Congratulations Paul & Judith!

I thoroughly enjoyed my day yesterday photographing such a special occasion for two lovely people. It was a local affair with having the preparation of the Groom at his parents home a couple of streets down from me in Shevington, Wigan and then the Bridal preparations a mile down the road in Appley Bridge, Wigan. So it all kicked off at 11.30am with Paul and the groomsmen including his parents documenting a short period of them all getting ready…or as it turned out, watching ‘Only fools and horses’. I captured a couple of shots of the smaller details before heading downstairs to say my goodbyes although I couldn’t leave without having a photo with Paul’s Mother🙂 Well, she was adamant that I look like someone famous, someone from Top Gun, that person turned out to be…Tom Cruise, Yes I was just so glad that I looked like Maverick and not Goose, haha!

Anyway I swiftly made my way to Judith and the girls to document the remainder of the time capturing them get ready whilst they played with balloons and drunk prosecco🙂 It was a stunning setting to capture the smaller details whilst overlooking Ashurst Beacon. The weather was all over the place and I was crossing everything in the hope of a little break from the rain. It was soon time to head off to Saint Wilfrid’s C of E Church in Standish, Wigan to meet the Reverend Canon Andrew Holliday and document guests arriving.

The bells starting ringing soon after I arrived and so everybody knew the bride was minutes away. I managed to get a couple of shots of Judith and her Brother together before they joined the bridal party ready to walk down the aisle. The ceremony was very moving with some lovely readings spoken by certain family and friends. I couldn’t help but photograph so many different angles of the gorgeous interior of the church. The rings were soon exchanged and the signing of the register was soon complete so I took my position at the rear ready for the new Mr & Mrs Sutton to walk back down the aisle hand-in-hand.

We squeezed in a confetti shot at the church due to gap in the weather and then we swiftly made our way to the reception venue to quickly get the formal group shots done before the rain soon returned. It literally started as we finished and so we headed inside for the arrival drinks at the iconic Ashfield House. I do enjoy coming to this local wedding venue as the staff are so friendly and the location is just spectacular. I captured shots of the reception room beautifully decorated before guests sat down at their tables ready to receive the newly weds.

There were 3 great speeches read by Judith’s Brother, Paul and then finally Judith’s daughter. The sky soon revealed blue skies and with this in mind I grabbed hold of Paul and judith after they had eaten and suggested we head outside to complete the more intimate shots of them together as it would be a great opportunity missed otherwise. We still used the inside space of Ashfield House taking photographs within the unique downstairs bar area which includes dark wooden oak surrounds and red leather furniture and then finally around the grand staircase.

Unfortunately like every wedding there isn’t enough time in the day to really search for the unique spots all wedding venues have to offer as I appreciate that their wedding guests want to spend time with them. So researching before hand and keeping it to around 30-45 minutes really does offer the best of both worlds. The guests were so engrossed in Mickey Toons the Caricaturist with him drawing away in one of the rooms.

The evenings DJ who was Dance Floor Couture was playing all of the Mo-Town classics before the first dance soon arrived. One of the guests sung the first dance which was superb and got a huge round of applause afterwards.

I had such a great day documenting it all and it was a pleasure working with Mike Roberts Films again. I hope Paul and Judith had a memorable time along with their family and friends and I wish them all the best in their newly married lives together🙂

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Congratulations Daniel and Jemma!

As many of you know August is a very busy time for me travelling across the North West photographing weddings of all descriptions. I met yesterday’s lovely couple via a recommendation from James and Lisa Locke who’s wedding I documented last year at Mere Court Hotel, Cheshire. It seemed so long ago since we sat down to discuss their wedding day in more detail whilst they looked through more of my portfolio. The day soon arrived however and it all kicked off at Jemma’s parents home just a stone throw away from their home in Leigh.

