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Alice and Ashleigh – Caer Rhun Hall

Alice and Ashleigh – Caer Rhun Hall

Alice and Ashleigh’s Colwyn Bay Wedding Photography

Images from Alice and Ashleigh’s wedding at St Joseph’s church in Colwyn Bay, followed by Caer Rhun Hall, near Conwy.

This was the first time we had photographed a wedding at St Joseph’s Roman Catholic church in Colwyn Bay, but the day started at Caer Rhun Hall where Alice and her four bridesmaids were getting ready for the wedding.

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Rebecca and Daniel – Eriviat Hall Wedding

Rebecca and Daniel – Eriviat Hall Wedding

Cast your mind back to the beginning of the summer of 2018. The warm weather had arrived, yet the grass was still green. A lovely summer day in June and the perfect day for Rebecca and Daniel’s Eriviat Hall wedding photography.

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Lucy and Nick – Browsholme Hall Tithe Barn Wedding, Lancashire

Lucy and Nick – Browsholme Hall Tithe Barn Wedding, Lancashire

It was a great thrill for us to return to Browsholme to photograph the wedding of Lucy to Nick.

The last time we were at Browsholme Hall Tithe Barn to photograph a wedding was in 2013 for Natalie and Shaun’s wedding. We recently found out from the vicar at Waddington Church (where they were married) that they now have two children. How time moves on!

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All about Family Group photos

All about Family Group photos

Most couples ask us to take some family group photographs. Usually it’s not just the bride and groom who want them. You can bet your parents and other family members will want them too.

Yet, ask almost anyone about weddings they have been to and they will tell you they hated hanging around while the photographer took ages working through a long list of family group photographs. Let’s face it, standing around waiting for guests to be herded ready for the next snap isn’t most peoples idea of fun.

But it doesn’t have to be this way!  With a little planning it’s a situation that can be avoided.  

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Nia and Ian – Abbeywood Estate Wedding

Nia and Ian – Abbeywood Estate Wedding

Abbeywood Estate is a wonderful wedding venue, and we always look forward to returning. We have photographed weddings there in summer winter and spring, and one of the things to love is how the gardens change with the seasons.  They look good whatever the time of year.  We had arranged to hook up with Nia and Ian at the venue, where Nia was putting the finishing touches to her preparations in the “Loft”.

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Sara and Will’s wedding at Nant Gwrtheyrn on the Llŷn Peninsula

Sara and Will’s wedding at Nant Gwrtheyrn on the Llŷn Peninsula

Nant Gwrtheyrn is a wedding venue with a difference. It hangs in a remote cove above a wild stretch of beach, surrounded by tall mountains.  It really is totally unique.  A former granite quarry village, Nant Gwrtheyrn has been restored and is now the National Welsh Language and Heritage Centre. It doubles as a wonderful wedding venue with unlimited opportunities for great wedding photography.  Sara and Will are both adventurous types who love the great outdoors, and Nant Gwrtheyrn was an obvious choice for their wedding celebrations.

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Bethan and Gwyndaf’s wedding at the Meifod Country House Hotel, near Caernarfon

Bethan and Gwyndaf’s wedding at the Meifod Country House Hotel, near Caernarfon

Just as the bridesmaids arrived at St Michael’s church in Gaerwen on Anglesey it began snowing. By the time Bethan and her Dad arrived at the church gate in a very smart Bentley, you could reasonably describe the conditions as a blizzard!  Of course the guests inside the church waiting for the ceremony to commence were oblivious to the weather outside and were a little incredulous when informed it was white over outside. 

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Eve and Aidan’s wedding at the Quay Hotel, Deganwy

Eve and Aidan’s wedding at the Quay Hotel, Deganwy

Our second wedding of the year took us to the Quay Hotel and Spa in Deganwy, only ten minutes from our base in Conwy. Eve and Aidan’s wedding landed on a lovely bright February day. But don’t be fooled, the sky might have been blue but the temperature was still wintery cold, and it was very windy.  Not a good day for being outside for too long. 

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Wedding Cakes – What are your options?

Wedding Cakes – What are your options?

Here is a short article about wedding cakes, in particular North Wales wedding cakes! We have photographed literally hundreds of them, so we thought this would be a good opportunity to post some images of a few of our favourites.  If you are getting married in the North Wales area you are in luck –  brides in North Wales have fine local Wedding Cake suppliers to choose from.

