Intimate/Big Party Wedding in Manchester, Maria & Alex

Manchester Wedding Photography

When Maria and Alex got in touch about their wedding they told me they had planned for a slightly alternative Wedding, something a little bit different and with a break from the usual wedding traditions.

Manchester Registry office and onto the Gand Pacific

The ceremony itself was held at Manchester Registry office, a small intimate wedding with close friends and family joining the bride and groom in their celebration of marriage. Although intimate it didn’t mean family hadn’t travelled, I met with family that had travelled from Mexico, Los Angeles and… West Didsbury! After the ceremony it was a short walk, or taxi ride around to Manchesters Grand Pacific bar and restaurant for a few drinks and a meal. This was the first time I had been in the bar and it did not disappoint, as a photographer the lighting was perfect, large windows allowing natural light to flood in combined with the wonderful orange glow from tungsten bulbs.

Wedding Reception at the Living Room, Manchester

After the post ceremony drinks on the Thursday I left the family to it whilst they enjoyed their meal and a catch up. I re-united with the party again on Saturday night at ‘The Living Room’ on Deansgate. this was a slightly bigger event, yes close family and friends gathered again but this time joined by a larger circle of friends.

The evening started of relatively quiet, groups formed around the room chatting, when the bride and groom arrived they were me by well wishers and a shower of confetti. then some speeches, then some Tequila!

It was when the Tequila showed its face that things started to change and a distinct party atmosphere hit the room! more drinks were poured, champagne corks popped and the tequila seemed to just keep appearing!

Then the music got louder, and a little more traditional Mexican, as the tequila kept coming and the dance floor got a little more lively, and more still and more still, a photography dance floor dream as my camera flashed away into the night!

I wasn’t there to document Sunday, but I’m pretty sure a few people won’t need any photographs to remember how they felt that morning!

Maria & Alex received the full set of images but here is a selection of the highlights:

Wedding Photographers Manchester

If your planning your Manchester wedding then please do get in touch!

Intimate Lyde Court Wedding Photography, John & Rose

“Thank you for capturing the day for us, it’s exactly what we wanted, you even managed to capture a slight smile off Emlyn!!”

Lyde Court Wedding Photographey

One of my favourite weddings of 2018 was at the wonderful Lyde Court in Herefordshire, So when Rose and John asked me to photograph their wedding at this beautiful venue I was delighted and more than happy to be a part of their spacial day.

Intimate Wedding

When they first got in touch the brief was straight forward, this was to be a small intimate wedding without any fuss. The same was to be appleid to the photography, apart from one family photograph there was to be nothing staged, no big family photographs, no couples time, simply capture the day as it happens, true documentary style photography, again I was more than happy with the brief.

Lyde Court, The Wedding Venue

The day itself panned out perfectly, a beautiful intimate wedding shared with close family and friends, mixed with a little sunshine the day had a perfect, relaxed atmosphere.

The bride got ready in the drawing room, the groom and their two boys got ready in another guest room.  The ceremony itself was held under the canopy of the old barn, providing some beautiful shade from the sunlight.  After this it was into the Willow garden for drinks before sitting down to eat in the Great Barn. 

Overall a perfect day.

If your planning your Herefordshire wedding at Lyde Court then do not hesitate to get in touch!

Chetham's Library, Manchester Wedding Photography, Scott & Liane

A Greater Manchester Wedding

The weather was rather gloomy on a late January day in Manchester (as we are led to believe it always is!) but this wasn’t going to stop Liane and Scott having an absolutely fantastic wedding day!

The Wedding venue, Chetham’s Library, Manchester

Chetham’s Library is a free public library, an imposing sandstone building, hidden in plain sight in the heart of Manchester City Centre. Dating back to 1421 the building was originally built to house the priests of Manchester Collegiate Church, before the Library started acquiring books in August 1655 and has since become a collection of national and international importance.

As a wedding venue Chetham’s is a rather special location, with a unique atmosphere.  Surrounded by amazing architecture the venue provides a perfect escape from the modern outside world.

It was at this fantastic venue that the bride along with her close female friends and family gathered to prepare for the big day, with a little assistance from Jodie A Smith hair and make-up team.

The Old Wellington, Manchester

Meanwhile, at the Old Wellington pub, just around the corner in another part of Medieval Manchester, the groom met with family and friends for a few pre-ceremony drinks and a little catch up.

