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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

Mitton Hall Wedding Photographs – Katie and Kelvin

Weddings | 07.12.2012

This was such an awesome wedding that it’s already been featured on Boho Weddings Blog before I’ve even had the chance to blog it!  I laughed from the second I arrived until the moment I left – Katie & Kelvin are the loveliest couple you could ever wish to meet with the most hilarious and equally lovely set of friends ever!  It was an amazing day :)

I’m going to get straight into the photos and fill you in on a couple of things as we go along – so we start at Mitton Hall in the morning (stunning venue!) where Katie and the girls were getting ready…

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Kelvin’s a big VW fan, so Katie had arranged for a Beetle and camper to collect him and the lads!

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The details at Katie & Kelvin’s wedding were amazing…

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Bridesmaid Julie had made the gorgeous cake!

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Congratulations again Katie & Kelv!  Have an amazing time on your delayed honeymoon – not jealous at all!!!

xxx

Mitton Hall Wedding Photography – Nicola and Mark

Weddings | 08.10.2012

I’ve been saving this wedding for a little while…I LOVE it – living and breathing proof that you don’t need a gorgeous sunny day for gorgeous wedding photographs :)

I have to admit, I was a little nervous when I looked out the window on the morning of Nic & Mark’s wedding and saw, quite literally, torrential rain.  I know that in an ideal world, every bride and groom would get a lovely, sunny, warm day, but sadly when you live in the North-West of England, that kind of weather doesn’t come around very often… I wouldn’t have blamed Nic & Mark for having a total sense of humour failure about the weather and I think the fact that they actually live in Spain made it even worse and could have potentially left them thinking that they’d wished they’d flown everyone out to see them get wed in far more predictable and sunny weather!

But they were awesome.  They laughed out loud.  They embraced it.  And we even got outside at one point!  I think the very fact that Nic & Mark had booked such a stunning venue in Mitton Hall, reassured them that even if they couldn’t get outside, the had the beautiful interior of the venue to use for their photographs.

I love photographing weddings at Mitton Hall.  The staff are amazing (Dave and Sarah and all your team – thanks for looking after me as always!) the venue is spectacular – you don’t need much more than that!

So, looking like I was about set off on a 2 week adventure on a fishing trawler with all the wet weather clobber I could find, I arrived at Nicola’s parents house in the morning…

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Nic & Mark had booked my great friend, Paul Guard, to do his thing during the wedding breakfast – he was AWESOME!

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Congratulations Nic & Mark!

Thanks for having me along for the ride and trusting me when I said everything was going to be ok….!!!

xxx

Mitton Hall Wedding Photographs – Laura and James

Weddings | 13.08.2012

What a gorgeous wedding! I LOVE photographing weddings at Mitton Hall – a stunning venue, amazing staff, just a fabulous place for a wedding! And Laura and James’s big day was no exception – beautiful details, a lovely set of family and friends – and the weather behaved itself! What more do you need from a wedding?!?!

Here’s a few of my favourites from their day…

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Congratulations Laura & James!

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Katie and Kelvin’s Northern Quarter Pre-Wedding Shoot – Sneak Peek!

Pre-wedding | 18.04.2012

It was great to catch up with Katie & Kelvin this week ahead of their wedding at the amazing Mitton Hall later in the year. Katie & Kelvin decided on a city shoot for their pre-wedding photos as a nice contrast to their wedding day at Mitton Hall in the countryside. We met up at Bluu in the Northern Quarter for a drink and chat before we headed out for a meander through the Northern Quarter to shoot some awesome stuff! Here’s a few of my faves…

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What are the odds…?!?!

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Great work guys – can’t wait for your big day now!

x

2011 – A year in photographs…

Family | 05.01.2012

Here it is! My TOP60 of 2011! (I tried to make it TOP40 but I just couldn’t cut it down any further!) Another amazing year at Jonny Draper Photography filled with awesome experience after awesome experience. Another year of meeting some of the loveliest people you could ever possibly wish to meet and another year of working at some of the best venues and with some of the best suppliers in the wedding industry. To all of my brides and grooms and to all of my wonderful wedding friends – thank you for making 2011 an absolute joy. I’m looking forward to more of the same this year!

So without further ado, my favourite images in no particular order. As with my 2010 review, I set myself a couple of simple rules so as to (hopefully!) not bore you to tears reading this blog post and instead let you just look at and enjoy the images. The rules were: Only 60 images (I worked out that I shot over 100,000 images last year so it’s been a bit of a task to cut them down again!) and only a simple line about each one. Here we go…!!!