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Shona and David’s wedding at Caer Rhun

Shona and David’s wedding at Caer Rhun

Caer Rhun is situated near Conwy in the shadow of the Carneddeau mountains, so for a wedding in late autumn we probably shouldn’t be too surprised to have a drop or two of rain. And rain it did!  But a drop of rain never spoiled any wedding day that we’ve been to, and Shona and David’s Caer Rhun wedding was no exception.

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Winter in the Conwy Valley

Winter in the Conwy Valley

When you wake up in the morning and it’s stopped snowing, there’s wall to wall blue sky and its FREEZING, there’s really only one thing to do, that’s go out and grab some photos in the neighbourhood before all the snow starts to melt. On this occasion there was perhaps a two hour window of opportunity in the Conwy Valley to photograph the snow while it was still on the branches of the trees, and before it was all gone – maybe for another year, who knows?

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Rebecca and Andrew – Combermere Abbey

Rebecca and Andrew – Combermere Abbey

Combermere Abbey how have you eluded us for so long? Despite having photographed weddings all over Cheshire and surrounding counties for over ten years, this was our first time photographing a wedding at the impressive setting of Combermere Abbey. I hope it is not the last time!

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Louise and Rob – Willington Hall

Louise and Rob – Willington Hall

Louise and Rob married at Willington Hall in September.  They both live and work in Edinburgh, but decided to travel to Cheshire for their wedding celebrations, and made a weekend of it in the delightful private country house, Willington Hall.

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All about confetti!

All about confetti!

A great confetti shot is not something that should be left to chance. Gone are the days when you can rely on your guests to come armed with confetti. So, if you want a good confetti shot at your wedding, plans need to be made!

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Jennie and Dylan’s wedding at the St George’s Hotel, Llandudno

Jennie and Dylan’s wedding at the St George’s Hotel, Llandudno

Jennie and Dylan’s wedding took place on a fine summer day in Llandudno.  They decided on a small family wedding, and the St George’s Hotel accommodated their wishes perfectly. Whilst this was by no means the smallest wedding we have ever photographed, with around twenty guests it was our smallest wedding of the year, and all the guests played an important role in their day.

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Hannah and John – Soughton Hall Wedding

Hannah and John – Soughton Hall Wedding

I can’t tell you how much we had been looking forward to Hannah and John’s wedding.  Now we live in North Wales, we are REALLY looking forward to photographing weddings at our local North Wales venues. So Hannah and John – a massive thank you for granting us the privilege of photographing your wedding at Soughton Hall, near Mold in Wales.

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Helen and Tom’s Farm Wedding

Helen and Tom’s Farm Wedding

Back in the Summer we photographed Helen and Tom’s wedding at Helen’s family farm in Youlgrave.  It was all down to pure fluke of course, but how cool to plan your wedding for one of the sunniest days of the year.

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Zoe and Andy’s Wedding at Great John Street Hotel Manchester

Zoe and Andy’s Wedding at Great John Street Hotel Manchester

The Great John Street Hotel is situated slap bang in the middle of Manchester. Once a school, it is now a bijou hotel and perfect for city centre weddings.  Zoe and her bridesmaids prepared for the wedding in a suite at the Great John Street Hotel, whereas the boys were staying a short walk away at the famous Midland Hotel and the first of three outings to the Midland this year for us.

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Switching from Lightroom to Capture One

Switching from Lightroom to Capture One

I recently wrote this article about switching from Lightroom to Capture One for a photography forum, but thought i would post it here too, just in case anyone is interested! For those who don’t know, Capture One is RAW processing software, similar in some ways Lightroom, (quite different in others), made and sold by Phase One for use with their medium format digital camera backs.

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Tracy and David – Caer Rhun Wedding

Tracy and David – Caer Rhun Wedding

Tracy and David’s wedding held an extra special significance for us as the first wedding we have photographed at our local venue Caer Rhun near Conwy, and also the first ever wedding reception to be held at the Mostyn Gallery in Llandudno.

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Save disk space with JPEGmini pro vs Blogstomp

For any photographer who processes and stores large numbers of image files, the sizes of the digital files can be a big deal.

If you can save a few megabytes on the size of each file this can make a big difference to the upload time for a wedding with say 400 images, and the amount of disk space required to store the images online and on the computer hard disk. It is therefore well worth running the finished JPEG files through image compression software to get the file sizes as small as is possible, whilst making sure there is no reduction in the quality of the images.