I arrived around 10am to capture the build up of the ladies getting ready although after an hour I did head over to make sure the lads were on track with getting ready themselves. I stopped for around 20-25 minutes before heading back to finish off documenting the final part of the bridal preparation process. As Jemma was ready to get into her gorgeous white wedding dress I headed off to the church which was just around the corner.

I arrived at Christ Church Pennington where I met up with the Vicar who was to conduct the ceremony and also document guests arriving. Time got on and Jemma soon arrived with her father in the stunning Beauford Tourer provided by Churchtown Wedding Cars in Southport. I got a couple of snaps before getting myself in position at the front of the church ready for the bridal march. The occasion got to Daniel as he shed a tear seeing his daughter Lily and beautiful bride walk down the aisle towards him. It was an intimate affair with around 60 guests watching on as they shared loving words and exchanged rings to seal the deal. There were a few readings spoken wonderfully by close family and friends before and after the signing of the register. Daniel and Jemma soon walked hand in hand back down the aisle as husband and wife as they smiled away🙂

We quickly got on with the confetti shot and formal groups to ensure they got maximum time with their guests. I know just how important it is that every couple takes the time with the people that have traveled from many places across the country and on occasions, the world to see them. There was a little drive to our next location which was the stunning Shaw Hill Country Golf Resort and Spa in Chorley. I was made up to be heading back here after a short stint away but I was going to make the most of it especially as I know how great the area is for photographic opportunities.

Everyone was welcomed by the very professional team as they arrived for the welcome drinks. I managed to get a couple of snaps of the reception room before the wedding breakfast and speeches began. There were 3 lovely speeches read by the father of the bride, the groom and the best man.

After a little time looking through what I had captured earlier and a quick refreshment I was soon up and out the doors with the newly weds getting the all important photographs of them together. They seemed to have enjoyed themselves too laughing and joking as I like to keep it as fun as possible!

During the day Daniel kept teasing Jemma about a surprise he had planned for a while and even though Jemma may have thought at the time that it was the hot-air balloon which came close by during the evening, she did finally realise when a Alastair Grant a professional Saxophone player came onto the dance floor during their first dance. She was very impressed!

I had such an enjoyable day documenting it all from start to finish and I’m sure Daniel and Jemma did too. I can’t wait to start the editing process but I wish them all the best in their married lives together…

Thanks for letting me be part of your day🙂

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Congratulations Ian & Melanie!

I was looking forward to yesterday’s wedding as it meant I was heading over to Liverpool to document this lovely couple’s big day inside the absolutely stunning venue that is the Palm House in Sefton Park.

The day however started off at their home in the area of Broadgreen, Liverpool which saw me document the build up of the girls getting ready. I also made sure I got plenty of snaps of the smaller details which are most of the time forgotten after the day has gone. It was a very enjoyable morning as they had their hair and make-up done by a group of lovely and talented professionals. Before I left, Melanie had a special request for a photo she had seen of her bridesmaids surrounding a mirror looking at the reflection of the beautiful bride in her gorgeous dress.

I left and headed to Saint Oswald King and Martyr Catholic Church for the ceremony. I met up with Ian before proceedings began to make sure he was happy. Everyone was in high spirits as they headed inside to get to their seats. I waited outside as a police officer arrived who was a good friend of Melanie’s and wanted to offer her best wishes. Melanie and her Dad then prepared themselves for the grand entrance as they joined the bridal party. The ceremony included a couple of lovely readings and a band who sang the hymns. Rings were soon exchanged and the register was soon signed and once a final blessing had been done they were heading back down the aisle as husband and wife.

Everyone congratulated the newly weds before jumping on a coach and heading for the reception venue. As I arrived I soon saw the iconic Liverpool wedding venue across the very green Sefton Park. I quickly got some shots before Ian and Melanie arrived in their classic car. We cracked on with the formal group shots to get them out the way so the guests can enjoy an afternoon of sunshine and celebrations.

