Charnock Farm Wedding Photographer // Fran & Neil

Charnock Farm Wedding Photographer // Fran & Neil

Charnock Farm Wedding Photographer

Highlights from Fran & Neil’s brilliant day at this unique Lancashire wedding venue

 

Charnock Farm Wedding Photographer

Rewind to last summer, to Fran & Neil’s wedding at Charnock Farm – and one of the hottest days on record. This was my first time as a Charnock Farm Wedding Photographer, and I was very impressed by the venue. Quietly unassuming from the roadside, but a brilliant wedding venue, both inside and out. The barn is stunning, and the outdoor areas perfect for us photographers…oh yes, and you lovely newly married couples too 🙂

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Weddings at Charnock Farm

Fran and the girls were getting ready upstairs from the barn itself, whilst Neil and the lads were across the way in one of the chalets, allowing me time to be in two places at once, so to speak. I really like the layout of the venue, and being a Charnock Farm Wedding Photographer for the day, meant I could quite easily cover the wedding alone, and get what we needed in terms of images.

Here are some of the highlights from Fran & Neil’s brilliant day with me as their Charnock Farm Wedding Photographer…

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Mitton Hall Wedding

Highlights from Jodie & Kane’s autumn wedding at this stunning Lancashire venue

 

Popular Lancashire wedding venues

A Mitton Hall wedding is one of Lancashire’s most popular, at one of the most popular venues too;  ‘A stunning country house hotel in the heart of the Ribble Valley’ is how it’s described, and with good reason. As popular Lancashire wedding venues go, Mitton Hall is also high up on the wedding photographers’ Top 10 venues to work at. It has everything from dark, oak panelled rooms, a stunning main hall area, plus a seemingly constantly evolving garden landscape in which to capture stunning wedding images. Here are some of the highlights from their autumn wedding, with most of the wedding suppliers sourced via Little White Books

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Lancashire Makeup Artist

On makeup duties was the very talented Suzanne Nix from Suzanne Jayne Beauty in Chorley. I know Suzanne quite well – I photographed her wedding to Danny back in August at Rivington Hall Barn. The flowers were hand delivered by Sarah Crookston herself from The Rose Boutique in Pemberton. Lovely to see you again Sarah!

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Lancashire Wedding Video

Working alongside me for the day were the award-winning duo that is Helen & Dave from Abbey Video in Whalley. These guys won the Best Wedding Videographers 2017/18 section in the Great Northern Wedding Awards alongside myself (I won Best Male Photographer!) Helen stayed with the girls as they were finishing their preparations, while I made my way to church to catch up with Dave and the groomsmen for a few relaxed formal portraits. Well, we had a little time on our hands for a change! 😉

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Beautiful wedding transport

From the church, we headed 30 mins across Lancashire to Mitton Hall. Jodie & Kane travelled in style with a beautiful wedding car from Malvern Wedding Cars. I managed to beat the happy couple to the venue by three minutes…phew! A few formal images with the car later, we headed off into the gardens to beat the weather and failing light…(and also to allow the guests to get served at the bar!). Dave and myself worked together seemlessly for around 15 minutes grabbing some lovely natural moments between the newlyweds. This wedding was a little more formal in style than I normally shoot, but I was enjoying every minute of it! While we were outside, the guests were being entertained by the talented Tom Scothern.

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Stunning wedding cake

Waiting inside was also one of the most stunning wedding cakes I have ever seen. Classic, simple and very understated. A beautifiul work of art from Kelly at the Pink Frosting Cake Company.

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Recommended wedding DJ

With speeches finished, it was soon time for the evening entartainment to commence. On hand were renowned wedding company DFC and one of their brilliant DJ’s. With a brilliantly choreographed cake cut, first dance and father & daughter dance, the evening hit the ground running! On hand too, were Agent Smith – a local (and brilliant) Rock & Pop Wedding Band. All amps up to eleven then…

 

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Wedding Suppliers

Wedding Inspiration: Little White Books

Flowers: The Rose Boutique

Hair & Makeup: Adele at The Colour Room and Suzanne Jayne Beauty

Cars: Malvern Wedding Cars

Wedding Dress & Menswear: Amelia’s Bridal Boutique

DJ: DFC

Candy Cart: Sweet Dreams Sweet Cart

Stationery: Brides Little Helper

Cake: Pink Frosting Cake Company

Videographer: Abbey Videos

Venue Dressers: Creative Cover Hire

Entertainment: Tom Scothern & Agent Smith

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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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Rivington Hall Barn Wedding – Suzanne & Danny

