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Blackpool Tower Ballroom Wedding Photographs / Jenny and Jim

Weddings | 18.06.2014

I couldn’t believe my luck when Jenny & Jim booked me to shoot their Blackpool Tower Ballroom Wedding Photographs – what an incredible venue!  An icon, not just in Lancashire, but in the whole of the country!  This was a BIG wedding too – but it could not have been more fun!  It was brilliant working with my great pals Rowley’s Catering and I still can’t quite believe how awesome Jenny & Jim’s wedding was :)   Here’s the story of their special day….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations again Jenny & Jim!!!

xxx

 

Pre-wedding shoots – A showcase

Pre-wedding | 28.11.2013

I’ve been really bad at blogging recently.  I’ve shot some amazing weddings this year and they will all appear on these very pages I promise!  But a lot of other crazy stuff has been happening recently…like LOVE Bridal being crowned joint ‘Best Bridal Retailer in the North West’ in The Wedding Industry Awards!  (Had to get that in!)

And I’m shooting a lot.  A lot of weddings.  A lot of pre-wedding shoots.  Which made me realise that although I post images from all my pre-wedding shoots on my Facebook page, recently they haven’t made it onto the blog.  So tonight that changes!  I work with brilliant couples.  Brilliant couples who are so excited about their wedding days, all of the different parts of the wedding day and the photography too!  Which makes them a dream to work with.  Which results in stunning pre-wedding shoots like the ones below.

I’ve literally just grabbed a handful of recent shoots to showcase – just to show the sort of thing you can do, the kind of location that you can use and that you can actually have a bit of fun along the way.  It doesn’t have to be all rigid and staged.  In fact it should really reflect each bride and groom’s personality.  Which I’m sure you’ll agree these shoots do that perfectly :)

 

Ash & Paul:

Sam & Rob:

Naomi & Nigel:

Gemma & Ross:

Francesca & Mike:

Chloe & Mark:

Gem & Mike:

Laura & Dave:

Jack & Stephen:

Emma & Chris:

Charlie & Dan:

Ella & Lee:

 

xxx

 

 

Pre-wedding shoots – why are they so important?

Pre-wedding | 29.05.2013

I love pre-wedding shoots.

They’re my favourite part of the build up to my brides and grooms big day. But why are they so important? It’s an opportunity for the bride and groom to experience having their photograph taken ahead of their big day, so that they really understand what happens when the camera comes out the bag. So that they’re reassured that I’m not going to have them doing anything weird or anything that makes them feel uncomfortable.

And it’s a great opportunity for me to get my head around what the bride and groom are like, not only as a couple, but as individuals as well. And that is so important heading into their wedding day.

Everybody’s different, everybody has different priorities and different things that are important to them.  But there’s one constant.  Every bride and groom to be tells me that they don’t like having their picture taken before their shoot!  And the shoot is designed with this in mind.  For me, it’s about putting the bride and groom at ease, making them understand that I’m on their side and I’m there to make them look awesome.

Just like all these gorgeous guys below…

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Sure, it’s great to choose a cool location, somewhere you like, maybe even somewhere that has a bit of meaning to you both, but it’s more than the location.  It’s going through the initial nerves of not knowing what to expect, to the realisation that actually, it’s not that bad….in fact, you’ve just realised you had good fun doing it…

…And the ultimate realisation and understanding that you’re actually going to enjoy it on the big day too – because you both look amazing!!!

xxx

Chateau de la Couronne Wedding Photographs – Lindsay and Chris

Destination Weddings | 04.06.2012

Where to start with this wedding?!!!? I first met Lindsay and Chris in September 2010 to chat about their wedding photographs. I love chatting to brides and grooms who place a genuine importance on their wedding photographs and it’s especially exciting when you’re chatting to them about their wedding in a Chateau in France! We had great fun on their pre-wedding shoot in Blackpool a couple of months ago and I really got my head round the kind of wedding they wanted theirs to be – relaxed, fun, plenty of time with their friends and family and a few great shots of the two of them in their spectacular venue and surrounding area – easy! ;)

