Congratulations Mike & Zoey!

I was very excited to have been part of Mike and Zoey’s Wedding day yesterday especially as it saw me back up at the National Award Winning venue that is Ashfield House in Standish. I love the short distance to this very relaxed country hotel when documenting a couple’s big day as itย epitomizes the very essence of what I offer to my clients, a relaxed and professional approach!

To begin the day I arrived approximately 30 minutes before the ceremony began to ensure I captured the build up of the occasion with guests arriving and greeting the Groom along with his Best man Danny. I also take the time out of respect to meet the registrars to make sure they are happy with my documented approach ๐Ÿ™‚

Zoey wished for photos of her walking down the stairs with the Bridal party but more importantly with her two Sons. After a couple of quick snaps I took position at the front of the aisle ready for the official arrival of the Bride. Mike was eagerly awaiting his soon to be Wife and as the music began the Bridesmaids made their way down the aisle before Zoey also made her appearance. Rings were exchanged and personal vows were read to one another and once the signing of the register was complete they made their way back past their family and friends as Husband and Wife.

As it was very cold outside and raining I decided to rearrange the ceremony room as it was big enough for the formal groups photographs the couple had requested plus it was better conditions for light. When I was ready I invited everyone in to take their position for a large group shot before capturing a few smaller shots. It was a very quick process which gave me, along with the newly weds plenty of time to walk around the venue for the more intimate photos of them together.

The time soon came for all of Mike and Zoey’s guests to take their seats in the reception room for the announcement of the new Mr & Mrs Clarke. They started with speeches before tucking into their wedding breakfast and first up was Zoey’s Maid of Honour, followed by the main man himself Mike and then finally Danny who offered some funny stories.

It was a very enjoyable day for me even though I wasn’t their for the entirety of it ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope everyone had a memorable one and I also hope that the sneak peek shots below will give you a taster of what’s to come!

Enjoy and thanks…

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Congratulations Michael & Sarah!

Yesterday was a fantastic day across the water on the Wirral where I documented the wedding of Michael and Sarah at the stunning venue that was Leasowe Castle Hotel. It was a late ceremony but Sarah was keen on having the Bridal Preparations so with they opted for the Silver Package but simply moving the timings to suit. I arrived as the girls were having their hair and make-up done by two beauty professionals upstairs.

I captured a couple of photos before heading into the bedroom which included all of the essential wedding attire and accessories for me to photograph. The room was beautiful and gave me the perfect backdrop for each shot. Once I was done I headed back to the Bridal party where they were getting closer to finishing up. All it was time for was for the girls to get dresses on and with half an hour before the ceremony began I headed downstairs to meet and greet both Mick and the registrars.

The ceremony kicked off with Bridesmaids, Flower girl and Paige boy making their way down the aisle before the beautiful Bride walked with her proud Dad towards her very soon-to-be Husband who was waiting slightly anxiously at the front. It was a lovely ceremony and when words and rings were exchanged it was time for the official signing of the register. A few snaps later and the new Mr & Mrs Gainford were heading back up the aisle hand-in-hand, smiling away to their family and friends who all came to witness and enjoy the occasion.

As everyone headed outside we cracked on and began the formal groups as I knew timings were tight. Most of the guests were having a drink in the bar whilst enjoying a saxophone player who entertained everyone on behalf of Michael and Sarah. We completed the groups in good time resulting in having a short time of the more intimate shots of the newly weds together before the wedding coordinator officially invited all family and friends to take up their seats to then announce the happy couple into the reception room for speeches.

The speeches included Sarah’s Dad, Michael and Michael’s Best men and all three were absolutely brilliant! I had an awesome day capturing it all and I hope it was a memorable one for not just Michael and Sarah but for everyone else too.

Enjoy these sneak peek shots from their day and I look forward to sending the remainder out shortly ๐Ÿ™‚

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Congratulations Paul & Katie!

Today has been such a wonderful day where I’ve been part of such a lovely couple’s wedding day. Paul and Katie met me a little while ago to sit down and discuss their wedding photography requirements where they looked through my work and the wedding ‘storybook’ albums that are included in each package I offer. They were very impressed and decided to book me to document it all from start to finish.

