James and Francesca’s winter wedding at Thornton Manor was lovely celebration with lots of their close friends and family. Both Jenna and I were photographing the wedding to make sure we could create images of both the bride and groom getting ready. James got ready in the Groom’s cottage at Thornton Manor, whilst Francesca had her bridal preparations at her parents’ farm.

After the groomsmen and some guests had enjoyed a couple of drinks in the local pub called the Cottage Loaf they headed over to the church for the wedding ceremony. Francesca’s parents’ home is a very close to the church and therefore they enjoyed the very short walk to the ceremony.

St Bartholomew’s in Thurstaston is a lovely small church and has a connection with Francesca’s family as both her sister and parents were married there. After the ceremony everyone congratulated the newlyweds outside St Bartholomew’s church, and subsequently enjoyed the very long line of guests that covered James and Francesca in confetti. Everyone then headed over to Thornton Manor, but not until James and Francesca squeezed themselves into the Fiat 500 wedding car.

The attentive staff at Thornton Manor were waiting with arrival drinks for everyone and made sure we all felt welcome and could warm up around the fireplaces too. Thornton Manor is an exclusive wedding venue with over 100 acres of grounds, a manor house, cottages, and a permanent lakeside marquee. From this point the celebration really got going with lots of fun discussions, glasses of wine, plenty of food, and catching up with friends and family. James and Francesca arranged for great musical entertainment to compliment the atmosphere and this was added to by the groomsmen performing as a barbershop choir.

Later in the evening it was awesome to see the dance floor very busy as plenty of guests were showing off their favourite dance moves. The DJ was clearly happy about the dancers too as he was spraying snow foam onto them.

black and white photograph of the groom putting on his tie

the groomsmen getting ready

the groomsmen with the little fiat wedding car

black and white photograph of the bride having her hair done at home

the bride looking in the mirror as she puts in her earings

the fiat 500 wedding car parked in front of keep clear writing

the bride heating up some soup on the aga stove in her parents farmhouse

the bride carrying the soup she has just made over to the table

the bride and her sister sitting in their dressing gowns eating soup.

the groomsmen have just arrived at the church to meet the vicar

the groomsmen preparing the church for the wedding ceremony

the groom being helped with his buttonhole flower in the church

wedding guests arriving at the church

black and white photo of the bride putting on her shoes

the bride being helped into her wedding dress

the bride walking downstairs after just getting into her wedding dress

black and white photo of the bride walking down the stairs

family seeing the bride in her dress for the first time

a kiss from father to his daughter as he sees her in her wedding dress for the first time

black and white photo of the bride waiting to leave home

the groom waiting in the church for his bride to arrive

black and white photo of the bridesmaid putting the bride's veil in her hair

the bridal party leaving her parents house after getting ready

the bride walking down the country lane on her way to the church

the bridal party walking to the church before the wedding ceremony

black and white photo of the bride waiting to walk down the aisle

the first look from the groom as he sees his bride walking down the church aisle

black and white photograph from the back of the church

black and white photograph of the bride and groom's first kiss in the church

black and white photograph of the bride and groom walking down the aisle

the bride and groom walking out of the church

black and white photo of everyone leaving the church after the wedding ceremony

wedding guests congratulating the bride and groom

the bride laughing that a big white van has pulled up to their wedding

the bride and groom walking through a line of their guests throwing confetti over them outside the church

black and white photo of the bride and groom coming to the end of the confetti run

the bride and groom after their guests have thrown confetti over them

the bride getting into the wedding car

the bride and groom inside the fiat 500 wedding car

cream coloured fiat 500 wedding car leaving the church whilst surrounded by the wedding guests

little fiat 500 wedding car driving up the country lane

wedding guests looking at the table plan

the bride and groom in the reception area at thornton manor

father of the bride chatting to the groom and his dad.

father of the bride looking very animated during the wedding reception

guests being served canapes

black and white photograph of the bride hugging a wedding guest

the bride in a crowd of her friends and family

two male wedding guests holding their baby boys

black and white photograph of a female wedding guest laughing with friends

male wedding guest holding a newborn baby whilst chatting to other guests

close up photograph of the keyboard playing entertaining the wedding guests at thornton manor

black and white photograph of elderly mum touching her sons face

the bridesmaid eating sausages whilst waiting for the wedding photographs

the bridesmaid eating lots of canapes

the bride with a big smile on her face

two wedding guests having a tight hug outside of thornton manor

the bride and groom in front of thornton manor at their winter wedding

A relaxed outdoor portrait of the bride and groom in the thornton manor gardens

The bride and groom taking a walk in the thornton manor gardens

the bride and groom having a kiss whilst they cut their chocolate wedding cake

black and white photo of the wedding guests walking to the reception

Black and white photo of the wedding guests sitting down for the wedding breakfast at thornton manor

Winter wedding guests pulling the handmade christmas crackers

A view of the wedding breakfast room at thornton manor

Aerial view of the head table at the thornton manor wedding

Wedding guests cheering as the bride and groom are announced into the wedding breakfast

announced at wedding reception at thornton manor

Older wedding guest on the floor playing with toddler

Male wedding guest eating his desert

Wedding guests enjoying the speeches at thornton manor in merseyside

Wedding guest with fairy lights around his glasses

Father of the bride giving his speech in thornton manor

Black and white photo of the grooms speech

Black and white photo of the smoke coming from all the sparklers being used outside thornton manor

Sparklers outside thornton manor with all the wedding guests

A relaxed bride and groom wedding portrait upstairs at thornton manor

Keyboard player at the thornton manor wedding reception

Black and white photo of two wedding guests hugging

Baby wedding guest reaching out for the camera

Francesca and James' first dance at their thornton manor wedding reception

The first dance at the thornton manor wedding

Two wedding guests kissing at the Thornton Manor Winter Wedding

Bride really happy on the dance floor as she is surrounded by her guests

Close up photograph of the bride and groom on the dance floor

Black and white photograph of two wedding guests laughing after a kiss

Female wedding guest being silly with photo booth banana prop

Wedding guest with inflatable banana on the dance floor

Dancing male wedding guest with DJ foam in his ear

Bride and her guests on a packed dance floor at the Thornton Manor wedding

Enthusiastic dancing by the older wedding guests

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