Soughton Hall, Exclusive Use North Wales Wedding Venue
I always think that the perfect wedding venue should create a little excitement and build suspense for you and your guests as they arrive. You approach Soughton Hall via a long tree-lined drive – that builds both excitement & suspense – it creates a real sense of occasion!
When you see Soughton Hall for the first time it definitely has the wow factor. It’s an imposing Georgian Country House full of character and set in 10 acres of beautiful countryside.
All the rooms are beautifully decorated and the grounds & gardens are pristine.
Natural Unposed Documentary Wedding Photography
For me, the most important part of a wedding is the people. It’s the relationships between you and your partner, the atmosphere of your day and all the little moments that happen along the way that interest me. That’s what I want to capture. And in my opinion, the only way to do that is 100% unposed, documentary photography.
I like to think of myself as more of a guest, than a traditional wedding photographer. That’s how I like to tell the story of your day, from a guests perspective. And Lucy, Jarrod and all of their friends and family welcomed me with open arms. I had such a great day hanging out with these guys. I think you’ll be able to tell from these photos that it was a really happy, relaxed, down-to-earth, wedding day.
Getting Ready In The Morning
Lucy got ready at her parent’s house, along with her bridesmaids. The weather was beautiful so much of the morning was spent hanging out in the back garden.
I nipped across to see Jarrod and his Best Men getting ready at their house. It had been a good night the night before, so one or two of the Best Men weren’t feeling so great when I arrived and one was still yet to arrive. But, everyone was ready on time and looked the part.
Back with Lucy, once hair & make-up were finished it was time to get into her dress. As with most wedding dresses, but especially ones you can’t step into, it was all hands on deck to protect the hair! The whole morning was filled with laughter, I don’t think there were many nerves at all, there was plenty of excitement though!
Outside, Lucy’s chariot awaited… A Jurassic Park Jeep! I always encourage anyone who’s planning a wedding to put as much of their personalities into it as possible. So why not have a bit of fun with it too? Lucy & Jarrod had a dinosaur cake topper, and all of their tables were named after dinosaurs too. No-one said a Jurassic Park themed wedding couldn’t be classy too!
Soughton Hall Wedding Ceremony
The Ceremony room at Soughton Hall is gorgeous – as are all of the rooms. Double height ceilings, opulent wallpaper and ornate chandeliers all create a sense of indulgence.
Lucy made her entrance following her Bridesmaids. Their ceremony was lovely and simple – no readings or extra faff. Once Lucy & Jarrod were married everyone headed out down to the lawn to start the celebrations!
Celebrations & Drinks in The Walled Garden
Soughton Hall has a few different garden areas. The Walled Garden out the front, the Secret Garden (where you can now have an outdoor wedding ceremony) plus a few other secluded areas to explore as well. The walled garden is great for reception drinks, canapés, group photos, tossing the bouquet and generally having a ball!
The Secret Garden and other areas are ideal when you want to have a moment to yourself and a few unposed photos just the two of you.
Speeches & Wedding Breakfast in The Marquee
Lucy & Jarrod had their wedding breakfast and speeches in The Marquee. The speeches are almost always one of my favourite parts of the day. And this was no exception. Obviously, Father of The Bride and The Groom did a great job. But the Best Men exceeded themselves buy not only being funny but dropping some pretty big bombshells too! Which let’s face it, it’s what everyone wants to hear!
Let’s Get This Party Started!
Cut the cake, first dance, party! Let’s go! These guys knew how to party hard – just the way I like it.
I love staying until the very end of a wedding, leaving just after the First Dance, feels like I’m only doing half a job. When you look at how you spend your time during your wedding, almost a third of the day happens after the First Dance – and that’s the part you’re least likely to remember 😉
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Venue & Catering: Soughton Hall | Hair & Make-Up: Jodie A Smith | Flowers: Wild Floral Design Chester | Venue Dressing: Angelic Events | Dress: Bespoke Brides | Shoes: Badgley