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Saddleworth Hotel Wedding Photography // Hannah and Tom

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Wedding Photography in Saddleworth

Hannah and Tom had their Saddleworth Hotel wedding photography at the end of May. I was delighted to be asked to shoot their wedding at one of the leading venues in the north west. I love wedding photography in Saddleworth, living in the area I know how amazing the scenery is. The area is beautiful and has plenty of great views that make for amazing couple shots!

Morning Preparations

First of all, the morning preparations took place at Hannah’s parent’s house in Ripponden. With plenty of laughter and prosecco during the hair and make up it was a fun start to the day. A highlight was when Hannah’s dad Nigel saw Hannah in her dress for the first time. It was a lovely moment and the smiles continued all the way to the church in Ripponden village. One of my favourite photos of the year was at the top of the aisle when Hannah saw Tom and her smile could not be wider!

Reception at The Saddleworth Hotel

After the wedding service we made the short journey over to Saddleworth for the reception at The Saddleworth Hotel. The Saddleworth Hotel is one of the leading wedding venues in the area because it is simply stunning wedding venue. With modern decor, fantastic food and most of all, cracking staff I can highly recommend you have your wedding at the Saddleworth Hotel.

Awesome Light

Another reason to have have your wedding photography at The Saddleworth Hotel are the beautiful grounds and stunning views. Hannah and Tom made the most of the amazing scenery for their couple photos as we went into the woodland area at the back of the Saddleworth Hotel. With a low sun setting over the Saddleworth hills, Hannah and Tom made the most of the awesome light. It was a brilliant day and I cannot wait to return to The Saddleworth Hotel. I’m also delighted to now be a recommended supplier by the Saddlworth Hotel, so I look forward to many more weddings at an amazing wedding venue.

Here’s Hannah and Tom’s Saddleworth Hotel wedding photography. Music by Christine and The Queens, photos by me…

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The Saddleworth Hotel, Huddersfield Road, Oldham OL3 5LX. 01457 871888

Saddleworth Hotel wedding photography by James Tracey © 2016

Rivington Hall Barn Wedding Photographer // Laura and Rich

Rivington Hall Barn Wedding Photographer

Wedding Photography at Rivington Hall Barn

I was looking forward to shooting Laura and Rich’s wedding as a Rivington Hall Barn wedding photographer as it meant a return to a venue I really enjoyed working at back in 2014 when I shot Leanne and Mark’s wedding. I really enjoy wedding photography at Rivington Hall Barn but the weather could not have been more different from my first visit though as it was a cold, wet and windy February day for Laura and Rich (in comparison to a lovely warm August day in 2014). However, that’s usually what winter weddings in the UK are like, and to be fair, quite a lot of summer weddings suffer the same fate and I’m more than used to battling less than favorable conditions. Bridal preparation was at Laura’s parents home where the morning started with Laura cracking open a couple of bottles of champagne and enjoying a relaxed morning of pampering whilst I quietly snapped away (in between grabbing more than a couple of handfuls of Haribo’s that were on the kitchen side). It was a lovely moment when Laura walked in the room and her family saw Laura in her dress for the first time (especially her very proud dad!)

The marriage service was nearby at Rivington Church where I caught up with Rich as he sneaked a quick chaser from his hip flask before Laura arrived under an umbrella. Rivington Church is quite compact but I was allowed full access at the top of the church to shoot the wedding service and it was great being so close to the action which meant I missed none of the jokes, laughs and perhaps the occasional tear during Laura and Rich’s marriage service. A quick confetti shot took place before we drove (literally) around the corner to Rivington Hall Barn. I love being a Rivington Hall Barn wedding photographer. It’s a huge barn (the clue is in the name) with exposed beams and a fantastic team who run the day flawlessly. The Highgate String Quartet were entertaining the guests (as they had at the church) with the highlight being their performance of the Game of Thrones theme tune, which was brilliant (but a little scary if you’ve ever watched the show!)

