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Wedding Photography Workshop / Locations, Lighting and Posing

Masterclass | 29.05.2014

It’s here!  The blog post all about my recent Masterclass in Locations, Lighting & Posing.  This work shop does what it says on the tin.  It was all about choosing great locations, using lighting creatively (a mix of natural light, video and constant light sources, off camera flash and location lighting) and posing your subject.

Me, TWENTY photographers, an amazing team working with me – it was always going to be a blast!

We started off early doors prepping our model, the gorgeous Sarah, for the day ahead.  We’d been bold.  We wanted to do three full changes on the day, including a bridal look and we knew we didn’t have much time to spare in between shooting.  But that’s where the awesome team comes into play.  Paisley Gamble Hairdresser and Kerry Baker Make Up Artist alongside my gorgeous wife Emma (from LOVE Bridal Boutique!) ensured that Sarah looked amazing and was ready in an unbelievably short time!

Massive thanks have to go to Jenny from The Lowry for letting us use the interior of this amazing building, Howard Wing for working with the photographers on all things marketing and networking and generally how to be an amazing wedding supplier, to Joe & Karin from Pinchjo’s Tapas bar and restaurant in West Didsbury for hosting the ‘after party’ and to Andy Murphy DJ for spinning the tunes and ensuring that everyone suitable embarrassed themselves singing karaoke ;)

So to start off, some instagram ‘behind the scenes’ photos courtesy of Howard, Kerry and Emma…

 

Getting things started – this is what I shot on the day…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the attending photographers have been kind enough to share some of their images from the day – I LOVE seeing how differently everyone has framed images, processed them and really put their own stamp on them :)

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HAYLEY BAXTER

 

KATE SCOTT

 

NEIL PARRY

 

AMANDA BALMAIN

 

DANIEL BARNBY

 

GARY OAKLEY

 

GEMMA MCAULEY

 

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And then it was party time….it started off relatively sensibly as overall, this was part of the workshop to encourage a little bit of ‘networking’ – amongst the attending photographers and all the involved suppliers as well as some of my other wedding supplier friends I’d invited to join us for the evening – it was great to see Sian from Didsbury Flower Lounge, Tom from Silk Wedding Films, Helen and Pete from We Are Life, Ben and Kate from Thyme Out Deli and Catering and Helen from Macleod Bradley :)

But then the rounds of jagermeister started and it all got a bit nuts…!!!

 

…and got ridiculous quite quickly…!!!

Finally, a huge thank you to Jo Eardley for assisting on the day and shooting the party images for us – great work Jo!  :)

 

Keep your eye on my Facebook page for more Workshops, Masterclasses and Training experiences (not all finish with a party I’m afraid!)

- NEW DATES WILL BE RELEASED VERY SOON…!!!

 

 

Didsbury House Wedding Photographs – Karin and Joe

Weddings | 05.11.2013

This is a special wedding :)   Amazing venue (Didsbury House Hotel) amazing couple (our great friends Joe & Karin who own one of our favourite restaurants in the whole world, Pinchjo’s in West Didsbury) amazing dress (from LOVE Bridal Boutique) and amazing flowers (from Didsbury Flower Lounge) – it was so lovely to be involved and I had a LOT of fun with these guys!  :)   I genuinely loved shooting Joe & Karin’s Didsbury House Wedding Photographs – Here’s the story of their amazing day…

 

Congratulations again guys!!!

 

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2people1life photographs in West Didsbury

Weddings | 08.02.2013

A very quick blog update – about our lovely friends at 2people1life – or Lisa & Alex as they’re known in real life! Lisa and Alex’s adventure is now about 18 months in (in a very brief nutshell – Lisa & Alex are travelling the world getting married almost everywhere they go in order to experience different cultures and meet loads of awesome people. Then, in another 18 months or so, they’re going to go back to their favourite place and do it for real! To really get your head round what they’re doing, check out their blog here :)

I was lucky enough to be involved in the very first 2people1life wedding way back in June 2011. And seeing as though they were passing through Didsbury a few weeks ago before they headed out to South Africa on the latest leg of their journey, I thought it would be a shame not to grab a couple of photos of them back where it all started – Burton Road in West Didsbury, Manchester.

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What a gorgeous and genuinely lovely couple!

Can’t wait to see what they get up to next and I’m seriously hoping that they give plenty of notice as to when their real wedding will be – as I’d LOVE to be there (not to photograph it – to PARTY with them!!!)

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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 :)

x

Lowry Theatre Wedding Photographs – Gemma and Dave

Weddings | 09.10.2012

Ace wedding, top venue, gorgeous couple! :) Gemma & Dave knew what they wanted from their day. They wanted to spend time with their family and friends, get some great photographs that truly captured that and enjoy the party – and what a party!

It was great to see some lovely, familiar West Didsbury faces there too! Bill & Emma, proprietors of the number one restaurant in Manchester, Burton Road’s The Rose Garden, were there. Alex, their top restaurant manager was one of the ushers and it was great to see Kate & Sarah, The Silver Apples ladies, letting their hair down at a wedding for a change instead of catering it!

I love photographing weddings at The Lowry Theatre – stunning architecture and a real ‘wow factor’ for anybody who’s not been there before – a truly beautiful urban setting…

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Amazing day!

Congratulations again Gemma & Dave!

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Didsbury Wedding Photographs – Kate and Ben

Weddings | 05.09.2012

This was an AWESOME Saturday night! Ben (Owner of the home of the best breakfast in South Manchester, West Didsbury’s Thyme Out Deli) and Kate were married in Portugal earlier in the summer and were having a ‘return leg’ evening of celebrations for all their friends and family who couldn’t make it out to Portugal and they asked me if I could photograph it for them. I was VERY excited to be able to say yes. Thyme Out Deli is a favourite hang out of mine and Emma’s so I was really excited to be involved!

I LOVED Kate & Ben’s wedding photographs in Portugal – just stunning, naturally lit images. So I wanted to shoot something that was a bit different, a contrast to their initial celebration that really told the story of their party at The Albert Club in West Didsbury.

So we started off meeting at Thyme Out Deli where the weather was pretty typically Mancunian…

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And on to West Didsbury’s The Albert Club…

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Some of the gorgeous outside catering options that Thyme Out Deli offer…!!!

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Congratulations Kate & Ben!!!

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West Didsbury Christmas Lights Switch On!

Events | 21.12.2011

My lovely friends from Didsbury Life asked me to grab a few shots of the big switch on a couple of weeks ago – West Didsbury Olympic hopeful, Andrew Steele was drawing the raffle and Simon Rimmer off of ‘Something for the Weekend‘ and more importantly to us West Didsbury types, owner of top vegetarian restaurant, Greens, was pressing the big red button to light the Christmas tree up! Crowds gathered excitedly as the kids from Cavendish School sang carols to get everyone in the Christmas mood and then the countdown began…

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Merry Christmas!

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And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon Xmas Goodies!

Events | 29.11.2011

And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon is one of my favourite places on Burton Road in West Didsbury – it’s an awesome concept, a really cool brand and it’s bursting with lovely people and just as lovely cakey things!

I shot some of their Christmassy delights this morning and couldn’t resist sharing them on the blog. Check out what you can get in there this Christmas…!!!

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The stands and candles are supplied by the very lovely ‘For The Love of Vintage‘…

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Some great little Christmas pressie ideas…!!!

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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