The day started with me driving over the pennines on the M62 from Yorkshire to Manchester to Emma and Adam's home, where Emma, her friends and family were getting ready for the big day ahead. I love getting shots of the bride and groom before the day starts, its such a lovely atmosphere, everyone is excited, nervous and it just creates a lovely time to photograph. Today was no different Emma was at home relaxed with her friends and family putting the final touches whilst the kids played and the girls had a wee drink. Nat, Rachel, Ellie and Lilly made sure that Emma was looked after, whilst happily smiling for me to snap away.
The setting for their ceremony was The Barn at Morsley Hall - a beautiful place, set in the countryside. The barn oozes rustic country wedding, with a great terrace and amazing indoor space. I couldn't help but nip around and take some shots of the beautiful decor. I then met Adam and his groomsmen before the guests started to arrive and before we knew it, it was time for the ceremony.
Introducing Mr & Mrs Birbeck...
One fun thing about winter weddings is that the sun sets early so we always make plans for a quick getaway after the ceromony to get some nice couple shots, which is great timing as it gives the new Mr and Mrs some well deserved alone time. So, after a lovely ceromony for Adam and Emma we shot off outside the barn before inviting the rest of the party to join us.
After we worked through the portrait shots of family and friends it was time for the party. Huge thanks to the groomsmen and Nat the chief bridesmaid for helping gather everyone together for the shots. It's always nice when the bridesmaids and groomsmen earn their keep by helping out. You will be surprised how hard it can be to find family and friends when the party is up and away, but we managed to get all the shots Adam and Emma wanted from the day. The rest of the time, it was all about letting people enjoy the wedding and making sure I captured the atmosphere. This is another favourite part of the day, as I can hang back and watch people have a great time whilst trying to capture those little moments that tell the story of the wedding. As we entered the evening, the first dance came and went and I left everyone to enjoy the rest of the wedding without fear of a high resolution image of some late night breakdancing appearing of the internet.
What a brilliant day with awesome company. Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Birbeck, all the best for the future :)
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