Wedding Photography at The Alma Inn
A GORGEOUS ALMA INN WEDDING
Emma and Rowan actually live in South Yorkshire but decided to have their wedding at The Alma Inn in Colne. Emma had spent time their as part of her job in fashion design and loved the views and quaint feel of the inn. I actually went to school with Emma, so it was especially lovely when she got in touch to see if I was free. Here's some more about their day.
Emma and Rowan were both able to get ready at The Alma Inn. They had rooms close by to each other but managed to avoid bumping into each other! Emma had make-up in one room and hair in another which left her bedroom relaxed for hanging out and getting dressed. Emma had the most beautiful Justin Alexander dress from The Harrogate Wedding Lounge. Everyone couldn't help but swoon over the beautiful detail at the back. Rowan and his friends went out to admire the views and have a drink before the ceremony.
Emma and Rowan had a gorgeous ceremony with lots of tears. Several friends did readings and it was very personal. The large windows of the conservatory let in lots of light and the view is absolutely stunning. They walked straight out of their ceremony into a tunnel of confetti throwing guests.
The Alma Inn is such a gorgeous setting for a wedding because there is plenty of seating outside and everyone is close together. My second shooter and I had great opportunities to get lots of candid photos whilst the guests enjoyed their drinks in the sun. We headed inside for the speeches and lots of yummy Alma Inn food.
Emma and Rowan went for a little walk at dusk in the fields, which of course we followed them for. To be honest we were totally spoiled by the location of the Alma Inn and it made it easy to get so many stunning photographs. We then headed back in time for the dancing.
Here's a little bit more about Emma & Rowan:
HOW DID YOU MEET?
We used to be in the same biology class at 6th form (I sat behind Rowan) but we never spoke to each other and never became friends. It was a random night out in Barnsley that I bumped into him a couple of years later, we recognised each other and started to chat, had a drink and then went our separate ways. After that we became friends on Facebook and pretty much spent our entire university placement year chatting on facebook (rather than working...oops). A couple of nights out with friends followed, a few cheeky kisses and that was that ... boyfriend & girlfriend ... and so the journey began!
DESCRIBE THE PROPOSAL:
We were on the last night of our wonderful Italian holiday last year- we decided to go there to celebrate Rowan's 30th. I had fallen in love with Positano at the start of the holiday so we decided to return there for our last night. I had found this amazing bar on Instagram that had phenomenal sea views so we decided to treat ourselves to some (rather pricey) cocktails on our last night. Rowan insisted I sat in the chair that was facing the sea, and out of nowhere I started crying... I didn't want the holiday to end, I had had the best time just the 2 of us. Rowan then took my hand and asked me if he should make this holiday even more memorable ... at which point I knew immediately what was going to happen (I had been hinting for years)! I nodded my head to which he replied 'do I have to get down on one knee and everything?' - of course you do Rowan!!! Once everyone in the bar realised what was happening everyone cheered & clapped, the Champagne started flowing, some very kind people took lots of photos to capture the moment and another table of people bought us a round of tequilas to celebrate (I hate tequila - but in the spirit of the moment I threw it back)! That was a mistake as we had a 40-minute coach journey down the windy Amalfi coast before we got back to the nearest town. From there onto our hotel shuttle bus I had a Monica from Friends moment where I just screamed at a bunch of strangers 'We're Engaaaaaged!!!!' and from there they helped us continue the celebrations late into the night back at the hotel.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR VENUE?
We like a lot of things about our venue, mainly it's location. The views surrounding The Alma are stunning. Not only that but the whole place has a cosy, welcoming country feel that we both love and feel very much at home in. The food is always yummy and they have a very well stocked bar (sounds like a strange thing to like about a venue - but it was one of my sticking points - we need a good bar that serve good beer , prosecco & lots of lovely gin)! I also love the fact that when you get married there, the inn becomes exclusive to you & your guests so you really can relax with your nearest & dearest while you spend all day/night celebrating.
ARE THERE ANY DIY/SPECIAL DETAILS TO NOTE ABOUT THE BIG DAY?
Rowan and I are quite handy - he loves DIY and making things out of wood and I love to craft!! So between us we have made a lot of our wedding decor and I think this is one of the things I am most excited about - this wedding is very much unique to us as we have put lots of time and effort into making it just so. From the invitations and place settings through to the cake boards, the wooden signage, the easel that holds the wooden signage .... (infact I think the flowers are pretty much the only thing we haven't made ourselves)! Our first dance is quite special as it is by my favourite band EVER - Hanson. Rowan is equally a fan (we went to 2 of their gigs last year), and all our friends & family will know the reason why we picked them to be our first dance. It isn't a song that anyone but me & Rowan would know so that is special (but I am hoping the DJ will follow it swiftly with MMMbop - I think you'll instantly see the dancefloor fill up)! I have also asked one of our Bridesmaids to read the lyrics to the song during our wedding ceremony (For Your Love - Hanson).
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO ABOUT YOUR WEDDING (APART FROM GETTING MARRIED)?
Celebrating with our family & friends - Rowan & I love a party and a celebration and we love getting dressed up. Not only do we get to do this but at the end of it I get to be a wife and I get to call Rowan my husband.
EPIC SUPPLIERS WHO MADE THE DAY POSSIBLE:
Bride's Outfit: Dress by Justin Alexander purchased from The Harrogate Wedding Lounge -
Groom's Outfit:Suit from Reiss
Bridesmaid/Groomsman Outfits:Tulle Skirts: Asos & Cami Tops: Zara
Hair: Keeley Dyson (Copper Rose Hair & Beauty) -
Cake: Personal Ice
Flowers: Hedgehog Florist (Colne)
Band/DJ: Matthew Stephens (Wedding singer & DJ)
Videographer: Plume Creative
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