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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.

 

     

 

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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

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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…

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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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2016 Wedding Photography Roundup

Life has got slightly in the way of blogging over the past few months (although my new years resolution is to rectify this!) but I could not end 2016 without a little roundup post of some of the lovely weddings from throughout the year. And what a year it has been! With so many wonderful couples inviting me to share one of the biggest day of their lives and capture all the beautiful moments that go with it.

Thank you to all my lovely clients, family and friends for your support and for making this year such a good one. Here’s to an equally awesome 2017! xx

 

 

 

Special mention to some of the great venues I have worked with this year :

Manchester Golf Club

Dakota Hotel, Nottingham

Charnock Farm, Leyland

Brookfield Hall, Westhaughton

Park Hall Hotel, Chorley

Watermillock, Bolton

Pavillion on Ther Prom, Blackpool

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Dad’s Photography – Happy Father’s Day

Whenever anyone asks me how I got into photography I always shrug and say “my Dad was always into photography”. It’s not really a proper answer but it is true, I can’t remember ever deciding I wanted to be a photographer but I do remember going on long walks with my Dad with our cameras, waking up early on our family camping holidays to take photos of the sunrise and watching Dad painstakingly set up a tripod and fiddle with the different camera settings until everything was just right. He also used to drive me to and from weekly photography workshops at the Lowry when I was 14 and ensured I upgraded each Christmas from a disposable camera to a sticker camera to a point a shoot and finally my first DSLR.  So yeah, I guess that’s how I got into photography.

A couple of months ago I borrowed a memory card off my dad to take a few snaps of some furniture. When I came upload the images off the card I realized it was half full of Dads photos from holidays gone by. As my images were transferring I wondered how long Dad’s poor photos had been sat on his memory card; unprinted and unappreciated. It made me feel kind of sad. So I’ve decided to post a few below. Some I recognize from family holidays to Cornwall and Wales and one from a walk we did in The Lakes..others I’m not too sure of the location, perhaps you will recognize some for yourself.

Hopefully Dad wont mind this post and can see it as a gesture of love and appreciation because I really do love and appreciate these photos…and my Dad.

Happy Fathers Day!

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Adventures in Brighton (Video)

Last weekend Graeme and I had a little weekend away in Brighton. A camping trip! and it was lovely. We actually camped in Lewes at Housedean Farm Campsite, a nice little spot directly on the South Downs Way. Usually after we’ve been away I like to write a little blog post and upload a few photos of what we got up to, but this time I’ve done things a bit differently! I recently purchased an action camera (the SJCAM SJ4000 ). I bought it for our looming trip to Croatia in July where I anticipate on spending lots of time in and around the Adriatic Sea, walking, meandering through waterfalls and such like. I’m planning to film our 10 day trip but thought I’d better get some practice in first! So this weekend away was a prefect chance to test my new camera 😀

I must say the SJCAM will be perfect for travelling…I just  popped it in my jacket pocket most of the time. I’m used to lugging my huge SLR around with me so I felt very light and free! The video, as you will see is not the greatest but it allowed me to test all the accessories and bits and bobs the camera came with and work out what I can improve on for Croatia (stabilization for sure!).

So have a peek of us battling against the wind to get our tent up, exploring the vintage shops on North Laine and enjoying fish and chips on the beach. We had a lovely little sightseeing coach tour and a delicious brunch at Bills, all of which I would do again. It’s definitely too much to see in one weekend. Brighton, we will be back!

 

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Weekend in Shrewsbury

I meant to write this post on Valentines Day, the week after Graeme and I got back from our romantic weekend in Shrewsbury for our two year anniversary. I was going to include a soppy paragraph about what a wonderful two years it has been and how lucky I feel to be able to share such adventures with such a special person ect…ect. But it’s nearing the end of February now and we’ve all had enough of that!

Why we picked Shrewsbury as our destination of choice neither of us can remember. We had ever been before and all I’d heard was that it had some nice buildings! However I am glad we chose there. We stayed at Porterhouse SY1 on St. Mary’s Street, a bed and breakfast/restaurant right in the town centre. We had lunch in the conservatory before being shown up to our room and I decided I liked the place straight away.

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I hate to use the word ‘vibe’ but it had a very nice vibe. I loved the exposed brick walls and the mismatch of metal chairs at the tables. I’d read a review on Trip Advisor that said “nothing in the place is straight” but I liked that about it. We stayed in a standard room which was lovely too with a slightly more traditional decor than the restaurant downstairs. I particularly liked the oak beams and the rooms low ceiling which just instantly made it feel cosy. We were excited to get the weekend started!

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That first day we had a wonder around Shrewsbury’s main shopping areas and picked up a few bits. Off the main high street on Butcher Row and Wyle Cop were lots of lovely independent and boutique shops perfect for one-off buys and unique gifts. I could have spent all weekend just there!  One of our main goals while we were out was to scout out somewhere we could go for dinner in the evening. There were plenty of old pubs and restaurants along the towns medieval streets but in the end we chose to eat at the popular Indian restaurant, Shalimar near the English Bridge. After dinner we enjoyed some live music and a few drinks at a nice little Cuban bar nearby before calling it a night.

