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A Wonderful Wedding at One of Cheshire’s Finest Venues

A Wonderful Wedding at One of Cheshire's Finest Venues

Capesthorne Hall is magnificent, undoubtedly one of Cheshire’s finest wedding venues.

Prior to Claire & Simon’s wedding, we carried out our usual reccy of the venue.  As soon as we turned up the long driveway, the views were breathtaking.  The beautiful gardens and the lake are so picturesque, no wonder this venue has been used in various films/tv shows.

When we asked Claire & Simon why the venue appealed to them, they replied: “We fell in love with it as soon as we saw it, especially the location, surroundings and it had a beautiful option for an outside ceremony next to the lake.”  It also has family connections for Claire, as her Dad used to enjoy fishing and attending angling working parties there, before he emigrated to France.

Claire & Simon met at High School, they’ve been friends for over 23 years and were in a relationship for 3 years before they married.

Simon got down on one knee, whilst walking around the lake at Claire’s parents in France on New Year’s Day 2017.

On the day of their wedding, Claire chose to arrive at the venue with her hair and make-up already done. Following a few natural photos, we left Claire with her bridesmaids so they could get dressed for the occasion, while we went outside into the grounds, to photograph Simon and his future stepsons.

With it being a March wedding, we knew the weather could be unpredictable, especially as we’d photographed a wedding just one week previous and experienced snow and very cold winds.  However, as luck would have it, Claire and Simon’s wish came true and they were able to hold their ceremony outside in the lakeside gazebo.

Claire & Simon didn’t see each other before the wedding and kept the tradition of spending the night before the wedding apart. Claire said it was a very special moment when she walked upto the gazebo and saw Simon waiting for her! Claire looked absolutely amazing in her wedding dress.  On speaking to Simon, he told us that Claire cried when she first tried it on, not that we’re surprised, as she looked ‘a million dollars’!

As Claire and her Dad walked up the gravel path to the gazebo, Claire’s garter slipped down her leg, causing them both to giggle. As they reached the guests, Claire lifted her dress and flicked her garter to some friends, asking them to keep it safe until later!

Claire’s most memorable moment of the day was during their service, when their ‘sand ceremony’ took place, which symbolised the two families being joined as one! Simon said his memorable moment was saying ‘I do’ for the first time, to the woman he loves and adores so much!

Once the ceremony was over, it was time for the group and couple photos and with Capesthorne Hall being such an incredible venue, we were spoilt for choice, so we decided to use several different picturesque backdrops.

Because of the time of year, the grass was a little soft and damp, which caused one of the guests to get her heel stuck in the grass and tumble over. Thankfully there was no damage done, and Simon thought it highly amusing!

Claire and Simon put their own personal touch to their wedding, and handmade various items, their favourites being the table plan and table centres.

The beautiful bridal bouquet complimented the wedding cake perfectly.  The soft green colour scheme, together with the green surroundings of the venue, made for some very beautiful wedding photos.

During the wedding breakfast, we felt very honoured, as we were invited to sit with the guests for the meal, which was amazing!

This was followed by the usual Father of the Bride and Groom speeches, but then there was one speech that we’ll never forget, which also surprised the bride & groom, it was by Claire’s eldest son Jamie, he had most of the guests in tears, including us, with his heartfelt and emotional comments!

The evening celebrations began with the traditional 1st dance to ‘Running Home to You’ by Grant Gustin, to the applause of all the guests.

We can’t express how much we both enjoyed being part of this wedding, it was perfect in every way! Thank to Claire & Simon for entrusting us to be your photographers and including us in your special day as you did!

Wedding Suppliers:

  • Venue: Capesthorne Hall
  • Catering: Vanilla in All Seasons
  • Wedding Dress: Facebook Marketplace
  • Groom’s Suit: Matalan and Ebay
  • Bride’s Shoes: Debenhams
  • Florist: Angela - Simon’s Brother’s Mother-in Law
  • Makeup: Cheryl Hoyle MUA
  • Hair: A great friend - Helen Cooke from JD Hair and Beauty
  • Cake: A friend - Gin Kennish
  • Music: DJ recommended by the venue
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In Sickness and In Health PJM Wedding Photography


Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, and of course, you want everything to be as perfect as possible, just like you’ve always dreamt of, but sometimes things don’t go quite to plan, maybe your venue isn’t exactly as described, your flowers aren’t quite the right colour or the DJ plays the wrong song for your first dance, but unfortunately for Cate & Ryan, their vows of “in sickness and in health" became a reality much sooner than planned!

