Well, this wedding reads like a “Who’s who” of the North West wedding industry! And what a bloody pleasure it was to be involved in from start to finish! I LOVED shooting Donna and Wayne’s West Tower Wedding Photographs – the day was literally amazing
Our lovely friends at Styal Lodge (one of our absolute favourite venues!) literally threw their doors open for us and let us have the run of their amazing venue – thank you so much again to the wonderful Higham Family for being so supportive and helpful (and offering some seriously great advice in the run up to opening) with the launch of our new venture
Another thank you to our wonderful friends Sonara Parker MUA, Amy Darrington Hairdresser and Jane and Jason fromFlower Design for supplying us with such beautiful bouquets to use on the shoot
Here’s some of my favourite images from the day….:)
The doors of LOVE Bridal have been well and truly open for a few months now and dresses have been FLYING out! What a start it’s been, thank you so much to all our wonderful friends in the industry for their help, support and advice and here’s to a great year!
If you’re on the hunt for an amazing dress, give Emma a shout at the boutique to make an appointment – just click the link to take you straight to the website – LOVE Bridal Boutique
Currently stocking Terry Fox, The Heritage Collection By Balbier/Wyatt, Intuzuri, Mia Mia by Alan Hannah and Raimon Bundo, we’ll also be announcing a brand new designer exclusively stocked at LOVE Bridal in the next couple of weeks…!!!
I was REALLY looking forward to this wedding. Amazing venue that I was going to be working at for the first time. BRILLIANT couple who I was excited to be spending the day around – and it was New Year’s Eve too! Time to party!
Katie & Andy were celebrating their wedding and reception at the stunning Eaves Hallin Lancashire, so I arrived in the morning to start photographing all the preparations…
Jason from Flower Design giving the girls their bouquet holding lesson
…Jonny Draper Photography!!! How awesome is that?!?!
A massive thank you to all my amazing brides and grooms who voted for me to be shortlisted initially and a huge thank you to the judges at The Wedding Industry Awards for recognising what I do
It is a huge honour to have won – I was standing shoulder to shoulder with some of the best wedding photographers not only in the North West, but in my opinion, the UK, and to be judged as being the best is something that I can’t quite get my head around…
This blog post contains a single image from each wedding that I shot within the voting period (which was REALLY hard to choose!) as an extra thank you to my amazing brides and grooms for trusting me, for pushing me to raise the bar at every wedding, for not thinking I’m a little bit mental with some of the suggestions I sometimes make and for voting for me in these awards. Thank you so much to each and every one of you
These images are in no particular order – I love them all equally
So here we go:
A big thank you once again to all of my amazing brides and grooms and a special thank you to the following people for all of their help, love, advice, support, constructive criticism, recommendations and mickey taking (not necessarily in that order and all of those things don’t necessarily apply to everyone in the list below
Chris & Pete Draper
Jo, Paul, Megan & Jake Pike
Kate & Ant Roberts
Keith & Pauline Latham
Lisa, Simon & Jacob Johnson
All of our respective extended families!
The Higham family at Styal Lodge
Tom Harrington from Silk Wedding Videos
The Heath family at Heaton House Farm
Annette, Rene & Nic from Top Table
Jane & Jason Thompson from Flower Design
Collette Northover from The Belle Epoque
So now on to the national finals in January in London! I’m excited to be heading there with some of my great wedding industry friends who won their own respective categories, most notably my great friend and TOP entertainer, Howard Wing, to see how we get on against the best in the country…we can dream can’t we…???
I was REALLY looking forward to this wedding – I’d got on really well from the second I met Sarah & her bridesmaid Helen (I didn’t meet Andy until their pre-wedding shoot as he was in London when we first met up) and loved all the ideas they had for their special day I was VERY excited to be photographing a wedding at Samlesbury Hall for the first time too – I’d heard so much about it as a venue, how great the staff were and overall what a stunning place to work it was. And it didn’t disappoint! Massive thanks to Angela, Queen of weddings at Samlesbury Hall, for looking after me!!!
It was another one of those weddings where I got to work with some of my lovely wedding friends, including the amazing Flower Design Sarah’s dress was from my lovely friend Michelle at Timeless Bride in Poynton too!
What a wedding. It was just perfect. The amazing weather smack bang in the middle of a run of rain, thunder, fire and brimstone (it felt like it a few times!) and the most perfect couple. Bex and Matt.
