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.