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Steph and Kris’s Manchester Town Hall Wedding – Sneak Peek!

Weddings | 31.08.2011

I love weddings where loads of my wedding friends are involved! Steph found her amazing Charlotte Balbier dress at The White Closet in West Didsbury and it was actually Emma who looked after her (and I believe sold her the dress!) on her visit there!

I was really looking forward to Steph & Kris’s big day – a lot of thought had gone into how the day was going to run and specifically about the photography and how that would fit into the day. Steph and Kris had loads of ideas of there own – I really get a lot out of working with creative couples!

So I started off meeting Steph at their house in the morning where I was greeted by much Charlotte Balbier gorgeousness…

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On to Manchester Town Hall to meet Kris and all the guests…

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Steph was early!

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Before we left town, we popped down to One Central Steet – where Kris & Steph first met!

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Mere Golf & Country Club…

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It’s rare I’d show off a cake shot – but what a cake!

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Congratulations again guys!

x

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!

x

Alexis and Adam’s Mitton Hall Wedding – Sneak Preview!

Weddings | 08.08.2011

This wedding has been a long time coming! It actually feels like I’ve known Alexis & Adam for a long, long time now (that’s a good thing by the way!) and their amazing day finally arrived yesterday! I actually can’t remember how long ago it is since I first spoke to Alexis but I remember the first time we met in person was January 2010, so getting on a while back now! Since then we’ve done their pre-wedding shoot (nearly a year ahead of their day because of Adam relocating to the US for work) been out for dinners, I’ve used Alexis as a bridal model (talk about putting pressure on myself!) we’ve met up at wedding events – it’s got to the point where they’re not just clients, but friends. And I’ll miss them when they fly out to the States on Thursday to start their new life together out there…

I always knew this was going to be something very special. Alexis ‘does’ art. (She’s a teacher) They’re very creative as a couple and we’ve never stopped talking about ideas in the build up to their day. Also involved were my great friends at Flower Design, Specialized Cakes, Paul Guard and of course, Dave and all the team at Mitton Hall. So it was always going to be awesome.

I was also lucky enough to have my very good friend and truly amazing photographer, Sam Clayton, shooting with me yesterday which was a real treat. She got some amazing images and will be releasing a little sneak preview on her blog tomorrow…

So, as promised Ali & Adam – here’s a little look at your very special day…starting with the boys in the morning…

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I then popped round to Ali’s Mum & Dad’s to see how they were all getting on…

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The gorgeous and amazing Eve Broadhurst was Alexis’s hairdresser.  And all the bridesmaids.  And the flower girl.  She had a busy morning!

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Eve also handily works at The White Closet so was on hand to make sure that Alexis was fitted into her beautiful dress perfectly…

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The ceremony took place at St Anne’s Church in Singleton…

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And then over to Mitton Hall to enjoy drinks on the terrace – and an ‘adventure’ for the bridal party (nobody said it would be easy!)

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Wherever Alexis & Adam travel in the world, they have a ‘jumping’ shot.  So we had to do one yesterday.  It’s their thing!  Their ‘signature image’ if you like.  We even managed to get most of the bridal party off the ground!  (“Is it 1, 2, 3 Jump?  Or 1, 2, 3 and jump on 3??!!?!?”)

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The details were just phenomenal (watch out for a few more on Sam’s blog tomorrow) – LOVE that there were images from the pre-wedding shoot which feels so long ago now…

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How’s this for unique and properly creative.  Flower Design & Specialized Cakes had joined forces to create these amazing centre pieces which also doubled as favours….stunning…

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Pint of Searsy?  Don’t mind if I do!

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The inimitable Paul Guard really got the party going during the wedding breakfast…

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And just before the evening reception started, we had time for a quick sneak off to shoot some gorgeous images just of Alexis & Adam…

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First dance!

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And the last shot of the evening – love that inky blue sky…

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Congratulations Ali & Adam.  It’s been amazing.  I’ve loved every second of working with you guys and we can’t wait to see you in Chicago next year!!!

xxx

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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Steph and Kris’s Heaton Park Pre-Wed shoot – Sneak Peek!

Pre-wedding | 29.04.2011

So I’m starting to take this great weather for granted…(not really! I am maintaining my pessimistic attitude towards weather when it comes to all things wedding and I just ordered 6 new white brollies to replace last year’s which have got a little bit shabby…hopefully this year’s set won’t see quite as much action…!!!)

I had a gorgeous day up at Heaton Park in North Manchester with the very lovely and gorgeous Steph & Kris – they get married at Manchester Town Hall this August and having heard more about the details now, I can say it’s definitely going to be awesome!

So a little sneaky peek at their pre-wedding shoot on this Royal Wedding Day – which I don’t think will have a patch on Steph & Kris’s big day! Especially as Steph is a gorgeous Charlotte Balbier bride! (She’s been and seen The White Closet girlies who hooked her up with one of ‘The Goddess of Bridal’s’ amazing gowns – she’s going to look stunning!)

Enjoy!

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More coming soon…

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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…

x

West Didsbury Wedding Event – Sneak Peek!

