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The Great Hall at Mains Wedding Photographs – Naomi and Nigel

Weddings | 06.05.2014

Naomi & Nige’s wedding was SPECTACULAR!!! (As you can see from the above image!)  What a gorgeous and lovely couple they are and what a true pleasure they were to work with :)   When they asked me to take their Great Hall at Mains Wedding Photographs and they told me who else was involved, I was VERY excited!  Singing waiters, an Amy Winehouse tribute act, top sound, lighting and pyrotechnics boys, Stardream, the very lovely Margaret Mason Florist and the most stunning Enzoani dress from Dreamcatcher Bridal – it was always going to be an awesome day!

Here’s the story of Naomi & Nige’s very special day at The Great Hall at Mains

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations again Naomi and Nige – and thank you so much for having me along for the ride!

 

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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 :)

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Becky and Dave’s Castlefield Pre-Wedding Shoot – Sneak Preview!

Pre-wedding | 07.04.2012

Happy Easter! Here’s a little peek at Becky & Dave’s pre-wedding shoot in Castlefield from a couple of days ago…

Becky & Dave get married at the amazing The Great Hall at Mains in July and it’s going to be a belter! My great friend and Dad for the 2nd time as of this morning, Howard Wing (congratulations Howie & Sam and your new addition, little Lincoln!) will be doing his thing – always incredible – and everyone is sure to have the best day ever! Can’t wait!

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Viki and Chris’s Salford Quays Pre-wed shoot – Sneak Preview!

Pre-wedding | 27.03.2011

A quick Sunday afternoon sneaky peek at Viki & Chris’s gorgeous Salford Quays pre-wedding shoot! I’m VERY excited about their big day later this year as it’s at one of the very best Lancashire wedding venues, the stunning The Great Hall at Mains and I’ll also get to work with my great, great friends from Flower Design too!  (Also, Viki’s dress – which is of course a secret! – is from the amazing One and Only Bridal Couture in Preston.  My great friend Sheree helped Viki to choose the most beautiful and perfect dress, which Sheree knows I will be very excited about now I have found out which one it is!!!)

So, a little glimpse at what we shot at one of the coolest locations in Manchester…

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More coming soon!

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The Great Hall at Mains Open Weekend – Sat 8th and Sun 9th Jan

Events | 04.01.2011

This weekend is going to be amazing! The Great Hall at Mains are throwing their doors open from 11am-4pm on both Saturday AND Sunday and are holding a weekend of inspiration & ideas provided by some of the best wedding experts in the business!

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Flower Design, One & Only Bridal Couture, Silk Wedding Videos, Howard Wing, Paul Guard, Flutterby Couture to name just a handful (oh, and I’ll be there too!) of people you’ll be able to meet and chat to about all things wedding.  See you there!

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Bridal fashion shoot at Twelve and The Great Hall at Mains!

Fashion | 27.10.2010

Wow – what a week since this shoot! Emma & I are frantically packing our bags ahead of our trip to New York tomorrow to shoot Karey & Kate’s wedding – I really can’t wait! But before we head off, I wanted to do a ‘proper’ post about this shoot last week.

I wanted to organise a shoot that would result in a set of seriously inspirational images for those brides that want something truly unique on their wedding day. Those girls who want something cool and contemporary, but aren’t afraid to weave a tiny bit of tradition in every now and again. Something that would make brides to be really get thinking creatively about their own wedding day. I love working with brides and grooms who embrace every little detail of their day, who are excited about every single element, who are discerning with the suppliers they bring in to help them realise their wedding day aspirations. And I’m a very lucky photographer who seems to get to work with these kind of brides and grooms every single week!

First up was getting a venue on board. Second up was thinking that shooting for one day in one venue would be far too easy to organise, so I decided I wanted to shoot in two venues in one day. Two contrasting venues from a visual point of view but with the same underlying passion and commitment to hosting and catering truly magnificent weddings. So I went knocking on the door of Twelve Restaurant & Lounge bar in Thornton and The Great Hall at Mains in Little Singleton and explained my vision and why I wanted them to be involved. Huge thanks to Caroline from Twelve and Adele from TGHM for immediately agreeing to open their doors to us and being so enthusiastic and excited about being involved.

So the venues were sorted. Next on the agenda, some magnificent gowns were required. Cue more knocking on doors! I went to see my very good friend Nikki Graeme, the owner of The White Closet vintage bridal boutique in West Didsbury who immediately agreed to lend us some beautiful Charlotte Balbier, David Fielden and Claire Pettibone gowns – wow. These are some serious names.

Next up, girls to wear said dresses. Two of my very good friends, the very beautiful Olivia and the equally beautiful Emily were recruited to be models for the day – shooting ‘real’ girls on a shoot like this is really important – that’s what brides are after all. They’re not models, they’ve not been involved in shoots before, so it’s great to use girls that brides to be can genuinely identify with and actually realise that they can look as amazing as they do!

I also recently met the owner of bespoke jewellery company, Coco & Me, Amy Rhodes, who by complete coincidence is also a model! In contrast to what I wrote above, it’s also great to have somebody with experience involved in a shoot like this. Amy could really push her posing to the extreme which is really important when you’re shooting images meant to inspire.

