at bridal preparations

In Preparation for a Hoghton Tower Wedding. 

This winter, I had the absolute pleasure of photographing Emily and Jonathan’s wonderful wedding day at Houghton Tower in Lancashire. 

In the morning, I was welcomed into their stunning home whilst the bridesmaids and some other family members were getting ready. This is a part of the day which I always enjoy photographing, as I can get to know some of the key people at the wedding and get myself ‘warmed up’. 

There was a particular moment in the morning when a few different stories aligned into one photograph. each of these individual moments may have made a lovely photograph, but I really enjoy the way they look together in one frame. 

I love using a wider lens to really get stuck into what’s happening. However, even with my wider prime lens (Fujifilm 18mm f1.4 for the camera nerds amongst you), I was still almost sitting on the countertop to frame this photo.

I really enjoy that this photo shows the less glamorous side to a wedding day, but a part of the wedding that is still important. There are still plates on the table, people are wearing their ‘lounging around’ clothes. That’s because this is real life.

Being a documentary wedding photographer, I really enjoy telling these stories in my work. I don’t like to fake moments or tell people what to do. 

Wedding Day Details

Venue – Hoghton Tower

Caterer: Campbell and Rowley Events Management Cake: Rosehill Cake Studio (Burnley)
Florist: Kathleen’s Florist (Burnley)
Music/Day: Craig Smith Music (Preston)
Music/ evening: Bedlam5 (band)
Entertainment: Party Casinos
Entertainment: Nigel Vaughan (caricature drawings)
Videographer: Mike Brierley Films
Dress: Emma Hartley Bridalwear (Colne)
Suit: Dreamaker at the Men’s Room (Burnley)
Hair: Infinite Hair (Burnley)
Make up: Bridal by Frankie (makeupbytoniwilson)

Paul Waring Wedding Photographer

This post is part of my mini-series featuring individual images from recent weddings. 

The Best Best Man is another photo from the series.

Emotional best man at West Tower Wedding Venue