Rob & Leanne's Wedding at Briars Hall

The one thing at the moment I can say about our wedding couples is that no matter what the weather they are determined to enjoy their day & realise that its about their love, not how sunny it is. Rob & Leanne’s wedding at Aughton in Lancashire had blustery winds & heavy showers, but at the right moments glorious sunshine, even a passing shower couldn’t deter Leanne’s decision for some shots in a nearby wheatfield (it is now official if you see a crop circle it will have been one of my Brides & I shooting in the field)
Rob & Leanne’s love for each other made for some touching moments during the day & another enjoyable wedding for Jane & myself.

Jules & Tracy's Wedding at Thornton Manor

It was over a year ago when a couple came into the studio to tell us about their dream wedding at the stunning Thornton Manor on the Wirral, and since then Jane & I have met up with Jules & Tracy on many occasions, quite worryingly mainly in pubs over lunch. Since that first meeting we became friends & that was how it felt when we left the studio on a sunny Thursday morning to go and shoot our friends wedding.
We were greeted by a very excited Tracy & bridesmaids busy in hair & make up, I think that’s what the TV world call it, and with Jane staying with Tracy I met up with Jules & the lads…. again in the pub.
This was one of those weddings that just fly’s by, a really fantastic set of family & friends determined to enjoy every minute of the day & I have to say that the vows that Jules & Tracy wrote for each other where hilarious & the laughing really never stopped.
A first for us with Tracy joining the band on stage in the evening & as we reluctantly left the party with music & celebrations still ringing in our ears we just kept laughing to each other about what had happened during this great day.
To Jules & Tracy, thanks for the fun & Hospitality & for the last twelve months in general. See you soon. Dx

Kevin & Michelle's Wedding at Isla Gladstone in Liverpool

When Jane & I first met Kevin & Michelle in the studio the brief for their wedding was ‘no long drawn out group photos’ they wanted to just relax & enjoy themselves with their friends. The wedding was an outdoor event (very brave for the current weather fiasco we are having since the hosepipe ban) at the impressive Isla Gladstone in Liverpool, but the day turned out to be a glorious sunny day filled with the scouse humour. Many years ago I used to work in Liverpool & the one thing I remember from the city is its humour & this was on show. Michelle looked stunning with an amazing pair of personally designed shoes, so girls if you want something WOW in the shoe dept give her a call,Kevin owns Nightclubs in the city along with his bestman who I have to say really put a lot of effort into one of the funniest bestman speeches Ive heard, a really funny poem & some hilarious surprises.

Andrew & Stacey's Wedding at Gibbon Bridge Hotel

Another wedding where everything was super organized all we were hoping for was nice weather as Andrew & Stacey opted for an outdoor wedding at Gibbon Bridge in the heart of the Trough of Bowland, a beautiful part of the UK. This was our second outdoor wedding in as many days.
A slight scare when 20 mins before the ceremony the heavens opened but it was only for 5 mins. Stacey looked gorgeous as she with her proud father walked to meet Andrew in the bandstand, just as the sun came out & stayed out. Its been over 5 years since the last time I was at Gibbon Bridge & cant wait to get back there this is a great wedding venue.

Philip & Donna's Wedding at Knowsley Hall

The weather at the moment in the North West is shall we say changeable, ever since the hosepipe ban its poured down, but so far we have been lucky. Donna & Philips wedding was at the stunning Knowsley Hall,our second wedding there in as many weeks,and when Jane & I left to meet Donna at Knowsley Hall where she was getting ready it was pouring down as we arrived the rain stopped, phew!
Philip is a Director for Arriva buses so guess how the guests arrived at church & Knowsley Hall… yes bus, a red London bus to be precise.
This wedding was a fun casual affair, no time constraints, no formalities, no sit down meal just waitress walking round with canap├ęs ranging from fish & chips & sandwiches’ to gorgeous puddings, with entertainment provided by magicians & musicians, a really relaxed day, infact the only real challenge I had was not mixing the groom with his twin brother who was bestman.
Philip & Donna are fun people & a joy to be with, made even more fun by a 12 min choreographed first dance, this must have taken some practise & was brilliant, I couldn’t stop laughing.
Thank to you both for the hospitality & the laughter.Dx.

