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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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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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Midland Hotel, Morecambe Wedding Photography – Hayley and Matt

Weddings | 23.10.2012

Here’s an AWESOME wedding I’ve saved for a few months, simply because it got featured on one of the biggest wedding blogs in the world, Rock n Roll Bride, so I wanted the excitement around that to die down before I posted my version of events!

It was my first time photographing a wedding at The Midland in Morecambe. What a venue. Bearing in mind this wedding was in March too, we got VERY lucky with the weather!

It was a day packed full of some of my favourite people in the wedding industry, including my great friends at Silk Wedding Videos (watch Hayley & Matthew’s film here) – Hayley’s stunning Jenny Packham dress was from the amazing One & Only Bridal Couture in Preston, so she got to be looked after by one of my other lovely friends, Sheree :)

So…on with the show – what a day!!!

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Congratulations again Hayley & Matt!

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Meols Hall Wedding Photographs – Lucie and Quinn

Weddings | 25.07.2012

What a day! Lucie & Quinn got our typical ‘British summer’ wedding! It hammered it down in parts, the sun sneaked out, it rained again, but the weather didn’t matter – Lucie, Quinn and all their guests had an amazing time at Meols Hall (my first time shooting there – what a great venue!) and I had an amazing time photographing it!  It was also great to work with the number one wedding videographer in the land, Tom Harrington of Silk Wedding Videos – can’t wait to see his film of the big day!

So, I started off meeting Lucie and the girls at The Vincent Hotel in Southport…

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On to the church…

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After the ceremony, we popped by the pier on the way to Meols Hall…(nice day for it and all that!)

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The stunning Meols Hall…

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Lucie & Quinn wanted to do a bit of The Beatles at Abbey Road…but I think the shots with the lollypop man in are better!!!

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After the wedding breakfast things came close to getting out of hand… ;)

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Look how pleased the boyfriend is…!!!

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First dance.  I’ll be ready.  By David Hasselhoff.  The theme from Baywatch.  Standard.

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Congratulations Lucie & Quinn – it was an awesome day and brilliant fun to be a part of it!

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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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Katie and Nick’s Albright Hussey Manor Wedding – Sneak Peek!

Weddings | 20.09.2011

This wedding was a LOT of fun! A really great mix of people who were all there for one very simple reason – to celebrate Katie & Nick’s wedding and have a great time doing it! I spent a lovely morning wandering between Nick & the boys, Katie’s Mum & Dad’s house, the pub (yey!) back to Katie’s Mum & Dad’s house – it was all very relaxed & we shot some great stuff right through the day. It was also great fun working with my great friends and TOP wedding film makers, Silk Wedding Videos and lovely to meet a new wedding friend (although it turns out we practically know each other because of all the other people we mutually know!) Claire Louise Mobile Beauty.

Here’s a little preview of Katie & Nick’s amazing day…

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A quick swing by the pub to check on Nick & the boys…!!!

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And on to church…

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I think Albright Hussey Manor was the only place in England that wasn’t raining!  Score!

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Or this…!!!

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Or indeed this!!!

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I loved Katie & Nick’s completely personalised seating plan – very cool and very funny!

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The speeches were ace!

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First dance time – which was brilliant!  A beautifully choreographed routine by the AMAZING Ailsa Baker Dance absolutely wowed Katie & Nick’s guests!

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Congratulations once again Katie & Nick!  Have a great honeymoon at The Rugby World Cup!

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Pure Weddings Magazine features!

Weddings | 09.09.2011

How exciting to find that not one but TWO of my weddings were published in the August issue of Pure Weddings Magazine!

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The first is Hannah & Jason’s amazing Styal Lodge wedding featuring some of my best wedding buddies including Silk Wedding Videos, Timeless Bride, Laurel Weddings and of course Styal Lodge…Beauty!

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The second is Diana & Brett’s fabulous Scarborough wedding (featuring my great friends The Coolers!) – Awesome!

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What a great end to the week!

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Louise and Andy’s Mitton Hall Wedding – Sneak Preview!

