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2012 – A year in wedding photographs!

Personal | 02.01.2013

For the past couple of years I’ve done a round up of my favourite photographs from the previous 12 months, from weddings, pre-wedding shoots, other wedding related styled shoots and personal stuff.

I seem to have shot more than ever this year and with so many amazing things happening this year (Opening Love Bridal Boutique with Emma, winning North West Wedding Photographer of the year in The Wedding Industry Awards, working closer than ever with some of the UK’s top venues and wedding suppliers) I’ve decided to dedicate this blog purely to weddings. I didn’t want to water down the amazing wedding experiences I’ve had this year and so I’ll be adding 2 or 3 more ‘A year in…’ blog posts over the coming weeks…so watch this space…!!!

So, I’m sticking rigidly to the formula I’ve always used for these ‘Best of’ blog posts – only ONE image from each wedding I’ve shot in 2012 is allowed.

Which is hard.

Really hard.

I’m lucky enough to work consistently with brides and grooms who are 100% excited about their day. Not just about the photography, but about their venue, their entertainment, their videographer, their ceremony, their florist.

Which makes my life really easy.

I don’t have to convince people that certain things are a good idea – they’ve got their own ideas that they involve me in and we work on ideas and are creative together.

This is an awesome way of working :) And this means that I shoot A LOT of images at every single wedding that I absolutely love. And to cut them down to my very favourite, single image from each wedding is something that breaks my heart! But I do it because it’s fun too!

Some of the choices are really hard but I make these decisions with my head AND my heart.

What I love about them from a technical point of view in some cases, but more often than not, what I love about the moment, the look, the tears, the laughter, the feel of the photograph.

And there they are below.

Some of them were easy, some of them were really hard, for very many different reasons.

Some of them don’t feature the groom, some of them don’t feature the bride – some of them feature neither! (And they’re the REALLY difficult ones to actually finally make a decision on – but it’s just because something grabbed me that represents the overall day)

So one image, from every wedding this year, with a single line to describe why I love that image (and they’re in no particular order!)

Enjoy :)

Katie & Mark’s wedding at Manchester Town Hall and The Lowry Hotel.  Seriously?  You need me to tell you why I love this photograph?!?!?  How much fun?!?!?

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Katie & Kelvin’s wedding at Mitton Hall.  I love this because Katie and her bridesmaids had brought umbrellas and wellies in case of rain – and then insisted on wearing them even though the weather was gorgeous!

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Katie & Andrew’s wedding at Eaves Hall on New Year’s Eve.  I’d promised them something spectacular ahead of the day…and didn’t quite know what that was going to be until it went dark…

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Gemma & Matt’s Bartle Hall Hotel wedding.  Because sometimes you’ve just got to embrace our wonderful British weather… ;)

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Carly & Ian’s wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn.  Because we got weather like this in FEBRUARY!!!

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Becky & Dave’s wedding at The Great Hall at Mains.  Because my great friend and TOP entertainer, Howard Wing, really got the party started!!!

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Hayley & Matt’s wedding at The Midland at Morecambe.  Because the ushers trying to tie their bow ties was one of the funniest 20mins of my life!  Great fun!

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Katie & Andrew’s wedding in Wigan and at Great John Street Hotel.  Because you almost feel like you’re there through their expressions :)

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Katherine & Spencer’s Manchester wedding.  Because these two really are as cool as they look :)

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Kavita & John’s Sefton Park Palm House wedding.  Because I found out that this is Kavita’s favourite photo too!

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Kerry & John’s Davenport Green Hall wedding.  I LOVE the excitement and anticipation as Kerry is about to appear…!!!

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Kirsty & Dean’s Egerton House Hotel.  Because it’s such a beautiful, intimate moment…

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Lucy & Chris’s Macclesfield wedding.  Because they’re my friends and I loved spending this time with them on their special day :)

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Katie & Paul’s Sandhole Oak Barn wedding.  Because they look BANGIN’!!!

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Zoe & Mark’s Styal Lodge wedding.  Because it just looks perfect.

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Suzie & Mark’s Styal Lodge wedding.  Because it’s the calm before the storm…. (in a good way of course!!!)

