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Hollywood inspired black tie Lancashire wedding at Wrea Green.


It gives me great pleasure to present Ajá and Ben’s Lancashire wedding; a cool and stylish couple who gave me complete trust and freedom to photograph their Hollywood-esque inspired, black tie Lancashire wedding at Ajá’s family home in Wrea Green, near Preston and Blackpool in Lancashire.


Bride and groom leaving church under confetti at Lancashire wedding St Nicolas church Wrea green


Hollywood inspired glamour on a classic English summers day seen all the guy’s looking sharp and the ladies looking beautiful. I photographed the day as it unfolded starting with the bridal preparations and a ceremony at the local church before returning to the family home for a beautiful marquee wedding reception, live band and party.

I produced a strong mix of creative and documentary style images that I hope will trigger memories for years to come. A selection of photographs from Ajá and Ben’s Lancashire wedding day is now perfectly presented in a stunning storybook album that they will treasure forever.

Here’s their story…

Please introduce yourself and where you are both from.
Hi, I’m Ben Heaviside, 30, Barristers Clerk in London and Ajá, 29, Barrister, originally from Wrea Green, Preston, Lancashire but now living in the big smoke with the aforementioned!

How did you meet?
Ajá: We met in a local bar in London which is a well-known watering hole in the legal arena. It’s so horrendous it will remain nameless though!! Ben’s chat up line wasn’t much better… whilst out with friends our groups started chatting, Bens opening line (in true Keith Lemon style) “I’m going to smash your back doors in”. I burst out laughing and haven’t stopped for the last five and a half years.

How did he propose?
Ben: I proposed at the top of a mountain in Switzerland on a skiing trip. The place is very special to us for a number of reasons but even more so now. She almost rumbled me in the morning when she questioned the bulge of the ring box in my pocket!!


Tell us about the wedding.
Ben: We got married at St Nicholas Church, Wrea Green, and the reception was in the gardens at Ajá’s Mum and Dads house in the same village. It was Ajá’s local church growing up and she always said to her parents that she would always get married there… and she did!

Ajá: We wanted something glamorous and fun, sort of Hollywood-esque. Most importantly, we just wanted it to be a brilliant party for all of our friends and family to enjoy (who had travelled from all over to attend our Lancashire wedding) rather than making it all about us.


Who did you wear?
I wore a beautiful dress by Berta, an Israeli designer. It was so unique and from the moment I saw it in the various magazines (and Pinterest) I knew I had to get one!! I got it from the Wedding club store in London. I was a little nervous about how Ben would react to the dress as it was not the classic wedding dress at all, but he was absolutely blown away which meant so much.

What about your bridesmaid dresses and what did the guy’s wear?
The guys wore bespoke Armani. Ben wanted the perfect suit and it was! The girls wore a blush pink floor-length gown by Dessy. They all looked beautiful.

What type of flowers did you choose and why?
We had a whole range of flowers and our amazing florist, Margaret Mason, was given almost free reign to design as she saw fit. We saw her so many times and she visited the house and the church in advance, discussed what we wanted and colour schemes and then designed around our vision of the day.

When I went for my final dress fitting she gave me a silk version of my bouquet to make sure it looked perfect. This was amazing as when we looked at the photos we then changed it slightly.


Describe some of your favourite wedding details and how you came up with them.
Ben: There were so many little quirks we thought of, but two of the best that comes to mind was the entertainment, Six15 events who organised our DJ and live music.

We wanted something different and outside of the box when it came to bands and singers. Then on a night out we saw these guys playing their set in a bar with live saxophone/percussion and electric violin accompanying the music and we knew instantly that we had found the party piece.

The second was having a dance routine for our first dance. We were both dreading doing the standard “grab and sway” so decided to head to Pineapple dance studios to learn the basics. Our teacher Kira ended up having us put a routine together with two-songs mash-up that turned out to be a hilarious/mortifying/satisfying experience.


What one moment will last with you both forever?
I think one of the best moments and one we will never forget was when Wes took us into the back fields of my parent’s house to let us to “cool off” and have some time to ourselves. It was there we practised our dance routine with no one watching and Wes got some awesome pictures to boot!!

We used one of these pictures to end the wedding album with, it’s a beautiful sunset photo of the both of us watching the sun go down from my parents garden, it’s the perfect picture to end our Lancashire wedding album with as we now live in London.

We know you asked for one moment, but the moment when we first saw each other at the end of the aisle in St Nicolas church was just amazing and we both cried.


Would you recommend Wes Simpson Weddings to photograph your friends and families wedding day?
Absolutely 100% YES!!! We love how he captured the day exactly how we imagined it to be. When you book a wedding photographer, you put a lot of faith in someone you only might only talk with on the phone or meet a couple of times before the wedding. And they to do such an important job, however, we love the fact that Wes was part of our day.

What did you like most about working with Wes?
Ben: He’s relaxed, cool, calm, so creative and imaginative. He also made a point of making sure we knew exactly what was going on and when it was going to happen. Not pushy and brilliant at his job (if you can call it that, it’s more his passion!)

Ajá: When Wes was taking photos of me in the morning, he made me feel so relaxed allowing time for natural pictures and capturing special/real moments in the most perfect way.


What is your one favourite picture that Wes took and why?
I think it’s too difficult to pinpoint one image, we love all of them, but as a joint picture, it would have to be the dancing in the field or one of the portraits when Ben kisses my head.

Do you have any advice for future brides or grooms reading this?
Get the basics covered as early as possible, venue, catering, photographer (obviously book Wes), outfits etc. and leave as much time for the little details as possible. It’s amazing how time-consuming they are and the quirkier the idea, the harder it is to put into practice.

What are you most looking forward to as a married couple?
Right now probably having money again, but it’s probably the norm of having a family and moving into a nice big house away from the city at some stage. We both love our careers and what comes with it but you can’t put a price on having a proper life together.


Black and white wedding photo bride in Berta wedding dress Lancashire wedding Wrea Green

Ajá and Ben, it’s was an absolute pleasure being involved in your wedding, I hope you agree, we captured some great memories, I hope you will treasure them forever.  Wes x


I hope you enjoyed Aja and Ben’s Lancashire wedding story, please feel free to leave a comment below. If you’re planning a wedding and you like my work, I’d love to be your Lancashire wedding photographer.

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