Weddings | 26.08.2011

There were some big guns out for this wedding yesterday, let me tell you!  Mitton Hall itself (exclusively no less!)  TWO dresses from One and Only Bridal Couture, Flower Design, Silk Wedding Videos, Stephen Bayliss, Charlese, The Coolers - I could actually go on and on!  It was a hell of a wedding!

Perfect venue, glorious weather – what more could you want?!

Here’s a little sneak preview at all the awesomeness, starting at Louise’s Mum & Dad’s house in Preston…

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On to the church and after a little encouragement, Louise & Andy’s little one came charging down the aisle…!!!

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On arrival at Mitton Hall…

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Stealing the show!  Soprano Bella came in to ‘arrest’ the best man and burst into song (they were seriously amazing – they finished with the most incredible performance of ‘Nessun Dorma’ and sent shivers down my spine…) And this was all before the speeches!

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After the speeches (and before Louise went to slip into wedding dress no2!  A beautiful Jenny Packham gown!)

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All change!  (How amazing does Louise look!?!?)

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The night do got under way with the incredible Stephen Bayliss opening his set with the first dance…

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What a day!  Congratulations once again Louise & Andy!

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Top 20 of 2011 – So far…

Weddings | 20.07.2011

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.

I’ve been very lucky again this year to work alongside some of my favourite wedding friends at so many of these weddings and all these images feature them. Not in shot. In true ‘Jerry Maguire’ style, they are somewhere just out of shot! So a big thank you to my great friends at Styal Lodge, Silk Wedding Videos, Flower Design, One and Only Bridal Couture, The Coolers, Rowley’s Catering, Timeless Bride, Green Earth Flowers, Lytham Hall, Charlotte Balbier, The White Closet, Top Table Events, Emma Draper MUA, Didsbury Life, The Flower Lounge and And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon to name just a few!

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!

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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?!

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Emma & Pete.  Drinking with a helping hand from their friends.  Need I say more?!?!

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Jacqui & Will at Styal Lodge.  A beautiful wedding for a beautiful couple.  They’ve gone back to London now and I miss them.  Sniff….

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Sarah (off of Sarah & Martin) and her girls giving it both barrels on the bowling green!  Love it!

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A timeless portrait of the quite simply stunning Neelum (Neelum & Shabab) at Haigh Hall.  Gorgeous.

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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!)

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Carrie & Rob at Oddfellows in Chester.  Uber cool.

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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!

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Mel & Jivko‘s Conway Castle wedding.  This shot is all about Jivko’s flick of the veil!

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My sister and her husband.  Kate & Ant at our favourite Italian restaurant, The Tarantella in Poynton.  What an amazing day…

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Jordana & Ben and their awesome bridal party.  Cool as anything.

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Jenna & Chris at Mitton Hall.  Because this is the shot that Jenna and I had talked about for months leading up to their wedding.  And we nailed it exactly as she imagined.  Perfect!

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Hannah & Jason on the platform at Styal Lodge.  Taking advantage of the moody sky and proving that it’s not all about bright sunny days!

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Catherine (off of Catherine & Will) and her girlies.  Sometimes waiting until a little bit later in the day for certain shots is totally worth it…

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Sam & Aaron at Duncombe Park in North Yorkshire.  Because they look amazing in what is a completely amazing venue.

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Nicky & Graham at Styal Lodge in Cheshire.  Because I got nettled!

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Laura & John at The Villa in Wrea Green, Lancashire.  They had a table for two at their wedding breakfast!  How cool?!

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Catherine & Richard and their gorgeous bridal party at Lytham Hall.  Owning the place.

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Lisa and Eric at Thornton Manor.  Does this shot need a reason?!?!

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Possibly the closest wedding I’ll ever do to my front door!  Lisa & Alex’s ‘Secret’ West Didsbury Wedding.  This shot just sums up everything about the coolest part of South Manchester…

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So that’s it so far!  Gorgeous couples, gorgeous venues and all round gorgeousness!  Plenty more to come the rest of the year which I’m sure will be just as fab as the first half of the year has been!

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