The gorgeous Poppy at Styal Lodge modelling for our ‘Future of Vintage’ shoot as featured on English Wedding (you can see the whole shoot HERE)  We could have been in Ibiza the weather was that good!  One of my iconic images of 2011 – so much so that it is about to be hung on our lounge wall!

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Katie & Colin’s Grange over Sands wedding – I love a happy and full dance floor!

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Bev & Phil’s pre-wedding shoot.  Seedy?  Nah….!!!  I love the colours!  (And so did they!)

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Bev & Phil’s wedding at The Ashes in Staffordshire.  Taking a few minutes out at their stunning venue…

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I’ve heard rumours about photographers not allowing guests to take pictures at weddings they shoot – obviously I don’t roll like that, but even if I did, I’d have struggled to stop Lisa & Eric’s guests at Thornton Manor!!!

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Kelly & Mike’s Inn at Whitewell wedding – stunning.  That’s it.

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Alexis & Adam’s wedding at Mitton Hall.  Wowsers.  What a gorgeous evening for the the most gorgeous couple.  Ali & Adam REALLY loved everything about their wedding and the photography and were so keen to use their amazing venue to it’s full potential.  As with all the images in this post, I could have used hundreds of images from their wedding, so it was tough cutting it to this one.  But I’m sure you’ll agree it’s a worthy entry!

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Another Mitton Hall wedding, this time Jenna & Chris’s big day (that’s not Chris on the left by the way!) – I just loved Jenna & her bridesmaid’s matching Vivienne Westwood shoes!

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Ridiculous gin based behaviour at Kate & Ant’s wedding.  Love it!

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Chips by the river for Carrie & Rob and their bridal party at their wedding at Oddfellows in Chester – don’t think I need to say anything else!

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Chrissie off of Chrissie & Louis at their pre-wedding shoot at Tatton Park – how gorgeous?!?!

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My fave shot from Charlotte Balbier‘s Candy Kisses launch party at Great John Street Hotel in Manchester – a stunning collection and an honour to be involved.

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Catherine from Catherine & Will arriving at church.  Who cares that it’s raining?  This is a gorgeous shot!

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Awwww…Jacqui & Will at Styal Lodge – I love them so much!  They are the nicest couple in the world!!!

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Vicki off of Vicki & Stuart having a race with her bridesmaids at Browsholme Hall.  As you do!

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One of my all time favourite images.  The gorgeous Ruth at The Ashes in Staffordshire.  It’s just so ethereal and beautiful!

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Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.  Just because it’s so iconic.

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A rather special moment at Louise & Tom’s wedding in Bristol where the ‘do not climb on the cow’ sign was very much ignored…

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The first shoot I did for Black White Denim in Wilmslow, Cheshire.  My favourite model who’s not a model, Ella…

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Jess & Mike’s Manchester pre-wedding shoot.  Because it doesn’t get cooler than this…

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Charlotte & Teddy’s (and Ellie-Belle Balbier!) Tatton Park engagement shoot.  The loveliest couple on a stunningly beautiful and colourful autumn day…

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Another of my all time favourite images taken at Hannah & Jason’s Styal Lodge wedding – I LOVE a moody sky!

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Big red wedding bus at Steph & Kris’s Manchester Town Hall wedding!  Love it!

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I think it’s the colours that do it for me.  And the expressions on Ali & Adam’s faces!  A BRILLIANT pre-wedding shoot at Fletcher Moss Park in Didsbury…

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Because people only smile like this when it’s the best day ever… Polly and Paul’s Albright Hussey Manor wedding…

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Rebecca & Andrew taking 5 minutes out on the beach on their way to Lytham Hall.  Because they could.  I love a bride who loves her dress but doesn’t worry about it!

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Mrs Angela Doran.  Because Emma & I love you!

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One for the boys AND girls.  A sports car (Lotus Exige for anyone who’s a car geek like me!) AND a man in uniform!  What’s not to like?!  Mike from Jess & Mike outside Styal Lodge…

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Lisa & Alex’s ‘secret’ West Didsbury wedding!  I love this shot of them enjoying fish and chips in Frankie’s Fish Bar on Burton Road!

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Leona.  Beautiful.

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Laura & Simon’s Thornton Manor wedding – you can feel the atmosphere in this shot, I just love it…

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Louise & Andy’s Mitton Hall wedding – Bags of attitude!

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Vicky & Jamie at The Lowry Theatre – how cool is it that we were allowed to shoot in the theatre?!?!

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My great friend Howard Wing getting a ‘Love Train’ going at Paula & Andy’s Barton Grange wedding – that was before the speeches had even started!  That’s how good he is!

