An Amazing Day

30th June 2013
Saturday the 8th of June 2013, what a fantastic day for David and Anna!

As wedding photographers in the Lake District we photograph many lovely weddings in and around the Southern Lakes but it was an honour to be asked to travel to Lytham St Annes to capture the big day of this lovely couple.

An early start allowed us to get to Anna’s parents farm in Lytham in time for the bridal preparations where bridesmaids Helen and Charlotte along with Anna were getting hair and makeup done. Stacey Callagher was expertly applying makeup and Ann-Marie from Hair By Clare Ashton was intricately adding flowers to Charlotte’s hair. While this was going on Tracey from Black Horses Ltd in Cartmel arrived with her beautiful Friesian Horses and a hand crafted glass fronted Landau carriage that would be Anna’s transport for the day. Most importantly Anna’s mum Sheila had put on a lovely spread of food to keep us all going through the morning.

After capturing a few images of the incidentals, including the stunning bouquet’s created by Anna’s Auntie Ann, we headed off to meet David who had stayed the night at The Villa Country House Hotel and was getting ready there. As is often the case the groom wasn’t quite ready but we met Stephen, one of the ushers, who set off to hurry things along a bit so that we could get a few images of the guys before we went back to the farm. David stepped out after a few minutes and posed for some images while we waited for Best Man David to join him. A couple more images of David’s mam and dad Ian and Sue looking so proud of him and we were off back to the farm.

Anna was now getting a bit of help from bridesmaid Helen with the finishing touches and then it was out into the sun for some family photos in the garden. Anna looked absolutely beautiful in her stunning Sassi Holford dress, so much so that it was a while before anyone noticed that she had left her bouquet in the house! That was quickly rectified and we took a couple more shots (with flowers) before we left for St Pauls Church where all the guests were arriving.

David and his family had spent months drying hops and lavender to decorate the church and it paid off as it looked amazing! Everything was in place so I wandered down to the main road to look out for Anna arriving with her father Clifford sat beside her in the carriage. It wasn’t long before it appeared with a pair of horses elegantly pulling them along the road, turning heads as they passed onlookers along the pavement. As she was proudly walked down the aisle on her fathers arm another head turned, David’s, and he must have been so happy!

Following the lovely service David and Anna stepped up into the carriage, now open topped in the sunshine, for the journey to their wedding breakfast at The Villa. A cricket match was taking place on the village green but they simply continued while we stopped for a couple of pictures along the way.

The happy couple were greeted by their guests on the lawn at The Villa while I went and took a peek at The Pavilion and it looked fabulous decorated with lavender, hops and various items from Anna’s parents farm, including her old saddle. One item certainly worthy of a mention was the cheesecake supplied by Procter’s Cheeses; it was a work of art I’m sure you’ll agree!

While I was taking a few candid images Lesley my able assistant (and wife and boss) was organising folk for some group shots on the lawn. Once we had all the group shots done it wasn’t long before we snuck off for the second highlight of Anna’s day, a chance to ride one of the beautiful Friesian’s that had just been pulling the carriage. A little issue with getting some riding boots on was solved when usher Phil kindly donated his socks and was left stood barefoot for half an hour while Anna was off enjoying herself. Not to be left out David got on the other horse and we went into the adjacent field for some photos, and I hope you’ll agree they look stunning!

The guests were entertained throughout the afternoon by musician Martin Skyrme and friends and they sounded excellent playing both on the lawn as everyone arrived and then inside the pavilion. After the meal all the guests were enjoying the sun so we whisked David and Anna off to the farm for some personal images that they wanted. After a short while Anna made an unusual request, or at least it was not one I’d received before. The cows had been milked and she wanted to get in the field with them (in her stunning Sassi Holford designer wedding dress) for a group shot! Now that is what I call a group shot and I must add that it was easier to arrange than some we’ve done with people! I shouldn’t have been surprised really as Anna had mentioned she wanted to do this during our pre-wedding shoot but I didn’t actually think it would happen.

What an incredible day this was turning out to be! We left the cows devouring their grass and went back to the party where everyone was still outside enjoying the sun. More images, including some of flower girls Amelie and Ruby (and their parents), before one last bit of fun with Anna, Helen and Charlotte donning their wellies and skipping off to sit on a fence while Charlotte tried her best to break it.

Now that may seem like a bit of a long blog post but it only covers a snapshot of a truly wonderful day. Thanks to David and Anna for allowing us to capture their images and to their families and friends for making us both so welcome on the day, we enjoyed every minute of it. If you want to see more images then Anna has said she’s happy for the world to see them so they are all available for viewing in the wedding gallery and will remain there for a couple of months. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and if you were there on the day I hope it’s brought it all back to you.

I’d love to hear some comments too if you can find the time to leave some.

Darren and Lesley


Photo comment By Craig Newman: It was a wonderful day and you have captured it perfectly. Good job Darren & Lesley

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