Events | 20.03.2011

Yesterday saw the very first West Didsbury Wedding Event happen and I wanted to share a few images with you as a little sneaky preview ahead of showing the full set, including a few ‘behind the scenes’ ones.

Organised as a joint effort by Didsbury’s top wedding experts, proving that it is possible to ‘shop locally’ for the biggest day of your life, it’s been an absolute pleasure working with some of my lovely wedding friends to put this event together. Hosted at Rhubarb by Lisa and her amazing team, myself, Didsbury Life, The White Closet, Didsbury Flower Lounge, And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon, Emma Draper Makeup Artist, Mcleod Bradley, Silver Apples, Pearls & Lace Films, Silver Sixpence in her shoe and Zoe Chiotis came together to put on a wedding event with a difference. No ‘selling’, no pressure, no scary atmosphere, just a room full of lovely people ready to chat to gorgeous brides and grooms to be about all things wedding!

One of my very own beautiful brides, the absolutely stunning Alexis (who gets married this August! Can’t wait!) came along to wear some of The White Closet’s beautiful gowns so that brides could see a real girl in the most amazing bridal gowns and who they could chat to about how it felt to wear a White Closet dress.

I of course had brought my camera along as it’s great to shoot a little bit of what’s going on and also shoot something specific to the event. It was all about West Didsbury, so we decided that we would shoot a series of images along Burton Road to really highlight that it doesn’t matter where you are, what ‘look’ you are going for on your day, whether you’re quirky or vintage, contemporary or traditional, you can always shoot absolutely stunning images if you’ve got the right wedding experts involved in your day.

So a little look at what we shot on Burton Road yesterday…(Remember as well – Alexis is a real bride, not a model and will look stunning on her own big day, as she does in these images!)

As a bride you can shoot images that are completely natural and tell the story of your surroundings…(Alexis is wearing Claire Pettibone’s ‘Yolanda’ in the middle of Burton Road, West Didsbury!)

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You can do seriously cool, high-fashion style images if that’s the kind of girl you are…(in the alley between Folk and the co-op)

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In the middle of Burton Road, West Didsbury…(Alexis is wearing David Fielden’s ‘Wallis Simpson’)

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If you’re a little bit quirky…(In Silver Apples on Burton Road, West Didsbury…)

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(In Burton Road Bakery, Burton Road, West Didsbury…)

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You can do the seriously cool vintage look (shot in The White Closet, Burton Road, West Didsbury)

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And a vintage vibe in And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon…

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The same bride, a couple of different dresses, some very different locations and looks = whatever you want!!!  It’s so important for brides to be in love with all of the details of her day and the team of wedding people she has around her on the day so that she’s left safe in the knowledge that they know her, understand her and can interpret all of her ideas and contribute to making her day as amazing and memorable as she’s always dreamed.

A massive thanks to all my amazing wedding friends yesterday, it was great to work closely with some seriously cool and creative people and come up with ideas that we could shoot throughout the course of the day.  It was great fun and this is only the start of the West Didsbury Wedding Event!  Watch this space!

Loads more images coming soon too!

x

Charlotte Balbier Weekend at The White Closet!

Events | 29.01.2011

There’s a LOT of excited brides at The White Closet in West Didsbury today! It’s The White Closet’s Charlotte Balbier designer weekend and it’s a complete sell out! All the appointments were booked miles in advance, as not only are you getting the usual excellent levels of service, attention and advice from Nikki & the girls, but the Goddess of Bridal herself, Charlotte Balbier, is there all weekend too!

We LOVE Charlotte Balbier – amazing dresses, brilliant brand and huge amounts of fun to be around to top it all off!

So I popped in earlier to shoot some images for The White Closet and to see what was happening…

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Eve from The White Closet does all the window art – isn’t it fab?!

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The Goddess of Bridal!

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Nikki, the owner of The White Closet with Charlotte…

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The whole team together!  Eve, Nikki, Charlotte & Emma…

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The Flower Lounge had prepared some beautiful arrangements especially for the weekend…

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All brides to be get goody bags full of lovely things to take away with them!

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And finally – a some of Nikki & Charlotte’s recent brides who’s pictures are now proudly on display!  First – Liz in a fab Charlotte Balbier gown “Tabitha”…

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Aarti wearing Charlotte Balbier’s “Zara”.  Just stunning!

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So more of the same throughout the rest of the afternoon and all day again tomorrow!

All the best to all the new Charlotte Balbier & The White Closet Brides!

x

Didsbury Flower Lounge Open Evening

Events | 10.12.2010

Last week saw a lovely Christmassy open evening at the gorgeous Didsbury Flower Lounge – with snow and everything! Sian, the owner of The Flower Lounge had decided to throw open the doors and invite people to join her for an evening of wine, cupcakes and Christmas inspiration – naturally I was on hand to capture what was a really warm and inviting atmosphere! (And to drink some wine!)

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Gorgeous cupcakes from Airyfairy Cupcakes in Didsbury…

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The very lovely Sian welcoming her guests!

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Laura Draper (no relation!) from Airyfairy Cupcakes…

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The White Closet girlies!

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A great evening that really got everyone in the mood for Christmas!!!

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