2018 Wedding Photography Highlights

I cant quite believe we are here again, the beginning of a brand new year, hello 2019!

Okay, so I’m a few days late with my 2018 wedding photography highlights because we started the year with no internet connection in our house! So as well as being late to the game with my 2018 roundup, I’ve not been able to watch the new episode of Luther or find out what all the hype is over Birdbox and Bandersnatch on Netflix! It’s been torture!

2018 completely whizzed by. They do say ‘time flies when you’re having fun’ and that is very true of this year!

2018 has been my busiest year to date in terms of wedding photography and it has been such a great pleasure to look back over the last 12 months and put together this blog post. It is a selection of images from weddings throughout 2018, including lots of my favourite moments, although by no means all! There’s a real mix of all the things I love about shooting weddings; behind the scenes moments, real laughter, dancing, and the connections between family and friends.

I’m so excited for what 2019 has in store for me and my little business. If you are currently on the hunt for a wedding photographer in Manchester, the North West (or anywhere for that matter!) please do drop me a message here. I do still have dates available for 2019 and 2020 is booking up fast!

I would like to say a huge thank you to Roberta and Bronte for shooting with me this year and to all the amazing venues, vendors, planners, designers, florists and videographers who make my job so fun to do.

As ever, the biggest THANK YOU goes to all the amazing couples who have given me the opportunity to capture their memories for them, it has been an absolute pleasure! Lots of love and all the best for the future and here’s to a very happy 2019!

If you like what you see in this blog post and would like to enquire about my availability for your wedding date please drop me a message here!



Charlotte and Paul – Heskin Hall Wedding

Why it has taken me so long to blog this wedding I do not know because everything about it is awesome! Tea- dresses, tweed suits, wild flowers, afternoon tea, succulents, sunshine and an oh-so-subtle Lord of the Rings theme…er, yes!!!

It was last Spring that I had the honour of capturing Charlotte and Paul’s wedding day at Heskin Hall in Wigan. I had met Charlotte and Paul a few months earlier for their engagement shoot and knew their day was going to be a fun one. I was not wrong!

Charlotte and Paul married in the beautiful Tudor manor house that is Heskin Hall surrounded by their friends and family and adorned in sunshine and smiles. The day could not have been more perfect.




Engagements Weddings

Kimberley and Alex – Anniversary Shoot Cuerden Valley Park

I had the pleasure of shooting Kimberley and Alex’s wedding back in 2015 at Wellington Park  in Chorley . It was one of the rainiest weddings I have ever photographed but that didn’t stop the smiles or us getting this awesome shot as Kimberley and Alex left St Andrews Church.

(You can see some more from their wedding day here)

Fast-forward to 2018 and Kim and Alex were the first couple to come to mind when I decided I wanted to start offering anniversary photo shoots alongside my engagement and wedding photography. We hadn’t had much luck on the wedding day of getting outdoor couple shots due to the rain so this seemed like a perfect opportunity!  A couple of weeks ago we headed over to Cuerden Valley Park in Leyland for the anniversary shoot and amazingly…it wasn’t raining! It was so lovely to catch-up with Kim and Alex after three years and hear all about what they had been up to since their wedding day. I learned why Cureden Valley Park means so much to them and we managed to get some lovely shots within the hour that I was was them, here are a few…


2nd May 2018

Happy Anniversary you two! Wishing you many more years of love and happiness xx


Girls Getaway – Lake District

This weekend myself and some of my favourite female family members headed to the Lake District for a weekend of maxing and relaxing. We stayed at the lovely Rowan Cottage in Backbarrow near Newby Bridge, a gorgeous converted mill overlooking the Leven estuary, and it was perfect!

The snow we’ve had in recent weeks seemed like a distant memory as we sipped gin cocktails and prosecco in our private hot tub. Between splashing about in the “hot tub of truth” and lounging around in our pajamas we also managed to explore the local countryside, debate what seemed like every topic in the world and eat our body weight in chocolate and snacks (mainly popcorn, so…much…popcorn).

I had a blast. And if you’re ever looking for a nice place to stay in Cumbria I would highly recommend this little spot.

Let’s  just pretend Robyn is also in this photo…

Love you ladies x


Rachael and Anna – The Fisherman’s Retreat Wedding

It’s finally December! Which means I can finally share with you Rachael and Anna’s beautiful winter wedding at The Fisherman’s Retreat in Ramsbottom.

Racheal and Anna married last Christmas and I was lucky enough to spend the day with them from the afternoon ceremony through to the speeches in the evening. I wanted to wait and post their photos this year so that we could all get in the festive mood and gain a little Christmas inspiration too.

The Fisherman’s Retreat was the perfect venue for a winter wedding. The huge widows meant there was lots of lovely natural light and the rows of pine trees and woodland outside made it feel very ‘Christmassy’. The candy cane centre pieces, the Christmas cupcake tree, the hot chocolate wedding favours, the candles in the fireplace and the Baileys and mulled wine for the guests…everything was perfect. And with two brides everything was twice as pretty. Two beautiful ladies, two gorgeous dresses, two perfect winter bouquets, I couldn’t have been happier to shoot their day!



If you’re planning your own Winter wedding (or any season wedding of that matter!) and are looking for a Northwest wedding photographer please do get in touch. If you are getting married in the Lancashire area or at The Fisherman’s Retreat I would love to hear from you!


