I love a wintery wedding! All that atmosphere, the low light, the nerves about what the weather will do, whether the bride and groom had been a good boy and girl when we go and see Santa… (?!) – we had all that in bucket loads on Saturday for Lynn and Paul’s big day at Quarry Bank Mill! It was a beautiful, emotional day and we even got a little dusting of snow on the roof of the mill – beautiful! Lovely to work with my beautiful wife, Emma Draper Make-Up on the morning of the wedding and to work with my lovely friends from Flower Design who designed the most wonderful flowers for the happy couple. Here’s a little sneak peek just for Lynn and Paul…
The rings were delivered by a very special guest indeed… Angel from ‘Flying The Knot‘!!!
Fortunately Lynn and Paul had been a very good girl and boy this year so they were allowed to go and see Santa! (How cool is that!!!)
Flower Design never fail to produce something spectacular – gorgeous, hey?
I love this. Lynn and Paul were waiting for their guests to come up to the room and I caught them sharing a wonderful, intimate moment – beautiful…
This wedding was so much fun! And was soooooo emotional! In fact, it had every single positive emotion you can think of attached to it – it was ace!
Jess & Terry were married at The Oaks Hotel in Burnley and I was lucky enough to work with two of my favourite wedding people (one of who I’m married to…but I’m not saying which one!)Howard Wing, entertainer extraordinaire and Emma Draper Make-Up Artist (TOP make-up artist!)
I arrived as bridal preparations were fully underway…
Terry was busy downstairs saying hello to all the guests…
How about that for a sequence full of emotion?! I was in bits down at the front!
My main man Howard Wing doing his thing…
After the wedding breakfast Jess, Terry and I sneaked off for a few minutes to get some awesome images just of the two of them…
First dance time!
Second dance time! All the hens…can you guess what they’re dancing to???
Terry DID like it so went and put a ring on it! Nice work girls – brilliant performance!
Congratulations Jess & Terry – I hope this posting finds you well on your honeymoon?!?!
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.
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!
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?!
Emma & Pete. Drinking with a helping hand from their friends. Need I say more?!?!
Jacqui & Will at Styal Lodge. A beautiful wedding for a beautiful couple. They’ve gone back to London now and I miss them. Sniff….
Sarah (off of Sarah & Martin) and her girls giving it both barrels on the bowling green! Love it!
A timeless portrait of the quite simply stunning Neelum (Neelum & Shabab) at Haigh Hall. Gorgeous.
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!)
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!
Mel & Jivko‘s Conway Castle wedding. This shot is all about Jivko’s flick of the veil!
My sister and her husband. Kate & Ant at our favourite Italian restaurant, The Tarantella in Poynton. What an amazing day…
I love a midweek wedding – especially one in such spectacular settings! Melanie & Jivko are a Kiwi and Bulgarian (respectively) living in South Africa – so it made perfect sense for them to get married in North Wales! Mel first got in touch last year after one of her best friends, Catherine, was a guest at Gill & Martin’s wedding at The Great Hall at Mains and subsequently passed on my details – many thanks Catherine! I was delighted when Mel booked over the phone (with her living such a distance away, it was always going to be difficult to meet up ahead of the day) and she then went on to book my amazingly talented wife, Emma Draper, to take care of her make-up.
So Emma and I headed down to Conwy on Tuesday afternoon to meet Mel & Jivko for the first time. Emma spent some time with Mel doing lots of lovely make-up things before we wandered into Conwy later in the afternoon for Mel & Jivko’s pre-wedding shoot. Here’s a little taster…
Emma & I then stayed over on Tuesday and spent a lovely evening in the restaurant at The Castle Hotel in Conwy- the posh fish and chips were amazing and fuelled me up nicely for Mel & Jivko’s wedding the next day!
Mel & Jivko were having their reception at the beautiful Caer Rhun Hall just outside of Conwy (which is where we all stayed as well) so bridal prep was very easy to do! And was very relaxed too! Just the way we like it!
So here’s a little sneak peek at what a wedding blessing at Conwy Castle looks like…
Mel’s dress is a stunning Maggie Sottero number that she found overseas and then bought from The Confetti Box in Manchester – gorgeous hey?!
After the ceremony at the castle, we spent a few minutes at the nature reserve just across the river…
I won’t say too much here as the film explains everything, but what I will say is a huge thank you to Calumet Manchester, Natalie Kelly for modelling for us, Emma Draper MUA for looking after all things hair, make-up and styling and to Tom Harrington from Silk Wedding Videos for shooting the awesome footage.
Yesterday saw the very first West Didsbury Wedding Eventhappen 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.
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!)
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)
In the middle of Burton Road, West Didsbury…(Alexis is wearing David Fielden’s ‘Wallis Simpson’)
If you’re a little bit quirky…(In Silver Apples on Burton Road, West Didsbury…)
(In Burton Road Bakery, Burton Road, West Didsbury…)
You can do the seriously cool vintage look (shot in The White Closet, Burton Road, West Didsbury)
And a vintage vibe in And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon…
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!