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.  

ICELAND AIRWAVES ENGAGEMENT SHOOT IN THE HEART OF REYKJAVIK.

I met Katrin & Keli this time last year at Iceland Airwaves, a music festival held in Reykjavik since 1999.  We instantly hit it off and have become really good friends.  

Outside the Harpa, Reykjavik. 

Outside the Harpa, Reykjavik. 

Inside the Harpa. 

Inside the Harpa. 

 

I was travelling to Iceland for work again this year and Keli very kindly offered me a room in his apartment right in the centre of Reykjavik for the duration of the festival.

 

I offered to photograph the happy couple and we managed to get some candid shots near and inside the Harpa, which is a concert hall constructed of glass panels of different colours and is inspired on Iceland's volcanic geology.   It's a beautiful piece of architecture.  

Harpa Concert Hall

Harpa Concert Hall

 

We also had a wander down to Lucky Records where Keli's band Endless Dark are playing during the music festival.   It's probably one of the best record shops in Reykjavik and perhaps the world boasting records that are so rare they don't have a price tag. 

Lucky Records

Lucky Records

Endless Dark performing at Bar 11, Reykjavik 

Endless Dark performing at Bar 11, Reykjavik 

 

We had a lot of fun wandering around Reykjavik and even had time to stop off at the world famous hot dog stand Baejarins Bestsu Pylsur where Bill Clinton famously enjoyed a dog (only with mustard though) poor form Bill.  It's well worth it and make sure you ask for EVERYTHING on it.   

Baejarins Bestsu Pylsur

Baejarins Bestsu Pylsur

Baejarins Bestsu Pylsur

Baejarins Bestsu Pylsur


The festival itself was incredible and I made new friends from all over the globe.   Can't wait to come back next year for Airwaves 2016. 

Katrin outside Hallgrímskirkja

Katrin outside Hallgrímskirkja

SHABBY CHIC WEDDING AT THORNTON MANOR, WIRRAL

Mr & Mrs Watson 8th August 2015 

Where do I start?  I have been staring at my computer for thirty minutes thinking about what to write as there is so much I can mention: The handmade details, made by Melisah and her family. Mike’s wedding shoes and the hilarious backstory. The venue and it's incredible staff! Not to mention all the guests who really did make it a joy to shoot.  What a relaxed day full of laughter, gorgeous weather and one of the funniest days shooting I have had in a long time.

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After pulling up to the venue Berny drove the wrong way and nearly dropped Mel right outside the window where all the guests and Mike were waiting!! Priceless moment. 

The highlight of the day for me were the laid back speeches.  Melisah’s Dad Berny delivered a rather moving speech, accompanied by a film of Mel growing up which was incredibly touching.

Mike’s brother Mark delivered an insightful and hilarious best man’s speech.  Ben (Mel’s brother) wished he had put his phone on silent and he was correctly shot down in a brilliant fashion. (His face was a picture!)

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To fill you all in on Mike's shoes.  Grooms out there its honestly ok to leave buying your wedding shoes till the week before the wedding (honest).  Just ask Mike!  He grabbed a right bargain from Hugo Boss one week before the wedding and managed to get the shoes he wanted all along, much to Mel's amusement.

Oh and before I forget, don't and I mean don't attempt to break dance in a Gieves & Hawkes suit, we had the groom split his trousers, a ripped waistcoat/jacket and nearly a whole bottle of red wine all over a crisp white shirt.  It was only the week before over a drink that we were talking about how Mike goes through trousers!  So funny.  

 

A big thank you to Mel and Mike for letting me be part of your wedding day.  You made myself and Lucy Clara Cooper feel so welcome.  We had a great time and are so happy that you love your photos!

A FAIRYTALE WEDDING AT THE OLD GRAMMAR SCHOOL IN MIDDLETON.

On the 23rd May this year I assisted Clara Cooper Photography at a lovely little venue in Middleton called The Old Grammar School.


A historic old brick school building hidden away in the heart of Middleton, the ideal venue for such a great couple like Chris & Anneliese.  They still managed to add their own personal touches however, with gorgeous fairy lights streaming down from the ceiling, beautiful hand made table decorations and a simply stunning family made wedding cake and cup cakes…. they tasted great too 😉

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