After a check of the room the new Mr & Mrs Milner awaited their arrival from the instruction of the wedding coordinator as their guests eagerly waited at their table. As the wedding breakfast concluded it was time for the speeches. There was 4 great and funny speeches spoken by the father of the bride, the groom and finally the 2 best men. I always look forward to this moment whilst capturing people’s reactions and emotions.

Time got away with us as evening guests started to arrive although I realised that I hadn’t got many shots of the lovely couple together, so we headed out into Sefton Park for the more intimate shots of them together. They were fantastic in front of the camera although we didn’t have much time as we soon headed back to get them set for the first dance.

We still managed to squeeze in a quick throw of the bouquet before the cutting of the cake and then their wedding band sang a great rendition of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Everywhere’.

I hope they had an absolutely memorable day with their lovely family and friends who were superb! Even the kids seemed to have enjoyed themselves and I was laughing so much when they thought I was supposed to take the disposable cameras with me because I was the photographer🙂

Enjoy the sneak peeks and I look forward to sharing the rest very soon…

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Congratulations Pablo & Elizabeth!

Yesterday saw me at one of Lancashire’s iconic venues to document the wedding day of such a lovely couple but of whom I had never even met before the day itself due to them both living outside of the UK. I was contacted by Elizabeth’s lovely mother, Pam last year as we spoke briefly regarding packages I offered. I was delighted to place their date in my diary and I was very excited to be heading up to Holland Hall Hotel again.

The day soon came around and with my batteries fully charged and formal group list in hand I headed up for a 1pm kick off. I arrived half an hour before the ceremony began to meet the Groom officially and to document the build up of guests arriving etc.

With everybody sat down eagerly awaiting the Bride I positioned myself at the front with my trusted zoom lense ready. Elizabeth walked down the aisle with her Father, David as they looked at one another with love and smiles🙂. I kept myself near the front for the duration of the ceremony giving myself the best opportunity to capture those all important moments. There was 2 lovely readings spoken by family before the exchange of rings and then finally onto the formal signing of the register. Pablo and Elizabeth then walked back down the aisle together hand in hand as Husband and Wife.

After family and friends congratulated the newly weds we all then headed over to a great area at the venue for the formal group shots. We got through quite a few before the wedding breakfast and I still managed to get inside the room to photograph the table decorations and wedding cake.

Guests then headed inside to be seated but not for long as the new Mr and Mrs Gonçalves was ready to be announced into the room by David the wedding coordinator. There were a number of special speeches offered by various family and friends as it was an occasion which included two languages. During the meal there was beautiful music being performed by the very talented Liz Hendry of The Live Piano Experience.

Afterwards myself and the lovely couple headed outside for the more intimate shots of them two together. We walked around the grounds having a good chat whilst I scouted for the best locations. It was nice as it gave me the opportunity to find out a little about them🙂

It was soon time for them to head onto the dance floor for their first dance together as Husband and Wife. They looked at one another with so much love, smiling away continuously and about half way through they requested everyone else to join them. Everybody danced the night away with Mark Hendry and the team of The Live Piano Experience as their superb entertainment for the evening.

I had so much fun documenting it all and I can’t wait to see and speak with them again soon🙂 Take care and enjoy the sneak peeks…

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Congratulations Tony & Lisa!

Yesterday was the wedding of such a lovely couple who I met originally over a coffee back in early 2015 to discuss the day itself. The day was to be held predominantly at Brookfield Hall in Westhoughton, Bolton.

The morning saw me at the couples home in Hindley where I  documented the build up including all of the essentials like the wedding shoes, wedding jewelry, wedding flowers and more importantly the wedding dress. I then finished off capturing the more candid shots of Lisa enjoying the remaining hours of single life with her mum, sister and niece. It was great fun but it all went too fast and before I knew it I was in the car heading to Brookfield Hall.