This morning saw me arrive at the venue of choice which was Briars Hall in Lathom where I begun the Bridal Preparations. Katie and the Bridal party were in full flow with having their hair and make-up done by beauty professionals in the barn opposite to the main building. I captured many natural shots before capturing the smaller details including the wedding dress, wedding shoes, jewelry, flowers etc. The morning was good fun with the girls enjoying themselves whilst they got ready although time soon got away from me and I had to make my way downstairs to meet and greet Paul and the Groomsmen.

Guests were arriving and having a drink in the bar area whilst Paul spoke with the registrars who were to conduct the ceremony. It was soon time for everyone to take their seats and await the arrival of the Bride. Katie and her Bridesmaids made their way downstairs and prepared for a grand appearance. Paul was waiting anxiously at the front of the aisle for his soon-to-be Wife whilst I got into the best possible position to capture the moment.

The ceremony was lovely and with rings exchanged and the signing of the register complete it was time to get a couple of formal shots before the new Mr & Mrs Molyneux made their way hand-in-hand past their family and friends and outside for a confetti photo.

We cracked on with the formal group photographs as daylight around this time of year restricts the time we have during the day to complete them. Myself along with the newly weds also had a walk around the venue’s grounds for the more intimate shots of them together before they headed inside to warm up and prepare their entrance into the wedding breakfast room for the afternoon’s festivities.

There were three main speeches made which all were brilliant and included some jokes, loving stories and sincere thanks from the Groom to those who have attended on such a special day for them. There was a very special surprise encountered by Silver Service Singers who made an appearance to entertain everyone in a weird yet wonderful way ๐Ÿ™‚

Once food and drink was devoured it was time for the staff at Briars Hall to turn the room around for the evening celebrations so this gave me the opportunity to do a couple of photos with Paul and Katie including one which was an idea especially being Bonfire night. I mentioned during the week about doing a sparkler shot as I’ve done a couple before and have worked out great.

It was very much dark at this point in the day so we headed inside and it wasn’t long before the happy couple were heading onto the dance floor for their first dance. It was clearly a very special moment for them both and I am just glad that I was there to document it all ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope they had an awesome day and a very memorable one although if it does seem a big blur due to it all going so fast, here are a few sneak peek shots before the remainder of their wedding photographs are sent in the upcoming weeks ๐Ÿ™‚

Enjoy…

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Congratulations Rodney & Allan!

Saturday, I had the absolute pleasure I being part of Rodney and Allanโ€™s big day. I originally was contacted by Natalie Davies, a client whoโ€™s wedding I had documented a couple of years ago. She advised me that her Uncle was soon to be married to his partner and they would like to book me for the day. I was extremely happy, not just for the upcoming opportunity but as always that a past client had thought of me for the job ๐Ÿ˜Š

Rodney was part of the wedding party on Natalieโ€™s wedding day so he knew how I worked but I met with Allan for the first time at a consultation we scheduled in at their wedding venue. It was great to run through their ideas!

So, the day arrived and I was to document the entire day from start to finish. It was an early one as I had to begin at 9am but I was super excited to create memorable shots for them. I was immediately welcomed by the receptionist who shown me to the room which a selection of family was getting their hair and make-up done. I moved around the venue documenting the build-up before finally heading upstairs to meet and greet the boys as they chilled out with a glass of fizz.

I also captured the smaller detailed shots including their custom-made suits, shoes, wedding rings and button holes. I thoroughly enjoy those type of photos as they make up a big part of the day. Time passed and it was soon time to head downstairs to photograph guests arriving and then take my place for the ceremony.

Rodney and Allan made their way down the very beautiful staircase hand-in-hand and prepared themselves to enter the room with family and friends looking on with smiles and admiration. The ceremony was lovely and when the exchange of rings was complete it was time for the official signing of the register. I got my photos of course before getting myself set for the newlyweds to walk back up the aisle as Husband and Husband.

