I’ve been really bad at blogging recently. I’ve shot some amazing weddings this year and they will all appear on these very pages I promise! But a lot of other crazy stuff has been happening recently…like LOVE Bridal being crowned joint ‘Best Bridal Retailer in the North West’ in The Wedding Industry Awards! (Had to get that in!)
And I’m shooting a lot. A lot of weddings. A lot of pre-wedding shoots. Which made me realise that although I post images from all my pre-wedding shoots on my Facebook page, recently they haven’t made it onto the blog. So tonight that changes! I work with brilliant couples. Brilliant couples who are so excited about their wedding days, all of the different parts of the wedding day and the photography too! Which makes them a dream to work with. Which results in stunning pre-wedding shoots like the ones below.
I’ve literally just grabbed a handful of recent shoots to showcase – just to show the sort of thing you can do, the kind of location that you can use and that you can actually have a bit of fun along the way. It doesn’t have to be all rigid and staged. In fact it should really reflect each bride and groom’s personality. Which I’m sure you’ll agree these shoots do that perfectly
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!!!
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?!?!
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 inFrankie’s Fish Bar on Burton Road!
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 forThe 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:
Chris & Pete Draper
Jo, Paul, Megan and ‘Bump’ Pike
Katie & Anthony Roberts
Keith & Pauline Latham
Jane & Jason Thompson
Richard, Sarah, Georgie, Poppy & Franny Higham
Nikki, Rich, Jessica & Charlie Graeme
Charlotte Balbier & Ed Bedford
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!
I LOVE the colours that you get in Autumn – fiery reds, vibrant yellows, deep browns, all look amazing in photographs – especially when there’s a gorgeous couple like Ali & Adam stood in amongst them! We met up at Fletcher Moss Park in Didsbury for their pre-wedding shoot ahead of their Christmas wedding at The West Tower at Aughton – can’t wait!
Here’s a little peek at what we shot…
Nice work guys! Can’t wait to see you in a few weeks time!
I spent a great night with the very lovely and gorgeous Lucy & Ian meandering around Fletcher Moss Park in Didsbury and finishing off with a cheeky beer in The Didsbury Pub talking about all the exciting details of their wedding (of which there are many!) Lucy and Ian get married this Saturday and are having what promises to be an amazing reception at Lyme Park in Cheshire – can’t wait!
Here’s a little preview of what we shot last night…
Lucy had brought the coolest pair of Gina shoes with her for a ‘shoe change’!
How depressingly gorgeous and good looking are these two?!?!
I loved how up for it Lucy & Ian were – really chilled out and happy messing around and having a bit of banter, but absolutely brilliant at the moody stuff! If we hadn’t run out of light, I’d have kept them out there all night! I LOVE these two shots – the mood, the atmosphere, the eerie blue light – awesome stuff!
And what better place to finish up than in the pub?!?!
Great work last night Lucy & Ian – can’t wait for Saturday now!
Yesterday was a glorious day for a pre-wedding shoot! You can always rely on Manchester to deliver a wonderfully balmy summer’s afternoon when you need to get out and shoot some beautiful location images
So I met Tanya & Paul at The Didsbury Pub for a ‘loosener’ before we headed into Fletcher Moss Park for their pre-wedding shoot. I’m REALLY looking forward to their wedding at Bartle Hall in November – Ive met one of two of their guests before… (Niccola & Grant to name some!) and the mighty Howard Wing will be doing his thing – always great fun!
On with the sneak preview…
Great day yesterday guys! Can’t wait for your big day now!
How tropical does Fletcher Moss Park look in these shots?!?! We could have been in the jungle! It was great to catch up with the very lovely and gorgeous Kelly & Mike for their pre-wedding shoot in Didsbury. I’m soooooo excited about their wedding – it’s at The Inn at Whitewell! (Have I mentioned before that’s where Emma and I got married?!?!) As an added bonus, I get to work with my great weddingy friends, Flower Design (AMAZING florist genius types!) AND Howard Wing, entertainment supremo! It’s going to be a hell of a wedding!
What a gorgeous evening in Fletcher Moss Park with Katie & Nick last night! Beautiful light, beautiful surroundings – it was just perfect.
Katie and Nick first met at the rugby club right next to Fletcher Moss Park so naturally we included that as a location – I love it when we use locations that have got real meaning to the bride and groom, it really does give the shoot that extra sense of ‘realness’ (is that even a word?!?!)
This is the very lovely Sarah and Matt who are getting married at the very gorgeous Sandhole Oak Barn in May. It’s great when couple’s choose a location for their pre-wedding shoot that actually means something to them. Sarah and Matt suggested Fletcher Moss Park in Didsbury as it was somewhere they’ve always enjoyed spending time together (although it turns out Matt has actually spent a lot of time there with work friends playing frisbee at lunchtimes as well!)
So we started out nice and early on a beautiful spring saturday morning a couple of weeks ago and got some great images. Here’s some of my favourites from the shoot…
Really can’t wait for Sarah and Matt’s big day now. We had such a laugh on the pre-wedding shoot, (rounded off by an excellent breakfast!) that I know will continue on their wedding day. They’re such good fun and look amazing together – we’re going to get some fantastic images on the day!