There are several ways of going about this, but the method I have been using for some time is to use the “industry standard” software JPEGmini Pro to reduce high quality (100%) jpeg images  generated by Adobe Lightroom (or, more recently Capture One).  The results are quite dramatic, achieving a file size reduction of over 60% in many cases. Well worth it!

Now there is a newcomer on the block in the form of Blogstomp 3.5.  Blogstomp is a neat software “app” used by photographers for combining multiple images into montages for putting on blogs, as the name suggests.

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Louise and Andrew – Didsbury House

Louise and Andrew – Didsbury House

Didsbury House describes itself as a “small luxury townhouse hotel” which sums it up perfectly. It’s almost as though it was designed with wedding photography in mind. It is located on the outskirts of Manchester and is one of the “Eclectic Hotels” chain. I mention this because purely by coincidence, we have another wedding at a different Eclectic Hotel in Manchester coming up soon in May, making this a timely blog post – even though the wedding featured here is from last summer. Better late than never! North West England is an easy trip for us from Conwy in North Wales.

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Stephanie and Martin’s winter wedding at Adlington Hall

Stephanie and Martin’s winter wedding at Adlington Hall

Stephanie and Martin were lucky to have bright sunshine on their wedding day at the end of December. The days are short at this time of year and after family photographs and a few quick Bride and Groom shots outside, it was soon time to retreat to the warm and comfortable surrounds of Adlington Hall’s hunting lodge.

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Kat and Mark – Owen House Wedding Barn

Kat and Mark – Owen House Wedding Barn

Wow! our first visit to Owens House Wedding Barn.  A very cool venue, and the location of Kat and Mark’s wedding this autumn. Owen House Wedding Barn is located near Manchester, not far from the end of the runway at Manchester Airport, and very handy for us traveling from our base in Conwy, North Wales.  Even though we are now Conwy wedding photographers, we are still very happy about travelling to weddings over the border, and finding Owens House Country Barn will be a lot easier now the nearby motorway junction is open for business again.

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Helen and Roger’s wedding at the Oak Tree of Peover

Helen and Roger’s wedding at the Oak Tree of Peover

Our apologies for being a bit slack with our blogging in recent months. We have been very busy with weddings and on top of that, in May we re-located and moved our operation to a new home near Conwy in North Wales. I have no doubt we will continue to photography many more weddings in our old hunting grounds, and especially in Cheshire which is just a short hop along the A55.

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Jennifer and David’s Venice Wedding

Jennifer and David’s Venice Wedding

An epic wedding deserves an epic blog post, so hold tight – there are a lot of images in this post.  Jenny and David love Venice so much they decided to tie the knot there. Who could fault their impeccable choice? If you’ve been, you’ll know.  Venice is beautiful, romantic, interesting and historic, and it’s warmer than the UK too.  If you’ve not been, put it on your bucket list.  It’s a magical city and a place like no other.  From a wedding photography perspective, it’s like a giant film set, with opportunities for images around every corner.

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Lucy and Jason’s wedding at Pollurion Bay , Cornwall

Lucy and Jason’s wedding at Pollurion Bay , Cornwall

This is a wedding we had been looking forward to since Lucy and Jason booked us at the Tatton Wedding Show over a year ago. They live in Bolton, but decided to tie the knot in the place where Lucy been coming for her annual holidays since childhood.  The picturesque village of Cadgwith clings to the rocky Lizard peninsular, and is where Lucy and her mum and dad and bridesmaids got ready in the morning.  As we were in our camper van, I decided to park the van in the car-park in St Ruan and walk down the hill rather than attempt to navigate the van round the narrow streets.

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Barmouth Estuary

Barmouth Estuary

It’s January and we have no weddings this week, so we headed across to Wales for a few days. I decided to pack one of our little Fuji XT-1’s and just one lens – the 56mm f1.2 – mainly so I could have a play with using the camera in low winter light on the Barmouth Estuary and experiment with the very shallow depth of field this lens creates when used wide open.  It turns out the 56mm f1.2 is not too shabby when used for photographing landscapes either.

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Marianne and Greg’s wedding at Nunsmere Hall

Marianne and Greg’s wedding at Nunsmere Hall

Our second Nunsmere Hall wedding, and I have to say I really, really like this venue and look forward to photographing more weddings here in the future. Both the house and the gardens are pretty, and unlike a lot of  venues that use a marquee for the reception, at Nunsmere Hall you can still use the house in the evening after the meal is over.  