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Little Lola Fox.  Cute as you like!

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Hayley & Matthew’s Blackpool pre-wedding shoot.  The wanted the glitter ball to be a feature.  So that’s what we did!  Ace!

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Rachael’s portfolio shoot in Manchester.  Because we got her to sit on a wall on the 5th floor of a carpark and she was up for it…

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Dawn & Phil’s Sandhole Oak Barn wedding.  We shot some gorgeous images of them after the wedding breakfast and this one of them having a few minutes to themselves is one of my faves.  What a lovely couple they are too…

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Catherine & Richard.  It’s all in the look…

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Emma & Pete and a couple of their hilarious mates – what’s not to like about this pic?!?!

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Jess & Terry’s wedding.  Another wedding where I could have used hundreds of images for this post, but this was my fave (sorry you didn’t feature Tez!  Although you DID like it so you DID go and put a ring on it!!!)

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Jordana & Ben at the windmill on the green in Lytham.  Because Jordana still has it as her profile pic on Facebook – I’m glad she loves it as much as I do!

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Nicky & Graham at Styal Lodge.  I wanted to give them a different perspective to the now famous ‘platform’ at Styal Lodge – and it worked beautifully!

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Louise from Louise & Andy on their pre-wedding shoot at The Inn at Whitewell.  They wanted to do something a bit different.  So they got REALLY dressed up and then we went for a walk in the country!  Cool hey?!

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Tiz & Rich – once again, it’s all about the look…

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Andrea & Andy’s Inn at Whitewell wedding.  Just to prove that even hotel corridors look awesome in wedding photographs…

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Ashley Margolis shoot (Ricky from Hollyoaks)  Ash wanted something a little bit cooler than his usual headshot/agent card images so we spent a morning shooting some properly cool stuff around Castlefield…

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Mel & Jivko’s Conwy Castle wedding.  Check that view out!

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Katie & Nick’s big finish to their first dance at Albright Hussey Manor!  As choreographed by my good friend Ailsa Baker!

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Tanya & Paul’s Bartle Hall wedding – I love them stealing a minute away from it all just before their first dance…

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Check out that smile on Nat’s face!  Proof that rain doesn’t dampen spirits on anybody’s wedding day!

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Jamie & his groomsmen at Stirk House having a little loosener before the ceremony!

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Recently featured on their wedding ‘sneak preview’ on my blog – I love this shot of Ali & Adam kissing under the mistletoe at The West Tower

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Another Black White Denim shoot – featuring the very lovely Charlotte.  Simple, elegant and incredibly beautiful…

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Weddings are all about interactions and reactions – I love the look on Maria’s face as her and John are applauded into the room at Rookery Hall

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Sophie in a stunning gown from The White Closet at The Styal Lodge Open Evening.  Because it was such a fun evening!

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Julie & Jamie’s pre-wedding shoot in Liverpool.  A ‘Friends’ moment…!!!

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The gorgeous Stacey on The Vintage Wedding Dress Company shoot for The White Closet at Willow Pool in Lymm.  As featured on Love My Dress HERE!

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Carly & Ian’s Manchester pre-wedding shoot.  Because they drink alcohol that is on fire.  And they’re particularly gorgeous and lovely!

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This seemed a particularly appropriate image to end on!  Lucy & Ian’s friends at their Lyme Park wedding getting stuck into Jagerbombs!  Cheers!

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So there it is. My 60 favourite images. Beautiful brides and grooms, wonderful moments, new friends, I loved every minute.

A huge thank you to the following people for their continued support and for contributing so much to such an incredible year:

Emma Draper

Chris & Pete Draper

Jo, Paul, Megan and ‘Bump’ Pike

Katie & Anthony Roberts

Clare Draper

Keith & Pauline Latham

Jane & Jason Thompson

Olivia Jones

Richard, Sarah, Georgie, Poppy & Franny Higham

Tom Harrington

Nikki, Rich, Jessica & Charlie Graeme

Charlotte Balbier & Ed Bedford

Sheree Reece

Howard Wing

Judith Blacklock

Jo Davies, David Bell, Charlotte, Lucy and all the girls at Black White Denim

Helen Corr & Pete Ruane

The Northwest Photographer ‘drink up’ massive

My lovely mates

And last but my no means least, all of my amazing brides and grooms!

Here’s to 2012!

xxx

Louise and Andy’s Mitton Hall Wedding – Sneak Preview!

Weddings | 26.08.2011

There were some big guns out for this wedding yesterday, let me tell you!  Mitton Hall itself (exclusively no less!)  TWO dresses from One and Only Bridal Couture, Flower Design, Silk Wedding Videos, Stephen Bayliss, Charlese, The Coolers - I could actually go on and on!  It was a hell of a wedding!