Emma was also booked to do make-up for Lindsay and the girls so we travelled out (on the same flight as Linz & Chris!) on Friday morning and spent a couple of amazing days at Chateau de Lavaud just down the road (huge thanks to Florence and Robert for looking after us and making us feel so welcome!)  We popped over to Chateau de la Couronne on Saturday afternoon to say hello to Linz and Chris and to have a good look around ahead of their big day on Sunday… Which leads us nicely on to Sunday at the Chateau…

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have stayed in this room…(seriously)

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Lindsay’s gorgeous dress by Pronovias from Dan Kerr

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Time to see what the lads were up to…

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There’d been a lot of scaremongering by the locals that Sunday was going to be a total washout, but the weather was gorgeous!  So Lindsay and Chris spent the afternoon on the terrace with their friends and family…

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Jubilee weekend – so it felt appropriate to have a royal influence for a few minutes…!!!

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Speech time – and they were AWESOME!!!  Too many great laughs to remember – and too many inappropriate ones (in a good way!) to repeat here!!!

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Chris had a ‘moment’ and his brothers Warren and Gary came to the rescue with a group hug!

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While the room was being set up for dancing, we sneaked off (very discreetly in the most appropriate wedding transport we could find – our Ford KA hire car!) into Marthon for a couple of minutes…

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Then back to Chateau de la Couronne for one last photograph outside the chateau before the first dance…

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Congratulations again Lindsay and Chris – it was an amazing day and thank you so much for having us along.  I was amazed to see so many fresh faces at the airport this morning as well!  ;)

Have an amazing honeymoon and we’ll catch up in a few weeks!

x

Lindsay and Chris’s Blackpool pre-wedding shoot!

Pre-wedding | 27.03.2012

It was great to catch up with Lindsay & Chris for their Blackpool pre-wedding shoot ahead of their wedding in June…in France! Woop! Lindsay & Chris are getting married at the stunning Chateau De La Couronne in the south-west of France and it’s going to be amazing!
I met up with them in Blackpool so that they could get some of their hometown weaved into their wedding photography story and we had great fun. These two are seriously gorgeous and look soooooooo good together – good job they’re getting married!

Here’s a few of my faves from the shoot…

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Awesome work Lindsay & Chris – can’t wait for your big day now!!!

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Hayley and Matthew’s Blackpool Pre-Wed shoot – Sneak Preview!

Weddings | 14.10.2011

What a great morning today in Blackpool with the loveliest couple you could wish to meet! I’m SOOOOOOO excited about Hayley & Matthew’s wedding after chatting about all the amazing details & ideas that are going to be happening AND after the most awesome pre-wedding shoot – these guys were properly up for it! Changes of clothes were brought along and everything!

Hayley really wanted to use Blackpool for their pre-wedding shoot, as she’s from around that neck of the woods originally and they both love the mirrorball and wanted to make a feature of it – so that’s exactly what we did! Here’s a cheeky first look at this gorgeous couple…!!!

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And one last mirror ball shot ‘cos I love it so much….!!!

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Awesome work this morning guys! Can’t wait for March now!

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Andrea and Andy’s Blackpool Pre-wedding shoot – Sneak Preview!

Pre-wedding | 06.09.2011

I don’t think we could have actually picked a windier day than today!  BUT – no rain (until we finished!  Woo!) so at least we only had one element to contend with!  Andrea & Andy were well up for a laugh – Andrea had even suggested playing in the arcades (and had brought bag fulls of change with her to make sure we could do this!) which we did…until I was told photos weren’t allowed in there (which I knew but we chanced it and we got some great images before we were kicked out!)

So a little sneak peek at the windiest pre-wedding shoot in history…

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They took this particular game quite seriously…!!!

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Great day guys!  Looking forward to your big day at The Inn at Whitewell at Christmas!

x

Natalie and Chris’s Blackpool Pre-Wed shoot – Sneak Peek!

