Delamere Manor Wedding Photographer –
Rachael & Ben

Rachael and Ben tied the knot at the stunning Delamere Manor in Cheshire.  This luxurious private home and grounds is one of the North West’s  most spectacular exclusive use wedding venues.  In fact it was recently awards the ‘North West’s Most Romantic Wedding Venue’ by the English Wedding Awards.  And it certainly was a romantic event on this occasion.  Best Day Ever, for this lovely couple.   Little wonder then, that I was so excited to have been chosen to be their wedding photographer on the day.

Bridal Prep

I joined Rachael and her bridal party getting ready in the beauty room early in the morning.  As a photographer, this space is so much fun.  Luxurious dark furnishings, huge mirrors, deep shadows, pockets of directional light etc.  It’s one cool spot for me.  And the girls enjoyed the skilful attentions there too for hair and makeup.  Gifts were given, bubbles were drunk and the day got off to a perfect start.

Groom Prep

Ben and the boys had the luxury of the Bridal Suite for their preparations.  Quite the aficionado of these things, chef Ben was loving the opportunity to share and smoke cigars, proudly stored in his bespoke humidor.  It was all an education for me!  Anyway, more gifts were exchanged and the chaps were soon ready to make their way to the ceremony.

Flexible wedding venue

Once home to Gary Barlow no less, Delamere Manor is exactly the standard of style and luxury that you might expect.  There are four licensed outdoor ceremony spaces and a fifth under the retractable roof of the contemporary, glass-fronted courtyard.  The weather on this day was typically British – couldn’t make up its mind.  Thankfully the friendly and amenable team at Delamere Manor were able to quickly accommodate changing forecasts and our happy couple and their guests were treated to the fairy light canopy of the courtyard on this occasion.

Perfect party palace

There are lots of things that make weddings at Delamere Manor special: 100 acres of stunning grounds; a taste of luxury but with the home comforts of a kitchen, bar and lounge areas; exclusive use throughout for you and your guests; and – oh yes – a private nightclub on-site, complete with another bar and chill-out room!  All this and more certainly makes for an unforgettable celebration – and that’s just what Rachael and Ben enjoyed.

I’ve put some links to the other suppliers on the day after the photos below, but I was so pleased to have been the wedding photographer at Delamere Manor, and I wish them both the very happiest of marriages. Congratulations guys!

I absolutely love capturing moments and emotions of special days like this, making memories forever.  If you’re looking for a wedding photographer for Delamere Manor, elsewhere in Cheshire or further afield, please check out some more of my weddings, my portfolio or my packages & contact page. I can’t wait to hear from you.

Big thanks to all the suppliers for Rachael & Ben’s wedding at Delamere Manor

Dress from Alison Burgess Couture

Hair & Makeup by Bridal Creations

Flowers by The Flower Emporium

Caterers Cheeky Chilli Events

Cake by Eddy Bears Picnic

Music – Decades DJ / Bernard Greaves

Welsh Yurt Wedding Photographer –
some favourite pictures

Welsh Yurt Weddings at Fron Farm Yurt Retreat is one of my absolute favourite places to photograph weddings.

Friends and family

Full disclosure:  Tasha and Guy, who run this amazing glamping site and wedding venue, are good friends of mine. So it is always great to see them and their beautiful family. I’ve been going to Fron Farm for the best part of 15 years now, on holiday myself and with my own family.  And throughout that time, I have witnessed a transformation.  Guy and Tasha’s vision, talents and tireless endeavours have revolutionised the old farm land and buildings into the incredible wedding venue it is today.

Fron Farm

Nestled in 60 acres of organic farmland in the lush rolling countryside of South West Wales, Fron Farm has always enjoyed an idyllic and peaceful location.  Just 30 minutes from the international award-winning coastlines of Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Cardigan Bay, and a stone’s throw from the majestic Preseli Mountains, the farm is hidden away in a picturesque, secluded valley.

