Today I am thrilled to share this Vintage inspired Lancashire Wedding with a black Wedding Dress.
Think a Bridal look with a slightly steampunk edge with Bridesmaids that could have stepped out of a 40’s movie with glorious victory rolls.
Jonathan Bean is a retro-loving, snap-happy photo geek, but not the techno kind of geek, it’s all about the pictures for him, the feel, the fun, the moment, the emotion, the lasting memories.
He lives in Lancaster with his wife, his two great boys, a rescue mutt called Toby, and two cats Mojo and Tallulah-Mae!
He says of his work “Photography grabbed me at an early age. I studied Photography A Level at South Nott’s College then went on to complete a BA (Hons) Degree in Film, Video & Photographic Arts at the Polytechnic of Central London (now the rather posher sounding University of Westminster!)”
“I then took a diversion into book selling for about 15 years, including stints as Bookshop Manager at the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts) in London and Ffotogallery in Cardiff. More recently I was Administrator at Lancaster Literature Festival for 9 years.”
“Along the way I’ve taught basic photography and b&w darkroom skills to young people in Edgware, at (the now closed) Folly Gallery in Lancaster, and also The History of Photography to Foundation students in Cardiff.”
“In 2004 I set up Jonathan Bean Photography, put aside the old film cameras (actually they still come out now and again!) and embraced the digital revolution”
“20 years ago I would never have imagined I’d be a wedding photographer, and now here I am wondering why it took me so long to find it’s just one of the best jobs…ever.”
I hand over to gorgeous Bride Becky to share the couples story….
How did you meet?
Becky: “We met when we were seventeen outside The Venue nightclub in Preston.”
“Doug was propped up against a railing and saw me leaving with some friends.”
“He screamed ” You look a lot taller on MYSPACE”‘ at me (he’d seen me on one of our mutual friend’s pictures).”
“I remember thinking he was very attractive, even when blind drunk, so I took the bait and went to talk to him.”
“It’s now seven years later and I haven’t gone more than a week without seeing him since that night.”
Doug’: “When I first saw Becky I recognised her from a friend’s picture online.”
“I thought I would be a gentleman and introduce myself – I remember saying something along the lines of ‘excuse me miss, would you care to accompany me on this railing?’
“The night became hazy from that point onwards, but I woke up to a text from her in the morning so it must have gone well.”
When did you get engaged?
Becky: “We got engaged in a town called Bishop just outside of Las Vegas.”
“We were trekking across the West coast of America and Doug was planning to propose at the Grand Canyon, but I had sprained my knee walking in Yosemite National Park the week before and we thought we might have to fly back home for an operation on the ligament (but didn’t in the end).”
“He proposed in a tent while I was high on painkillers and Blue Ribbon PBR beer, but it was perfect and very us!”
Tell us about your wedding planning journey
Doug: “We booked Haighton Manor about 18 months in advance and didn’t do much else for about 16 of those months!”
“Becky works as a project co-ordinator so she handled a lot of the details automatically and didn’t leave me with much to do.”
Becky: “From the outset we decided we weren’t going to let this wedding bankrupt us or take over our life.”
“We wanted it to focus more on our relationship and our friends and family, rather than fitting in to a generic wedding mould and faffing around with old traditions that didn’t mean anything to us.”
“Although by the time the last month rolled around we’d pretty much got strong-armed into doing some traditional stuff by friends and family.”
“We put more emphasis on making it as fun as possible, both for us and our guests.”
Doug: “We set off with the intention of making it very laid-back and low-key.”
“Initially we didn’t want a first dance, a formal meal or any speeches – but in the weeks leading up to the wedding we both got insanely stressed and had very cold feet, so ended up changing a lot of our plans to fit in with what people were expecting from us!”
“I think we still managed to put our own twist on a lot of it though, and we’re so happy with how our pictures turned out.”
When did you get married?
“We got married on 05 April 2014.”
What was the best bit of your day?
Doug: “The sense of relief straight after the ceremony, but that didn’t last long as I was dreading my speech!”
“We also had a really nice couple of hours after the meal where we sat with our friends and chatted about normal stuff – that’s when I started to really enjoy it.”
Becky: “The ceremony was brilliant – we got a fantastic registrar who treated us like old friends – but I think I’d have to agree with Doug and say the couple of hours we spent talking to our close friends and family.”
“It broke the day up and helped us back down to earth after having spent the whole morning switching from being really happy to terrified!”
“My other best bit of the day is dancing round my hotel room in my wedding heels with my bridesmaids in the early hours of that morning because none of us could sleep!”
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Doug: “Try and take some of it in – I felt so nervous I wasn’t really paying attention to anything that was going on!”
“Also, keep in mind that lots of people will be more than willing to help you out and you aren’t on your own. Lastly, a couple of whiskies before the ceremony work very well!”
Becky: “Go easy on the prosecco the night before – spending your wedding morning with a hangover isn’t ideal!”
“I think the two most important things to remember are that it’s just one day – don’t let it take over your life and cause you too much stress, because neither you nor your guests will remember 70% of the details – and try to put your own stamp on it!”
“Don’t let people tell you that you have to do anything – it’s your wedding and the only details that matter are the ones that YOU think are important.”
Thank you so much to Jonathon for sharing his incredible imagery and this fabulous Lancashire Wedding.
Thank you also to Becky and Doug for sharing their story and their amazing day.
I love the relaxed vibe that flows through the day with the focus on fun and friendship.
We want our Wedding Days to be both a reflection of ourselves but also enjoyable for our assembled guests and the couple have certainly done that…How amazing are the video games!
Becky’s alternative gown is stunning and how incredible do the Bridesmaids look in their Limb Clothing gowns that have a hint of 40’s glamour with complimenting victory roll hairdo’s.
Venue: Haighton Manor
Wedding Dress – Forever Unique
Shoes – Moda in Pelle
Doug’s suit – Slaters Menswear
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Vanity Project by Limb Clothing
Photos – Jonathan Bean Photography
Venue dressing – La De Da Occasions
Flowers – Doug’s sister (Mary Walker)
Arcade games – Direct Games Room
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