So we’re almost into the images now, but there was somebody else I knew I NEEDED to be involved. The ultra creative and talented Jane Thompson from Flower Design. This shoot was all about pushing the boundaries and creating images and details that inspire and I knew Jane would supply us with something extraordinary. I wasn’t disappointed…

My amazingly talented wife was brought in to look after make-up and wardrobe (you’ll see just what an amazing job she did a bit further down the page) and I also invited along my great friend and the only videographer I recommend, Tom Harrington from Silk Wedding Videos to shoot a ‘behind the scenes’ film for us.

Finally, I invited some of the North-West’s most exciting and talented wedding photographers to come and shoot on the day – to work with them shoulder to shoulder, to bounce ideas off each other and to work together to create something really special.

Here’s a few of my favourite images I shot on the day…

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I love this David Fielden number that Amy is wearing – very cool and just that little bit different…

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Olivia looked amazing in Charlotte Balbier’s ‘Flo’…

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The Great Hall at Mains – what a venue!  (unfortunately we didn’t get any exteriors of Twelve as it bounced it down in the morning!)

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Emma doing her thing!

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Another Charlotte Balbier gown (Marilyn) for Olivia – and again, something just a bit different for those brides who really want to do something a bit edgy when it comes to their dress – love it!

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How awesome are those Flower Design pedestals?  And what about that bouquet!  Truly amazing and truly different!

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Emily looks soooooo cool – VERY greek goddess in David Fielden’s ‘Wallis Simpson’ gown…

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And finally, Olivia just couldn’t leave Charlotte Balbier’s dresses alone!  This is ‘Morgan’ and is ultra cool and contemporary in what is quite a traditional pose and setting – which shows you don’t have to go completely over the top with every single set up – sometimes simple is the best way to go, especially when you want the venue to lend it’s natural impact to the image as well (which TGHM does in bucket loads!)

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What a fabulous day it was.  I’m fortunate enough to work with some of the very best wedding professionals and suppliers in the UK on a regular basis and it was fantastic to be able to work with them on our own project where we didn’t quite face the same time pressures as we do on a wedding day (although I was quite strict with getting us to the respective venues on time!)

Huge thanks once again to everyone involved, especially everyone at Twelve and The Great Hall at Mains, Flower Design, The White Closet, Olivia, Emily and Amy, Tom Harrington and last but no means least, Emma for doing an amazing job with the makeup and wardrobe and for assisting with every other little thing that needed doing on the day!

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Sneak preview of Twelve and The Great Hall at Mains shoot!

Fashion | 20.10.2010

A little sneak preview of a VERY special shoot that took place yesterday at Twelve Restaurant and The Great Hall at Mains – two of the North West’s very best!  Alongside some of my very best wedding friends, including Jane & Jason Thompson from Flower Design, The White Closet Bridal Boutique and Tom Harrington from Silk Wedding Videos, I invited some of the brightest talents in UK wedding photography to join me shooting some amazing bridal images – big thanks to Olivia Jones, Emily Martin and Amy Rhodes for working tirelessly all day and to Emma Draper for ensuring they looked stunning all day!

Massive thanks to Caroline & Paul at Twelve for making us feel so welcome and looking after us so well and equally massive thanks to Adele & Roger (and Lizzie & Charlotte!) for welcoming us into The Great Hall at Mains that had been beautifully set up for us to shoot!

For now, a sneak peek at our models giving it both barrels yesterday…

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More images along with the full story coming soon!

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Louise and Olly’s wedding at The Great Hall at Mains

Weddings | 15.09.2010

Louise and Olly were such great fun to work with and I’m gutted they’re back in Australia!!! A little bit of background for you…

Lou & Olly booked me from the other side of the world after I’d been recommended to them (the power of the referral!) and I only met them a couple of weeks before the wedding when we did their pre-wedding shoot.
I hit it off with them straight away and knew that their big day was going to be awesome!

I started out in the morning by meeting up with the lads at The Cartford Inn (great place!)…

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Count ‘em up…that’s one, that’s two pairs!!!

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Prettiest church ever?!?!

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The jury’s still out on who was responsible for this….

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I love a good random llama at a wedding…

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On to the magnificent Great Hall at Mains

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Coolest bridal party ever?!?!

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I love this – Olly’s brother skyped in to say hello from overseas!

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Speech time after an amazing wedding breakfast (that I was lucky enough to try!) provided by my friends at Twelve

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Congratulations again Louise & Olly – looking forward to catching up when you’re back next year!!!

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Louise and Olly’s wedding at The Great Hall at Mains – Sneak Preview!

Weddings | 02.08.2010

A very quick Monday morning sneaky peek at the very gorgeous and lovely Louise & Olly’s big day at the magnificent The Great Hall at Mains (I was very excited to be shooting there – but more on that in the full post in a few weeks!)

Louise & Olly got married at St Michael’s on Wyre church…

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Who was responsible for Olly’s shoes??!?!  The jury is still out…

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The Great Hall at Mains – what a venue!

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Congratulations Lou & Olly!!!!!

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