TAGS: Boho Wedding, Clitheroe Wedding, Finch Bakery, Mitton Hall Hotel, Ribble Valley Wedding,

”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

Entertainment:  Arthur Geldard | Andrew Kelly Magic | Boom Live Entertainment 

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?

Dress –

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.

Suit –

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!

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TAGS: Boho Wedding, citycentrewedding, greatjohnstreethotel, manchesterwedding, Rustic Wedding,


Ceremony:  Manchester Cathedral

Venue:  Great John Street Hotel

Dress:  Agape Bridal Boutique

Shoes:  Jimmy Choo

Hair & Make Up:  Jodie A Smith

Flowers:  Tamaryn Treasures

Cake:  Sweet Jem’s Bakery

Band:  The Fat Cats

Tell me briefly about the build up and you wedding day?

We got married 2 years after we got engaged. Which gave us loads of time to plan and decide what we wanted. But it still flew by!

We went through 8 bridesmaid dresses, until we found 1 which all 6 bridesmaids liked! Stressful!!! (But I chose the first dress I tried on)

Hogan (our lovely pooch) ate my wedding planning book 2 months before the wedding! Nearly put him up for sale!

Richard went to Croatia on his Stag-Do. Where he was made to walk around the town dressed as a baby, in a bright pink onies with matching bonquet.

I went to Barcelona with the ‘bride squad’ travelling in a ‘Muggle to Mrs’ top, the rest of the group in ‘I solemnly swear I’m up to no good’ tops (Cheesy Harry Potter banter!) We had an awesome time of drunken nights and amazing tapas!

How did you meet?

We met in Blackdog Ballroom in the Northern Quarter bank holiday weekend 2013. I had my phone stolen and lost my friends on the night out, Richard was my ‘knight in shining amour’. We have been together everyday since! (I never did find out what Rich did with my phone ????)

How did you propose?

On a beach in Mexico October 2016. I found a part of the beach that I know would be memorable to both of us. When the moment came I couldn’t get the ring out of my pocket, So I waited until Becky wasn’t looking at me again and just sunk to my knee. I opened the box and looked at my wife to be as I said “Rebecca will you marry me”.

Why did you choose your venue?

We wanted a city centre wedding. Also the location was perfect so close to Manchester Cathedral. The rooftop area is definitely what appealed to us about the venue, as well as the look and feel. It had a personal and unique feel which felt right for our day. The food was awesome too!

What did you love about your dress, suit & accessory choices?

I loved that it was the first one I tried on, it was exactly what I imagined. All the bridesmaids had a pandora bracelet, with a charm which matched my Something Blue.

Richard felt ‘dapper’ in his suit. All the groomsmen had a personalised hipflask and pocketwatch.

Where did your ideas for your theme come from?

Pretty much all from Pinterest and Not On The High Street!

Why did you choose your first dance song and where did it come from?

We chose it together as a song we both liked. It also came on the radio when I had my first fitting of my wedding dress in the shop!

What was your favourite part of the day?

Richard’s favourite part of the day was watching me coming down the aisle. He cried and felt it was the happiest moment of his life so far.

Mine was coming into the reception meal and being announced as Mr & Mrs West for the first time. As well as our closest friends and family giving speeches (the good and the bad). The maid of honour poem came out on top!

What made you choose Ginger Beard Weddings to capture your day?

We loved the relaxed style and non-traditional stiff wedding photos from your previous work. We were both super nervous about the prewedding shoot, but as soon as we had done it we knew you would be the best person for the job. On the day we and others barely noticed the cameras at the most important parts, but you managed to capture them all!

What advice would you give to couples planning their wedding day?

Write your thank you cards at the same time as your invitations!! Would have loved for someone to suggest that to me!!

Make a list of the really important things you want to do during the day, and have someone remind you. So you don’t forget things!! (like throwing your bouquet!)

