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Dunham Massey Wedding Photography // Mick Cookson

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From the archives; here’s Amarjit and Andrew, who¬† were married at Manchester University, with a reception at The Axe and Cleaver in Dunham Massey. I photographed Amarjit & Andrew’s E-Shoot originally on Stanage Edge, and we have plans to go back for a post wedding shoot soon…

Amarjit was a guest at a wedding I photographed a while back, and it wasn’t until our viewing meeting that the penny dropped – Amarjit had featured in one of my favourite wedding images of all time, also taken at Dunham Massey – at their friends Rebecca and Andrew’s wedding.

 

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So I was honoured to be asked to produce their Dunham Massey Wedding Photography. Amarjit & Andrew’s wedding was an intimate, but classic event. From the The Axe and Cleaver, a vintage bus took and Andrew and the majority of the wedding party to the council chambers at Manchester University for the ceremony, whilst Amarjit was having her preparations at home.The University was chosen since it meant something special to the pair of them – they studied and graduated there…hence the tongue-in-cheek shoot at the top of the page…all good fun!

I remember shooting one of the very first weddings at the University, and it’s a fantastic venue to work at – efficiently run by Liz and the team. Christie’s Bistro is worth a visit alone, as is the museum…complete with scale replica T-Rex. The day went well, with the weather improving constantly from a drizzly start, to full-on sunshine for the ceremony and following proceedings…which made the difference – because there was ice cream to be had – twice in fact, both at the University and at Dunham. I missed the opportunity at the University…(was a little busy somehow!), but got to the back of the queue at Dunham, for a well earned ten-minute break, before we moved on for some formal images at the mill pond.

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There was a quiz on the bus ride to Dunham….random, obscure questions about Manchester which, to be honest had us all scratching our heads. I caught one of the guests…ahem, ‘gaining an advantage’ by using Google on a smartphone, whilst crouched behind a seat…the person was quickly ‘exposed’ and ridiculed…for most of the afternoon it seemed! :-)

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So…a couple of hours later at Dunham Massey; tranquility, summer sun, ice cream and a relaxed set of formals over with, it was time to head off back to The Axe & Cleaver Pub for the reception…

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With home made cup cakes on the stands, all expertly made by Amarjit, they were carefully boxed and given out as gifts to each table – a lovely gesture…

And that was my day over with. I left the guests enjoying each other’s company, together with the ambience of The Axe & Cleaver pub and headed off home for a well earned beer. Well, when in Rome…sorry, Dunham Massey…

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