As we are a Cheshire wedding studio, we get to visit some pretty amazing venues and none are more impressive than Dorfold Hall. In June we photographed and filmed Jess and Ed’s amazing Cheshire Wedding. This well-travelled couple decided to return to Jess’s patch in Cheshire to tie the knot. On the day we arrived early to catch up with Jess who was getting ready at Dorfold and had all her bridal party and her parents on hand to help her with her final preparations. The ceremony was held in nearby St Mary’s Church in Acton and Jess travelled in style in an amazing open-top vintage car.
Shooting wedding photography at Dorfold Hall was epic. A grade 1 listed privately-owned Jacobean house built in the 1616 and set in amazing gardens, with sweeping views over the Cheshire countryside. Photographers love Jacobean architecture as it gives a dramatic backdrop to all of our images. Jess and Ed said that on first seeing the hall its sense of history evoked something that instantly spoke to them and they knew it was the venue they’d been looking for.
The weather was perfect which was great as Jess, Ed and their guests could make the most of Dorfold Hall’s garden and grounds. On arrival, everybody enjoyed drinks and canapes reception. Canapes were carefully chosen by Jess and Ed to represent foods from places where they have lived or travelled to and they were delivered to guests from the front basket of a vintage bike (a quirky touch that went down really well!)
The marquee was EPIC. They were the clever creation of local florist Lily Rose Events (who also provided the flowers in the church). As Jess and Ed met at British Airways and both love to travel there were a few travel-themed quirks along the way (we love the quirks at weddings, they reveal something of the couple’s personalities) So the table plan was a world map with tables named after their favourite destinations. After everybody was happily fed and watered there were some entertaining and emotional speeches that we know were one of the favourite parts of the day for Jess and Ed.
The three-tier wedding cake was a work of art and made by Suzanne Thorpe at the Frostery.
Amazing is the only word we can use to describe the evening reception. At sunset, the marquee was romantically lit with candles along with a fire pit just outside the marquee blending the inside and outside spaces seamlessly. Jess and Ed hired a brilliant 9 piece band for evening entertainment. Ed and Jess enticed us briefly onto the dancefloor so we could cut a few shapes of our own!
Congratulations Jess and Ed for getting married and thanks for letting us in to tell the story of your day. We’ll leave the last words to Jess and Ed. This is what they had to say about us …
“Mick and Ash were great and we would wholeheartedly recommend them if you are looking for a Wedding Photography. From the first moment we spoke to Ash and Mick on the phone they put us at ease and ensured that we knew that our day would be exactly what we wanted. They were really focused on making sure that the day worked around us and that capturing our photos and the video was done in a way that wasn’t forced. Indeed, meeting the guys before the wedding helped us to feel comfortable and for us to share tips and tricks on how to get the most from our photos and video on the day. By the time the wedding came round, it felt like Ash and Mick were part of the family and it is a testament to them, that many of our guests did not realise that they were there in an ‘official capacity.’ They were both sensitive to the times we wanted to be with family and friends but equally directional in making sure we got what we wanted. They both went above and beyond in terms of staying late and even managed to have a bit of fun with us on the dance floor – which just showed how well they were able to integrate with everyone!”
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