Ellie runs the rather lovely Queen Of Hearts Vintage China Hire business, so our paths had occasionally crossed, and she was already a friend before she asked me to photograph her wedding to Phil. when I found out she was having the ceremony in the beautiful village of Quernmore (near Lancaster), with the wedding reception at nearby Forrest Hills, a truly unique Lancashire wedding venue that I just love, I knew it would be a fab day. I already knew it would look very stylish, but when she added that she was arriving in a to-die-for classic 1953 green Chevrolet Bel Air (nicknamed Bella), owned by Rupert at Fox Weddings, and was planning to wear a vintage dress supplied by Very Vintage Bridal, the deal was sealed and I knew this was going to be a fantastic, beautiful day!
I just love that Ellie and Phil first met at school in Settle, when they were just 10 years old (how cute is that?). They remained good friends for a long time, but didn’t actually get together till they were 23, by which time they reckoned they “already knew each other’s good and bad bits”. Phil proposed on New Years’s Day, 2013. And so, on a beautifully sunny Lancashire day, following two days of torrential rain, childhood pals, Ellie and Phil exchanged vows before their friends and family who had helped dress the two venues with some stunning flower displays, and a gorgeous rustic, vintage look. Mandy at High Societea excelled herself with an amazing and towering ‘naked’ cake. There really were so many lovely details to this wedding, with its pastel pink and green shades, the Vivienne Westwood shoes, beautiful table settings, and possibly my favourite… the giant balloons!
Ellie & Phil both wanted the kind of relaxed, candid and natural wedding photos that are right up my street, with a little touch of the quirky and vintage. Here’s how the day went…
Couple: Ellie & Phil
Dress: Very Vintage Bridal
Bouquet: Dalton Square Florists, Lancaster
Flowers: Bride’s mother
Church: St. Peter’s Church, Quernmore, near Lancaster
Reception: Forrest Hills, Lancaster
1953 Chevy Bel Air: Fox Weddings
Mini Cooper: Family car
Styling: Bride (Queen of Hearts)
Cake and sweet treats: Mandy Farren at High Societea
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