Fisherman’s Retreat Wedding – Maria & Steven

Fisherman’s Retreat Wedding – Maria & Steven

 

Fisherman’s Retreat Wedding

Highlights from Maria & Steven’s

brilliant day at this stunning

Lancashire wedding venue

 

Fisherman’s Retreat Wedding Photographer

Rewind to last summer when it was hot, hot hot and my opportunity of being a Fisherman’s Retreat Wedding Photographer again. I say again, as this was my second visit to this stunning wedding venue in Ramsbottom. Maria & Steven are Ramsbottom residents (‘Rammie’s’) , and wanted a very local, relaxed feel for their summer Fisherman’s Retreat wedding. I got the call to meet up and talk about what I could offer Maria & Steven as their Fisherman’s Retreat Wedding Photographer. So, where best to meet, than actually at the venue one evening. Five minutes from their home, twenty from mine. Perfect! We hit it off straight away, and we booked everything in on the spot. This was going to be a very relaxed day…with a twist though…

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The Royal Wedding

The bridal preparations were broken up into chunks, whilst the girls filled their glasses with Champagne and watched Megan & Harry’s Royal Wedding on the TV. I was still trying to be a Fishermans Retreat Wedding Photographer, and stay out of the way of the TV screen while they all gasped in sync at Tom Hardy and David Beckham

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Mr Wilson’s Second Liners

And here comes the twist! Just as the first dance was in full swing, the party was gate-crashed by the brilliant Mr Wilson’s Second Liners. Down the path they marched pumping out club anthems on brass instruments. The dance floor emptied, together with the DJ to watch these guys. If you have never seen them in action, you should watch them HERE. Then book them! They are simply incredible. I first met them at Sarah & Charlotte’s wedding a year or so back – and was wowed then too…

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See Sarah & Adam’s Fisherman’s Retreat Wedding HERE

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King Street Townhouse Winter Wedding – Sarah & Rich

King Street Townhouse Winter Wedding – Sarah & Rich

King Street Townhouse Winter Wedding

Highlights from Sarah & Rich’s winter wedding at this unique Manchester wedding venue

 

King Street Townhouse Winter Wedding

King Street Townhouse is a relatively new Manchester-based wedding venue. It is owned by the Eclectic Hotels Collection, who also own On The 7th and Great John Street Hotel where I have also photographed weddings. This was to be my first wedding shoot there, just before Christmas last year. And, being December, the Manchester weather was not perfect….rain and more rain. All day! Not to be deterred, I was to approach this King Street Townhouse winter wedding with the minimum amount of kit. I travelled light, with two Nikon bodies and four prime lenses. This winter wedding was to have proper documentary-style coverage.

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Manchester Makeup Artist

I got to Sarah’s suite to find the very talented Jodie on hair and makeup duties….together with her funky new ring light. The atmosphere was all calm, as Sarah and her friends were getting ready; I even had time to catch up with Rich and his mates for the ten minutes it takes for groomsmen to get ready. Easy peasy being a fella. My being a King Street Townhouse wedding photographer was suiting the 24mm, 35mm  and 50mm lenses perfectly.

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Wedding ceremony at King Street Townhouse

Sarah & Rich’s winter wedding at King Street Townhouse was to be an emotional day. Sarah’s mum had recently passed away, and the air was tinged with mixed emotion. And it was Christmas too, which brings everything home to families. Sarah’s friend was brave enough to do a reading during the ceremony; something specific and a difficult passage to convey. But she did it, brilliantly.

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Manchester wedding reception

The rain was still falling, so we photographed a handful of family photographs in the ceremony room, then retired to a lounge for drinks and canapes. The air was buzzing with excited chatter amongst the wedding guests, and the canapes were coming thick and fast…as was the Prosseco! I noticed too, that several of the ladies were already sporting Pantone’s 2018 official colour. Time was moving on, but the rain was going nowhere. Sarah, Rich and myself headed downstairs for a few couple photographs in and around the venue.

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Wedding photos at King Street Townhouse

Armed with a small off-camera flashgun and fifteen minutes to create some portraits in the atmospheric lobby and mezzanine, we were off and running. Still no chance of going outside, we didn’t care and had sime fun…in the dry. I used a combination of 20mm, 24mm and 35mm lenses for the portraits – all natural light with a splash of flash to boost them.

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Winter weddings in Manchester

Soon we were back upstairs as the guests were taking their places in the stunning, candlelit dining room. The reception looked stunning and very ‘Christmassy’. As the guests gathered, this almost intimate wedding was looking very nice through the Nikons.Very nice indeed. The champagne was being poured as Sarah & Rich entered the room, to thunderous cheering and applause. I left the guests in peace until the speeches. I was expecting a rollercoaster of emotion, and got it. Sarah’s dad was very brave and tried to do the traditional father of the bride speech, but, understandably it was all too much. It was too much for me, to try and remain neutral and just do my job. But when you have a daughter of your own, it is very difficult. Suddenly Rich and Best Man jumped into action and made us all laugh again. The mono image of Sarah & her dad hugging is one of the most moving images I have ever taken, and one I find difficult to look at.

