Colshaw Hall // Natalie & Russ
Colshaw Hall is one of my favourite Cheshire venues, not only the grounds are gorgeous the team there really will look after you! Natalie & Russ married in August 2021 – August is their month… when they met, keys to their first home and engageent so of course the wedding date needed to be August too. Natalie & Russ moved their date from 2020 to 2021 and tied the knot on a Tuesday! These midweek wedding dancefloors are WILD!!!
I loved the colour scheme that they chose and for the first time at Colshaw Natalie had chosen low level flowers & decorations rather than the high pillars, this made the room feel open and a better view for their guests to see them get married in the ceremony room.
Their friends & family made myself and Lucy (second shooter) so welcome, the bridal party team had such a laugh during their photographs!
How did you meet and what’s your proposal story?
We are from the same area and went to the same school but I’d say we properly met at Creamfields in 2011. Although we had to postpone our wedding for a full year due to the pandemic, our new wedding date ended up being on our 10 year anniversary, which was so special to celebrate with all our family and friends. Russ proposed in Florence, Italy in 2018 on on our 7 year anniversary, so August again! It was the most surreal proposal, watching the sunset at Piazzale Michelangelo and we still laugh about it now that I didn’t actually say yes due to being in so much shock haha.
Your inspiration/style/aspirations for the day
We wanted a timeless, relaxed day so we chose lots of greens, whites and pastel colours that we didn’t think would date too quickly. I always knew I wanted pastel blue bridesmaid dresses but it was so much harder than I thought to find that colour on a dress, luckily I found a local bridal shop where you could order dresses based on a range of swatches and they paired perfectly with the eucalyptus style greenery of the flowers and ceremony room. It was amazing to see everything come together on the day after so many years of planning.
Memorable/emotional/funny moment on the day
There were so many amazing moments from the day, but just a few highlights for us are the Father of the Bride being late, Jager bombs during the speeches, a poorly pigeon found by the ice cream van that everyone had walked past all day! (someone saved him!) Having everyone we wanted being able to stay over at Colshaw Hall was amazing too, we loved the afterparty and breakfast with everyone the next day to talk about the day. It was such a special day, it just went by way too quickly.
How did you discover me and why you chose me to photograph the day
I spent a lot of time reading Brides Up North blogs and came across Jess on a few of the weddings that were featured. I loved her relaxed style and that her photos weren’t posed, but all natural. As soon as we booked our venue, I then booked Jess – 3 years ago now and I’d pick her again in a heartbeat. She made us feel so relaxed throughout the day, I’m so thankful we found her and are absolutely in love with every single photo.
Are you going on honeymoon?
A couple of days after the wedding we flew to Santorini for the most magical 6 nights. It was made even more special that we hadn’t been abroad for nearly 2 years, which for us has never happened since getting together. Santorini is the most perfect honeymoon destination and because we love (and miss) holidays so much we have our second honeymoon trip booked later this year, this time to Boston and we can’t wait.
We just want to say thank you for everything. I’d recommend you to all future brides and grooms who are looking for a friendly, relaxed and professional photographer. We hope we can meet again one day for any future photo shoots or occasions!
Emma & Amy – Ora Makeup
Lucy – The hair project
Maggie Sottero / Bliss Bridal
Joanne – Lulu flower shop
The warning tones band
Andrea Lamballe – Pianist
Adam at Portray films
Natty beees vintage hire ice cream
Thanks to Lucy for second shooting