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Pre-wedding shoots – why are they so important?

Pre-wedding | 29.05.2013

I love pre-wedding shoots.

They’re my favourite part of the build up to my brides and grooms big day. But why are they so important? It’s an opportunity for the bride and groom to experience having their photograph taken ahead of their big day, so that they really understand what happens when the camera comes out the bag. So that they’re reassured that I’m not going to have them doing anything weird or anything that makes them feel uncomfortable.

And it’s a great opportunity for me to get my head around what the bride and groom are like, not only as a couple, but as individuals as well. And that is so important heading into their wedding day.

Everybody’s different, everybody has different priorities and different things that are important to them.  But there’s one constant.  Every bride and groom to be tells me that they don’t like having their picture taken before their shoot!  And the shoot is designed with this in mind.  For me, it’s about putting the bride and groom at ease, making them understand that I’m on their side and I’m there to make them look awesome.

Just like all these gorgeous guys below…

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Sure, it’s great to choose a cool location, somewhere you like, maybe even somewhere that has a bit of meaning to you both, but it’s more than the location.  It’s going through the initial nerves of not knowing what to expect, to the realisation that actually, it’s not that bad….in fact, you’ve just realised you had good fun doing it…

…And the ultimate realisation and understanding that you’re actually going to enjoy it on the big day too – because you both look amazing!!!

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Heaton House Farm Wedding Photographs – Hannah and Ian

Weddings | 16.04.2012

Yey! Easter Sunday saw the amazing wedding of Hannah & Ian at the absolutely stunning Heaton House Farm. A truly bespoke wedding venue run by some of the most wonderful people and staff you could ever wish to meet! I was lucky enough to work with Catherine, one of Heaton House Farm’s awesome events managers, for the second time in a relatively short space of time and it was a genuine pleasure. The day ran so smoothly, nothing was a problem and Hannah & Ian had the best time ever!

So I started off in the morning meeting the boys in the pub down the road from Heaton House Farm…

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And then on to Heaton House Farm…(how about Hannah’s stunning gown from The Wedding Shop in Alderley Edge?!)

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Showtime!

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There was loads of time for Hannah & Ian to spend with their guests after the ceremony…

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Steele’s Barn looked stunning…

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Hannah & Ian in The Green Oak Reception Barn – just gorgeous…

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I LOVE speech time!

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After the speeches we spent a few minutes outside using the stunning scenery that surrounds Heaton House Farm to shoot some gorgeous images of Hannah & Ian…

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First dance time!  Hannah & Ian had used the amazing Ailsa Baker (choreography genius!) to put together a beautiful first dance that wowed all of their friends and family!

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Party time!

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Congratulations again Hannah & Ian!  And huge thanks to all the guys at Heaton House Farm for making it an absolute joy to work there!

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Hannah and Ian’s Alderley Edge Pre-Wedding Shoot – Sneak Preview!

Pre-wedding | 01.03.2012

What a glorious day today!  You’ve got to love the great British weather – you never know what it’s going to do and today it surprised us by being sunny, warm, beautiful – love it!  I met up with Hannah & Ian at Alderley Edge for a wander round the forest to shoot some pre-wedding images.  I’m pretty sure they won’t mind me telling you that they were slightly apprehensive about what lay in store, which I guess is one of the main points of the pre-wedding shoot – get those feelings out their system, so that on their big day they know I’m not going to have them doing things they’re uncomfortable with, that make them feel awkward – they’re going to be totally relaxed and trusting in me that we’ll shoot the most beautiful set of images for them.

Hannah & Ian were amazing this morning – I didn’t actually believe that they were apprehensive about the shoot because they looked so damn good through the lens!  I’m sure you’ll agree…

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How amazing do Hannah & Ian look?!?!  I really can’t wait for their big day at Heaton House Farm now – it’s going to be awesome!

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Alderley Edge Hotel Wedding Photography – Helen and Graeme

Weddings | 30.01.2012

Helen and Graeme had the PERFECT winter’s wedding day! Sunny, crisp, cold – spectacular! I started off meeting Helen and her family at her Mum and Dad’s house in the morning…

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On to the church…

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I love this bit!  This is when the vicar realised that he’d locked the door Helen was supposed to be making her entrance through!  And had to leg it back through another door to let us in – I do love a sprinting vicar!

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The Alderley Edge Hotel in Cheshire…

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How gorgeous are these two?!?!

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Emma from Special Days planning and events did an amazing job dressing the room at The Alderley Edge hotel

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Line up time…

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The speeches were ace!

