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Niccola and Grant’s wedding at The Grand in Lytham – Sneak preview!

Weddings | 07.07.2010

Here’s a cheeky look at a couple of shots from the very lovely and gorgeous Niccola & Grant who were married at St Chad’s in Poulton and then had their reception at The Grand in Lytham St Annes.

It was an amazing day and I got to enjoy it with some of my favourite wedding people, Flower Design and Howard Wing!

What a dress…

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It didn’t take Howard long to get the bridal party going!

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Stunning bouquet from the fabulous Flower Design…

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The full story will be coming soon, but for now, congratulations Niccola & Grant!!!

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Niccola and Grant’s pre-wedding shoot in Stanley Park, Blackpool

Pre-wedding | 02.07.2010

Niccola & Grant are getting married tomorrow! St Chad’s in Poulton (gorgeous church!) and one of my favourite venues on The Fylde, The Grand. As an added bonus I’m working with some of my best wedding friends tomorrow, including the amazing Flower Design and TOP singer, the far too tall and good looking, Howard Wing. It’s going to be a great day!

So Niccola and Grant’s pre-wedding shoot was done a few weeks ago on a beautifully sunny morning at Stanley Park in Blackpool – here’s a few of my favourites from the shoot…

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All the best for tomorrow guys – see you in the morning!

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Charlotte and John’s pre wedding shoot at Lytham Hall

Pre-wedding | 22.06.2010

We were up against it last weekend, let me tell you! Paul Rowley from my favourite caterers and events managers, Rowley’s Catering, had already done me a big favour and let us use Lytham Hall for Charlotte & John’s pre-wedding shoot, but as soon as we set off up the drive, the heaven’s opened! And showed no sign of letting up…

A bit of luck, in that Paul had some show rounds to do at the hall at the same time we were there, along with a very kind offer from Paul to let us inside to shoot some stuff in the very magnificent hall itself, meant that we got a great variety of images for Charlotte & John and also proved (as I like to do as often as possible to offer reassurance to brides and grooms who are concerned about the weather) that it doesn’t matter what the weather does, we’ll still get great images outside (there’s always shelter to be found!) and if we have to do everything inside, then no problems at all – we’ll get great stuff there too!

Charlotte & John are getting married about 200 yards from Charlotte’s Mum & Dad’s house and then having their reception at another of my favourite Lytham venues, The Grand. Can’t wait!

So…a few of my favourites from Charlotte & John’s shoot…

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I LOVE the inside of Lytham Hall – it’s spectacular, there’s loads of variety and different locations to use…

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I love these two shots – as Paul said on the day, Charlotte & John look like Lord & Lady Clifton on them!

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Tee hee….

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I can’t wait for Charlotte & John’s big day now, they’re so lovely, so easy to get on with and are so excited about everything to do with their wedding!

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Steph and James’s wedding at Lytham Hall and The Grand Hotel

Weddings | 11.05.2010

So here it is! The full post all about Steph & James’s amazing wedding at Lytham Hall and The Grand Hotel in Lytham St Annes.

I was lucky enough to be working on the day with some of my absolute best wedding friends, including the fantastic Flower Design and the guys from Rowley’s Catering over at Lytham Hall.  When you work closely with other top wedding professionals on a regular basis you really do feel reassured that nothing can go wrong on the day.  You all know each other well, you know how everybody works and you can watch out for each other and help each other out throughout the course of the day as well – it’s a great feeling and you know that everybody around you desperately wants the bride and groom to have the best day ever and will do anything to make sure that happens.

So back to the wedding!  I started off in the morning at The Grand where everyone was staying (I was nervous Steph & James would be bumping into each other but they were in rooms at complete opposite ends of the hotel!) and met the girls in Steph’s room…

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Jason and Sarah from the amazing Flower Design arrived to present Steph with her bouquet…

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I met the lads in the bar (surprise, surprise!)

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Back upstairs where Steph was being helped by her gorgeous bridesmaids, Sarah and Anna and her very gorgeous Mum, Jean…

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Steph’s Dad John arrived once Steph was ready…

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Sarah & Anna were the picture of discretion when trying to spy on the boys from the bedroom window without being seen!