Fun fact: The Old Wellington was built in 1552, and is the oldest building of its kind in Manchester. The building was built next to the Market Square, now Market Street however, the half-timbered traditional building was moved just 100m from its original site in 1998.

The Ceremony in The Baronial Hall at Chetham’s

Breaking slightly with tradition the bride and groom met each other at the rear of the hall, a wonderful moment as they saw each other for the first time on their wedding day, before walking each other down the isle surrounded by emotional friends and family, and the sound of the grand piano echoing around the hall.

The ceremony was shorter than most but none the less everything was covered, the vows, romance, a little humour and perhaps a few tears from a number of the guests! As the very happy couple walked back down the isle guest showered them with confetti before following on to give their personal congratulations and to tuck into the post ceremony drinks.

It was then onto the formal photographs, although Chetham’s is a large space, a lot of the rooms are long and narrow, making an indoor space for the larger group photographs quite a challenge, however we did find room upstairs in the Audit room, with its leaded windows and wooden panelling making a perfect backdrop.

As the day continued so did the partying, through the Wedding breakfast, followed by the speeches and onto the first dance, then it was time for everyone to let loose on the dancefloor!

Overall Chetham’s is an amazing wedding venue for those looking for a little break from the norm and in the heart of Manchester City centre.

A little more about Chetham’s Library

Within the walls of this late-medieval building are a host of rooms to entice any couple seeking to escape the norm.  The Baronial hall, a wonderfully preserved 15th century medieval hall.   The Association room, originally housing the kitchens of Chetham’s hospital school still retaining many fascinating features.  The Audit room, accessed through the Library itself, originally part of the College warden’s accommodation, still with many of its original features, wooden panelling and plasterwork dating back to the 17th century is today a photographers dream, with wonderful natural light pouring through the windows onto the natural backdrop of the room. And the library itself, row upon row of books and manuscripts, with light creeping through the window apertures at the end of each row, just being in this room makes you feel as though you have stepped back in time to a period long forgotten.

Fellow Wedding Suppliers involved

The brides amazing wedding dress Dress was made by Stuart Parvin The flowers were supplied and arranged by Ashley Holden The groom suit was by Timothy Everest and his shoes were by Greson Those amazing hand painted signs were by Mikes fine designs The catering as always at Chetham’s was by Vanilla in all Seasons Lighting by Hipswing

If your planning your special wedding day then do not hesitate to get in touch!

A few personal Wedding Photography favourites from 2018

2018 has been a great year for my personal photography. After putting together an exhibition of my final project at De Koffie Pot in Hereford in late 2017, I finally submitted my work and dissertation for my Degree. In March my results finally came through gaining a 2:1 BA (Hons) Degree in Photography, the result of nearly five years study.

Beyond this I have been fortunate enough to conduct a diverse mix of work, from collaborations with other wedding suppliers on styled shoots and workshops, portrait work and most of all plenty of fantastic Weddings in various parts of the country.

I have been lucky enough to keep progressing with my digital photograph but also to blend this with plenty of analogue film photography, even a little video work, leading to a more of this as we come into 2019, developing into a more diverse multi-media artist.

As we move into 2019 I am very excited at what lies ahead, with a variety of weddings with some wonderful couples in some fantastic locations, blending photography and now a little Videography!

Here I have reflected purely on my wedding photography, selecting a collection of my personal favourites, images that are not necessarily the ’wow’ shots, but images that I feel hold the key qualities of light, composition and content, story telling images that should provoke the memories of the wedding couples special day.

Rebel Rock Hair and Make-up shoot at HR4K, Hereford

Rebel Rock

Yet again it was an absolute pleasure to be invited along to photograph for Rebel Rock Hair and Make-up in Hereford. The aim of the shoot was to showcase a variety of styles to aid in future advertising and displaying the diversity of the team. Further styling was provided by Couture Events.

HR4K

The shoot location was HR4K in Hereford. A relatively new venture, owned and run by Military veterans, trading in clothing, equipment and coffee. The venue also has a fully fitted cross fit gym, cafe/bar and a comfortable seating area, all with a very cool, stylish biker vibe.

Shot on Analogue Film

For the shoot I wanted to produce something a little different. When I was given the brief and the location for the day I decided it was a perfect opportunity to shoot on film. The concept being a more gritty and edgy feel, along with a retro vibe. Although I have shot a lot of film in the past this was the first time that I had taken the plunge and left all digital cameras at home. I used three different camera systems, a medium format Hasselblad 500cm for those detailed square images, a Leica M6 for the black and white photographs, and a Nikon f80 fitted with modern lenses. For most of the colour I used Kodak Portra 400, apart from a few of the earlier images which were shot on Kodak Ektar, I had almost a full roll still in the camera. The black and white photographs were shot on Ilford Delta 400. I also used an Elinchrom lighting system, which was key, the weather was dark and dull outside and inside was even darker with very little natural light.