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Helen and Graeme really wanted to use this particular area of the bar for a couple of group shots with their friends and bridal party, but knew that it would be impossible during the drinks reception as the bar was going to be completely full of all their guests, so we wouldn’t be able to access it.  So we did these couple of group shots inbetween the starter and main course of the wedding breakfast.  Great idea – all the people involved in the photos knew that they were required at that particular time, I set the area up while they ate their starters and we had them in and out in a few seconds with nobody in the main room even noticing.  Proof that you don’t always have to do things a ‘certain way’ – it’s so important that every bride and groom does what is right for them on their big day.

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First dance time – I love this!

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Congratulations Helen and Graeme!!!

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Lucy and Ian’s Lyme Park Wedding – Sneak Preview!

Weddings | 16.09.2011

Can I get a reeeee-post?! Apologies – this post seemed to have disappeared from my blog a few days ago (some nonsense from my web guys about a server crash and their back up system – boooo!)

So, I shall try my best to write what I wrote the first time!

I started off in the morning meeting Lucy and the girls at Lucy’s Mum & Dad’s house which was a picture of calm…

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How awesome are Lucy’s Jimmy Choo’s?!

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Love this shot of Lucy’s Dad, Peter, going over his speech…

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I popped over to Panacea in Alderley Edge to catch up with Ian & the lads who were enjoying a hearty breakfast (and lager!)

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Then up to St Mary’s in Rostherne…

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A very special ring bearer…

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As Lucy & Ian walked back up the aisle there was an amazing surprise “Love Actually” moment with a gospel choir AND hidden sax & guitar players!  ‘All you need is love’!!!

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A very special shot for Lucy…

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Lucy & Ian arrived at Lyme Park in style…

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How amazing does the marquee look?!

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TOP vocalist Jennie Sawdon performed a very special version of “I’ll be there” at the start of the wedding breakfast and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house…

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Mr Darcy compered the wedding…!!! (Much to the delight of the ladies!)

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Rick Guard performed during the wedding breakfast (I say performed, more like whipped the guests into a frenzy!) – awesome stuff!

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The start of the evening…

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First dance time…

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Fireworks!

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Congratulations again Lucy & Ian!

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Jenna and Chris’s Alderley Edge Pre-Wed shoot – Sneak Peek!

Pre-wedding | 22.03.2011

A quick sneak preview of a very cool pre-wedding shoot from yesterday at Alderley Edge in Cheshire.

I met Jenna & Chris by The Wizard pub and we set out following the trails through the woods up to the edge itself. I’m so excited about their big day (they’re getting married at Mitton Hall – gorgeous venue!) as they have so many ideas, so many personal touches – I love all the little details!

So here’s a little look at what we were shooting yesterday…

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More coming soon!

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Hannah and Jason’s Alderley Edge Pre-wed shoot – Sneak Preview!

Pre-wedding | 14.02.2011

What a great start to the day with Hannah & Jason up at Alderley Edge this morning! Moody skies, a little bit of sun peeking through the trees – loads of atmosphere (in a gorgeous, Valentine’s Day style!) and great fun too! Hannah & Jason are really great fun to be around and look so great together!  I can’t wait for their day now! (At the AMAZING Styal Lodge!)

Here’s a little sneaky preview, just for them…

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More coming soon…!!!

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Lindsey and Rick’s pre-wed shoot at Alderley Edge – Sneak Preview!

Pre-wedding | 13.08.2010

A little look at a gorgeous image from yesterday’s pre-wedding shoot.  It rained.  All day.  We met at the carpark and it was still raining.  We abandoned the shoot and went to the pub.  We had one drink and the rain stopped.  By the time we were half an hour into the shoot, the light was like this.  Happy days!

More to come very soon!

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Catherine and Alex’s pre-wedding shoot in Alderley Edge

Pre-wedding | 01.04.2010

This is the hugely lovely Catherine and Alex who are getting married in May and having their reception at the fantastic Alderley Edge Hotel – which was the inspiration behind the location of the pre-wedding shoot. We decided to head up to The Edge itself (really cool, legend filled part of the world!) and have a little wander around there and shoot some woodland and countryside images. The beauty of The Edge didn’t let us down…we started by making our way to the actual Edge that looks out over Cheshire and just spent the afternoon walking round and shooting – I love pre-wedding shoots for this reason! It’s great to not be in a rush, to catch up with Catherine and Alex and to just shoot when the time is right.

These first couple of images on the Edge are so dramatic! I LOVE them!

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Catherine and Alex both relaxed very quickly and look absolutely fantastic individually and together – I can’t wait to shoot them on their day!

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We had a great catch up on the pre-wedding shoot and also got quite a bit of exercise (I forgot how ‘up and down’ the path through the woods is!)

It’s great working with brides and grooms who are so enthusiastic and excited about their day, Catherine and Alex are going to have a great day in May and you’ll be able to see some of the images from their wedding right here!

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