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Meadow Brook
Wigan

07935190559

Wigan wedding photographer capturing stories around the North West and beyond!

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Chloe & Ben: Croston Old School, North West Wedding Photography

Chloe and Ben married in Mesnes Park under the band stand surrounded by their friends and family before moving onto Croston Old School for their wedding reception.  It was awesomeeeeee!! 

The beginning...
We met at Wetherspoons of all places, exactly 4 years ago today...we were both there with friends having post work drinks and we got chatting in the beer garden. Ben proposed on 4th April 2015 in a rowing boat on Ullswater Lake, which is our special place in the lake district that we try to visit often. Just beautiful!

The venue...
We were looking for something relaxed and informal, a blank canvas that we could really put our own stamp on, but with a striking outside space. Determined to accumulate any debt before the wedding, this was a challenge on our budget. Luckily a family friend that lives in Croston Village met up with us for a drink and gave us a tour of the village. The Old School was the ideal reception venue and we even managed to bag the village pub The Wheatsheaf for a late night wedding bar and fish and chips. Perfect!

The dress and the suits...
Ben has been growing his magnificent beard for quite some time now, and he loves the tweedsman vintage look, so his outfit was purposely unmatched and effortless looking. A pheasant bow tie and handmade dinosaur cuff links were the finishing touches. Chloe doesn't usually don a dress (let alone a floor length white number) but likes to be different, so wanted to wear something comfortable but also unique, her dress was handmade and she designed her shoes herself. We loved how seamlessly our outfits blended in with the casual breezy theme of the wedding.

The flowers...
This is where Chloe could get creative. She made the table decorations herself, with the help of some of her bridesmaids, using jars, ribbons and her trusty glue gun. The flowers were done by a friend who did a wonderful job. We chose gypsophila bouquets and buttonholes, as we loved how natural and understated they look.

The ceremony...
We didn't tailor our vows, however we did have some extra vows for us all to say with Ben's Son Charlie. This felt really special, as Chloe is marrying not only Ben, but Charlie too! Our reading was The Lovely Love Story by Edward Monkton. It's a children's book about two dinosaurs that fall in love. The characters of the dinosaurs reflect our personalities impeccably, and dinosaurs have been a huge part of everyday life since Chloe took Charlie 'dinosaur hunting' as a toddler and he developed a love for them.

The photography...
We actually stumbled across Project Valentine by chance. A photographer had been recommended to us by a family member but they already had a wedding on our date - it was this photographer that recommended Jack, and WOW, are we glad he did. Jack and his adorable Wife Emma worked together on our wedding day. So many of our guests have commented on how easy they were to talk to and work with, it felt like we'd known Jack and Emma our entire life. The photographs really have captured our story, and we've watched our wedding slideshow countless times already. This is something that we can look back on for years to come. SUPERB!

The first dance...
Originally we were going to dance to our all time favourite song - Shook me by ACDC. We even took a secret dance lesson! Unfortunately time became precious close to the wedding, with both us having to work right up until the day, so we ended up opting for awkward teen disco dancing to our second favourite song - Love Walked in by Thunder.

The entertainment...
We had a fantastic female fronted rock band in the evening. The lead vocalist is another friend of ours, which again added another personal touch to the day. They had everybody feet tapping. The venue was rocking!

Words of wisdom...
Although it was a lot of hard work to pull off our 'DIY' wedding, it all felt extraordinary and personal, and so there's nothing we would change about the day. One thing we would have done differently in the run up to the wedding, is both taking an extra week off work to finalise the little details, and ensure some precious couple time and pre-wedding papering.

The suppliers:
Catering - http://www.wheatsheaf-croston.com/
Band - http://www.gypsy-band.com/
Hair and make up - http://www.laurajaynehairandmakeup.co.uk/ 
Wedding shoes - https://www.shoesofprey.com/
Wedding car - http://www.platinum-weddingcars.com/
Flowers - Gemma Hardman