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Belle Epoque Wedding Photography // Hayley and Tim

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Wedding at The Belle Epoque

Nearly three years passed between the first time I shot a wedding at The Belle Epoque and the next wedding I photographed. In March 2016 I shot Steph and Gary’s intimate wedding then, like buses, two more came along in a week. I shot Hayley and Tim’s Belle Epoque wedding photography in June a week before my third 2016 Belle Epoque wedding a week later. However, I was very much looking forward to returning to one of the most unique wedding venues in Cheshire. The Belle Epoque is a terrific venue for a wedding, intimate and dark, it has its own unique look and feel. It’s also a superb restaurant and haunt of many a celebrity, so it’s easy to see why Hayley and Tim booked their wedding at the Belle Epoque.

Hayley got ready at her house before making her way to The Belle Epoque where Tim was patiently waiting at the top of the aisle. As you’ll see from the photos below, Belle Epoque wedding photography is pretty challenging. The Nikon’s coped admirably though and as soon as Hayley and Tim had said their ‘I do’s’ it was out into the gardens for the wedding reception.

Tom Seals

The guests were entertained by the superb Tom Seals whilst enjoying champagne in the Belle Epoque grounds. Tom Seals is one of the leading jazz pianists in the country and he is astonishingly talented. Performing alongside Tom was Sam Healey on Sax. Sam also perform with leading Manchester wedding band The Rush (who I am working with quite a few times this year) and the combination of the Tom and Sam was amazing. If you’re looking for musicians for your wedding day they check out Tom Seals. Easily one of the most talented musicians I have ever seen perform.

After the reception in the gardens and the wedding breakfast the guests enjoyed the speeches before Hayley and Tim made the most of the low sun over Knutsford as we made our way out for some natural couple photos. Before I knew it, it was time for the first dance at Hayley and Tim’s Belle Epoque wedding. However, it wouldn’t be long before I would be back for some more Belle Epoque wedding photography as I returned a week later to shoot Julia and Jo’s wedding (which is coming to the blog soon!)

So here’s Hayley and Tim’s Belle Epoque wedding photography. Music by COLLEAGUES, photos by me…

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The Belle Epoque, 60 King Street, Knutsford WA16 6DT.

Belle Epoque wedding photography James Tracey © 2016

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

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

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

Ripley Castle Wedding Photographer // Lindsay and Ian

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Hazel Manor

I have twitter to thank for booking this wedding. Lindsay and Ian were planning their wedding at Ripley Castle and whilst browsing twitter saw Mary and Jon’s wedding from May 2013. Lindsay got in touch, we met up and they booked me to be their Ripley Castle wedding photographer. You’ve got to love social media!

Lindsay and Ian were my first wedding of 2014, and it was good to get back into the wedding world after a few weeks off. Bridal preparation was at Hazel Manor, a 5 star B&B about a mile from the Castle. I’ve actually stayed at Hazel Manor with Mrs T on a weekend mini-break before. It’s a great B&B. Warm hosts Janet and Paul have created a beautiful guest house and I can personally vouch for their awesome Yorkshire breakfast! It also provides a great backdrop to the bridal prep photos. Lindsay’s iPod provided the soundtrack to a relaxed morning of bridal prep and I got some great photos of Lindsay as Lauren Sally worked her bridal make up magic!

Ripley Castle Wedding Photographer

After a couple of hours getting ready I made the short drive up to Ripley castle. I really love being a Ripley Castle wedding photographer. It’s a cracking wedding venue.  Beautifully decorated, you’ve got to be quick to get your wedding booked in there as it is super popular, with a waiting list of around two years! It’s popular for good reason too as the team there are slick. They manage weddings superbly, everything runs like clockwork, which is great for me as I know exactly how the day is going to pan out. The castle also looks fantastic in photos and we had to get the classic Ripley Castle photo from the lake, even though it was a little muddy! However, we’d planned this in advance and we’d all brought our wellies. Lindsay putting her bright pink wellies on amused the guests before we made our way down to the lake where we got some great couple shots.

Documentary Style

On our way back to the reception we managed to pop into the Castle and grab my favourite photo of the day. It’s the one where Lindsay is looking out of the window and Ian is in the background checking his pocket watch. It was an unusual shot for me as it was totally staged, but the setting and lighting screamed out for a posed shot and I am delighted with how it came out. Although I much more of a documentary style of Ripley Castle wedding photographer, there’s nothing wrong mixing it up every now and again with one or two posed formal shots. as long as they are quickly set up and shot.

So here’s Lindsay and Ian’s Ripley Castle wedding photography.

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Ripley Castle, Ripley, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 3AY. 01423 770152