2014 has proven to be my busiest year so far. I feel both honoured and privileged to be asked to capture so many weddings, and though sounding like a cliche – I reallydo love my job. So…a Big Thank You to all my clients from 2014 who have made my year so special. Hope I did you proud too!
These images are just some of my favourites from this year. 2015 is looking as busy as 2014 so far, and I still have weddings to shoot (and blog) from this month (December), so expect this collection to increase slightly.
So here is my Review of 2014…images that ‘make me tick’ – mostly weddings and portraits, with a couple of commissioned bridal shoots thrown in for good measure. Hope you like it!
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.
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… 😉
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…
And here she was – on time, smiling through the ‘non-wedding’ weather, with mum to proudly walk her down the aisle…
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… 😉
After the ceremony, it was off down the motorway to Norton Grange – a lovely venue, and where I photographed Jade & Lewis’ weddinglast summer…
The rain stopped for a few minutes, allowing us time to grab a few portraits of the new Mr & Mrs Partington…
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?
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…
If you’re thinking of Norton Grange as your wedding venue, why not get in touch to discuss options for your wedding photography?
Nicola & Matt are getting married next month and have asked me to be their Chester Wedding Photographer. Their wedding promises to be a brilliant, fun-filled day, if any of these E-Shoot images are to go by! It will be a welcome return visit to Oakfield Manor at Chester Zoo too for this winter wedding. So, last weekend, we met in Chester for our 45 min session, taking in a few sights (and a quick coffee) before we shot this folio of pre-wedding images. I love Chester and it’s atmosphere; very much like York (well, it would be – obviously, being a Roman town I hear you say!), but the charm, the architecture and the general ‘vibe’ of the place is just fantastic. Even on a wet, cold January morning… 😉
We met up bright and (not so) early, but headed straight for a coffee and a chat about the wedding day schedule, the logistics of what was to happen where and when on the timeline etc, and generally plan the whole day between myself and the wedding co-ordinator. Then we headed off, to shoot ‘live’ time as I always try to….meaning that the session takes approximately the same length of time as it would on the actual wedding day. Ours was extended slightly, since we went ‘walkabout’, dodging the rain showers and numerous tourists on guided walks…
It was good being back in Chester – I haven’t been since last July for Jenny & Darren’s wedding at The Abode….where some of the formal images were taken here, next to the river too… 😉 Nicola & Matt are typical of my wedding clients – naturally camera-shy, not wanting me to fuss about all day, so they can just enjoy their celebrations without my intrusion. Perfect, how wedding photography should be. 😉 E-Shoots by their very nature ‘break the ice’ and allow couples to get used to being photographed, plus I get to see how they react to certain environments, so I’m prepared when it comes to photographing their formals next month….it’s just all good fun, really…and you can tell by their faces. These images had very little direction from me – my standard line is that I ‘just point the things’…and it was true for Nicola & Matt. A relaxed, fun and natural shoot with no fuss from me….
If you’d like to see more of my extensive wedding portfolio, why not get in touch?
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