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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

Plough Inn Hathersage Wedding Photography // Laura + Chris

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Marquee Wedding

There’s something special about a wedding in a marquee. I can’t put my finger on it, but whenever I photograph a wedding in a marquee it’s always a brilliant day. Laura and Chris booked me to shoot their Plough Inn Hathersage wedding photography in The Peak District where Laura was born and raised, which meant that we weren’t struggling for some spectacular scenery. I made my way down the Snake Pass to Laura’s parents near Sheffield for the bridal preparation where I met up with a very excited bunch of ladies who were having their make up expertly applied by Rosie Powers. As the Moet flowed (quite early on too) it was obvious this was going to be a lively wedding!

Plough Inn Hathersage Wedding Photography

Once the ladies were suitably beautified and ready I went over to meet Chris at St James’ Church in Sheffield, who was much calmer than most of my grooms awaiting the arrival of his wife to be. Laura soon arrived in her vintage camper van and it wasn’t long before Laura and Chris were being showered in confetti before we set off for their reception at The Plough Inn in Hathersage. Laura and Chris wanted the Peak District to feature in their couple photographs, so we stopped on the way to Hathersage and grabbed some quick couple photos, including the one at the top of the page, which I absolutely love with Laura and Chris absolutely nailing wedding cool!

Tom Rocks and The Replicants

We arrived at The Plough Inn and grabbed a few photos with the camper vans before Laura and Chris enjoyed the afternoon with their guests whilst they were entertained by Lauren Moreau playing the harp. The marquee looked amazing, styled by Laura it looked beautiful and I loved the vintage ladder table plan. The speeches were hilarious and emotional in equal measure before my favourite wedding band, Tom Rocks and The Replicants, arrived. I knew it was going to go off when I over heard the reaction of the guests to the sound check (everyone was super impressed) and I wasn’t wrong. In fact, this was the craziest dance floor I’ve been on for a long time as even I got lifted up onto the ushers shoulders after the first dance! I wasn’t the only one as Tom from the band was hoisted up onto the groomsmen during Mr Brightside as the wedding party went off big time. Honestly, I say this a lot, you’ve got to book Tom Rocks and The Replicants for your wedding, they absolutely kill it every time and make your evening reception the best party you can possibly imagine!

So here’s Laura and Chris’s Plough Inn Hathersage wedding photography. Music by Little Children, photos by me…

Credits:

Venue & Caterers: The Plough Inn, Hathersage
Bridal Boutique: Gracie Bleu
Dress: Marylise
Bridesmaids Dresses: Dessy, New York
Groom: Reece Ford Suit Hire
Hair: Loaf (Sheffield)
Make Up Artist: Rosie Powers
Flowers: Hollyhocks
Cake: The Pink Cake Box
Harpist: Lauren Moreau
Live Band: Tom Rocks and The Replicants

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The Plough Inn, Leadmill, Hathersage, Derbyshire S32 1BA. 01433 650319

Wedding Photograph Of The Week // Bride Magazine

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I’m delighted to have one of my wedding photographs chosen as Bride Magazine’s Wedding Photograph of the Week. Bride Magazine is one of the leading wedding publications in the UK, with regional magazines showcasing the best wedding suppliers and venues for prospective couples. The magazine runs a weekly competition for the best wedding images in the country and today my image from Anna and Andy’s wedding in New York City was chosen as this week’s winner.

The photograph, shot in Grand Central Terminal in the heart of New York City, is one of my (if not all time) favourite wedding photograph. The full blog is coming very soon about Anna and Andy’s amazing wedding over in the U.S.A. in the meantime this shot was the one that Anna really wanted from their couple photos in the city. She loves architecture and in particular Grand Central Terminal, so I decided to create something special that featured Anna and Andy but placed them in the hustle and bustle of Grand Central. It took a few takes to get everything as I wanted it but the final image is even better than I could possibly have hoped for and everyone who has seen it agrees it’s a great wedding photograph. I’m pretty proud of this shot and I’m delighted it has won Wedding Photograph of the Week.

Bride Magazine will now be featuring the image on their site and it is now the header photo for all of their regional Facebook pages for the next week! You can read The Bride Magazine article (with a few words from me) here! 