Natural, Relaxed, Couple Photos

With the rain insisting on joining the wedding for the full day, Laura decided she wanted to brave the weather for the couple photos so we went outside to grab a very quick session of couple photos in less than glamorous conditions. However, Laura and Rich made the absolute most of their time together and we got some lovely natural, realxed, couple photos outside Rivington Hall, even if it Laura’s feet got a little soggier than we’d have liked! The speeches were brilliant, with Rich’s best man absolutely tearing him apart. I absolutely love the shot of Rich with his head in his hands as his best man delivered yet another story that had the wedding guests (and myself) in stitches.

Once it had turned dark the rain decided to back off, so Laura and Rich came outside for a few more photos with some off camera flash before we headed back inside for the cake cutting and first dance. With The Deadbeats Party Band on duty, the evening reception kicked off with Laura and Rich’s first dance with the dance floor quickly filling up as the Deadbeats really go the reception going as my day as a Rivington Barn wedding photographer came to an end. It was a brilliant day with a super relaxed couple who were great company to be around and I can’t wait to return to Rivington Hall Barn!

So here’s my day as a Rivington Hall Barn wedding photographer at Laura and Rich’s wedding. Music by Camera Obscura, photos by me…

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Rivington Hall Barn, Rivington, Bolton, Lancashire BL6 7SB. 01204 697738

© 2016 James Tracey, Rivington Hall Barn wedding Photographer

2015: The best bits…

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2015 has been a brilliant year. I can’t believe how quickly it has flown by and how much has happened in the last twelve months.

I’ve been lucky enough to have shot some amazing weddings all over the UK, from Manchester to London and plenty of amazing venues in between. Of course, there was the small matter of a secret wedding in New York which I still can’t quite believe happened! I say it again, I am so lucky to have the most brilliant brides and grooms who allow me to photograph their day the way I see it and I am forever grateful that you guys chose and trusted me to cover one of the most important days of your life. To all my 2015 couples, I hope you love your wedding photos as much as I loved being there to capture them.

Throughout the year I have been able to meet some of the best wedding photographers and suppliers in the country and some of those talented people I can now call my friends. Working alongside such brilliant people makes my job so much easier and I am really looking forward to working alongside old and new suppliers in 2016. I’ve also attended some brilliant photography workshops with some of the best wedding photographers in the land who have massively inspired and challenged me to be a better photographer.

So after a brilliant year, here’s collection of the images that have stood out for me over the past twelve months. I’ve found that looking back over the year, a certain type of photograph has stood out more for me. Maybe they are more understated than the big couple photos (although there are a few of them in here) but I’ve found it’s the images with real emotion that I’ve been drawn towards. This is why I started shooting weddings, to capture the moments as they happen, whether they are the big ones like the first kiss, or those fleeting ones where two people catch each other’s eye for just a second. Hopefully you’ll see what really makes me tick in this collection and I cannot wait to get back behind the Nikon’s and to start photographing the stories, tears, laughter, selfies and hugs at my 2016 weddings.

Now, in any other year I wouldn’t pick a favourite photo, but 2015 wasn’t any other year, so once you get to the very end you’ll see my absolute favourite photo of the year (and one of, if not, the best photograph I have ever taken).

So I hope you all have a brilliant Christmas and New Year, I’m off to enjoy some time with my family and will be back on it in January! Cheers.

Here’s the slideshow, photos by me, music by The War on Drugs…

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So here it is, my best photograph of 2015. I wouldn’t normally pick one photo but in March our lives changed forever when my amazing wife Laura gave birth to our first child, Ana Vivienne. After a lengthy 45 hour labour and a horrific delivery in which Ana stopped breathing, thanks to the truly incredible staff at The Royal Oldham Hospital, we finally met our beautiful baby girl. I took this photo a few hours after Ana was born. In between all the wires and mess, there is just that moment between Laura and Ana. Simply my favourite photo of 2015!

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© 2015 James Tracey Photography

Eleven Didsbury Park Wedding Photographer // Richard and Kenny

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Wedding at Eleven Didsbury House

I’ve said it before, I shouldn’t have favourite weddings, but if I did, then the day I was Kenny and Richard’s Eleven Didsbury Park wedding photographer would most certainly be one of my favourites of 2015. These guys were brilliant fun to be around and they are two of the most relaxed people I have ever met. So relaxed that they’d booked their wedding at Eleven Didsbury park over a year in advance and then completely forgotten to book any other wedding suppliers, including a wedding photographer. So I have to thank Sian at The Flower Lounge for pointing Richard and Kenny my way with just four (yes four) weeks left until their wedding. It was my only wedding free weekend of the summer left and I was delighted I was available to be their Eleven Didsbury Park wedding photographer.

Conversion Ceremony

Kenny and Richard had their preparation and wedding service at Didsbury House Hotel, just down the road from Eleven Didsbury Park and Didsbury House Hotel is a beautiful venue in its own right without modern decor and plenty of great photo opportunities. Kenny and Richard’s service was a first for me as it was a conversion ceremony to switch their civil partnership into a marriage, but the actual service is almost exactly the same as any civil marraige. As always, Manchester has the finest registrars who make the service relaxed, fun and emotional and Kenny and Richard’s service was both moving and amusing in equal measure. The absolute highlight for me was Sigur Rós’ Se Lest played as Kenny and Richard signed their wedding register. It turns out we are all total Sigur Rós geeks and have even been to the same gigs!

The Flower Lounge Didsbury

After the service the wedding party took the short walk up to the reception venue, Eleven Didsbury House  for drinks and canapes in the beautiful gardens. With wonderful summer sun and some of the most spectacular wedding flowers I’ve ever seen, the outdoor seating for the wedding breakfast was stunning. Sian at The Flower Lounge Didsbury is absolutely amazing and her work speaks for itself.

Fletcher Moss Park

With the guests in full on party mode, Kenny and Richard joined me for 20 minutes at Fletcher Moss Park for some natural, relaxed couples photos before we returned for dinner, speeches and a proper wedding party. This was one of the best weddings I have shot, with a really cool, relaxed couple who made the absolute most of their day having an amazing time with all their guests at a fantastic venue. I loved every minute of being Kenny and Richard’s Eleven Didsbury Park wedding photographer. I’ve also photographed a Vicky and Stefano’s Didsbury House Hotel wedding photography at Eleven Didsbury Park’s sister hotel, so you can see how beautiful these two venues are.

So here’s their Eleven Didsbury Park wedding photography. Music, naturally, by the sublime Sigur Rós, photos by me…

Credits:

Service Venue: Didsbury House Hotel
Reception: Eleven Didsbury Park
Kenny’s Suit: Ted Baker
Richard’s Suit: Kooples
Flowers: Sian at Didsbury Flower Lounge
Caterers: Eleven Didsbury Park
Cake: M&S
Special touches: Lego

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Eleven Didsbury Park, 11 Didsbury Park, Manchester M20 5LH. 0161 448 7711

Saddleworth Hotel Wedding // Holly and Mark

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Saddleworth Hotel Wedding // Holly and Mark

Holly and Marks Saddleworth Hotel wedding was the first time I had been back to one of my local weddings since I shot Debbie and Karl’s Saddleworth Hotel wedding photography way back in June 2013. The Saddleworth Hotel is a great venue (not just because I live about 3 miles away) with modern decor and beautiful grounds that are perfect settings for any wedding. Even on a rainy day, and Holly and Mark’s wedding day was one of those typical British summer days… very, very wet.

When I arrived to shoot the morning preparation I bumped into James Wray and his video team. It was the first time I’d worked alongside James and it was a pleasure to work alongside a professional and discreet team of videographers. Luckily for me we’re all working together next year too and if you’re looking for a wedding videographer I can highly recommend James Wray wedding films (click here to see Holly and Mark’s wedding film trailer).

With so much going on, things went a little behind and Holly was a few minutes late to the church. There were quite a few restrictions on where I could and couldn’t shoot in the Church but the 200mm zoom came into it’s own and before long we were making our way to The Saddleworth Hotel for the reception. With the weather showing no sign of improving I quickly shot the formals before we grabbed 15 minutes of couple photos in the drizzle. I don’t actually mind the rain, it can add a moody look to the couple photos and Holly and Mark were great, braving the less than appealing conditions to make sure both myself and James got the shots. James and his team worked alongside me so we didn’t keep Holly and Mark outside for a minute longer than we needed.

