“Thanks once again for everything you’ve done for us throughout the entire build up, the day and everything since.

Before we met you we were literally 50/50 on whether we wanted a videographer and I think its safe to say its easily the best decision we made.”

Laura & Alex (and this was before they even had their wedding video!)

Of all the years and gorgeous weddings I have filmed at Thornton Manor in the Wirral I was excited to have my very first wedding at the Lakeside Marquee, and what a wedding it was…

the bride laughs as she's showered in confetti holding her grooms hand alongside the lake at thornton manor

Laura and Alex’s wedding. Honestly, I could gush about it for hours! But sadly I have to go pick my daughter up from nursery soon so I will try to keep it short(ish) and sweet!

They kept things simple by having everyone get ready on the grounds of Thornton Manor. They have so many cute cottages on site it’s easy to enjoy getting ready nearby without the worry of bumping in to your Groom.

The girls got ready at one of the manor cottages by the main road which was perfect for them all to get ready without feeling under each others feet.

I loved how Laura’s dress was eagerly awaiting her upstairs and the room had such gorgeous light in to get ready.

The guys got ready over in the gardeners cottages before their wedding photographer (the awesome award winning Ioan at Celynnen Photography who kindly recommended me) whisked them out for some cool groomsman shots around the grounds.

a wedding dress hangs in a bedroom with the door open from the stairs at a cottage at thornton manor a strappy pink bridal sandal perches on a window sill at thornton manor in the wirral the groom writes a secret message on the bottom of his brides shoe saying to laura my best friend my love my life see you at 12:30 for their wedding at thornton manor The bride and her Mum get their make up done in a cottage on thornton manor estate th bride looks on as her bridesmaids fasten their bracelets and get ready for the wedding at thornton Manor in the wirral the bride reacts to her wedding flowers on the morning of her wedding she loves them so much shes blown away the groom gives his beard a smooth down in the bathroom at thornton manor the groom and his usher work out how to fold their pocket squares the bride helps her bridesmaid in to her asos blush pink bridesmaid dress as a flower girl walks in to the room at thornton manor the groom and groomsman strike a cool pose for their wedding photographer in their sunglasses at thornton manor

Laura was soon looking fabulous thanks to her hair and make-up team (Vicky and Anna at The Bridal Hair and Makeup of Cheshire) and it was then time to get herself in to her wedding dress with the help of her bridesmaids.

She was super organised at this point and allowed enough time to ensure the dress looked and fitted perfectly.

two bridesmaids help the bride fit in to her wedding dress as a flower girl looks on the bride looks up to compose herself as she sees herself in the mirror for the first time a bride beams with a huge smile as she has the wedding veil put in

It was then time for Dad to see her, and the bit that gets us all (me included) needing tissues!

the bridesmaids , father of the bride and Mum wait eagerly for the bride to do her reveal at thornton manor the dad and bridesmaids get emotional seeing the bride walk in in her wedding dress dad fights back the tears as Mum smiles at their daughter now a bride ready to get married

Everyone was soon getting seated in the Lakeside Marquee to await the bride. The combination of the heat and nerves meant a lot of fanning needed up front!

Laura was ready and enjoying the breeze outside the cottage before the car picked her up to take her to the ceremony. There was just enough time for a selfie with her Dad before getting herself ready to walk down the aisle.

Being the camera at the back I get the pleasure (and pressure) of catching that ‘first look’ and it was enough to make most of the crowd get a little teary. Alex was clearly very smitten and grinned the whole time (with a slightly watery eye I’m certain of it).

dad walks his daughter down the white carpet aisle at the lakeside marquee in thornton manor as the groom gets his first look on the wedding video the best man reassuringly pats the groom on the shoulder as his bride arrives at the top of the aisle at the lakeside marquee

They kept the ceremony short and sweet with simple vows and exchanging rings before walking back up the aisle as husband and wife.

a close up of the bride and groom holding hands during the ceremony the groom shoots the best man a funny look as he gets ready to give them their wedding rings the bride looks up and smiles at her groom as he puts the ring on her finger during their wedding ceremony a wide shot of the ceremony as the bride and groom kiss

It was straight in to a fun confetti walk before Ioan swiftly got through the family photo side of things.

the bride and groom have a sneaky kiss behind her bouquet but the videographer films it the bride laughs as she's showered in confetti holding her grooms hand alongside the lake at thornton manor

Guests were then left to enjoy the canapes in the glorious sunshine.