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Ellie and Mike’s wedding at Stapleford Park

Ellie and Mike’s wedding at Stapleford Park

Stapleford Park Wedding Photography

This was another long awaited wedding as Ellie and Mike booked us at a wedding show in Derby two years ago. Since then, we had met up with them for a photoshoot in our studio.  Ellie is a very talented professional musician and Lois stumbled across her playing the piano at a wedding at Hassop Hall earlier in the year. 

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Kirsty and Jordan – Eaves Hall Wedding

Kirsty and Jordan – Eaves Hall Wedding

Eaves Hall Wedding Photography

This was a wedding we had been eagerly anticipating for a LONG time because Kirsty and Jordan booked us two years in advance (Kirsty is a teacher and as we know teachers are extremely well organised and know they need to book early to get the venue and suppliers of their choosing!). 

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Caroline and Phil – Abbeywood Estate Wedding

Caroline and Phil – Abbeywood Estate Wedding

The Abbeywood Estate and Gardens are located near Delamere in Cheshire, and well known as a botanical garden. In the summer months, the gardens are a blaze of colour and there’s no better place to hold a summer wedding, with opportunities all around for great wedding photographs. 

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Emma and Mike – Iscoyd Park

Emma and Mike – Iscoyd Park

Iscoyd Park Wedding Photography

We’re still not really sure whether Iscoyd Park is in Wales or England – It’s in the badlands between the two, but we did drive over an “Araf” on the road somewhere near, so we are going to mark it down as a Welsh wedding.

The day started with us photographing Emma and her Bridesmaids at Iscoyd Park, then crossing the border back into England to the old market town of Malpas in Shropshire, where Emma and Mike live.

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Alexia and Steve – Pimhill Barn

Alexia and Steve – Pimhill Barn

Pimhill Barn Wedding

Pimhill Barn is an unique and amazing place to hold a wedding. The barn is a huge open space, delightfully rustic and crossed with timbers that have supported the roof for centuries. It is also a blank canvas for couples to design their own Pimhill Barn wedding, and fill with their own decorations, which is exactly what Alexia and Steve did on their wedding day.

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Lisa and David – Stockport Town Hall and the Swan Inn at Kettleshulme.

Lisa and David – Stockport Town Hall and the Swan Inn at Kettleshulme.

A fun weekend with family with a wedding in the middle is the way Lisa and David described their plans for their wedding day. The entire wedding party (all 24 of them) took over a country house near Hatfield in Derbyshire for the weekend and made a great family occasion out of it.

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Neesha and Chris – Thornton Manor Wedding

Neesha and Chris – Thornton Manor Wedding

Earlier in the year, we had visited Thornton Manor and were lucky enough to be shown around by a member of staff. We got to see all the function rooms as you would expect, but also the corridors that would have been used discretely by servants on their way to and from the kitchens. It had a touch of Downton Abbey about it!

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Sarah and Steve – The Monastery, Manchester

Sarah and Steve – The Monastery, Manchester

Sarah got ready for her wedding day in the Romeo and Juliet suite at the Malmaison Hotel in the centre of Manchester. So we parked up at the wedding venue, the spectacular Monastery in Gorton on the outskirts of Manchester, and took a taxi into town, which avoided having to worry about parking.

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Jenna and Ben’s wedding at Hilltop Country House

Jenna and Ben’s wedding at Hilltop Country House

The day after Stella and Chris’s wedding at Eastnor Castle, we were up bright and early and on the road again – this time to Hilltop Country House near Macclesfield for the wedding of Jenna and Ben. The morning started a little damp and overcast but improved as the day went on. In the evening were were treated to a beautiful sunset, and we were able to take advantage of the warm light and the lovely views and scenery from the top of the hill.

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Stella and Chris – Eastnor Castle Wedding

Stella and Chris – Eastnor Castle Wedding

Eastnor Castle is a proper real-life, truly awesome, fairy tale wedding Castle!  What an incredible place for Stella and Chris to get married and hold their wedding reception.  Eastnor Castle sits in beautiful Hereford countryside near Ledbury and not far from Malvern.  It is a grand stately home built by a Victorian industrialist and has remained a family home to this day. 

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Lisa and Martin Engagement Shoot

Lisa and Martin Engagement Shoot

Lisa and Martin got engaged at the spectacular setting of Malham Cove in the Yorkshire Dales, and they chose this setting for their “engagement” shoot.  It turned out to be a warm sunny day, ideal for Engagement Photography.  The walk up to the Cove where the stream emerges from the bottom of the massive cliff, up to the limestone pavement above provided us with a great variety of backgrounds for a fabulous set of pictures.

