Thursday, 10 March 2016

Rachel and James // Romantic and Elegant Wedding // Arley Hall and Gardens // Cheshire // Relaxed Documentary Photography

Rachel and James had a beautiful and traditional wedding day last October at the most regal location of Arley Hall.

The happy couple began their day by getting ready at the Park Royal Hotel in Cheshire. Rachel was lucky enough to have her hair done by some lovely friends. Her and the bridesmaids had their make up done by the amazing Natassja Campbell Mua and Joanne Pearson of Absolutely Flawless Bridal Hair and Make-up.

After finishing their hair and make up, the bridal party headed out in their dressing gowns to catch the big red vintage double decker bus and put the finishing touches to their outfits at the venue. The bus then came back to pick the rest of the guests up from the hotel to make everyone's journey simple.

Arley Hall is a truly stunning setting for a wedding. The kind of venue a bride would dream of! For the majority of the time it is a museum but when hired out for events the whole place is turned around by the staff. Rachel and James opted for an elegant set up in terms of decor and florals for their ceremony and reception.

As Rachel was having her dress done up she was able to look out at her guests arriving through the gardens.

During the ceremony, not only did Rachel and James have two readings, read by their mothers, they also finished with a poem that Rachel had written for James. A very moving and personal touch to the civil ceremony! Their love and friendship was plain to see.

Despite it being an autumn wedding, the weather stayed nice enough for everyone to enjoy drinks and canopy in the grounds outside. 

Arley Hall has the most beautiful gardens that seem to stretch forever. We were lucky enough to take a little time out to enjoy them, while fitting in a little couples portrait session. These two were just way too cute!

For the wedding breakfast Rachel and James had the most beautiful setting inside Arley Hall, decorated with many famine florals, an assortment of candles and DIY favours. The room really came into its own as the sun started to set and the candles lit up the place atmospherically. 

To give the guests a bit of extra entertainment Rachel and James provided a film quiz for each table. 

As the evening drew to a close the guests made their way across the garden to party away from the main building. This meant that ceremony, reception and evening party were all in separate rooms. Perfect!

 Thank you so much Rachel and James for having me there to capture such a beautiful day!