WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY AT MEOLS HALL
This marks the first time I got the chance to visit Meols Hall to shoot some wedding photography. I have seen Meols Hall many times from my other photography friends and couldn’t wait to lay my own wedding photography style to this venue for Charlotte & Matt.
Charlotte & Matt booked me over a year ago to capture their day via a mutual buddy, Rachael aka ‘Feather and Paint‘. I’m so glad I got to shoot it too, Charlotte + Matt did a sterling job of decorating the venue just the way they wanted it. Charlotte put her creative skills to the test and made her own bunting to scale the walls around the courtyard of Meols Hall, which is a task to do as the grounds are massive. The creativity didn’t stop there, they had Polaroid pictures of memories that lined the inside of the barn as well as a giant gold inflatable ‘Blaquiere’ surname. A new flower friend of mine ‘Gemma’ from bells and daisies also had her creative input in providing lots of wildflowers in crates and milk churns, not to mention Charlottes boho-style, wild, and messy bouquet.
Before I got to Meols Hall, my day started at Bridal prep over at the Vincent Hotel in Southport, which wasn’t too far away. Here, I managed to capture the exciting moments and most importantly get to know the people of the bridal party. Details, fun and the all-important dress shot (supplied by Dreamcatcher ) were captured to tell the first part of the wedding story. It was soon time to go and meet up with the lads who were greeting guests at the venue. The heavens decided to open up as soon as I arrived and a multitude of umbrellas was on display. I actually do like rain as it provides a different display of people’s actions, running and ducking to prevent hair and outfits from getting wet is pure fuel for documentary-style coverage.
The very dapper Matt stood patiently waiting for a slightly late Charlotte, but who cares it’s their wedding day and it’s allowed. Just don’t tell the registrar that! A teary-eyed Charlotte and her Dad finally make their entrance, a real joy to capture emotions that can’t be kept inside. Flo & Harry was chosen to sing throughout the day, they are really great and you should check them out. As soon as the ceremony was complete I saw these two come alive with laughter and joy! Now let the party begin. It’s safe to say there were some red-hot guests invited to this party, and probably some insane ones too! Just check out the photos! I found myself constantly with my finger on my trigger as there was lots to capture all around me, so many documentary moments. These guys also had a cask ale on for the guests to pull themselves, how cool is that!? Olive and bramble were swell at creating bespoke signage for these guys, I particularly like the music-themed table plan.
The evening came swiftly around and after pinning the moustache on Kim Jon-il and Matt having cake in his face it was time to unleash the dance moves. The BW band blasted out classics all night. I found it incredibly hard to move around on the dance floor due it being jam-packed. Some sweet moves were flying around that dancefloor!
I really did enjoy myself at this wedding, I met some great new people and got some cracking shots. I’ll look forward to shooting another wedding at Meols Hall.
Here are some other vendors that helped make this day great:
Graham Eyes butchers – BBQ
Carringtons Catering – meal
Debenhams – Groom and ushers suits
Dessy bridesmaid dresses online – bridesmaids
John Lewis – flower girl dresses
Classic wedding cars – wedding car
Smile-o-Matic – photobooth