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On the Saturday, our second day, we visited Ironbridge, a small village on the River Severn and about 30 minutes drive from Shrewsbury. On a nice day it would have been a lovely place for a wander. We had a walk over the bridge but it was too cold and rainy to venture much further. Instead we took refuge in a nice little tea room to warm up and enjoyed a cream tea. From Ironbridge we drove to Telford, a relatively new town and quite modern in contrast to everywhere else we’d visited. After a bit more shopping we headed back to our room for a rest.

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emma nelson photography shrewsbury blogOf course the day we were leaving to go home the weather was glorious. As we were bundling our bags into the boot of the Mercedes hire car Graeme had organised for the weekend we remembered we hadn’t visited Shrewsbury Castle! I do love a good castle. We were able to park alongside the castle as we were heading out of the town to catch a quick glimpse. And by glimpse I mean peering through the large wooden gates in-front of the castle as it turned out it was closed for Winter. Ah well, another time maybe…

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My 2015 Best Instagram Photos #2015best9

There’s been a  trend sweeping social media for the last few days that involves using software to generate a best 9 list on Instagram. Well here’s mine!

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Here is a quick overview of my most liked Instagram photos of 2015, starting at the top left:

1. At the beginning of the year I set up a little workstation in the corner of my bedroom for photo editing and blogging. It served me well but  I’m currently in the process of moving house and shall  have my own little office soon! Not to mention a brand spanking new computer. Very exciting!

2. Like a proud parent I set up this photo back in March to show off my new camera. I’ve been so happy with my Nikon D800 since I got it  and it has accompanied me to every wedding since. This year one of my resolutions is to master it’s video function.

3. A montage of details from Fay and Alex’s gorgeous wedding back in September. You can see more of their wedding here.

4. I decided one afternoon to make a little fort for Graeme and I to hide out in. I was pretty chuffed with it even if it did make me feel like an eight year old.  I think Graeme was secretly impressed too. We ended up eating our dinner in there while watching Age of Adeline before falling asleep. I must say I did wake up with a bad back…I’m not as young as I think I am!

5. This was the awesome breakfast Graeme and I had whilst staying at Roslyn House in Pateley Bridge last September. My goodness it was good! Roslyn House was a lovely B&B too. The owners Judith and Bob made us feel right at home and upgraded our room for us on arrival. I’d highly recommend it for anyone looking for somewhere to stay while exploring the Yorkshire Dales.

6. A lovely photo of Hannah and Paul’s first dance at their wedding at Bolton School last year. Hannah’s dress was just amazing.

7. Same wedding! Graeme doing a sterling job working the Photobooth at the evening reception. Good lad.

8. A snap of the Eiffel Tower from our trip to Paris last April for Mums 50th Birthday. I could go back there time and time again.

9. Working hard in a coffee shop getting Kim and Alex’s wedding images ready. Oh and a sneaky granola square too 😉

 

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Birthday weekend in The Lakes

My birthday weekend was just the best. Graeme booked us a little town house in Kendal in the Lake District to celebrate the occasion. I say little, the house he booked through Airbnb was actually quite big with three floors, 4 bedrooms, a wood fire, a  lovely kitchen diner leading to a private yard where we sat in the mornings and drank coffee. The location was really good too… 15 minute walk from Kendal town centre and a 10 minute walk from the castle.

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We spent our first day exploring Kendal, mostly shopping and making some ‘interesting purchases’. We stopped for some afternoon tea at a tiny little tea room on the main highstreet before heading back to the house for a nap (yes this is how we roll and I love it!). After recharging at the house in the afternoon we wandered up to Kendal castle to catch the sunset in the evening. It was lovely, although the walk back in the dark was a bit scary! We spent the rest of our evening on the sofa with takeaway and a movie after many painstaking attempts to get the wood fire started.

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The next day we drove to Ambleside for breakfast at The Apple Pie Cafe & Bakery (highly recommend).  After my American pancakes,  Heather and Laura came to meet us for the day. We had a nosey in National Trust’s Bridge House and then walked up to the waterfalls before driving to Wateredge and hopping on a boat to Bowness. The weather was so nice but it was absolutely freezing on the lake. We enjoyed fish and chips in Bowness (I forgot to take a photo before I wolfed them down but they were epic) and did a bit of Christmas shopping!

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After lunch we got the boat back to Waterhead to jump back in the car. We had a nice scenic drive to Keswick where we made it just in time to visit Puzzling Place, an optical illusion and puzzles museum. It quite a small ‘out of the way’ place but I’d highly recommend going if you’re in the area, especially if you’re into puzzles or rolling around the floor and and that type of thing.

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From Keswick we drove back to Wateredge for another Lake District sunset and for dinner at the Wateredge Inn. Heather and Laura left us after dinner to head back to Bolton while Graeme and I made our way back to the Kendal town house. We decided to stay in the attic room that night with its big bay window to watch the Supermoon! The lunar eclipse definitely ended the weekend on the best note. Here’s to happy birthdays!

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Happy Birthday Little One!

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Happy Birthday Heather!

I know you’ve been stressed recently so I hope you can take today to chill out and enjoy yourself!

You help me so much in my journey to creating my own business, just know that I am always here for you and it wont be long until all the assignments and teaching placements are behind you and you’ll be a qualified teacher! Even if you then decide, you want to become a dentist/lawyer/astronaut (I know what you’re like!).

So Happy Birthday! I won’t say lets make it the best year yet because we are saving that for next year 😉 But have a good one!

Love your big Sis xx