Welsh Yurt Wedding Venue

Over the years, Tasha, Guy and their team have developed this magical Fron Farm setting into a wonderful glamping retreat and Welsh Yurt Wedding venue.  Handcrafted by Guy himself, a selection of yurts and roundhouses sit harmoniously amidst the landscaped gardens, ponds and fire pits to provide ample accommodation for you and your guests.  Two larger yurts can host most wedding receptions up by the fully-licensed bar.  And the latest addition – a dedicated wedding suite – will make sure the happy couple get the luxury treatment they deserve.  All of this with stunning views across the glorious Welsh valley below.

Medieval Chapel on-site

As if Guy’s handiwork on the farm wasn’t impressive enough, the cherry on the top must be the delightful, medieval chapel that sits at the top of the lane.  Restored by hand from ruins, this exquisite place is perfect for unlicensed ceremonies of any nature. Private and secluded, this unusual ceremonial space is simply stunning.

Alternative weddings

There is something very special about Fron Farm and the Welsh Yurt Wedding Venue.   If you go for a visit, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. Without being too cosmic about it, there’s a certain energy about the place: a vibe, a feeling.  Stress-free positivity in a tranquil and super friendly atmosphere. The place attracts a certain kind of person. Those people bring their like-minded family and friends. And the atmosphere that develops is one of real joy.  I’ve shot a number of weddings here since they opened last year, and there are more booked in the diary.  Couples and their guests have travelled from near and far, drawn by the special attraction of this unique wedding venue. And each of them have left utterly certain that they made the right choice.  Whether it’s an intimate, boho, alternative wedding or more glamourous, luxurious occasions, the Welsh Yurt Weddings venue can deliver them all in its own very special way.

Here are some of my favourite wedding photos from the Welsh Yurt Wedding venue at Fron Farm.

If you’re looking for a wedding photographer for Wales, the North West or further afield, please check out some more of my weddings, my portfolio or my packages & contact page. I can’t wait to hear from you.

Oak Tree of Peover Wedding Photographer –
Hannah & Luke

Hannah and Luke’s wedding at the Oak Tree of Peover was a beautiful day in the loveliest of venues with their nearest and dearest family and friends.  It was an honour to be a part of such an intimate occasion as their wedding photographer.

Photographing preparations nearby

The day started at Moss Farm Bed & Breakfast, located just down the road from the Oak Tree of Peover.  It’s a perfect venue for getting ready as the beautiful, luxury barns and renovated dairy buildings provide ample accommodation for plenty of people.  Our bride and groom today were able to enjoy their wedding preparations on the same site, but safely hidden from each other’s excited gaze.  This made my job as their wedding photographer nice and convenient, able to easily pop between the two as the morning progressed.

Hannah, along with her mum and grandmother, enjoyed the expert hair and makeup stylings of Louise Hall.  Some bridal prep sessions can be quite hectic.  This one however, was a picture of serenity.  Our bridal party were in great spirits yet completely calm and collected.  It was a lovely, chilled start to the day.  When Poppies of Salford delivered the gorgeous wildflower bouquet, we knew it would soon be time for the main event.

Over in the other building, and with just a little bit of help from the in-laws, Luke was busy with his tweed suit and wildflower buttonholes. Before long, the boys were set for a quick portrait in the glorious Cheshire sunshine and then it was off to the ceremony.  Split the Difference Campers supplied the awesome VW Campervan that transported all of our VIPs to the wedding venue, just a short ride away.

Cheshire wedding perfection

Nestled in the rural delights of the Cheshire Countryside, just a stone’s throw from Knutsford, lies the Oak Tree of Peover.  It was the first time for me shooting a wedding at this venue but I loved it for so many reasons, and I can’t wait to return there.  

Hannah could not hide her joy as she walked up the aisle, with the sun streaming into the ceremony room.  Our happy couple were truly loving this perfect moment, the culmination at last of so much planning and waiting.  Once the vows were exchanged and the ceremony complete, the rest of the day was spent enjoying the lovely spring weather at this terrific venue.  The main meal was provided by This Little Piggy Went, and evening treats by Pizza Principles, both local Cheshire suppliers.  Cheshire Wedding DJs supplied the soundtrack to the evening entertainment as everyone danced into the night.   Hannah and Luke’s perfect wedding at this fabulous venue was great fun to photograph and a real privilege to attend.

