Jenny and Franco, The Great Hall at Mains.

Jenny and Franco were my 'win your wedding' competition winners! I ran the competition in early 2019, no stipulations, just enter with your date and a winner will be picked at random, and it was these two. I'm so glad it was, not only did I fall in love with this venue which is right on my door step, but they were the sweetest couple and so grateful. They wed at the end of October last year, had some beautiful autumn details and that gorgeous autumn golden hour... but the real theme of their wedding was uniting Italy and Lancashire.

The Great Hall at Mains is a venue in Poulton, Lancashire. It has beautifully kept gardens and courtyard, with dramatic gated entrance lined with trees - as if it is a manor hall venue. However the interior is more like a gorgeous rustic barn, with exposed beams and festoon lighting. With my photography style, this venue was an absolute dream, and the ceremony images with that backdrop are really special.

Jenny and Franco got ready separately, Franco at the house they share, and Jenny at her parents house. It was a really chilled morning with the girls, with Emily from the Sonara Parker team on makeup - but you could definitely feel the nerves over with the boys!

Franco's family are Italian, so a lot of their guests were travelling, and they both really wanted to bring some Italian vibes to the day. They did this with their rustic decor and table names (their favourite animals in Italian!) and the traditions they worked in.

Rhapsody Floral Design created Jenny and her bridesmaids autumn vibes burgundy bouquets, and channelled the rich autumn theme perfectly. Jenny and Franco also opted for a sparkler exit as the ultimate autumn sparkly touch.

The speeches were in both English and Italian to cater for all of the guests, and sharing antipasti platters were served as a starter. Jenny had a second bouquet of dried chillies, which is a traditional bouquet in Franco's family's region of Italy, and the evening involved a lot of traditional Italian music and dancing! This dance floor got absolutely crazy, and Franco's family certainly knew how to have a good time.

Couple portraits were in two separate sessions around the grounds - in Autumn this is one of my favourite ways to do couple portraits, as it means we get most of them done early in the day so you don't need to worry about them, but we get to catch that beautiful golden hour too. If you've just changed from a Spring wedding to an Autumn wedding - golden hour is ALWAYS the best in Autumn!

Sparklers are something I really love at weddings too, especially when done right. It seems silly, but sparkler shots have to be done before it gets dark. Cameras need light to work! So that blue hour before the sun goes down and it's not pitch black, kind of dusky light, is the PERFECT time to nail that sparkler shot. Enjoy this Autumn, rustic barn style gallery!