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Bagden Hall Wedding Photography // Ruth and Ged

bagden hall wedding photography

Bagden Hall Wedding Photography 

Easter weekend saw me tackle three weddings in four days and all being set within Halls (the other weddings at Oulton Hall and Rookery Hall) with the final one on Easter Sunday being Ruth and Ged’s Bagden Hall wedding photography.

Once again I had the help of Daniel Lloyd along with me second shooting as Ruth and Ged wanted the preparation covering for both of them. I started with Ruth and her team at her parents home in Wakefield whilst Dan covered the fella’s at Ged’s house. Also covering the preparation was the video team from Dave Spink Photography (who I worked with last year at Hannah and Steve’s wedding in Rochdale).

We then teamed up to shoot the service in Horbury, near Wakefield, and this was a service with a twist. Not only did Ruth’s dad walk her down the aisle, but during the first hymn, he disappeared into the back of the church and re-appeared in his collar and gown to conduct the service and marry his daughter. It’s the first time I’ve ever shot a wedding where the father of the bride was also the minister for the wedding and it was a genuinely lovely family moment to watch Ruth’s father actually give away his daughter!

After a handful of formal groups outside the church we made our way to Huddersfield for the reception and Ruth and Ged’s Badgen Hall wedding photography. With a tight turnaround to the wedding breakfast I had to work fast to grab the couple photos in the gardens whilst Dan shot the guests enjoying a drink or two inside Bagden Hall.

The speeches were some of the best I’ve seen at a wedding with two standout performances from the best men, one of them being Ged’s son who delivered one of the funniest speeches I’ve ever witnessed (and I think he’s only about 8 years old making it even more brilliant), before Ged’s other best man performed a spectacular reworking of ‘Let It Go’ revealing all of Ged’s many hilarious stories (including a story that Ged had managed to keep from his parents for over 15 years that raised a LOT of eyebrows!) Needless to say, the best men got two huge, and deserved, standing ovations.

With the sun setting Ruth and Ged nipped outside to grab a handful of couple shots with some off camera flash (you know, the ‘wow’ shots) before kicking off the night party with their first dance. It was a fantastic day with cracking weather, a huge crowd of up for it guests and a photography and video team that worked brilliantly together to capture Ruth and Ged’s brilliant Bagden Hall wedding photography.

So here’s Ruth and Ged’s Bagden Hall wedding photography, music by James Bay, photos by me…

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Bagden Hall Hotel, Wakefield Rd, Scissett, Denby Dale, West Yorkshire HD8 8SZ. 01484 865330

White Hart Inn Lydgate // Madaleine and Danny

Madaleine and Danny’s booked me for their wedding at The White Hart inn Lydgate and the day was somewhat unusual for me, with not one, but two services before we all went up to the White Hart for their wedding reception. The day started with the wedding service at Chadderton Town Hall, a building I knew well (at least from the outside) as I spent the majority of my career in the Police working in Chadderton. What I didn’t know is that inside is a beautiful room where the wedding services take place. Madaleine arrived and the service was full of emotion and even included an appearance by their baby daughter Sophia (who just didn’t want to miss out on the celebrations!)

After the wedding we all made our way to a Church in Lees for a second service as Madaleine and Danny were blessed in their family church. With a handful of formals snapped before the service took place the guests all made their way up to The White Hart in Lydgate, Saddleworth for the reception. On our way we stopped off Mr and Mrs Atherton joined me on Atherton Street for a couple of quick photos, for obvious reasons!

I love White Hart Lydgate weddings as I live less than a mile from the venue (I could even pop home for my dinner if I wanted to). It’s a tradional pub with a large, modern reception room and plenty of outdoor space that was well used for Madaleine and Danny’s reception as the weather was amazing. However, this is Saddleworth and the weather quickly changed during the speeches. With some lightly directed couple photos in the bag it was soon the first dance and time to put the cameras away and have a well earned Rekorderlig!

So here’s Madeleine and Danny’s wedding at the White Hart Inn Lydgate.

If you want to see more check out Katy and Jon’s White Hart lydgate wedding photography here.

White Hart Inn Lydgate

The White Hart Hotel, 51 Stockport Rd, Lydgate, Saddleworth OL4 4JJ. 01457 872566

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

Briarfields Wedding Photography // Tor and Damien

bride and her father walking down the aisle at a wedding in norfolk

 

Wedding Photography in Titchfield

On a Friday afternoon in early September Mrs T and I jumped in the car and made the long journey across the country to Titchwell in Norfolk to shoot Tor and Damien’s Briarfields wedding photography. Now Mrs T doesn’t normally join me on my wedding expeditions, but as Tor was one of her old York student house mates she was also invited along for the day. Tor is a life force unlike any other person you’ll ever meet. When I first met her, within seconds, it was like I’d known her for 20 years, she’s a huge character, up for anything and someone who is always laughing, so I knew this wedding was going to be one of the highlights of my year. However, it exceeded even my lofty  expectations and became one of the best weddings I’ve ever photographed!

