Cheshire Wedding Photographer

Dave & Sharon

Cheshire Wedding Photographer

Dave had been following my work online prior to meeting me at a wedding fair being held at Mcdonald Portal Spa and Hotel in Tarporley, Cheshire. He and his fiancee Sharon were getting married at the same venue that the fayre was being held in and had popped in to take a look around. Dave literally walked up to my stand, said ‘I’ve seen you online, I’ll be in touch’ then walked away.  He booked me online that evening!

Dave continued following my work online, regularly liking and commenting on my social media posts. I was at The National Wedding Show at Event City in Manchester in Spring early this year, Dave and Sharon took the time to find us to say hello, a gesture that was most appreciated.

Bridal Prep

Dave and Sharon were both getting ready at Macdonald Portal Spa and Hotel which enabled me to cover both Groom and Bridal Prep. I began my journey early doors, setting off in bright blue skies and soaring temperatures in what has to be the U.K’s hottest and longest heatwave in decades!

I joined Sharon and the girls in one of the large rooms at the Hotel with its own huge balcony.  The doors and windows were wide open allowing air and light into the room, both very welcome on this hot day.

Black and white image of Bride during bridal Prep

Bride anf her bridesamids getting ready during bridal prep

Sharon was joined by her Bridesmaids whose laughter and excitement was contagious.  The bubbly was opened and the girls soon got used to the camera being in the room.

Bridesmaids sit on the bed during bridal prep at

Chief Bridesmaid in hotel room at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Tarporley

Back of Bridesmaids in hotel room looking at the wedding dress in wardrobe at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Tarporley

Chloe was on hand to make sure everyone looked their best.

Bridesmaid has her lip stick applied during bridal prep at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Tarporley

Face mist is applied to Bride by make up artist during bride prep at Macdonal Portal Hotel, Tarporley

Bridesmaid has her eyeliner applied by Make up artist at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Tarporley

With Natalie perfecting everyone’s hair.

Bride has hair done during bridal prep at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Tarporley

Bridesmaid has hair done during Bridal prep at Macdonal Portal Hotel, Tarporley

I left the Bridal party to drink their champagne and went to find Dave where he was making his final preparations during his Groom Prep

Groom looks out of the window whilst doing his tie during Groom prep at macdonald Portal Hotel, Tarporley

Groom fastens Best Mann's cufflinks during Groom prep at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Tarporley

Groom with his reflection in the mirror in hotel room fastening his tie during groom prep at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Tarporley

The day was proving to be sensational and as the guests arrived I was able to get some natural images whilst they enjoyed the beautiful summer day.

wedding guest stands outside with drink in hand at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Tarporley

Black and white image of guest stood outside at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Tarporley

Wedding guests laughing stood outside at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Tarporley

The Ceremony

Dave stood nervously waiting with his best man at his side.

Groom and his best man stand at the alter at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Tarporley

Groom stands at the altar with best man at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Tarporley

Groom and his best man embrace at the altar at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Tarporley

Sharon looked beautiful in her full length wedding dress, and was escorted down the aisle by her very proud father

Bride walks down the aisle on her fathers arm whilst the grrom waits at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Tarporley

Bride and her father walking down the aisle at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Tarporley

Emotions ran high, with Dave unable to look at his Bride for quite a while as he knew he would cry.

groom wipes his eyes as the bride looks at him at the altar at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Tarporley

Bride and groom stand looking at each other holding hands at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Tarporley

Black and white image of groom wiping his eyes with bride watching him at the altar at Macdonal Portal Hotel, Tarporley

wedding guest wipes his eye at a wedding at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Tarporley

And as their guests watched in a hushed silence, Dave and Sharon exchanged their wedding vows and wedding rings.

Bride and groom exchange wedding vows at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Tarporley

Bride and Groom look at each other whilst exchanging wedding vows at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Tarporley

Bride and Groom exchange wedding rings at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Tarporley

Bride and Groom exchange wedding rings at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Tarporley

Bride and Groom kiss at the altar at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Tarporley

The Reception

After the ceremony the wedding party enjoyed a lovely reception. Everyone was in a celebratory mood and was having fun outside in the glorious sunshine.