As I arrived I briefly spoke with the registrar and the wedding coordinator before proceedings kicked off. I then captured guests arriving as they were greeted with some beautiful music provided by a lovely lady and her Harp. I also got a couple of photos of Tony with his best man whilst running through the final details with the registrar. He was in good spirits laughing and joking🙂

Lisa arrived and I was set at the front of the room ready with camera in hand. It was all beautiful with a lovely reading spoken by a member of the family. When rings were exchanged and the signing of the register was complete I set myself up again but this time at the rear of the room ready for the new Mr & Mrs Calderbank to walk back down the aisle hand in hand.

The newly weds went for a quick 15 minute drive with Memorable Journeys Wedding Cars before returning for the confetti photo and formal group shots. The afternoon was then very relaxed and documented and I also managed to get some photographs of the room undisturbed before everyone headed inside for the wedding breakfast and speeches.

The afternoon included entertainment provided by Paul of Dub-ble Take inc Paul’s Caricatures and a magician. I had so much fun documenting guests having so much fun and as soon as I could get them away from their lovely family and friends we walked around the venue’s grounds together for the more intimate shots of them. They were absolutely magic in front of the camera as you can see in the sneak peek photos showing what a smiley and fun couple they were🙂

The evening was then taken over by Dave from Ice Entertainment Uk and a singer who sang some great music. The happy couple enjoyed a brief but wonderful few minutes with each other as they took to the dance floor for their first dance as husband and wife.

I hope they had a memorable day and I wish them all the best in their married lives together. I also hope they have a fabulous time on their honeymoon🙂

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Congratulations Brian & Kimberley!

I had the pleasure of being invited to document the big day of this lovely couple after a recommendation from Michael and Laura whos wedding I photographed back in 2014. I was very excited to head over to Liverpool for this one!

The day all started off at their home address in Knowsley, Liverpool where I documented the build up of the girls getting ready. The hair stylist and make-up artist were on hand to help ensure all the girls looked beautiful for the occasion and whilst that was all happening downstairs I was getting together all the little details upstairs to photograph. The morning became afternoon and I soon then headed off to the church to see Brian and capture the build up before proceedings began.

As I arrived at St. Chad’s Church in Knowsley I quickly found somewhere to park and headed inside to prep my camera gear ready for the ceremony. Brian was giving out the order of service along with his best man and ushers. Guests were excited and in good spirits as they walked through the doors!

I headed outside to reserve my spot for the arrival of the bride and her father. As they pulled up I quickly got a shot of them together in the stunning classic car they hired for their trip from home to the church. The bridal party made their way to the entrance and got themselves in the correct order of march.

The service was lovely with some great readings spoken by selected guests. They exchanged loving words to each other before placing rings on fingers and signing the register to make it official. They had prayers at the front of the church before turning around to prepare for the long walk back down the aisle as husband and wife. I organised all of the guests around the Lychgate ready for the confetti shot and after a couple of family formal photographs beforehand inside the church, the newly weds then walked through a channel of eagerly awaited guests who couldn’t wait to celebrate the moment by showering them with confetti.

As we arrived at the reception venue which was the stunning Suites Hotel and Spa in Knowsley we gathered at the entrance for the remaining formal group photos. I then headed inside to check out the wedding breakfast room and document all of the room’s gorgeous decorations.

The happy couple walked into the room smiling and holding hands as their family and friends cheered and clapped before taking their seats ready for the meal and speeches. The speeches were fab and provided a couple of funny and emotional moments of which I loved documenting, especially capturing the candid shots of guests reactions as I walked around the room.

As the day progressed into the evening the weather was still unpredictable and I anxiously waited for a quick respite in the rain so Brian and Kimberley could have some intimate shots of them together outside and around the grounds. We managed with a good 10 minutes worth and it was so worth it as I captured some beautiful shots of them both!

I gathered my kit and setup ready for the first dance which came so quickly. It was a great moment for them with guests watching with love.

I thoroughly enjoyed the day and as always I feel so privileged to have been part of another special occasion in a couples life. It means the world to have made a tiny impact on the day in creating memories which they will treasure for many years to come.

