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Sharon + Al - Intimate church wedding with all the feels!

Updated: May 4, 2020

Sharon + Al 21st March 2020 Melmerby Hall, Cumbria Intimate church wedding with all the feels!

Today we take a look back at the wedding of Sharon + Al who I had the pleasure of photographing on their big day. I was recommended to Sharon via Joanna, the wedding co-ordinator, at Melmerby Hall. We first met in November 2019 when we met at the property and had a walk round. I’m sure Sharon will agree with me that we just clicked straight away. I felt like I had known her for years. She was so relaxed and the energy between her, her sister and niece, Meg was just electric. I knew it would be a fabulous day and it definitely didn’t disappoint. A bit of back story for you… Sharon and Al met online, although not by Tinder she did say! (Made me chuckle). After some dutch courage and a lot egging on from the girls she signed up to a dating website. Al was the only guy she messaged with and it must have been fate because his membership was about to run out just a few days later. Fast forward a few weeks to January 2017 and they met up one Friday night and talked for hours. I guess the rest is history as they say! Al proposed in the kitchen of their new home in November 2018. Apparently he disappeared for a little while and when he came back, a Tiffany box popped out from behind his back and he popped that all important question… “WILL YOU MARRY ME?”. Al told her that he had bought the ring a few months after they’d met as he just knew she was the one for him! OMG - isn’t that the sweetest!

The couple told me that they both wanted a small wedding with just close family only and wanted a day with no set timings and no pressure - Super relaxed! After toying with the idea of a destination wedding they decided it would be best to look at a UK wedding due to ageing parents - its a good job really as they’d have been stuck abroad if they had! The Covid-19 pandemic would have scuppered their plans well and truly. After finding Melmerby Hall online they booked a viewing and Joanna pulled it out the bag with the relaxed feel of the house but enough room for all the couples guests. Not stuffy and the option to do pretty much whatever they wanted. So, its 9.30am on 21st March 2020, I pull up to the house and was greeted by Sharon’s gorgeous Mam & Dad, in their dressing gowns and slippers. Everyones just making their way down for breakfast which had just been delivered from the village bakery. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area!

I introduce myself to everyone over a cuppa in the huge country style kitchen and then make my way up to Sharon in the bridal suite. Immediately, I am greeted with the biggest hugs and smiles and the tone was set for the rest of the day. Meg, Sharons Niece, was THE perfect wedding planner! She had organised matching PJs and dressing gowns for all the ladies and a pamper night the evening before. Face masks and foot soaks a plenty - even Granny got involved! There were personalised tissue boxes and mint favours too!
She was also in charge of hair and make-up. There is nothing this girl cant do. Sharon stepped into the most beautiful ivory, WED2B lace gown with button back. Paired with beautiful flowers made by retired florist, mum. 
Peaking out the window we spotted Al and his best man walking through the gardens to the church. Yes, that’s right! The church is literally 60 seconds away from the hall (if that). I left the girls to finish off getting ready and made my way down to the church.

Sharon walked down the aisle with her by Dad by her side to Christina Perri - A thousand years. It was a beautiful ceremony that was topped off with Al scooping Sharon up off the floor and celebrating their newly wedded bliss with a kiss. Back at the hall guests enjoyed a few bubbles before sitting down to a wedding breakfast cooked by the amazingly talented Lynn Hilditch. This was a half day wedding for me and so I left them after the couples and guests portraits had been taken.

What really struck me about this pair is their fun, positive energy! They are living their best lives and I just know that they are meant to be together. 

Well, thats it from me! But I’ll leave you with a lovely message I received from Sharon after wedding (got to give yourself a pat on the back now and again haven’t you) “B I just wanted to say how blessed we were to have you as our wedding photographer, for laughing with us all, for keeping the relaxed feeling of the day, for calming my nerves for thinking I was late! and for helping with all the buttons on my dress! How you picked the perfect picture to be black and white rather than colour - perfect in every choice. The more formal pictures are absolutely stunning but its the other pictures that really captured the emotions of the day, Al looking at me in the church, just the two of us walking from the church to Melmerby hall after getting married, I didn't know you'd taken a picture! Me, Meg and my sister sat laughing on the stairs, these and so many more are the ones that make my heart skip a beat and have tears in my eyes making me relive that moment exactly as it was on the day. Thank you for being you because you are fabulous” - Mrs Sharon Rimmington

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