A gorgeous summer day in August! We arrived at Farington Lodge around 10.30 to find Mike the groom, sitting outside in the sunshine looking very relaxed having a coffee with his sister. We had a quick chat then headed off to meet Nicola who was getting ready with her bridesmaids. After getting some detail shots and shots of each bridesmaid, we left the girls having a glass or two of bubby and headed off to meet Mike and the boys. They all looked very handsome and a little nervous. Berni, Mike's Dad, who was also his best man and Peter, Nicola's Dad joined us along with Andrew Nicola's brother. They soon got into the swing of things and we had fun taking various shots around the grounds. We then left the boys in the bar and John went back to the girls. I stayed outside the hotel in the sunshine and got some shots of guests arriving. Nicola looked stunning, and her bridesmaids in their vibrant green dresses looked lovely. Once John had the all important shots of Nicola with the girls he then moved on to more formal shots of her with Mum and Dad, who both had a little tear in their eye at one stage.
It was now time for the ceremony. Mike waited nervously with Berni for Nicola to enter the room and when he saw her, his face lit up and his smile just said it all.
After the ceremony, we spent around 45 minutes getting the various group combination shots then we let all the guests go. We started on the bridal portrait shots with Nicola and Mike and their bridal party. The weather was so lovely we even managed to get some fun shots of the boys doing their Usain Bolt impressions and the girls doing their Charlies Angels impressions. After everyone had finished their meal we took Nicola and Mike up to their room for about half an hour. We got some lovely shots of them relaxing in their room before they greeted their evening guests.
The rest of the day was great, the weather was lovely which meant people could enjoy a drink outside on the patio area right up to the evening guests arriving.
Everyone enjoyed the evening entertainment provided by a live band. We stayed until Nicola and Mike did their first dance as Mrs & Mrs Sharples and made sure we got some shots of the party in full swing. We really enjoyed the day and everyone made us feel very welcome.
Here is a sneak preview of the day: