Tipi Wedding Photographer Lancashire – Alexandra & Daniel

Tipi Wedding Photographer Lancashire – Alexandra & Daniel

Tipi Wedding Photographer Lancashire

Alex & Dan’s brilliant winter Tipi wedding in Lancashire

Tipi Wedding in Lancashire

Alex & Dan asked me around nine months ago, to photograph their wedding, having been referred by Katie & Will. “It’s going to be a church wedding, with a Tipi reception in the field at the farm near Bentham. In February”. I like a challenge and jumped at the opportunity of being a Tipi Wedding Photographer Lancashire and being part of this special day. Logistically for Alex & Dan’s wedding I needed a second shooter, so a big thank you goes to Martin Hambleton for sharing what was going to prove a busy day for us both.

Here are some of the highlights from the day…

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Emotional Father of The Bride

One of the images I wanted from the morning was dad seeing Alex for the first time. When the door opened, the emotions were running high. I had a lump in my throat too, but as a Tipi Wedding Photographer Lancashire, I worked through it. With the preparations for Alex  finishing, and Dan and the wedding guests already in the pub, it was time for me to head off towards St James The Lesser Church in Higher Tatham; a beautiful 15th Century building about to be rocked by 120 or so guests playing ‘wedding day sardines’ 😉

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A Village Wedding in Lancashire

All was quiet at the church so far. The guests were on their way in a bus, Dan and the groomsmen in their cars. The wetaher was stunning too; beautiful sunshine all the way. I was keeping my eye on it though, just in case we lost valuable shooting time after the ceremony. So far, this was to prove a stunning village wedding in Lancashire, and as a Tipi Wedding Photographer Lancashire, I was ready for the silence to be broken…in a good way of course!

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Smiling wedding guests at a Tipi wedding in Lancashire

As we left church, we had to work quickly but not make it too obvious. The light was failing and we had 120 guests leaving church, ‘fully loaded’ with confetti, forming two lines stretching over 30m. Some walk of fame this was going to be! The smiling wedding guests were ready. Alex & Dan ran the confetti gauntlet, and as the atmosphere stepped up a gear, the family group photos in the bag – it was time to jump in the bus and head to the party…

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Tipi Wedding in Lancashire

The Tipi was situated on the family farm, and a big surpirise for many of the wedding guests. It looked stunning, and strong enough to withstand the threatening tail end of Hurricane Barbara. So everyone was happy!

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Crazy Bear Stadhampton Wedding  // Kat & Glynne

Crazy Bear Stadhampton Wedding // Kat & Glynne

Crazy Bear Stadhampton Wedding Photographer

Kat & Glynne’s highlights from this unique Oxford wedding venue

Crazy Bear Stadhampton Wedding

Kat & Glynne hired me to be their Crazy Bear Stadhampton Wedding Photographer – my first wedding of 2017. This was to be one of my weddings where I meet my clients on the day – no fuss, few emails, and a couple of phone calls. Sorted. The Crazy Bear Stadhampton is a very popular wedding venue – part of a very funky, award-winning group of hotels. This is taken from their website:

“The original Crazy Bear has been entertaining guests since its creation in 1993. Abundant gardens, eclectic design, award winning dining and inventive facilities, within eighty acres of working farmland all contribute to its distinctive personality.

The Crazy Bear Stadhampton is a unique oasis in the countryside, and is the foundation for our Crazy Bear culture”.

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Unique Oxford wedding venue

The Crazy Bear Stadhampton is a unique Oxford wedding venue, where each room seemingly has it’s own theme, from Thai, through Scandinavian, Traditional and Burlesque. It’s a brilliant venue for an Oxford Wedding, and offers a lot of scope for a Crazy Bear Stadhampton Wedding Photographer.

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Wedding guests at The Crazy Bear Stadhampton

As my schedule allowed, I caught up with Glynne and the guests in the bar area. The fun, laughter and all-round atmosphere was beginning to rise. I said my hellos to Glynne and his two children, then quietly got on with it. Glynne is brilliant fun and enjoyed having a laugh with all the wedding guests as they arrived at The Crazy Bear Stadhampton.

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Crazy Bear Stadhampton Bride

With a quick change of location, from the log cabin to a master themed suite, it was time for Kat and the girls to get dressed. The velour-lined walls were black, with a dark carpet and little in terms of downlighters. I used a touch of bounced flash to add some ‘fill’ to Kat’s bridal portraits and was very pleased with the results. Simple, stylish and very ‘me’. Kat made a perfect Crazy Bear Stadhampton Bride.

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Weddings at The Crazy Bear Stadhampton

The weather was turning for the worse, sadly…but we didn’t care! It was a short walsk…around ten paces from the suite to the entrance of the ceremony room, giving us chance for a few final portraits before the ceremony. Weddings at The Crazy Bear Stadhampton are  intimate, with little to no room for using long lenses. For the photographers out there I was on 20mm, 24mm and 35mm primes. Yep, that intimate!

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Wedding Photos at The Crazy Bear

With the rain a constant heavy drizzle by now, we were lucky to be under cover for most of our ten minute couple portraits. With a quick drop of the umbrella and a handful of quick shots, we nailed it, before moving back inside to photograph some family and friends group photos, plus some classic portraits of Kat.

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Wedding Speeches at The Crazy Bear

With the daylight fading quickly, we were into the wedding breakfast and speeches. With the traditional three, plus an extra speech from Kat’s sister Taila, the laughter and fun spilled on for another hour or so. Brilliant. The Best Man suitably ripped Glynne apart, comparing his ‘mediocre achievements at school’  to BAFTA Award-winning sister Nicky – the TV Director on Strictly Come Dancing none the less….

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Sarah & Steve’s winter wedding photos from Peckforton Castle

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Sarah & Steve commissioned me recently to be their Peckforton Castle Wedding Photographer. Based in Cambridge, the couple fell in love with Peckforton and decided to have their Winter / Christmas wedding there. Who can blame them? Peckforton Castle is one of the most atmospheric wedding venues around….even on a (very) wet December day!

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I arrived at Peckforton nice and early, and had a good look around…in the rain…to work out Plans A, B and C in case the weather really threatened to spoil the party. I caught up with Sarah and her three bridesmaids in one of the suites in the hotel. Gloriously dark, lit by only a small incandescant lamp and what little grey daylight managed to creep in, I went to work. I used a small flash on the detail images, just to add a touch of quality to the light I had available.

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As the clocked ticked on, it was time to me to catch up with Steve and his guests. The Dysart Arms in Bunbury was my second location of the day. But the guests were being well behaved – one quick drink and off to church…the splendid St Boniface across the street…

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Eaves Hall Winter Wedding Photography – Dyanne & Steven

Eaves Hall Winter Wedding Photography – Dyanne & Steven

 Eaves Hall Wedding Photography

Dyanne & Steven’s wedding photos from the stunning Eaves Hall near Clitheroe, Lancashire

“Fabulous job with our wedding photo’s, we are delighted and you’ve far exceeded our expectations. Some great pictures of Rupert too. You’ve captured some lovely memories for us ❤ xx”

Dyanne & Steven booked me to be their Eaves Hall Winter Wedding Photographer last summer. With Maid of Honour and chief wedding planner Kelley on board, Dyanne & Steven’s winter wedding at Eaves Hall was going to be stunning. Kelley had everything nailed down! Eaves Hall is set deep in the beautiful Ribble Valley and lives up to it’s claim to be ‘one of the finest exclusive use wedding venues in the north west’. This was to be my first visit to Eaves Hall, but 2017 is providing a few more return trips with the Nikons…

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A typical bright January day promised lots of sunshine at least. This was going to be a good weather day….one way or another! When I arrived at Eaves Hall, I was met by the ever-smiling Dyanne, who was excited to show me both her wedding dresses! A day frock, and a night frock…the latter being a surprise for Steven and the evening guests…

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The morning was full of the usual hustle and bustle of wedding preparations. The flowers arrived, and the atmosphere was lowly rising in excitement as the hour or so ticked by…

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Steven and Best Man Stu were on the floor above in Eaves Hall, taking ‘considerably less time to get ready than the girls’ they joked…

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As the sun continued to thaw the gardens, it was time for me to head into Waddington, to St Helen’s Church for the ceremony. I’ve photographed at this church before – it’s a great place with a fantastic (cricket-mad) vicar, John.

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This is Rupert (The Bear) –  Dyanne and Steven’s Labradoodle. His job was to carry the rings in church…oh, and photo bomb everything he could find….

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Here’s Rupert photo bombing for the first time…nearly got Dyanne’s dress that time…

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And here’s Rupert photo bombing again…but this time I was ready for him, and is my clients’ favourite image from the day…

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And…as the sunshine gave way to dark clouds…snow……for all the family group shots. And why not?

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Spencer The Artist was there too, providing stunning caricature drawings of all the guests…plus the talented Ian Lavin was providing the close up magic…

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Hang on…is that Rupert again? seems so….much to the amusement of Kelley, Chief Bridesmaid for the day…

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After quietly arguing and bickering with each other throughout (serving) the meal, the two exploded into a row and one of them stormed off into the kitchen. The guests who were queuing up to berate the remaining waiter, suddenly held their bowed heads in their hands as ‘the penny dropped…’ and the young man emerged from the kitchen in full voice. Totally brilliant and had everyone fooled…

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By now, the weather had turned too extreme to photograph my clients outside the hall – the snow was really coming down and all our vehicles were huddled together in the car park. So we did the next best thing. I got wet instead… 😉

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As a surprise, a firework display was arranged for the guests. Snow or not – we weren’t going to miss this…

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From the beautiful fireworks in the mini blizzard, it was on to the (warmer) and welcomed first dance, expertly spun in by Adam from Dancefloor Couture

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Donna & Leigh’s winter wedding photos from Peckforton Castle

Donna & Leigh were married in the New Year at Peckforton Castle – ironically my last wedding of 2015 was also at this brilliant Cheshire wedding venue! Being January, the weather was as to be expected; glorious….until the afternoon. Luckily we were ‘under one roof’ for this wedding, so getting outside wasn’t actually high on Donna & Leigh’s list of priorities. Their brief to me was to capture the day, and just ‘do my thing’…ok then! Here’s a few photos from my latest Peckforton Castle Wedding Photography.