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TAGS: Barn Wedding, Boho Wedding, Cumbria Wedding, Eden Barn, Lake District, Rustic Wedding,

”On the day Paul was approachable, extremely hard-working and professional; as his clients, Paul exceeded our expectations in all aspects. We had so much positive feedback from the guests generally.  We felt completely at ease and not at all overwhelmed. We haven’t received the full album yet as the wedding was just over one week ago but Paul has already released the teaser trailer for our wedding film and the sneak peeks which are all fantastic, as we expected. Based on our engagement shoot photos, which we love, we have no doubt that the album will be perfect.”

Laura & Mark McClean


Venue:  Eden Barn

Caterers:  Campbell & Rowley

MUA/Hair:  Jodie MakeUp

Dress: Songbird Bridal

Cake:  The Yummy Pud Co

Confetti:  Adam Apple

Band:  Twisted Tubes


How did you meet?

We met at work many years ago when we were newly out of law school and before beginning our training contracts. It wasn’t a magical love at first sight story, and it would be fair to say Mark didn’t particularly warm to me at first! But after a few weeks, an awkward coffee machine conversation turned into an excitable chat about music (sparked by Bombay Bicycle Club). Out of nowhere we became best friends. Two years later, it became very obvious there was more there. Three years later we got engaged and married the year after.

How did you propose?

Mark took me on a surprise day trip to Cumbria. We went on a little adventure to some historical ruins then on a poetry walk through the woods. Part way along, we stopped for a break and Mark announced he had prepared a little poem himself… Several laughs and tears later, Mark asked me to be his wife! We then celebrated with champagne afternoon tea which Mark had booked at a beautiful castle.

How did you choose your venue Eden Barn?

I came across the venue online and instantly fell in love. It gave us goosebumps when we first walked in, and was so magical! We looked around at other venues but kept going back to Eden Barn- to us it was the only option!

What did you love about your dress, suit & accessories choices?

It took a long time for me to find my dress. Numerous shops across the north west had lovely dresses but nothing quite felt right- until finding Songbird Bridal in Keswick.

I loved the unusual design, and the soft flowing tulle overlay. The leaf detailing matched the botanical theme of the wedding.

The single layer veil was hand embellished by the Mother of the Bride, and I hand embellished my shoes.

My Tiffany bracelet was a wedding present from Mark- and the laurel design again fitted in with the theme.

Mark’s three piece, dark blue, wool blend (Tweed-esque) suit fitted the countryside barn wedding style. It was styled with a tartan bowtie, a nod to the family hertiage (along with the whisky bar!

Where did the ideas for your theme come from?

The love for nature and Cumbria inspired the botanical/ countryside styling of our wedding. There were lots of details refecting our joint hobbies and interests- like the musical themed table names, the movie Kraft paper bags of popcorn, the Lego cake toppers, and all the stationery was designed by my friend and groomsman including all our favourite things (from Bigs Macs to Kwak to the Grinch!).

Why did you choose your first dance song and where did it come from?

We were driving up to the Lakes the Christmas before our wedding and chose all our music for the day.

We always liken our story to that in When Harry Met Sally. And we both love old music. So what could be better than “It Had to be You” by Harry McConnick Jr. We knew instantly that was the perfect song- and it was made even better when performed by our wedding band, Twisted Tubes.

What was your favourite part of the day?

It is really hard to pick a favourite part of the day as it all went so perfectly! But a highlight was when, after cutting the cake, Twisted Tubes came bursting through the door performing “Thrift Shop” through the crowd up to the dance floor. Everyone was so surprised and instantly grabbed their phones to video the whole thing. We then went straight into our first dance, and the first words “It Had to be You” prompted a huge gasp/ “aww” from the guests. It was so lovely!

What made you choose Ginger Beard Weddings to capture your wedding day?

I saw some wedding photos on Facebook of someone I had been to college with, and loved the laid back, natural style which was different to most other wedding photos she’d seen before. The decision was made very easy for us after meeting with Paul- what should have been a short initial meeting turned into a five hour chat about everything from the wedding to films to PlayStation to food and drink. Instant click!

What advice would you give to any couples planning their wedding?

Enjoy the process! Don’t get caught up with every little detail as it won’t matter so much on the day. Focus on what is most important to you.

