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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

Cat and Pete’s Inn at Whitewell Wedding – First Anniversary!!!

Weddings | 22.12.2011

I actually can’t believe a year has passed since Cat & Pete’s wedding at The Inn at Whitewell! It seems like 5 minutes ago!  I only ever put a few shots on from their wedding as a sneak preview and wanted to save the full post for this year – so here goes…!!!

Sadly, I’m an hour and a half past their anniversary as this post is published (I got back from today’s wedding a little later than I expected!) but I’m hoping they’ll forgive me!

I first ‘met’ Cat & Pete via a phonecall that came from Flower Design’s office when they were meeting Jane to talk about their wedding flowers.  Jane decided that they NEEDED to speak to me there and then about their photography, so I answered my phone as Emma and I were going through security at Manchester Airport on our way to Ireland for a couple of days of guinness and fine food!  To cut a long story short, via a lovely face to face meeting at a pub in the countryside, Cat and Pete booked me to shoot their wedding at my absolute favourite venue in the world, The Inn at Whitewell (that’s where Emma and I got married, just in case I’ve not mentioned it before…!!!) – what’s more it was a Christmas wedding (same as Emma and I!) so it was always going to be a wedding very close to my heart.

I’m sure everyone remembers what kind of weather we were having last December and I was very much excited about finally seeing the landscape up there sprinkled in snow for a December wedding (our day was battered by rain!) – I wasn’t disappointed!  I arrived as Jane from Flower Design was putting the finishing touches to the flowers in St Michael’s next door to the Inn, which is where the story of Cat & Pete’s day begins…

I’m not going to interrupt the images with words, as I think they tell a perfect story of the most perfect day – this is actually the most images I’ve ever put in a blog post.  I just couldn’t narrow them down!  Very briefly – Cat (and Pete!) made all the gorgeous details themselves (table plan, evening buffet, signs, crate stencils, etc.!) Pretty much everything else is by Flower Design!

Enjoy!

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So there we have it. 1 year down, many, many more to come! I love meeting brides and grooms like Cat & Pete who go on to become friends – they’re enjoying their first anniversary at The Inn at Whitewell as we speak and by pure chance I’m shooting a wedding there tomorrow so I’m really hoping they’re still around when I get there to say a quick hello to. Congratulations Cat & Pete. Every single part of your wedding was amazing and it was truly wonderful to be involved in such a beautifully emotional and intimate wedding.

All the very best for the future, with love and hugs, Jonny.

xxx

Andrea and Andy’s Blackpool Pre-wedding shoot – Sneak Preview!

Pre-wedding | 06.09.2011

I don’t think we could have actually picked a windier day than today!  BUT – no rain (until we finished!  Woo!) so at least we only had one element to contend with!  Andrea & Andy were well up for a laugh – Andrea had even suggested playing in the arcades (and had brought bag fulls of change with her to make sure we could do this!) which we did…until I was told photos weren’t allowed in there (which I knew but we chanced it and we got some great images before we were kicked out!)

So a little sneak peek at the windiest pre-wedding shoot in history…

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They took this particular game quite seriously…!!!

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Great day guys!  Looking forward to your big day at The Inn at Whitewell at Christmas!

x

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!

x

Kelly and Mike’s Inn at Whitewell Wedding – Sneak Preview!

Weddings | 28.07.2011

Have I ever mentioned that The Inn at Whitewell is one of my favourite places?!?!? ;) Emma and I got married there, so it’s always lovely heading back up there for another amazing wedding. Kelly and Mike were married in Whitechapel and then had their reception at The Inn. Another reason I was looking forward to it was a couple of my very good wedding friends, Flower Design and the depressingly tall and good looking Howard Wing were also onboard for Kelly and Mike’s big day – so it had ‘belter’ written all over it from minute one!

So I started off up at The Inn at Whitewell in the morning with the girls and couldn’t tear myself away from the view from Kelly’s bedroom window…

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Flower Design make just the most beautiful flowery creations!

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On the way back to The Inn, Kelly, Mike and I spent a couple of minutes at the ‘top of the hill’ – gorgeous, hey?

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The marquee looked spectacular, dressed by Flower Design and by Kelly who had put the most beautiful details into their day…

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What a view…

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The wedding breakfast was under way and Howard did his thing…

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Adele!

