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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

Bev and Phil’s Wedding at The Ashes – Sneak Preview!

Weddings | 21.08.2011

Friday was such a beautiful day up at The Ashes in Staffordshire where Bev & Phil were married. The sun shone, the drinks flowed – it was perfect! Bev & Phil’s wedding was a perfect example of what a small world we live in. It turns out that one of Bev’s bestest mates, Alyssa, was one of my sisters very good school chums back in the day (I also know Alyssa from way back when, so it was lovely to see her and her husband Andy after many years!) Also, Bev chose her amazing Charlotte Balbier ‘Tabitha’ gown from my great friends at The White Closet in West Didsbury. In fact, it was actually Emma that sold Bev the dress!

So I had great fun getting to know Bev and Phil in the build up to their day. We had a great time (fuelled by g&t’s and pints of lager!) shooting their pre-wedding shoot around the Northern Quarter in Manchester and I knew that their wedding day was going to be very special. Full of very personal details and ideas – there was going to be a LOT to shoot!

On with the sneak preview then…!!!

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So many beautiful details…

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What a beautiful day!

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A surprise for the guests – ‘Host a Roast’!

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After the wedding breakfast, there was time for a few minutes with Bev & Phil to shoot some gorgeous images of just the two of them…

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First dance!

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Congratulations guys!  It was amazing!

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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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Ruth and Andy’s wedding at The Ashes – Sneak Peek!

Weddings | 23.04.2011

Boom! What an awesome day (best day ever!) at Ruth & Andy’s wedding today at The Ashes in Staffordshire! Such great fun, amazing couple, great friends and family, a genuine pleasure to be there – I had a blast! So a very quick Saturday night sneak preview at a couple of images from today, starting with this stunning shot of Ruth…

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LOVED this raffle prize in the quite fabulous ‘Wardy’s raffle’!  Every wedding should have one!

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Congratulations Ruth & Andy – it was a magnificent day!  Have a great time on honeymoon and I’ll see you when you get back!

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Bev and Phil’s Northern Quarter Pre-wed shoot – Sneak Peek!

Pre-wedding | 05.04.2011

How awesome do Bev & Phil look?!?! We had a great afternoon yesterday shooting some great images in one of Manchester’s coolest locations. We met at Bluu for beers & G&T’s to start (!) and then headed out onto the streets! Here’s a little sneaky peek…

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I can’t wait for Bev & Phil’s big day – they get married at the gorgeous The Ashes in Stafford this summer – it’s going to be amazing!  Bev is also a White Closet bride (I can’t tell you what dress!) and is going to look just stunning!

More images coming soon…

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Ruth and Andy’s Castlefield Pre-wedding shoot – Sneak Preview!

Pre-wedding | 03.02.2011

What a beautiful morning for a pre-wedding shoot! I met up with Ruth & Andy in Castlefield this morning and shot some very cool stuff ahead of their wedding (which is at one of the most beautiful venue’s you’re ever likely to see -The Ashes in Staffordshire!)

Here’s a little sneak preview – just for them! More coming soon!

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What a beautiful couple hey?!

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Katie and Rob’s wedding at The Ashes

Weddings | 28.10.2009

You’ll remember Katie and Rob from their pre-wedding shoot I posted a few weeks back. They got married at The Ashes in Staffordshire – a fabulous barn conversion owned and run by husband and wife team, Ben and Sarah Reeves. Ben and Sarah oversaw the whole day and did a fantastic job of making sure everything ran smoothly.

The Ashes has it’s own special bridal prep suite where I met Katie and the girls on the morning. The wonderfully talented and lovely Gemma Hallowell looked after the make-up, while the equally talented and lovely Nicola Woodhouse from Hair-raising designs was Katie’s hairdresser.

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With Katie getting ready in the bridal room, I had to make sure I didn’t go wandering past the window with Rob!

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Rob and his two best man (who are also his brothers) Pete and Andy loved the ‘mean and moody’ look!

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Once all the guests had arrived, it was a simple walk across the courtyard for Katie and into the beautifully converted barn!

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The west barn is a truly beautiful space.

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A little bit of confetti!

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Pimms on the lawn! VERY lucky with the weather!

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Katie and her very lovely bridesmaids, Gemma and Liz.

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Katie and Rob had a traditional line-up and got the chance to say hello to all their friends and family on their way into the wedding breakfast.

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The gorgeous east barn set up for the wedding breakfast

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Katie and Rob had their speeches before the wedding breakfast – I’m seeing this more and more these days and it really does work very well. It means the groom, father of the bride and the best man actually get to ENJOY eating their meal!

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And then the real fun began! The wedding breakfast was a surprise ‘Host a roast’ which is a great idea! After the starters, Katie and Rob distributed chefs hats and aprons to one person on each table and they were then delivered a beautiful piece of beef to carve for the rest of their table!

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After the meal I spent a few minutes in the fading evening light with Katie and Rob shooting some beautiful wedding imagery that really captured the beauty and atmosphere of The Ashes.

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And then for the first dance!

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And then more fun and games with a barn dance! (I’m a big fan of the old Barrrrrn Darrrrrrrnce!!!)

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Congratulations Katie and Rob – what a fantastically, fun wedding that I thoroughly enjoyed being part of!

Katie and Rob Pre-wedding shoot

Pre-wedding | 10.09.2009

This is Katie and Rob – they’re getting married at a lovely venue called The Ashes near Leek in a couple of weeks time – it will be my first time shooting there and I’m REALLY looking forward to it.

We used the ultra cool Castlefield area of Manchester for the pre-wedding shoot – Katie and Rob wanted to do something urban and in contrast to the venue that they’ll be getting married at. We had a beautiful morning for the shoot (one of the few sunny, warm sunday mornings of this years ‘summer’!) Katie and Rob soon relaxed and dare I say it, even enjoyed themselves!

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One of the main reasons I do a pre-wedding shoot with all of my couples, is that it means the couple have had a little bit of experience being photographed before their big day. It helps them to understand that there’s nothing scary about being photographed and that it can be as equally enjoyable as any other part of their day – and why shouldn’t it be?!

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All the best for the last couple of weeks of preparation guys – really looking forward to seeing you on the day!