Thornton Manor wedding photography featuring Kate & Mike on a gorgeous October day.
The bride & groom married in late autumn at Thornton Manor, a luxury wedding venue in Cheshire. The huge manor house is full of character, the immaculate grounds and Grade II listed building giving plenty of scope for my relaxed style of creative documentary photography.
Kate & Mike are such a lovely couple, very easy-going, making it clear I was to just do my thing; no formality & no awkwardness, just a natural, composed approach to the wedding day.
They were married at St Michael’s Church in Widnes, surrounded by family & friends. It was highly unusual but very funny when the bride arrived at church ten minutes before her bridesmaids; their wedding car had taken a wrong turn! Kate wore a beautiful Mori Lee wedding dress paired with Vince Camuto shoes, and her bridal bouquet was by Amelia Jane Flowers. After the nuptials, outside the church the wedding guests had just enough time for a confetti toss and a handful of group photographs before speeding off in white limousines to Thornton Manor. It was time to celebrate!
You can see more Cheshire weddings here:
- Peckforton Castle Wedding Photography
- Abbeywood Estate Wedding Photography
- Mere Court Wedding Photography
Creative Weddings at Thornton Manor
It was my first visit to the stately home, considered (with good reason) one of the North West’s premier wedding venues. Thornton Manor is full of nooks & crannies and bursting with character. I was able to creatively make the most of the limited but beautiful light (it was an October wedding after all) as it filtered through the manor’s windows. We were blessed with a very dramatic evening sky so I took the new husband and wife outside for some very relaxed portraits. The image of the bride and groom walking towards Thornton Manor with the wind catching the wedding dress is one of my favourite photographs. It was then time to enter the ornate banqueting hall for the wedding breakfast and some very funny speeches. My full-frame cameras overcame the dark interior with ease [Note to iPhone photographers- don’t even bother].
Off-Camera Flash For A Packed Dancefloor
The evening reception saw wedding band Soul Revolver playing to a packed dancefloor. This was a great time to take my flashes off-camera, and really create some cool and interesting shots of the guests throwing shapes! I love taking a wide-angle lens really close to the action; I find at this time of night, no one notices or even cares about the camera. Just before sneaking off I even had time to take the bride & groom outside for one last epic night-time portrait.
A really fabulous day being a Thornton Manor wedding photographer. I’m very much looking forward to my next visit later this year! I hope you enjoy this small selection of images from the day. It was great to work with my friends at Lovebug Films, and a shout-out to Lousise Jacob Photography who assisted in the morning by photographing the groom and his groomsmen. Bye for now!
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