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It’s not often I get to shoot in the city, but luckily for me Kirsty & James wanted something a little different from the norm and asked if I could do a stylised shoot in their favourite city, Manchester. We met on a rooftop car park on top of the Shudehill interchange and soon got shooting. We hit some of the most iconic spots of Manchester including the venue they’d chosen for their wedding, The Palace hotel. Then we finished off with some night time sparkler action back on the rooftop! A great end to a great movie…erm, I mean Pre-wedding shoot!
As soon as I met Alex & Jamie I knew their wedding was going to be the absolutely awesome! I think Alex had everything organised and ready to roll well before 12 months prior to the wedding, and it showed! Even clock work has nothing on the new Mrs Warburton, she nailed it! It was an action packed day, full of joy and celebration. Everyone involved had fun and the vibes were perfect for me to capture some real genuine and ‘happy people’.
It’s a treat for me when I get to shoot such an awesome couple at such an awesome venue. Kat & Robbie at Bramall Hall in Cheshire…and a few familiar faces from Anna & James’ wedding in Dunham Massey earlier in the year. I knew this was going to be an amazing day before I’d even started, and it was! For those of you who have never heard of the hidden gem that is Bramall hall, it is a huge original Tudor manor house situated in..well Bramall! Which is in the borough of Stockport. The building itself is surrounded by beautiful parkland, which hosts a nearby lake and woodland…every photographers dream location really. The only downside of the day was the fact that I was only there to shoot the ceremony for a couple of hours, I’d have loved to have stayed for the full occasion, alas I had to leave, but not before Robbie filled a box full of fine real ale to thank me for my services, cheers mate!
Toni & Gordon’s wedding was the kind of day that was a joy to photograph. Relaxed and lovely people having fun in an intriguing setting in Wilmslow, with a wealth of beautiful details and months of preparation, I had plenty of fodder to photograph, and lots of chilled, happy and charming people buzzing around to capture on my cameras! The Pinewood On Wilmslow in Cheshire was a new venue for me so I had no idea what to expect. I did however know that Toni & Gordon were massive sharks (Rugby!) fans, so it was no surprise to see the venue decked out with flags and balloons, all donning the sharks emblem and colours of sky blue and white…which is what the sky reflected as the clouds rolled by on a perfectly sunny day…the Pinewood On Wilmslow gardens looked amazing…and so did all the flower arrangements which were made by the very talented Laura MacPherson of Laurel Weddings who made the place look even more stunning. Laura also had the job of decorating the ‘Wedding Pork Pie’, what you’ve never heard of a ‘Wedding Pork Pie’?! Neither had I, until Toni & Gordon announced that they were having one! What a cool couple! Why have cake when you can scoff a massive pie! Check it out….there’s a photo of it!
pS: http://www.laurelweddings.com/ – For all your flowery needs
Wow, where do I start with describing the last six weeks?! From the sixth of April to the Twenty Fifth of May it’s been a journey of epic proportions. Two pre-wed sessions and five whole weddings! It’s been amazing! It all started with Susan & Nick tying the knot in Baxenden, Lancashire at the beginning of last month…I can’t remember seeing a single cloud in the sky! A beautiful day for a beautiful occasion. Then Karen & Graeme became Mr & Mrs Roberts at the Macdonald Portal Hotel in Tarporley. A very emotional and special day, congratulations guys. Then it was off to the Wirral to hang out with Helen, Jon, Ella, Taylor and Sam for a Preshoot/Family shoot at the wonderful Sheldrakes location. It was muddy and sunny and involved lots of climbing…it was awesome! I then had the pleasure of capturing Sarah & Simon’s big day at The Vale Royal Abbey. Everybody involved had an amazing day, not excluding myself. It wasn’t long before I was back at Sheldrakes in the Wirral…I had to return to find a lost lens cap! Only joking, it was Helen & Jon’s, now Mr & Mrs Green’s wedding of course! See if you can spot them without looking at the photo names underneath the picture! Thanks for an amazing day guys. Soon after, Bow & James invited me to go for a walk at Trentham Gardens…the Sun returns! We had fun trundling around in the beautiful surroundings of the grounds where James proposed to Bow…no, not while I was there! We then went for a Sunday carvery! Ace! My camera was barely cold before I was in the Palace Hotel on Oxford Street, Manchester warming it up again! Kirsty & James showed us all how it’s done with a top notch day from beginning to end. It was an honour to be part of the celebrations.
I’d like to thank all my couples for making the last six weeks incredible. Full blogs for each occasion will be posted shortly.
I had the pleasure of doing my first ‘City Shoot’ with Kirsty and James in November of last year. For this particular shoot I’ve broken a few rules and used a medley of filters and effects in post production. The purists out there will disapprove, however I wanted to use my graphic design skills to create a magazine and advertisement theme to suit the surroundings of the city scape. Kirsty and James were a great couple to shoot as they just looked great together without any direction from me.
Dunham Massey Village Hall has to be one of my favourite venues in the whole of Cheshire. It’s quirkiness and charm coupled with an awesome couple, Anna & James made for an amazing day. With plenty of hugs and laughs it was a really special day for everyone involved..including me!
I did however find it very difficult to shoot the speeches through the tears of laughter!
Thank you for inviting me to document such a special occasion and congratulations Mr & Mrs Porteous.
It can be quite a difficult task to think of somewhere suitable for a pre-wedding shoot at times, but as this is where Toni & Gordon spend a few hours milling(mrrhrr hrr) around in the summer, it was only natural that the Quarry Bank Mill was the place to enjoy an evening shooting a few nice relaxed photos while going for a walk.