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An Enchanting Day at Tower Hill Barns

I knew from the moment I arrived at Alicia’s parent’s home in Wrexham that this was going to be a day of fun and laughter.  The bride was surrounded by her 5 bridesmaids chatting and giggling, and her mum and dad, Linda and David were on hand to help with all the preparations.   

Alicia & Dan were married at St Mary’s Cathedral in Wrexham, which is also Alicia’s family church. It’s a beautiful traditional building, and one I was familiar with as I shot Alicia’s brother’s wedding there just last year.  

After the ceremony we made our way to the enchanting Tower Hill Barns for a perfect afternoon of delicious food and drinks and plenty of entertainment, some of which came in the form of Dan and his rugby playing friends who were in fine voice, singing lots of rugby songs, the best one being Calom Lan – which really made me all goosebumpy again as it’s my dad’s favourite song too. 

I was so happy to be back at the barns, not just for the amazing setting (have I mentioned how fabulous it is??) but also to see the all the lovely staff who make everyone feel so welcome. Tower Hill Barns is a family run business and they go out of their way to make you feel right at home. Having people around who obviously love their job and want their guests to have the best time really does make a huge difference to a wedding day, they were all amazing.      

We had a great time with some different coloured smoke bombs that the bridal party danced around with, and I’m so pleased the pictures capture the exuberance of the moment! 

Alicia’s dad, David, is Italian and it’s a big tradition in Italian families for all the men to gather in the evening and smoke the biggest cigars they can lay their hands on.  This was one photograph I knew I just HAD to get, so as the evening was drawing to a close, I got the menfolk together and got one of my favourite shots of the day. 

What a day to remember!

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A Romantic Wedding at Tower Hill Barns

One of the perks of my job as a wedding photographer is seeing some of the nation’s most beautiful venues in all their glory. I’ve shot weddings in castles, in churches, in stunning hotels and they all have their unique charm.  

In August, I was lucky enough to shoot not one but two weddings (in the same week!) at Tower Hill Barns, a place described on their website as “oozing rustic charm, and even that description doesn’t do the place justice!  It’s absolutely magical!  Tower Hill Barns is a venue I had never been to before but is now one of my absolute favourite places to photograph. 

Emma and Chris were first up, with an outdoor ceremony under the old 19th-century railway bridge at the venue. I’ve known Chris for a number of years as my husband used to play football with him, so I knew this wedding was going to be a fabulous day. 

There is something very special about outdoor ceremonies.  I love them. Maybe it’s the fresh air and the smells of summer that help to make the atmosphere so much more romantic.  It certainly gave me goosebumps during the ceremony!  

The guests gathered to see Emma walk down the aisle, and she was the picture of calm and beauty as she did. She was one of those brides that was chilled and took everything in her stride, she looked breath-taking. 

One of the highlights of the day was during the ceremony, when Emma’s nieces, Megan, aged 8, and Jessica, aged 6, read out a poem called “Getting Married Means You’ll Have…” It’s a lovely, funny poem and the girls read it beautifully.  For them to do that at such a young age and in front of 100 guests was a proud moment for everyone. They were amazing.   

Soon it was time for photographs with the newly married couple and I had the most fantastic time.  The best thing about Tower Hill Barns is that whichever way you turn, you spot a photo opportunity. I was absolutely spoilt for choice and got some truly stunning photographs. 

As I left after a day of joy and happiness, I had a huge smile on my face, knowing that I would be back at this most wonderful of venues in just a few days time.

 

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A Stylish Wedding in Windermere

Back in the days when I worked in newspapers, I worked with Sam (the groom)’s sister at the Daily Post. Even though I was in professional photographer mode, it was really nice to be able to spend the day with her and shoot her brother’s wedding.

The Belsfield Hotel is part of the Laura Ashley hotel group, so as you can imagine, the décor and styling of this venue are good enough to feature in any glossy interiors magazine. Sat at the edge of Lake Windermere, the views from the hotel are exactly what you would expect in an area of outstanding natural beauty, sweeping landscapes and dramatic expanses of water – although there was a little too much water on the day!

 

Puja and Sam

Samuel and Puja at The Belsfield, Laura Ashley Hotel in Windermere.

The heavens opened from the moment the bride and groom woke up in the morning and thunderstorms were forecast for later in the day. Although the rain was pouring down, spirits were high as Puja was getting into her dress, the backdrop of the Cumbrian hillsides and the lake looking spectacular despite the heavy showers. The view truly was stunning.

 

Thankfully, the thunderstorms kept away, but the rain meant we were inside for the photographs. Luckily, we were in one of the most elegant hotels I’ve ever seen, and we ended up doing pictures of the happy couple on the stairwell, which actually is my favourite shot of the day!

We made our way to Puja and Sam’s room, The Grand Wedding Suite, with the intention of getting some more romantic shots. Literally, as they walked through the door, blue sky popped through the clouds and the sun started shining. We quickly went outside and made the most of the amazing location.

After all the rain, the day ended with one of the nicest sunsets you can imagine.

It was a perfect end to a perfect day and to top it all I have just found out I won a gold award with The Guild of Photographers for the image of Puja on the staircase.