Today it is my great pleasure to share the intimate Ribble Valley Wedding of Kirsten and Mark with a stunning Tiffany Rose Gown, and an air of joy and expectation.
Images of this beautiful day were captured by Kerry Woods Photography.
Photography has been a hobby and passion of Kerry Wood’s for a very long time.
Her first photography class was taken as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award whilst at school.
16 years on she decided to take the plunge and put herself out there as a professional photographer.
She now provides Wedding, Portraiture, Commercial and Event Photography across the North West of England, specialising in weddings & portraits.
Her style is relaxed & informal with an aim to capture beauty & emotion and create visually stunning, natural images that tell each story.
Kerry shares how she met the couple, and her recollections of their day…
“I first met Mark & Kirsten when we moved into the Village of Mellor in October 2012.”
“It is a very friendly village and we soon got to know the locals including Mark & Kirsten as they are our fabulous next door neighbours!!”
“We luckily get on extremely well and have become close.”
“I was delighted they asked me to photograph their wedding and felt honoured to be part of such an intimate day.”
“I excitedly hopped over the wall to work that Wedding morning!!”
“Mark & Kirsten chose to untraditionally get ready together at home, after spending the night before together too.”
“Marks face was an absolute picture when he saw Kirsten dressed for the first time. The love they share is so beautiful & evident to see.”
“The day from start to finish was extremely relaxed & informal.”
“The ceremony was very emotional, Mark & Kirsten walked down the small aisle together, Kirsten had barely stepped into the room before the tears started!!”
“By the time they were declared husband and wife there wasn’t a dry eye in the room, including myself.”
“At eight months pregnant I was amazed that Kirsten survived the whole day in heels, and despite the lack of alcohol had a smile on her face the entire time.”
“Anson at the Millstone could not have done more for the couple, the food and service was exceptional.”
I now hand you over to beautiful Bride Kirsten to share the couples story…
How did you meet?
“Mark and I are both teachers and met at Frimley Park in Surrey whilst on a week’s training course for Officers working with cadets in the Combined Cadet Force back in the summer of 2005.”
When did you get engaged?
“Mark and I had our rings designed in June 2013 by Damian Carr of Carr’s Jewellers, Garstang.”
“Little did we know that I would be pregnant two months later with our first child, Eli, which then made us becoming an ‘official family’ all the more important.”
“Mark booked for us to stay at Hotel Du Vin in York on the evening of New Years Day 2014, this is where he proposed.”
Tell us about your wedding planning journey
“Mark wanted to organise our Wedding Day for us and our family. It was an intimate affair with immediate family only.”
“He did a superb job organising the booking of our ceremony at Clitheroe Registry Office, including choosing music and readings that meant something to us both.”
“This was followed by exquisite canapés and Pimms at Northcote Manor, Langho.”
“We completed the day with a champagne reception (our favourite champagne Billecart-Salmon being freely poured by Chef Patron Anson Bolton) and a five-course meal, which was of outstanding quality, with matching wine at our local – the Millstone at Mellor.”
“Mark’s attention to ensuring that the finer details were spot-on made me feel incredibly special.”
“The only thing that I had to organise were the flowers”
“! Mark also insisted that we had professional photographs taken – I was insisting we kept the day low-key – and I am so pleased that he did as Kerry captured some beautiful moments that we would otherwise never have had.”
When did you get married?
“Due to my parents living in Spain and Mark’s siblings working abroad for long periods of time, it became quite difficult organising a date where all members of the family could attend.”
“In the end, Mark booked our wedding day for 8th April 2014.”
“Luckily all of our family could make it, despite his brother and sister both having to fly out the next day due to work commitments.”
When was the best bit of your day?
“It is hard to pick out a favourite part of the day as it was all very special, but I suppose the closeness we felt at the ceremony when exchanging our vows was a moment we’ll always remember.”
“It was incredibly emotional for us both and being able to share that with the people that matter most meant the world to us.”
“Mark’s speech was also one of my favourite moments; he somehow managed to make it through it despite the tears!”
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
“Organise your wedding as you want it, not as you think other people would want it – don’t lose sight as to what a wedding actually should be: a celebration of the love and commitment you have for each other.”
“Ensure you include things that are important to you both: like including your favourite champagne for example.”
Thank you so much to Kerry for sharing this lovely Ribble Valley Wedding.
I love a wee wedding and the sense of family, warmth and togetherness that the images convey.
Also love that Kirsten is rocking pregnancy chic in an gorgeous Tiffany Rose dress with on trend lace that accentuates her womanly curves.
Photography: Kerry Woods Photography
Wedding dress: Tiffany Rose
Florist: Moss, Longridge
Bespoke rings: Carr’s Jewellers, Garstang
Reception: Northcote Manor, Langho.
Wedding Breakfast: The Millstone at Mellor.
Cake topper: Sophia Victoria Joy @ notonthehighstreet.com
Candles: Red Lilly @ notonthehighstreet.com
Place-cards: Project Pretty @ notonthehighstreet.com
Confetti: Shropshire Petals @ notonthehighstreet.com
Champagne: Champagne Direct
To Contact Kerry Wood Photography
Phone: 01254 814409