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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.

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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My main memory of this day is the warmth and friendliness from Anna and Dan, and from everyone around them, which was the best contrast to the crazy wind. Some serious style going on here too, 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.

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 ancient but lovely convoy 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 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 lot 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.