Tess & James’ Gawsworth Hall Wedding Photography
Tess & James booked their Gawsworth Hall Wedding Photography with me in Spring 2017 and it doesn’t feel two minutes since we first discussed their plans for their big day. Fast forward a few months and it was time to head up to Cheshire for my second wedding of September. My day started at Mottram Hall, capturing Tess and her team getting ready. It was already a hive of activity by the time I arrived and the hair & make-up artist was busy moving from one woman to the next in a whirlwind of hairspray and foundation! That’s not to say there wasn’t plenty of time for fun, laughter and the odd Bambsemum…or two! (if you haven’t tried them – which I hadn’t until Tess & James’ wedding day – you are most definitely missing out, marshmallow covered in chocolate in the shape of a TEDDY BEAR!!! Err yes pls). The rustic, pastel colour scheme that Tess & James had chosen was evident in the bouquets, the flowers for the bridesmaids’ hair and Tess’ sash on her dress. She really did look stunning – I especially like that she had found the perfect compromise between style and comfort, never before did I realise that TOMS did wedding shoes! With the preparations complete, I headed off to Gawsworth to anticipate the bride’s arrival.
The ceremony took place at St James’ Church, Gawsworth which itself is an absolutely stunning Grade 1 listed building, set against the village pond. I’ll admit we did have to wait for Tess and her bridal party for a fair while – just to make James sweat a little bit – but it gave me a good opportunity to take lots of photos of the gorgeous flower girls. Once arrived, Tess and her team were met by the Rector, Rt Rev William Pwaisho – looking fittingly resplendent in all his finery! The church had been decorated beautifully with flowers to match the bride’s and bridesmaids’ and when James saw Tess walking down the aisle his face was an absolute picture of love and pride. Rev William led the ceremony brilliantly, it was a breath of fresh air to be capturing a religious wedding where the officiant was so chilled out about everything and he was so full of enthusiasm for the couple getting married – he really helped make the ceremony personal & heartwarming. The concluding speech was full of heartfelt sentiment yet incredibly funny at the same time.
With James & Tess becoming Mr & Mrs, it was time for the newlyweds to leave the church into the absolutely brilliant sunshine. Now, most newly married couples I’ve been booked for have been met outside by the church by close family, friends, sometimes local villagers who want to pass on their congratulations…but there haven’t been many times where the newlyweds have been met by their dog! Rather amusingly, their dog was clearly not expecting to see Tess quite so glam, as it definitely took him a couple of minutes to realise that it was her! Once he did realise, however, he was so enthusiastic he nearly got himself into a lot of trouble getting all tangled up in her stunning dress. Bless, he had even dressed up for the occasion with a bow tie on his collar! After the canine fun, it was time for confetti fun and the photographs look beautiful in the gorgeous September sunshine with St James’ Church as the backdrop.
James & Tess then led their guests past the pond to continue their Gawsworth Hall wedding in the stunning grounds of the 15th Century house. The ushers and best men did a fab job of setting up lots of lawn games for the guests to enjoy – cue lots of photos of people playing boules, hoopla, limbo (even managed to capture the bride and groom playing the latter later on in the evening!) Reception drinks were flowing and there was plenty of time to use the sunken lawn, courtyard rose garden, rookery and ancient pleasure garden for gorgeous photographs of the couple and their close friends and family.
The marquee in the Hall grounds had been decorated beautifully by the Gawsworth Hall wedding team, with colourful paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling. With the guests seated at their table, Tess & James were announced in with a rapturous applause. They straight away cut the gorgeous cake to start the wedding breakfast and then it was time for the feast. The food looked amazing and everyone was in good spirits, and there was a LOT of alcohol flowing (due to an awesome deal the married couple had managed to strike on some Italian wine!) After the food, it was time for the speeches. Tess started the proceedings followed by her brother and then her new husband. James’ best men absolutely hammered him through their speech (as is their prerogative!) however finished on a really heartfelt note which rounded everything off beautifully. These guys really know how to throw a party – once they had opened the dance floor with their first dance it was absolutely rammed the whole night long; their band was amazing too at keeping the party going! Any wedding where there is a conga halfway through the night is always a good night in my eyes (again, that might have been helped by the copious amount of wine being consumed!) Tess & James, your wedding was absolutely awesome, your guests were brilliant and you two looked so happy throughout the whole day it was just a pleasure to be a part of it. Enjoy your wedding photos, and I wish you many years of happiness in the future!