NORTON GRANGE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY – KELLY & MIKE

NORTON GRANGE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY – KELLY & MIKE

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 Kelly & Mike were married recently in North Manchester – on a typical Manchester day too. Wet! With their ceremony at St John The Evangelist Church and reception at Norton Grange, this blog posts serves as an example of my Norton Grange Wedding Photography.

When I arrived at Kelly’s home, she was already in the very capable hands of Phoebe, one half of Flossy & Leigh – award-winning bridal makeup artists. A quieter, more calm start to the day for Kelly and her mum and bridesmaid, non of the usual organised chaos and hustle of an average wedding day. Nope, these girls took it all in their stride, with the champagne on ice – it was actually very relaxed and peaceful. Running to my schedule, I found we were under time – a rare treat, giving me a few minutes with Kelly for a few portraits, before leaving to catch up with Mike and the guests.

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With a beautiful head piece, supplied by the uber-talented Ann McKavney at Eleventh Heaven, plus personalised bouquet by Jemma Holmes, Kelly was ready to go. What rain?

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I caught up with Mike and his groomsmen in his local pub…difficult to spot from the main road, since it was in the middle of a total refurb. But…the vault was open, and that’s all we needed! That and a pint of water for the groom, who was feeling a little delicate after an impromptu late night… 😉

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The church was a two-minute walk from the pub, even in the intermittent rain. I had time to shoot a few portraits of Mike too, before Kelly duly arrived…

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And here she was – on time, smiling through the ‘non-wedding’ weather, with mum to proudly walk her down the aisle…

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The minister, Matthew was brilliant – he let me do what I wanted, so obviously I respected my role and his environment to capture the ceremony from a couple of vantage points. In return I duly sent him some new images for his website. Take note please other ministers and registrars…it doesn’t have to be a 45 minute battle of nerves! Some of us wedding photographers actually respect what you do, and don’t turn things into a circus… 😉

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After the ceremony, it was off down the motorway to Norton Grange –  a lovely venue, and where I photographed Jade & Lewis’ wedding last summer…

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The rain stopped for a few minutes, allowing us time to grab a few portraits of the new Mr & Mrs Partington…

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Then it was back inside for the wedding breakfast and speeches. Unusually, (and also a brilliant choice!) – Mike’s Best Man was his dad…who better?

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And so, 7.30pm arrived, as did the evening guests, ready to swing their pants to a brilliant playlist, with the talented and very personable Nick Campbell on disc duties…after the first dance, it was time for me to depart, and the volume go up to eleven…

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If you’re thinking of Norton Grange as your wedding venue, why not get in touch to discuss options for your wedding photography?

 

 

 

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER MANCHESTER – HAIRBOWS WONDERWORLD SHOOT

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER MANCHESTER – HAIRBOWS WONDERWORLD SHOOT

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I love my job. I really do. Even when it’s hard work, the pressure’s on and the sometimes seemingly endless 16 hour days working on the weddings and people shoots I undertake throughout the year make me a little grumpy (yeah, yeah…get the violins I hear you say…) But it’s shoots like this that make the days go a little easier. Spring sunshine, location shoot, no time constraints and a lovely ‘crew’ to work with make for a very pleasant day’s work. Work….sometimes it doesn’t feel like it on days like this… 😉

Lynn from Hairbows Wonderworld booked me with my ‘Wedding Photographer Manchester’ hat on to shoot some of her new 2014 product range. Armed with a couple of models, a suitcase hamper of product…(plus the same again with sandwiches, cake and coffee!), all under the careful direction of talented make up artist Jodie A Smith we set up camp in  a beautiful park in North Manchester. Being a Thursday, it was quiet and we had the place to ourselves. The day started with quite dense fog, which would have looked quite atmospheric, but we waited until noon, for it to burn off and have some sunshine. And we did…too much! I know, I know…us photographers are never happy, eh? For the first half of the shoot, we set up in a conservatory, a classic Victorian glasshouse. Armed with a single flash, fired via radio trigger through a large silver umbrella, I wrestled with the big yellow ball in the sky to get something of any quality. But we did. And I know Lynn loves a touch of vintage…so she got some in these final images…not too much though, didn’t want to spoil her!

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You’ll have to forgive the lack of information on each of the featured items…I’m a man, what would I know? You’d need to speak to Lynn via her WEBSITE, or via her ETSY shop to discuss options for your wedding day. But I do know she makes the most exquisite bouquets, hand made hairwear and other accessories – “Pretties” as she nicknames them. Have a look at her work, you’ll love it!

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From the glasshouse, it was outside to battle the afternoon sun, not fazed, models Monika and Malwina braved the cold (yes, it’s still only March!) and performed beautifully for camera, with little direction from me. Good…it was my ‘day off’ and I didn’t want to be pointing and gesticulating like a bad mime act! Thanks ladies… 😉

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To see more of Lynn’s magic, click these links:

Website – http://www.hbwedding.co.uk

Etsy Shop – http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/hairbowswonderworld

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