Kev & Jenny's Wedding at Knowsley Hall

I have a new favorite wedding location, it’s the stunning Knowsley Hall on the outskirts of Liverpool, the location for Kev & Jennys wedding reception. Now the keen eyed blog watchers may recognize Jenny as she was chief bridesmaid at Mark & Leannes wedding the week before but even though Kev & Jenny loved our style of photography I was determined to shoot both weddings differently yet still in our fun,relaxed style.
Jane photographed Jennys preperations & leaving the largest bridal suite ever at Knowsley Hall whilst I went to St Bartholomews to shoot Kev & the lads. St Barts is a stunning church to photograph inside & out with great architecture & lighting.
Kev & Jenny are a joy to be with & so easy to photograph & are so much in love that the emotions of the day flowed, this wedding was just an emotional, funny, visually stunning rollercoaster of a day all topped of with a few tears here & there.
I have blogged Mark & Leannes wedding along with Kev & Jennys wedding as unknown to them at the time of booking they will be spending a few days in the same location on their honeymoon travels & meeting up, so they will be able to see our fave images from their weddings at the same time, infact in these 2 weddings I shot some of my fave images of the year. So to two great couples thanks.D.x

Mark & Leanne's Wedding at Kilhey Court Hotel

I really do love bride & Grooms who understand the importance of photography on their day, the emotions & memories that their images will give them for a lifetime, and this was the case with Mark & Leanne who's wedding took place at St Matthews Church in Wigan and onto our second home Kilhey Court Hotel. From our original meeting the ideas & inspiration that they gave me regarding their wishes for the photography on their day was amazing & on the day it was better than even I expected.
The one thing Mark & Leanne requested was a shoot in a cornfield, my regular blog watchers will know I love cornfields, so this was a joy.
On our way to the cornfield we passed thru the busy motorway underpass where I noticed so great graffiti & shot some great funky urban style images, I do love to shoot weddings in the most unlikely places & at the end of the day I had a content smile on my face.
This was a fun wedding to shoot & along with a great Videographer Mike Roberts the day flew.Nervous speeches & a great first dance added to a wedding that really was fantastic. Thanks really go to Mark & Leanne for having the confidence in Jane & Myself to allow us just to play & try new things.

A lovely card from a lovely couple.

As we enter our busiest month of the year and shooting some great couples & stunning locations its easy to forget just how good of a journey this job has given Jane & myself so it was nice to receive a lovely thank you card from a gorgeous couple whose wedding we photographed at Christmas. What made this doubly nice was the card arrived at the studio on my birthday (yes I did work on my birthday, and finished late!) & was a real pick me up……

To David & Jane,
What can we say but thank you, thank you, thank you! The Wedding Album is absolutely stunning. We could not have wished for anything more perfect, special treasured memories that we will hold close to us for the rest of our lives.
Thank you for making our day and also the months after so memorable, fun & invaluable. Two very special & talented people who, it goes without saying , we will be recommending to all of our family & friends.
Thanks again,
Simon & Jo Mullineux

It just goes to show that with some photographers opting for the easy option of just providing the Bride & Groom with their wedding images on just a disc & actually nothing else to show for the money, just how important a wedding album actually is.I have said on many occasions a wedding album is for life, a family heirloom more than just a collection of snaps, and when done properly can re awaken the memories of the best day of your life every time you open its pages.

So Testimonials like this give Jane & Myself real pride in a job well done but they are even better when the couples relatives are so impressed that they book us to photograph their big day, so to Simon & Jo thanks & see you at Luke & Nicola’s wedding, already looking forward to it.
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