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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!


Katie & Colin’s Grange over Sands wedding – I love a happy and full dance floor!


Bev & Phil’s pre-wedding shoot.  Seedy?  Nah….!!!  I love the colours!  (And so did they!)


Bev & Phil’s wedding at The Ashes in Staffordshire.  Taking a few minutes out at their stunning venue…


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!!!


Kelly & Mike’s Inn at Whitewell wedding – stunning.  That’s it.


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!


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!


Ridiculous gin based behaviour at Kate & Ant’s wedding.  Love it!


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!


Chrissie off of Chrissie & Louis at their pre-wedding shoot at Tatton Park – how gorgeous?!?!


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.


Catherine from Catherine & Will arriving at church.  Who cares that it’s raining?  This is a gorgeous shot!


Awwww…Jacqui & Will at Styal Lodge – I love them so much!  They are the nicest couple in the world!!!


Vicki off of Vicki & Stuart having a race with her bridesmaids at Browsholme Hall.  As you do!


One of my all time favourite images.  The gorgeous Ruth at The Ashes in Staffordshire.  It’s just so ethereal and beautiful!


Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.  Just because it’s so iconic.


A rather special moment at Louise & Tom’s wedding in Bristol where the ‘do not climb on the cow’ sign was very much ignored…


The first shoot I did for Black White Denim in Wilmslow, Cheshire.  My favourite model who’s not a model, Ella…


Jess & Mike’s Manchester pre-wedding shoot.  Because it doesn’t get cooler than this…


Charlotte & Teddy’s (and Ellie-Belle Balbier!) Tatton Park engagement shoot.  The loveliest couple on a stunningly beautiful and colourful autumn day…


Another of my all time favourite images taken at Hannah & Jason’s Styal Lodge wedding – I LOVE a moody sky!


Big red wedding bus at Steph & Kris’s Manchester Town Hall wedding!  Love it!


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…


Because people only smile like this when it’s the best day ever… Polly and Paul’s Albright Hussey Manor wedding…


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!


Mrs Angela Doran.  Because Emma & I love you!


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…


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!


Leona.  Beautiful.


Laura & Simon’s Thornton Manor wedding – you can feel the atmosphere in this shot, I just love it…


Louise & Andy’s Mitton Hall wedding – Bags of attitude!


Vicky & Jamie at The Lowry Theatre – how cool is it that we were allowed to shoot in the theatre?!?!


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!


Little Lola Fox.  Cute as you like!


Hayley & Matthew’s Blackpool pre-wedding shoot.  The wanted the glitter ball to be a feature.  So that’s what we did!  Ace!


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…


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…


Catherine & Richard.  It’s all in the look…


Emma & Pete and a couple of their hilarious mates – what’s not to like about this pic?!?!


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!!!)


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!


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!


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?!


Tiz & Rich – once again, it’s all about the look…


Andrea & Andy’s Inn at Whitewell wedding.  Just to prove that even hotel corridors look awesome in wedding photographs…


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…


Mel & Jivko’s Conwy Castle wedding.  Check that view out!


Katie & Nick’s big finish to their first dance at Albright Hussey Manor!  As choreographed by my good friend Ailsa Baker!


Tanya & Paul’s Bartle Hall wedding – I love them stealing a minute away from it all just before their first dance…


Check out that smile on Nat’s face!  Proof that rain doesn’t dampen spirits on anybody’s wedding day!


Jamie & his groomsmen at Stirk House having a little loosener before the ceremony!


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


Another Black White Denim shoot – featuring the very lovely Charlotte.  Simple, elegant and incredibly beautiful…


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


Sophie in a stunning gown from The White Closet at The Styal Lodge Open Evening.  Because it was such a fun evening!


Julie & Jamie’s pre-wedding shoot in Liverpool.  A ‘Friends’ moment…!!!


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!


Carly & Ian’s Manchester pre-wedding shoot.  Because they drink alcohol that is on fire.  And they’re particularly gorgeous and lovely!


This seemed a particularly appropriate image to end on!  Lucy & Ian’s friends at their Lyme Park wedding getting stuck into Jagerbombs!  Cheers!