Brancaster Beach Photos

With an Aussie who hails from the Gold Coast and a location right by the sea, there was only one place for the couple photos, Brancaster Beach. It was whilst shooting the couple photos that I noticed Damien was a total natural in front of the camera and I even complimented him on how good he was. An hour later I felt like a bit of a clown when I found out that Damien is something of a celebrity in Brisbane as he’s an investigative journalist for Seven News in Brisbane. So it’s no wonder he knew what he was doing in front of the camera.

Briarfields Wedding

The rest of the day was fantastic, with lively bridal prep followed by a laughter filled church service in Wells By The Sea. Once we’d grabbed the couple photos and a handful of formals we had the wedding breakfast which was fantastic.  The chef at Briarfields has since made it through the semi-finals of  Masterchef: The Professionals, which tells you how good the food is! In fact the whole team at Briarfields were excellent all day long and they couldn’t have been more helpful with me if they’d tried. To round the day off I managed to get one of my favourite ever first dance photos, which pretty much summed up how amazing the whole day was. I can’t do Tor and Damien’s wedding justice in this blog, it just worked and it was one of my wedding highlights of 2014.

So here’s Tor and Damien’s Briarfields wedding photography. Music by George Ezra, photos by me…

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Briarfields, Main Rd, Titchwell, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE31 8BB. 01485 210742

2014 // The Best Bits…

So that was 2014. Another incredible year. I’ve shot 46 weddings, all different, all unique, all amazing. I’ve traveled 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!

 

 

 

Healds Hall Hotel Wedding Photographer // Claire and Chris

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Healds Hall Hotel Wedding Photography

I love shooting the weddings of my friends, so I loved it when Claire and Chris asked me to be their Healds Hall Hotel wedding photographer at the end of August. I’ve known Chris, or as I really know him, Lenny, since we started playing in the same five a side team back in 2005. Chris was our star goal keeper and as I have somewhat dubious footballing abilities, he regularly saved my skin after some of my (regularly) questionable defending. Since we became friends I’ve also used Chris in his more professional capacity to provide carpets for me. In fact I can drop a shameless plug in here for his and the best man Ryan’s company The Carpet and Vinyl Showroom, as they do a cracking job at a great price, so much so plenty of my friends and family have also used them!

In fact, it was whilst fitting carpets that he met Claire, who was the daughter of one of his clients. In between expertly re-fitting her parent’s house he also managed to chat Claire up and the rest is, what do they say, history. Since then they’ve had Jess and after about 8 years Chris finally popped the question. I was absolutely delighted to be asked to shoot their day, especially as Chris explained that they wanted to keep the day personal and only use suppliers they know. Which leads onto why they chose their wedding venue, Healds Hall Hotel in Liversedge as Claire used to work there and has remained great friends with all the staff. So much so that it was like the staff were guests too and everything felt like one big house party all day long! Surrounded by a cracking group of people, with stunning weather and a best man’s speech that had me streaming with tears of laughter behind the cameras, this was a brilliant wedding and I loved every minute of it.

Here’s Claire and Chris’ day, music by Wild Club, photos by me…

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Healds Hall Hotel, Leeds Road, Listing Drive, Liversedge, West Yorkshire WF15 6JA. 01924 409112

Aston Hall Wedding Photography // Kelsey and Ben

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Aston Hall Wedding Photography

Back in 2008 I went to my first wedding at Aston Hall, near Sheffield, as an usher for my friend John, so I knew it was a cracking venue when Kelsey and Ben booked me to shoot their Aston Hall wedding photography back in August.  A few things have changed since my last visit (mainly my hairline) but Aston Hall is still a beautiful wedding venue just outside of Sheffield, especially in the glorious summer sunshine. Kelsey and Ben were mega-chilled about their wedding photography and it was a wedding where I already knew a lot of the guests, as I’m friends with Kelsey’s brother John.

It was a relaxed day, with the wedding service and reception taking place at Aston Hall and I got a bit of wedding gold during the bridal prep when Kelsey’s dad saw her in her wedding dress for the first time, he just couldn’t quite hold it together. They were pretty much the only tears of the day though as it was all fun from that point on. A handful of family formals were quickly dispatched before the I got the couple photos in the bag leaving Kelsey and Ben to enjoy the day with their guests and a few bottles of Peroni. Just like 2008, the staff at Aston Hall ran the day perfectly, with everything running bang on time.

So here’s the day, with music by Rita Ora, photos by me…

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Aston Hall Hotel, Worksop Road, Aston, Nr Sheffield, S26 2EE. 0114 287 2309

Whinstone View wedding photographer // Lara and Brad

bride and groom first dance at Whinstone View

Wedding Photography at Whinstone View

Last year, back in May, I had 3 weddings in 4 days and I thought that was challenging. This year I went one better. 4 weddings in 4 days, kicking off when Lara and Brad asked me to be their Whinstone View wedding photographer up near Middlesbrough. The day started with a very pleasant drive up the A1 to Lara’s parents in Yarm. If you’ve never been to Yarm, it’s a lovely little town but I can only say I’d heard of it as it was famous in my generation for Tall Trees nightclub, which had an almost mythical reputation as the greatest nightclub in the UK during the late 90’s and early 00’s.

