Holly & Graeme
Updated: Apr 1, 2020
I've known Graeme since I was 11. We played cricket together for a long time through the junior and senior teams at our local club and he was the man (boy at the time) responsible for taking a sharp slip catch to secure my first ever hat-trick in an Under 15's match. I don't remember too much about the whole thing, but I do remember rushing towards Graeme after he snaffled the catch and, instead of a jubilant high five/ten, I accidentally poked him in the eye.
Cricket and eye inflammation aside, there was a hugely relaxed atmosphere for his and Holly's wedding apart from the rather embarrassing moment where the best man's phone rang during the ceremony, which was laughed off...eventually.
The ceremony took place at St. David of Haigh Church in Aspull then a traditional red bus took the majority of the guests to Browsholme Hall and Tithe Barn in the heart of the Ribble Valley in Lancashire.
It was the hottest day of the year, so when I parked up and turned the corner of the barn to see an ice-cream stand. My heart leapt. Then a wood fired pizza oven. And bottles of Peroni in a wheel barrow of ice. Fairytale stuff!
It felt so easy to wander around the guests and capture their conversations, laughs and embraces - the people performed for us and it felt as though we were just two more names on the invite list.
Looking back over the images of the day reminds me of how spectacular the venue is. Glorious grounds with open fields and colourful flora, a magnificent hall which we managed to set up a couple of portraits in, all of which is run by staff who ensure everyone is comfortable and enjoying their day as much they possibly can. And they even keep the photographers well-fed and watered.
As always, a huge thank you to Holly and Graeme who allowed me into their greatest day. To see one of your oldest friends find and marry the love of his life will stay with me.
Here's a selection of images from the day...