Pre-wedding | 03.05.2011

What a beautiful day to be beside the seaside! I met up with Nat & Chris in Blackpool this morning to shoot their pre-wedding images and we had some gorgeous weather that we were very excited to take advantage of! Here’s a little sneaky peek just for Nat & Chris…

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All the fun of the fair!

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Nat & Chris are on the left…!!!

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Great work this morning guys!  Great fun and we got some seriously awesome shots!

More coming soon…

x

Emma and Karl’s Winter Wonderland Wedding!

Weddings | 01.03.2011

Seeing as though it’s looking like spring is finally here – how about a snowy, wintery wonderland of a wedding for you?!?!

Emma & Karl had kept their fingers crossed for a smattering of snow on their December wedding but they really hit the jackpot! So much so, that I realised that this is the last winter I’ll be risking getting to weddings in my rear wheel drive BMW!!! (for those who aren’t car geeks like me: Rear wheel drive in the snow = great fun if it doesn’t matter if your car ends up stuck for a few days. If you’re relying on it getting you to the most important day of a couple’s lives = scary!)

But that’s what contingency plans are for – if the car had gotten stuck, I actually had three back up plans in place to fall back on to ensure I got there.

Fortunately I didn’t need any of them and I got there in one piece! So I met Emma and the bridesmaids at her Mum and Dad’s house where the house was alive with excitement…!!!

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Ooh, ooh, ooh!!!  Jane from Flower Design arrived to present Emma with her bouquet – I LOVE this part!

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Time to head to St Chad’s in Poulton to meet Karl and the boys.  Hipflasks serve two purposes in the winter – a bit of the old liquid courage AND something to keep the cold off!

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Could it have worked out any better?!  Carol’s outside the church just before Emma arrived!  Awesome!

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On to Singleton Lodge – how pretty does it look with all the snow down?!?!

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Another seriously amazing Flower Design wedding.  Each table was dressed with it’s own individual centre piece – just magnificent!

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And all of a sudden the sun put in an appearance…!!!

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Princess for the day!  How beautiful does Emma look?!?!

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Huge congratulations Emma & Karl!  You have left every future bride and groom getting married in the winter hugely jealous/hopeful that the weather is as kind to them as it was to you!

All the very best!

x

Laura and Ewan’s Spectacular New Year’s Eve Wedding!

Weddings | 24.02.2011

What a finish to an amazing 2010 – Laura & Ewan’s amazing New Year’s Eve wedding at Staining Lodge near Blackpool. Every little detail had been carefully considered, every final touch was perfect – a photographer’s dream!

I started out in the morning meeting Laura at her Mum and Dad’s house…

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My great friends, the seriously amazing Flower Design, were Laura & Ewan’s florists – this is one of my favourite moments when I work with Flower Design – ‘the big reveal’, when Jane presents the bride with her dream bouquet!  Beautiful!

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Wow.  That bouquet really is a work of art…

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I arrived at the church in time to meet Ewan and the lads…

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Another beautiful Flower Design touch…

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All the guests arrived by double decker!

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How beautiful does Laura look?

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The amazing gospel choir were in full swing as Laura & Ewan signed the register…

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Time for a couple of shots with Laura & Ewan when we arrived back at Staining Lodge…

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You don’t see many buttonholes like that!  Flower Design are just amazing at creating something so perfect and unique for every single bride and groom.  I do suspect that now they’ve started designing buttonholes like this, you will see more and more of them this year!  By which time they’ll be setting the trend for the next new idea!

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I could keep going on and on about Flower Design, but I think these images of the marquee speak for themselves…

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A Rowley’s Catering special (another one of my very good wedding friends!) – the ‘guest carver’ on each table – what a great idea!

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Let the carving begin!

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Speech time!

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As the evening got going, the cocktails started flowing…!!!

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What an incredible day!  It’s always a pleasure working with great wedding friends and an even greater pleasure when it’s for such a lovely couple.

Congratulations Laura & Ewan!

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