Rivington Hall Barn Wedding – Suzanne & Danny

Rivington Hall Barn Wedding

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Bizarre coincidence

Suzanne & Danny booked me for their wedding having met me at The Great Northern Wedding Show, organised by the team at Little White Books. When I met Suzanne I had a curious feeling of deja vu, and was convinced we’d met before. But no. Fast forward a year to August and I was at Suzanne’s mum’s with ‘a football team of ladies’ getting ready for the wedding. In a moment’s conversation with Suzanne’s dad, it appears that she has a famous uncle in the music industry. When the penny dropped, I nearly dropped one of the Nikons! Suzanne’s uncle is John Foxx – and principle founder of the band Ultravox in the 1970’s! After a career spanning forty years, John is still gigging, recording, and still a massive influence to many in the electronic genre – Gary Numan to name but one. He’s my ultimate musical hero too, and a 100% Desert Island Disc artist should I ever get to be on the show (fat chance!) Alas, John couldn’t make the wedding. I was gutted! Anyway, shock over…back to the wedding!

Lancashire Wedding Suppliers

Suzanne & Danny’s wedding was going to be a church ceremony in Euxton, followed by a stunning reception at Rivington Hall Barn. On board with me for the day were Cedar House Productions – and, spookily, almost neighbours in the Prestwich/Whitefield area! Flowers were provided by The Gilded Lily – a very busy florist indeed! I’ve worked with them a few times over this past season. Wedding transport was ably provided by Horgans – one of the best in the business. Oh – and Suzanne herself is a very established make up artist in Chorley too, who was on make up duties at Jodie & Kane’s wedding around eight weeks’ later!

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Stunning Lancashire Wedding Venue

This was toi be my first visit to the venue – and it was everything I’d been told. A stunning barn conversion, with a great, low-lit atmosphere, and perfect for weddings. Brilliant – time to pull out those fast prime lenses for some amazing available light photography for the details, and, later on the speeches. Rivington Hall Barn is a stunning Lancashire wedding venue, and worth checking out for your wedding day.

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Wedding reception on the terrace

With the August sunshine beaming down on us, the guests were treated to gorgeous canapes and ice cream on the terrace. All quintessentially British Wedding fare, and perfect for the day. I never got chance to grab mine though…too busy! 🙁

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Natural Bride and groom photos

After the wedding breakfast and speeches were over, we ventured into the grounds for a little fresh air and a few bride and groom photos. Nothing staged or forced, just a few natural images in the style I shoot, in around fifteen minutes. There were a few fairy lights on the trees already lit, so time for me to jump in the nettles and be brave! We were getting close to the evening reception by now – time for the first dance, a father and daughter dance, plus the chaos of the packed dancefloor when the two ladies from Volts Duo  fired up their saxaphone and violin and treated us to some live music accompaniment. And they were brilliant!

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Northcote Wedding – Ungoo & Lee

Northcote Wedding Photographer

Highlights from Ungoo & Lee’s intimate wedding at this exclusive michelin star wedding venue

 

Michelin Star Wedding Venue

Northcote is a small luxury hotel with a Michelin star restaurant situated on the edge of the Ribble Valley in Lancashire. Joint-run by Michelin Head Chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen, Northcote provides a stunning experience for your wedding. I have photographed at Northcote a time or two, and have to say it is a stunning venue.  Michelin star gourmet food, and exclusive use…what’s not to like?

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Documentary wedding photographer

Ungoo booked me for her and Lee’s wedding on the strength of a previous wedding she’d seen on my website – Sacha & Jonathan’s wedding. I primarily work as a documentary wedding photographer, capturing the day live and unstaged. This allows me photograph the wedding day naturally. Ungoo wanted this fuss-free approach for her wedding too, allowing me to just ‘do my thing’. But, doing my thing is more difficult though, with only 24 guests – there’s nowhere for me to hide 😉 Here are a few images from their special day, at this remarkable venue. Hope you like what we achieved…

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Weddings at Northcote

As Ungoo and the girls were getting ready upstairs, Lee and Best Man were downstairs. On duty was Lee’s mum, looking after baby Ivy as the lads donned their suits. The guests were arriving at the Louis Roederer Rooms, and enjoying pre-ceremony drinks. I love photographing intimate weddings such as these. I get to blend in more, and shoot with smaller prime lenses on the Nikons.