However, after the meal and the speeches, the weather finally let up and we did another 10 minutes of photos on the moors before the first dance. Holly and Mark then had a huge firework display lined up and the guests were treated to a pretty awesome pyrotechnic display before the party kicked off later into the night.

So here’s Holly and Marks Saddleworth Hotel wedding, Photos by me, music by James Bay…

Credits:

Venue: The Saddleworth Hotel
Dress Shop: Blush Boutique, Uppermill
Dress: Maggie Sottero
Shoes: Dune
Flowers: Kelly Louise
Bridesmaids: Debut at Debenhams
Grooms Suit: Next
Wedding Rings: Frazer Hart
Bridesmaids Car: Instyle Wedding Cars
Hair: Dominic Gregory Hair
Make Up: Mobile Beauty By Hayley Scott
Videography: James Wray Wedding Films

The Saddleworth Hotel, Huddersfield Road, Oldham OL3 5LX. 01457 871888

© 2015 Manchester wedding photographer James Tracey

Hyde Bank Farm Wedding Photography // Stacey and Mike

HYDE BANK FARM WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Stacey and Mike’s Hyde Bank Farm wedding photography

I love working at new venues and I loved Stacey and Mike’s wedding because I got to shoot my first ever Hyde Bank Farm wedding photography. Some photographers will tell you that you should only book someone who has worked at a venue before (usually because they’ve worked there themselves). This, of course, is nonsense. I mean, they must have worked there for the first time once themselves. I love new venues, new things to see and most importantly new opportunities for photographs. I mean, who wants their wedding photographs to look the same as every other wedding at their venue? It also means I occasionally find a little gem of a venue and Hyde Bank Farm is most certainly that.

Stacey and Mike got married at their local church before we made our way to Hyde Bank Farm. You think you’re going the wrong way as you make your way through an industrial estate into what appears to be the middle of nowhere before Hyde Bank Farm pops up. It’s a small family run farm, licensed for weddings (should you want to do your whole day there) and it’s brilliant for photographers. From the exposed brickwork and beams in the service/reception room to the landscaped gardens it’s a cracking place to shoot a wedding. But best of all are the working farm barns where you can get some really unique couple shots, and that’s just what we did. With the sun making a late appearance, we delayed the couple photos until after the wedding breakfast and headed out to make the most of the amazing low sunlight. I always approach weddings flexibly to make sure we don’t miss the best opportunities for the couple photos and I think we certainly made the most of the sun during Stacey and Mike’s Hyde Bank wedding photography.

With the first dance shortly after the couple photos, my day as shooting my first Hyde Bank Farm wedding photography came to a close, but I’m very much looking forward to coming back soon!

So here’s Stacey and Mike’s Hyde Bank Farm wedding photography. Music by Bright Eyes, photos by me….

Hyde Bank Farm, Oakwood Road Romiley, Romiley, Stockport SK6 4DZ. 0161 430 3582

Newton Hall Wedding Photographer // Michelle and Matt

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Newton Hall Wedding Photographer

This wedding was a little more personal than most. I’ve known Matt for over 15 years as we’ve played football together, hit the town, been gym buddies and we’ve travelled together (well, if lad’s holidays to Malia, Magaluf and Kavos count) so it was awesome to be asked to be his Newton Hall wedding photographer for his November wedding to Michelle.

It always adds a bit more pressure when photographing a friend’s wedding, you always want to do a great job but when it’s a mate I just add more pressure on myself to deliver.  On top of that, I pretty much knew all of the guests too, most of whom were seeing me in action for the first time since my career change. No pressure then!