For brides on their wedding morning, leave plenty of extra time to actually get in your dress, have photos and a little drink before you leave. You’ll feel like you’re well ahead of time then the last two hours flies away!

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TAGS: Alternative Wedding, Boho Wedding, Clitheroe, Holmes Mill, Holmes Mill Wedding,


Venue:  Holmes Mill

MUA/Hair:  Lily & Remi


How did you meet?

We met in California over 10 years ago, while Oliver was on a trip with some friends.  We stayed friends over the years.  Then about 6 years ago Annette and her friend Tiffany came over to England for a girls trip.  Oliver played the amazing host. We reconnected one night and a few Guinness’s later.  We have been on so many adventures since then.

How did you propose:  I flew us out to Miami, midway between California and Lancashire. We hired a car and drove to the Florida Keys and South Beach Miami. We saw The Chainsmokers play. I had a couple of locations in mind and eventually settled on a quiet sunset at Fort Zachary Taylor on the tip of Key West, we were laying on the rocks and I knelt on one next to Annette, strangely she took a selfie of us a moment before I asked her.

How did you choose your venue?

Well we had two weddings (I can feel the eye rolls haha). One in sunny California one in jolly old England. Our venue in England was Holmes Mill, Clitheroe and was perfect for our personalities. It was at a classy brewery and the room was a statement piece of its own. It has so much character and class. Clitheroe town is absolutely adorable as well. It really made for a beautiful backdrop.

What did you love about your dress, suit & accessories choices?

Both of my wedding dresses were stunning. I love the bohemian style.  I didn’t want a heavy dress, something easy light weight and simple.  One that I can runaround in and not need an  Entourage to help me pee.  I love tassels and  sentimental accerrories, I’m glad I was able to incorporate both.

I loved that both my suit and my shoes were British brands, I also decided to buy Annette’s ring in England and mine in USA albeit very last minute! Sorry Annette haha…And I loved Annette’s dress changes

Where did the ideas for your theme come from?

I love simple but bold statements. Holmes Mill’s room speaks for itself. So I didn’t want to over dress and hide it’s beauty. The room is a statement piece all on its own. So I opted for loads of candles and a simple floral plan. Cotton flower and eucalyptus is always classy with a pop of fresh fruit accents. And of course a sea of candles.

Why did you choose your first dance song and where did it come from?

We had two weddings, Annette came up with a brilliant idea that I, without telling Annette, would choose the first dance for the American wedding and she would choose the song for the English wedding. I chose Disclosure: You and Me, because after all the partying is done and the weddings are over, no matter what happens, it’s going to be You and Me Annette, everything we’ve ever dreamed, I’ll stick with you through the good and the bad! Together, Ginger Adventures

I chose a duet cover of Ellie Goulding’s love me like you do. The lyrics speak for themselves. Why I chose the song for us will be Oliver and I little secret.

What was your favourite part of the day?

The little moments we got to share alone with each other. We got to spend the day out just the two of us taking photos before the big party. It was fun just loving on each other for hours while taking fun photos in different locations.

What made you choose Ginger Beard Weddings to capture your wedding day?

We were still hunting around for a photographer with only a little over a week to spare before our big day.  Annette went to Instagram to try and find photographers and was she in luck.  We stumbled on a gorgeous photo with the photography style we both loved. Then we clicked on it and the name was fate……Ginger Beard ???? to match Oliver’s Ginger Beard. We were so lucky he had availability for our day.  Paul went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable, beautiful and special. He would literally stop traffic for that perfect photo . He put so much time and effort in location scouting, timing and weather for our special day.  I suggest you hire him now before he is booked out.

What advice would you give to any couples planning their wedding?

I know everyone says don’t stress, however this is inevitable! Of course your going to stress over your big day!  Just remember something is bound to go wrong or not how you expected the day of.  It’s all in how you react to the situation, stay calm and remember the whole reason for today is you get to marry your best friend, partner in crime, love of your life and start your lives together.
Don’t get caught up in the hype.  Don’t let social media or anyone make you feel bad for having a simple or extravagant wedding of your dreams. Spend money on the things you cherish most. And celebrate each little thing because it goes by so fast

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