Why weddings at the Oak Tree of Peover are so great to photograph

The Oak Tree of Peover is one of the finest barn wedding venues in the country.  Situated in 165 acres of landscaped perfection, this contemporary venue provides a magical, tranquil space for weddings and civil ceremonies of all shapes and sizes.  The friendly and dedicated staff made us all feel so welcome and at ease all day long.  The high standards of professionalism in fact completely matched the high standards of the venue itself both inside and out.  The elegant architecture makes for great pictures, be they from the far side of the manicured gardens or within the stunning rooms themselves.  The main ceremony room is flooded with natural light, a wedding photographer’s dream, thanks to high ceilings and lots of glass.  Held up by beautiful oak beams, this versatile space looked simply elegant for Hannah and Luke’s big day.  Now with an additional ceremony room at their disposal, equally stunning with wood and glass, The Oak Tree of Peover is able to accommodate any wedding plans that you may have.  Today, for example, the wedding breakfast was served in the new space, without the need to move everybody out of the ceremony room while it was being ‘turned around’.  Factors like this make a big difference in planning, and photographing, a wedding.  In any case, Hannah and Luke were truly blessed with stunning sunshine on their special day, so their happy guests were able to enjoy the outside spaces at their leisure as well. As the sun began to set, casting its final, golden light over this romantic venue, we nipped out amongst the greenery to grab a few portraits.  I generally like to take a documentary approach to wedding photography, so these couple’s sessions are usually quick and fun: a short break from celebrating with guests, just a few minutes out and away from the crowd.  As dusk turned to night, that exquisite ceremony room became the perfect space for dancing too.  So, after a short while shooting the evening fun, I bade farewell to Hannah and Luke and left them partying away in this wonderful venue.

Capturing memories to treasure

It was a real privilege photographing the wedding of Hannah and Luke, and a joy to do so at Moss Farm and the Oak Tree of Peover.  I absolutely love capturing moments and emotions of special days like this, making memories forever.  If you’re looking for a wedding photographer for the Oak Tree of Peover, elsewhere in Cheshire or further afield, please check out some more of my weddings, my portfolio or my packages & contact page. I can’t wait to hear from you.

Big nod to all the suppliers for Hannah & Luke’s wedding at the Oak Tree of Peover

Dress from The Confetti Box

Hair & Makeup by Louise Hall

Flowers by Poppies

VW Campervan from Split The Difference

BBQ by This Little Piggy Went

Pizzas from Pizza Principles

Stacked cheeses cake by The Cheese Hamlet

Music – Cheshire Wedding DJs

First place award –
Photographers Keeping it real

I was absolutely thrilled to have picked up an award this Autumn for my image pictured above.  FIRST PLACE no less!  The very excellent Photographers Keeping It real is a group of supremely talented photographers who celebrate the craft and creativity of a documentary approach to wedding photography.  Nothing posed or contrived, images like this one will bring back real memories and emotions for many years to come.  It is a real honour for me to have featured – and won! – amongst this illustrious group of talented photographers.

From a photographer’s point of view, and the judges in this case, the composition makes sense of a busy, complex scene. By using layers front to back the image has a sense of depth, and the intertwining relationships between the subjects left-to-right creates interest throughout the frame. By using an ultra-wide angle lens, I was able to not just fit everything in, but actually enable the viewer to get right inside the scene itself. Hopefully it feels like you’re actually there in the room, in the madness!

However, more importantly than any of that is the actual moment that is captured here. You really get a sense of what it can be like on the morning of a wedding, especially when there are children to get ready. All hands to the pump! I’m super proud of this picture and I hope that the bride and groom will look back on this moment fondly. I know I will!

You can find more of my work in my portfolio page here: portfolio . And on social media: instagram and facebook

If you are planning a wedding yourself, why not get in touch to see how I can help.

