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The Wedding Industry Awards – Best North West Photographer is…

Personal | 19.12.2012

…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:
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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 ;)
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Chris & Pete Draper
Jo, Paul, Megan & Jake Pike
Kate & Ant Roberts
Clare Draper
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
Howard Wing
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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…???

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Manchester Wedding Photographs – Pam and Ged

Weddings | 12.12.2012

I really miss Pam & Ged :( They were great fun to be around, they were so passionate and excited about every aspect of their big day and they were just so easy to get on with – I want to be their bestest mate forever!

From the minute I met up with them at The Restaurant Bar and Grill in Manchester I knew it was going to be a special day. Getting married at Manchester Cathedral, a short walk through town to The Restaurant Bar and Grill for drinks on The Terrace and then the most wonderfully intimate wedding breakfast celebration in RBG’s Private Room – what’s not to like?!!?

So let’s get started, with me meeting up with Pam & the girls at Pam & Ged’s awesome city centre apartment…

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On to meet the boys at The Living Room on Deansgate…

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I LOVE this.  Ged had written the most beautiful poem that their friend read out during the service.  Not a dry eye in the house!

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Then the short walk through town to John Dalton Street, with a few very brief stop offs on the way…

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This was a very cool moment.  Ged had tracked down ‘Franco & The Dreadnought’ – a musician who used to be in a band called International One – who had written and recorded one of Pam & Ged’s most favourite songs.  Ged got in touch with Franco through Twitter and got him to play ‘Moonshine & Roses’ (amazing track!) for their first dance – how awesome is that?!?!

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Congratulations again Pam & Ged – what a day!!!

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Manchester Town Hall Wedding Photographs – Paula and Ben

Weddings | 15.11.2012

I love Manchester. I really love shooting weddings in Manchester. There’s an automatic coolness attached to them, a very different feel to a wedding in the countryside (which I equally love of course!) but something that really feels a bit different. That you can really see the bride and groom’s personalities come through when they have a city wedding. I think it’s because you have to really be in love with the city to want to get married there, which means there’s a consistent excitement and buzz that runs through the entire day.

Love it.

And I loved the sound of every detail of this wedding when I originally met up with Paula & Ben to chat about their big day.

I knew it was going to be awesome.

And it didn’t disappoint :)

Here’s a few of my faves from their Manchester Town Hall and Room Restaurant wedding…

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Congratulations again Paula & Ben!

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Great John Street Wedding Photographs – Katie and Andrew

Weddings | 13.11.2012

What a wedding! One of my absolute favourite Manchester wedding venues, Great John Street Hotel (so much so, that I often meet brides and grooms there for a drink and a chat about their wedding as well as actually shooting there) and the loveliest couple you could wish to meet :)

Katie & Andrew’s day was packed full of love, laughter and wonderful personal touches, including the priest who married them, Father Paul, actually being an old school friend of Katie’s! And even more special was the fact that Katie & Andrew’s wedding was actually Father Paul’s very first wedding since becoming a priest – how amazing is that!?!?

So on with the show…I arrived at Katie’s Mum and Dad’s house in Wigan (along with my great friend and ridiculously amazing videographer, Tom Harrington from Silk Wedding Videos) to begin capturing the day…

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What a truly amazing day – congratulations again Katie & Andrew!

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Lowry Theatre Wedding Photographs – Gemma and Dave

Weddings | 09.10.2012

Ace wedding, top venue, gorgeous couple! :) Gemma & Dave knew what they wanted from their day. They wanted to spend time with their family and friends, get some great photographs that truly captured that and enjoy the party – and what a party!

It was great to see some lovely, familiar West Didsbury faces there too! Bill & Emma, proprietors of the number one restaurant in Manchester, Burton Road’s The Rose Garden, were there. Alex, their top restaurant manager was one of the ushers and it was great to see Kate & Sarah, The Silver Apples ladies, letting their hair down at a wedding for a change instead of catering it!

I love photographing weddings at The Lowry Theatre – stunning architecture and a real ‘wow factor’ for anybody who’s not been there before – a truly beautiful urban setting…

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Amazing day!

Congratulations again Gemma & Dave!

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Didsbury Wedding Photographs – Kate and Ben

Weddings | 05.09.2012

This was an AWESOME Saturday night! Ben (Owner of the home of the best breakfast in South Manchester, West Didsbury’s Thyme Out Deli) and Kate were married in Portugal earlier in the summer and were having a ‘return leg’ evening of celebrations for all their friends and family who couldn’t make it out to Portugal and they asked me if I could photograph it for them. I was VERY excited to be able to say yes. Thyme Out Deli is a favourite hang out of mine and Emma’s so I was really excited to be involved!

I LOVED Kate & Ben’s wedding photographs in Portugal – just stunning, naturally lit images. So I wanted to shoot something that was a bit different, a contrast to their initial celebration that really told the story of their party at The Albert Club in West Didsbury.

