Tag Archives: Lancashire

Blackpool Tower Ballroom Wedding Photographs / Jenny and Jim

Weddings | 18.06.2014

I couldn’t believe my luck when Jenny & Jim booked me to shoot their Blackpool Tower Ballroom Wedding Photographs – what an incredible venue!  An icon, not just in Lancashire, but in the whole of the country!  This was a BIG wedding too – but it could not have been more fun!  It was brilliant working with my great pals Rowley’s Catering and I still can’t quite believe how awesome Jenny & Jim’s wedding was :)   Here’s the story of their special day….


































































Congratulations again Jenny & Jim!!!



Bartle Hall Wedding Photographs / Ella and Lee

Weddings | 03.06.2014

So we’re rolling back the seasons with this gorgeous winter wedding – allow me to introduce Ella and Lee who had the most fun wedding day at Bartle Hall in Lancashire :)   They just wanted to feel relaxed and have a great time – and that’s exactly what they did!  Ella looked amazing in her gorgeous dress from Dan Kerr Brides and it was a genuine pleasure to take their Bartle Hall Wedding Photographs :)

Here’s the story of Ella and Lee’s day:





























































Congratulations again Ella and Lee and thank you so much for asking me to take your Bartle Hall Wedding Photographs :)




The Great Hall at Mains Wedding Photographs – Naomi and Nigel

Weddings | 06.05.2014

Naomi & Nige’s wedding was SPECTACULAR!!! (As you can see from the above image!)  What a gorgeous and lovely couple they are and what a true pleasure they were to work with :)   When they asked me to take their Great Hall at Mains Wedding Photographs and they told me who else was involved, I was VERY excited!  Singing waiters, an Amy Winehouse tribute act, top sound, lighting and pyrotechnics boys, Stardream, the very lovely Margaret Mason Florist and the most stunning Enzoani dress from Dreamcatcher Bridal – it was always going to be an awesome day!

Here’s the story of Naomi & Nige’s very special day at The Great Hall at Mains


























































































Congratulations again Naomi and Nige – and thank you so much for having me along for the ride!





West Tower Wedding Photographs – Francesca & Mike

Weddings | 09.04.2014

I love this venue – and I love these guys :)   Francesca and Mike were married at the stunning West Tower in Lancashire in January and it was just perfect.  So relaxed, so intimate and a great party!  It was also a pleasure working with my lovely friends Andy Murphy DJ and Airy Fairy Cupcakes :)   Here’s the story of Francesca and Mike’s awesome day…








































































Congratulations again guys and thank you so much for having me along to take your West Tower Wedding Photographs :)






Stanley House Wedding Photographs – Zoe & Chris

Weddings | 19.02.2014

This was a wedding that I had been looking forward to for a long time.  My lovely friend Zoe was marrying Chris at Stanley House Hotel in Lancashire and I was so excited to be taking their wedding photographs for them.  Zoe & I used to work together back in the day when I had a ‘proper’ job (!) and she was my number one fan from minute one of establishing ‘Jonny Draper Photography’!  She passed my details on to everyone she knew, shouted my name from the rooftops and convinced some of her very good friends to book me to shoot their weddings in the early days of my wedding photography career.  For which I will be forever grateful :)

Zoe and Chris, it was amazing to shoot your wedding – It was everything you described it would be and much more.  Stanley House Wedding Photographs are always beautiful, but you guys lit the place up and were a pleasure to work with (talking of pleasures to work with, it was as always lovely to see my great friend Paul Guard do his thing – with his big band too, which is always brilliant to see!)

It was lovely to work with Jodie A Smith makeup artist (she tells me the ‘A’ stands for ‘Awesome’ ;) and Emma and I were delighted when Zoe found her stunning dress at our very own LOVE Bridal Boutique (how amazing does she look?!?!)

This is the story of Zoe & Chris’s amazing Stanley House wedding….











































































































Congratulations again Zoe & Chris!!!





Pre-wedding shoots – A showcase

Pre-wedding | 28.11.2013

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 :)


Ash & Paul:

Sam & Rob:

Naomi & Nigel:

Gemma & Ross:

Francesca & Mike:

Chloe & Mark:

Gem & Mike:

Laura & Dave:

Jack & Stephen:

Emma & Chris:

Charlie & Dan:

Ella & Lee:





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!!!


Eaves Hall Wedding Photographs – Katie and Andrew

Weddings | 04.03.2013

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 Hall in Lancashire, so I arrived in the morning to start photographing all the preparations… :)




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Congratulations again Katie & Andy!