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!


Vicki and Stuart’s Browsholme Hall Wedding – Sneak Preview!

Weddings | 01.09.2011

Vicki & Stu’s wedding was one of those wonderfully rare days where the weather didn’t do what it was forecast to! Well, it did in the morning and then miraculously cleared and was glorious sunshine! (Somebody said to me recently that my advertising strapline should be – “Jonny Draper Photography – We guarantee the weather….” Writing those words makes me VERY nervous…!!!)

Browsholme Hall is the most gorgeous venue. Vicki & Stu were married in the converted Tithe Barn and then we were lucky enough to be allowed to use the grounds of the main hall for photographs as well. I feel like I’ve known the guys up at Browsholme forever now! I first visited when the barn conversion was still a building site when my good friend Rebecca Clarke who is in charge of EVERYTHING up there (!) invited me up for a nosey round (I’ve known Rebecca for quite a few years now as she actually looked after Emma & I at The Inn at Whitewell when we got married!)

So I was very excited to be shooting my first wedding up there as I’ve shot girls in dresses and other bits and pieces up there along the way, but there’s nothing quite like the real thing!

On with the preview just for Vicki & Stu…




Check out the awesome arrangements by the hugely talented (and very lovely!) Laura Coleman




Jenny Packham dress!  Boom!








We popped up to the hall before the wedding breakfast to get some bridal party shots…


….who were insistent on using the grounds as a playground!  Love it!





For the record, I don’t make my bridal party’s do this – they just sometimes do it of their own accord!



And I certainly don’t make them race….!!!




Later in the day I grabbed a few minutes with Vicki & Stu to shoot something really beautiful with them…




Congratulation Vicki & Stuart!!!


Vicki and Stuart’s Castlefield Pre-Wedding shoot – Sneak Peek!

Pre-wedding | 09.08.2011

I spent a great morning in Manchester today with the very lovely and gorgeous Vicki & Stu ahead of their Browsholme Hall wedding in a couple of weeks time. We had a great catch up, compared skiing notes, drank coffee and even had time to shoot some pictures too! Here’s a little sneaky preview…







Can’t wait for your big day now guys!


Browsholme Hall Open Day – Sunday 10th October, 2010

Events | 05.10.2010

Browsholme Hall is finished, open and they’re taking wedding bookings at a serious rate of knots!

This Sunday, Browsholme Hall’s brand new Tithe Barn wedding venue opens it’s doors for you to come and have a look round, eat some of With a Twist‘s amazing canape’s and meet some of the best wedding experts in the business.

Flower Design, One and Only Bridal Couture, Creative Cover Hire and myself will all be on hand to chat to you about all things wedding!

Browsholme open day

Looking forward to seeing you there!


Browsholme Hall Tithe Barn opening night!

Events | 20.09.2010

What a night on Friday!

Emma & I were invited to attend the opening of what promises to be one of the most in-demand wedding venues in the UK – it’s gorgeous!

An amazing barn conversion with absolutely no corners cut. We’re talking LED lighting, i-Pod docks built into the walls, an amazing drop down screen with back projector, plus all of the original and traditional features painstakingly and lovingly restored.

I’ve been involved with the conversion (just talking photographs, not actually doing any of the graft I must admit!) for quite a few months now and it was a real pleasure to see the Tithe Barn at Browsholme Hall finally finished and ready for action!


Jane & Jason Thompson from Flower Design created some spectacular candelabra arrangements just for the opening evening – I love working with Flower Design, they’re always so passionate and creative and without fail, ALWAYS seriously good fun!


Champagne flowed freely!


How cool is the screen and the LED surrounds?


I think everyone who was invited turned up!  Nobody wanted to miss this event!


A great launch night for a great venue.  I can’t wait for my first wedding there – the very lovely and gorgeous Vicki & Stuart are getting married there in 2011!


