A timeless summer wedding at Wyresdale Park in Lancashire
Milly & Simon
English country house wedding meets barn at Wyresdale Park, Lancashire
This late-summer wedding in the heart of Lancashire had everything, the weather was warm and dry, the day went beautifully and the wedding venue lent itself perfectly to the couples woodland themed wedding day.
Milly used to live in Ancoats once upon a time and is a rather fantastic florist, I don’t know how she heard of me but when we met up in the northern quarter for their pre-wedding engagement shoot, we had a brilliant fun time ambling around the the northern quarter and finished up at Seven Brothers in Ancoats. The time with them on their engagement shoot allowed me to get to know them and understand exactly what they were looking for on their wedding day.
Wyresdale Park, Lancashire
This was my first (and very much not the last), wedding I’ve photographed at Wryesdale park, the venue is just fantastic. Wryesdale park in Lancashire is such a hidden gem for modern weddings, its a barn venue with so much more. The old country house has been renovated to really ooze the English country house wedding feel, whilst there are old remnants of a working farm, which add an industrial charm to the English country garden wedding venue come barn.
The ceremony room is perfect for photographers, for Milly & Simons wedding in particular, the way the suppliers arranged the room, really was stunning – full size trees, perfect lightning and a stunning flower arrangement.
As a wedding photographer I am spoilt for choice whenever I shoot at Wyresdale Park, Lancashire – the boating lake, the glamping area with tents and the pig stye are just some of the fantastic places to capture your wedding day.
I mentioned earlier in this post that Milly & Simon’s day was a woodland themed wedding, this isn’t strictly true – they didn’t have a theme for their wedding day, it sort of just came together. Simon loves the colour orange and Milly lives for flowers (she is a fantastic florist after all), they put the 2 together to create a romantic woodland themed wedding that really blew you away on the day.
There were some beautiful moments throughout the day, however a significant one for me was the relationship between Milly and her auntie, her auntie inspired her to be a Florist.
After the ceremony and all important confetti shots we headed out for the portraits, capturing the couple as they wandered around the barn wedding venue. Now might be a good time to talk about my love of Doors, Wryesdale park has all of the doors you could wish for – pastel colours, paint peeling, quaint, big , solid, glass doors – the options are endless for wedding photography and bring me a lot of joy. We had an idea for an alternative wedding photograph using the drone and a small rowing boat, which ended in Milly & Simon both planking on their backs whilst floating lazily along on the lake – making for an epic photograph. We rambled in and out of the pig styes and around a lovingly restored VW beetle, before a quick jaunt on a tractor, capturing the last of the light as day drew to a close.
We had a bit of a Great British Bake Off style situation later in the day, where certain guests had all been tasked with bringing cakes in to compete with each other – this brought some bright colours and delicious tastes! The genuine(?) wedding cake from the sweetest thing bakery was simple and stunning, bringing in the all important Orange for Simon and a floral twist for Milly, topped off with the classic “we found love in a hopeless place” by Rihanna and Calvin Harris.
Simon was a rower (I’m sure there’s a more technical term for where he sits in the boat but I’ll not even pretend I know what that is), there was a rather bit ceremony of the handing over of the rudder from the rest of his crewmates – a tradition they all go through as each member gets married. Apparently the next stop for this rudder was New York, I don’t fancy trying to explain that one to customs!
As the night time landed it was time for the Cèilidh, if you don’t know what a Cèilidh is then I suggest you google it. They’re fantastic fun, get everyone involved in the dancing and really set the atmosphere for the evening. As a wedding photographer I love a Cèilidh although I have learned over the years to not yet too close, or you will end up with a stiletto on the toe or an elbow in the face!
Flowers: Millie Davy Flowers & Quintessential hire
MUA: Blusch make up artistry
Hair: Hair by Charlotte Riley
Boutique: Lu Lu browns bridal
Dress: Jesus Peiro
Cake: The sweetest thing bakery
Confetti: Adam apple confetti
Catering: Wedding and event food
Food truck: Urban Crust
Lighting, hoop & real trees: Quintessential hire
Suits: Slaters 1973
Film: Everwood films
SS: Jessy Mcghie
Wryesdale park is a marvellous barn wedding venue in the heart of Lancashire. As a wedding photographer I love to shoot at Wryesdale because the venue is so versatile. It really does have everything you can imaging, a bright ceremony room flooded with natural light, a traditional English country garden style cottage for bridal preparation and tipis and tents for the groom preparation. As a wedding photographer I have endless opportunities for the portrait sessions, taking my couples to the lake, the forest, the many doors and around the remnants of the farm. This is a wonderful wedding venue and I recommend it to anyone looking for a romantic woodland themed wedding in Lancashire.