This isn’t the first time I’ve featured in Bride, I’ve had a 3 page feature in both their 2014 and 2015 editions showcasing a couple of my weddings, so I’m delighted to be back involved as the winning Wedding Photograph of the Week! If you’re getting married in the U.K. or having a destination wedding anywhere in the world, please click on the link below to find out more about my wedding photography packages and pricing, you’ll be surprised how affordable my destination weddings can be!

Bagden Hall Wedding Photography // Ruth and Ged

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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

The Pheasant Hotel Wedding Photography // Sarah and Andy

Sarah and Andy’s Pheasant Hotel wedding photography

Sarah and Andy’s wedding was an intimate affair at a fantastic venue,  The Pheasant Hotel in Harome, North Yorkshire. A new venue for me (which I love), Harome is a tiny village quite some way off the beaten track but it’s a beautiful spot to have a wedding and The Pheasant Hotel is a great venue, overlooking a duck pond, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in an Enid Blyton book! Originally a blacksmiths shop and stables, the Pheasant Hotel is now a busy bar, hotel and wedding venue.

The hotel has it’s challenges, with a dark bar testing my no flash rule to the limit for the documentary photos, but the cute service room and picture book setting gave us plenty of options for the couple photos. Talking about the couple photos, the sun couldn’t have timed it’s arrival better as we walked out to the duck pond it appeared behind the trees, making the couple photos even more dramatic than I could have hoped for!

This was an unusual wedding for me as I was only covering the day for a few hours, but I managed to grab the end of the bridal prep all the way through to the cake cutting, so only the first dance missed out on me and my Nikon’s. With the prep, service and reception at The Pheasant Hotel I had to go into full on stealth mode to blend into the background as the hotel isn’t huge and this was a family only wedding. It’s easy to stand out in these circumstances and spoil the documentary style I pride myself on, but I think I managed to stay in the background enough that people forgot I was there, even though I was carrying two huge cameras around with me! So here’s Sarah and Andy’s day…

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The Pheasant Hotel, Harome, Near Helmsley, N Yorks YO62 5JG. 01439 771241

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

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

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

Portmeirion Wedding Photographer // Suzie and Andrew

 

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Portmeirion Wedding Photographer

If ever I wanted a sunny Saturday it was when I was Suzie and Andrew’s Portmeirion wedding photographer in May. But their wedding was on a bank holiday weekend and we all know that there’s very rarely sun on a bank holiday weekend. Suzie and Andrew live down south in Windsor and they wanted something totally unique for their wedding. It’s safe to say Portmeirion is totally unique. If you’ve never seen or heard of it, Portmeirion is a popular tourist village in Gwynedd, North Wales. It was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 in the style of an Italian village. It’s been featured in the 1960’s Spy drama The Prisoner and more recently was the location for Supergrass’ single ‘Alright’ (click here to watch the video). It’s super quirky venue for a wedding.

The journey down was a little stressful, having finished my wedding in Manchester city centre at 9.30pm the night before I set off on the 2 and a half hour trip down the A55 to find out that it was shut, due to flooding. Driving around the winding back roads of North Wales at midnight was more than a little stressful! But I made it to my hotel in one piece and I was with Suzie at 8.30am for the bridal preparation at The Portmeirion Hotel. The wedding was at a nearby church before we returned to Portmeirion for the reception. Spotting a break in the rain I grabbed Suzie and Andrew and we got the couple photos in the bag, just in time. The heavens opened which meant we had to improvise on the group photos. The hotel had a fantastic reception lobby, like something you’d see in a high society magazine. and his got me thinking, why not do a high society photo-shoot like a cover of Vanity Fair. So I set up some off camera flash, re-arranged the furniture and got the wedding party to pose as though they were Hollywood’s elite. I must admit, I was a little nervous how this image would be received as it is a huge departure from my normal style, so I stuck the photo on my Facebook page. People seemed to like it and I’ve got a few requests to do it again at weddings later this year.

To round off the day, the first dance was a caileigh, a first for me. Totally different to a traditional first dance and good practice for me as I’ve a couple more of these later this year! Everyone involved had a great time and it was the perfect end to a brilliant wedding. So here’s Suzie and Andrew’s day, photos by me, music by Imagine Dragons…

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