Things started off really well for the groom on his wedding day.  As you can see Ryan and his groomsmen arrived at the fabulous Crewe Hall, all looking very dapper in their wedding attire.

Following the arrival of the beautiful bride and her bridesmaids, we climbed the stunning staircase of Crewe Hall and entered the library, in readiness for the wedding ceremony. With Pete photographing at the front of the Library and June at the back, everything was going really well, and the vows had just begun. As most of us realise, it’s completely normal to get an attack of wedding nerves, but unfortunately it was a bit more than nervousness for the poor groom!  With Ryan now looking extremely pale, the registrar and the best man were quick to react and managed to catch Ryan before he collapsed. Ryan was lead into the next room for some privacy, but after a while, the guests were informed that an ambulance had been called.

After 55minutes of concern, we started to wonder if the wedding would actually take place, but with his fighting spirit, Ryan was given the all clear to continue, so with the bride and groom now seated and with a change of registrar, as the original officiator had to leave for another wedding, the ceremony got underway again.

Cate had previously informed us, the main reason they’d booked Crewe Hall, was for the marvellous photo opportunities.  On knowing the venue quite well, we knew there was a fabulous photo opportunity on the staircase, so with the bride and groom in place, we were ready to snap away, however it soon became obvious that Ryan still wasn’t well, and he almost collapsed again! With the groom being well looked after, we continued with just a few photos of the bride and her bridesmaids.

On arrival at Byley Village Hall for the Wedding Breakfast, it became apparent that Ryan was very poorly and he was taken back to the hotel, to rest and recuperate. Cate was obviously very upset, but she carried on, helped by her loving family & friends, and somehow, amidst her tears, she even managed to raise a few smiles.

Although Cate and Ryan’s Wedding didn’t turn out to be the fairy-tale day they’d dreamt of, the most important thing is, they are now a very happy Mr & Mrs!!

Following the wedding, we were so disappointed for Cate & Ryan because they hadn’t got the photos they'd hoped for, so during the days that followed, we secretly co-ordinated a plan… We wanted to offer Cate and Ryan a free bride and groom photoshoot, so we contacted Crewe Hall and asked if we could return for the shoot.  We also contacted Moss Bros, and on explaining the circumstances, they very kindly agreed to loan Ryan his suit again, free of charge.

With our plan coming together, we couldn’t wait to tell Cate and Ryan the news!  They were absolutely thrilled, so we got a date in the diary and Cate also got her wedding dress cleaned. Unfortunately, we hit a bit of a stumbling block, when we found out that Crewe Hall wasn’t unavailable for the day of the photoshoot, so we got our thinking caps on again, and came up trumps!  Reaseheath College kindly agreed that we could use their stunning grounds.

On the day of the shoot, unfortunately it started to rain, however, we managed to get a few colourful autumnal shots.  Thankfully, the college allowed us to use Reaseheath Hall, their wedding ceremony room, so as you can see, everything ended ‘Happily Ever After'!


Thanks to Cate for her very kind words…

“So today I want to say a huge thank you to Pete and June  from PJM Photography.. As most of you know with Ryan falling ill on our Wedding Day, we didn't get to take photos together. Pete and June have gone above and beyond as photographers, firstly by offering to take photos for us, June also arranged with Moss Bros for them to loan us Ryan's suit for free and when Crewe Hall were unavailable for us to take replacement photos, she arranged with Reaseheath College for us to use their premises. We are both overwhelmed with gratitude for the help we have received and I could not recommend PJM Photography more for all your photography needs, they are so helpful, kind and patient and I really can't thank everyone enough for all their help.”

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