I look forward to speaking with them both very soon but for the meantime please enjoy these sneak peek shots…

Thank you🙂

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Congratulations Lee & Carly!

A month has passed since I last saw Lee and Carly where they were part of Mr & Mrs Deane’s wedding day which I photographed up at Rivington Hall Barn. Yesterday it was Lee and Carly’s turn to tie the knot and I was very excited!

Their big day was all under one roof which was the iconic Macdonald Kilhey Court Hotel in Standish, Wigan. I headed up in the early afternoon to start the bridal preparations where the ladies were in one of the big suites getting their hair and make-up done whilst looking after all of the flower girls and page boys. I begun photographing the smaller details before heading back to the room to finish off the more candid shots.

The time soon arrived for me to head down to the room which was to hold the ceremony. Lee was speaking with the registrar before we headed outside to capture a shot of the groomsmen together. I was all set and ready at the front as Lee was eagerly awaiting his bride-to-be to walk down the aisle with her father. The ceremony was beautiful and a lovely reading was spoken by Carly’s sister before the exchange of rings and signing of the register.

As they walked back  down the aisle as Mr & Mrs Collier I captured their very smiley faces before prepping my kit ready for the formal group shots. The afternoon was then more of a documented approach as I captured guests enjoying the special occasion.

The newly weds were welcomed into the room as their family and friends were ready to congratulate them. After 3 superb and very touching speeches I headed outside to go through what I had photographed so far. I wasn’t out long however as I realised the children, and admittedly a few adults were happily jumping around on a bouncy castle whilst the remainder were being entertained by a very good magician.

After the wedding breakfast I headed outside with Lee and Carly to photograph the more intimate shots of them together around the stunning grounds and we had a really good laugh. They were absolutely great in front of the camera!

The first dance soon arrived and as always I set up my gear specifically for this moment. They shared a very special couple of minutes together with their two children before family and friends joined them on the dance floor.

I had a fantastic time being part of their wedding day and I thank them both for including me in it. I hope they remembered most of it but just in case I have a couple of sneak peek shots for them to enjoy before they receive the remainder of the day’s images at a later date🙂

Thank you🙂

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Congratulations Ashley & Christina!

I had the privilege to be part of Ashley & Christina’s big day yesterday which was so much fun! It all started with a swift 20 minutes of Groomsmen prep and as soon as I walked in I was greeted by half naked, chirpy lads who clearly were in great spirits for the day ahead. It was a good laugh although it was soon time to head over to meet and greet Christina and the Bridal party. I spent most of the morning at Christina’s Mum’s home in Aspull, Wigan documenting the build up and as much as the boys were lively the girls seemed twice as happy as they got themselves ready.

I traveled up the road into Blackrod, Bolton where I was taken aback by the stunning church that is St. Katharine’s Church of England. I met with Carol who was to conduct the ceremony and she was so warming and advised that I was to do whatever I needed to get those all important shots of such a special occasion. Like any wedding it is always a tradition to be fashionably late and Christina certainly kept Ashley looking at his watch🙂

The ceremony was beautiful which included a couple of lovely readings from guests and lots of smiles and tears as the happy couple exchanged loving words and glances to one another. After the signing of the register was complete they soon headed back up the aisle hand in hand as Husband and Wife. I arranged all of the family and friends outside of the church ready for the confetti throw and then a couple of specific group shots with the church as the backdrop.

We all arrived at the reception venue which was the Best Western’s Park Hall Hotel and Spa, Chorley. A quick 20 minutes of the remaining formal group shots left me with enough time to get a couple of photographs of the wedding breakfast room before the celebrations began. There were 4 great speeches said by Christina’s Uncle and Mother and then by Ashley and his Best man.

With a quick turn around of the room, myself and the newly weds headed to the lake for some more intimate shots of them together. The weather was great and offered us plenty of time to wonder around the grounds, even some resident ducks had a good nosy. It was soon time for that all important first dance and Ed Sheeran helped them with that one. It was beautiful and the guests came onto the dance floor half way through the song to join them.