Would I shoot purely on film again?

Yes I defiantly would, the whole process is very different, more care is taken in composing each shot and ensuring the light is just right, with no way of checking the images during shooting it certainly makes you concentrate that little bit more.

For all Analogue film enquiries for Photo shoots or weddings then please do get in touch as I would love to shoot a lot more film!

The Red Hall, Bury, Lancashire, Wedding Photography

Lancashire Wedding Photography

September saw more time spent at home in Lancashire, with the fantastic wedding of Charlotte and Michael centred around the Market town of Ramsbottom.  For anybody that has never visited, and with a slightly childish mind, the name may stir a snigger but no no its not what your thinking, apparently the title is old English for either Ram’s valley, or Wild-garlic-valley, who knows! I certainly didn't until I just looked it up, and my old english isn’t the best, even worse than my modern english I would say!

Ramsbottom sits just outside of Bury, Lancashire, or as they say ‘just outside Manchester’.  A Market Mill town (Although there are not many Mills left!) that rests on the banks of the River Irwell and in the shadow of the famous Peel Tower, a monument to Sir Robert Peel, one time Prime Minister and founder of the Police Force.

The Wedding Day

The weather forecast said a slight chance of rain, as I woke I realised that the ‘slight’ was a reality as the rain poured from the sky.  I had a little time so I headed up to the Church in Holcombe, firstly to capture some scene setting landscapes of the Church and the surrounding landscape but also to come up with a wet weather plan, just in case.  With a thick mist in place the landscape was limited but I formulated a plan none the less.

From here it was off the the Brides’ parents family home in Summerseat to capture the bridal prep, outside the rain still came down.  Then it was off to Holcombe Emanuele Church, where I was to meet the Groom, and to hint to the Vicar that the Bride may be running a little behind!  But good news the rain had stopped and the skies were starting to clear, perhaps I wouldn't need the wet weather plan and the umbrellas after all!

After the ceremony the happy couple left the Church to a walkway of Confetti, a few family portraits and a little Bride and Groom time, a few personal pictures away from the crowd and also a short time for them to have a quiet moment together, Oh, apart from myself and James Wray the videographer along with his younger brother all snapping away!

The Red Hall Hotel Wedding venue

Next, and the final destination, the Red Hall Hotel.   The venue, described as the perfect place for your special day along with their specialist wedding team helping with the planning and smooth running of the day.  On arrival guests were met with a drinks reception as an artist captured guests caricature.

It was then into the lavish Holcombe Suite for a Wedding Breakfast prepared by the hotels award winning chefs.  Prior to eating, and a slight break with tradition the formality of the speeches took place, with humour and emotion in abundance.  As the evening drew on the happy couple relaxed with friends and family before the final traditions of the cutting of the cake and the first dance on the starlit dance floor.

And it goes without saying that the bride looked absolutely beautiful in her dress from The White Gallery in Ramsbottom. The flowers from L&C Floral Design Manchester looked amazing. The wedding Cake from The Hidden Kitchen, Manchester was extremely tasty. The Candy Cart from Lavender Alice ltd, Manchester, kept the kids, and some adults very happy. And the Flower girls looked great in their outfits from Mimosa bridal.

Oh and the groom looked extremely dapper as per usual, he gets his hair cut every single week you know!

If you are planning your special day then do not hesitate to get in touch.

Brooks Country House, Herefordshire, wedding Photography

Brooks Country House Wedding Photography

Its been a few years since I last photographed a wedding at the wonderful Brooks Country House in Herefordshire, and things have certainly changed in that time.  Firstly a name change, formerly Pengethley Manor, and secondly an amazing top to toe makeover.

This wonderful 22 bedroom Georgian manor house sits in a beautiful corner of rural Herefordshire.  Situated amongst the rolling hills and mature trees of the Wye Valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty between Hereford and Ross-on-Wye.

The former manor house overlooks a beautiful expanse of former parkland, now owned by the National Trust.  The main building boasts classical Georgian country house luxury.  Inside this newly refurbished retreat there is everything you could possibly need from a wedding venue, and more, the type of place where you could quite happily be snowed in for a few days!  Stylish sumptuous bedrooms, a guest lounge, a restaurant in the former library, games room, pool room, gym, swimming pool.  The ideal location to escape the pace of modern urban life.

