Katy and Adam, Eaves Hall Winter Wedding.
One of my most viewed blogs last week was my Lake District Winter Wedding. I know a lot of people had requested some winter wedding blogs, so here's another beaut. Katy and Adam married at gorgeous Ribble Valley wedding venue, Eaves Hall, in mid December last year. The Christmas decorations were up, which added to the richness of this old manor house style venue.
Eaves Hall is a well renowned wedding venue in Lancashire and the Ribble Valley. The grand exterior and beautiful grounds make it a popular choice for couples, and the team of staff keep the day running like clockwork. It's part of the James' Places chain of venues - so you know you're in good hands.
Katy and Adam both got ready at Eaves Hall, with Katy in the bridal suite, and Adam and the ushers a few rooms down. This is SUPER handy for me, as it means I can cover both preps really easily, and flit between you both to see what's going on.
Jo Coole was on hair and makeup for the girls. She did a perfect job, all of them looked stunning with glowing natural looks, and all ready nice and early! The boys had a few drinks and met the rest of Katy's family downstairs, where they calmed their nerves with a few rounds of snooker.
Katy's dress was an absolute Maggie Sottero show stopper. Chic, simple and stylish from the front, but low backed with a lot of sparkle, to tie in with their winter theme. I always think a bit of bridal sparkle goes perfectly with winter weddings - looks really beautiful against the twinkly Christmas lights. The flowers were by The Flower Shop Clitheroe, who did gorgeous white stems with lots of eucalyptus greenery, and some seasonal accents with winter berries and thistles. The bridesmaids wore soft powder blue floor length gowns, each in a slightly different style and cut, so each of them had something unique, but all still matched. The ushers and groomsmen had pink pastel ties and grey waist coats. The pastel colours tied in really well with the white and green theme - showing how you don't have to go perfectly matched with everything for it to work!
The ceremony room at Eaves Hall is lovely, really light and bright, and lots of space behind the registrars so photographers can get those perfect ceremony shots. The exterior of the building also makes the perfect group shots backdrop too - so much drama! There's plenty of beautiful spots for couple portraits too around the extensive grounds, I love the huge trees and paths bordered by hedges, super dreamy.
After the ceremony room had been turned around, this became the wedding breakfast room too. Katy and Adam opted for whites and greens to match their flowers, and the minimalist theme worked really well with the grandeur of the room. Adam had two best men - a trend that I'm seeing a lot now! Which worked really well, they did a joint speech which included a projector of images, the less said about that for Adam's sake... the better!
As per any winter wedding, it was a little bit rainy on their day. Not too much though - some of their group shots we did under the balcony awning in front of Eaves Hall so as not to get the guests soggy! For the couple portraits it was only a little bit drizzly, so we kept Katy's dress off the floor and made some magic anyway.
The key to any winter wedding is embracing whatever weather you get. Even though this was only a tiny bit of rain, you can still get beautiful couple images in the rain, you just have to be prepared to go out in it! If it rains on a summer wedding, the light lasts longer so we can wait for rain to pass. With a winter wedding, sadly we don't have the luxury of the sun right into the evening, so you have to make the most of the light whilst you can, even if it's raining! I promise you'll hardly even remember if it was raining or not when you look at the images. My best advice - as per my last blog, the earlier the ceremony the better, 12pm is ideal and gives you LOADS of time for photos!