the lack of constant company that is taking a little adjusting too. I now look forward to catch ups and coffee’s! Hint hint!
first day of being self employed-1286_Waddington-Lancashire-Kirsten PlattMy first day of no longer working for someone else… wrong or right I took a day to reflect, also to walk and talk with Ray. We chatted about re-branding, a new name and what it all means, sometimes we’d walk in silence but always hand in hand, then a burst of conversation or the need to take a photo would break the silence.
the buck inn Waddington Lancashire, and twitter lane road signWe took our usual walk to a lovely village called Waddington stopping for some much-needed refreshments at the Waddington
Arms mmm delish!
Waddington Arms Pub Lancashire Waddington Arms pup grub
Waddington ArmsI still have to pinch myself that I’ve actually done it…. But now I’m ready for the next challenge of making it all happen. I’m loving every minute of it! xxx
Waddington Church, postbox abd Kirsten Platt

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Ashton Memorial Engagement Lydia & Ben

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Lydia and Ben. I’d seen an idea I fancied trying and chatted via email, these guys were totally up for having their photos with a few balloons, I was delighted. So on a cold and blustery morning we made our way to the Aston Memorial in Lancaster. A place special to both Lydia and Ben as they studied at Lancaster University… oh but there’s more Ben proposed to Lydia on the steps of Ashton Memorial…. Romantic! These two needed no encouragement to show how in love they are as you will see below… Lydia and Ben thank you for a lovely morning I’m so looking forward to your special day xx
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lydia-and-ben-engagement-ashton-memorial-lancaster-0158 lydia-and-ben-engagement-ashton-memorial-lancaster-0170This is the place where Lydia said yes …. whoo!
lydia-and-ben-engagement-ashton-memorial-lancaster-0182 lydia-and-ben-engagement-ashton-memorial-lancaster-0187The Balloons we’re let go with a wish :-)
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