Sarah and Steven had a lovely, relaxed wedding at The Lodge in Mesnes Park, Wigan. I absolutely adored their summery, yellow theme and Sarah looked gorgeous in her beautiful, scalloped v-neck dress. I was only with the couple for a few hours on the day but my favourite part was definitely when the Vespas came out to play! Seeing the excitement on Steven’s face as we were able to get some photos with them. After the ceremony their guests strolled over to the lovely Italian restaurant Franco’s where they had a relaxed and happy afternoon reception with food, champagne and cake. Such a great day in the Autumn sunshine and a very cool wedding!
There’s been a trend sweeping social media for the last few days that involves using software to generate a best 9 list on Instagram. Well here’s mine!
Here is a quick overview of my most liked Instagram photos of 2015, starting at the top left:
1. At the beginning of the year I set up a little workstation in the corner of my bedroom for photo editing and blogging. It served me well but I’m currently in the process of moving house and shall have my own little office soon! Not to mention a brand spanking new computer. Very exciting!
2. Like a proud parent I set up this photo back in March to show off my new camera. I’ve been so happy with my Nikon D800 since I got it and it has accompanied me to every wedding since. This year one of my resolutions is to master it’s video function.
3. A montage of details from Fay and Alex’s gorgeous wedding back in September. You can see more of their wedding here.
4. I decided one afternoon to make a little fort for Graeme and I to hide out in. I was pretty chuffed with it even if it did make me feel like an eight year old. I think Graeme was secretly impressed too. We ended up eating our dinner in there while watching Age of Adeline before falling asleep. I must say I did wake up with a bad back…I’m not as young as I think I am!
5. This was the awesome breakfast Graeme and I had whilst staying at Roslyn House in Pateley Bridge last September. My goodness it was good! Roslyn House was a lovely B&B too. The owners Judith and Bob made us feel right at home and upgraded our room for us on arrival. I’d highly recommend it for anyone looking for somewhere to stay while exploring the Yorkshire Dales.
6. A lovely photo of Hannah and Paul’s first dance at their wedding at Bolton School last year. Hannah’s dress was just amazing.
7. Same wedding! Graeme doing a sterling job working the Photobooth at the evening reception. Good lad.
8. A snap of the Eiffel Tower from our trip to Paris last April for Mums 50th Birthday. I could go back there time and time again.
9. Working hard in a coffee shop getting Kim and Alex’s wedding images ready. Oh and a sneaky granola square too 😉
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Last month Graeme and I had a little pre-valentines weekend away to Stratford-upon-Avon. It was a lovely two night trip giving us one full day in Stratford and half a day exploring the Cotwolds before heading home. We stayed at Ettington Chase Hotel, a gorgeous Victorian manor in the little village of Ettington. Ettington village was quiet with a couple of pubs and a convenience store, perfect for us as it was only a short drive (about 15 minutes) to Stratford-upon-Avon.
On the Saturday we spent a full day exploring Stratford-upon-Avon. I carried my camera round Shakespeare’s birthplace, Anne Hathaway’s House and the city centre as we browsed the various shops and enjoyed some of the cafes. As much as I enjoyed the day, I was way too cold to even pull my camera out of my bag as we walked around and so I didn’t take any photos that first day (bad, i know!).
The second and final day of our trip the weather was perfect; sunny with a mild winter chill. I managed to get a few snaps as we enjoyed a romantic driving tour of the Cotswolds.
We began our drive at Chipping Campden, a cute little market town at the North of the Cotswold Hills, well-known for its unusual and attractive High Street. The high street is noted to be “the most beautiful village street in England” and I must say, it was rather lovely! From there we made our way over to Broadway Tower, then followed the Cotswolds Romantic Roads Guide down to Broadway and on to Stanton. We lusted after the beautiful limestone cottages in Stanton before continuing our way to Stanway, stopping for a quick photo outside Stanway House’s impressive gate house. By mid-afternoon we had worked up quite an appetite (even after the ginormous buffet breakfast at the hotel that morning!). We stopped for Sunday lunch at The Halfway House in the hamlet of Kineton before circling back and heading North.
Before heading home we stopped for one last cream tea at Wayside Farmshop and Tearoom in Evesham. The tea room was cute with its mis-match of china plates and colourful teapots. It was there that we decided we would have to come back for a longer stay in the Cotwolds in the future, it is just too beautiful to visit for one day!