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Sarah & Tom’s Belle Epoque wedding.  Because it’s Christmas!!!

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Sarah & Andy’s Samlesbury Hall wedding.  Because I love their reaction to the speeches!

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Ruth & Paul’s Manchester wedding.  Because it’s so out of place it works!

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Rosie & Nick’s Belle Epoque wedding.  Another tough one as I’ve left Rosie out (and she’s the most beautiful bride!) – but there’s just something about this photo of Nick and his mates that I love :)

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Becca & Paul’s Peover Golf Club wedding.  Because it doesn’t need any explaining…

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Seb & Andy’s Styal Lodge wedding.  Because I LOVE this much confetti!

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Chrissie & Louis’s Belle Epoque wedding.  Because this really happened.  Seriously.

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Gemma & Martin’s Albright Hussey Manor wedding.  The moment between Gemma & her Dad, I just love it…

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Dolan & Varun’s Woburn Abbey wedding.  ‘Cos it’s cool to arrive on a horse!!!

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Gemma & Dave’s wedding at The Lowry at Salford Quays.  Standard groom/groomsmen ridiculous behaviour!

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Hannah & Ian’s Heaton House Farm wedding.  Because I love that little tear in Hannah’s eye…

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Hazel & Ross’s Ripley Castle wedding.  It’s about the venue, the setting and the moment between Hazel & Ross.  Gorgeous.

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Jules & Rick’s Wilmslow wedding.  Just because I love a Stormtrooper that can DJ…

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Jess & Matt’s Styal Lodge wedding.  It’s all about Jess and her dress…

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Kim & Mike’s Stanley House wedding.  The chandelier, the kiss, the shoes.  Yes.

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Laura & James’s Mitton Hall wedding.  Because Laura looks so serene and calm.  Love this :)

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Pam & Ged’s Manchester wedding at The Restaurant Bar & Grill.  Spontaneous, cheeky and ridiculously cool :)

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Lindsay & Chris’s wedding in France.  Because this is so uber cool.  Oosh.

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Caroline & Darren’s wedding at The Belle Epoque.  Because it’s like an ethereal, magical forest.  Inside.

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Selina & Mike’s Heaton House Farm wedding.  Because it’s so emotional…

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Shahad & Simon’s wedding at The Belle Epoque.  Because we sneaked off for five minutes!!!

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Rach & Andy’s Bartle Hall wedding.  Because they’re so bloody happy!!!

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Paula & Ben’s wedding at Manchester Town Hall and Room.  The architecture….and the look…. :)

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Nicola & Mark’s Mitton Hall wedding.  Because it rained non stop ALL day.  But everyone still had the best day ever :)

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Lucie & Quinn’s wedding at Meol’s Hall, Southport.  Have you ever seen anyone so excited to do their first dance?!?!?

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Marcelle & Chris’s Davenport Green Hall wedding.  Because the speeches were ace!  (And Marcelle was the first Love Bridal Boutique bride!)

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Sarah & Nick’s wedding in Santorini.  Because it was in Santorini of course!  (And it was an AMAZING wedding!)

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Kim & Matt’s wedding at Styal Lodge.  Because they just wanted to have fun :)

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Kate & Ben’s West Didsbury wedding.  Because we ignored the ‘no walking on the bowling green in high heels’ sign!!!

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Helen & Graeme’s wedding at The Alderley Edge Hotel.  Because these were proper belly laughs!

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Ally & Matt’s Sandhole Oak Barn wedding.  Look at that sky!!!

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Laura & Mike’s Nunsmere Hall wedding.  Because Laura looks proper Hollywood glamour…

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And last but by no means least, Bex and Matt’s wedding in Lytham St Annes.  Because I love a full dance floor.  Especially one that contains no fewer than three of my brides and grooms :)

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And there we have it!  What a year!

I’m going to swerve the temptation to do a big thank you list – as I did one very recently in my blog post about The Wedding Industry Awards!!!

