It was one of the most beautiful days I’ve experience in the UK for a long time. The sun was shining and warm, the sky was blue, the fields lush green and there was a buzz of summer amid the expectation and excitement as we pulled up to Louise’s family home. Rachel was making the final touches to the bride’s gorgeous hairdo before presents were handed out and Caroline started the process of getting Louise into her dress! All the buttons and ribbons and zips were worth it, as I’m sure you will agree, Louise looked stunning – set off perfectly by the delicate florals by Catherine.
After trying to navigate the little lanes and back roads of Bracewell and Mellor, J met up with Tim and John at the church where we tried our best to make the groom more nervous than he already was! As the guests filled up the little church a small group of Louise’s close friends hung around outside to catch a first glimpse of her stepping out of the Rolls in her last moments as a single gal.
The ceremony was intimate and personal with the Rev. John Lancaster mentioning his joy at completing a trio of Hardie’s now married in the little church. It couldn’t have been a more perfect setting to make such an important promise to one another and, after the confetti was thrown, we hung back to get some shots with the colourful stained glass windows and in the verdant grounds.
After champagne in the Rolls and a little apéro with their friends and family, the new Mr & Mrs Pigott and I took a tour of Stanley House looking for cute nooks in which to take some shots of them as husband and wife before their grand entrance into a butterfly strewn dining hall and the speeches. Heartfelt and full of laughter, Brian, Tim and John regaled the guests with stories of sausages and mash, childhood fears, incredible recoveries and, most of all, love.
Full from the wedding breakfast we gathered outside for a mammoth group shot – with both J and I using our teachers’ voices to full effect, and we almost got everyone looking in the same direction at the same time! It was time to relax, put on some dancing shoes and eat as many of the Hardie girls’ delicious cupcakes as possible.
Congratulations Tim & Louise, I hope you had an amazing time in Mexico and that your life together will be filled with joy.
Venues: St. Michael’s Church, Bracewell & Stanley House Hotel, Mellor.
Bridal Gown: Benjamin Roberts.
Bridesmaids Gowns: Emma Hartley, Colne.
Bridal party& church florals: Flowers by Catherine.
Hair: Rachel Hardie
Cake: Caroline, Louise, Rachel & Margaret Hardie