I really wanted to nail this one as Matt is one of the nicest people you could ever meet.  No one, ever, has had a bad word to say about him. No one. Even when we played Sunday league football together in some of the dodgier parts of West Yorkshire, even the opposition players all seemed to like him (less so me). He’s that guy that everyone loves and in Michelle he’s found his perfect match. Michelle hails from Sunderland which explains why I was back as a Newton Hall wedding photographer for the second time in 2014 (the first being for Esther and Ben’s summer wedding). It’s a brilliant venue, stylish and modern with a team that are fantastic at what they do and I can now say the food is absolutely superb too, having stuffed my face during the wedding breakfast.

Michelle had really worked hard to style the wedding and you could tell, the venue looked amazing. The addition of the light up love letters supplied by Coco Luminaire looked amazing in the service room and really added something special to the service  and later on, the wedding breakfast and first dance. I’m a big fan of light up letters (although they did make me a little warmer than usual at the top of the aisle). On top of that, Michelle had styled the tables beautifully making the reception room easily the best one I’ve seen. Check out the images below and you’ll see exactly what I mean. I reckon Michelle should be a wedding stylist!

With rubbish weather sweeping in off the nearby North Sea, we were locked in to the venue, so almost every shot was done inside (we made a brave effort to head outside but that lasted about 2 minutes), so out came the off camera flash guns for the Vanity Fair shot of the bridal party, a cracking photo that always gets a lot of interest as I set it up. Not being biased (well, maybe I am a little bit), but I think this one is definitely the best one I’ve done this year!

Like all weddings, it was all over too quick, so here’s Michelle and Matt’s Newton Hall wedding photography. Music by Of Monsters and Men, photos by me….

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Newton Hall, Newton by the Sea, Northumberland NE66 3DZ. 01665 576239

The Midland Hotel Wedding Photography // Lauren and Barry

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Lauren and Barry’s Midland Hotel Wedding Photography

Lauren and Barry’s Midland Hotel wedding photography was one of my favourite weddings of 2014. Their service was held at Manchester Town Hall, which is probably my favourite wedding venue in the city, before their reception at one of the leading hotels in the city, The Midland Hotel.

The Midland is very, very nice. If you recently watched Restaurant Wars: The Battle For Manchester you’ll have seen The Midland starring in the show as they recruited one of the world’s leading chefs, Simon Rogan in a bid to grab a Michelin star in their restaurant The French. In fact, the cameras were at The Midland on Lauren and Barry’s wedding day as Channel 5 were filming a new fly on the wall show to air later this year. However, the TV crew were very much banned from Lauren and Barry’s wedding, much to my relief. After my experience of shooting a wedding on a TV show (Holly and Anthony’s Don’t Tell The Bride wedding in 2013) I was pleased to know there wouldn’t be any extra cameras to negotiate around!

Before I became a wedding photographer I had previously worked at The Midland. Back when I was in the Police I spent four days as part of the team protecting the Prime Minister David Cameron and the Cabinet during the Conservative Party conference. The PM was staying in the hotel and I had the glamorous job of making sure people were wearing their proper ID (the real protection stuff was left to the highly trained specialist officers, not me!) However, that’s how fancy The Midland hotel is. Good enough for the Prime Minister, definitely good enough for me!

Lauren and Barry got married at Manchester Town Hall and we took ten minutes to grab some couple photos there before we made our way back to The Midland for the reception. During the speeches I finally got to meet Kieron and Dominic from Rock My Reception who were entertaining the evening guests. Rock My Reception are winners of multiple Wedding Industry Awards and having now seen them live in action, it’s easy to see why. If you’re after a duo to perform live during your wedding then you’ve got to contact Rock My Reception, although you’ll have to be quick as they’re mega popular now!

Before I knew it, it was the first dance and I was leaving as the guests partied late into the early hours. Lauren and Barry had a brilliant, fun filled wedding at two of the best locations in the city. So here’s their day, music by Glen Hansard, photos by me…

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The Midland Hotel, Peter Street, Manchester M60 2DS. 0161 236 3333

The Principal Hotel Manchester // Kate and Chris

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Principal Hotel Manchester Wedding Photography

“They’ll be a death at this wedding.” Yep, a real quote from Kate and Chris’ wedding day. I’ll come back to that pearl of wisdom shortly. In 2013 I shot Laura and Adam’s wedding in Manchester city centre and I must have done something right as Laura’s bridesmaid (and also Adam’s sister) Kate booked me to shoot her Principal Hotel Wedding Photography. It was also nice to see plenty of the same bridesmaid’s faces again during the bridal preparation. I knew the girls pretty well after Laura’s wedding and they knew what to expect from me, so I was confident this was going to be a great wedding.