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Wedding DJ in Manchester

After the speeches, we were all outside to brave the Manchester eweather. The canopies were overhead, the heaters were on and the coffee and hot chocolate in full flow. There were even blankets for the ‘southerners’ to wrap up warm in, 😉 After a while we were back inside. Full on cake cutting, first dance and general dancefloor malarkey – all handled brilliantly by DJ NIck Campbell.

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King Street Townhouse Wedding – Ulin & Stephen

King Street Townhouse Wedding – Ulin & Stephen

King Street Townhouse Wedding

 

Highlights from Ulin & Stephen’s

autumn wedding at this top

Manchester wedding venue

 

Recommended Manchester Wedding Venue

The King Street Townhouse Wedding Venue is a fantastic jewel in the heart of Manchester. Perfect for that stunning urban wedding, whatever time of year. I have been a King Street Townhouse Wedding photographer a time or two now, and just love the place. One of the Eclectic Hotels group, a King Street Townhouse wedding is a perfect choice for your King Street Townhouse wedding. Here are some highlights from Ulin & Stephen’s big day there…

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Wedding photos in Manchester

Being a King Street Townhouse Wedding Photographer, you get immediate access to the city and it’s architecture in which to work. Just w a short walk around the side streets and photo opportunities galore jump out…if the weather is on your side! We were in early October, so not too chilly…but even so we had to work very quickly because of the timings for the day. As a King Street Townhouse photographer, I captured the bride and groom wedding photos in around 15 mins, so we could enjoy some ‘Prosecco Time’ back at the venue. I say we

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Party time at King Street Townhouse

Just before the cake cutting and first dance, I had a few minutes to grab some low light wedding photos of the bride and groom. Armed with a flashgun on a stick (almost literally!), i managed a handful of portraits of Ulin & Stephen…as their guests mingled around us heckling politely. It’s not always easy being a King Street Townhouse Wedding Photographer at times….  🙂

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See Sarah & Rich’s King Street Townhouse wedding HERE

 

King Street Townhouse Wedding Venue

From their website…

King Street Townhouse, located within the upper King Street Conservation Area of Manchester city centre, is an impressive Italian renaissance building, designed by local architect Edward Salomons and originally built in 1872 for the Manchester Salford Trustees Bank. Our intention was to respectfully expand on the allure and unique qualities of this historic building with our baby grand hotel providing the need for new contemporary accommodation in the area. 

King Street Tavern | 40 bedrooms & suites | All day dining bar, Restaurant, Lounge  | Meeting & event spaces | South facing terrace with views of the Town Hall | Infinity spa pool | NEW The Cellars, Screening Room and Wine Cellar private dining

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Great John Street Hotel Wedding – Natalie & Dan

 

Great John Street Hotel Wedding

 

Highlights from Natalie & Dan’s

autumn wedding at this top

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Great John Street Hotel Wedding Photography

Natalie & Dan asked me to be their Great John Street Hotel Wedding Photographer about two years ago. Theirs was to be a proper family wedding in November at this much sought-after Manchester wedding venue. I love a good Great John Street Wedding; the venue is a converted school, and keeps much of the traditional architectural ‘feel’. When I worked in TV many moons ago, I remember this venue as Granada TV’s Private Members Club “The Old School”. I spent a few good times there, in my youth, mingling with the Coronation Street actors and other celebrities at the time. How times change, and how the Old School House has changed in the hands of Eclectic Hotels Manchester. They have done a brilliant job with the place.

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Historic Manchester Wedding Venue

I’m based in Manchester as a Manchester Wedding Photographer, and love photographing urban weddings, especially in the city centre. Great John Street Hotel Wedding Photography is one of those perfect call ups as a Manchester Wedding Photographer. Situated minutes away from Castlefield, just off Quay Street, a Great John Street Hotel wedding offers plenty of scope for the modern wedding photographer, in this historic Manchester wedding venue. From red brick walls, stunning modern architecture mingled amongst the original industrial revolution ‘metalwork’, parks and gardens, plus the fantastic Castlefield area, a Great John Street Hotel wedding is just brilliant.

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Award winning Manchester Wedding DJ

It was great to work with Andy Murphy again – recently voted Best Wedding DJ in the UK by The Wedding Industry Awards. And well-deserved too – this guy knows how fill a dance floor…and keep it filled till yer shoes wear out…

 

Great John Street Hotel Wedding Venue

From their website…

“Only a stone’s throw from Manchester’s most exclusive shopping areas, restaurants and theatres, this original Victorian school house has been transformed into a luxury townhouse hotel with unique, individually designed bedrooms and suites alongside stylish lounges, such as the ground floor Oyster Bar and the southfacing Rooftop Lounge and Playground.

Several areas are available for private hire from boardroom meetings, to birthday celebrations, client entertaining, seasonal celebrations and weddings.

Being madly eclectic Great John Street oozes individuality in design and experience”.

