Hannah and Dave organized their entire wedding in just six short weeks, as well as all the stresses and strains that come with having a family at Christmas. You would never have known that they had only had such a short time to make all of the arrangements, there was nothing to suggest that the decorations or the order of the day had been rushed in anyway.

When I finally got through the Fort Knox that is the Abode Hotel security measures to get to Hannah’s room, I found both Hannah, her bridesmaid and step daughter Ellie relaxed and ready to share a few laughs and giggles. The room was perfect for bridal prep photos; large, light and with a balcony facing the big wheel in the Xmas village. Fantastic, what a setting!

I had to leave the ladies to run down the road (quite literally) to the Chester Racecourse to photograph Dave, his best man Lee and his two sons Ryan and Conner before Hannah’s grand arrival around the back of the Paddocks. Whilst the guests slowly made their way into the room it was a fantastic opportunity to capture some natural reportage shots as well as the posed portrait pictures before she had to walk down the aisle.

The ceremony was a 4pm start so by the end it was pitch black outside and so the group pictures had to be shot indoors; luckily the quartet finished up and I could use their space. When you visit a location, before booking it for your venue always be aware of locations for the group shots; if you have a late wedding make sure there is enough space for the large family portraits.

The reception was held up in the 1539 restaurant which was a brilliant location for the wedding breakfast, not just for the guests but also for me. I could photograph the speeches as I pleased without getting in the way of any guests, and despite the light outside there were numerous places where I could take the happy couple for a short photo session.

I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I did taking them, click on any tile to enlarge then click again to move onto the next photo.

Vickerstaff Photography  Cheshire and the North West wedding photographer. All copyrights reserved 2011.
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