From Reception venue to the wedding ceremony and back 

On arriving at Brooks Country House I was met with the genuine friendliness and hospitality of the staff who kindly showed me around the warming and stylish venue.  

It was then to work, a little time with the Groom and his groomsmen as they finished getting ready, before squeezing in a quick game of pool in the pool room.  Then it was a little time with the bride and her bridesmaids as they continued to prepare for the ceremony.  It was a time of sentimental touching traditions, gifts and Champagne, before the mother of the bride helped her daughter put on her elegant white wedding dress, needless to say she looked amazing.

The Ceremony itself was held at Sollershope Church, a rural Church hidden away in the Herefordshire countryside, a place chosen for its family connections, the same place the brides mother married just 29 years earlier! It was this sentimental connection that meant this was the perfect location for the all important family group shots, needless to say this was after more tradition with a little confetti throwing.

Meanwhile back at Brooks

Once the formalities were complete it was back to the reception venue to really get the party started; reception drinks, speeches, dinner, cake cutting, first dance and a party that went on into the night.  All great opportunities for plenty of reportage style photography

Planning your Brooks Country house wedding

If you are planning your perfect Brooks County House wedding then do not hesitate to get in touch!

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Broadfield Court, Herefordshire, Twisted Sisters September Spry

Broadfield Court Wedding Venue

As Broadfield’s recent renovation blossoms into Herefordshire’s  latest magical wedding venue it also became the host for The ‘Twisted Sisters September Spry’ floral workshop.  

The lavish renovation sees the dreams and ideas of the new owners come to fruition.   Broadfield, hidden away in the idyllic seclusion of the Herefordshire countryside is a very historic house which provides the perfect backdrop to celebrate an amazing wedding or special occasion. The house boasts many tastefully renovated reception and accommodation rooms encased within a beautiful historic exterior, with signs of historic expansion like layers of rock showing the layers of time. Outside, the house is surrounded by beautiful grounds and gardens, and the fold yard, an area perfect for an outdoor wedding ceremony and reception, where the couple can exchange vows under a superbly characterful loggia.

For a photographer the place is perfect, inside and out,  muted, subtle tones of aged wood, stone and old brickwork, trees and creeping plants, all providing a natural and soft backdrop. Inside the South facing windows, slit windows, vents and cracks provide beautiful pockets of natural light.  The only drawback if I had to pick one being… simply too many options!

Twisted Sisters, Florist, Flower Farm and Floral Design Studio

This idyllic venue provided the perfect match for the Twisted Sisters to hold their ‘September Spry’, a collaborative two day workshop with the wonderful Moss & Stone.

The Twisted Sisters a sister duo living and working in the Herefordshire countryside, Melissa who focuses on the floral design and Debbie, who's focus is the flower farm. Moss & Stone is the talented Brigitte Girling.  Brigitte provides flowers and workshops throughout East Anglia and beyond. Together the team provide something slightly different, both inspired by nature and a more natural, romantic wild garden feel, hence the flowers being grown at home in Herefordshire.

The workshop covered many areas from, table flowers to bouquets, all put together by the workshop participants under the shelter of the loggia.

The workshop was also assisted by stylist @jannelford, Bride_and_bloom, hair by Wedding hair By Rebecca, Models: @charll_ and @safiapixie, , 

If your planning your Broadfield Court wedding then do not hesitate to get in touch as I would love to be part of your special day. Or if you are looking for some amazing flowers then look no further than the Twisted Sisters!

Lyde Court, Herefordshire Wedding Photography, John & Victoria

Lyde Court wedding photography

This was my first visit as a wedding photographer to the amazing Lyde Court in Herefordshire, and it certainly did not disappoint, this unique location shooting high up my list of favourite wedding venues, with the large barn making me very excited, but more of that later.

Having met the Bride and Groom on several occasions, and following each other on social media I knew this wedding was going to be something special, and to top it all off the sun was shining!

On arriving at Lyde Court I was met by the groom, after a brief chat about the previous evenings fun  in Hereford it was on to see the bride.  Bridal party prep; hair, make-up and Prosecco was well under way in the main house.  The drawing room, bathed in natural light from the french doors was a hive of activity for the bride and her many bridesmaids.   