Bartle Hall Wedding Photographs – Gemma and Matt

Weddings | 20.02.2013

I LOVE winter weddings. I love them even more when they’re around Christmas time – even more magical and atmospheric! Gemma & Matt’s was exactly that. Yes, it was cold. Yes, it rained. But the great thing about getting married in winter is that you have no weather expectations – so it doesn’t matter what it does! As long as the mulled wine is hot and the lights are low, then you’re in for a great day :)

Bartle Hall is a gorgeous place to photograph weddings. Amazing staff, nothing’s too much trouble and they really care about their brides and grooms. So I was really excited for this one!

I started off meeting Gemma at The Marriott at Preston where she was getting ready…



Gemma’s gorgeous dress was from my great friends, the ridiculously lovely Gill & Georgina at Dreamcatcher Bridal in Kirkham :)





























“What happens if it rains” is a question I get asked quite a lot.  Well – if you can’t beat it, join it!  We used the rain as a feature of these photos and I LOVE them!



First dance time!  Was great to see Robin from Dancefloor Couture in the evening – his dancefloors are awesome!



Congratulations again Gemma & Matt!


2012 – A year in wedding photographs!

Personal | 02.01.2013

For the past couple of years I’ve done a round up of my favourite photographs from the previous 12 months, from weddings, pre-wedding shoots, other wedding related styled shoots and personal stuff.

I seem to have shot more than ever this year and with so many amazing things happening this year (Opening Love Bridal Boutique with Emma, winning North West Wedding Photographer of the year in The Wedding Industry Awards, working closer than ever with some of the UK’s top venues and wedding suppliers) I’ve decided to dedicate this blog purely to weddings. I didn’t want to water down the amazing wedding experiences I’ve had this year and so I’ll be adding 2 or 3 more ‘A year in…’ blog posts over the coming weeks…so watch this space…!!!

So, I’m sticking rigidly to the formula I’ve always used for these ‘Best of’ blog posts – only ONE image from each wedding I’ve shot in 2012 is allowed.

Which is hard.

Really hard.

I’m lucky enough to work consistently with brides and grooms who are 100% excited about their day. Not just about the photography, but about their venue, their entertainment, their videographer, their ceremony, their florist.

Which makes my life really easy.

I don’t have to convince people that certain things are a good idea – they’ve got their own ideas that they involve me in and we work on ideas and are creative together.

This is an awesome way of working :) And this means that I shoot A LOT of images at every single wedding that I absolutely love. And to cut them down to my very favourite, single image from each wedding is something that breaks my heart! But I do it because it’s fun too!

Some of the choices are really hard but I make these decisions with my head AND my heart.

What I love about them from a technical point of view in some cases, but more often than not, what I love about the moment, the look, the tears, the laughter, the feel of the photograph.

And there they are below.

Some of them were easy, some of them were really hard, for very many different reasons.

Some of them don’t feature the groom, some of them don’t feature the bride – some of them feature neither! (And they’re the REALLY difficult ones to actually finally make a decision on – but it’s just because something grabbed me that represents the overall day)

So one image, from every wedding this year, with a single line to describe why I love that image (and they’re in no particular order!)

Enjoy :)

Katie & Mark’s wedding at Manchester Town Hall and The Lowry Hotel.  Seriously?  You need me to tell you why I love this photograph?!?!?  How much fun?!?!?

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Katie & Kelvin’s wedding at Mitton Hall.  I love this because Katie and her bridesmaids had brought umbrellas and wellies in case of rain – and then insisted on wearing them even though the weather was gorgeous!

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Katie & Andrew’s wedding at Eaves Hall on New Year’s Eve.  I’d promised them something spectacular ahead of the day…and didn’t quite know what that was going to be until it went dark…

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Gemma & Matt’s Bartle Hall Hotel wedding.  Because sometimes you’ve just got to embrace our wonderful British weather… ;)

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Carly & Ian’s wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn.  Because we got weather like this in FEBRUARY!!!

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Becky & Dave’s wedding at The Great Hall at Mains.  Because my great friend and TOP entertainer, Howard Wing, really got the party started!!!

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Hayley & Matt’s wedding at The Midland at Morecambe.  Because the ushers trying to tie their bow ties was one of the funniest 20mins of my life!  Great fun!

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Katie & Andrew’s wedding in Wigan and at Great John Street Hotel.  Because you almost feel like you’re there through their expressions :)

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Katherine & Spencer’s Manchester wedding.  Because these two really are as cool as they look :)

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Kavita & John’s Sefton Park Palm House wedding.  Because I found out that this is Kavita’s favourite photo too!

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Kerry & John’s Davenport Green Hall wedding.  I LOVE the excitement and anticipation as Kerry is about to appear…!!!