Kate and Chris had their wedding at The Principal Hotel on Oxford Road in Manchester. The Principal Hotel (well the Refuge Association Building as it was originally known) was designed by Alfred Waterhouse who famously designed Manchester Town Hall and The Natural History Museum in London. It’s easy to see the similarities in the hotel to The Town Hall and it’s a fantastic venue for a wedding. The reception was held in The Tempus Bar before Kate and Chris headed out onto the streets of Manchester for the couple photos. With the couple more than up for some gritty urban shots we found an Invader before I decided to get a shot of Kate and Chris on the junction of Oxford Road. Totally committed to getting the shot, I dodged the oncoming traffic and ran into the road as the lights changed red. Whilst Kate and Chris were safely on a traffic island one or two drivers gave me a blast on their horns and one more ‘senior’ passer angrily pointed out that “They’ll be a death at this wedding.” Luckily Kate and Chris thought this was hilarious and thankfully she was very wrong.

There was some cool Graffiti near to The Principal Hotel which made the perfect backdrop to some more couple photos before we returned for the speeches and the first dance. It was good to see the chaps from The Live Lounge Duo again who were just as brilliant as the first time I worked with them. They’re a brilliant duo who filled the dance floor and I’m looking forward to working with them later this year at a wedding at Middleton Grammar School.

So here’s Kate and Chris’ Principal Hotel Manchester Photography. Music by Saint Motel photos by me…

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The Principle Hotel,  Oxford Street, Manchester M60 7HA. 0161 288 1111

Astley Bank Wedding Photography // Hannah and Nirmal

Astley Bank Wedding Photography

I love it when a plan comes together. Back in April 2014, a day before I was due to to go to Liverpool to shoot a real wedding proposal on Pier Head for Tom and Nicola, I received a phone call from Nirmal enquiring as to whether I was free for his Astley Bank Wedding Photography in Septmeber. It turned out Nirmal and Hannah live in Liverpool, on the docks. About a mile from where I was doing my photo-shoot. It was like it was meant to be.

Hannah and Nirmal are both medical professionals who met at work in Liverpool but wanted to get married back in Hannah’s home town of Bolton, so they picked the Astley Bank Hotel for their wedding reception. The day was a personal one for the couple with the church service at Hannah’s local church St John The Evangelist in Bromley Cross. It’s a unique church unlike any other I’d ever photographed inside (see the photos) and the service had a full choir, which always adds to the service. To make it even more personal, both of Hannah’s sisters sung during the wedding, which was very emotional, especially for Nirmal who I managed to photograph letting a little tear slip out.

After the service we made our way up to The Astley Bank Hotel for the reception and Hannah and Nirmal arrived in their vintage Morris Minor supplied by Regent Classics. The two cars are beautiful and they are in pristine condition. They look amazing and I would heartily recommend Regent Classics if you’re looking for a quirky wedding car. The cars were so good I managed to get one in the background of the confetti shot as Hannah and Nirmal made their way into the Astley Bank in one of my favourite confetti shots, ever!

It was the first time I had shot any Astley Bank wedding photography and it’s a fantastic wedding venue. Modern decor, great staff and a newly built extension for the wedding breakfast and evening reception make this a wedding venue well worth checking out in Bolton. The speeches were very funny and at times touching. Nirmal’s parents had flown in from India for the day and we were all in for a huge treat as Hannah and Nirmal performed a fusion of a traditional wedding first dance that segued into a brilliant Indian dance routine that had all the guests cheering loudly along.

So here’ Hannah and Nirmals Astley Bank wedding photography. Music by Coldplay, photos by me…

The Astley Bank Hotel, Bolton Road, Darwen, Lancashire BB3 2QB. 01254 777700