Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Hayley and Pete

After a couple of weeks involving some travelling time and lots of driving, it was nice to get a local wedding this week.

Hayley and Pete held their service and reception at the Novotel in Worsley, Salford. This was quite different from some of the weddings I’ve covered of late, this being a very intimate and personal civil ceremony with only very close friends and relatives in attendance. The very real threat of rain was looming all day but it held off thankfully until the wedding breakfast and stopped conveniently after the speeches, with the sun making a welcome appearance once everyone was fed! This gave us plenty of time to make good use of the beautiful gardens to the rear of the venue.

Hayley and Pete are a great couple with a cute but completely fearless handful of a son who did his mum proud walking her down the aisle. The best man wimped, sorry I mean missed out, on the chance to give his brother a verbal bashing after the meal, leaving it instead in the very capable hands of the bridesmaids who both gave emotional speeches to leave the bride in tears (of joy of course).











All the best for the future you two. I really enjoyed covering your special day and was made to feel very welcome by your family and friends all day. I hope you both had a wicked time in Cuba on your honeymoon (JEALOUS!) and I can’t wait for you to see your finished album.

Monday, 19 July 2010

Vicki and Rick at Sefton Park Palm House, Liverpool

This is the day I almost met Al Pacino….. but more on that later.

I drove the short journey to the end of the M62 to shoot this amazing wedding at the end of last month. The day started off at the beautiful new Hilton hotel in Liverpool city centre with the fabulously giddy bridesmaids laughing and joking to help keep Vicki’s nerves at bay. We then moved onto the splendid cathedral-like church of St Matthew and St James in Mossley Hill for their service. A very impressive building both inside and out with an interesting wartime story behind it (I’m rubbish at remembering details, feel free to google it). The reception venue topped the lot though, the fabulous Palm House in beautiful Sefton Park, easily one of the most impressive places I’ve had the pleasure of shooting a wedding reception in so far.











I can’t wait for you two to see your photos, I really hope that my pictures have done this day justice; everything about this wedding was great – the weather, the venues, the atmosphere and the people.

Oh and as for Al Pacino: Apparently during the evening reception he appeared at the gates with his wife asking if he could come in and have a look around, only to be turned away by the guards manning the gates. Did this really happen or was it a just a wedding rumour??? The only people who really know are the two bored security guards, manning the gates on a Saturday night at the venue…. I’ll let you be the judge of that!

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Sharon Maternity Shots

As she was coming to the final month of pregnancy, my friend Sharon wanted some shots taking to document how she looked before giving birth. We went out over a few different days and locations and took some nice pictures of her looking all lovely and… well pregnant! We finished the shoot at her home with her husband Pete getting his hands in on the action on the final picture below.








And about a month after I took these shots, I went round and took this one!

Sharon and Leila

Congratulations on the birth of the lovely Leila Mae Owen! We’ll get a proper family shoot sorted for you as soon as possible.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Sarah and Ste

Phew! This last 4 weeks has been hectic, busy busy busy! Time to catch up with some bloggage and share some of the work I’ve been doing.

What a great day this was! Starting off with the service in Bury followed by the reception in Haslingden (or Rawtenstall, I never quite got to the bottom of that one?), my good friends Sarah and Ste tied the knot and gave me the honour of capturing their amazing day. These are two of the nicest and most fun people I know and was really looking forward to the day, especially when I found out the theme of the party – mad hats! Guests were invited to bring along some funky headwear for the reception, the madder the better! And they didn’t disappoint. The best man had the duty of making the groom's hat and unveiled it on the day - his idea was quite literally PANTS! See below for details!













I had a fantastic time here, definitely a wedding day to remember! Congratulations guys! x