With ‘storm Brian’ looming I felt it necessary to get on with the formal group photographs starting with a shot of everyone outside on the courtyard. This was a great photo which included everyone from the day, this was followed by two larger group photos before I advised the couple that we should get the more intimate shots of them together just in case we lose the moment. Afterwards we headed inside as it was getting a little chilly and completed the remainder of the groups in a room which was vacant.

The time had come for the wedding coordinator to invite all family and friends into the reception room to take their seats for the wedding breakfast. Speeches were after this which gave me time to go through what I had captured to date.

Glasses were filled with fizz and the time came for the speeches to commence. Natalie started proceedings with a great speech which was soon followed by Rodney and then finally Allan who read out a selection of wedding cards they had received earlier in the day. Natalie was given a stunning array of fresh flowers for her efforts which included the planning and logistics of such a well thought out day.

Rodney and Allan finished off with the last couple of photos of just them before retiring into the Lounge and Bar areas. A Photobooth was on hand to entertain guests whilst the DJ also prepared his kit for a very musical evening. With the cake cut it only meant one last thing to do before they can completely chill out and that was their first dance as a married couple.

Both me and the DJ were set and with guests surrounding the dance floor it was time for them both to be announced into the room. They shared a loving moment before family and friends joined them for the beginning of a very lively evening.

I headed off but not before wishing them all the very best for the future and to say what a wonderful day I had documenting their wedding day. I hope they had a memorable one and I canโ€™t wait to send them their photographs.

For the time being however I hope they love their sneak peek shots ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Congratulations Gary & Hayley!

With having only met this lovely couple on Wednesday I was very pleased that they asked me to be part of their wedding day on Friday. It all began in the morning where Hayley and the girls were having their hair and make-up done in one of the bedrooms upstairs at the West Tower Country House Hotel in Aughton. They were in very high spirits as I turned up for the Bridal preparations. I started with capturing the smaller details which included the wedding dress, shoes, flowers, jewelry and that of the Bridesmaids attire and accessories before documenting the remainder of the afternoon. It went so quickly and before I knew it I was heading downstairs to the bar where all family and friends were enjoying drinks.

I caught up with Gary and briefly spoke with the registrar’s before the ceremony kicked off and I was graced with the presence of a good friend and very professional person, Barry of Diamond Lights Wedding Films. I have worked with Barry on numerous occasions and we always seem to just know what each other are doing or going to do which helps keep the day relaxed and stress free ๐Ÿ™‚

So with 10 minutes to go all guests were invited upstairs to take their seats ready for the arrival of the wedding party. Gary was eagerly waiting for his Wife-to-be at the front with his Best men by his side. After her Bridesmaids, Paige boys, Flower girl and pet dog, Molly walked down the aisle it was Hayley’s turn to walk with her very proud Dad, Bob who was smiling away.

The ceremony was wonderful and after the exchange of rings and signing of the register it was time for the new Mr & Mrs Guyers to take their first steps together as Husband and Wife. We cracked on with the confetti photo outside before completing the formal group photographs round the corner on the steps. I was a little worried with the weather and of course the daylight remaining so I advised that we also cracked on with the more intimate shots of them two around the grounds of the wedding venue.

With the reception room turned around it was time for everyone to make their way to their seats for the arrival of Gary and Hayley. They wished to have speeches out of the way before the meal so they could enjoy their food when it came so Bob started proceedings with a very touching speech. This was of course followed by the main man himself Gary, who offered his sincere thanks along with gifts and then finally his best men concluding with some funny stories.

There was a surprise awaiting everyone before desserts as Gary and Hayley ordered some singing waiters who put on a great show leaving some a little red faced and some lost for words ๐Ÿ™‚

Afterwards Barry had video messages to do whilst I documented guests enjoying the magician who was on hand doing what he does best, entertaining ๐Ÿ™‚ He was absolutely fantastic and baffled many including myself!

The first dance soon approached and as we finished getting our remaining photographs of the couple they were announced onto the dance floor with family and friends surrounding them. It was a lovely moment for the newly weds and after they shared a few moments together it was time for her Father, another special man in her life who wanted to share a couple of minutes with his Daughter.