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Kirsty & Dean’s Egerton House Hotel.  Because it’s such a beautiful, intimate moment…

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Lucy & Chris’s Macclesfield wedding.  Because they’re my friends and I loved spending this time with them on their special day :)

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Katie & Paul’s Sandhole Oak Barn wedding.  Because they look BANGIN’!!!

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Zoe & Mark’s Styal Lodge wedding.  Because it just looks perfect.

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Suzie & Mark’s Styal Lodge wedding.  Because it’s the calm before the storm…. (in a good way of course!!!)

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Sarah & Tom’s Belle Epoque wedding.  Because it’s Christmas!!!

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Sarah & Andy’s Samlesbury Hall wedding.  Because I love their reaction to the speeches!

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Ruth & Paul’s Manchester wedding.  Because it’s so out of place it works!

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Rosie & Nick’s Belle Epoque wedding.  Another tough one as I’ve left Rosie out (and she’s the most beautiful bride!) – but there’s just something about this photo of Nick and his mates that I love :)

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Becca & Paul’s Peover Golf Club wedding.  Because it doesn’t need any explaining…

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Seb & Andy’s Styal Lodge wedding.  Because I LOVE this much confetti!

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Chrissie & Louis’s Belle Epoque wedding.  Because this really happened.  Seriously.

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Gemma & Martin’s Albright Hussey Manor wedding.  The moment between Gemma & her Dad, I just love it…

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Dolan & Varun’s Woburn Abbey wedding.  ‘Cos it’s cool to arrive on a horse!!!

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Gemma & Dave’s wedding at The Lowry at Salford Quays.  Standard groom/groomsmen ridiculous behaviour!

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Hannah & Ian’s Heaton House Farm wedding.  Because I love that little tear in Hannah’s eye…

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Hazel & Ross’s Ripley Castle wedding.  It’s about the venue, the setting and the moment between Hazel & Ross.  Gorgeous.

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Jules & Rick’s Wilmslow wedding.  Just because I love a Stormtrooper that can DJ…

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Jess & Matt’s Styal Lodge wedding.  It’s all about Jess and her dress…

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Kim & Mike’s Stanley House wedding.  The chandelier, the kiss, the shoes.  Yes.

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Laura & James’s Mitton Hall wedding.  Because Laura looks so serene and calm.  Love this :)

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Pam & Ged’s Manchester wedding at The Restaurant Bar & Grill.  Spontaneous, cheeky and ridiculously cool :)

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Lindsay & Chris’s wedding in France.  Because this is so uber cool.  Oosh.

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Caroline & Darren’s wedding at The Belle Epoque.  Because it’s like an ethereal, magical forest.  Inside.

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Selina & Mike’s Heaton House Farm wedding.  Because it’s so emotional…

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Shahad & Simon’s wedding at The Belle Epoque.  Because we sneaked off for five minutes!!!

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Rach & Andy’s Bartle Hall wedding.  Because they’re so bloody happy!!!

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Paula & Ben’s wedding at Manchester Town Hall and Room.  The architecture….and the look…. :)

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Nicola & Mark’s Mitton Hall wedding.  Because it rained non stop ALL day.  But everyone still had the best day ever :)

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Lucie & Quinn’s wedding at Meol’s Hall, Southport.  Have you ever seen anyone so excited to do their first dance?!?!?

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Marcelle & Chris’s Davenport Green Hall wedding.  Because the speeches were ace!  (And Marcelle was the first Love Bridal Boutique bride!)

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Sarah & Nick’s wedding in Santorini.  Because it was in Santorini of course!  (And it was an AMAZING wedding!)

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Kim & Matt’s wedding at Styal Lodge.  Because they just wanted to have fun :)

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Kate & Ben’s West Didsbury wedding.  Because we ignored the ‘no walking on the bowling green in high heels’ sign!!!

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Helen & Graeme’s wedding at The Alderley Edge Hotel.  Because these were proper belly laughs!

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Ally & Matt’s Sandhole Oak Barn wedding.  Look at that sky!!!

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Laura & Mike’s Nunsmere Hall wedding.  Because Laura looks proper Hollywood glamour…

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And last but by no means least, Bex and Matt’s wedding in Lytham St Annes.  Because I love a full dance floor.  Especially one that contains no fewer than three of my brides and grooms :)

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And there we have it!  What a year!

I’m going to swerve the temptation to do a big thank you list – as I did one very recently in my blog post about The Wedding Industry Awards!!!

So a very brief thank you to all my brides and grooms for being nothing else but awesome!  And thank you for continually giving me the opportunity to have such an amazing day ‘at the office’ every time I shoot a wedding :)