This was my first time filming a wedding at Merrydale Manor over in Cheshire.

It wasn’t my first time meeting the Groom’s family though!

Not only did we have a few Zooms, chats and calls over the years due to postponements but I’ve also had the pleasure of being Mike’s Sister’s wedding videographer way back in 2012 at Mere Court Hotel down the road.

As well as getting to catch up with Maria and Ben on the wedding day we got to film lots of happy tears, meet their gorgeous Lab Chester and eat far too many doughnuts…


Merrydale Manor Wedding Highlights Video

A Busy Morning Getting Ready At Home

The couple decided to enjoy getting ready at home and Charlotte’s parent’s house in Warrington.

It’s always nice filming a morning at home because of all the family memories and keepsakes around to film too.

I also think it helps people feel more relaxed in their own space too!

Charlotte had taken the time to be super organised by creating a timesheet for the morning which everyone was sticking to. So much so the guys had to wait in the cars to ensure we’d had our head start as planned!

Getting Ready At Merrydale Manor

With ribbons on the cars, we made our way over to Merrydale Manor.

There was a warm welcome just before the rain arrived and we were shown to the Bridal suite where Charlotte, her Bridesmaids and Flower Girls could hang out and get ready.

The guys arrived in their matching wedding hoodies and enjoyed getting ready in the new space for the Groom’s party.

Soon it was time to get ready…


bride laughs in dressing gown in sitting room at Ashfield House
flowergirl gets glitter eyeshadow put on
family chocolate lab dog ready for wedding
groom gets wedding hoodies ready
mother of the groom gets emotional opening gift
lace wedding dress hangs in Merrydale Manor dressing room
close up video still of lace wedding dress at Merrydale
close up of family lockets on bridal bouquet
bridal shoes by window in merrydale manor suite
groom getting ready at Merrydale Manor
bride puts in earrings in window of merrydale manor
video still of bridesmaid smiling at bride
fun video still of flowergirls waiting for wedding
video of bride in natural light at merrydale manor

An Emotional Wedding Ceremony at Merrydale Manor

The Ceremony Room at Merrydale is a modern barn that allows lots of natural light in, perfect for us photographers and videographers!

But before Charlotte even makes it to the ceremony room she did an emotional ‘reveal’ and first look with her Dad on the grand staircase.

The flower girls were then driven around in the golf buggy before bringing the Bride and her Dad, ready to get married!

Mike’s emotions bubbled to the surface as the music began to play and he struggled to hold back the tears as they said their vows.

It’s always such an honour to be trusted to capture such a beautiful and honest moment as a wedding videographer!

Their Fur Baby Chester, The Chocolate Lab

 Obviously no wedding is complete without your favourite furry friend and fur baby to walk you back down the aisle!

Chester, their Chocolate Labrador, even wore a little sign that said ‘I Do Too’!


a bride and dad cry during first look at Merrydale
groom gets emotional waiting for bride in Ceremony room
video of emotional groom during wedding ceremony at Merrydale
emotional wedding vows at merrydale manor wedding
exchanging wedding rings in ceremony room at Merrydale
couple exchange rings during ceremony at Merrydale
couple and their dog walk back down the aisle

Wedding Videography at Merrydale Manor

I know Charlotte and Mike chose us as their wedding videographers as they loved Maria and Ben’s video from all those years ago.

But it’s more than just the final product, the finished film.

It’s how you’re made to feel in the run up to the wedding, as well as the day itself!

To feel you can put your trust in a professional and relax in front of their camera.

When you’re camera shy or feel a little nervous, that can make allllll the difference.

Crazy Golf and Relaxing in the Gardens of Merrydale

So now the emotional ceremony is over, it’s time to enjoy the drinks and crazy golf in the gardens of Merrydale Manor!

Even the rain couldn’t spoil the fun and guests enjoyed the Lancashire Crazy Golf between rain showers.

They also had a doughnut wall and they gave me the nod to enjoy one (or 3) as well!

As guests were shown in to the main suite for the wedding breakfast, myself and the photographers snuck out to capture some relaxed couple moments…

couple showered in confetti outside the ceremony room
guests laugh at crazy golf
bride and groom play crazy golf
bride gets a hole in one on Lancashire crazy golf set
couple pose by fountain at merrydale manor
video still of couple in merrydale manor gardens

More Tears and Surprise Guests!

After some sneaky couples portraits out in the gardens it was time to be announced in to the room as Mr and Mrs!

 They then enjoyed a 3 course wedding breakfast before settling down for the wedding speeches.

Lots more tears were shed between lovely stories of childhood and growing up. There even featured a few life-size cardboard cut outs of the Groom!

But what set all the tears off again was a surprise visit from Nan who got to enjoy the Best Man speech too.

Wedding Entertainment and Keepsakes

Charlotte and Mike obviously had a couple of extra years to plan their wedding and I think it helped with all the extra personal details throughout the day.

At the end of their speeches they got to reveal their very own wedding painting by Stuart Barkley (@theweddingpainteratyourwedding).

Guests got to enjoy more of the crazy golf before being welcomed back in to the main suite for the evening reception.

After an emotional dance with her Dad it was time for the first dance, followed by The Rush to get the party started! 

live oil painting during wedding reception
bride cries during fathers speech at Merrydale Manor
groom prepares for speech
couple get emotional on wedding video during speeches
best mans speech at Merrydale
couple laugh during wedding speeches
emotional hug during wedding speeches
couple pose in the fields by Merrydale manor
videographer films couple walking through merrydale manor gardens
emotional father daughter dance
groom spins bride during first dance
the rush wedding band at Merrydale manor
guests all party on the dancefloor at Merrydale
couple kiss during evening reception dancing

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