Romantic outdoor ceremony

When the time came, the bride looking absolutely stunning in her lace wedding dress was led through the rose garden and into the beautiful gardens for the ceremony.   The bride and groom were married under a home made floral arch, the idyllic rural Herefordshire backdrop creating the perfect setting for a memorable and touching wedding.  

Once married the celebrations began as the newlywed couple walked through a long line of confetti throwing well wishers.

Intimate reception in the 17th century Barn.

As the guests relaxed on the willow lawn there was an opportunity for some formal group shots and more importantly a chance to whisk the bride and groom away for a few intimate, more personal photographs together, their first as a newly married couple.  Lyde Court providing ample opportunities for natural backdrops.

It was then into the romantic 17th century stone barn for the reception. This place is a photography dream if your that way inclined, vaulted ceilings, elm wooden beams, slit windows providing small pockets of light… wow, and to seal the deal draped bunting and lighting for the all important bokeh effect, those balls of awesome, out of focus lighting, glowing orange, providing drama, intimacy and a perfect atmospheric vibe.   

First dance and beyond!

As the day unfolded the fun continued, speeches, including a quiz, cake cutting, banter and laughs on a very warm and personal day.  This all provided ample opportunity to capture and record the day in a fantastic documentary style.

The climax of the day came as the happy couple enjoyed their first dance to a backdrop of music from the soulful sound of Dayton Grey, prior to an open dance floor providing some of the most questionable, but awesome dancing ever seen!

Lyde Court Wedding planning

If your planning your Lyde Court dream wedding then do hot hesitate a single moment longer and get in touch because this is one venue I would definitely love to return to to capture your perfect day!

The Greenman, Herefordshire, Wedding Photography

Wedding Photography at The Greenman, Fownhope Herefordshire

After a quick visit to St Peters church in Bullingham, and a drop in on the Groom and Groomsmen it was to the main Wedding venue, ‘The Greenman', in the picturesque village of Fownhope, deep in the heart of Herefordshire.  The venue, if you have never had the pleasure of visiting, creates the perfect backdrop for a Wedding reception.  The ancient, historic country pub is believed to date from 1485, with perfectly suited expansion and renovation, creating a wonderful, warm and friendly atmosphere.  On a sunny day (which it definitely was) the venue spills out into its beautiful lawned beer garden.

Bridal Preparations at ‘The Greenman’ hotel

The venue’s hotel rooms created a wonderful, relaxed setting for Rachel, her Bridesmaids, and flower girl to get ready, all with the help of ‘Sprinkle Magic Hair and Makeup’.  It also gave me the opportunity to capture the venue, perfectly prepared by Herefordshires Couture Events

Once the Bridal party was ready, it was off to the Church with the help of 2cv Wedding Cars.

Wedding Ceremony at St Peters Church, Hereford

At the Church it was an opportunity to photograph the Groom, a particularly favourite moment of mine, as the Groom prepares himself for the arrival of the Bride, and the ceremony that will shortly follow.

Now I cannot go much further without mentioning the weather, it was hot, very, very hot, probably the hottest, sunniest wedding I have ever had the pleasure of attending.

Oh and England were about to kick off in the World cup quarter final!

Documenting a special day

When the Ceremony was over, the traditional elements of a wedding day continued, the newly married Bride and Groom leaving the Church, to be met with a shower of confetti before the formal group shots, tough work in the afternoon sun, but all went well.

Then it was back into the Citroen 2cv’s and back to The Greenman.  Some guests perhaps moving a little quicker than others in order to catch the rest of the ongoing football match!

After a few drinks and canapés came a chance to spend a little time alone with the Bride and Groom.  As the sun was shining we headed over to a nearby wood in order to cool off in the shade, this also provided a perfect, natural location to intimately capture the newly married couple.  

Rachel and Adam both looked great, Rachel wearing an elegant dress from Ashton Rose, and a beautiful Bouquet from The Herefordshire Flower studio.  Adam was wearing a contemporary suit from ‘Symonds of Hereford’.

Back to the reception for a little reportage style Photography

Back to the beer garden and England are winning.  Although not necessarily part of the wedding itself, documenting is about capturing everything that is happening on the day, so I knew that somehow I needed to record the fact that England were playing in such a historic game, and what better way than another goal, it is these details that it’s important to capture in order to tell the story and to spark conversation and nostalgia in many years to come.

The day continued with a meal, speeches and a little wild dancing, and yet another opportunity to whisk the Bride and Groom away for a moment under the golden evening light, and an opportunity for the Videographers Everlong films to launch their drone to capture the moment.