Matt and Beth got married in March at the Manchester Stake Centre. It was a lovely laid back wedding with lots of personal touches. The day was full of smiles and friends. It reminded me all over again the power of young love, Beth was soaking up the day, with a never ending smile while Matt had a look of absolute awe every time he looked at Beth, which was most of the time. One of my favourite weddings yet, here’s some of my many favourite images… and a few words from the bride herself…
“Abi was absolutely amazing on our wedding day. She was like a fourth Bridesmaid for me in helping the day flow and keep to its schedule. Her eyes weren’t just behind the lense, they were watching all the little things go on to make sure everything was as it should be. She ended up fixing button holes and bits of hair, and when me and the groom somehow got left behind at the church she even drove us to the reception! Most of all, she was a happy and cheerful photographer which makes all the difference when it’s the most special day of your life. And I suppose the ultimate thing is the actual photos! All of which were beautiful and captured our day just as we imagined. We couldn’t have asked for anyone better – she was fantastic!”
I was very flattered when Abby contacted me about the photography for her wedding as she told me I was the first thing on her list of wedding jobs. Abby had seen my photos on facebook and knew she wanted me as her photographer, which was completely brilliant and also a fair bit of pressure to live up to expectations. What was even better though, was that me and Abby go back a long way. We went to high school together and I hadn’t seen her in over 12 years, which makes me feel like a proper grown up, lol. This gave me a slight advantage as her photographer as I knew her strong character back then, and knew she will have only got stronger, so I knew the classic with a twist edge she was after in her photos. So without further a-do, heres my favourites…
In September, I covered my first extremely low key wedding. When I’m so used to dealing with organising hundreds of people, dealing with a tiny group was a luxury in contrast. My sister-in-law Nic and Tom married in Sheffield at City Hall and then we zipped off the Sutton Scarsdale to take some timeless photos. The breeze kept picking up so it was perfect for the long veil Nic wore as her something borrowed. It was such a quiet way of celebrating without all the distractions of dealing with lots of people, food and venues. With everything stripped back they just got to be with each other relishing in the moment.
You may recognise this lovely couple from their engagement shoot I did earlier in the year. As august rolled round it was time for their big day. Paula had done an amazing job in planning the wedding. Mark works over seas and they hadn’t seen each other for over 2 months as Paula walked down the aisle. The day was beautiful, filled with family and laughter, and after a lot of nerves, the happy couple thoroughly relaxed enjoying their day. It was a brilliant day, full of lovely people and a fantastic venue.
This was one of those weddings I was really looking forward too for a while. Bethany lives in sheffield and I’ve known her bubbly personality for a while. She is the kind of person that has a very contagious laugh, which made my job on the day fantastic, as every other second she was cracking up about something. Bethany was obviously thoroughly enjoying being dressed up all day and a few commented she looked like Cinderella. They got married in July so the weather was lovely and warm, the chapel was bursting with family and it was an amazingly light and cheery atmosphere. For such a huge guest list, everybody was so chilled out that the whole day ran smoothly. I thoroughly enjoyed photographing these two, especially as Rob was such a good sport having lots of extra photos of him and his lovely bride. It’s soooooo hard to narrow down my favourites of this wedding so I’m going to try be extremely strict with myself, so here goes…
My amazing friend Starrisha style Bethany’s hair and did her make up. Shes is also sheffield based. I thought her hair looked stunning, you can’t see a single grip, not one other hairdresser I’ve worked with has managed that, so bravo Starrisha. Here’s her website if your interested …… Oasis Unisex / Multicultural Hair & Beauty
I was very fortunate to have shot Ranjit and Marisol earlier this year for their engagement shoot. This was a prefect opportunity to get to know them and find a comfort zone, which was especially important with the lovely couple as, if you can remember, Ranjit is deaf and Marisol is spanish (but is very good at english). It was a perfect day with so many family there brimming with excitement and a lot of colour. Ranjit’s family came in traditional dress and there was dancing to punjabi music and in typical spanish wedding tradition they cut the cake with a SWORD! I have to say a special thank you to my amazing friend Starrisha, who volunteered to be my assistant for the day. I couldn’t have done it without her, she can sign, which made my job so much easier. Because of her I was able to get some more amazing shots and keep Marisol looking lovely too as she is a hair stylist.
We did lots of fun shots as this is the kind of photography that Marisol loves, and we had plenty of fun doing it! I’ve found it really difficult to narrow it down to my favourites, so theres a few more than normal… 🙂
I first met Lizzie when I covered my first wedding as official photographer for my cousin wedding where she was a bridesmaid, over a year ago. She had such confidence in me then, she booked me that day 🙂 Luckily for her I’ve had a fair few weddings inbetween to learn and grow from. Lizzie was a brilliant bride because she knew what she wanted and trusted me to deliver it in the best way. We had a lovely day, one of my favourite yet! Here are some of my favourites…
In november, my brother got to marry his sweetheart Misha. She’s from Taiwan, so the wedding had lots of fun little bits of culture hidden within it. We managed to set the hall up on time and everything was prepared well the night before. Then, to everyones surprise the next morning, it snowed! This was the first day of all that ridiculous snow we had. Luckily the wedding was in Newcastle-under-Lyme, and it never snows bad there, lol. Everyone still managed to come and it was a lovely day. My kids got to be part of the bridal party, as always, 🙂 and my baby brother Sam was best man, who had to battle it out in the speeches with Misha’s sister for the title of ‘best speech’. Here’s quite a few of my favourite shots…
All the engagement photos were made into a guestbook
A sneaky shot through the window of the chapel while they took their vows
Misha is tiny compared to my brothers, so they bent down to be the same height
I can’t remember what they were laughing at, as Misha was so giddy she laughed pretty much all day
These red taiwanese decorations are meant to bring good luck to newlyweds when they pass through them
My brother makes films for a living, so this photo is of his nephew and dad with a twist just for him
Everyone laughing at the photo by the cake the bridesmaid just took
This couple were so extremely fairytale like in love it was unreal. It made their simple wedding even more romantic. It was the week after the dreadful snow, and I was unsure whether I’d be able to trek from sheffield to preston. Many family couldn’t make it and they were short two flower girls because of the snow, and on top of that, it absolutely pelted it down with rain all day. But we did our best and everyone got to stay inside for photos instead, which everyone was happy about as they got to stay warm!
This is my favourite wedding from September. The sun was shining all day, it was still warm and the leaves were just turning to those beautiful autumn colours. I have never been to such a relaxed wedding, the whole day was so laid back and enjoyable it was a pleasure to be a part of it. Here are my favourite shots…