Eaves Hall Wedding Photographer –
Laura & Andrew

Eaves Hall Wedding Photographer

One of the best Lancashire wedding venues, Eaves Hall is always a pleasure to shoot at thanks to its grand Georgian mansion house and gorgeous gardens.  When I was asked to help shoot the wedding of Laura and Andrew there I jumped at the chance.

Lancashire wedding venue

This perfect country house wedding venue is set in the glorious Ribble Valley, and offers everything a discerning couple could ask for.  Stylish, luxurious and romantic, this Lancashire wedding venue really does have it all.

Groom preparation

On this occasion, I was following Andrew and his groomsmen in the morning while the super talented Tony Higginson was photographing the bride during her preparations at her parents’ house not far away. I found Andrew and his pals nursing hangovers to various degrees down in the coach house – another beautiful building on-site.  Andrew, it has to be said, was in fine form, looking sharp and excited for the big day ahead.

Beautiful bride

After spending some time shooting the boys in a documentary style, it was time to head to the main mansion house for the main event.  As the guests filed in and the nervous tension mounted, emotions were ready to burst when Laura made her entrance to the magnificent ceremony room.  She looked absolutely incredible as she made her way up the aisle and the tears in Andrew’s eyes said it all.

A perfect day

Laura and Andrew’s wedding was superb.  The couple were so relaxed and happy, and so clearly in love. And this wonderful vibe permeated throughout the whole day, for every guest.  The atmosphere was beautiful and joyful and fun, just like the couple themselves.  It really was a perfect day, and one that I loved to photograph.  These guys didn’t want lengthy, staged and contrived shots, and that suits me just perfectly.  I really enjoy taking a reportage approach instead, getting amongst the action to capture real moments and emotion, and memories to treasure forever.

Massive congratulations to Laura and Andrew. Thanks again for choosing me to shoot your day. Below is a small selection of some of my favourite images and a few more compiled into a slideshow above.

If you’re looking for a wedding photographer for Lancashire, Manchester or further afield, please check out some more of my weddings, my portfolio or my packages & contact page. I can’t wait to hear from you.

Thornton Manor Wedding Photographer –
Rachael & Stuart

Thornton Manor Wedding Photographer

Being based in Manchester, it’s easy for me to get to gorgeous Cheshire wedding venues like this one.  So it was a real pleasure this time being the Thornton Manor Wedding Photographer alongside Hervé Gillet and videographer Ross Hart-Edwards.

Cheshire wedding venue

Thornton Manor is a stunning country house and a firm favourite of happy couples looking to tie the knot in exclusive, luxurious surrounds.  Good choice Rachael & Stuart – and thanks for having me along to help shoot your special day in Cheshire.

Chasing the light

We’ve had such amazing, hot weather this summer which is great for outdoor photography.  However, with some rain in the air on this day, I was only too pleased to stay indoors for as long as we did.  The grandeur of Thornton Manor and its glorious windows provides for some brilliant opportunities for creative photography.  And I just loved capturing some beautiful moments indoors. Actually the rain wasn’t so serious, and in any case, it cleared up for just enough time for us to enjoy a perfect outdoor ceremony.  Rachael, her ten bridesmaids and three flower girls looked a picture as they filed in to adoring looks from the gathered guests.

Documentary wedding photographer

This fun-loving pair provided their happy guests with a photo booth, sweet counter, chocolate fountain, roulette wheel, bouncy castle, face painting, you name it!  And to cap it all off, a bouncing dance floor under the opulence of Thornton Manor’s grandest rooms.  I loved being able to shoot this wedding in a documentary style.

Massive congratulations to Rachael and Stuart. Thanks again for choosing me to shoot your day. Below is a small selection of some of my favourite images – also compiled into a short slideshow above.

If you’re looking for a wedding photographer for Cheshire, Manchester or further afield, please check out some more of my weddings, my portfolio or my packages & contact page. I can’t wait to hear from you.

