Styal Lodge Wedding – Claire & Matt

Styal Lodge Wedding – Claire & Matt

Styal Lodge Wedding

Highlights from Claire & Matt’s brilliant Styal Lodge wedding

“Dear Mick – thank you for our truly stunning wedding photos. We absolutely love them and haven’t stopped looking at them. Loving all the happy memories that have been captured so beautifully. Thank you for making us feel so relaxed throughout our special day, we couldn’t have asked for a better or nicer photographer…”

Love Claire & Matthew

 

 

Styal Lodge Wedding Venue

Claire & Matt booked me for their late summer Styal Lodge Wedding around a year ago. I love a good Styal Lodge wedding, and curiously this was my only visit for 2017 (I’d spent most of 2017 in Lancashire). But great to be back, and especially catching up with Sarah & Neil from Pink Pepper Catering – awesome wedding and events caterers. I seem to remember I photographed the first Styal Lodge wedding when the venue first opened. The weather was quite the opposite…heavy rain and blustery winds all day! But Claire & Matt’s special day was going to be brilliant – literally; the sun was out and looked like it was going to stay.

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Exclusive use wedding venue

A Styal Lodge wedding comes as an exclusive use venue, and everything just works, brilliantly. Even Matt & the groomsmen getting ready in the Clubhouse changing rooms next door, a Styal Lodge wedding has a very ‘hand-made’ feel to it – high quality with little fuss. As the lads were getting ready, so was Claire and the girls, so I got to jump between both rooms to capture the action.

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Relaxed family wedding

Claire & Matt’s wedding was a proper relaxed family wedding. With Neil at the helm, the day ran like clockwork; the ushers did a brilliant job organising the guests for the family group photos, and everybody got chance to grab an ice cream from the lovely Adele and her stunning vintage ice cream van from Dotty About Ice Cream

 

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Brilliant Wedding speeches

From a lovely time spent outside on the patio, we now moved indoors to the stunningly laid-out room. Time for the wedding breakfast and speeches. Speeches at a Styal Lodge wedding are always entertaining; heartfelt, poignant maybe, but always brilliant to listen to (yes, I know I should be concentrating on the job!) Claire’s father’s speech was brilliant – a proper rollercoaster of emotions keeping Claire on her toes / chair 😉 Matt & his ‘stunt double’ Best Man were also very funny too, making the while Styal Lodge wedding a proper experience for all the guests.

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Cheshire Wedding Band

Agent Smith were booked for the evening entratainment. A brilliant, modern band from seemingly everywhwre…I have worked with them a few times and they are always fantastic to dance to…erm, the guests not me! 😉 They got the party started with ease, and soon everyone was up ‘Swinging their pants to some modern toonz…’ With the evening buffet beckoning, it was time for me to head home. A brilliant day for Styal Lodge Wedding…

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Manchester Wedding Photographer – Best of 2017

Manchester Wedding Photographer – Best of 2017

 

Best of 2017

Some of my favourite images from 2017 as a Manchester Wedding Photographer

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. I have met and worked with some wonderful people, as well as some of my favourite venues, such as Eaves Hall, Mitton Hall, On The 7th, Styal Lodge, Sandhole Oak Barn, Bartle Hall and Beeston Manor to name but a few.

Top Wedding Venues

I have also had the opportunity to not only be a Manchester Wedding Photographer, but a Lancashire Wedding Photographer, Liverpool Wedding Photographer, a Tipi Wedding Photographer and Cheshire Wedding Photographer too. Some new venues to me include the fabulous West Tower, King Street Townhouse and Rivington Hall Barn, and I look forward to working there again in 2018.

Choosing my favourite images from the 50 weddings I photographed in 2017 has proved to be a very difficult task. I gave up in the end! But these images are just some of my favourites from the year – and I have to thank each and every client I have had in front of the Nikons for being brilliant and allowing me to photograph their special day in my natural style. Thank you guys! (Wow, this is almost turning into an acceptance speech… 😉 )

I hope you like them. If you do…why not get in touch to discuss your wedding day. The 2018 Diary is filling up quickly now, and I wouldn’t want to disappoint anybody by being unavailable…

 

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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… 😉

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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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Shrigley Hall Wedding Photographer // Katie & Daniel

Shrigley Hall Wedding Photographer // Katie & Daniel

Shrigley Hall Wedding Photography

Katie & Daniel’s photos from this popular Cheshire wedding venue

Shrigley Hall in Cheshire

Katie & Daniel were married in the summer at Shrigley Hall, in Cheshire. We’d all met almost a year previously at Dukes ’92 over a couple of large coffees, to discuss options for me being their Shrigley Hall Wedding Photographer. They liked my natural documentary style – relaxed and unobtrusive, and wanted this approach for their big day…plus a handful of family group photos to keep the mums happy!

