Kent Wedding Photographer – The Cheshire Wedding of Tracy & Nick – far from Bexley

As a Kent Wedding Photographer who lives in the London Borough of Bexley, I am surprised at how often I get asked to travel the length of the country and further (I shot a wedding in Sydney, Australia in 2013). So, it was with a sense of excitement that I prepared to travel to the Midlands to shoot the wedding of Tracy & Nick in March 2014. They had initially contacted me via Facebook after a recommendation from a friend and we had soon finalised all the details of their big day. From the outset it was clear that the day was going to be a very family orientated affair – they had chosen the date to coincide with their youngest son’s first birthday.

My second photographer (the awesome Alex Beckett) and I travelled up the night before and stayed nearby – and a very good decision it was, where a 3 hour journey turned into a 5 plus hour marathon! However, Alex and I got a good nights’ sleep and arrived at St Oswald’s Church in Lower Peover fresh and ready to capture every moment of Tracy and Nick’s day – starting with Nick and his groomsmen relaxing their way into the day at the pub next door!

St Oswald’s Church is a beautiful building which dates back to 1269 – and the resident Vicar, rev’d Dr Jane Lloyd is the loveliest vicar that I have ever had the pleasure to meet, and led a very moving and genuinely fun service.

Tracy and Nick were a vision of happiness as they made their way back down the aisle – and we had a small number of formal group shots outside the church before moving onto the reception venue at the Cottons Hotel & Spa in Knutsford.

The Cottons are surrounded on all sides by idyllic countryside and provided the perfect backdrop for their reception.Throughout the day there were touches that showed how much of a family celebration it was – for example, they had incorporated a birthday cake as one of the tiers in their wedding cake – but we managed to persuade Tracy and Nick away from their boys and guests for a few creative couple shots – and seeing the shots we captured, I think they were pleased that we did! Other than those few moments, we spent the day capturing their day descreetly using documentary or reportage style photography, which is how I tend to operate the majority of the time as a wedding photographer.

After a first dance, which they only decided to include at the very last minute and the cutting of the (wedding tier of) cake, we captured just enough of their party – before heading home via another 5 plus hours! Every second of those was worth it to capture those special memories for Tracy, Nick, Alex and Thomas.

The images attached are actually spreads from Tracy and Nick’s album. They simply couldn’t whittle down the number of images any further, so some of the pages are a little more compressed than I would normally recommend, but this is their album – their way to remember their day, and I am always mindful that my role is to guide and suggest, but ultimately to capture and produce images that the individual couple want!

I hope you enjoy the images and do feel free to give me a call if you are looking for a Kent Wedding Photographer from Bexley, or a wedding photographer further afield for that matter – London, Essex, Surrey, Sussex (and as Buzz Lightyear would say) and beyond!

By John Erskine

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children at the wedding


the quite moment before and after the storm



bride and groom in car