Abbeywood Estate Wedding Photography – Bhavini & Adam

Abbeywood Estate Wedding Photography – Bhavini & Adam

” Mick you have done an incredible job capturing these special moments that we can look back on for the rest of our lives! Thank you!!”

Bhavini & Adam booked me to be their Abbeywood Estate Wedding Photographer around a year ago. This stunning venue, based near Delamere Forest is a dream venue to work at; stunning landscaped gardens, forest, plus open fields, a beautiful Glass House / Conservatory for the wedding ceremony and wedding breakfast. But in Bhavini and Adam’s case – just the wedding breakfast, since their wedding ceremony was to be outdoors. Here are a few from their extensive wedding collection…

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With me for the day, on video duties was Stefan and his assistant from Your Special Day. Stefan brought one of his drones to film sequences for the wedding video. Now, I’m not normally a fan of drones, since a lot are ‘flown’ by amateurs without the proper training and CAA licence. But Stefan shoots a lot for the BBC, and since Abbeywood is technically, err…massive, there would be no problem with minimum height / distance restrictions. In fact, we worked together so well, that we both captured the day simultaneously with the minimum of fuss. I even left Stefan in some of the images deliberately!

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With the guests gathering, and the sun getting hotter, we were a few minutes away from the ceremony. A glorious day for an outdoor wedding. Normally I would have the 70-200mm with me, but was saving it for later, sticking to my usual 24-70mm and 85mm combination for the next couple of hours…I really didn’t need a heavy bag!

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As Bhavini and here father made their way through the walled garden (hello Stefan!), we had plenty of opportunity to get some great angles. Adam, quietly, and slightly nervously waited on the lawn…

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Part-way through the open air ceremony, we moved around to the relative shelter of the gazebo – for the legal declarations and signing of the register…

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And a special mention at this point that Bhavini made both hers and the bridesmaids dresses too…now taking orders I’m told…

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By now the sun was high and the temperature soaring. Photography shouldn’t be undertaken in extreme lighting conditions such as this? Yep, but we love breaking the rules and having a little fun for ten minutes… πŸ˜‰

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During the drinkas and canapes, the entertainment was provided by magician Nick Rushton, who did a brilliant bending spoon routine, which had us all fooled…even the Nikons!

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This was my first visit to an Abbeywood Estate wedding, and I have to say, thoroughly enjoyed the day so far – full on busy, but everything seemed so well-paced as to not feel too much like work – even in the heat!

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With a slightly more traditional confetti line-up, it was time for the guests to be seated in the glasshouse. Bhavini & Adam entered to thunderous applause…

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While the room was being refreshed for the evening party, it was time for a few more Bride & Groom portraits…again with ‘The Professor’ Stefan and a combination of the drone and Steadicam….again, we worked seamlessly together – as it should be! The images speak for themselves with little to no direction from us….

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..and then it was party time. One bouquet toss later, we were off to cut the cake and start the first dance…and still exactly to schedule….fantastic planning by all concerned!

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And that was it – nine hours’ shooting which never felt like work at any stage of the day. I left the dance floor in full swing, with tunes spun in by Cheshire Wedding DJs – and sparing the ‘Dad-Dancers’ blushes…

 

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Manchester Wedding Photographer – Best of 2017

Β  Best of 2017 Some of my favourite images from 2017 as a Manchester Wedding Photographer Β  2017 in Pictures 2017 has been a brilliant year for me. I have photographed fifty weddings, all around the North West, with a slight detour in June, to Limerick in Ireland too....

Hindu Wedding Photographer Manchester // Umi & Sunny

Hindu Wedding Photographer Manchester // Umi & Sunny

This is one from the archives. Umi & Sunny were married at The Last Drop Village – a full-on Hindu wedding, with a tremendous atmosphere. It was my first wedding as a Hindu Wedding Photographer Manchester, and Umi wanted me to photograph it with my documentary style, wanting to avoid the cliched, traditional looking weddding photography associated with Hindu weddings (her words, not mine). Being a local lass, she chose the Pennine Suite there for the ceremony…because it held up to 300 guests! They didn’t quite have that many on the day, but it was quite a numerous gathering.

