Samlesbury Hall Lancashire Photographer // Isis & Martyn
In March I shot the gorgeous wedding of Isis (Izzy) and Martyn at Salmesbury Hall, not far from Preston. Salmesbury Hall is a really unique venue, quite unlike anything else in the area. If you are looking for a venue totally oozing with history it’s the perfect setting. A stunning black and white wooden framed building, complete with galleried balconies over looking a great hall, the most epic huge fireplaces, flagstones and 500 year old wonky wooden floors and stairs!
It’s really atmospheric and in the ancient woodland that surround it is a cool village of shepherd huts to stay in, all complete with camp fires and festoon lighting! The little Shepherds huts also made an awesome backdrop for some great shots of the couple too! It’s a totally unusual venue, I properly fell in love with Salmesbury Hall and how Izzy and Martin put their own stamp on it for the day.
We chatted about the big day and how they both really wanted a glorious, relaxed affair, which is totally my style. I truly adore photographing couples in love, their families, the moments on the day and all the little things that happen too. Just totally natural and authentic;
We spent ages looking for a photographer who didn’t over edit their photographs. We wanted natural shots with limited posing and soft editing. We loved your pics on your website and your reviews were great!
Izzy and Martyn had their first date four years ago, ice skating and then a meal out in Sheffield;
I don’t think either of us really wanted the date to end. We only saw each other every couple of weeks to start but date two was London (the rest of the country was raining so why not) and date three was a mini trip to Scotland.
Love blossomed and for almost 2 years Martyn would drive over to the other side of the country every Friday to spend the weekend with Izzy before she was able to move to Manchester to live together.
Martyn proposed in Scotland, he booked a house on the river bank in the Cairngorms. He told me in advance we were going away to celebrate my uni exam results. But on the morning we left I got the terrible news that I hadn’t achieved what I needed to to be able to study at Manchester (and move over). I was so upset and spent the whole journey in tears. On the Saturday night I came downstairs to find a trail of rose petals leading to the garden outside with Martyn waiting on one knee. It was perfect. The next morning I received the great news that I had achieved the results I needed to after all and would be able to move to Manchester! Happy ever after!
Izzy and Martyn exchanged their personalised vows in the great Hall at Salmesbury Hall on the 24th March this year. They chose the date as it had experienced good weather for the last 10 years in a row, so they felt it was worth taking the risk! It paid off too!
Saying our own vows to each other was so special – as soon as we got engaged we both said we wanted to write and say our own. On the day, it was lovely being able to stand there and make our own promises to each other and everyone commented on how lovely and emotional it was.
We wanted a minimalistic, natural and relaxed theme at Salmesbury Hall and weren’t overly bothered about everything matching or being over the top. My mum made all the bouquets and all our table decorations were from either The Range or Amazon! I did our cake decorations (cake tiers from M&S). We just wanted to focus on the actual ceremony and getting married rather than on decorations and things that don’t really matter! It was a perfect, glorious and relaxed day.
Following the meal and lovely speeches in the main banquet hall at Salmesbury Hall, Izzy and Martyn took to the dance floor. Their first dance was ‘The One’ by Kodaline, which is a really brilliant choice, lovely words. The party then got started proper and Izzy has some hilariously brilliant Aunties;
During the evening reception, my aunties completed our table “wedding day dares” – they even managed to get a conga of all our wedding guests weaving through the building and outside for over 15 minutes. It was brilliant!
It was an amazing day and I was so happy to be their photographer. Congratulations to Izzy and Martyn, thanks for choosing me.
Wedding Dream Team