Karen and Christopher 29th October 2009

Karen and Christopher exchanged their wedding vows on a wonderful autumnal day in October.  The venue was Farrington Lodge Leyland, where Fotoamour has photographed a number of weddings.   It is a nice venue with plenty of outdoor space – gardens that are good for photography.  I have only ever been in one bedroom with a four poster bed, which was certainly very pleasant.  It can’t have been that long since they updated the bar and built a patio and it has made a massive difference because previously guests were split between reception rooms – breaking up wedding parties into smaller groups and its not so good to get people mingling.  Now everyone gets to be together which is a good thing to get people from both sides of the family mixing.  It just makes for a much nicer atmosphere.

The cake was by Victoria Cakes of Chorley – contact 01257 234225 or have a look at their website www.victoriacakes.co.uk

I was really pleased with some of the shots I took of the couple together as the light in the wonderful gardens at Farrington Lodge was lovely.  Karen and Chris were also really easy to work with so I could take my time a little to make the most of the golden afternoon light.

Their daughter, Holly was just adorable – not one of those cheesy kids who grin every time the camera is waved in their direction.  Its really difficult to photograph camera kids  because you just don’t get anything of their personality.  Holly made me work but I loved loads of the pictures I got of her.  I know she’s crying here but she was stressed just before the wedding – too much going on, too much being asked of her.  I just wanted to give her a cuddle.

Then she decided to have some fun with me…..!

The pictures will be ready very shortly guys and I’m looking forward to seeing you soon.

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May Weddings

First wedding of the month was Judith and Phillip’s at where?  Yes, the wonderful Barton Grange.  I know that the couple had a great day but for me it was also a good working day  – when I arrived the first person I saw was the lovely Rob, who does a brilliant job of DJ-ing cum toastmastering each wedding.  I was a bit early and was offered a cup of tea – how nice (and unusual) is that?

We were discussing how the wedding market was going and Rob mentioned that couples are now looking for ways in which to cut back on their weddings.  The DJ seems to be one of the area’s that has been hit by the credit crunch.   It is an unwise move as hiring the right DJ can make, or break, a wedding celebration.

One of the unique merits of the Barton Grange is its staff.   As a photographer they make my life incredibly easy, but for a wedding the atmosphere is lifted by friendly, helpful staff with a sense of humour.  Given a free reign Rob lifts a wedding from the ordinary to the exceptional – you just have to trust that he knows how to drive a wedding.  The hard work is done by Jen, the wedding organiser for the day, who herself has only just got married – meaning that she has first hand experience.   

I love working at The Barton Grange – I feel welcomed, valued and part of the team.   Judith and Phillip had chosen well – being publicans they understood how important the right atmosphere is so booked Rob for the day, they appreciated that the interiors of a hotel are far more important than the exteriors so even though it rained for some of the time it really didn’t matter, and they knew that they were receiving good value for money in the form of their food, drink and entertainment.    A1 wedding students – you’ve passed with flying colours!!

I will be posting some pictures on here quite soon – but as usual I like to wait until the B&G have approved them.  Its only polite – so be patient!

See you soon!

Jo