Sunny hails from London, and came up the motorway that morning, in a shiny black Mercedes, to marry his bride, hold the festivities and celebrations, then head off back (to London) with his new wife, (and new life) Umi. Fair play to the guy!

Sunny is the classic, strong silent type, who isn’t a fan of being photographed. On the day, he looked very neervous – and so he should! It’s a Hindi tradition to play tricks on the groom – small children steal shoe laces and hold them to ransom, sometimes tied up and the best man has to ‘bail him out’ with money…..but I kept a special eye on Umi’s mum. It was her job to try and grab Sunny by the nose, and hold him captive. If she succeeded, he’d have to do anything she requested that day…and it would also cost him a few quid too! So…rather sheepishly he emerged from the car to an excited mother-in-law tempting him to all sorts of delicious food treats, whilst all the time looking for her opportunity to grab him. He had backup though, sometimes covering his nose with a hankie…sometimes not – goading mum into attempting the grab. This alone took half an hour just to get Sunny into the building, whilst he battled through the mob of family members, both attacking and defending his nose. He made it safely and took up residence in the Mandap, for a little peace and rest before Umi arrived…looking stunning in traditional bridal wear and entering the ‘arena’ like a superstar, flanked by family and friends…

The whole ceremony was amazing to witness, and the priest loved me being there…stopping the ceremony every 5 mins for me to photograph it. He didn’t quite get the concept of ‘documentary’, but who am I to complain? πŸ˜‰

Here’s some of my personal favourite images from the day…shot on a Nikon D700..and yes, I had to use flash here and there…it was respectfully demanded by the all-smiling priest – my new best friend, to add to the atmosphere!

Chinese Wedding Photography Manchester // Jackie & Phil

Chinese Wedding Photography Manchester // Jackie & Phil

Celebrating the Chinese wedding of Jackie & Phil Lau in Manchester

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I recently photographed the wedding of Jackie & Phil in Manchester. It was a Monday in October, with a 7am start in Fallowfield, with plenty of things to come throughout the day, making this wedding highly unique.

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Still slightly bleary-eyed, Phil and the groomsmen arrived for some traditional 9?) party games to gain access to the flat where Jackie was getting ready. Drinking a shot of vinegar, licking treacle from cellophane, even eating food from a cat bowl using k=no hands…all good fun…especially as it had just turnes 8am! πŸ˜‰

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Once allowed inside, it was time for the first of several tea ceremonies. First was Jackie’s parents.

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From the tea ceremony, we were off in convoy over to the other side of Manchester to Phil’s parents for their tea ceremony…but first a couple of formal images…

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From Phil’s parents house, I left for the Town Hall, leaving the breakfast buffet behind to catch up with my old friend and photographerΒ  Martin Hambleton who was on second camera duties with me for the ‘second stage’ of the day at Manchester Town Hall…

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With around thirty guests for this ceremony, plus a change into traditional dress for Jackie, Martin and I worked quickly and seamlessly organiding family groups, plus some Bride & Groom portraits…

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From ‘stage two’, we were off to ‘stage three’. Saying goodbye and thanks to Martin, I headed off to Middleton, to the fantastic Ocean Treasure restaurant. Jackie arrived with Phil, but went straight into a side room for a dress change – a classic red outfit, stunning it was too. As the guests arrived…around 300 of them, the atmosphere was building. With live Karaoke on stage, more fun and games, speeches from the happy couple, the celebrations began…

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With a short interlude of traditional chinese fire crackers, lit by Phil, we resumed the celebrations in relative quiet πŸ˜‰

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With a few more Bride & Groom portraits, we headed back to Manchester for ‘stage four’..a small party at The Living Room, complete with DJ and photobooth, plius a speech by the Best Man. By now we were well into the thirteenth hour so it was time for me to politely say goodbye and leave the party in full swing…

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Thanks to Jackie & Phil for allowing me to demonstrate my Chinese Wedding Photography Manchester…and thanks for having us on board!