Purpose Built Wedding Barn

So putting aside my lack of knowledge about Yarm I arrived at Lara’s parents for the bridal preparation. The church service was nearby before we all made our way to the reception at The Whinstone View Bistro. A new venue for me with a huge new purpose built barn, specifically built for their weddings. Considering it was a new building, they’ve done a cracking job of making it look like it’s been there for years and if you’re after a wedding with big numbers (like this one with over 150 people) then Whinstone View is ideal. As with all weddings, the day flew by with the guests enjoying a drink in the sun, none more so than the best man. To this day I’m still not sure how he managed to do his speech, but credit to him, he was the funniest drunk best man I’ve seen in 2014!

So here’s their day, music by Newton Faulkner, photos by me…

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Whinstone View Bistro, B1292, Great Ayton, Middlesbrough TS9 6QG. 01642 723285

All Star Lanes Manchester Wedding // Neil and Ryan

Gay Wedding in Manchester

Neil and Ryan’s wedding was my first gay wedding in Manchester, at a venue I’ve worked at a couple of times before, All Star Lanes in The Great Northern. Same sex couples have been able to enter into a civil partnership since 2005, however back in March the law in England was finally changed to make same sex marriage legal in England, allowing same sex couples to enjoy the benefits of marriage, which are slightly different from that of a civil partnership.

All Star Lanes Wedding

Neil and Ryan had decided to have their wedding at All Star Lanes in Manchester and found me after seeing the styled photo-shoot I did with Jean Jackson Couture last year. Neil’s a proper northerner, hailing from near Middlesbrough whereas Ryan was born in Canada. Having both settled in Manchester they decided to get married in the city centre and they were very keen not to have anything too traditional, or in Ryan’s words ‘boring’, leading them to All Star Lanes where they were going to get married stood on a bowling alley. Safe to say that it wasn’t traditional or boring!

1950’s Themed Diner

All Star Lanes Manchester is a very cool 1950’s themed diner, but boy is it dark. I mean really dark. Coupled with my dislike of flash (which blows any documentary photography right out of the water) there was only one thing for it, to go with prime lenses and really high ISO. For the photographers out there, most of these shots were taken at 6400 ISO on my Nikon D800 using a rented Nikon 24mm 1.4G ED. It was the first time I had used this lens and it is absolutely stunning. It’s become the number one lens on my kit wish list, at £1500 it’s not cheap but based on how good it was for this wedding I’m certain it won’t be long until it’s added to my kit bag!

Low Summer Sun

Even though this was a July wedding, and the week before had been glorious sunshine, come the wedding day huge thunderstorms were forecast right after the wedding service at 6pm. To combat this we decided to grab a handful of couple photos before the service and as we walked back into All Star Lanes the rain started. The early couple photos seemed like a great idea as the clouds darkened and the rain started to pound down. However, I have no idea what happened in the 20 minutes during the service, as Neil and Ryan mingled with their guests the sun was out and it was out in force. So we quickly headed back out into the city and made the most of the long shadows the sun was casting over the streets. A great call it was too as I managed to get one of my favourite photos of the year as Neil and Ryan walked down St John Street with the low sun casting their shadows behind them.

So here’s Neil and Ryan’s day, music by HAIM, photos by me…

 

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All Star Lanes, The Great Northern, 235 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4EN. 0161 871 3600

Chester Lakes Wedding Photography // Laura and Gareth

Chestre Lakes wedding photography

Holy Ascension Church Wedding

Sun. Lakes, Tipi’s and a former detective turned Reverend. Do you need anything more for a wedding? Laura and Gareth’s day had all of this and more for thier Chester Lakes wedding photography. I arrived and met up with Laura for the bridal prep. After the prep photos were in the bag, I went off to the Holy Ascension Church in Upton to meet Gareth and the Reverend David Sayle. Rev. Sayle was very relaxed about wedding photography, givinge me unrestricted access to his church which was much appreciated. It turned out that we were both former police officers with Rev. Sayle being a detective in Merseyside Police before his very dramatic career change.

Chester Lakes wedding Photography

The wedding service was followed by easily the best confetti explosion of the year and we then made our way over to Chester Lakes for Laura and Gareth’s reception. They’d decided to have Tipi’s which was a first for me and they certainly look pretty cool for a wedding reception, totally different to anything I’ve worked in before. With glorious sunshine I got plenty of opportunity for documentary photos whilst the guests enjoyed the weather and Prosecco. Laura and Gareth joined me for 20 minutes for their Chester Lakes wedding photography before their fantastic speeches. After the wedding breakfast I took the bridesmaids, best men and ushers out for some informal, fun, groups photos before the first dance, which could well be my best first dance images of the year so far!

So here’s Laura and Gareth’s Chester Lakes wedding photography, music by Florence and The Machine, photos by me…

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Chester Lakes, Church Road, Dodleston Chester, United Kingdom CH4 9LQ. 07892 924369