BEST OF 2017

2017 was my busiest year to date.  I was lucky enough to travel to New York, Copenhagen, Reykjavik, Milan and finally Glasgow.  This year is already shaping up to be even bigger with weddings in Auckland Harbour, The Bay of Islands (New Zealand), Lake Como, Barcelona and Reykjavik again!  

I wanted to celebrate my couples and moments from 2017 in this blog post.  I had so much fun capturing so many awesome weddings all over the country and meeting couples who I can call friends.  

Enjoy my 2017 roundup and top 10 wedding moments 0f 2017! 

  NUMBER #10.  THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM //  I was waiting for the bridal party outside the hotel and caught the bride having a last minute glance out of the window.  

NUMBER #10.  THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM //  I was waiting for the bridal party outside the hotel and caught the bride having a last minute glance out of the window.  

  NUMBER #9.  PING PONG //  This wedding was a special one as I worked with the groom Sam at Apple back in the day.  Their stunning wedding was on the same day as Hurricane Brian so we improvised and played table tennis while we waited for the rain to stop! 

NUMBER #9.  PING PONG //  This wedding was a special one as I worked with the groom Sam at Apple back in the day.  Their stunning wedding was on the same day as Hurricane Brian so we improvised and played table tennis while we waited for the rain to stop! 

  NUMBER #8.  DAB DAB DAB // Totally didn't see this coming! The groom and father of the bride high fived and dabbed instead of the traditional handing over of the bride.  Brilliant moment! 

NUMBER #8.  DAB DAB DAB // Totally didn't see this coming! The groom and father of the bride high fived and dabbed instead of the traditional handing over of the bride.  Brilliant moment! 

  NUMBER #7.  STOP TRAFFIC //  The church wouldn't allow confetti thrown on the grounds so we literally stopped traffic for five minutes to capture this moment.  Worth it! 

NUMBER #7.  STOP TRAFFIC //  The church wouldn't allow confetti thrown on the grounds so we literally stopped traffic for five minutes to capture this moment.  Worth it! 

  NUMBER #6.  PAPER ROCK SCISSORS //  Absolutely brilliant couple these two.  They settle everything with a game of paper rock scissors!  Still can't remember who won this one as well. 

NUMBER #6.  PAPER ROCK SCISSORS //  Absolutely brilliant couple these two.  They settle everything with a game of paper rock scissors!  Still can't remember who won this one as well. 

  NUMBER #5.  BITTER // I managed to convince the flower girl to bite into this lime.  She had never tried one before and I doubt she will again!! 

NUMBER #5.  BITTER // I managed to convince the flower girl to bite into this lime.  She had never tried one before and I doubt she will again!! 

  NUMBER #4.  A GUST OF WIND // Literally couldn't have timed this better.  Bashall Barn is like a wind tunnel by the entrance so its perfect for veil shots.  Nailed it!  

NUMBER #4.  A GUST OF WIND // Literally couldn't have timed this better.  Bashall Barn is like a wind tunnel by the entrance so its perfect for veil shots.  Nailed it!  

  NUMBER #3.  RIPPER // I asked the boys to lunge, however I couldn't predict the groom would rip his trousers.  Whoops!! 

NUMBER #3.  RIPPER // I asked the boys to lunge, however I couldn't predict the groom would rip his trousers.  Whoops!! 

  NUMBER #2.  SPONTANEOUS // When you ask them to do something random and they didn't disappoint! 

NUMBER #2.  SPONTANEOUS // When you ask them to do something random and they didn't disappoint! 

  NUMBER #1.  COME AWAY WITH ME // I loved EVERYTHING about this wedding.  The bride was a kiwi which was super special, the whole wedding was DIY and the portraits are perfect!  No direction, nothing set up everything was completely documentary.  The best part is we are doing it all again in New Zealand in March.  Can't wait! 

NUMBER #1.  COME AWAY WITH ME // I loved EVERYTHING about this wedding.  The bride was a kiwi which was super special, the whole wedding was DIY and the portraits are perfect!  No direction, nothing set up everything was completely documentary.  The best part is we are doing it all again in New Zealand in March.  Can't wait! 

Laura + Richard // Rivington Pike

When you meet a couple who will do absolutely anything on a shoot.... THAT.  So Laura and Richard set the bar pretty high on their engagement shoot at Rivington Pike yesterday.  I had them jumping over ditches, climbing up walls, standing on bridges with SHEER DROPS on either side plus we walked up quite a big hill (It was pretty big).  

The tone was well and truly set when Laura rocked up with Jungle Book themed Vans on.  I didn't know this was even a thing!  Richard had a backpack with all the survivor essentials.... well he had a bottle of Oasis (strawberry flavour I think).  

This shoot has not only set the tone for your wedding but for all future engagement sessions (hope you are reading this future brides & grooms) but absolutely no pressure from me of course!  