So a very brief thank you to all my brides and grooms for being nothing else but awesome!  And thank you for continually giving me the opportunity to have such an amazing day ‘at the office’ every time I shoot a wedding :)

x

Belle Epoque Wedding Photographs – Shahad and Simon

Weddings | 14.09.2012

Now this wedding has got a LOT going on! Shahad and Simon wanted to do things a little differently, so they went for an early ceremony so that they could spend all afternoon with their friends and families, they poured the toast drinks themselves so that they got to speak to every single person that was there (I loved that idea!) and they even provided their own entertainment (which could have used a little more cowbell…!!!) – all in all, an awesome day!!!  (We even sneaked off at sunset and nobody even noticed!)  So here’s some of my favourites from Shahad & Simon’s gorgeous Belle Epoque Wedding (I LOVE that venue!)

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When we got back, there was a little surprise set up in the form of a slideshow of pictures (mostly embarrassing of course!) from when Shahad & Simon were kids, through to meeting and falling in love…awwwww :)

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Shahad and Simon opened the evening’s entertainment themselves and then their very musical friends joined in – great fun!!!

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Congratulations Shahad & Simon!  I hope you’re enjoying your amazing honeymoon!!!

x

Belle Epoque Wedding Photographs – Caroline and Darren

Weddings | 04.05.2012

So you know when you keep looking at the weather all week to see what it’s going to do on a wedding day? And it seems to get worse the further into the week you get. Where it gets to the point where a tornado & flash floods are the best case scenario??? Well that’s what it was looking like for Caroline & Darren right up to the morning of their wedding – until the sun came out! Boom. Somebody special was smiling on us…

Caz and Darren are a gorgeous couple who I got on like a house on fire with from minute one. We first met at The West Didsbury Wedding Event in spring of 2011 (watch this space for details of the next one!) where they also met the amazingly talented Zoe Chiotis who played during their drinks reception and with her band at the evening reception. Awesome stuff.

I met up again with them again recently for their pre-wedding shoot at Quarry Bank Mill which was a lot of fun! We had a great catch up, shot some cracking images and worked out the plan for their big day at The Belle Epoque in Knutsford. Which started with me meeting Caz & the girls at home before church…

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On to the church to meet Darren…

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Love this!

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On to the amazing Belle Epoque in Knutsford…

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The details were stunning.  Caz had hand made so many things, sourced beautiful details – just perfect!

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Zoe Chiotis doing her thing…

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Just time for a beautiful, romantic photograph of Caroline & Darren before the wedding breakfast…

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The speeches were ace!

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The speeches were rounded off by Darren and his best man – brilliant!

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How ridiculously gorgeous are these two?!?!?

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First dance!

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Congratulations Caroline & Darren!  Have an amazing time in Italy!

x

Caroline and Darren’s Quarry Bank Mill Pre-Wedding Shoot!

Pre-wedding | 15.03.2012

I had a great morning with Caz & Darren last week, meandering our way around the grounds of Quarry Bank Mill and shooting some amazing stuff. They’re getting married at The Belle Epoque in Knutsford in a few weeks time and I know it’s going to be the most amazing day!

Here’s a little sneak preview at Caroline & Darren’s shoot….

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How cool are these two?!?!  They are going to look amazing on their big day – I seriously can’t wait for it now!

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Belle Epoque Wedding Photography – Chrissie and Louis

Weddings | 10.02.2012

Another glorious winter wedding! OK, so it was a bit chilly, but the sun was out, the sky was blue – it was a stunning day! And talking of stunning – how depressingly gorgeous are Chrissie & Louis? And bloody lovely with it too! And two gorgeous daughters! And gorgeous families and friends – it was a beauty of a wedding!

I’d been looking forward to this wedding for a long time. I’m really lucky in that I get to work with clients who really value everything about their wedding day – their friends and family all being together in a great venue, great atmosphere, great entertainment, great photography. I got on with Chrissie & Louis from the first minute I met them and with some couples you really do get a sense of how much fun their big day is going to be straight away. I was also getting to work with some of my lovely wedding friends which is always a bonus too!

So…on with the preview – I met Chrissie in the morning at her house in West Didsbury just round the corner from ours – I could have walked it if I wasn’t so lazy ;)

Check out that gorgeous Jenny Packham gown from Aphrodite in Knutsford…

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A first for me!  Chrissie decided, as she was ready in plenty of time, that she would just finish the washing up…!!!

