Heaton House Farm Wedding
I love shooting a Heaton House Farm Wedding! The venue is so versatile and manages to look so different through the seasons, and Alison and Ian’s day was no exception.
The morning started with Ali and the girls – Heaton House Farm have an on-site dressing room, which is the perfect setting for any morning preparations! Not only is it handy for timings getting ready in the same place as your ceremony, its also a beautiful room with lots of space for everyone to get ready.
Our groom, Ian, arrived to get ready in another of the rooms at the venue, before greeting their family and friends. The venue and grounds are so relaxed, so the guests got a drink and gathered outside on the patio area while they waited to be called into the ceremony.
Beautiful bride Alison walked down the aisle with her lovely mum at her side, and they were all smiles as they approached a slightly nervous groom. I loved grabbing the reactions during this ceremony, and the way this couple look at each other! Each moment was perfect as they stayed inside their own little wedding bubble.
As the sun was shining, this gave us so much opportunity to people-watch with our cameras- capturing candid, relaxed images of people having a great time at the drinks reception, while Didsbury String Quartet created the perfect atmosphere with their music. The iconic tree on the hill, of course, was the backdrop for our family/group photos on the day – what a beautiful setting! We nipped off with Ali and Ian to grab some portraits in a private garden in the grounds. I always mention how important this is for the couple to have time alone together, having these little breaks helps your day last longer and gives you both chance to reconnect if you’ve been talking to different guests. And of course, you’ll get some gorgeous photos to put on the walls at home after the wedding to remind you of how you felt on your wedding day!
Back inside at the wedding breakfast, James the Singer serenaded the room with some classics, including old favourite Sweet Caroline, which allowed for some impromptu dancing and sing-alongs from the guests – even Gran got involved and had an amazing time! You’ll see from the images below how much they loved James performance and interaction with them, its one of the best wedding breakfasts Ive been to and we’ll forever be singing (haha) James’ praises for what he does!
The sun was still shining, so the wedding party gathered on the terrace again while the room was being set up for the evening, allowing for more casual groups to be photographed, including some friends and work colleagues. This was also a perfect opportunity to capture evening guests arriving, and the relaxed vibe made them more comfortable having their photo taken.
James sang the couple through their first dance and opened up the floor to some amazing moves from Ian and co – we love capturing the dance floor as it really captures your friends and family having a great time. Your evening entertainment is so important for this so make sure you choose someone you trust to give your party the right atmosphere!
As for Ian and Alison’s wedding – I’m sure there were some sore heads in the morning!
On the day we had the pleasure of working with Sky Weddings too, they have the same way of working as us – trying not to direct too much and capturing the day as it unfolds in front of them – check out their teaser film here.
Mr & Mrs Pickup – Thanks so much for having us, we had a great time!
Heaton House Farm
Confetti Rain Bridal
Alex Allman Makeup
Confetti Rain Bridal
Didsbury String Quartet & James the Singer