Seriously though, yesterday was so much fun, can't to do it all again in September at Bashall Barn! Will have to find some custom Vans for the day.  

Enjoy the pics!

 

Kirsty + Ryan // The Liverpool Athenaeum

Good to be back in Liverpool for Kirsty & Ryan's wedding.  St Nicholas's Church in Blundellsands.  

Kirsty made quite the entrance with the choir lifting the roof off with some stunning vocals.

The venue was something else.  A tucked away library in the heart of Liverpool City Centre.  It made for a great location especially with the colourful umbrellas overhead.  They have been suspended for an installation piece for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and autism.   Such a great project with The Blue coat as a back drop.  

I both had the widest smiles all day long!  I really wish you both all the happiness in the world and enjoy your sneak peeks.  (Trailer coming very soon)

Second Shooter:  Olivia Whittaker

Cinematographer:  Tom Mayoh

Flowers:  FlowerMug

 

Erin + Dougs Albert Dock Engagement shoot

Its great when you meet up with your couple for the first time and click instantly.  These two were an absolute delight to shoot, so relaxed and easy going.  I think the G&T + Corona helped!  

It was a gorgeous day in Liverpool and personally it was great to be back shooting in my second home.  After having a good wander around the docks and finding out that i'm shooting another wedding of a former Pensby High School student (honestly thats the third time now) we ended up in Wahaca having a few cocktails as the sun came down.  

You guys rock! Can't wait for your wedding day in July for lots more awesome pics. 

Caroline + Matt // Ness Gardens

Its a small world, especially if you grow up on The Wirral.  Matt met Caroline at Primary school, in fact they were in the same class together and even grew up close by to each other.  

Years later here they are getting married! What makes things even smaller is the fact we found out last week we all went to Pensby together as well.  Crazy small world.  

I have to mention (mostly for Matt & Carolines amusement) that when I popped over to The Wirral last week to Ness Gardens for a recce I told them how inspired I was by a hedge at the entrance (I have never been to Ness Gardens + it was a pretty great hedge) They laughed and said this is mostly just the car park and cafe entrance and took me inside.  So 64 acres of incredible gardens later.... WOW.  

Well Ness Gardens (and the weather) you did not disappoint.  Such a perfect day for Caroline & Matt with all their guests on fine form (some travelled from as far as Australia) and with such a stunning backdrop made for some mouthwatering images! 

Big thanks to Sarah for assisting me on the day and thanks to Caroline & Matt for being such an easy going and awesome couple.  You guys rocked the portraits! 

Have a great honeymoon. 

Assistant:  Sarah Louise Mills

Nicola + Jim // London Zoo

After meeting Nic and Jim in Saison, West Didsbury a few weeks before the wedding and having more than our fair share of beer and laughs, I knew that this wedding was going to be special.  

Not only was this was a perfect fit for my style, Nic and Jim were the perfect couple and put on an incredible wedding; laid back, relaxed, informal and most important a heap of fun! Oh and did I mention it was in London Zoo!? 

We met an Armadillo named Jack and an Owl named Bumblebee! We toured the Zoo and even had a ride on the carousel followed by popcorn. The carousel went a bit faster than we expected which made it all the more hilarious.

The evening reception was at a little pub called Chapel Bar near Kings Cross. The perfect venue to round off such a brilliant day. After a few (terrible) goes at Guitar Hero and a cheeky boogie on the dance floor the cameras were well and truly out away for a well earned G&T! 

Thanks for having us Nic and Jim and hope you both had a great night!

Assistant:  Sarah Louise Mills

Karina + Arif // Eaves Hall, Clitheroe.

 

I first met Arif as I was camping under the New Zealand stars back when I was cycle-touring the country. We chatted over Skype and he swiftly made the decision to hire me for his big day. And, almost a year later, that day has finally arrived. 

Hailing from deepest South Wales, I’d not met up with Arif & Karina during the run up to their wedding. Instead, I liaised with Arif’s sister, Sameena, who is such a great person. Her love for her brother and his new-wife was evident, radiating through every image I captured. 

Despite the torrential downpour, this chilled couple never flinched or let the weather ruin things. In the end, we barely registered the rain as we braved a ride and shoot in the Rolls Royce. We even managed to get a few great shots in a local village before the heavens opened.  

Throughout the day, all people would say is that you won’t meet a nicer couple than Arif & Karina, and, after having the pleasure of meeting you both, I couldn’t agree more. 

I hope you both had a fantastic night. When we left, the place was rocking. Let’s hope you aren’t all paying for it today. 

Big thanks to Laura & Shazira for assisting on the day.

Rebecca + Will's Castlefield Locks engagement shoot

Nothing like a last minute booking and an impromptu engagement shoot.  Especially when its down Castlefield locks on a crisp Sunday afternoon.  Rebecca & Will took to my weird and wonderful way of shooting fairly quickly.  You are both naturals and we did all this in half an hour! Skills!  

