Lancashire wedding

Rossall School Wedding Photography - James and Ella

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James and Ella’s Wedding at Rossall School in Lancashire

James and Ella are childhood sweethearts. They met at Rossall School in Lancashire when they were both pupils there. So it seemed, many years later when James had ‘popped the question’, that there was only one place they had their hearts set on having their wedding day!

Rossall School is situated on the Fylde coast, just outside Blackpool. It is set on a historic 160 acre campus looking out over the picturesque Lancashire coastline.

James and Ella spent their mornings getting ready for the day ahead, separately, at their parents homes. Once ready Ella head to the grounds of Rossall School, in style to meet her husband-to-be. They were married in the church on site at Rossall before carrying on the celebrations in a marquee in the grounds.

There were some fantastic suppliers on hand to make their wedding day a memorable one. The catering was taken care of by the fantastic Twelve Event Management. Wowing the guests during the day with his close-up magic skills was Darren Robinson. On video duty was the legendary Adam Wing and keeping the guests dancing the night away were the fantastic Funtime Frankies.

Lancashire Marquee Wedding - James and Holly

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James and Holly’s Marquee Wedding in Lancashire

The sun was certainly shining for James and Holly’s marquee wedding. I arrived with James and his groomsmen, at his parents house in Tarleton, early in the morning. After a substantial breakfast the boys took to the garden for a kick-about and a bit of cricket before heading back inside to make the transformation to Groom and Groomsmen.

A short drive away Holly and her bridesmaids were in the full swing of make-up, hair and practicing their dance routine for the coming evening!

Once ready Holly set off to meet her husband-to-be at St. Michael and All Angels Church in Croston for their wedding ceremony. After a beautiful church ceremony their guests lined the path leading to the church, armed with handfuls of confetti, ready to shower the newlyweds.

The wedding reception was in a marquee back at James’ parents home. Slowly but surely the wedding guests arrived and welcomed the new Mr and Mrs as they entered the grounds to cheers, hugs and high fives.

The rest of the day was filled with lots of amazing food, plenty of booze and serious amounts of laughter and dancing.

Stanley House Wedding - Mat and Sam

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Mat and Sam’s Wedding at Stanley House

One of Lancashire’s premier wedding venues, Stanley House, was the perfect setting for the wedding of the wonderful couple that is Mat and Sam.

This boutique country hotel is set in the stunning Ribble Valley. I love shooting weddings here and Mat and Sam’s was no let up.

Mat and Sam came to me shortly after they got engaged. I had shot Sam’s sisters wedding a few years ago so knew the family well and had no doubts that this wedding was going to be as equally epic.

We had a little rain early on but that didn’t stop this beautiful couple from smiling. The rain soon vanished and made way for some calmer weather as the day continued to get better throughout.

Preston Marriott Wedding - Karl and Amy

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Karl and Amy’s Wedding at Preston Marriott

The first time I met Karl and Amy at their house I instantly warmed to them. After spending an hour or so with them I knew their wedding at Preston Marriott was going be fantastic. Karl and Amy have two awesome little boys, one of which turned 3 on the wedding day and the other was Karls best man! This little family are so down to earth and full of love and life. Right up my street!

Their wedding day was ridiculously sunny August day at the Preston Marriott. My day started out with Amy at her parents house. It was lovely to catch up with the wonderful Jo Coole Make-Up Artist who, as always, did a fantastic job. After leaving Amy I head to the wedding venue to meet up with Karl. He was, as most grooms are, feeling a mixture of nerves and excitement and he couldn’t wait to see his Bride-to-be!

The day was a lovely mixture of fun, giggles and good times. As we had such lovely weather there was plenty of playing on the expanse of open space the Marriott has to offer. The day for me was very chilled with lots of lovely interactions and plenty of fun moments. It was made even better with the arrival of the awesome PC Roadshows who kept all the guests entertained throughout dinner!

Hoghton Tower Wedding - Jordan and Hayley

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Jordan and Hayley’s Hoghton Tower Wedding

Jordan and Hayley got married at one of Lancashire’s finest historical wedding venues, Hoghton Tower. These two are a simply lovely couple who knew exactly what they wanted from their wedding. It was a day packed with happy smiling faces and plenty of laughter.

Their Hoghton Tower wedding was a collection of fantastic North West suppliers. It was a pleasure, as always to have the legend Adam Wing filming the day. The extra lovely and equally talented Sonara Parker was on Make-Up duties and the brilliant Stems Floral Design took care of the floristry. Entertaining the guests was the wizard Mark Waddington and the amazing Sold To The Sky wedding band!

This was such a great wedding to be part of and I couldn’t be happier for Jordan and Hayley. They picked such an incredible venue for their wedding day and a crazy-good team to go with it!

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.

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.