It was such a wonderful day and I hope the happy couple had a memorable day along with their lovely family and friends. A special mention to the staff at West Tower for looking after me for the day and also to Barry who no doubt will be on a job with me in the near future.

I hope Gary and Hayley enjoy these sneak peek shots from their wedding day and I hope they have a wonderful time on their Honeymoon ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks…

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Congratulations James & Katherine!

Well we are half way through the working week and I have a lovely blog based on the wedding day of such a wonderful couple. On Saturday I had the absolute pleasure of documenting James and Katherine’s big day. It all started from a recommendation from James’s Brother Gareth who’s wedding I captured a couple of years ago. We sat down and discussed the details of the day whilst they looked through my wedding ‘storybook’ albums. Being very confident that they wanted me to be part of their wedding day all it required was a deposit to secure the date followed by documentation to make it official.

The day finally arrived and I was up at Beeston Manor nice and early to document the Bridal preparations. Katherine, her Mum, Sister, Bridesmaid and friend were all having a great time whilst waiting to have their make-up done as I arrived. I began capturing the smaller the details before getting those natural shots of the girls. It was a lovely and very relaxed morning and I even had time to head over to the ceremony room to see it set up and empty ๐Ÿ™‚

James arrived with his Best man Gareth and Usher in good time so I spent a short time with them whilst documenting guests arriving. With final checks complete it was time for the Groomsmen to make their way to the ceremony room whilst I headed back upstairs for the wedding dress photos.

All family and friends were asked to head upstairs for the soon arrival of the Bridal party which gave Katherine and the girls the opportunity to wait in the reception area downstairs and also questioned by the registrar to make sure that details were correct. I went upstairs to get myself in position!

So James was eagerly waiting at the front for his Bride and as moments passed the music finally started which was followed by the Bridesmaid. Katherine and her Mum waited for the opportune moment to head down the aisle based on the music’s lyrics. The ceremony was soon under way and it was very touching. With a reading said by Katherine’s Sister, rings exchanged and the signing of the register complete it was soon time for the new Mr & Mrs Kerr to make their way back up the aisle hand-in-hand.

All family and friends congratulated the newly weds and enjoyed a glass of fizz. The weather wasn’t the best so the venue cleared the ceremony room so we could make use for the formal group photographs. Before heading upstairs however there was a lovely surprise waiting outside for the couple which was their pet dog Stanley. I posed everyone for the confetti shot hoping to include Stan and even though he wasn’t a big fan of loud noises and confetti he did a great job posing with the help of his trainer.

The afternoon flew by and it was soon time for the wedding breakfast and then the all awaited speeches. Katherine’s mum had the honour to begin proceedings with some loving words and touching stories. This was followed by the main man himself, James who thanked everyone for their presence and kind gifts with special mentions to those who may have contributed in many ways. Gareth, the Best man had the last say with hilarious photos of James which obviously included stories ๐Ÿ™‚

The weather thankfully subsided giving us the opportunity to head outside for the more intimate shots of the happy couple. We spent 15-20 minutes capturing some fantastic photos which they’ll treasure for a long time ๐Ÿ™‚

The evening was closing in and a request from Katherine was a sparklers shot outside , so they invited their Ashton and Leigh friends to join them for this fun moment. The last formal part of the day was the cutting of their wedding cake which was absolutely stunning. An announcement was made for family and friends to get up and fill the edge of the dance floor for this part and including their first dance.

I had an absolutely wonderful day doing what I do best along with meeting such wonderful people. I hope James and Katherine had a memorable day and I look forward to sending through all of their wedding photographs after I’ve done a little post production ๐Ÿ™‚

For now please enjoy these sneak peek shots ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks…

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Congratulations David & Irene!

I was contacted by this lovely couple a few months ago after previous client’s Gary & Jackie who got married in St Helens recommended me. It was David I spoke with who advised they were also having a small and intimate wedding in Liverpool on a Tuesday. So we spoke about the mid-week package I offer which includes 3 hours of photography and then your wedding day images professionally edited and then placed on a USB stick for personal use. They were both made up and booked me on the phone after hearing the date was available ๐Ÿ™‚

So the day arrived and at 1.20pm I was parked up in a multi story car park with a 10 minute walk to St George’s Hall for the ceremony. On the odd occasion I have driven passed this absolutely stunning building with a slight look but being within touching distance was amazing. It offers so much photographic opportunity and a great backdrop.