Looking forward to your wedding and I hope at some point you can bust out the Barbour jackets! Just a shame I didn't wear mine as we could have got a selfie.  

See you both soon. 

ICELAND AIRWAVES 2016

This time of year is great for reflection, planning for the year ahead and any adventures I might have along the way.  All in all 2017 is looking great.

I found myself missing Iceland a lot this week with Sonar festival being on and some close friends of mine posting images from it.  I have been going every year since 2014 for Iceland Airwaves and think of Reykjavik as a second home.  

This year I took my housemate Rachael and her girlfriend Stef.  Our other friend Jess who is an Aussie was dying to go before heading back to Melbourne later this year so she came along as well. 

We stayed in a great little open plan AirBnB near the Hallgrímskirkja Church which was a two minute walk from my favourite coffee house, Reykjavik Roasters.  Perfect.  

We went to many gigs including Reykjavikurdaetur, Kiasmos and Mr Dizzy Rascal himself.  Far toomuch pizza was consumed we explored the vast surroundings of Iceland including the Golden Circle, DC Plane crash and the Blue Lagoon.   

I even managed to squeeze in a shoot with Rachael & Stef as we wandered around the city.  The graffiti and the multi coloured houses made for a gorgeous backdrop.  I know when I go back this year I want to find a couple to shoot in the wilderness as it will just look mind-blowing.  

I shall be going again this year and I would highly recommend it if you haven’t already been you should go.  

TAKK! 

Hannah + Alex's City Wedding at Great John Street Hotel

My first wedding at Great John Street and my second Manchester City wedding, did not disappoint. With the hotels stunning rooftop terrace overlooking Manchesters sprawling skyline; Hannah and Alex tied the knot on a chilly January afternoon.

It was the perfect day, with blue skies and a very relaxed atmosphere. I couldn't have asked for a better couple really!  So chilled out and happy for me to do my thing.  

I'm really stoked with the sneak peaks and I can't wait to get the final collection to you both!

Rachel + Adam's Burscough engagement shoot

Well someone hasn't blogged for a while! After an incredibly hectic summer and autumn I have finally found a bit of time to catch up on my blog.  Today’s entry looks at engagement shoots and this will be the first of many over the next couple of months - so grab a coffee and enjoy. 

Engagement shoots can be a lot of fun; it’s the perfect way to get to know a couple before the big day, and as a couple it’s unlikely you’d have been photographed professionally before. As a photographer, it’s also a great chance for me to get to know how couples interact and any little quirks to pick up on before the special event. 


One stand out session I’ve done includes my session with Rach and Adam up in Burscough, at a quaint farm house right next to the canal. Not only was it an ideal setting for the shoot but it had a lot of meaning behind it for the couple (I was even treated to some local history, Burscough Burh-skogr means fortress in the woods which is from its early viking roots!). 

Greeted by Adam's parents and brother with some delicious homemade soup on the stove waiting for me; I couldn’t have felt more at home! 

We had a wander around the canal and Adam told stories of growing up here and what antics he got into, which made it so much more personal.  

I felt like I really got to know Rach and Adam and cannot wait to shoot your wedding at Bashall Weddings in September.

If you’d like to book an engagement shoot with me, you can check out my photos below….

Chris & Joanna's Movie themed wedding at Saddleworth Hotel.

I was honoured when Chris, who I know from my days working at Apple and Joanna who has done some freelance editing for me asked me to film their wedding.  

Knowing what a lovely couple they are I couldn't say no.  The day was held at Saddleworth Hotel, absolutely stunning location with a forest nearby and a fleet of supercars in the car park. 

With the movie theme in mind, I had to make a teaser with a film score.  Lets see if anyone can guess what film its from.  

Samantha & Ben's Engagement Shoot. Fletcher Moss Gardens, Didsbury.

I met Sam & Ben well over a year ago when I hadn't even left my full time job at a production company, We met in Starbucks in the Trafford Centre (of all places) and discussed Sam & Ben's ideas for a rustic wedding in Bashall Barn, Clitheroe.  

Well, its all come together after a year of meticulous planning and I couldn't be more thrilled to capture their day this Saturday.  We had a good walk around Fletcher Moss gardens and even managed to capture some stunning images before the rain. 

See you both on Saturday the 25th June 2016! 

Adam & Stacey | The Vincent, Southport 29/05/2016

I met Adam & Stacey just after I went freelance which was this time last year.  It was an uncertain time for me and this was to be my first booking of many!  I remember the feeling of my first 'official' booking as I boarded the train near Bolton Wanderers FC, it felt so good.  Thanks for believing in my work you two and thank you for making me a part of your day.  It was awesome! Big Love.