I’m still nose to screen over here while I finish editing a few weddings from last year, but it’s important to look up now and again, glance back and take stock. And when I did take a peek in the rear-view mirror I realised that I didn’t want to wait to say how grateful I am. I wanted to pause, just for a minute, and give a massive shout out to all of my wonderful couples from 2019. A ridiculously lovely, funny and big hearted bunch, whose kindnesses will never be forgotten. This is a work in progress really, some of my early favourites from the year, but underneath it all is a bearhug from me to you. Images from different seasons and cities, bound together with an enormous thank you to you – my couples, your families, friends and everyone else I had the joy to meet or work with along the way. For inviting me in, for welcoming me like an old pal, for sharing your days and your dancefloors with me, for trusting me, for telling me bad jokes, for making me feel like the luckiest human – THANK YOU.
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A few of my faves from the epic music-filled celebrations for Jamie + Anne. I couldn’t love this pair of wonderful humans more. Or the place they chose for their wedding. Keeping their eye on their main loves of music and food they kept things simple and did their day, their way. Which is the best advice I could give anyone planning a wedding! They filled the big beautiful railway arches of Fairfield Social Club with their loved ones, back-to-back live music and so much ridiculously tasty food that normal life now seems seriously lacking in Mariachi singers and mezze platters. If you like weddings, Manchester, retro styling, giant moustaches, starry jumpsuits, happy faces, bagpipes and more brass than you can shake a selfie stick at then this is one for you.
Featured on Love My Dress here. Supplier shout outs: Manchester Hall // Fairfield Social Club // Music by Beat Banditos + Backchat Brass // Food: The Ottomen // Anne’s dresses: Elizabeth Avey and Retro Rehab // Jamie’s suit: Tweed Addict // Bridesmaid’s jumpsuits: Rock the Jumpsuit // Flowergirls’ dresses: Little Bird By Jools // Hair + Make-Up: Rebecca Anderton // Flowers: Northern Flower
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The last wet and windy June I remember was two years ago, and I went to shoot a wedding on a stormy Anglesey. Which might sound like a daunting prospect for everyone involved, but the grey skies became the perfect contrast to the most joyful, hilarious day. It was so full of life and energy. A bit like the gale force winds that threatened to lift the marquee from its pegs! It was also the first time I’ve seen a wedding car pull in to fill up on petrol – though in all fairness the driver was buying time. I was riding in the back-up vehicle and our convoy of two beautiful, slightly doddery vintage cars somehow managed to overtake the double decker bus full of guests on the way to the church. Even with the pit stop, we still beat them down the narrow lane to St Edwen’s, and Anna had to hide in the old coal shed while they all ran into the tiny stone church. I remember her face beaming in the darkness. I remember running into my spot a few minutes later, covered in goosebumps from a mixture of the wind outside and the velvet voices of the Welsh Male Voice Choir. The church was candlelit but the atmosphere was electric. Soft light on Dan’s face as he waited in the church, nerves dissolving into smiles and laughter as they married. The bus ride was boozy, and the beach was deserted and beautiful. We peeked at it through steamy plastic windows in the marquee, scampered onto it to catch a ten minute dry spell right towards sunset, and a small band of merry guests watched the waves in the dark before the call for dancing (thankfully) put a spanner in their plan for a late night dip.
There was epic warmth and friendliness from Anna and Dan, and from everyone! Plus some serious style going on… though my favourite guest outfit still belongs to Anna’s Grandma, who had the best glasses and a mischievous smile that made me want to adopt her on the spot.
I don’t know if there’s a link between wild weather and wild dance floors, but this day makes me think it’s definitely a thing. Though I suspect this awesome bunch of people would have the best party in whatever forecast you could throw at them. Oh, and look out for the ingenious dance floor restyle… turns out if your dress is ever catching in your heels when you’re trying to dance, all you need is a couple of resourceful mates and a belt!
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I finally had the chance to shoot at the insanely beautiful Victoria Baths last August. Hands down one of my favourite venues in Manchester – this wedding confirmed that a hundred times over. Though as much as I love this place in all its vintage glory the real buzz comes when it’s full of ace people feeling pretty high on life. Sarah + Janine filled the empty pools with their families and friends, amazing picnic food, endless hugs (I got at least 12 from Janine so I reckon her mates were in triple figures), and so many happy tears that there was danger of the place being brought back to their original purpose. I really couldn’t have asked for a more awesome couple to bring me to this palace of Victorian tiles and killer light and it was an absolute treat to hang out with them on this emotional rollercoaster ride of a day. Thanks for everything you two, especially the hugs!
All the images here are mine but huge thanks to the lovely Rachel Burt for 2nd shooting with me on the day and generally being ace.
Today has proved to me that procrastination can be a good thing. I’ve been working on my annual round up post, which is always a monumental task requiring laser focus. Obviously, the best thing to do when faced with that task is to to become suddenly and intensely distracted – it’s clearly the perfect time to rifle through my wedding archives and get lost in there for a while! And I do, I lose track of time when I delve into these folders, which contain multitudes of moments from weddings I’ve had the joy of sharing in over the last few years. I emerge a while later, smiling. Each picture sparks a memory, a scene, sound, emotion… right now I feel like I’ve just walked out of The Belle Epoque after Ben + Annabel’s wedding, music and laughter still in my ears. It’s as close to time travel as I think I can get. I think of everyone there at each wedding and how they might look at these images and have their own memory explosions. This makes me happy.
This swimming around in my archives has also made me realise just how many wonderful days I’ve yet to share, so I’m doing something about that!
September days like this one are favourites of mine. Warm sunshine from above and the beginnings of autumn in the leaves under our feet as we walked in the park after dinner. The flock of birds on the tower bursting into flight every now and then, as if to celebrate with us. Ben + Annabel are two of the best humans you could hope to meet and watching them marry each other was just bloody wonderful. I won’t list all their amazing qualities because it’ll just get embarrassing, and there’s only so many times I can say kind and thoughtful in these blogposts before it sounds like I’m making it up (which I never am!). Anyway, these guys invited me in with such warmth and kindness that I felt like an old friend, and they both made me laugh, a lot…
Sometimes a bit of procrastination is just what I need. Days like these wallpaper my mind with joy and gratitude and remind me why I love doing what I do.
For the flip side of all this, you can read the message that Annabel sent to me after I delivered their images here.