Alma Inn Wedding Photography

ALMA INN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

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CHRIS + SARAH. 7TH APRIL 2018. Alma Inn, LANESHAWBRIDGE.
So it seems last year went super-crazy and therefore left me with little time to blog all the beautiful weddings I shot so I’m on catch up mode! First up (as it was their 1st wedding anniversary yesterday) is Sarah + Chris who were married at St.Peter’s RC Church in Skipton and celebrated with friends and family at The Alma Inn just over the border into Lancashire at Laneshawbridge. Here are my faves and I’ve loved taking a peek back through their collection! Sarah absolutely smashed the couple shots – pulling on a pair of boots in the rain and heading out onto the moors! My kinda bride! Happy Anniversary you two xx
Here is their day in their words :). and if you’re reading this and are looking for your photographer GET IN TOUCH!! Dates are 75% booked already for next year.

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WHAT MADE YOU GET MARRIED WHERE YOU DID?
Family connections to the church (Chris’ parents and sister were married there) and we chose The Alma Inn because we liked the relaxed pub feel, the country setting, layout of the rooms (which meant we could be near everyone at once) and the size meant that we could hire out the whole building was really important. 
HOW LONG DID YOU TAKE TO PLAN THE WEDDING? 
14 months (Chris filled this form in first and wrote 6 months!! I had to correct him hehe).
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WEDDING DAY?
It was a relaxed enjoyable day surrounded by friends and family.
HOW DID YOU MEET? HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN TOGETHER?
We met at Swansea University at a sports ball. Sarah was in her 4th year and Chris was in his second year in 2008 and have been together ever since.
TELL US ABOUT THE PROPOSAL?
The proposal was at a beach we used to visit while we were at Swansea University called Caswell Bay on a cold December day using Sarah’s mum’s ring. She then got to go and choose her own after!  
HOW DID YOU SPEND/ALLOCATE YOUR BUDGET?
The wedding cost around £12,000.
WHERE DID YOU SPLURGE and SAVE?
We made the cakes and room decorations ourselves and the best man made the favours. Our biggest spends were on hiring the Alma Inn including food and drink and sole use of the building and the band.
HOW/WHY DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER?
We searched for local photographers and liked Georgie’s informal style when viewing her portfolio. We also really liked her down to earth and fun character which we believed would add to the day which was definitely the case. Neither of us are keen on having our photo taken, so were after someone who we would feel relaxed around and not be too serious. (She’s also a dog person too so we could talk dogs and walking lots which helped!).
THE DRESS?!
Ava Rose Hamilton dress. Sarah spent a long time searching for some shoes (longer than the dress!) and ended up buying some shoes for 12 pounds in the Debenhams sale!
THE SUIT/BRIDESMAIDS?
The suit was a navy 3 piece French Connection suit from Moss Brothers
Bridesmaid dresses from Hobbs – the bridesmaids live down South so Sarah saw the dresses for the first time on the morning of the wedding!
DID YOU HAVE A THEME/COLOUR SCHEME?
No not really, mainly pastel colours. We just wanted it to be relaxed and no one have to worry if two colours didn’t match perfectly. 
FLORALS?
Informal English country garden style by The Yorkshire Dales Flower Company. An arrangement in the centre of each table and a large garland over the fireplace. The church organised their flowers.
LET’S TALK DETAILS!
We recycled glass jars and put flowers in them, decorated with hessian and lace materials and lit with tealights. We also hired some decorative pieces from Lilac Lamb Wedding and Event Hire 
ON THE MENU?
Guests could choose between 2 options for each course. Starters – Fish Goujons or Garlic Mushrooms, Mains – Roast Beef or Roast Chicken, Dessert – Sticky Toffee Pudding or Dark Chocolate Mousse . In the evening we had fish and chips – which the guests raved about.
AND THE CAKES? 
We made the wedding cakes ourselves. Neither of us like fruit cake and didn’t want the expense of a cake we don’t want to eat. Plus several family members are handy with a mixing bowl and spatula including ourselves. So Chris made a chocolate cake, Sarah made a fruit pavlova, the groomsman/Sarah’s brother made a pecan and walnut cake and the groom’s mum made a lemon cake. We were very happy with the outcome and they tasted great. The bridesmaids husbands took them to the Alma the morning of the wedding (big risk!) but they did a brilliant job setting them up on stands we had begged and borrowed. By the end of the night, all the 4 cakes had gone!
WHO KICKED THE EVENING OFF?
We hired a band called The Warning Tones. They split their set into 2 sections and also did a DJ set after. They were great and the dance floor was full all night! 
STATIONARY BITS? 
Feel Good Invites – a Swansea company which we liked the link to.
DID YOU HAVE ANY PERSONAL TOUCHES? 
See above re cakes and decorations. The best man is also a candle maker, so he made the favours for us. Each guest had a candle either ‘Wet dog’ scent or ‘Stable scent’ following our love of dogs and horses.
WHAT ARE YOUR SPECIAL MOMENTS AND HIGHLIGHTS?
As Sarah’s family are from another part of the country one of the most important things about the day for us was having all our friends and family in the same place. We appreciate due to the distances involved this may never happen again so this was one of the most important aspects of the day.
FINALLY, ANY ADVICE OR TIPS FOR OTHER COUPLES READING THIS?
Try to keep things simple and focus on what is most important for you. Time goes quickly on the day so be in the moment and enjoy it.

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Bride’s makeup:  Megan Tallant Pro makeup artist.
Wedding Car Hire: Little Limos
Wedding Favours: Bottle Candle Co,

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