Browsholme Hall Shoot

Venues | 12.05.2010

My lovely friends at Flower Design, Dreamcatcher Bridal and I were commissioned by Rebecca Clarke from Browsholme Hall to shoot some images to be used on their new website (coming soon!) in advance of the barn conversions opening in September.  Let me tell you, this is going to be THE place to get married in 2011!!!  The barn conversions are still being finished, but the first one was ready to be dressed so that we could get some great images that help to give people an idea of just how amazing Browsholme Hall and the Tithe Barn are going to be.

Rebecca was in charge of all things wedding and events over at The Inn at Whitewell before coming to be involved in Browsholme Hall and with her she brings a wealth of experience and ideas.  The barn conversion is being personally supervised by Rebecca and she has had a hand in every little detail along the way.  It’s going to be a fabulous venue.

Which brings us to the images….

We started off in Browsholme Hall itself, as you’re actually able to hold small civil ceremonies in the hall before moving to the barn for the reception.

The spectacular entrance hall….(you may recognise my favourite model, who’s not a model – the very lovely & gorgeous Ella)


Jane from Flower Design had created some stunning bouquets to use on the day…


This is the room you can actually get married in – how amazing is it?!?!


Jane made this ‘wild’ door wreath on the day!  She wandered the grounds, foraging and then just seemingly knocked the wreath together – the girl’s a genius!!!


After a change of dress for Ella, we went for little walk & shot some great images around the grounds of Browsholme Hall…


I love these – proof that you don’t need the sun out and clear blue skies to produce stunning imagery – in fact, the exact opposite works wonders!  There’s nothing better than a moody sky…


Then we headed into the Tithe Barn.  This room would be set as you see it.  Tables dressed for the wedding reception.  The other side of the barn conversion which isn’t yet complete, is where civil ceremonies will be held and it’s a stunning space.  The ceiling is unbelievably high and it’s already got an amazing atmosphere.  You can really see already how the venue will work.


Our friends at Creative Cover hire looked after the chairs – immaculate as always…


Flower Design’s table creations are just magnificent…


I really can’t get over what an amazing venue Browsholme Hall is and how fantastic the Tithe Barn conversion is going to be – can’t wait for the grand opening in September!!!


Browsholme Hall shoot – Sneak Preview!

Weddings | 06.05.2010

I seem to be doing a lot of ‘sneak preview’s at the moment! But I had to share this image from the shoot I did yesterday at fab new wedding venue, Browsholme Hall. I was working alongside my best wedding friends, Flower Design and Dreamcatcher Bridal, so we had a lot of fun as well! More will be coming soon, but for now, here’s Ella (my favourite model who’s not a model!) back in a wedding dress!



Browsholme Hall

Weddings | 03.03.2010

I spent a really interesting day up at Browsholme Hall in The Forest of Bowland in Lancashire on monday. (Browsholme is pronounced ‘Brewsum’ by the way)

Rebecca Clarke (formerly of The Inn at Whitewell) has been brought in by the venue’s owners to set up their bespoke wedding venue, The Tithe Barn which opens in September.

I was lucky enough to be invited to check out where the conversions are up to along with my very good friends, Jane Thompson of Flower Design and Howard Wing (swing singer extraordinaire)

We got a full tour of the barns and were also shown around the beautiful grounds and inside the hall itself which also has a license for weddings.

This is going to be Lancashire’s hottest venue going into 2011. Bookings are already being taken for the end of this year and next year and I’m not at all surprised by this.

In Rebecca, Browsholme Hall have got a true wedding expert bringing the project together. Rebecca is overseeing every detail of the build, from where the beer for the bar will be kept (that sounds like a daft detail, but is genuinely a very important logistical issue that affects the way any event held there will run) through to the state of the art sound and lighting system that will be fitted in the barns to the style and material of the skirting boards.

That of course is only the beginning. Rebecca will bring her expertise to all the weddings held at Browsholme Hall from the minute an enquiry is made, right through to coordinating everything on a wedding day itself.

I can speak from direct experience of working with Rebecca not only as a photographer, but she was actually at The Inn at Whitewell when Emma and I got married and we were never anything but hugely impressed with how she helped us through our planning process and on the day itself.

I can’t wait to see Browsholme Hall’s Tithe Barns open – they’re going to be a hugely sought after venue, in a spectacular part of the country run by some great people. Roll on September.