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Blog: "Stu and Maria's Big Day"

I thought it would be a great idea to reflect on some of my favourite past weddings that I have photographed whilst we are in lockdown. I end up taking and editing hundreds of shots at each wedding, so I decided to go back through Stu and Maria's collection, and put a small handful of photos together in this blog, to show you the story of their day from to start to finish.

Stu and Maria got married at Holford Estate last summer. They were such an easy going, relaxed couple to photograph; they really were a pleasure to work with. They chose to go with my half day wedding photography package, and because of the timings of their big day, I was able to photograph everything from bridal prep through to the speeches.

Bridal Prep

Wedding photography coverage started at 1pm. I met up with Maria and her excited bridesmaids, sipping champagne, at a beautiful little cottage in the grounds of the venue. The girls were having their hair and makeup done, by a fantastic duo from Warrington, who were on hand all day, not only the bride and her bridesmaids, but also their wedding guests, which I thought was a lovely touch!

Liverpool Wedding Photographer Bridal prep
Liverpool Wedding Photographer Bridal prep
Liverpool Wedding Photographer Bridal prep
Liverpool Wedding Photographer Bridal prep
Liverpool Wedding Photographer Bridal prep
Liverpool Wedding Photographer Bridal prep

The Dress Shot

Whilst the girls got ready, it was the perfect time to get some shots of Maria’s dress and shoes, and a stunning necklace and set of earrings that Stu had bought for her to wear.

Liverpool Wedding Photographer Bridal prep
Liverpool Wedding Photographer Bridal prep
Liverpool Wedding Photographer Bridal prep
Liverpool Wedding Photographer Bridal prep

The Groomsmen

I left the girls to it and went and found the groomsmen to get a few pre-wedding shots. They too were getting ready at Holford Estate. A very calm groom, I have to say!

Liverpool Wedding Photographer Groomsmen
Liverpool Wedding Photographer Groomsmen
Liverpool Wedding Photographer Groomsmen

Arrival of Guests at the Ceremony

At 2pm, I headed up to the church to photograph the hustle and bustle of excited guests as they arrived and entered the church, on what was turning out to be a bright and warm summers day.

Liverpool Wedding Photographer Guests arriving
Liverpool Wedding Photographer Guests arriving
Liverpool Wedding Photographer Guests arriving

The big Arrival

The groom arrived shortly afterwards, followed by the bridesmaids, and finally the nervous bride and her father. The bridesmaids ensured Maria looked fabulous for the camera.

Liverpool Wedding Photographer Grooms arrival
Liverpool Wedding Photographer Brides arrival
Liverpool Wedding Photographer Brides arrival
Liverpool Wedding Photographer Brides arrival

The Ceremony

And so to the ceremony. Thanks to the extremely helpful vicar I was able to get some great shots of the couple from a balcony that he opened up for me at the back of the church, which was a fab view. Did you know, photographers are not allowed to photograph the actual signing of the register?

Liverpool Wedding Photographer Ceremony
Liverpool Wedding Photographer Ceremony
Liverpool Wedding Photographer First kiss

Outside the Church

My favourite shot, every time, is always the confetti shot! I love it!!! Everybody cheering and smiling, and so delighted for the happy couple.

Liverpool Wedding Photographer Confetti
Liverpool Wedding Photographer Happy couple
Liverpool Wedding Photographer Confetti

Back at the venue

By now, it was 3:30pm, so I headed back to the venue to capture everyone arriving and socialising and enjoying their gin and tonics that were being handed out on arrival.

Liverpool Wedding Photographer Guests
Liverpool Wedding Photographer Guests
Liverpool Wedding Photographer Guests
Liverpool Wedding Photographer Couple arrival
Liverpool Wedding Photographer Couple arrival
Liverpool Wedding Photographer Couple arrival
Liverpool Wedding Photographer Group shots
Liverpool Wedding Photographer Guests
Liverpool Wedding Photographer Bridesmaids

Couple Shots

Shortly after this time, I took the couple off to one side for 20 minutes (I don’t want them to be away from their guests and celebrations for too long), for some beautiful, natural photographs of them around the stunning grounds.

Liverpool Wedding Photographer Happy Couple
Liverpool Wedding PhotographerHappy Couple
Liverpool Wedding Photographer Happy Couple
Liverpool Wedding Photographer Happy Couple
Liverpool Wedding Photographer Happy Couple
Liverpool Wedding Photographer Happy couple
Liverpool Wedding Photographer Happy Couple

Back to the Marquee for Speeches

After Stu and Maria had returned to have a well-earned drink, dinner was served in the marquee. At 6pm the speeches began, as did a torrential thunderstorm (thank goodness for the roof covering). Lots of laughter and smiles, a few technical microphone glitches, but all in all some lovely words shared with the couple.

Liverpool Wedding Photographer Confetti
Liverpool Wedding Photographer Happy couple
Liverpool Wedding Photographer Confetti

And that was where I left the newly married pair. I thanked them for letting me be part of such a wonderful day, and I headed home. I couldn’t wait to upload the pictures onto my computer; I managed to send a few of my favourites over to them before the end of their day, so that they could share them with friends and family.

A truly beautiful day!


I have several wedding photography packages avaiable, but my half and full day packages are my most popular. It would be great to hear about your wedding, so drop me an email for a chat, and I will check my availablility for your special day!

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Half day wedding package photograper price

My Half Day package is perfect for those of you that are looking for approximately 6 hours’ worth of photography coverage on your special day. Generally, this will include shots of your ceremony through to your afternoon reception when you and your guests are relaxing and celebrating.

Full day wedding package photograper price

My Full Day package is fantastic for those couples that want coverage of their story from beginning to end. Everything from morning prep right through to your first dance will be photographed, and everything in between.

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