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Asian Wedding Photographer // Manisha & Anup

Asian Wedding Photographer // Manisha & Anup

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Here is another example of my Kilhey Court Wedding Photography.

Manisha & Anup were married at Kilhey Court Hotel in Standish recently. I met Manisha and her family at one of Little White Books’ wedding fairs, and hit it off with them straight away. Anup was back home in Bradford at the time, but we met a month or so before their Hindu ceremony to go through the smaller details regarding the day’s schedule…and boy, what a schedule a Hindu wedding is! I caught up with Manisha at her parents’ home in Preston just after 6.30am on the wedding day, ceremony was at 10.30…ish…always an ish with a Hindu ceremony. There seems to be such a relaxed air to the proceedings that time seems irrelevant. Try that on an ‘average’ minster on any given Saturday… πŸ˜‰ Also working with me on camera duties was my old mate Jason, stationed at Kilhey Court in case things were running late my side. Things were, but not enough to trouble anyone….which was nice.

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And that was us done; a fifteen-hour shooting day, with time enough to grab four more hours’ sleep before the next day’s shoot. Wedding photography – it’s just a Rock n Roll lifestyle… πŸ˜‰

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Tatton Hall Wedding Photographer // Pooja & David

Tatton Hall Wedding Photographer // Pooja & David

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Pooja & David were married recently at Tatton Park, and booked me to be their Tatton Hall Wedding Photographer. Pooja is a Manchester lass, staunch City fan and commissioned me to photograph her wedding to her second love, David. I say second, since Sergio Aguero is already taken…. πŸ˜‰ I met up with Pooja and her family a few months ago, to demonstrate my wedding albums, and we hit it off straight away. In fact the meeting was very focused and to the point…there was a game on and she left smiling, clutching her season ticket. Oh, and booked me for her big day.

Fast forward to June 2014 and there we were- all gathered at Tatton Park for the Hindu ceremony. Pooja & David had already had their civil ceremony in London, but today was going to be the big one. And it didn’t disappoint! On camera duties with me was my old friend and top photographer Jason. Hindu weddings need at least two photographers, since there is so much going on at any one time. A Hindu ceremony is an amazing event – full-on fun, celebration and not a grumpy vicar in sight… πŸ˜‰

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After the ceremony, it was outside for a few group shots. Aiming to beat an ever-threatening cloud burst, we were organised, and the groups were captured for posterity in record time, thanks to a couple of very organised ushers. Thanks guys…you know who you are.

We then spent around twenty minutes shooting some Bride & Groom portraits around the gardens – nothing forced or cheesy- I just let Pooja & David do what they wanted, and captured everything live, and unhindered.

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Then it was quickly back inside for a final fun ceremony. Coins were thrown into a bowl of dye, and Pooja & David had to retrieve as many as they could against the clock…and against spilling any of the red onto their beautiful clothes! It was so chaotic, nobody seemed to know who’d won in the end… πŸ˜‰

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The couple and guests retired for a few hours to change for the evening celebrations. Pooja & David had new togs too…

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With time for a few quick formals in the grounds, dressed for the evening, it was off into the Tennant’s Hall once more for the evening celebrations. Live and recorded Bhangra pumping out os speakers taller than me meant the evening party was going to be seriously good fun. And the DJs did not disappoint! The party started with our couple cutting the best wedding cake I’ve ever seen- a replica elephant, with bride and groom astride….stunning!

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After dinner and speeches came the time. Bang! Or should I say, Bhangra! In our couple came, dancing along with bridesmaids and groomsmen for a full on and fantastic first dance. With moves better than Jagger, David impressed the hell out of the whole room. Even Pooja looked surprised – and they’d rehearsed it together! Well done guys…incredible stuff…

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Leaving the party in full swing, with our bride and groom being carried around the dance floor on chairs, we quietly left them dancing until the small hours, at one of Cheshire’s finest wedding venues.

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