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Although Chrissie was ready in plenty of time, she still managed to be fashionably late to church…!!!

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Showtime…

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Plenty of room for a bride and groom in the back of a mini cooper…!!!

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Gorgeous venue for a gorgeous couple – The Belle Epoque in Knutsford…

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The gorgeous dining room at The Belle Epoque…

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My lovely friends from And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon in West Didsbury had looked after all things cakey…

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The Belle Epoque was jam packed – great atmosphere!

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The incredibly talented Jennie Sawdon, accompanied by another incredibly talented musician, John King added to the amazing atmosphere…

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Speech time!

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And then a pretty crazy first dance!

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The best wedding band out there!  My great mates The Coolers rocked the night do!

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Congratulations Chrissie & Louis!

x

Christina and Louis’s Tatton Park Pre-Wedding shoot – Sneak Preview!

Pre-wedding | 10.08.2011

Here’s another gorgeous pre-wedding shoot from yesterday – this time it was Chrissie & Louis’s turn at Tatton Park in Cheshire. Chrissie & Louis are getting married in January at The Belle Epoque in Knutsford and it’s going to be a seriously amazing day. My great friends and the hottest band out there, The Coolers, will be there so it’s guaranteed to be a properly awesome day! Can’t wait!

So, here’s a little sneak peek at what we shot yesterday…

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I love it when I jokingly say things like “Right Chrissie, me & Louis are going to lift you into that tree” and it then actually happens…

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Love this sequence!

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Anyone would think Louis had been in front of a camera before…

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Seriously though – how gorgeous are these two?!?!

Looking forward to your big day next year guys!

x

Belle Epoque Wedding Photography – Laura and James

Weddings | 12.03.2011

Here’s a little Saturday morning sneak preview just for the loveliest bride and groom in the whole world, Laura and James! They were married yesterday and had the most beautiful reception at The Belle Epoque in Knutsford. It was an absolute pleasure to be involved in their day, they have the loveliest families and friends you could ever meet and it was just the best atmosphere you could wish for at a wedding!

Great to work with my very good friend Tom Harrington from Silk Wedding Videos – a true pro as always. I even got a cheeky look at a couple of shots he got and they look stunning!

Lovely to see Michelle off of Timeless Bride as a guest! Not something that us wedding folk get to experience too often, so nice to see her relaxing and enjoying the day!

Also caught a fleeting glimpse of Laura from Green Earth Flowers as I was shooting the bride and groom leaving the church! We managed a wave at each other! The flowers looked amazing Laura!

So, here’s the sneaky peek, starting with Laura’s stunning dress from where else? Timeless Bride in Poynton of course!

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LOVE this!  The girls look awesome!

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How cool is this?  Just before Laura & James did the first dance we snuck outside to take advantage of the gorgeous exterior of the Belle Epoque, lit up at night…

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Congratulations Laura and James!  Have an amazing time on honeymoon and I can’t wait to catch up with you when you get back!

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Laura and James’s Tatton Park Pre-wedding shoot – Sneak Preview!

Weddings | 09.03.2011

I think I’m only just recovering from an amazing blow out of the cobwebs at Tatton Park this morning on Laura & James’s pre-wedding shoot! It was a gorgeous, blustery, fresh spring morning and we got some beautiful shots.

Laura & James get married this Friday at the amazing Belle Epoque in Knutsford and it’s going to be a cracker! Very excited about working with my great friend Tom Harrington from Silk Wedding Videos and the very lovely Laura Taylor from Green Earth Flowers in Poynton (awesome florist!)

Laura’s dress (is a secret of course!) is from the very gorgeous Timeless Bride in Poynton and I’m really excited about seeing Michelle (owner and all round lovely and gorgeous person!) from Timeless Bride at the wedding as a guest! (She’s Laura’s cousin!) It’s going to be a seriously beautiful wedding!

Laura & James’s pre-wedding shoot is a little bit nearer to their big day than we would normally shoot, but they live up in Scotland and don’t get ‘down south’ (!) that often, so we met up this morning and had a stroll out in the countryside! Here’s a little sneak preview…

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Gorgeous couple!

Can’t wait for Friday Laura & James!

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