Kirkham Wedding Photography
Jack and Emily got married on the 17th June 2017. They had a church ceremony at St Cuthbert’s Church followed by their wedding reception at Emily’s family home. This was the third time that I have had the privilege of shooting a large wedding at the family home – it really is something special to have the Bride and Groom’s friends and family together, at such a significant place for their special day and the perfect opportunity for Kirkham wedding photography.
The day started with Bridal Preps at Emily’s place. Her parents farm is located in Kirkham, not far from the Groom’s parents farm, where the guys were getting ready. A big thanks to Babs for capturing the guys whilst I stayed with Emily and the girls. Her horses had been specially groomed for the occasion and Emily greeted them outside. When she was ready it was off to St Cuthbert’s Church in Lytham for the ceremony.
The church was packed out on this hot day on the Fylde Coast. Jack waited nervously at the front and did not falter. He waited until Emily was right at the end of the aisle before getting a glimpse of his Bride. After the ceremony there was a receiving line outside the church then it was off to Wrea Green for a couple of pictures on the lawn before we headed back to the farm.
The farm looked amazing and the marquee was extremely grand. I met the videographers, who did a fantastic job all day – I highly recommend you check out Fresh RB. The caterers were brilliant as well, I’ve worked with www.campbellandrowley.co.uk on a couple of occasions, they have fantastic staff who are incredibly hard working and make excellent food. The speeches took place in the marquee before the Wedding Breakfast – this is something I always like to see happen as it means the people making speeches can then relax during the meal and there is no rush to get through the service.
Eventually it was time for the First Dance which was followed by dancing and the evening’s entertainment hosted by the DBs – a sister band of the Deadbeats.
I spoke to Emily & Jack about their wedding to get a little bit of advice for anyone else planning a wedding at home:
Why did you choose to have your wedding at home?
Choosing to have a marquee and a laid back feel was very important to myself and Jack. Me especially, I have never envisioned myself getting married at a venue as such. I wanted it to be me that dictated what I wanted, not being told what I could and couldn’t have by a wedding planner at a said venue. So we chose to get married at my family home. To be honest Jack didn’t have much say about it, and it was very much me and my parents. We just told Jack it would be everything he wanted and that was it. He trusted us that it would be perfect, and we both thought it was, it will always be a very special place for us both. As a family, my parents love the garden and everything it has to offer, so having it there, and right next door to my horses field was perfect for me. It was one of the hottest weekends in 2017, we were so lucky! Everybody loved it and had a wonderful day. The whole lead up to the wedding was great. Everyone got involved- ranging from the bar being built, patio being laid, to decorating the marquee the day before the wedding.
What advice would you give to anyone planning a wedding at home?
You are very lucky to have it, and enjoy it as much as possible. People dream of having a marquee at home for their wedding, and if you’re privileged enough to have it at home, you will have an absolute ball and so will all your guests. You can literally do anything you want! But just make sure you have every detail ticked off. Unless you employ a wedding planner, (sometimes they come with a package deal at a venue); I kept panicking I had forgotten important things, that they may have reminded me about. But otherwise just enjoy it, it goes all far too fast!
What was your favourite part of your wedding day?
The favourite part of my day was waking up the morning of my wedding day knowing I had it all to look forward to. Looking back now, the whole experience seemed like a flash in the pan. I’m so excited to get my photographs back to go through all the moments again.
Are you going on a honeymoon, if so whereabouts?
We are going to Sri Lanka and The Maldives. We aren’t going until the end of July so it will be 6 weeks after the wedding. This was due to Jack not getting time off until then, but it has all worked out quite well. It is something to look forward to after the wedding, so no wedding blues just yet!
This was an amazing wedding to be part of and I was humbled, as always, to be asked to capture the occasion. A perfect example of Kirkham wedding photography and fantastic collaboration of suppliers helped bring this day together, thanks to everyone involved. All the best to Jack & Emily and I wish them all the best for years to come. Please get in touch for any enquiries relating to Kirkham Wedding Photography.