Given the fact that weddings in the UK are a lot more personal and tailored today than they were in the past, it’s perhaps unsurprising that the pre-wedding shoot has caught on as a hot trend.
If you are unfamiliar with all things nuptial, you might be wondering what pre-wedding photos are exactly. As the name suggests, they are a set of snapshots taken prior to the wedding day, helping to capture the essence of the couple’s love and complement the candid and portrait shots taken on the day.
The pre-wedding shoot is often held somewhere on the grounds of the venue at which the ceremony or reception is taking place, but some couples choose instead to have their portraits taken with a picturesque or sublime backdrop offered by one of the North West’s many naturally beautiful regions.
Here are five popular spots to be found in or near North West England:
1) Peak district
An upland area of rolling hills laced with striking greenery, the Peak District crosses the borders of a number of counties in the North of England, including Cheshire and Greater Manchester.
The national park is a photographer’s heaven with stunning open vistas stretching for miles, rustic stone paths winding along the summits of sharp-edged hillocks and gorgeous sunsets, making the region perfect as the backdrop to a couple sharing a kiss or holding one another.
While somewhat craggier and more mountainous than its northern brother, Snowdonia is no less breathtaking than the Peak District. The grey-green pinnacles of this national park in North Wales are often framed in mist or lit up majestically by the sun. The contrasting nature of this undulating landscape makes it truly one of the most beautiful in the UK.
3) Forest of Bowland
For some people it may be an unfamiliar natural area, but the Forest of Bowland is no less stunning as a place of rural magnificence. It is not just a region of woodland, as its name suggests; this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as it is officially designated, offers awesome views of sweeping moorland and rugged sandstone fells. Another point that makes the Forest of Bowland so appealing is the fact that it does not, like some areas, attract tourists in their droves.
4) Delamere Forest
A familiar idyllic spot for anyone who has grown up in the North West of England, it is not hard to argue the otherworldly beauty of Delamere Forest. This woodland – easily accessible for people living in the Merseyside area – boasts a hearty mix of evergreen and deciduous trees, which means it offers a rich palette of tones all year round.
5) Crosby Beach
Better known nowadays as the home of the world famous and ethereal iron men created by artist Anthony Gormley, Crosby Beach’s beauty is quietly stunning. This stretch of Sefton coastline promises striking views, particularly when the sun sets in a wash of molten gold over Liverpool Bay.
A ton of other areas are just as beautiful as the five listed here, but by hiring a top wedding photographer, Manchester and Liverpool couples – and indeed those from anywhere else in the North West – can be sure of finding the perfect spot for pre-wedding photographs.