Gemma & Paul’s Wedding at Last Drop Village

When I met Gemma and Paul for the first time at the Last Drop wedding fayre, I really liked both them and the location and they loved my photography so I hoped they’d book me for their wedding, which took place at the end of May at the Last Drop Village Hotel, near Bolton, Lancashire.  Luckily they did and it all came together beautifully, which I hope the photos below will show!

Online Gallery

Before I write more about the day itself, if guests would like to look at the online gallery, just click >here<.  You will need to register, but once you have, simply click onto the gallery name or >this link<.  You have to enter a password, which is the couple’s surname in lowercase, e.g. smith.  You can view the photos free of charge, or choose to buy prints which are all professionally printed.

The wedding day

I arrived at Last Drop pleased to find that it wasn’t raining, as it had the previous May weddings I’d shot, and that despite the service being an early one at 11am, things seemed to be running to time 😉 Unfortunately it didn’t quite stay that way, although I promise it wasn’t the photographer holding things up!   Everyone looked great, especially Gemma, whose dress was from Broadbents and she had picked some lovely Swarovski jewellery.  With 6 bridesmaids/flower girls to get ready, I think they all did a great job to be only 20 minutes late!

I was a little bit nervous before the wedding because I knew Gemma has also booked some videographers, and I haven’t had the best experience of working with video colleagues before this wedding. but I have to say that the guys at Gemma’s wedding were superb – really professional and we got on very well. It can happen!! So I’d heartily recommend Roy Smith Video Productions to anyone, and to find out more, click here: RSVP.

So we were a little late to the ceremony, but after that, the day pretty much ran like clockwork. We had to dodge a lot of rain showers and strong winds to ensure no-one got a soaking whilst I was taking the wedding photographs, but we had a lot of time to play with, which made for a stress free day for hopefully everyone 🙂

Last Drop really is a lovely location, with views over the hills and valleys near Bolton, and the little shops, cobbled streets and the gardens all made for some lovely and varied backdrops for photographs, which always makes the photographer’s life easier! Whilst I’m mentioning the great location I’d also like to thank the hotel staff, and the wedding coordinator especially, who worked really hard and was one of the most helpful I’ve met.

It was clear to me how much in love Paul and Gemma are, and it was a real privilege to photograph their wedding. I hope you have a fabulous married life together.


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