I had so much fun and before I left I couldn’t help but get one more shot of the new Mr & Mrs Cooper although with some playful cards which they placed on the tables for their family and friends to use. Even a couple of the groomsmen joined in on the fun!

A huge congratulations once again and I hope everyone had a magical day. I also hope Ashley and Christina have a wonderful honeymoon on a cruise to the Mediterranean.

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Congratulations Simon & Michelle!

I had the pleasure of being part of this lovely couples wedding day yesterday. I started the afternoon by arriving 45 minutes before the ceremony started at St John the Divine’s Parish Church in Pemberton, Wigan. I got shots of the building itself inside and out whilst documenting guests arriving and watching.

The Bridal party soon arrived and with a couple of photos of Michelle and her Father they were ready to make that short but emotional walk down the aisle. I could tell Simon was holding back from looking around to see his beautiful Bride and he mentioned a little later that day that if he had, he wouldn’t have been able to hold back the tears. The ceremony was lovely with around 60 of their close family and friends witnessing the occasion as they exchanged words, rings and smiles.

After the signing of the register it was time for me to position myself at the end of the Church to get those shots of them walking back down the aisle as Husband and Wife. I arranged everyone either side of the entrance for the confetti photo before we moved onto the formal groups.

Simon and Michelle wanted to have some time in Mesnes Park for some more intimate photographs of them together before we moved onto the reception venue. It was a slightly overcast day which provided good lighting conditions for me. They looked so in love and it was effortless when working for those smiles🙂

We soon moved onto the Bellingham Hotel and Spa, Wigan where guests were eagerly waiting to greet the new Mr & Mrs Draper. Everyone moved inside for the wedding breakfast and speeches as I retired to a comfy seat to check over what I had captured up to date.

With belly’s full, guests exited the room for a quick turn around whilst I got a couple more shots with the couple around the venue as it was a glorious evening. The time arrived to prep myself ready for the first dance. I organised my gear and got into position as the newly weds walked onto the dance floor.

I had an absolutely fantastic day documenting the wedding and celebrations of this genuinely lovely couple. I can’t wait to begin the editing of the remainder of their photographs but for now please enjoy the sneak peeks…

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Congratulations Jack & Chantelle!!!

I was so pleased that this lovely couple had such fantastic weather for their special day! It has been beautiful for the past few weeks and the sun certainly shone yesterday. The day started early as I arrived at Chantelle’s parents home in Wigan. Bacon buttys and hairspray was in abundance and I got straight into the action by documenting the bride herself getting ready before heading upstairs to capture the smaller details that make the bridal preparations what it is. It was hard work from keeping her father from coming downstairs to see the white dress as I was prepping it in the lounge for a photo😀

Time flew and I was soon heading back out the door to head for Wigan Parish Church for the ceremony. I met with Jack and the groomsmen a short while before proceedings began to ensure all was good. Jack looked in very high spirits and he soon headed inside to take his place as the bride was arriving.

The bridal party made their way to the entrance of the church as they organised themselves accordingly. The ceremony went smoothly and beautifully as they exchanged smiles, rings and promises. After the signing of the register they made their way back down the aisle as husband and wife.

Myself and the newly weds went for a short jolly around Mesnes Park, Wigan where I captured some more intimate shots of them together which included a little furry surprise from their pet dog, ‘Tallulah’.

The guests, I’m sure were getting anxious to congratulate them so we headed to the reception venue which was The Wrightington Hotel & Country Club where we conducted the formal group shots. It was a lovely afternoon under the glorious sunshine and at a extraordinary wedding venue. I captured some candid shots before everyone headed inside for the wedding breakfast and speeches.

4 superb and touching speeches were said by Chantelle’s father, the Groom himself and Jack’s best men and then I soon made my exit after the speeches. I hope everyone had a memorable day and I wish the happy couple a lifetime of happiness🙂

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