I’ve known Bex & Matt for a couple of years now. Last year I photographed Bex’s brother’s wedding – Ben & Jordana. Bex was one of Jordy’s gorgeous bridesmaids. I also photographed Catherine & Richard’s wedding last year. Bex was one of Catherine’s gorgeous bridesmaids. Matt was starting to feel the pressure…!!!
I had a phonecall from Matt last year which is the best phonecall I’ve ever had from a groom (although I didn’t know he was one of my grooms at that exact moment…)
Matt: “Hi Jonny, it’s Matt”
Me: “How Matt, how’s it going?”
Matt: “Great thanks – listen, I’m going to propose to Bex next week and I wanted to check your availability to shoot our wedding next year before I do!”
That is an awesome phonecall to get. I’ve known Matt’s family for a few years now, his gorgeous Mum, Sally, used to work at Flower Design and I’d done some family photographs for them in the past and what with shooting Ben and Jordana’s wedding last year and meeting her family then, I was sooooooooooooo excited about being involved in this wedding. I knew practically all the guests too!
It was amazing fun working with my great friends from Flower Design and Rowley’s Catering and the day was just spectacular. I love my clients. Bex & Matt were so much fun, had amazing ideas of their own, were totally up for shooting something truly beautiful along the way and most importantly – they LOVE to party!
So on with the blog…starting at Bex’s lovely Mum and Dad’s house, Louise and Rod’s, where the girls were getting ready…
Bex’s stunning Stewart Parvin gown. Complete with hand sketch by Stewart himself. Amazing.
Proper shoes. Louboutins. And some sensible sneakers for on the dance floor…!!!
On to the best boozer in Lytham, The Taps, to meet Matt and the boys…
On the way back to the shindig, we swung by a packed Lytham town square for a couple of photos…
What a stunning day…
Matt and his gorgeous daughter, Kate…
Ahhhhhh…Jordy & Ben AND Catherine & Richard, with their new additions!
Time for some fun with the bridal party! (And a local farmer…!!!)
LOVE the speeches!
Bex and Matt wanted to use the very famous windmill on Lytham green in some photographs and we decided that instead of trying to squeeze it in in the afternoon, we’d sneak out for 10mins in the evening before the party started and see if we could take advantage of the beautiful light it looked like we might get…I think it was a good call…
Congratulations Bex and Matt! What a day! And thank you so much for having me along for the ride – it was AMAZING!
What a gorgeous wedding! I LOVE photographing weddings at Mitton Hall – a stunning venue, amazing staff, just a fabulous place for a wedding! And Laura and James’s big day was no exception – beautiful details, a lovely set of family and friends – and the weather behaved itself! What more do you need from a wedding?!?!
It was great to catch up with Katie & Andy for their Castlefield pre-wedding shoot last week. I’m VERY excited about their new year’s eve wedding at Eaves Hall (what a party that’s going to be!) and it’ll be great to work with my great friends at Flower Design there too!
With all manner of exciting things going on at the moment, shooting weddings at home and overseas, being in the middle of opening our very own Bridal Boutique in Cheshire and just generally being up to our eyes in it (!) has meant that my blogging has taken a bit of a hit recently… So today is a brief round up of what I’ve been shooting over the last few weeks and what you can expect to see more of on my blog in the coming days and weeks! I’ve also got features that will be appearing on RocknRollBride, English Wedding, Brides Up North and Whimsical Wonderland Weddings, over the coming weeks so lot’s of new things for you all to see very soon!
So let’s start with a peek at Sarah & Nick’s wedding in Santorini from early June…
Laura and James’s Mitton Hall wedding yesterday – check out that table centre by Flower Design – awesome!
Baby Lola’s Christening from last week…
Lucie & Andrew’s Castlefield pre-wedding shoot from a couple of weeks ago…
Nicola & Mark’s Mitton Hall Wedding from Friday (I was there twice in one weekend!) Fortunately, even though the weather was shocking (it improved slightly in the afternoon to ‘torrential’!) Nic kept her sense of humour about it and we got some stunning photographs
Andy & Seb’s beautiful Styal Lodge Wedding on Saturday – amazing day and great to work with my lovely friends at Styal Lodge and Top Table as always (thanks especially to Poppy and Rene for looking after me!)