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

2014 // The Best Bits…

So that was 2014. Another incredible year as a Manchester wedding photographer. I’ve shot 46 weddings, all different, all unique, all amazing. I’ve travelled over 7143 miles to Scotland, North Wales, Yorkshire, The Lake District, Northumberland, London and Ibiza. The Nikon’s have fired their way through 64438 photos. I’ve worked in castle’s, country houses, a working metal works, boutique hotels, a swimming pool, on a bowling alley, on the beach, country pubs, town halls, tipis and on Concorde. Every wedding has been different and I’ve been so lucky to have worked with relaxed, creative, and most importantly, fun couples throughout 2014. Without you guys I wouldn’t get to do what I love and I can’t thank you all enough for asking me to tag along on your day. It’s you guys who make me look good!

I’m already excited about 2015, I’ll be back at some of my favourite venues, taking in a bunch of new and exciting places all over the UK and there may even be a trip abroad for something very exciting

It’s been tough to choose the best bits of 2014, but after much deliberation, here’s a hand picked selection of my favourite wedding photos. I hope you like them too!

Click above to see the highlights or have a look below at my best wedding photographs of 2014. The photos are all me, the music is from the super awesome Of Monsters and Men. 


© 2014 Manchester wedding photography James Tracey.


2013 – Manchester Wedding Photographer

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Earlier this week we all waved goodbye to 2013. On a personal note, as a Manchester wedding photographer, 2013 was anything but an unlucky year for me. I managed to cover more weddings than I could ever have hoped to, at some unique and exciting venues and I’ve been lucky enough to meet some fantastic couples who totally trusted me to capture their wedding day.

With 2014 set to be an even bigger year of weddings for me, I thought I’d look back on 2013 and pick my favourite shots. Before I start, these are personal choices, which I hope showcase my style and what I look for in a wedding image. I can’t fit every wedding in, so apologies in advance if your wedding isn’t in here. They are in no particular order, just my personal picks from 2013

Mary & Jon at Ripley Castle

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Back in May I travelled over to Ripley, a few miles north of Harrogate, to shoot Mary and Jon’s wedding at the stunning Ripley Castle. It’s an amazing venue, every inch of the building is a photographer’s dream and we didn’t struggle to get some fantastic couple shots, but it was this image of Mary walking up the aisle that I love the most. Jon is (intentionally) out of focus in the foreground. For me, this is one of the most important images to capture in the day, the bride walking up the aisle, as there’s so much tension in the final seconds before the service.

Vicky and Ryan at The Pennine Manor

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Vicky and Ryan had a proper party at their wedding in September in Huddersfield. The first dance was tricky to shoot as the room was very dark, lit only by the DJ’s flashing lights, meaning constantly changing lighting levels. I used a small amount of flash, bounced off the roof, meaning I could get the exposure just right. During the dance I noticed the mirror and I only got one shot at this image, so I’m pleased I got Vicky and Ryan’s reflection nice and sharp!

Gemma and Gaz at The Black Horse Inn

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I took a chance with this shot and it came off. Gemma had hung her dress over the beautiful wardrobe and was having her make up done just in front of it. I was shooting the make up and saw this composition through the viewfinder and just shot it. Turning it to black and white made it timeless and this is one of my favourite ever bridal preparation shots!

Emma and Matt at The Belle Epoque

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I only took this shot a week ago at Emma and Matt’s wedding in Cheshire. It was taken as the tension mounted as the finishing touches were made to Emma’s dress. Again, the mirror provided a different perspective and a natural frame to the shot. It’s a calm, peaceful image that captures the moment perfectly.

Wendy and Mick at The Old Golf House

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For Wendy and Mick’s couple shots we went up on top of the Pennines, between Saddleworth and Huddersfield, to get some dramatic backdrops using the stunning scenery. It was VERY windy and pretty cold, but Wendy and Mick braved it using some true Yorkshire grit and the result was this great image. I like this type of shot, it’s not a traditional couple photo, the sky looks fantastic in the background, and Wendy and Mick are prominent enough to make it a great couple photo.

Laura and Adam at Manchester Town Hall

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Laura and Adam got married at Manchester Town Hall. This is one of my favourite venues, challenging my Nikon’s low light capability, it’s atmospheric and beautiful. There were so many photos from this wedding I love, but I’ve gone for this one, rather than the obvious picture of Laura and Adam signing the register, I let the guests take their photos and then ran in behind and fired off this image. I got a few stares from the guests who I had photo-bombed, but it was worth it to get this unique shot.

Jo and Gordon at Manchester Art Gallery

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My first wedding of 2013 was in February at Manchester Art Gallery with Jo and Gordon. Another stunning venue and a great place to get married. There are so many photo opportunities in the gallery. Nothing clever about the composition here, I just love Jo and Gordon’s expressions. Colourful and fun, this is one shot clients all comment on when they view my sample album.

Laura and Nathan at Victoria Baths

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Yet another stunning Manchester wedding venue, Victoria Baths. I did 3 weddings in 4 days at the end of May and this was my final one of the three. A genuinely brilliant wedding, Laura and Nathan broke almost every rule and did the day their way. Easily my favourite first kiss shot ever, there’s joy and happiness on every face in the photo, which summed up Laura and Nathan’s amazing day.

Helen and Stephen at Northorpe Hall

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At the end of Helen and Stephen’s day, the lads lit up celebratory cigars, which led to this James Dean-esque shot of the best man. Classic and simple.

Debbie and Karl at The Saddleworth Hotel

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In June I made the short journey from my house to The Saddleworth Hotel to shoot Debbie and Karl’s wedding. I’m good friends with them and was a wedding photographer/wedding guest on the day. Debbie loved the camera and we had some great fun on the couple shots, but it was this un-staged, natural shot taken of Debbie sat in the Rolls Royce that I like the best. Simple, classic un-fussy composition led to this striking image.

Gemma and Joey at Hazlewood Castle

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Speeches can be a bit of a challenge to photograph. You want an interesting angle, be able to get both the emotional close up shots and wide angle photos, yet you have to be careful about getting in the way of the guests. After all, they aren’t there to have a photographer block their view. So I was pleased with this one of Joey, I had to crouch down at the top table and bide my time, but the stiff legs were worth it, especially as Gemma is looking admiringly as her new husband holds court. It was a great speech too!

Lisa and Graham at Huddersfield Town Hall

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This was my favourite wedding of the year, if you read my blog post you’ll see why. It was an emotional day, but there was a lot of fun in this wedding. There are two images I love from this day, the first is this one as Lisa and Graham make their way down the stairs at Huddersfield Railway Station. I like unusual composition and this ticks all the boxes for me…


… and this is the 13th and  final one from 2013. The second one from Lisa and Graham’s wedding and this one needs no explanation. Just pure happiness in a photo.

So that’s it, my favourite images from a great year. Let me know your thoughts below and I’m already looking forward to 2014!

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by James Tracey