Charleigh and her husband Chris have one of those love stories that sounds like it came from a film. Two beautiful, seriously intelligent/smart/funny people met in University, got together and lived happily ever after along with their amazing two-and-a-half year old Fergus. It would be so easy to hate that sort of perfection if they weren't also SO. NICE. And kind and generous and I mentioned the fun bit. Charleigh is one of those girls that you can't help but have a bit of a friend-crush on because she'll show up just before Christmas with homemade Christmas puddings and salted caramel sauce and her contribution to a dinner party is freshly baked macarons. Basically, she won me over without even trying in the best way: through food.
She's a blast to drink wine with and during one such night in with her and our other lovely pal Megan (whose engagement photos I shot last autumn!), when I was bemoaning the struggle in throwing together a styled bridal shoot, Charleigh mentioned that she still has her wedding dress and would be up for throwing it on again. Immediately my brain kicked into gear and despite the 4 glasses of wine, we managed to book a date for another impromptu, minimalist bridal session in 3 weeks time.
We arranged to meet in the overgrown fields behind Ashton-on-Mersey RUFC and once again I ransacked CJ Antiques Ltd's safe for some gorgeous pieces to show off. I was conscious of my previous bridal shoot and wanted to be sure to show a range in styling and photography styles. When we shot in Walkden Gardens with Kim, I really concentrated on the greens and lavenders of the surroundings, the soft romanticism of fading light and Kim's very classic, natural beauty that all conjured up a perfect image of fairyland. With Charleigh, I wanted to go a bit more bold, to show richness and contrast in the stark gold of the field's early spring grasses and make the very vibrant Charleigh pop against it.
This time I sprung for Waitrose flowers but the principles of the first session remained: creating beautiful bridal portraits in a minimalist setting, showing what the investment of quality wedding photography can produce. I hope you enjoy the images!