Fairy Hill Wedding Photographer South Wales –
Jo & Jon

Wales Wedding Photographer

I’m so delighted that Jo & Jon asked me to be their Wales wedding photographer. Although I’m based in Manchester, I also love the opportunity to travel to new places to shoot happy occasions like this one.  Set in the glorious Fairyhill venue in Gower, this beautiful South Wales wedding was a gorgeous, intimate and joyful occasion.

South Wales wedding venue

Fairyhill is an award-winning venue and part of the Oldwalls group in Wales.  It is set within 24 acres of lawns, lakes and woodland, and looked just stunning in the wonderful summer weather we’ve been having this year.  I arrived in plenty of time to explore the magical grounds and buildings before Jo arrived to get ready with her sister as bridesmaid.  These two lovely ladies were a pleasure to be around as they exchanged gifts and jokes and generally giggled their way through their preparations.  I try to be as unobtrusive as possible, but it’s always nice to be involved in a couple’s special day, and these guys really made me feel part of the occasion.

Outdoor wedding – indoors

Over in the groom’s room, Jon was channelling his excitement into some seriously speedy preparations.    We just about had time to grab some key shots before it was time to make our way to the ceremony itself.  This was held in the ‘kaleidoscope room’ – a new glass-panelled annex that was adorned with lovely flowers, mirroring the abundant foliage visible through the windows.  It was like an outdoor wedding, but indoors!  This was a great place for wedding photography as the light was flooding in all day long.

Fun, creative photography

Following drinks in the sunshine, formal family portraits and then a delicious meal (Fairyhill is renowned for its food), it was time for some funny and emotional speeches.  Nice to hear some words from the bridesmaid on this occasion too. And that light again in the ‘K-Room’, allowing me to have some photography fun – superb!  The fun then continued outside for the happy couple as we took a short walk through those magical grounds for some romantic portraits.

Dancing divas

This beautiful South Wales wedding ended in fine style with some seriously funky Michael Jackson moves from the Sharifi brothers which was all the encouragement that was needed for the rest of the guests to get their groove on.  I love shooting dance floor action and the guests at this fantastic wedding did not disappoint.

Massive congratulations to Jo and Jon. Thanks again for choosing me to shoot your day. Below is a small selection of some of my favourite images or click the video above for a slightly longer slideshow.

If you’re looking for a Wales wedding photographer or anywhere else, please check out some more of my weddings, my portfolio or my packages & contact page. I can’t wait to hear from you.

Alfreton Hall Wedding Photographer –
Chelsea & Thomas

It was a lot of fun supporting Martin Cheung on this wedding in Derbyshire: first at the very lovely church in Stanton by Dale, and then on to Alfreton Hall, with all its majesty and charm.

Derbyshire wedding venues

Whilst Martin covered the girls’ prep, I met up with the groom and his mates at the family home as they were wrestling with some lively youngsters, trying to get them into their suits for the big day.  Thank goodness for the maid of honour who was able to pop back from the bridal prep to help these poor suffering gents and their excitable charges.  Once everyone was ready, it was off to the lovely, quaint village of Stanton by Dale where the guests were already beginning to assemble at the gorgeous church.  I have to say, top marks to the vicar on this day as a more gracious, humble, funny and accommodating official you couldn’t hope to meet.  Once vows were exchanged and nerves settled, it was off to Alfreton Hall for a wonderful reception with friends and family.

Documentary wedding photographer

Apart from a couple of posed shots on this occasion, as requested by the couple, I spent the majority of my time enjoying the freedom to take a documentary approach to wedding photography.  I love trying to capture the story of day from an unexpected perspective.  Below are a handful of images that give a flavour of this happy day in the Derbushire sunshine.

If you’re looking for a wedding photographer for Derbyshire, Manchester or further afield, please check out some more of my weddings, my portfolio or my packages & contact page. I can’t wait to hear from you.

Owen House Wedding Barn Photographer –
Jemima & Mark

Beautiful Cheshire wedding

I was so pleased Chris Foster asked me to help him be the Owen House Wedding Barn Photographer this summer.  This understated event in the picturesque Cheshire countryside was a model of sophistication and class.

