Kim & Carls Wedding at Samlesbury Hall

Samlesbury-Hall-Wedding-Kim-Carl-102.jpg

Well, this is an interesting one! For those of you who follow my very irregular tweets, you'll already know that a few weeks ago I was "called in" by Samlesbury Hall in an emergency! Yes indeed, a couple were getting married at 2:30pm and at 1pm I got a call asking if I could help! I dropped everything, grabbed my (always ready and charged) gear, ironed a shirt and flew to Samlesbury Hall which luckily is only 15 minutes away! Normally before a wedding you get to meet a couple, talk about their plans, group photos, everything, but as I drove there I knew only that they were called Kim and Carl and they were getting married at 2:30.  Thats it.

So, as I drove I wondered what to expect, but then I thought more about it and realised having shot as many weddings as I have I'd rely on my experience, skills, training and creativity to make it all work. Then I thought a bit more, what would the bride and groom expect?

How much stress had they had in the morning after they found out their pre arranged photographer wasn't going to be there? Who was this replacement?

For those of you who have looked or are looking for a wedding photographer, you'll have realised theres a wide range of standards, styles, quality, experience, packages as well as the weekend warriors (those who have a go for a bit of spending money) and to be honest the list goes on and on.  Its a totally deregulated industry and anyone who bought their first a camera last week can say, "Hey, I'm a wedding photographer" and in the last few years hundreds have popped up in the north west alone making just being seen incredibly hard.

Maybe one day I should cover this in a separate post but the point I'm getting at is this, after months if not years of planning, one of the worst things had happened on someones wedding day, their photographer didn't make it. How must Kim and Carl have felt and most importantly expect!

So, I took my first picture at 1:23pm, the sign on the side of the road and then ditched my car near the lodge. As I did so, the Best Man all dress up was walking to the lodge and I introduced myself and then I found out, Kim didn't know! They'd not told her! So, I waited outside the lodge while he went in to tell her. A few minutes later I followed him in to introduced myself.

Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-001
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-001

What should I say?

What should I do?

Kim walked up to me, looking a little tense (rightly so too!) and in a split second I decided to do what I would have wanted if the situation were reversed  to be reassured.

So, before I started snapping away, looking for light or meeting the bridal party, I put my camera down, introduced myself and in a few minutes I had explained, who I was, what I do, my experience, that I am a professional full time wedding photographer and most of all, dont worry.

Thats the thing, a bride or groom doesn't need the stress on a day like this.  So heres the important message, the call just half an hour earlier had not come from Carl or the wedding party from an internet search or a phone book, Sharon at Samlesbury Hall contacted me directly, but why? So I've been thinking and the thing is they know my character and standard of work and I was flattered that out of the hundreds of photographers who come through their doors, I'd got the call was both massively pleased and at the same time excited that I was able to do this!

Hang on though, heres another thought?  How many venues really care about their clients so much that they would jump in and get involved? I can think of a handful of venues in Lancashire who would (its not appropriate to list them here though), and its the staff at those venues who are keen to make relationships with wedding suppliers and provide the best service they possibly can to their clients.

So, for anyone looking for a venue, if your torn between, the gardens at Venue A and the Dining Room at Venue B, ask them the question - "If something goes wrong on my wedding day, that is nothing to do with the venue, what will you do to help me?" Seriously ask the question and in case I'm not being clear Sharon, Angela and the team at Samlesbury Hall are outstanding.

Likewise, the same question could be asked to photographers.  I've adjusted underskirt lengths with a needle and thread, mounted buttonholes, laced and buttoned up dresses, picked confetti out of hair, put in veils, taken out veils, re-pinned hair styles that have fallen out and the list goes on.  Its not a photographers job but on someones wedding day, I'll do anything to relieve stress, keep the day flowing, and most importantly ensure the bride and groom have the most amazing day of their lives.

Anyway, Kim and Carl, did have an amazing day and they were great to be around.  Even though I could only be with them from before the ceremony to speeches I was proud to be a little part of it.  So, I'm going to let the pictures tell the story and as always this is just a handful of the big day to give you an idea.

Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-005
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-005
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-006
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-006
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-007
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-007
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-008
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-008
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-011
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-011
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-013
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-013
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-017
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-017
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-018
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-018
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-019
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-019
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-021
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-021
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-023
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-023
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-026
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-026
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-031
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-031
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-034
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-034
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-038
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-038
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-042
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-042
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-043
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-043
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-044
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-044
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-046
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-046
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-047
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-047
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-050
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-050
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-051
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-051
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-055
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-055
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-056
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-056
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-059
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-059
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-063
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-063
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-065
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-065
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-068
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-068
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-069
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-069
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-072
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-072
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-073
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-073
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-074
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-074
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-075
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-075
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-077
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-077
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-079
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-079
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-080
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-080
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-082
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-082
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-083
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-083
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-085
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-085
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-088
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-088
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-091
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-091
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-092
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-092
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-094
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-094
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-096
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-096
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-097
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-097
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-098
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-098
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-101
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-101
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-102
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-102
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-104
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-104
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-105
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-105
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-106
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-106
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-108
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-108
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-109
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-109
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-116
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-116
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-118
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-118
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-119
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-119
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-120
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-120
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-121
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-121
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-122
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-122
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-123
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-123
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-126
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-126
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-127
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-127
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-128
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-128
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-130
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-130
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-133
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-133
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-135
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-135
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-139
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-139
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-144
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-144
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-146
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-146
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-147
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-147
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-148
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-148
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-150
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-150
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-152
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-152
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-153
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-153
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-156
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-156
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-157
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-157
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-164
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-164
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-165
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-165
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-168
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-168
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-170
Samlesbury Hall Wedding - Kim & Carl-170