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I don’t think Howard was expecting that!

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Big finish!

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Congratulations again Kelly and Mike!

x

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!

x

Catherine and Richard’s beautiful Lytham Hall wedding – Sneak Preview!

Weddings | 17.07.2011

There was one thing on everybody’s minds yesterday morning ahead of Catherine and Richard’s wedding – the weather! The forecast had been pretty grim all week, but literally as I arrived at Catherine & Richard’s place in Lytham yesterday, the sun started to shine and things were looking up (I’m by no means claiming responsibility for this…but if I’m honest, it’s not the first time it’s happened…!!!)

I actually started off meeting Richard and the lads in The Taps (Lytham’s finest hostelry) before I went round to see Catherine and the girls, so the sneak preview starts there…

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The amazing team at Flower Design had even custom built an arrangement for the gate at Catherine & Richard’s house – love it!

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Vera.  Wang.  Dress.  That is all.  Oh, and a pair of Jimmy Choo’s…

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Gorgeous blue sky at St Cuthbert’s in Lytham!

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Loving the Flower Design lych gate!

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Catherine’s gorgeous bridesmaids Rebecca, Alice and Sarah eagerly await her arrival!

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Catherine arrived to cheers from a very excited crowd outside church!

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On to the fabulous grounds of Lytham Hall…

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The Gold Room at Lytham Hall.  Expertly set up by my great friends at Rowley’s Catering and Flower Design…

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Catherine & Richard had a signing board featuring their favourite image from their pre-wedding shoot at The Inn at Whitewell

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Catherine’s Vera Wang dress really was stunning…

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The bridal party.  Owning the place.

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Love a moody sky!

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Congratulations Catherine & Richard!  It was an amazing day!

x

Kelly and Mike’s Didsbury Pre-Wed shoot – Sneak Preview!

Pre-wedding | 18.05.2011

How tropical does Fletcher Moss Park look in these shots?!?! We could have been in the jungle! It was great to catch up with the very lovely and gorgeous Kelly & Mike for their pre-wedding shoot in Didsbury. I’m soooooo excited about their wedding – it’s at The Inn at Whitewell! (Have I mentioned before that’s where Emma and I got married?!?!) As an added bonus, I get to work with my great weddingy friends, Flower Design (AMAZING florist genius types!) AND Howard Wing, entertainment supremo! It’s going to be a hell of a wedding!

Enjoy the sneak preview Kelly & Mike!

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Told you that you’re cool…!!!

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Gorgeous, hey?!?!

More coming soon!

x

Sian and David’s Inn at Whitewell Wedding – Sneak Preview!

Weddings | 09.04.2011

What a day yesterday was – warm, clear blue sky, at my favourite venue, The Inn at Whitewell (Emma & I got married there!) and with the loveliest couple, Sian & Dave – what more could you ask for?!?!

So, just for them, here’s a little sneak peek at their gorgeous wedding…

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Congratulations Sian & Dave!  Have a great honeymoon!

x

A very exciting ‘thank you’…

Personal | 17.03.2011

What a wonderful surprise when I opened the door to the postie yesterday and this very exciting package was handed over to me…

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This is a BIG deal… the most gorgeous bride and groom, Cat & Pete, who were married at The Inn at Whitewell in December sent me this wonderful thank you.  This is a bottle of the port that they served at their wedding breakfast as the toast drink (Pete’s in the RAF and it’s tradition to toast with port) and it’s his actual squadron’s special bottle – check out the beautifully engraved bottle…

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A lovely thank you card…

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And the most beautifully written letter!  3 whole pages of lovely words that I can’t thank Cat & Pete enough for.  It was a true privilege to shoot Cat & Pete’s wedding and it’s a true privilege that I have become such good friends with them.

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I haven’t actually posted the full blog of their wedding yet, as Cat and Pete had wanted to share their images with their immediate families before I showed them on my blog, but I’m now working on the blog post which is full of the most wonderful details and the most beautiful images – I can’t wait to share it.  Until then, here’s a little look at another image from their amazing day…

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Cat & Pete – congratulations once more.  I don’t mind admitting that there wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Emma and I read your beautiful letter and thank you so much for such a meaningful gift that reminds me of such a magical day.  We can’t wait to catch up with you next time you’re ‘up north’!

Big hugs!

xxx