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On The 7th Wedding Photographer // Katie & Paul

On The 7th Wedding Photographer // Katie & Paul

On The 7th Wedding Photographer

Katie & Paul got married at this fantastic wedding venue in Media City

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Unique Manchester Wedding Venue

Occasionally I get to be an On The 7th Wedding Photographer. On The 7th Private Members Club is one of my favourite wedding venues to work at. Weddings at On The 7th are always great fun. The venue is situated in the heart of Media City, flanked by the BBC, and just over the water from ITV and ‘Corrie’. Sarah, Matty and the rest of the staff run the weddings with clockwork precision, and always with a smile.I get to be an On The 7th wedding photographer a few times every year, and each wedding brings a different element to the photography. Whether it is Summer or Winter, the venue and my clients create a unique experience as an On The 7th wedding photographer. Katie & Paul’s wedding was no different. Theirs was to a be a brilliant day, full of fun and emotion, and as clients they were just brilliant to work with. They never stopped smiling all day!

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Wedding day preparations

I joined Katie and her girls at The Holiday Inn, right behind On The 7th. It had been a good year or so since we’d last met up in Lancashire, and Katie looked like she was gong to constantly burst with excitement. With her mum and three bridesmaids, plus little daughter Poppy as a flowergirl, the hotel suite was bustling. Dad made a quick appearance but thought against staying too long! It was brilliant to have some space and light, and not be cramped in a dingy yellow-walled hotel room with just the one light bulb 😉 I had time enough to pop over and catch up with Paul, who was busy tasting a gin-based present from Katie. Well, it’d be rude not too.

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Manchester Wedding Video

It was a pleasure (always is) to work alongside the talented Charlene from Love Gets Sweeter Films. Charlene is brilliant at what she does, and is like my little (media) sister. She works in a similar way to myself too, which really helps us capture the wedding day with no fuss. Nope, not from us.

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Manchester Wedding Ceremony

I wandered round to the Holiday Inn to catch Katie and the girls walking round to the venue. I had time to stop for a quick chat with football legend John Hartson, who had just been on Football Focus. As the ceremony time approached, Katie and the wedding party walked around the corner from the Holiday Inn. Being an On The 7th Wedding Photographer, I love this part of the day. Five minutes to walk and photograph the bride and bridesmaids live, plus a couple of posed shots thrown in to steady the nerves a little….theirs, not mine…;-) Paul was patiently waiting inside for the bridesmaids to make their way down the aisle, one by one. It was Poppy though who stole the show. She ran to the end of the aisle and stopped…for quite a while…just taking it all in….before running back to daddy for a good luck hug.

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Colour Wedding Photos

These days I much prefer colour to mono, though I do still provide a good mix of the two in a wedding collection. I simply love working in atmospheric mixed lighting, with the challenges thrown up. My clients have often said the same – they tend to prefer my colour images to mono; they have a film-like quality to them, be they inside or out. I’m looking forward to the November and December weddings then! After the speeches we went out again for a few minutes. Got photobombed, got blown around, but got the shots….including that silhouette.

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Wedding Speeches

Wedding speeches are always great to photograph. Not knowing the content, I’m always on the look out for reactions and emotion. As an On The 7th Wedding Photographer, I love photographing the speeches in The Pantry here. Lots of strong directional light in Summer. Candlelight in the winter. See Rachel & Chris’ December wedding to see what I mean. The speeches at Katie & Paul’s wedding were both funny and emotional. A proper rollercoaster ride you might say. Sometimes it’s difficult not to be pulled in, but I have to remind myself constantly that I am not a guest, so I can get the images. After the speeches, we had time for a quick walk arond Media City. Katie and Paul wanted a silhouette shot of some kind. OK then…

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On The 7th Wedding Photographer // Roxy & Myles

On The 7th Wedding Photographer // Roxy & Myles

On The 7th Wedding Photographer

Roxy & Myles’ wedding photos from this unique Media City wedding venue

Roxy & Myles were married recently at On The 7th in Media City. It was to be my first wedding there, and I can honestly say it’s simply brilliant. For an urban wedding, On the 7th is perfect; it’s location in the middle of Media City makes for a unique wedding experience.

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I caught up with Roxy and the girls at their home in Manchester. On board with me for the day was Craig from Get Reel Media – a really nice chap too, and we worked effortlessy together all day. How it should be!

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As the time approached for me to leave, the excitement was reaching fever pitch at Roxy’s home….ao I took my cue to leave them to their pre-celebrations and meet Myles and the groomsmen at the venue….

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Bang on time, Roxy and the girls arrived…

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…then we we ‘off’….the ceremony was on!

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A no-fuss wedding ceremony meant more time for celebrations…obviously…;-)

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We were lucky…we had 30 minutes available for our bride and groom portraits before the group shots had to be done….luxury!

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Then it was back inside for speeches and the wedding breakfast…

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With almost no gap from the end of the wedding breakfast, we were straight in to the night entertainment, hosted brilliantly by award-winng band The Rush Band.

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