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Arriving at Lytham Hall…

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Showtime!

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The ceremony really was fantastic, so full of emotion…

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Champagne time!

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Lytham Hall is one of my favourite venues to shoot weddings at.  Everywhere looks beautiful, the interiors are amazing and the grounds are endless…

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A true spring wedding…

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Back to The Grand in Lytham for the wedding breakfast – how amazing are Flower Design’s creations?!

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I put this image on the sneak preview a few weeks ago, but it’s so beautiful I had to show it again!

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The speeches were truly brilliant….!!!

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And before it was time for me to leave, the first dance…beautiful….

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So a final congratulations to Steph & James and both their families who made me feel so welcome on the day – it was a genuine pleasure being a part of your special day!

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Sneak preview of Steph and James’s wedding!

Weddings | 15.03.2010

Here’s a little look at a couple of images from saturday’s wedding at Lytham Hall and then The Grand in Lytham St Annes.  The full wedding story will be here in a few weeks, once Steph and James have returned from honeymoon and they’ve seen the images.

I’ll go into far more detail when I post the full wedding, but I just have to say what a pleasure it was to work with Steph and James, their families and their bridal party.  They were all so lovely and welcoming that I felt like I’d known all of them for all my life by lunchtime (especially Jean and John, Steph’s Mum and Dad!)

So a couple of images to give you a taster…

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This image is one I took specifically for my friends at Flower Design.  They have an amazing blog that obviously focus’s on the flowers at their weddings and they asked me if I could do this shot which I was of course more than happy to do for them!

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I love this shot of Steph on the staircase at The Grand…

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So, Steph and James, have an amazing honeymoon, enjoy this little sneak preview and I can’t wait to catch up with you when you’re back!

Steph and James pre-wedding shoot in Lytham St Annes

Pre-wedding | 11.02.2010

Here’s the follow up to the sneak preview earlier in the week – the absolutely lovely Steph and James who are getting married at Lytham Hall and then having their reception at The Grand (how cool is that? Two great venues in one day!)

Steph really liked the idea of getting onto the beach at Lytham if the weather allowed so that was our starting point. As you can see, we got really lucky with the weather (this was the end of January) although it was bitterly cold in the shade! There was actually ice washing up onto the beach it was that cold!

The most important thing for me with pre-wedding shoots is to get the bride and groom as relaxed as possible as quickly as possible. It’s important for the shoot to be fun, no pressure on anyone and very informal. I try not to get too heavy with posing couples and aim to keep things as natural as possible.

That hopefully means that on the wedding day, they’re not going to be nervous about the photography and actually are going to look forward to having their pictures taken as equally as they look forward to all the other parts of their big day.

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

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After the beach we headed to Lowther Gardens to change the location slightly…

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I love these two shots – they really tell a story…

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Really can’t wait for Steph and James’s day now – they really know how they want their day to work and how they want the photography to fit into that which I absolutely love. It’s great when my clients have a real passion about their day and the photography and I think that actually shines through the images.

Their day is going to be spectacular, with the added bonus of getting to work with some of my absolute favourite weddings friends, Flower Design and Rowley’s Catering who I know will do an amazing job for Steph and James.

See you in a couple of weeks guys!

Birthday celebration at The Grand Hotel – Lytham St Annes

Family | 11.09.2009

Here’s a few shots from a wonderful family gathering I was privileged enough to be asked to shoot a few weeks ago.  Sally had organised a fantastic dinner celebration at The Grand Hotel in Lytham St Annes for her Mum, Molly’s birthday and then hosted the family at her house the following day for a BBQ in the garden!

My kind of party!  Great food, marvellous company and wine and champagne flowing – what more do you need?!?!

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The AMAZING Flower Design had decorated the dining room at The Grand…

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Katie Cupcake from The Little House of Cupcakes created some beautiful cakes…

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The Birthday girl!

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The morning after the night before…everyone was remarkably fresh – I think the fresh air and fantastic food on the bbq may have helped a little bit!

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