Singleton Lodge Wedding - Chris and Shelley

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Chris and Shelley’s Wedding at Singleton Lodge

I’m very lucky in the fact that I get to see so many awesome people get married and celebrate with their favourite people in the world. Chris and Shelley’s Singleton Lodge Wedding was an absolute pleasure to capture. It was a day filled with so much laughter and happiness.

Singleton Lodge is one of my favourite local venues, situated only a few miles from my home in Poulton-le-Fylde. It is a beautifully intimate wedding venue set in its own stunning grounds. Chris and Shelley certainly picked a venue to reflect the feel of their wedding day. They were surrounded on the day by such fun, friendly and warm people and I was honoured to be a part of it.

From the morning when Chris and Groomsmen were getting ready to meeting up with Shelley and her Bridesmaids I knew I was in for a good day. The weather started off a little wet but that didn’t dampen the spirit of the day. We were lucky though as the rain soon subsided and made way for the newlyweds to spend some time outdoors, taking in the grounds, with their guests. Drinks flowed and ice cream was consumed as the day turned to night and the party continued.

An overall fantastic wedding at Singleton Lodge with a simply lovely couple. Congrats guys, here’s to your future lives together.

Hull Portrait Shoot - Rob and Steph

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Portrait Shoot in Hull

I shot Rob and Steph’s wedding back in 2017 and they contacted me a year later to do a portrait shoot in Hull. Their wedding was in Lancashire but as they are now living over in Hull (Robs neck-of-the-woods) they wanted some photos around the iconic Humber Bridge.

I drove over to meet them at their house and from there we drove to the Humber Bridge. We spent a couple of hours exploring the banks of the Humber River to find some cool spots to make some portraits for them.

Rob and Steph’s Hull portrait shoot was brilliant in so many ways. Not only did we create some awesome photos for them but it was so lovely to see them both again.

Weddings - Best of 2018

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Best of 2018 Weddings

So 2018…where did you vanish to so rapidly?! I say it every year, and it is soooo clichéd but time seems to fly faster every single year! If I could buy time I would be a very very poor man…or very rich depending on how you look at it I guess.

Weddings are still such a huge part of my life and my love for documenting them is now so much stronger than it was for my very first one back in 2008! Yes 2018 saw me celebrate 10 years since photographing my very first wedding, and how things have changed. Before that first wedding, back in 2008, I dreaded the thought of weddings becoming the main focus of my business. Fast forward 10 years and I genuinely couldn’t be happier. They have certainly changed a lot in those 10 years but definitely for the better! They have certainly changed me and how I approach my art. Weddings are awesome, they are filled with happy, loved up (and more often than not very drunk) people. What’s not to love?!

This year has seen me visit some of my favourite wedding venues and discover many new ones. I have met some incredibly wonderful people and captured some timeless and precious memories for them. This job (if we can call it that) has a tendency to be very solitary at times however being around such fascinating characters and lovely people week in week out makes those long stints behind our monitors worth the while.

I am lucky enough to have some awesome weddings lined up for this year and I cannot wait for them. The thought of creating many more memories for people excites me. My main aim for this year is to continue to master the art of work-life balance. I love working from home where I can nip downstairs for half an hour, if I choose, to be the crazy idiot of a Dad I really am. My family is everything to me and I honestly can’t wrap my head around just how I’ve lucked out with them!

This is a wedding blog post, featuring some of my fave images from 2018, so I wont touch too much on my other work. I am still (slowly) growing the family side of my business and have a very exciting new venture on the horizon with some brilliantly talented individuals which is due to launch very soon.

2019 all I ask of you is to keep my family healthy and happy and provide me with shit loads more amazing moments to document.

Newborn Family Photography - The Hewitts

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Newborn Family Photography in Lancashire

I love creating memories for families. Time flies so ridiculously fast when you have children and life can be that chaotic that you don’t always stop and appreciate everything. Spending an hour capturing families together is so precious and creates moments they will, hopefully, treasure forever.

Jen and Steve invited me round to capture some newborn family photos of the new addition to their lovely family. I was lucky enough to do a shoot with them a few years earlier when Alexis was born. Now she’s the big sister to the adorable little Hallie.