Perfect venue, glorious weather – what more could you want?!

Here’s a little sneak preview at all the awesomeness, starting at Louise’s Mum & Dad’s house in Preston…

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On to the church and after a little encouragement, Louise & Andy’s little one came charging down the aisle…!!!

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On arrival at Mitton Hall…

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Stealing the show!  Soprano Bella came in to ‘arrest’ the best man and burst into song (they were seriously amazing – they finished with the most incredible performance of ‘Nessun Dorma’ and sent shivers down my spine…) And this was all before the speeches!

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After the speeches (and before Louise went to slip into wedding dress no2!  A beautiful Jenny Packham gown!)

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All change!  (How amazing does Louise look!?!?)

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The night do got under way with the incredible Stephen Bayliss opening his set with the first dance…

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What a day!  Congratulations once again Louise & Andy!

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Alexis and Adam’s Mitton Hall Wedding – Sneak Preview!

Weddings | 08.08.2011

This wedding has been a long time coming! It actually feels like I’ve known Alexis & Adam for a long, long time now (that’s a good thing by the way!) and their amazing day finally arrived yesterday! I actually can’t remember how long ago it is since I first spoke to Alexis but I remember the first time we met in person was January 2010, so getting on a while back now! Since then we’ve done their pre-wedding shoot (nearly a year ahead of their day because of Adam relocating to the US for work) been out for dinners, I’ve used Alexis as a bridal model (talk about putting pressure on myself!) we’ve met up at wedding events – it’s got to the point where they’re not just clients, but friends. And I’ll miss them when they fly out to the States on Thursday to start their new life together out there…

I always knew this was going to be something very special. Alexis ‘does’ art. (She’s a teacher) They’re very creative as a couple and we’ve never stopped talking about ideas in the build up to their day. Also involved were my great friends at Flower Design, Specialized Cakes, Paul Guard and of course, Dave and all the team at Mitton Hall. So it was always going to be awesome.

I was also lucky enough to have my very good friend and truly amazing photographer, Sam Clayton, shooting with me yesterday which was a real treat. She got some amazing images and will be releasing a little sneak preview on her blog tomorrow…

So, as promised Ali & Adam – here’s a little look at your very special day…starting with the boys in the morning…

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I then popped round to Ali’s Mum & Dad’s to see how they were all getting on…

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The gorgeous and amazing Eve Broadhurst was Alexis’s hairdresser.  And all the bridesmaids.  And the flower girl.  She had a busy morning!

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Eve also handily works at The White Closet so was on hand to make sure that Alexis was fitted into her beautiful dress perfectly…

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The ceremony took place at St Anne’s Church in Singleton…

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And then over to Mitton Hall to enjoy drinks on the terrace – and an ‘adventure’ for the bridal party (nobody said it would be easy!)

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Wherever Alexis & Adam travel in the world, they have a ‘jumping’ shot.  So we had to do one yesterday.  It’s their thing!  Their ‘signature image’ if you like.  We even managed to get most of the bridal party off the ground!  (“Is it 1, 2, 3 Jump?  Or 1, 2, 3 and jump on 3??!!?!?”)

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The details were just phenomenal (watch out for a few more on Sam’s blog tomorrow) – LOVE that there were images from the pre-wedding shoot which feels so long ago now…

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How’s this for unique and properly creative.  Flower Design & Specialized Cakes had joined forces to create these amazing centre pieces which also doubled as favours….stunning…

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Pint of Searsy?  Don’t mind if I do!

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The inimitable Paul Guard really got the party going during the wedding breakfast…

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And just before the evening reception started, we had time for a quick sneak off to shoot some gorgeous images just of Alexis & Adam…

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First dance!

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And the last shot of the evening – love that inky blue sky…

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Congratulations Ali & Adam.  It’s been amazing.  I’ve loved every second of working with you guys and we can’t wait to see you in Chicago next year!!!

xxx

Louise and Andy’s Inn at Whitewell Pre-Wedding Shoot – Sneak Peek!

Weddings | 03.08.2011

Another great excuse to head up to The Inn at Whitewell today! (Can’t recall if I’ve ever mentioned that’s where Emma & I got married…!!!) We shot the very lovely and gorgeous Louise & Andy’s pre-wedding shoot there this afternoon with a slight twist…well, more of a contrast really. They decided to go completely the opposite to what you’d normally wear for a stroll in the countryside – and it worked amazingly well!
I’m REALLY excited about their big day now – they’re getting married at another of my favourite venues, Mitton Hall and have some of my great wedding friends along for the ride too! Including top band The Coolers and not one but TWO wedding dresses from One & Only Bridal Couture! It’s going to be an amazing day!

