Mitton Hall winter wedding. Emma + Richard.
Being one of my favourite wedding venue's, I always get excited when I am asked to photograph weddings at Mitton hall. It is a stunning country style house hotel set in a 15th century manor located in the heart of the beautiful Ribble valley - 5 minutes from my home in Clitheroe.
Emma and Richard are one of the warmest and loveliest couples I've had the pleasure of spending a day with. So smiley and easy going, I knew there would be lot's of laughter and there was. I first met Richard in the Emporium (another of James' places) for a coffee and chat about there big day while Emma was away with work, and we just got along so well. I think we spent more time talking about food than photo's, but that's great as it's important that you get along with your wedding photographer, we're there for the whole day and it's part of how I work. The more relaxed you are around me, the better and more relaxed your photo's will be.
Getting ready at the Dunkenhalgh.
On the big day I met Emma and the girls at the Dunkenhalgh, a beautiful 700 year old country manor just down the road from Read church where they were getting married. Emma and her bridesmaids were having a great laugh while the amazing Flossy & Leigh were in charge of the hair and make up. Richard was also getting ready there so it was easy to pop down the corridor and get a few relaxed (well as relaxed as a groom can be before getting married) shots of him getting ready too. I then met up with the other groomsmen downstairs where Emma's family waited for her. Emma's dad is so friendly and fun but he couldn't hold the emotions in when he first saw her - she looked stunning! Then it was off to the beautiful little church up the road in Read.
Cosy wedding reception at Mitton hall.
After the fun filled wedding service at Read church we headed to Mitton hall to make the most of the great light that floods the gorgeous grounds at the back before all the guests arrive, so that Emma and Richard could spend as much time as possible with their family and friends. Just as we were heading back up from the vast gardens it started to snow! 9 years as a wedding photographer, and finally some snow - even if it was only a bit.
Mitton hall is the perfect venue for a winter wedding. The main hall is so cosy with large sofa's around a huge fire and a giant chandelier. As it was a Christmas wedding, there was also a massive Christmas tree from the floor to the balcony. I love the contrast between the main hall and the modern, fresh and airy party room. Normally this orangery style room is flooded with natural light but with a little help from the multi award winning Red floral architecture, Emma and Richard filled the room with trees and candles that echoed the cosy winter feeling throughout. It was a stunning setting for the emotional speeches, and the best way to get the evening party started.
Anyway, enough from me, grab a brew or a wine and enjoy some of my favourites from Emma & Richard's winter wedding...