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 :
Sarah and Steven had a lovely, relaxed wedding at The Lodge in Mesnes Park, Wigan. I absolutely adored their summery, yellow theme and Sarah looked gorgeous in her beautiful, scalloped v-neck dress. I was only with the couple for a few hours on the day but my favourite part was definitely when the Vespas came out to play! Seeing the excitement on Steven’s face as we were able to get some photos with them. After the ceremony their guests strolled over to the lovely Italian restaurant Franco’s where they had a relaxed and happy afternoon reception with food, champagne and cake. Such a great day in the Autumn sunshine and a very cool wedding!
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.
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!
Hannah and Paul had a lovely traditional wedding at Christ Church in Ainsworth, Bolton. Hannah Stunned everybody as she entered the church in the most beautiful wedding dress and it was a pleasure to caputure the look on Pauls face as she made her way down the aisle surrounded by so many family and friends. The ceremony was filled with both laughter and emotion brought in part by chief bridesmaid’s lovely reading to her little sister, which can be read here.
The reception was held at Bolton School, one of the oldest schools in Lancashire, and was a perfect choice of venue for Harry Potter fan Hannah. With its castle-like exterior, old stone corridors and staircases we could have believed we were at Hogwarts as we shot some beautiful photos around the school.
An absolutely gorgeous day filled with laughter and lots of dancing! Here are some of my favorites from the day…
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.
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!
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.
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.
On Saturday evening we didn’t venture very far. We’d booked a table for dinner at Porterhouse so all we had to do was toddle downstairs. We came down early in time for happy hour at the bar and indulged in a few cocktails before our meal. I had a blogger fail moment and forgot to take a photo of our food before we demolished it but let me tell you, it was delicous!
Of 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…
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!
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 😉
This is the first yearly review I’ve ever done here on my blog and I’ve absolutely loved looking back on all the incredible weddings that I’ve been so lucky to be a part of this year and the exciting moments that go with them. Here is a round up of a few of my favourites…
I want to thank all of the couples who have made my job so great this year. Much love and happy new year to you all! x
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Kim and Alex just didn’t stop smiling all day, it was such a happy fun wedding to photograph. The weather wasn’t too kind to us but that didn’t matter. The couple had a beautiful ceremony at St Andrews Church in Leyland, followed by a lovely afternoon reception at Wellington Park . I absolutely loved the vintage pastel theme, especially the bridesmaid dresses and flowers. Little handmade touches from friends and family made the day even more lovely.
Thank you Kimberley and Alex for letting me be part of your day x