Farington Lodge Wedding Photography – Mark + Alison’s July Wedding.
Farington Lodge Wedding Photography – Mark + Alison’s wedding.
Mark and Alison had decided to have their ceremony at the very beautiful Holy Trinity Church in Hoghton, Lancashire, opposite Hoghton Tower. Often photography isn’t allowed in Churches, but I received a warm welcome and was able to shoot from the front of the church. I never use flash whilst shooting in a Church, and there’s no need to move around. Being at the front meant I got some great shots of Mark & Ali during the ceremony, with Ali’s Dad looking on proudly in the background.
At the Church the ushers gave out the order of service to guests as they arrived. In addition to the service details, Mark & Ali had put information within this to advise guests when the best time to check-in at the hotel was, the start time of group shots and also that they could ask me for photos. This is a great idea, as often guests will not expect that to be included, so it’s worth letting them know!
Ali arrived at the church in style, in a seriously cute volkswagen beetle supplied by wedding buggy wedding car company. It was one of those days where it was really hot but overcast, so it didn’t look that bright, until the clouds parted and everyone was blinded with the sun! The dry weather meant Ali and her Dad got to enjoy travelling to the Church with the roof down, and enjoying the fantastic weather.
After the ceremony, everyone headed to Farington Lodge where they enjoyed a drinks reception before the group shots started. After the groups, it was on to the meal, and speeches where Marks best man played both judge and jury and put him on trial, supported with photographic evidence, so that made for some great reactions from the top table.
Set within 3 acres of manicured grounds, Farington Lodge is a great location for the wedding party and guests to just chill out after the meal. Guests had brought a selection of lawn games including croquet (which got really quite competitive) and giant connect four. Everyone just relaxed as the sun went down, but before long it was cake cutting and dancing! You can check out other weddings I’ve shot in this area over on my Ribble Valley & Lancashire portfolio page.
When we met up for the engagement shoot, Ali had asked me what happens if it rains? I explained that group shots could be completed indoors, but for couple portraits, if it was raining, I would still shoot outside and light up the rain drops so it looked really dramatic. I showed Ali an example of where I’d done this at a previous wedding, and all of a sudden the couple were not worrying about rain anymore! When Ali & Mark arrived at Farington Lodge, Ali said to me quietly, and with a glint in her eye ‘I heard there’s supposed to be a storm later, around 8pm’. I’d heard that too, but did not want to mention in case it didn’t happen.
The heavens eventually opened about 9:30pm, after I was supposed to have left, but there was no way I was going anywhere until I had this picture!
So, you can see the portrait below. The couple love it, and it had a great response on my Facebook page.