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Exclusive Cheshire Wedding

While the girls were getting ready in the main suite above the front of the entrance, the lads were getting ready a few corridors away. My scheduled allowed me to capture both sets of preparations seamlessly, keeping the story ‘unfolding’ in photographic terms. Daniel was his usual quiet self – not nervous at all in fact, but really looking forward to meeting his bride….after a quick ‘diet coke’ in the bar with friends and family of course… 😉

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Shrigley Hall Wedding Photographer

As the guests were greeted and gathered in the ceremony room, Katie and her dad made their way down stairs to meet the registrars and do the interview. The string trio fired up and the atmosphere rose to a quiet murmour as Katie awas about to walk in, with her proud dad. I noticed a little twinge of nerves as a now-pensive daniel waited patiently for the bridesmaids to take their places and Katie to appear next to him. As their Shrigley Hall Wedding Photographer, I took up my position, having had a chat with the registrars – “Do whatever you need to do Mick, it’s no problem!” Thanks guys…

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Cheshire wedding reception

After the ceremony, we all gathered in the lounge area for drinks and canapes. After ‘kissing a thousand cheeks’, we were outside for a few family group photos. Once these were in the can, Katie, Daniel and myself spent fifteen minutes or so taking some both very natural, and slightly formal images, both outside Shrigley Hall and inside on the staircase.

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Shrigley Hall Wedding Reception

As the afternoon turned to evening, the wedding breakfast was completed and the speeches were in full swing. Being a Shrigley Hall Wedding Photographer on this day, I quietly captured the speeches, and some of the lovely reactions of friends and family. The room looked stunning; beautifully lit (but still dark! lol) and oozing atmosphere. Adam Carr DJ was on ‘spinning duties’ later in the evening. It was my first time working with him, and a lovely chap he is too! And…the guy can fill a dancefloor…and keep it full. Highly recommended!

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Same Sex Wedding Photographer

Photos from Debbie & Angie’s stunning Peckforton Castle Wedding

Same Sex Wedding at Peckforton Castle

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Two Brides, one wedding day

The day’s schedule worked out ok on paper, but Debbie was getting ready an hour away from Peckforton Castle, whilst Angie was already there with her friends and family. So I enlisted the help of all-round lovely man (and talented photographer!) Martin Hambleton to work with me for the day, and cover any overlap required….just in case! Also working with us, was the gentleman that is Dave Richardson from Rich Video.

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Peckforton Castle Wedding Venue

Peckforton Castle is stunning Cheshire wedding venue. Always atmospheric, the venue is a joy to work in…even on an overcast October day! With Martin covering the guests’ arrival, I went to say hello to Angie and grab a few last-minute shots of her getting ready. The excitement levels were beginning to rise now, with a little over 30 minutes to go. Debbie arrived bang on time with ther bridesmaids, in one of Horgan’s classic wedding cars.

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Same Sex Wedding Photos

After the owl had flown down the aisle, delivering the rings, and the final vows taken, Debbie & Angie were Wife & Wife, so it was time to brave the cool outdoor temperature for a few couple photos, before heading back inside…erm,  for a few more. Then…it was party time! The atmosphere went up a few clicks and the wedding breakfast was called. With some lovely speeches – (and the odd tear or two), it was time for the evening celebrations to begin.

