”I would recommend Paul to anybody who is bored of seeing the same wedding photographers and shots – his style is effortlessly natural whilst being directed in such a professional way you forget you’re being photographed.”
– Lauren & Ed Sinclair.
Venue: Mitton Hall
MakeUp Artist: Leanne Jackson Bridal Make Up
Hair: Sam Gateley and Co
Flowers: Sam Williams Flowers
Wedding Film: Tom Harrington Films
Dress: LuLu Browns Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Love Nookie
Suits: Amelias Bridal
Leather Jacket Design: Kate Illustrate
Cake: Finch Bakery
Cheese Cake: Brie Mine UK
Donut Wall: Little Love Company
Room Set Up: Creative Cover Hire
Tell me briefly about the build up to your wedding day?
The build up to our wedding seemed to only last a few weeks, it didn’t seem real until then. The weather had been beautiful sunshine all week and then it changed to cloudy yet mild, which was still surprisingly warm for this time of year, 11 degrees in March. Crazy weather!
We met at St Peter’s Church in Salesbury first for our vows, which is Lauren’s childhood church. Throughout our wedding we had a jazz singer, a magician and a band. We wanted to keep our guests interested and entertained all day. I know it’s such a typical thing for people to say, but it genuinely was the best day ever and I wouldn’t have changed a thing.
How did you meet?
We met in Bangkok in 2013 whilst we were both travelling. It was Ed’s first night and my last night before I flew to Australia. Our paths only crossed briefly for a few hours, but we kept in touch for 9 months before we were both back in the UK. We were long distance for a year living together first in the south and then in the north for 4 years.
How did the proposal go down?
Ed proposed to me in our bedroom on Mother’s Day last year. I don’t think he really thought this through although his reason was that “we had a day off together the next day to celebrate.”
What made you choose Mitton Hall?
Being from the Ribble Valley and working in the wedding industry, Mitton Hall is my favourite local venue for weddings.
A lot of Ed’s friends and family live down south so I wanted to keep the people travelling to a minimum, and I was able to advise where they could stay as well as being able to easily pop into the venue whenever required. It looked absolutely amazing on our wedding day, better than we could have imagined.
What did you love about your dress, suit & accessory choices?
I wanted something relatively simple as I don’t like “bling” or beads on dresses (though my straps ending up being diamanté which I NEVER thought I’d go for!) I saw the designer online, and saw one of the local wedding shops (Lulu Browns) stocked the brand. After stalking on Instagram, I went to try on dresses and just knew the one I chose was the one for me.
I only went to one dress shop. I know I’d over complicate things if I went to more as I’d find something else I loved equally. I honestly don’t believe there’s just one dress for everyone! I loved my dress the moment I got it in May last year and continued to love it on my wedding day, my advice would be don’t confuse yourself.
Ed picked his own suit for himself, dads and groomsmen, rented from Amelia’s menswear in Clitheroe. I think he only really picked it based on its coloured tie to match our colour scheme, but it really complemented our theme beautifully.
Where did your ideas for your theme come from?
I don’t really know what our theme was. I suppose I always knew what colours I wanted to use. My favourite colour is burgundy, and as I assumed it would be cold or snowing I thought it would suit a winter theme – little did I know, burgundy would be the hardest bridesmaid dress to find!!
I thought gold accessories. Gold leaf on invites, cake, earrings, necklace and cutlery would complement this look. My florist added in pampas grass to our flowers, and we wore personalised leather jackets on the day designed by Kate at Kate Illustrate. Maybe a mismatched of themes, but I think it worked well!!
Why did you choose your first dance song and where did it come from?
Our first dance was One & Only by Adele. A song that reminds us of our early dating years for some reason. We invited everyone to dance with us after a minute or so.
What was your favourite part of the day?
My favourite part of the day was seeing all my friends and family in the same place, knowing that they are all there to celebrate us.
What made you choose Ginger Beard Weddings to capture your wedding day?
Our wedding was at Mitton Hall in the Ribble Valley, where there are plenty of local suppliers including photographers, but Paul caught my eye on Instagram so decided to get in touch with him not soon after our engagement.
Due to our busy schedules, we only met Paul a week before the wedding for the engagement shoot. This gave us an insight into the more unposed/documentary style of photography that GingerBeard Weddings offers and something we felt more comfortable with.
During the wedding, Paul and his second photographer made my guests feel at ease, shooting some beautiful candids and even the formal shots were made to look effortlessly cool, rather than your typical boring family photos.
He was able to work with my videographer Tom easily, sharing ideas, to get the best shots of the day. We even walked across a narrow bridge above a river! The images of which turned out beautifully.
Half way through the wedding, Paul grabbed us and showed a handful of photos he had edited during the meal, much to our delight as we didn’t think we would see any photos until much later.
Paul was inconspicuous at times, snapping guests unknowingly to get the “caught in the moment” look, and at other times, he was taking charge giving opinions on family portraits/confetti. All my family loved him.
I would recommend Paul to anybody who is bored of seeing the same wedding photographers and shots. His style is effortlessly natural whilst being directed in such a professional way you forget you’re being photographed.
What advice would you give to any couples planning their wedding day?
I generally left my wedding in the hands of my suppliers. I didn’t even know what my bouquet was going to look like until Sam Williams turned up on the morning!
I think it’s easy to get carried away with the tiny details, that really don’t matter, so although most people won’t listen as they like being in control, I would say trust your suppliers more, as it is their job!
Plus it’s nice having a few surprises on your wedding day. Saying that, I did panic buy things I didn’t think I wanted or needed in the last few days like disposable cameras for the tables. Although I was happy to see all 13 cameras had used 27 pictures by the next morning so there are more surprises for when we are home from our honeymoon!