So without further ado (and because I know Louise is staying up just to see this blog post!) a little taster of what we shot this evening…

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Picking their way carefully to the prime location…!!!

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We decided to make a feature of Louise’s seriously cool pink Hunter wellies…

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You can’t go to The Inn at Whitewell and not go on the stepping stones!

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A quick outfit change for Louise and then some more seriously cool shots (how good do these guys look?!?)

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Awesome work guys!  Can’t wait for your big day now!

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Top 20 of 2011 – So far…

Weddings | 20.07.2011

How about a ‘midseason’ review then? I thought I’d showcase my favourite 20 images shot at weddings so far this year. The rules? Only one image per wedding is allowed and I’m not allowed to waffle on for ages about boring technical things! A simple sentence with each image to explain why it’s my favourite from that particular wedding.

I’ve been very lucky again this year to work alongside some of my favourite wedding friends at so many of these weddings and all these images feature them. Not in shot. In true ‘Jerry Maguire’ style, they are somewhere just out of shot! So a big thank you to my great friends at Styal Lodge, Silk Wedding Videos, Flower Design, One and Only Bridal Couture, The Coolers, Rowley’s Catering, Timeless Bride, Green Earth Flowers, Lytham Hall, Charlotte Balbier, The White Closet, Top Table Events, Emma Draper MUA, Didsbury Life, The Flower Lounge and And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon to name just a few!

The images are in no particular order – I love them all equally!

So we start with a gorgeous shot of Ruth of off Ruth and Andy who were married at The Ashes in April.  I love it’s ethereal (ness!)  That is all!

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Dawn and Phil and the surprise organised by her friends at school – this is Dawn’s class forming a guard of honour with hockey sticks on her arrival at church!  What’s not to love?!

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Emma & Pete.  Drinking with a helping hand from their friends.  Need I say more?!?!

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Jacqui & Will at Styal Lodge.  A beautiful wedding for a beautiful couple.  They’ve gone back to London now and I miss them.  Sniff….

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Sarah (off of Sarah & Martin) and her girls giving it both barrels on the bowling green!  Love it!

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A timeless portrait of the quite simply stunning Neelum (Neelum & Shabab) at Haigh Hall.  Gorgeous.

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Leona and Will at Sandhole Oak Barn.  This was a hell of a wedding!  I was lucky enough to sit on the bridesmaids table for the wedding breakfast – what an experience!  (Thanks to CB for looking after me and Katy and Katie for frightening me to death!)

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Carrie & Rob at Oddfellows in Chester.  Uber cool.

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Sian and Dave at The Inn at Whitewell.  I actually saw one of their friends comment on Facebook that this shot summed up their day.  The weather, the happy vibe, the excitement.  So that’s why it’s here!  ‘Cos I agree!

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Mel & Jivko‘s Conway Castle wedding.  This shot is all about Jivko’s flick of the veil!

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My sister and her husband.  Kate & Ant at our favourite Italian restaurant, The Tarantella in Poynton.  What an amazing day…

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Jordana & Ben and their awesome bridal party.  Cool as anything.

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Jenna & Chris at Mitton Hall.  Because this is the shot that Jenna and I had talked about for months leading up to their wedding.  And we nailed it exactly as she imagined.  Perfect!

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Hannah & Jason on the platform at Styal Lodge.  Taking advantage of the moody sky and proving that it’s not all about bright sunny days!

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Catherine (off of Catherine & Will) and her girlies.  Sometimes waiting until a little bit later in the day for certain shots is totally worth it…

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Sam & Aaron at Duncombe Park in North Yorkshire.  Because they look amazing in what is a completely amazing venue.

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Nicky & Graham at Styal Lodge in Cheshire.  Because I got nettled!

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Laura & John at The Villa in Wrea Green, Lancashire.  They had a table for two at their wedding breakfast!  How cool?!

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Catherine & Richard and their gorgeous bridal party at Lytham Hall.  Owning the place.

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Lisa and Eric at Thornton Manor.  Does this shot need a reason?!?!

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Possibly the closest wedding I’ll ever do to my front door!  Lisa & Alex’s ‘Secret’ West Didsbury Wedding.  This shot just sums up everything about the coolest part of South Manchester…

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So that’s it so far!  Gorgeous couples, gorgeous venues and all round gorgeousness!  Plenty more to come the rest of the year which I’m sure will be just as fab as the first half of the year has been!

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