Bride outside holding her bouquet at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Tarporley

Groom hugs his mother in law outside at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Tarporley

Wedding guest takes photo with phone outside at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Tarporley

Black and white image of wedding guest wearing sunglasses with Brides reflection in the lens at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Tarporley

Bridesmaid standfs outside in the sunshine at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Tarporley

Whilst the guests enjoyed the beautiful weather, I was able to take Dave and Sharon onto the golf course of Macdonald Portal Spa and Hotel and capture some portrait shots of them.

Bride and Groom in golf buggy at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Tarporley

Bride and groom close up at Maccdonald Portal Spa and Hotel

Bride and Groom stand in grounds at Maccdonald Portal Spa and Hotel

Then it was back to the party for an appetising wedding breakfast and once everyone had finished, it was time for the speeches, which had the guests both laughing and crying in equal measure.

Groom sits at the top table of his wedding breakfast at Maccdonald Portal Spa and Hotel

Bride drinks a cup of tea during her wedding breakfast at Maccdonald Portal Spa and Hotel

Photo of grooms mother and father at the top table at Maccdonald Portal Spa and Hotel

Father of Bride sits at the top table during the wedding breakfast at Maccdonald Portal Spa and Hotel

Presents were given…

Groom gives a bouquet of flowers to mother of the bride during the Wedding breakfast at Maccdonald Portal Spa and Hotel

Bridesmaid comes up to recieve a present from the groom during the wedding breakfast at Maccdonald Portal Spa and Hotel

Best man looks at his present he has just recieved from bride and groom during the wedding breakfast at Maccdonald Portal Spa and Hotel

….and lots of hugs exchanged

Groom and best man hug during wedding breakfast at Maccdonald Portal Spa and Hotel

bride hugs her bridesmaid at the top table at Maccdonald Portal Spa and Hotel

Groom gives bridesmaid a hug during the wedding breakfast at Maccdonald Portal Spa and Hotel

The Party

The party exploded into life and the Magic mirror kept everyone entertained.

Groom writes love you on magic mirror at Maccdonald Portal Spa and Hotel

bride and groom standf in front of magic mirror with funny hats and sunglasses at Maccdonald Portal Spa and Hotel

Bride and groom stand in front of magic mirror with funny hats and sunglasses at Maccdonald Portal Spa and Hotel

A delicious chocolate fountain was present with every delight that you could imagine.

bride and groom stand in front of chocolate fountain at Maccdonald Portal Spa and Hotel

plate of marsmallows on sticks for the chocolate fountain at Maccdonald Portal Spa and Hotel

white chocolate fountain at Maccdonald Portal Spa and Hotel

 

The stunning cake was cut into…

 

weddin cake on table with candles around it at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Tarporley

Bride and Groom cut intyo the cake at Macdonald Portal hotel, Tarporley

As the guests gathered around the dance floor to watch the new Mr & Mrs Rafferty take to the dancefloor for their first dance they were welcomed with lots of cheer and love.

Bride and Groom have first dance at Maccdonald Portal Spa and Hotel

Bride and groom have first dance at Maccdonald Portal Spa and Hotel

bride and groom enjoy first dance at Maccdonald Portal Spa and Hotel

 The celebrations took off as the music played on and the guests had a blast on the dance floor

Father of the bride dances on the dancefloor at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Tarporley

Bride and wedding guest do the tango on the dance floor at Macdonal Portal Hotel, Tarporley

Bridesmaid and guest dance on the dancefloor at Macdonald Portal Hotel in Tarporley

bride, bridesmaid and wedding guest dance on the dancefloor at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Tarporley

Dave and Sharon’s wedding day was perfect in every way. The love they have for each other is clear for anyone to see, and I feel privileged to have been a part of their day.

Bride and groom look at each other with the sunset behind them in the grounds of Macdonald Portal Hotel, Tarporley

Bride and groom stand in the grounds of Macdonald Portal Hotel, Tarporley with the sunset behind them

 

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