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Oakfield House Wedding at Chester Zoo

Claire & James’ wedding photographs from Oakfield Manor in Chester Zoo

Unique Wedding Venue

Claire & James invited me to their Oakfield House wedding in Chester Zoo as their wedding photographer. Oakfield House is a stunning, unique wedding venue. It’s next door to the lion enclosure in the zoo. I wasn’t going to say no! I love Oakfield House wedding photography; perfect for my natural style of wedding photography. There are more Oakfield House and Chester weddings at the bottom of the page…

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Doubletree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Chester

Claire and the girls were getting ready at The Double Tree about a mile or so away from Chester Zoo. The mood was full of anticipation and excitement for the day ahead. I popped in to see the groomsmen too, and they were really ‘up for it’ (so they told me). Fingers crossed for the weather holding and we were set for a brilliant, unique wedding in Chester Zoo!

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Oakfield House Weddings

Oakfield house is situtaed next to the lion enclosure, and we could hear them  for most of the day. Slightly surreal, but all part of this unique wedding venue’s charm. The groomsmen arrived and walked through to Oakfield House with their buttonholes. A couple of ladies came to the lads’ rescue with the buttonholes!

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As the guests arrived, and ceremony time was fast-approaching, the lads nipped out with a sly hipflask…well, it’d be rude not to!

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Claire arrived with a few minutes on our side, so time for a fe formals of her and dad, bridesmaids etc, before we were ‘live’ again and the ceremony was about to begin. I was using a 24-70mm zoom outside but for most of the day I used prime lenses, 20mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm and 85mm on the two Nikon D750 bodies.

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The registrars were great, and let me work with no restrictions. Thank you ladies!

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After  drinks and congratulations, we were off for a quick twenty minute portrait session around Oakfield House. By now Claire and James couldn’t / wouldn’t stop laughing; they were so happy. Brilliant!

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Afternoon Tea in Chester

From the bride and groom wedding photos, we were off for afternoon tea. Proper afternoon tea too. Awesome…and very well received by the wedding guests. Speeches were to be later on the day, and we had a choice of options…just to keep me in my toes. But for now I had a break with a cup of tea and my own butties. My solititude was to be shortlived as Gavin and the boys from The Rush Band walked in to the rear lounge to set up for the evening party. The Rush Band are arguably the best and busiest wedding and events band in the north west, and you really have to check them out for your wedding. Front man Gavin can power a small village alone, with the energy he exudes whilst performing… 😉

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Evening wedding speeches outside Oakfield House

Yes, it was October. Yes, it was going dark. Yes, it wasn’t exactly thirty degrees, but it worked…brilliantly. The speeches were outside Oakfield House as the band had finished sound checking. Great fun to shoot, but challenging with all the different coour light sources and a rapidly fading sky. Let’s hear it for fast prime lenses…

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The Rush Band

Like a switch, the Rush Band fired up and hit the first song. Like a switch also, the dancefloor filled with around fifty dancers….totally packed, amnd remained so for the rest of the time I was shooting there. Incredible! I had very little space to move until Claire & James hit their first dance and we had a little mote space to play with. That didn’t last long beofre we were swamped again… 😉 What an incredible atmosphere and gig. Cheers guys.

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Oakfield House Wedding at Chester Zoo Claire & James' wedding photographs from Oakfield Manor in Chester Zoo Unique Wedding Venue Claire & James invited me to their Oakfield House wedding in Chester Zoo as their wedding photographer. Oakfield House is a stunning,...

Chester Wedding Photographer // Julie & Chris

Chester Wedding Photographer Julie & Chris' wedding photos from Chester Town Hall & The Joseph Benjamin Restaurant Chris… "I’ve seen a lot of good wedding photographs and even done a couple, but the collection you have given us is exemplary……and……I don’t sob at much...

Chester Wedding Photographer // Nicola & Matt

Nicola & Matt were married at Oakfield Manor in Chester Zoo recently. I never discuss my clients' occupations, but safe to say these guys work in the same profession, and were married during half term... 😉 I have to say, I love Oakfield Manor and Chester Zoo as a...

The Abode Chester Wedding Photography // Wendy & Gwion

   Wendy & Gwion were married recently at The Abode in Chester giving me this opportunity of demonstrating some of my work -  'The Abode Chester Wedding Photography'. A very unassuming couple, incredibly polite and well-mannered, but painfully camera-shy at the same...

CHESTER WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER – KERRY & CHRIS

Kerry & Chris were married in August at St John's church, in Mosley Common, with a reception at The Doubletree by Hilton, Chester. I left this wedding until now, to remind me what summer was actually like - the few days it wasn't raining! Kerry & Chris' wedding was a...