After a couple of minutes of walking around the venue I headed inside to be greeted by David who was standing at the entrance with his Brother and best man. Everyone was excited and looking forward to the occasion. The coordinator soon invited all family and friends to head upstairs to taker their seats. Irene was waiting outside with her son in a very smart black BMW and with last minute adjustments made they walked together inside to speak with the registrar before proceedings began.

The ceremony was beautiful and once rings were exchanged and vows were said it was time for the newly weds to officially sign the register. I got the photos I needed before placing myself up at the end of the aisle ready for the new Mr & Mrs Smith to walk hand-in-hand passed their onlooking guests whilst smiling away. I left them for 5 minutes allowing their family and friends to congratulate them before asking everyone to head downstairs to begin the formal part of the day…the group shots!

Now when anyone hears “it’s time for the formal group photographs” usually you hear the odd grunt or grumble ๐Ÿ™‚

I do completely understand the group photographs are what they are and when I meet my clients for the first time I make them aware (if they haven’t experienced it before) the realisation that they will be stood in a certain position for a short time which may feel like a lifetime. BUT with that in mind I do keep it very relaxed and interactive so guests enjoy themselves.

With the formal groups and the more intimate shots of them complete it was time to head up to the reception venue for afternoon celebrations. We turned up at The Sir Thomas Hotel and everyone was inside enjoying a drink and a bite to eat. It was a relaxed and documented approach from me once I was inside capturing laughs and smiles in abundance. I love the candid photography as I believe it produces images which show the true essence of a person character and personality ๐Ÿ™‚

Once the wedding breakfast had been devoured it was time for the speeches. First up was the Best man which included funny stories and then followed Irene’s Son and finally David who offered thank you’s all around. I had a wonderful time documenting their wedding day and I hope they had a great time time as the evening approached.

I look forward to sending them their wedding photographs in the near future but for now enjoy these sneak peek shots.

Enjoy…

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Congratulations Malcolm & Gwen!

Yesterday I had the absolute pleasure in being part of this lovely couple’s wedding day. It was all held at the stunning venue that is the Macdonald Kilhey Court Hotel in Standish, Wigan. Malcolm and Gwen contacted me after they discussed their big day with Wendy who is the wedding coordinator at the venue. They wished to meet and run through the option of having myself for a short time to capture all the more important moments which I was very happy to do ๐Ÿ™‚ We met and discussed my mid-week package that is ยฃ200 and is perfect for those having a special occasion during the week and only wanting a couple of hours photography coverage. They were extremely happy and decided to go ahead!

So I turned up at 11.30am where Malcolm and 9 family and friends were hanging out in the reception area ready to head over to the ceremony suite to take their seats and await the arrival of the Bride. Gwen and her Brother were having a moment before later being asked to head over and meet with the registrars. The ceremony was a very intimate one and it was so nice to take my time capturing every moment during the ceremony. There were two readings spoken by Malcolm’s Daughters before the exchange of rings and the official signing of the register. They then prepared themselves before they walked back up the aisle as Husband and Wife.

After a confetti shot just near the venue’s iconic fountain they then enjoyed a good 30-40 minutes of canapes and drinks as there wasn’t too many groups and especially none that were so time consuming. When things died down slightly everyone headed upstairs inside the room which they were to enjoy the wedding breakfast.

Speeches were to be conducted first and when all were seated and champagne was poured Malcolm stood to give the first lovely speech before Gwen’s Brother then offered a fantastic poem. I left everyone to enjoy their food without a photographer around ๐Ÿ™‚ so I said my goodbyes to the newly weds and wished them a lovely remainder of such a wonderful day!

I hope they had a memorable afternoon and I look forward to editing their wedding photographs. Please enjoy these sneak peeks ๐Ÿ™‚

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Congratulations Dave & Julie!

Good morning everyone and I hope you’re all well and enjoying your weekend!