So we started off meeting at Thyme Out Deli where the weather was pretty typically Mancunian…

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And on to West Didsbury’s The Albert Club…

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Some of the gorgeous outside catering options that Thyme Out Deli offer…!!!

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Congratulations Kate & Ben!!!

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Manchester Wedding Photographs – Katherine and Spencer

Weddings | 29.08.2012

I don’t know if there are cooler words to come out of a brides mouth than ‘we want our wedding to be different’ and she actually means it! Katherine and Spencer DEFINITELY meant it. Originally, their plan was to get married in complete secret and ring their family to join them for a celebratory meal afterwards, with me having been the sole witness in church (and photographer obviously!)

The priest actually convinced them to ‘upgrade’ (!) their family and a small group of friends to come and witness their wedding which was even more perfect! I met Katherine & Spencer at their house in the morning, where their friends and family gathered as they got ready and then I walked with Katherine and Spencer from their house to church (which was the normal Sunday morning church service – old skool stylee!) where they were married! Yey! I’ll explain how the rest of the day went as we go through the photos, but to start us off, we’re at Katherine and Spencer’s…

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We then walked from church to the pub for a little ‘loosener’…!!!

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We left Katherine & Spencer’s friends and family in the pub with instructions to meet us at The Marble Arch in Manchester at 3pm – in the meantime, we were to tour round some of Katherine & Spencer’s favourite haunts in Manchester, to give them some time together, a few cheeky drinkies and some amazing photographs.  I LOVE these photos….

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Congratulations Katherine & Spenny!!!  AMAZING fun, great vision from you guys and a pleasure to be involved in your special day!

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Styal Lodge Wedding Photographs – Suzie and Mark

Weddings | 10.07.2012

Where do I start with this wedding?!  It was AMAZING!  Amazing bride and groom, amazing venue, amazing videographer, amazing vodka drinking skills from the guests (!) it had everything!  Suzie & Mark were married at the stunning Styal Lodge in Cheshire on Saturday and I think a lot of their guests are still recovering now!  The weather turned out perfect.  After weeks of rubbish, typical ‘british summer’ weather, Suzie & Mark got the lone day of sunshine (and warm sunshine too!) this month looks like offering!

So I met Suzie and the girls at one of the most stunning Manchester venues, Great John Street Hotel, where they were getting ready for the big day…

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A quick jaunt out of the city and into the beautiful Cheshire countryside and into the grounds of Styal Lodge to catch up with Mark and the guests ahead of the ceremony…

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The grand arrival…

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In the weeks leading up to Suzie and Mark’s big day, I don’t think even the most optimistic amongst us would have dared hope we might get to spend all afternoon outside….

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Lily Rose Events did a beautiful job setting up Styal Lodge for the wedding breakfast…

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I snuck off with Suzie and Mark (and Tom from Silk Wedding Videos – the BEST wedding videographer in the land!) for 5 minutes to get a couple of gorgeous images of them by the lake at Styal Lodge…

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Speech time!!!

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After the speeches, there was some time for a couple more evening photographs with Suzie and Mark and their gorgeous little boy, Max…

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The Vodka Luge.  Where the party really got started….!!!

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Time for a dance!

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Congratulations once again Suzie and Mark – it was an absolute pleasure to be involved in your big day – thanks for having me along for the ride!

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Manchester Wedding Photographs – Ruth and Paul

Weddings | 25.05.2012

I’m so lucky to work with so many amazing brides and grooms and I love it so much when you find yourself working within a set of friends or family and you see the same people at different weddings – it’s so much fun! I actually met Ruth the first time I met Alexis off of Alexis and Adam’s Mitton Hall Wedding which is a long time ago now! Ruth wasn’t engaged at the time, she was just helping Ali out in the search for her wedding dress, but by the time Ali & Adam’s wedding came round, her and Paul were well on the way to tying the knot and I was delighted when they booked me to shoot their big day!

From the first time I sat down with Ruth and Paul to chat about their day I knew that it was going to be awesome.  No two ways about it.  They knew what they wanted, how the different parts of the day would work together and how they wanted me to fit into it.  They were having an intimate ceremony at Manchester Town Hall followed by a table of 20 at The Restaurant Bar & Grill’s Private Room – followed by a massive bash at The Victoria and Albert Marriott that evening where numbers went up to over 100 – ace day!

I started off at Ruth & Paul’s apartment in Manchester and then headed off to the town hall for the ceremony…

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Ruth and Paul’s gorgeous daughter, Zara Minnie…

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Ruth just looked amazing…

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Aaah…the girls!  Ruth with the gorgeous (both of them!) Alexis and Charlie…

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Then the short walk down John Dalton Street to The Restaurant Bar and Grill…

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After the wedding breakfast I walked through Manchester to The V&A with Ruth and Paul and we shot some gorgeous images along the way…

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We even had time to swing by their place and get a couple of shots outside their front door…love it!

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Congratulations Ruthie & Paul!  Thank you so much for having me along on your special day – it was amazing!

Have a brilliant time in Barbados too…I’m not at all jealous… ;)

xxx