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I arrived at Peckforton to clearing blue skies and promise of fine weather. Fingers crossed. The ground was very wet from a lot of recent rainfall, so even at this early hour, the exterior bride and groom portraits booked in for the afternoon may be compromised slightly. Hmmm…

I caught up with Donna and her two best friends, and bridesmaids all giggly and excited. In a side room, Donna’s mum was quietly making the bouquets and buttonholes (she’s a florist), so I said hello and got to work photographing Donna’s dress and accessories…plus a few secret shots of mum and baby son Solly…

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I caught up with Leigh and the groomsmen in the bar. They seemed a lively bunch, though Leigh was quietly taking it all in. Slightly nervous, as can be expected, Leigh was mostly concerned about his speech being ‘just right’, so after a while disappeared to practice a couple of run-throughs…

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As the guests were arriving, and the registrars’ interviews finished with, it was almost time. Donna and her dad waited quietly to be called through, giving me a couple of minutes for some live portraits (with no direction) before scooting back into the Great Hall for the ceremony…

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Little Solly decided just after the exchanging of rings he’d had enough. Grandad couldn’t make him smile, so was handed over to mum and dad…and to get a better view of the proceedings…

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I took a couple of the groomsmen with me for the bride and groom portraits, to deliberately put the couple off and heckle the session as much as possible whilst I quietly photographed them. Ten minutes later we were done…and the couple never really noticed… 🙂 Thanks lads…

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With the portraits finished, and around an hour to mingle with guests, we went in for the wedding breakfast and speeches…

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As night fell, we were into the cutting of the cake and first dance – a brilliantly choreographed routine. As the guests joined in, I was swamped on the dancefloor, papped by a female guest with her new camera, and almost bowled over by a lady who slipped in her high heels….all stande=ard stuff for a wedding photographer then…

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Congratulations to Donna and Leigh, and thank you for having me on board. It was a wonderful winter wedding this one!

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Castlefield Rooms Wedding Photography – Joanna & Nick

Castlefield Rooms Wedding Photography

Jo & Nick’s wedding photos from Manchester Town Hall & The Castlefield Rooms

Joanna & Nick were married at Manchester Town Hall just before Christmas. I love shooting in the Town Hall, especially in Winter; I’m a low light specialist and love using high ISO, fast prime lenses and available light wherever I can. But even in winter, there are times when a little off-camera flash is called for, if only to ‘lighten the mood’ a little 😉 Joanna & Nick’s wedding was possibly the most relaxed affair I’ve ever witnessed. No ties, or matching suits. No fuss(y) formalities, minimum flowers, transport and an intimate gathering of family and friends made for a brilliantly relaxed wedding. And there was time to keep up to date with the footie scores….Nick’s a massive City fan (good lad!). Simon, his Best Man had flown in from Australia too, and was as chilled like he’d just got off the bus! But a 4pm ceremony in December…in the Town Hall means one thing. It’s going to be dark. And atmospheric. Perfect. For all you photographers out there, we’re talking 3200/6400 ISO and f1.4 lenses here, with the occasional radio triggered flash for the formals. The Castlefield Rooms was a constant 6400 ISO…an almost candlelit bright environment. Joanna & Nick really like my ‘urban style’ of high ISO photography, and I had free reign to shoot as I pleased. This means travelling light with three or four lenses on a Nikon D3s. Still a brilliantly performing  favourite amongst many wedding Pros.

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Opting for film emulation, the look of these images has been enhanced with a little grain…yes, added, to make the images look more organic and less digital, but not too much as to spoil the atmosphere of the images.castlefield_rooms_wedding_photographer_018castlefield_rooms_wedding_photographer_019castlefield_rooms_wedding_photographer_021castlefield_rooms_wedding_photographer_022

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With speeches brief, funny and to the point, the guests settled down to a stunning hot buffet…with yours truly tagged onto the end of the conga for a plate of chicken curry. Well…Joanna forced me…so it’d be rude to offend the client, surely?  😉castlefield_rooms_wedding_photographer_046castlefield_rooms_wedding_photographer_047castlefield_rooms_wedding_photographer_048castlefield_rooms_wedding_photographer_049castlefield_rooms_wedding_photographer_050castlefield_rooms_wedding_photographer_051castlefield_rooms_wedding_photographer_052

Overall, I’m very pleased with the look of Joanna & Nick’s wedding – very analogue and organic. Full of atmosphere and looking very different to the more ‘expected’ style. I’m certainly looking forward to more winter weddings in 2014….

If you’d like to see more of my Castlefield Rooms and Manchester City Centre Wedding Portfolio, why not get in touch to view more work over a coffee?

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