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Lizzie and Shaun – Sandhole Oak Barn, Cheshire

Lizzie and Shaun – Sandhole Oak Barn, Cheshire

Sandhole Oak Barn Wedding Photography

Lizzie and Shaun are Buxtonians, and Lizzie did her Bridal prep. at her Mum and Dad’s house in Buxton, which made for an easy start to the day for us. When we arrived, hair and make-up were well underway. Fellow Peaks and Dales Weddings member Angie from Bliss Beuaty was doing the girls make-up and Tina of Beau Hair was fixing their hair.

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Faye and Danny – Mere Court Hotel, Cheshire

Faye and Danny – Mere Court Hotel, Cheshire

Mere Court Wedding Photographer

Faye and Danny’s wedding was our third visit to Mere Court this year, and I’m sorry to say the last of our present bookings at this venue that has quickly become a favourite of ours. Hopefully, we’ll pick up some more bookings here soon!

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Sophie and Kyle – Mere Court, Cheshire

Sophie and Kyle – Mere Court, Cheshire

Mere Court Wedding Photography

Every now and then it happens, and when it does we just have to go with the flow.  Rain, and from the outset it looked as though rain was going to set in for the day. Did Sophie and Kyle allow the rain to spoil their wedding day? Absolutely not!

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Emma and Paul – Mere Court Hotel, Cheshire

Emma and Paul – Mere Court Hotel, Cheshire

Mere Court Hotel Wedding Photography

This was our first wedding at the Mere Court Hotel, (although we have photographed several at the Mere Country Club just down the road) and what a splendid wedding venue it is!  Lois and I were especially lucky to have been there when the cherry blossom trees were in full bloom, although to be honest, we could have done without the showers!

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Kathryn and James – Storrs Hall, Windermere

Kathryn and James – Storrs Hall, Windermere

Storrs Hall Wedding Photography

It’s always good to have an excuse to visit the Lake District, and what better excuse than to photograph the wedding of Kathryn and James at the marvelous Storrs Hall on the shores of Windermere. Storrs Hall has been redocorated and re-furbished and it is a top class wedding venue and a joy to photograph. The fact that it’s a two minute walk to the lakeside with stunning views across the Lake District fells is a bonus.

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Joanne and Gary – The Mere Golf and Country Club

Joanne and Gary – The Mere Golf and Country Club

The Mere Wedding Photography.

Our third wedding of the year, and our second wedding at The Mere Golf and Country Club in Cheshire.  Joanne and Gary decided to do the whole thing at The Mere, which is a perfect location for a great winter wedding.

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Victoria and Jonny – Nunsmere Hall Wedding

Victoria and Jonny – Nunsmere Hall Wedding

Nunsmere Hall Wedding Photography

Our first visit to Nunsmere Hall to photograph the wedding of Vicky and Jonny. Although the rain decided to come down at the most inconvenient of times, fortunately it was only in short bursts, and we were still able to get outside for photographs. 

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Vicky and Nick – Arley Hall

Vicky and Nick – Arley Hall

Arley Hall Wedding Photography

Vicky and Nick’s wedding took place at the fabulous Arley Hall in Cheshire back in July.  It was a gorgeous day and all of Vicky and Nick’s family and friends enjoyed it to the full. Arley hall is a fantastic place to get married and lends itself to great wedding photography at any time of year, but especially in the summer months when the gardens are at their best.

Our day started at Vicky and Nick’s Manchester home, where we hooked up with Vicky and her bridesmaids before the wedding.

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Gemma and Garth – Stanley House Hotel near Blackburn

Gemma and Garth – Stanley House Hotel near Blackburn

Stanley House Hotel Wedding Photography

Gemma and Garth’s fabulous wedding took place in a very snowy Lancashire, on the first day of spring!  Most of us were convinced it was the middle of winter, but spirits were high and everyone had an amazing day.

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Deborah and Tom – The Grosvenor Hotel, Pulford

Deborah and Tom – The Grosvenor Hotel, Pulford

Deborah and Tom’s wedding was our first wedding of the year in very early January, and delightfully started out in Wales before heading to the Grosvenor Pulford Hotel.  Lois came with us to this wedding, and we were all on our toes throughout the day as there were lots of opportunities for great photographs.

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