Yesterday I had the immense pleasure of documenting Dave & Julie’s big day which all took place within a 2 mile radius of where I live. I was to only photograph the ceremony through to the speeches so I had plenty to squeeze in with the time I had.

I arrived at St Anne’s Church in Shevington, Wigan where Dave was standing next to his stunning vintage car which he wanted part of the wedding as transportation for the Groomsmen. His friend and Usher was using his own personal and also vintage car for transportation for the Bridal Party. All guests were heading inside the church to take their seats and once Mother of the Bride had arrived it was time to get Dave inside also.

Julie turned up with her Dad who was to give her away and once they prepared themselves outside the church with last minutes alterations it was time for the Vicar to officially announce to family and friends the arrival of the Bride. Dave was patiently waiting at the end of the aisle with his Best man by his side. The ceremony went smoothly with a reading made by their son and once rings were exchanged and the signing of the register was complete it was time to get myself ready for the new Mr & Mrs Mckee to walk hand-in-hand back up the aisle and then outside.

After everyone had their moment to congratulate the happy couple it was time to head up to the reception venue for the formal group photos. We arrived at Wrightington Hotel & Country Club and there was a surprise awaiting the couple as they got out of the car. They have a dog who managed to be escorted up for a couple of photos with Dave and Julie outside before heading back home to sleep ๐Ÿ™‚

We cracked on with the formal group shots to get them done before then capturing the more intimate shots of the newly weds together around the stunning venue. I even managed to squeeze in the room decor shots before the wedding guests were invited inside to take their seats.

Dave and Julie waited outside to be formally announced by the wedding coordinator. once all guests were inside and ready to go it was time for everyone to cheer and clap as they made their way to their seats. The speeches followed with Father of the Bride first, the Groom and then finally the Best Man.

All the speeches were fantastic and I thoroughly enjoyed documenting the time I was with Dave, Julie and their lovely family and friends. I hope they had a memorable time after I left and I look forward to speaking with them shortly to present them with their wedding photographs. For the time being please enjoy these sneak peek shots….

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Congratulations Anthony & Paula!

On Friday I was part of the wonderful wedding of Anthony and Paula who got married in Liverpool. It was a late ceremony beginning at 4pm but they still wanted the preparations and build up documented beforehand.

I arrived 3 hours before (like I always do for the Bridal preparations) where I was met by Paula and the girls who were having their hair and make-up done. I began documenting everything before moving on to capture the smaller details including the dresses, shoes, jewelry, flowers etc. Once I was happy and the time had caught up to me it was time to head over to the ceremony room to meet and greet Anthony and photograph guests arriving.

It was soon time for all family and friends to be announced to take their seats ready for the arrival of the Bride. Paula was to walk down with her Brother but just before she reached her soon to be Husband her Father had the last few steps with his Daughter which was lovely to see ๐Ÿ™‚ The ceremony ran smoothly and with rings exchanged and the official signing of the register complete I got myself ready for the new Mr & Mrs to walk hand-in-hand back up the aisle to receive their celebratory glass of fizz!

Due to the horrific weather in the morning we got our opportunity for outside shots as the sun was beaming down. I got everyone outside and began with the large group shot of all guests followed by a few smaller groups and then just before everyone went inside I grabbed Anthony and Paula for a couple of photos of them together just in case the weather decided to turn again.

It was a very informal affair so there was no official introduction of the newly weds as they walked straight inside and to their seats to enjoy a well earned meal which obviously was the wedding breakfast, their first meal as Husband and Wife ๐Ÿ™‚

After coffee’s were served evening guests were soon arriving and so before I lost the happy couple in all the excitement of greeting them I went outside once more time with them for the final part of the more intimate shots of them together. The sun was just setting which gave us great light for this more personal part of the day.

We did a mock cut of the cake followed by the first dance which included a little surprise from the couple. Aย choreographed dance was in store for all those watching and was superb as they smiled away to one another. I hope they had an absolutely memorable day and I can’t wait to begin the editing of their wedding photographs. For now please enjoy these sneak peek photographs ๐Ÿ™‚

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