Ed and Claire’s big day at the Clifton Arms Hotel, Lytham.
I have been friends with Edward for well over 10 years now and when he announced that he was engaged to Claire I was really excited for them. The call came to ask if I could photograph their wedding and I couldn’t have been happier. It’s always a privilege photographing a wedding but when it’s one of your good friends its all the more so.
It was made even more special when Ed announced that the venue they had chosen was The Clifton Arms Hotel, Lytham. The hotel, built in the early 1800’s, sits in front of Lytham Green close to the edge of the Ribble estuary, looking out to Sea. It is also close to Lytham Windmill, a tower mill designed for grinding wheat and oats to make flour or bran. It is said that there has been a mill on the same site since 1190. This one is obviously disused now, but is in great condition and a great place to go and use as a backdrop for photography. Luckily for us, the weather was lovely.
On the wedding day I arranged to meet Ed at the Fat Cat club where he and the best man, Gaz were having wet shaves. From there I went to meet Claire and her bridesmaids at the hotel who were having their hair and makeup done by the wonderful Justine and Sam from the Beauty Barn. Amongst the gorgeous Charlotte Balbier gown from Belles Bridal Boutique, Claire had beautiful bouquets made up from Hartleys Nurseries & Flowers, Venue dressing by Sophisticated Events for all the gorgeous details, and some rather nice Jimmy Choo shoes, all captured beautifully on camera of course. Claire had also arranged for The Leos String Quartet to play throughout the day.
After a wonderful service which including readings from Jen and Lisa the celebration began. Whilst the newlyweds were celebrating with their guests for a while I captured a couple of shots of Southport Airshow which could be seen in the distance. After the group photos I took Ed and Claire to the Windmill, (thanks to Ed’s brother for the lift!) to let them have some time together away from guests and to capture some of these moments of them as a newly married couple on camera.
It was then back to the hotel for photographs with the cake before the wedding breakfast could begin. Claire’s dad raised quite a few laughs with some of his stories from her younger days before Ed gave a great speech, plenty of laughs along with a couple of tearful moments, which raised a lump in my throat too. The best man, Gaz gave us all a good laugh at Ed’s expense before unusually the bride gave a little speech of her own.
As the evening celebration began the cake cutting was first. It’s a shame to cut such a wonderful piece of art which was expertly created by Alana Lily Chocolates & Cakes, Ed’s sister. A fantastic first dance was introduced by DJ- Rob Harris. Before everyone let their hair down and danced into the night! It was here that I left the party, but not before the lads sampled an old whisky Ed had kept from his late father.
Little White Book:
THE BIG PICTURE
Paul Swift Photography 2015© – Lancashire wedding photography at the Clifton Arms Hotel, Lytham.