Chris and I arrived at the bride’s parents’ house to find Jemima a picture of dignified calm, serene amidst the bustle. With seven beautiful bridesmaids all on the scene, things can get excitable very easily. Yet Jemima radiated poise and elegant composure throughout. And her dress absolutely fit the bill – so graceful and subtle, exquisitely beautiful. She looked incredible. Before long, it was time to head over to the venue, just a short drive away.

Owen House Wedding Barn Photographer

Owen House Wedding Barn is a family-run farm in the heart of the beautiful Cheshire countryside that has been transformed into a sophisticated and fashionable wedding venue for couples seeking understated elegance and style. Dressed to impress, Mark and his groomsmen were meeting and greeting their guests in the glorious British summer weather, and spirits were high.

Rustic chic

The ceremony itself was conducted with aplomb as you would expect, with a particularly touching and erudite reading from all seven bridesmaids. Then after a quick refreshment in the Summer sun, we sheltered from the heat in the barn for some portraits. A wall of hay bales, vintage carts, old crates and some clever use of light and shadow, the designers of this place have really put together a great space for some memorable couples shots. It was a joy to shoot and Jemima and Mark were experts in love.

Party time!

After a delicious meal and some suitably entertaining speeches, it was party time! Our beautiful couple commenced proceedings with a graceful first dance but the guests were quick to join in and let their hair down. I always love this part of the day, when all the jobs are done and inhibitions are shed. The night beckons and the good times roll.

Below is a small selection of some of my favourite images or why not click the slideshow above.

If you’re looking for an Owen House Wedding Barn photographer, or for services around Cheshire, Manchester or further afield, please check out some more of my weddings, my portfolio or my packages & contact page. I can’t wait to hear from you.

Preston Wedding Photographer –
Emma & Alex

Lancashire Wedding photographer

I was thrilled to be asked to help Ally M Photography be the Lancashire wedding photographer for Emma and Alex at The Park Hall Hotel in Preston.

Emma and her seven bridesmaids got off to leisurely start sharing bubbles and giggles in the hotel suite. Mother and Grandmother of the bride soon arrived to lend their hands too, and before long, there was real hive of activity. There is a certain luxury in being able to get ready on site – and these glamourous ladies took full advantage as they readied themselves in gorgeous matching dresses. The bride looked stunning in white.

Ring the alarm!

Meanwhile, Alex and his groomsmen had started their proceedings off-site but made the grandest of entrances. They arrived at the hotel in a fire engine no less! I’m not sure which of the three generations present was most excited but it certainly provided a suitable spark! With the rest of the guests arriving just after, it was soon time for the ceremony.

Medieval banquet hall

And what a ceremony! According to the hotel, the medieval banquet hall, complete with stone walls and oak-beamed ceiling, dates back to 966AD. It was certainly a stunning, unusual and beautiful venue for a wedding. As Ally was covering the action from the front of the hall, I was free to scamper around the sides and even up on to the balcony at the front in an effort to get some interesting angles and perspectives.

Celebrity couples

The reception room was soon in full swing while the hotel turned around the main hall ready for the meal. We grabbed the love-struck couple for a short walk at this point around some of the beautiful countryside that the hotel boasts on site. Then it was time for everyone to take up their places at the amusingly labelled tables: celebrity couples from Ross & Rachel to Kate & Wills. My personal favourite had to be Marge & Homer. From this point on, through a terrific meal and speeches, the party gathered pace. By the time Emma & Alex had shared their first dance with their young son, there was a rush to join them on the dance floor. Myself and Ally could barely squeeze through the action at times! What a brilliant way to end a truly beautiful wedding day.

Congratulations to Emma and Alex – what a gorgeous wedding and a brilliant way to start your married life together. Thanks again to Ally M Photography for letting me support.

Below is a small selection of some of my favourite images, or why not click the to view the slideshow at the top.

If you’re looking for a Lancashire wedding photographer, for Manchester or further afield, please check out some more of my weddings, my portfolio or my packages & contact page. I can’t wait to hear from you.