Gibbon Bridge Hotel Wedding Photographer | Paul + Olivia


What a brilliant wedding day. This was my first time as a Gibbon Bridge Hotel wedding photographer. Paul and Olivia ask me to photographer their special day in my signature relaxed, unobtrusive and documentary style. Formal portraits were not the flavour of the day, but photos taken without direction and captured as they happen was far more important. My speciality as a wedding photographer is to observe and make compositions of real moments that happen on the day. Every image then becomes a real memory for you. Using my 10+ years experience, as well as modern silent mirrorless cameras, I allow you to enjoy every second of your wedding at Gibbon Bridge Hotel, or any other venue.

60 Gibbon Bridge Hotel wedding photos from award winning photographer

Paul and Olivia had their ceremony at a local church. This is were they said their vows and became husband and wife. The day was nice and sunny which meant that the drinks reception at Gibbon Bridge. Everyone including the bridesmaids, groomsmen and wedding party had drinks and canapés out on the lawn and terrace. Set within the countryside, this is the perfect quintessential english wedding setting. The most incredible backdrop for photos to create you a gallery of the most stunning wedding photos. The hotel is one of my favourite to visit as a wedding photographer. If you are planning your wedding at Gibbon Bridge, or any other place and looking for a no-fuss photography approach, then I am your man. Below is just 60 photos in a gallery from their wedding day for you to view. Every single picture captured without intrusion, without them knowing, in my award winning style. Enjoy looking through. Great working with Aaron Rose Wedding Films at this wedding.

No addiotnal travel costs for any weddings at Gibbon Bridge, or anywhere in the north-west

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Gibbon Bridge is such a special place

For an idyllic wedding in the rolling hills of the romantic Lancashire countryside, Gibbon Bridge Hotel is a dream luxury venue, with highly experienced staff and a variety of lavish spaces. The consummate venue for a lavish wedding in the country. Tucked into the romantic green valleys and moors of The Forest of Bowland, The Gibbon Bridge Hotel is a beautiful, luxurious venue, with spectacular grounds and breath-taking views across the valleys. A wedding photographers dream venue for sure.

Established in 1982, Gibbon Bridge is an award-winning, family-run country hotel. Janet Simpson, the owner, has been there since the very beginning, when Janet and her mother decided to divert their attention from farming to the hotel industry. Weddings have been a specialist service at The Gibbon Bridge Hotel for over thirty years. Their legendary, warm ethos, means that nothing is too much and no detail is to small – clearly the biggest reason for their continued success. A sought-after, stunning wedding venue, with space for up to 250 guests, The Gibbon Bridge Hotel is home to a wonderful mixture of both outdoor and indoor spaces. From the spacious, bright conservatory, to the opulent Orangery and delightful terrace with magnificent views over the gardens, there are all of the areas that you need for an astonishing wedding ceremony to impress.

Keep it to yourself though – because the venue only holds one wedding each day!

Catering for your every wedding need

The Gibbon Bridge’s gorgeous, vast conservatory is flooded with plenty of light on all sides, the consummate location for larger gatherings, that can be extended with the addition of a plush marquee. For more intimate celebrations the superb orangery or the exquisite Cavalier Lounge are an excellent choice. The Victorian style Orangery is a magnificent space with opulent decor, including: cast iron pillars, antique rugs, limestone flooring, under-floor heating, contemporary furniture by Vincent Sheppard, hand-blown glass by David Reade, a baby Grand and a fabulous glass roof and doors. Ready too, is The Cavalier Lounge, a wonderful period space with an impressive Gothic stone fireplace and comfy chairs. All these incredible features means I can compose my frames with interesting subject matter in the near and foreground. Wedding photography at Gibbon Bridge could not be better.

Alternatively, for the days when the sun shines bright, you can choose the Bandstand for the ultimate wedding ceremony in the warm, open air. With Gibbon’s mesmerising grounds as the ultimate backdrop, walk down the steps and on towards the splendidly decorated bandstand. An incredible aisle to walk down – one of the best that you’ll find. Perched on the lower terrace surrounded by the Gibbon’s alluring gardens, your guest and your partner will be waiting, in full view too will be the awe-inspiring landscape behind.

The hotel’s thirty uniquely designed, luxury bedrooms and split-level suites, means that there is plenty of space for guests to stay. With divine standard doubles, twins, suites and split-level VIP suites available, you’ll find something for everyone who wants to spend the night. Inside, each bedroom and suite, is en-suite with tons of space. Every room has a wonderful large double or twin, king-size or super king-size bed taking centre stage, as well as whirlpool baths in many rooms. Additionally, there are two rooms specially designed for guests with mobility needs too, plus a fitness centre for guest use. The Staple Oak Suite ensures that the grandest room is left for you. The finest of the Gibbon Bridge’s split-level suites, The Staple Oak Suite features: your own private garden, luxurious sofas, a renaissance-style bed, walk-in wardrobe, whirlpool bath, thirties-style oval-shaped dressing table and two floors of space to enjoy.

Photographing in around the gardens of Gibbon Bridge Hotel

All of this is set in an awe-inspiring twenty-three acres of award-winning landscaped grounds. Walking around these grounds for your bridal portraits is a must. Using a series of wide and tele-photo lenses to capture different angles, and to frame photos of the newlyweds within these natural surrounding. Gibbon Bridge Hotel is held in high regard amongst all wedding photographers as the place to be. Camera in hand, pressing that shutter, this is where it is at. Boasting ornamental gardens, pretty woodlands and an alluring lily pond – a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The majestic woods of The Forest of Bowland, are the final remnants of an ancient rural landscape that once covered huge swathes of England. Located in the Ribble Valley, a stay at the Hotel offers up the opportunity to sample so much of the wonderful Lancashire scenery that is on the doorstep. For those that want to stay a bit longer, the area around Gibbon Bridge is full of lots of history, natural beauty spots, period architecture, quaint country roads and charming culture to savour.

For your wedding breakfast, Gibbon Bridge takes great pride in serving up the best, tasty, mouth-watering food – all locally-sourced and seasonal. The chefs at the Gibbon only use the finest ingredients, served to the highest standards. To accompany the food, the hotel has a full alcohol licence, so there are plenty of specially selected fine wines, spirits and other drinks to relish over the course of the day. With a full entertainment licence, there is ample choice for the evening. Whether you want a live band or DJ there are facilities for both, as well as an immense bar and a large dance floor. Access is easy with a roomy car park and helipad too. Notching up over thirty-five years of experience, Janet and her wedding team are able to offer a fully custom wedding planning service, to cater to your every whim, including the photography. Dedicated to delivering the wedding of your dreams it is no surprise that this is a much sought-after venue for a knockout wedding in an astonishing setting.

A big thank you to Michael Townsend who shadowed me at this wedding as part of my mentoring programmes.

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Manchester Wedding Photographer | David Stubbs - North West & UK 2022