I selected these images some time ago. Looking through them after getting Ashley’s notes for the post I remembered I’d missed one.
Ashley & Dad obviously have a strong bond. You could hear it the word of his speech and in his voice.
So I’m ready for Dad to see Ashley in her dress and he won’t go close for holding back the tears. I get this shot:

But I hadn’t selected that image because its only when you look much closer at the photo that you see it:

More pixels won’t make a bad photo more interesting but they can make a good one great.


Ashley’s wedding notes:
Michael was due to be 30 on bank holiday Monday so we decided to have our wedding on the Sunday so that we could celebrate with all our family and friends and what a fab weekend we had. A lot of our family and friends stayed with us at The Mere the night before the wedding so we made a weekend of it although it was touch and go as to whether the wedding would go ahead as Michael works out at sea and got delayed. It was a very stressful run up to the wedding but he made it back the night before.

Michael left the majority of the wedding planning to me although he did chip in and make the invitations! I decided to go for a vintage theme for the wedding. Mine, the bridesmaids dresses and my mum’s outfit were from Blush in Uppermill who did a fab job. I absolutely loved my dress (I didn’t want to take it off) and the bridesmaids and mum looked stunning. The flowers were by the amazing Red Floral Architecture and Matt did a fab job of my bouquet, the bridesmaids’ flowers, all corsages and the room was gorgeously decorated by him. Hair & make up for myself and the bridesmaids was done by the lovely Heidi Chatterton.

I knew The Mere was the perfect venue as soon as I saw it. The grounds for pictures were beautiful and luckily the weather was nice on the day. A massive thank you to Andrew at Photoluminaire for our pictures, they are all amazing and so many of them, it’s so hard to choose.

I wouldn’t change anything about the day. Lots of brilliant memories from what was the best day of my life. We both enjoyed every second of our day and wish we could do it all again. Lots of tears (mainly from my dad) and laughs with all our family and friends and we want to thank everyone who was part of our special day.


What a happy day, Fabienne didn’t stop smiling or laughing.
A great wedding to photograph right from the start with the lads in the Granby Arms (almost) opposite the Sacred Heart Church in Uppermill. I was very happy with the photograph of Fabienne with her bridesmaids, I’d just got another 600EX-RT flash and I could wirelessly fire a second flash to light the bridesmaids in the background.
Candid photography – I love the shot of an usher showing an interest in the wedding ring, a touching moment during the speeches and the look of love as a best men meets his girlfriend at the bar.
If you are wondering why Fabienne and Mike are laughing on the dancefloor the DJ deliberately played the wrong song for a few seconds and stopped it and put the right one on.

Fabienne’s wedding notes:
There’s something about Easter, the first flowers start to come up, winter loses it’s grip yet everything is still so fresh and new, it seemed a perfect choice for our wedding. This is how I wanted our wedding to feel, so we chose ivory and pinks as our colours, with pops of red to keep it from being too sweet (well actually, Mike is a massive United fan so it was inevitable we would have red somewhere)!
We chose Fletchers in Grotton for our flowers. Sue was brilliant and the flowers; tulips, hyacinths and freesias smelt heavenly. We were very lucky with everyone we used. I couldn’t have asked for better service from the girls at Blush, the dress was so beautiful and comfortable I really didn’t want to take it off and the bridesmaids were stunning.
The White Hart was a natural choice for the reception, great atmosphere, outstanding food and well, we spend so much time up there anyway! Paula from elite wedding designs worked really hard the night before to get the room looking perfect and helped so much sourcing paper and other bits for all the stationary.
After a lovely but very emotional day it was definitely time for a party and with Mike’s friend Craig from CCDJ in charge, it wasn’t going to be any other way. After such a great day, there isn’t a single thing we’d want to change. But of course, as good as memories are, to have such beautiful photos to remember our wedding by is priceless. We just couldn’t have trusted anybody else. Thank you Andrew!