Sarah & Andrew’s wedding feels like a LONG time ago now and the main reason I haven’t blogged it on here yet is that we were lucky enough to have it featured on Brides Up North wedding blog – but it still needed a place on my blog too!
I LOVE winter weddings I REALLY love winter weddings at amazing venues with amazing brides and grooms – and I got pretty lucky with these two as their venue falls into the ‘amazing’ category as do they!!!
I love photographing weddings at Sandhole Oak Barn – it’s such a stunning venue. I was particularly looking forward to Katie & Paul’s wedding there as I was getting to work with my lovely friends at Top Table Caterers (who always do an amazing job and their food is gorgeous!) as well as The Coolers (one of my favourite bands) and top wedding DJ, Gary Mills and I got to work with the awesome guys from Reel Vision for the very first time – what lovely chaps too!
A great day and night was in store for us all!
So I started off in the morning at Katie’s Mum and Dad’s house in Disley to shoot some gorgeous bridal prep photos…
Congratulations again Katie & Paul – and THANK YOU so much for the Tequila!!! (Katie & Paul honeymooned in Mexico and brought me the most amazing bottle of Tequila back!)
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.
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!)
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?!?!?
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!
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…
Gemma & Matt’s Bartle Hall Hotel wedding. Because sometimes you’ve just got to embrace our wonderful British weather…
Carly & Ian’s wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn. Because we got weather like this in FEBRUARY!!!
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
I absolutely love photographing weddings at Sandhole Oak Barn and Ally & Matt’s big day was one of those that I REALLY loved! Gorgeous couple, amazing weather and I got to work with my great friends from Silk Wedding Videos too! Amazing day! Here’s a few of my faves…
Wow – what an amazing day at Sandhole Oak Barn for Carly and Ian’s wedding! I’ve had a LOT of fun with these guys since I met them last year (flaming cocktails anyone?!) and I always knew that their day was going to be something special. They just wanted to have a great time celebrating with their friends and family and get some great images along the way. I was lucky enough to be working with my great friends Annette and Rene from Top Table Catering (thank you so much for looking after so well as always ladies!) and it’s always great fun to work with the BEST wedding band out there – The Coolers.
Here’s a few of my favourites from Carly and Ian’s amazing day…starting with meeting up with Carly in the morning at Sandhole Oak Barn…
I popped down the road to meet Ian and some of the chaps in the pub…!!!
And then back to Sandhole Oak Barn to see how the morning was unfolding…
Love a cheeky bit of colour!
Wow – champagne reception outside in February?! Amazing!
The cake was a big talking point on the day…!!!
Some gorgeous group shots by the stunning lake at Sandhole Oak Barn…
And just time for a couple of minutes with Carly & Ian before they were seated for the speeches…
Great morning spent with Ally & Matt in one of my favourite places to shoot – Castlefield in Manchester. No matter what time of day you go, what time of year it is, what the weather’s doing, you always get something different, very cool and completely unique to that couple.
GREAT afternoon yesterday with Carly & Ian in Manchester! Gorgeous weather, gorgeous couple – I didn’t need anything else! We started and finished in The Northern Quarter and also used a few other nooks and crannies in the city centre.
What started as a pre-wedding shoot quickly turned into a fashion shoot! Carly & Ian know how to throw some serious shapes! Check out the little sneak preview below…
***Disclaimer*** I didn’t make Carly & Ian do this! They just took their shoes off and jumped in! ***End disclaimer***
I’m thinking of introducing this into all of my pre-wedding shoots…we must finish with a cocktail that’s on fire…!!!
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.
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!
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?!
Emma & Pete. Drinking with a helping hand from their friends. Need I say more?!?!
Jacqui & Will at Styal Lodge. A beautiful wedding for a beautiful couple. They’ve gone back to London now and I miss them. Sniff….
Sarah (off of Sarah & Martin) and her girls giving it both barrels on the bowling green! Love it!
A timeless portrait of the quite simply stunning Neelum (Neelum & Shabab) at Haigh Hall. Gorgeous.
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!)
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!
Mel & Jivko‘s Conway Castle wedding. This shot is all about Jivko’s flick of the veil!
My sister and her husband. Kate & Ant at our favourite Italian restaurant, The Tarantella in Poynton. What an amazing day…
Wowsers. Yesterday was just incredible. The most beautiful bride and groom, the loveliest family & friends you could ever wish to meet, an amazing venue and caterer and more Charlotte Balbier dresses than you could shake a stick it!
Leona & Will were married at Sandhole Oak Barn in Cheshire and it was perfect in every single way.
Here’s a slightly extended ‘sneak peek’ (I tried to keep it under ten images but their were too many beautiful things to share with you!) starting off with Leona’s incredible Charlotte Balbier gown, Eden – which is from the 2011 English Tea Party Collection…
The bridesmaids (all 7!) were going to be wearing gorgeous Amanda Wyatt gowns (hung on the rack on the left!)
The bridesmaids had gorgeous Charlotte Balbier hair accessories too!
Charlotte was actually one of Leona’s bridesmaids and made sure everyone looked stunningly perfect! Busman’s holiday?!?!?
Leona. Quite possibly the most stunning bride ever.
Leona & her girls on arrival at Sandhole Oak Barn…
The ceremony had everything! Tears, laughter, mispronounced lines that I suspect Will will never be allowed to forget!!!
What a day for it!
Annette, Reeny & the team at Top Table had done an amazing job with decorating the venue and the food was amazing as always (I can vouch for that first hand as I was lucky enough to be seated on the bridesmaid’s table!)
The fabulous Zoe Chiotis performed during the wedding breakfast…
After the speeches I spent a few minutes with Leona & Will shooting some gorgeous images of just the two of them (and sheltering from the thunderstorm!)
First dance time! Gorgeous!
That’s it for now!
Congratulations once again! Big thanks to Leona & Will and Leona’s Mum and Dad, Kath & Rob for making me feel so welcome – like part of the family!
Thanks also to Charlotte B for looking after me on the scary bridesmaids table! There was jager and everything!
Wowsers – what an incredible day yesterday was! Dawn & Phil got married in their local church in Widnes and then we made our way to the amazing Sandhole Oak Barn in Cheshire for their reception.
The wind and rain from the previous day (and the morning!) had disappeared and the drinks reception was held on Sandhole’s gorgeous terrace – something that none of us had been banking on this early in the year! So everyone was absolutely delighted!
A little sneaky peek at a few shots from yesterday which really do give a great feel for the kind of amazing day it was…
Starting off with the ‘guard of honour’ on her arrival made up of the kids from Dawn’s own class at school (she’s not in the class, she’s their teacher!) which was organised as a surprise for Dawn! How lovely!
What an afternoon!
The evening was absolutely beautiful…
What a truly amazing day that was a privilege to be a part of.