It was so lovely to meet Hallie and capture some photos of her in such an early stage of her life. It was also very cool to see what a lovely little girl Alexis has become and capture some cool memories of her laughing and playing at home.

Family photography doesn’t have to be boring and uncool. I capture these moments for no one other than the family. In my opinion it is so important to take as many family photos as you possibly can as life passes so very quickly and before you know it the little humans have grown into full sized humans.

Big love to this wonderful family and thank you again for inviting me in to your home to create memories for you.

Ribby Hall Village Winter Wedding - Ste and Mel

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Ste and Mel’s Winter Wedding at Ribby Hall Village

Ste and Mel were married on a fresh winters day at Ribby Hall Village in Lancashire. Their Military themed wedding was loaded with laughter and and packed with moments to remember.

It was an action packed day at Ribby Hall starting with Ste and his Groomsmen getting themselves looking ready for action. Mel and the girls were thoroughly enjoying the pampering (and shots) and after just a few minutes with them all I knew we were in for a good day!

Dancing, drinking, swords and a reindeer. These are just the tip of the iceberg for this brilliant winter wedding at Ribby Hall Village.

Great catching up with the awesome Darren Robinson Magician on the day, who kept the guests entertained throughout the day.

Singleton Lodge Winter Wedding - Sally and Euan

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Sally and Euan’s Singleton Lodge Winter Wedding

Sally and Euan got married at one of the Fylde Coasts most stunning venues, Singleton Lodge, on a crisp and calm winters day.

Singleton Lodge is an intimate country house hotel, situated on the Fylde coast and is set in 5 acres of beautiful park land. It’s one of my more local venues and I always love coming back here to document weddings.

Sally and Euan certainly got lucky with the weather for their winter wedding at Singleton Lodge. The day was surprisingly mild and filled with gorgeous winter light.

My day started, as usual, with the groom. Euan was enjoying a very chilled morning when I arrived with him. He had opted for a very stylish Whitfield and Ward tailored suit for his wedding day. Needless to say he certainly looked the part and was ready for his bride-to-be. Sally was also enjoying a nice relaxing morning over at Singleton Lodge.

The ceremony was carried out at The Lodge as were the rest of the celebrations. It was great spending the day with my good friends and amazing videographers Marriage in Motion. You can check out their incredible film from the day here - Sally & Euan Wedding Film.

On Floral duties were the amazing Flower Design and rocking the party at night were the fantastic Jammy Devils!

As far as Winter Weddings go this was a cracker! It was intimate yet fun and filled with lots of smiling faces and beautiful people. The winter sun made Singleton Lodge look as stunning as always.

Lake District Family Photography - The Wills Family

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Lake District Family Photography on Lake Windermere

Back in the summer I was lucky enough to document this awesome family up in the gorgeous Lake District. Lisa, John and their two little beauties Gabriella and Charlie were so much fun to spend a couple of hours with!

As with all of my family shoots the location for this session was totally down to the family. They picked somewhere that means something to them and that they love doing. On this occasion it was a picnic by the lake followed by a bit of exploring then on to their boat for a trip out on to Lake Windermere. By letting them decide what they want to do for the shoot not only does it make everyone more relaxed but gives them memories of something they love doing together, as a family.

I love this family. They are genuinely lovely people and instantly made me feel welcome. Gabriella and Charlie instantly felt comfortable in front of the camera as I played and joked around with them.  

Merewood Wedding Photography - John and Rachel

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John and Rachel’s Wedding at The Merewood

 John and Rachel were married in the back end of summer at the insanely gorgeous Merewood Country House Hotel in The Lake District. Their wedding jam packed with fun and action from the start.

After spending the morning with John and his groomsmen and then Rachel and her Bridesmaids I set off to find the church they were to be married in. Following a beautiful church ceremony their guests head off to the Merewood to continue the celebrations while John and Rachel took a chilled drive around Lake Windermere. We stopped off for a couple of portraits along the way before meeting up with their guests back at The Merewood.

John and Rachel had chosen the awesome Phil Colbert of PC Roadshows to host their wedding breakfast. I’ve many weddings with Phil and each one has been filled with fun, laughter and many memories. If you’re after a memorable wedding breakfast then you should be sure to check out PC Roadshows for hosting it.

The fun continued into the night with one of the North Wests best wedding bands The Deadbeats!