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Ribble Valley wedding ceremony

Right on time, Ungoo and her dad arrived for the ceremony. No being ‘traditionally late’ for this Anglo-Chinese wedding. Nope, Ungoo had been excited all morning, and raring to go! I love the ceremony room at Northcote. Even in bright sunshine, the curtains are closed creating an almost candle-lit experience…very atmospheric.  Thank goodness for the fast prime lenses then! 😉

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Relaxed intimate wedding

After the ceremony, we had time for a few family group photos, plus some lovely relaxed and very natural bride and groom portraits too. A wedding at Northcote is unique; the celebrations gently roll on after the ‘legal bit’ and the whole atmosphere is brilliant. With the Maitre D’ calling dinner, all the guests were seated. Treated to a seven course taster menu, the food was enjoyed with copious amounts of wine…and conversation. No first dance, no loud music, just a civilised intimate Michelin star meal for the wedding guests, interspersed with traditional speeches. A proper Northcote wedding…the raucous party for 100+ guests could wait for a day or two….

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Bartle Hall Wedding // Pippa & James

Bartle Hall Wedding

Pippa & James’ wedding photography from the stunning Bartle Hall wedding venue

 

Recommended Lancashire Wedding Venue

Here is one of my recent Bartle Hall wedding photography commissions. I met Pippa & James over a year ago at the Great Northern Wedding Show at Bolton USN Arena, where they booked me for their summer Bartle Hall Wedding. On the morning of the wedding, I duly went to Pippa’s parent’s farm house in Leyland for the bridal preparation photographs. The music and hairdryers were on full, and spirits were high. The morning was all very relaxed – though a sly bite from a croissant (by a bridesmaid) failed to pass the Nikons by… 😉

Gorgeous wedding flowers

The sunshine was strong and the temperatures already rising as I got to play a little with the wedding flowers. I just love this simple, graphic composition of the wedding bouquest on a red carpet. By now hair and makeup was almost complete and it was nearly time for Pippa & James’ Bartle Hall Wedding. As mum carefully helped put Pippa in her gorgeous wedding dress – the gang were banging on the bedroom door, despartae to see her. With a first view from an emotional dad, the posse piled in whooping and squealing with delight…

Church wedding in Leyland

Before it was time for the Bartle Hall Wedding Reception, it was the all-important church ceremony at the aptly-named Leyland St James’ Church. I met James and the groomsmen as they arrived in good time. No pub and a nerve-settling drink for these guys, they were under orders I think 🙂 The ceremony was to be led by close family friend Tracy, who was just brillaint fun and let me do my job prpoeprly with no restrictions. Thank you!

Classic wedding cars

Pippa arrived with her dad in a stunning 1952 Bentley, expertly driven and supplied by Broughton Wedding Cars. A beautiful piece of machinery for a stunning Lancashire Bride! Pippa & James’ wedding was a little more traditional than a lot of weddings I photograph. And it was good working ‘in the groove’ too. Sometimes a little more formality doesn’t hurt, though I still had plenty of time available to ‘do my thing’. With proud dad on her arm, an excited Pippa headed down the big red carpet towards a slightly nervous James…

Bartle Hall wedding in the sunshine

The day just got hotter and hotter, so as we arrived at Bartle Hall, we braved ten minutes’ shooting some stylish couple portraits in the harsh sun while the guests went to the bar. Yes, I onow the photography books tell us not to do it, blah blah blah. But where’s the fun in listening to boring technicalities. Let’s get some sunlight bouncing around the lens! The venue looked stunning and the guests enjoyed the afternoon sunshine on the patio.

Speeches at a Lancashire wedding

After the family group photos, plus a couple of grabbed ‘on the fly’ portraits of Pippa, it was time for the speeches. James’ dad was also Best Man, and had plenty of information on the poor groom. Plenty! The speeches were hilarious, with a few raised eyebrows here and there – plus the odd one-liner to make Gran howl out loudly amongst the general laughter.

Natural bride and groom photographs

After the speeches, the temperature had cooled down enough to shoot some ‘proper’ couple portraits. The light was gorgeous too, so we nailed a new collection in around fifteen minutes. Nobody missed us – the room was being refreshed for the evening party anyway. Soon it would be time for the cake cut and first dance, and to get the party started!

 

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