After meeting Natalie and Greg during our pre-wedding consultations, it is so obvious to me that they they are clearly made for each other. Which meant having the privilege to shoot their wedding day even more special.
I’ve never photographed a wedding a Smithills Hall before. Well, what a stunning venue! A Grade One listed manor house that dates back as far a 1335. The oldest part of the Hall is the great hall in the north range which was built in the early-14th century and once was surrounded by a moat.
This is where the ceremony took place. Now a museum, run by Bolton Council, it is surrounded by gorgeous gardens which give ample opportunity for lovely wedding photographs. What I loved about them was how relaxed they were in front of the camera and how they took everything I asked them to do in their stride!
The great hall itself presented the challenge that it is quite dark, but what light does get in, provided their wedding day with a lovely sunlit ceremony and wedding breakfast.
In between these, we were also treated to some amazing hazy sunlight outside. Perfect for group shots and those all important bride and groom moments together.
I just want to say thank you so much to Natalie and Greg for their kind gift as well. I’ve never received anything from the bride and groom, so I was genuinely touched.
One final note though, it was a slightly different wedding to ones I have done before. The ceremony and wedding breakfast, were at Smithills Hall, but the evening party was down the road at a nightclub! And even better, all the guests were driven down in an old London bus! Fantastic. What a great wedding and what a lovely couple. I wish them all the happiness for their future together!