Natalie & Gary, 14th May 2011

31st May 2011
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The 14th May saw a Lancashire Red Rose wedding as Natalie and Gary were married at a service in Bury followed by an amazing celebration at Clough Manor up on Saddleworth Moor. One of my favourite parts of a wedding is when I get the privilege to spend the morning with the bride’s family as they all get ready for the day ahead, and this was no exception. Vincent, Natalie’s dad, sensibly decided to get out of the way as the house was taken over by Natalie, her mother Annette, 5 bridesmaids, Natalie’s baby daughter Amber, hair and make-up and a warehouse full of shoes and flowers! The atmosphere was amazing. And while all this was going on, Caroline was up at Clough Manor relaxing with the boys as they got ready to head to the church. Here are some morning highlights:

Mother & baby’s dresses

Dad & son getting ready for the big day

Something borrowed and blue. Natalie’s great grandmother’s ring.

Mother & daughter….

and one of an army of beautiful bridesmaids!

Amber watching Mummy getting into her dress

And Dad seeing his pride and joy (well, one of them!) ready to be married

The Rolls Royce Princess (how appropriate!)

Gary takes it nice and easy….

….while Natalie spends some precious moments with her family before it’s time to leave.

The service was fabulous – music from both a flautist and singer, a moving reading by Natasha, Natalie’s twin sister, and a brilliant vicar (who was happy for us to have a free run of the church for the photography which makes her especially brilliant!). While I’m on the subject of Natalie and Natasha, the first image below is a combination of a photo of a photo that was on the wall in the house – they must be 6 or 7 years old in this- and then one of them outside church just before the service. Now can you match them up??!

The best man looking more nervous than the groom!

This is it….

You could hear a pin drop during the musical solo……goosebumps

A lucky horseshoe from Amber

And then the party started. We all decamped up to Clough Manor on Saddleworth Moor, even managing to get some bride and groom and group shots outside despite the unseasonally cold wind and drizzle. The speeches were moving, the bride and groom were glowing and the party was immense (we just had to stay on at the end to join in!). Here are some images from the afternoon and evening to wrap up the post. A stunning day – we both loved it!!


Father of the Bride speech – full of embarrassing stories about Natalie…

…and some very moving words. Natalie just about held it together…..

…which is more than can be said for the rest of the top table!

The best man’s speech looked like it could be a long one.

….but it proved to be short and very funny

An impressively prepared first dance to Paolo Nutini

….and a very, very happy couple!

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