Liz & Matt got married at the fabulous Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire and I was there to photograph the wedding. I had this one ready to share last year, just before we went into our first national lockdown. I lost my mojo and retreated into my shell as the unprecedented covid pandemic swept around the world. What a historic year it’s been, for all sorts of reasons. I’m so glad it looks like we’re finally coming out the other side. For once, I’m not going to ramble on about the day. Liz is going to do that for me!

What made you decide on Capesthorne Hall?

We were all set on a small ceremony in New York City but things didn’t quite work out (family logistics!). I’ve driven past Capesthorne Hall pretty much every day for the past 15 years. I guess when you see such a beautiful building every day, you take things for granted and are unable to see the wood for the trees. Fast forward to a traffic jam right outside the venue one day, and it suddenly dawned on me – “I wonder if you can get married there?!” The rest just fell into place. It’s a really beautiful Jacobean building with boatloads of character and charm. It was an absolute privilege to get married in such a stunning historical building, and a truly special and memorable day for everyone.

What’s the best advice you could give to someone planning a Cheshire wedding?

As I write this, my very best friend Charlotte, who was one of my bridesmaids, is getting married in just under a week’s time (eek!). The other day, she told me that she was feeling overwhelmed with trying to juggle work, looking after the kids, finalising the wedding plans etc. I told her to try not let things put a dampener on the build up to her big day. Work and general life will always be challenging, but you only ever get married once, and should try and enjoy every second. Because when it’s all over, work and life return to normal again; your wedding bubble bursts, and you’ll just wish you could turn back the clock and do it all over again. So my biggest tip would be to pretend that you’ve been given magical powers to turn back the clock, and enjoy every single minute of it (even the nerves!).

What was the best bit of the day?

That’s a tough one, but for us, it was seeing the faces of all our friends and family filled with such genuine love and happiness.  Andy – you captured this beautifully in our photographs, and we are eternally grateful!

Bit cringe, but did anything in particular make you choose me to be your wedding photographer?

It was total fate that made us want to use you 🙂 We’d sent a few enquiries, and you were highly recommended to us. I dropped you an email, we kept our fingers (and toes!) crossed, and it wasn’t long before you made us very happy by confirming that you were free on our big day! A casual phone chat and a stalk of your Instagram page later, and we knew you were the guy for us. As well as being incredibly talented, you have a great personality, which means an awful lot to us. A wedding photographer has the trickiest of tasks: a highly responsible job with no practice run, needs to make their subjects feel comfortable and at ease, fades into the background becoming almost unnoticeable, while still capturing every special moment, facial expression and reaction. What can we say? You absolutely nailed every aspect of the task, and we are 100% happy with how fate played out on our wedding day 🙂 Sending huge love to the happiest bride ever Liz and her husband Matt for being such an amazing and fun couple to work with. If you’re planning your own Capesthorne Hall wedding in Cheshire, please get in touch. I’d love to hear from you!  

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