Fiona & Ben’s Wedding at The Pines Hotel, Chorley.

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You will need to register first to access Fiona & Ben’s fabulous wedding gallery, to do so all you need is an email address and you can pick your own username and password. Once you’ve done that you can use the list of galleries you are presented with to access Fiona’s and Ben’s wedding photographs, or you can come back here and click this link.  The gallery is passworded but if you are a friend or family member all you need to enter is the couple’s surname in lower case, e.g. smith

Fiona & Ben’s Wedding – a bit of background.

In October 2010 I was lucky enough to shoot the wedding of Carima and Steve at Rivington Hall Barn, and among their guests was Fiona. It seems that I didn’t do enough to put off potential new clients that day as three guests contacted me afterwards about shooting their wedding! Fiona’s is the first of these weddings to happen, and although I’m only blogging it now, it took place on a gorgeous day at the start of August…

The Wedding

After the rain that was August 2010, I began 2011 dreading August weddings and a lot of brides believing their big day would be ruined, but after two weekends of great weather I was able to relax a bit. It started off a bit grey on Fiona’s wedding day but from there just got better and better until we got to enjoy a lovely afternoon and evening at the Pines Hotel in Chorley.  As Fairfield Photographic is based in Chorley, Lancashire, you’d think in 6 or 7 years of wedding photography I’d have worked at the Pines before – but I hadn’t. Even more bizarrely, although I’d done a few wedding fairs there I had no idea they had such lovely gardens for photography…but they do.

Anyway my day began with a very short drive to Fiona to take photographs of her getting ready, including the “champagne moment” below and of details of her shoes, jewellery, stunning dress (from Brides Gallery in Eccleston) and the flowers (by 5 Acres Florist Centre).  After attempting to help put a ribbon on the bridal car (ok, so I wasn’t very successful but I’m a photographer 😉 ) it was off to the church for a lovely ceremony which the children certainly enjoyed 😉

By the time we all arrived at the Pines Hotel, the weather had turned beautiful and it was a great afternoon to be outside – if just a little too bright and a bit too hot! (We Brits are never happy.)  I got a lot of family, friends and group shots as well as some more romantic shots of Fiona and Ben. The photo below of Fiona on the swing seat shows the glittery “I do” letters stuck to her soles.. I’m always grateful when a venue has somewhere where groups can be placed to look both natural and visible and the wide steps down to the Pines gardens worked a treat.  Before long though, the afternoon has whizzed by and we all made out way inside for the wedding breakfast in the Dixon Suite.

The room looked fantastic and I loved the curved top table which allowed me to see everyone and get their reactions. After speeches it was cake cutting, some mingling time outside and then the first dance. It had been a great day and one I’m sure Fiona and Ben will look back fondly on for a long time to come 🙂

Alex 20/10/2011

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