A Rustic, Autumnal Wedding by the Shireburn Arms Wedding Photographer
Emma & Sam's wedding at the Shireburn Arms
As a Lancashire wedding photographer with over 10 years of experience, I love capturing rustic, countryside weddings, and when I met with Emma & Sam to discuss their wedding I knew that their wedding at the Shireburn Arms was going to be right up my street. Set in Tolkien country, the couple planned on weaving their love of Tolkien and Hobbits into their wedding day along with their love of the great outdoors.
My day started with Emma and her girls who were getting ready at home in their beautiful country cottage. I love the sense of anticipation and excitement that surrounds bridal prep. Emma looked absolutely stunning in her dress and the gorgeous autumnal bouquets were so beautiful. Once Emma was ready, the classic car arrived to take her to the quaint stone church, St John's on Shire Lane, in the heart of Tolkien country.
Wedding photos on The Tolkein Trail
Emma and Sam's ceremony was beautifully personal, with some lovely readings and enthusiastic singing! After their heartfelt ceremony and a wonderful confetti line with lovely autumnal petals, we ventured onto the Tolkien Trail, to capture some couples photos at two locations that we had chosen in advance. The first location was Stonyhurst college, where Tolkien had been a student. We utilised the impressive driveway and also the rugby pitches as the couple are also huge rugby fans! The couple hopped back into their wedding car and we drove to the incredibly picturesque Cromwell's Bridge where we captured the most stunning portrait of Emma & Sam on the rustic stone bridge. Emma was wearing her special wedding wellies and I adore the photo! So much so that after the wedding it was actually featured in Vogue magazine!
Wedding Photos at the Shireburn Arms
We then headed on to the couple's reception venue - The Shireburn Arms - a venue that effortlessly combines rustic charm with timeless elegance. Nestled in the heart of Lancashire, this venue provided a warm and inviting atmosphere for Emma and Sam's celebration and for the couple to eat, drink and be merry with all their favourite people! At golden hour we headed outside for some couples photos in the field overlooking the Ribble Valley, the view really was breathtaking. It was then back inside for mingling with their guests, cutting the cake and their first dance. Later into the evening we had sparklers on the terrace outside which was magical! Emma then had a surprise change of outfit and came out onto the dance floor and did a jive rock n roll dance routine for Sam and their guests that she and her mum had been working on secret squirrel style! They were amazing and it got everyone up and onto the dance floor. I left the couple dancing the night away with their favourite people!
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