Flowers and Venue Decor: Love Rosie Venue Decor


Chelsea and Ben – Sneak Peeks

Chelsea and Ben celebrated their beautiful wedding at The Last Drop Village & Hotel in Bolton. I was lucky enough to be there for the full day from the very calm bridal prep in the morning to the booty shaking on the dance floor in the evening. It was an amazing day and Chelsea and Ben looked so happy surrounded by their lovely family and friends as they became Mr and Mrs Brown.

While the newlyweds are off enjoying their honeymoon in the Maldives (i’m not jealous at all!) I thought I would post a few sneak peeks of their big day…


If you like what you see in this blog post and are looking for a Northwest wedding photographer please do get in touch. If you are getting married in the Lancashire area or at the Last Drop Village and Hotel I would love to hear from you!


Ceremony Venue: St Bedes Church, Bolton

Reception Venue: Last Drop Village and Hotel

Car: Limo-Scene & Wedding Cars

Dress: Glamour Bridal

Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Flowers : Love Rosie Venue Decor

Hair and Make-up: Sarah Wood

Venue Decor: Love Rosie Venue Decor

Entertainment: Athena Strings, Just Matt

Cake: Occasion Cakes



Stephanie and James – Sneak Peaks

Stephanie and James had a super elegant James Bond inspired wedding at The Mecure Haydock Hotel in Saint Helens. It was definitely one of the most glamorous weddings I’ve had the pleasure of shooting from the black ties and diamante details to the movie star make-up and Stephanie’s TWO gorgeous wedding dresses! Below are a few sneak peaks from their day…



Dress: Glamour Bridal and Prom

Flowers: The Bouquet Residence

Make-up: Karla Ashleigh Howarth

Venue Dressing: By Design



Laura & Gareth – Rivington Maternity Shoot

I first met Laura last year while photographing her best friends wedding in Bolton. When she contacted me a couple of months later to do a maternity shoot I couldn’t be more thrilled!

We headed slightly out of Bolton for Laura and Gareth’s bump shoot to Rivington, a lovely little village and civil parish, just next to Chorley in Lancashire.  It was a pretty miserable day (weather-wise) and both Laura and Gareth did an ace job of pretending they weren’t absolutely freezing for the whole hour we were shooting!

Below are a few of my favourite shots from the shoot. Laura looked absolutely radiant and Gareth is going to be one very doting Dad!



Charnock Farm Wedding Photography – Jessie and Ethan

Jessie and Ethan had a gorgeous summer wedding at  Charnock Farm in Leyland. When I found out Jessie was a fellow photographer I was a mixture of honored, excited and nervous to shoot her big day!

I joined the girls on the wedding morning for some very fun, relaxed bridal preparations. You know it’s going to be a good day when McDonalds breakfast gets delivered for the whole wedding party! The boys were busy getting ready elsewhere and by the time I met up with them at the venue everyone was raring to go.

Nerves were high before the wedding but Jessie had nothing to worry about… She looked absolutely stunning in her beaded fishtail gown, the ceremony room at Charnock Farm was dressed so beautifully and her family, friends and fiancee couldn’t wait to see her. The ceremony was lovely too. You could see Jessie’s nerves slipping away with each second she was with Ethan and by the time they left to enjoy the sunshine as Mr and Mrs Hunt there were huge smiles all round.

Jessie and Ethan had thought of so many details to make their day special, not only for themselves, but also for everyone sharing their day with them. The whole wedding was such a pleasure to shoot, here are some of my favorite shots from the day….



My 2016 Best Instagram Photos #2016best9

I really enjoyed reviewing by best 9 Instagram photos of 2015, I almost forgot to do it again this time round! I don’t think I posted to Instagram as much in 2016 as I have in previous years (I was going for quality over quantity 😉 ) but there is a good selection of some of my favourite memories of the year. You can view my 9 most ‘liked’ below…


1. Bathtimes became much more luxurious in 2016 with the help of my new bathplank (a lovely Christmas gift from my little sis). I now have a designated holders for my candles, wine and Ipad which enables me to watch copious episodes of Gilmore Girls from the comfort of my bath, bliss.

2. I got a new tattoo at the start of October, my sixth tattoo and possibly my favourite so far. It’s a sprig of heather plant like my sisters name. I know, cute 🙂 Tattoo by Lydia Hazelton (@lydiatattoos on Instagram)

3. The third image are Rachel’s wedding converse. A great choice of wedding shoe if you ask me! Especially as Rachel and Jake had a November wedding… a very frosty, slippery, November wedding.

4. The sun setting in Blackpool. I had just finished shooting a wedding at Pavillion on the Prom and snapped this quick landscape before the drive home.

5. A lovely shot of Gemma and Kris from the above wedding. Such a lovely, kind couple.

6. A shot of Charlotte and Paul from their engagement shoot at Haigh Hall Woodland Park. Wigan Council actually also posted this photo on their Instagram which was quite cool. I can’t wait to shoot their wedding at Heskin Hall this year!

7. My final wedding of 2016 was Anna and Rachael’s and this was a shot of them in-front of their fabulous illuminated ‘Mrs & Mrs’ sign.

8. I spent my 27th birthday weekend on a camping trip in Wales. On my actual birthday I woke up in a hostel because our tents had been damaged the night before. It was all quite disastrous really and the weather was horrendous but that’s what made me love it. We stopped at Bodelwydden Castle (pictured) for afternoon tea. The scones had literally just come out of the oven, they must have known it was my birthday!

9. The view from the top of the St Pauls Church in Munich, the oldest parish church in the city. Graeme and I were only in Munich for one day before we flew to Croatia for his 30th birthday but we did manage to cram a good amount of touristy activities in while we were there, including climbing the 299 steps of the church tower for this lovely view.


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