A little before it was time to head in for the wedding breakfast Ioan’s assistant and I helped Laura and her dress make her way in to the woods for some photos with her Groom.

Ioan and Alex eventually joined us (easily distracted) and they got to enjoy a little time together away from their guests whilst we captured some relaxed newlywed footage of them.

the bride and groom walk towards each other in front of a stone archway at thornton manor the bride and groom have a kiss for the wedding video and photographer the bride and groom are framed in a stone archway at thornton manor in the wirral the bride and groom have a laugh and a chat as they walk towards their photographer Ioan at thornton manor

They were soon welcomed to loud cheers as they made their way to the top table in the marquee. Dinner was served by Barrett’s Catering who to this day are still one of my favourites!

I couldn’t get over how amazing the room looked with it’s beautiful personalised wedding stationary and detailing too. It was down to the talents of The Complete Invitation Company!

Towards the end of the meal one of the poor waiters tripped and threw cutlery all over the floor. A few of the guests were quick to race to his side and help him!

But, they need not of bothered as he jumped up and burst in to ‘Let Me Entertain You’ by Robbie Williams. Turns out he was one of those Singing Waiters 😉

Laura and Alex were the only ones in on it so it was brilliant watching all their guests reactions go from ‘oh no’ and embarrassment to ‘oh my god this is brilliant’!

silver service singers on one knee singing to a wedding guests who is so excited to be serenaded she has her hands in the air! silver service singers singing waiter gets a kiss on the head from the father of the groom during a surprise routine at thornton manor lakeside marquee the groom has the singing waiter laughing during their set at the lakeside marquee

No-one was left seated by the end of their act and a few guests even had the confidence to grab the mic and sing along!

the silver service waiter has guests singing along during a wedding gig at the lakeside marquee at Thornton manor the singing waiter downs a pint much to the amusement of the wedding guests egging him on

It was then time to follow that with the speeches. No easy feat but they did amazingly well. I LOVED everyone’s because they kept it personal and shared stories of them growing up.

The full on shocked belly laugh was the reaction to Dad’s comment about ‘she’s a popular girl Laura…’!

the father of the bride speech has everyone laughing out loud the brides dad says something funny about the bride and everyone is laughing and shocked he could be so funny the groom says some lovely things about his new wife during their wedding reception the bride wipes tears away during her grooms speech at thornton manor he groom and bride hide their faces in embarrassment during the best man speech everyone laughs out loud at the sign on the back of the best man to play a joke on the father of the bride about swearing

Guests then enjoyed the sunshine on the lakeside decking before the evening kicked off with the first dance. Laura and Alex were ‘revealed’ as the curtain came up and guests soon joined them on the dance floor as they swayed to their favourite band ‘King of Leon’ (the songs not the actual band!).

the bride and groom enjoy their first dance reveal at the lakeside marquee at thornton manor the bride and groom has a kiss on the dancefloor surrounded by their guests dancing at the lakeside marquee

It did’t quite end there as Laura then had a dance to ‘Ain’t That A Kick In The Head’ with her Dad which was fun to watch.

Then the guests got to enjoy the DJ as we said our goodbyes and made our way home…

Wedding Ceremony and Reception – Thornton Manor Lakeside Marquee, Wirral
Wedding Photographer – Ioan at Celynnen Photography
Wedding Hair and Make-up – Vicky and Anna at Bridal Hair & Makeup of Cheshire
Wedding Catering – Barretts Event Caterers
Wedding Stationery – The Complete Invitation Company
DJ – Matt Tolley
Wedding Flowers – Nancy Moon
Surprise Singing Waiters – Silver Service Singers