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I remember the seagulls calling overheard as I headed down into the narrow streets of Port Isaac, sea air salt on my lips and my belly full of excitement. You know it’s going to be a good day when the bride is getting ready in a cottage on ‘Dolphin Street’. Bill and Emma are fellow Mancunians but they found a Cornish woodland that stole their hearts, so they filled it with friends and family, and their brilliant sense of style and fun. It was the most magical Mancunian corner of Cornwall you could ever wish to find. Like a private festival, with friends playing guitar and singing and later playing records into the small hours.  The joy and warmth and generosity that radiated off Bill and Emma was infectious and made the whole day a delight to photograph from start to finish. It’s no surprise that their ace Didsbury restaurant The Rose Garden (go if you get the chance!) is held in such high regard – they are amazing hosts, and made me feel like one of the family from the get go. I’m still in love with Emma’s dress and big feathery cape, and the flowers were ridiculously beautiful (so I’m not sorry at all for the amount of pictures of them here). In true festival style it started to drizzle around 4pm and didn’t really stop, but it didn’t matter one bit. When you’ve got a massive tent full of your loved ones who cares if there’s a bit of rain drumming on the roof. A huge thanks to Bill and Emma for inviting me in, it was (as Emma would say) absolutely top!

 



 

 

 

Chris and Debbie are party throwers of the highest calibre, and this totally relaxed and fun celebration was no exception. It really doesn’t get much better than watching best friends marry each other. Especially with their little girl Patti watching on. I’ll never forget how much love filled that old school hall, or how out of breath I was from shooting the crazy ceilidh knees-up in the barn that followed (partly from laughing so bloody hard).

A lot of thought and planning had gone on and it was brilliant to see Chris + Debbie’s stamp all over the day – from the mismatched chairs to the beautiful flowers that Debbie and her gran did themselves the day before. So although I’m sure this lot could have had just as much fun in a bare tin shed, Pimhill Barn was made to look and feel especially magical thanks to family and friends and some really tall ladders.

Days like these make me feel incredibly grateful. I’m so lucky to be able to call these people my friends and I’m really proud I was able to document these moments. Picking out favourites was easy… keeping them to a blog-friendly number was not. This is the short version!

Shout outs to Richard at Adcote School and Ginny at Pimhill for being such brilliant hosts!

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It’s June and it’s one of those clean, clear days: hot but not too hot (though Duncan may disagree with me on that). The skies are steadfast blue, and I’m photographing a wedding in some of my favourite Manchester places for a couple that felt like old friends, even though we’d only met a month earlier…

Weddings have this sort of electricity running through them, and it sparks out in all sorts of ways. This bunch were especially electric. Love and joy and fun was flying out all over the place and everywhere I turned I felt like I was catching sparks.

Sarah and her girls got ready in a room at the Midland Hotel, nervous glances collapsing into can’t-keep-it-in smiles. Then off to the ceremony at Manchester Town Hall for excited faces under beautiful ceilings and lovely window light. It’s a good job Sarah likes it there too, as Duncan booked it for their wedding before he had proposed. Strong move!

After the ceremony there were drinks and hugs, some larking about in front of a bus (don’t worry, it was our bus) and a bit of impromptu busking, after which we climbed on board for Ancoats, for the reception in Hallé St Peter’s (the rehearsal home for our city’s brilliant orchestra). The combination of sun soaked city streets and this big open space for everyone to celebrate in was pretty magical… though mainly because this lot know how to celebrate!

Speaking of sparks, look out for Duncan’s Grandma, who likes to put her hands in her grandson’s beards (she also LOVES to dance).  And then there’s the little lad I found quietly performing his new poem “Sugar Rush” – inspired by the candy table (and, I suspect, fuelled by it too). You might spot Sarah’s reaction to a particularly sharp shoe pinch (her Jimmy Choo-ouch! face) and also the moment one of the Best Men decided to deliver his part of the speech in the form of dance.

Duncan and Sarah are two of the loveliest, most relaxed and considerate people you could hope to meet, and they’re clearly crazy about each other. Thanks so much for having me along you two and for totally trusting me, it was a real giggle and a joy from start to finish!

Here are some of my favourites…

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Ten storey love song
I built this thing for you
Who can take you higher
Than twin deep mountain blue
Oh well I’ve built this thing for you
And I love you true

I was trying to find the right words to describe this day, to say how special it was to photograph Charlotte and Alex’s wedding. To see them marry each other after – as Charlotte called it – their whirlwind romance. Just the ten years long.

So much excitement, so much fun, so much love, all packed into this day, into these rooms, plain to see on the faces of everyone there. I’m not sure I can do it justice in words, so I’m leaving it up to the Stone Roses and the pictures to do most of the talking for me this time. Hopefully Alex will approve, seen as it’s the song he proposed during and the first song they danced to as husband and wife. It got a fair few plays during my edit too (I am a Mancunian after all).

I will say this though. Watching them all beam with happiness, hug hard and dance like crazy, I came away into the quiet of the carpark that night feeling like I had been holding hands all day long with what really matters. And I’m not talking about venues or dresses or perfect weather or how many people are there… I’m talking about what is always there, underneath all that, and what weddings seem to make so palpable. How we make each other laugh, how we love. What we mean to each other, those words we choose to say to each other, and all the other stuff we can’t put into words. And just how wonderful it is.

This funny carpark bliss of mine has become a very familiar feeling this year, and I’m so very grateful.

 

Big thanks to MC Benny for his group shot helping, and props to the awesome Mighty Booth for providing, well, awesome props and hilarious photobooth fun!

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Ian and Sara had the most beautiful late November wedding at Dewsall Court, near Hereford. Sara is a more than a dab hand at crafting lovely things and is responsible for most of the gorgeous details you’re about to see below, including the hanging paper curtain in the ceremony room – honestly, this lady has some serious skills! Check out her craft blog Some Bright Spark. Ian is a graphic designer and art director… so between them I had a hunch this was going to be one good-looking wedding. It was exactly that, but much more importantly it was just what they wanted – a small, intimate gathering in a beautiful place, where everyone felt very much at home. Where their own daughter Lila and all the other kids could come and enjoy the whole weekend as much as the grown ups. The day was relaxed and unravelled gently, and at times I felt as though I’d happened across a large and lovely family, having a ball in their countryside pile. There was some specially crafted fun to keep the small ones entertained, including a full blown dress-up extravaganza (little did their parents know, as they enjoyed dinner in the conservatory, that a spaceman and some fairies had taken over the barn).                                      After dinner and speeches came roaring fires and a pub quiz masterminded by a friend, then candlelight and dancing.

Ian and Sara were a dream to work with, leaving me to capture things as I saw them (a freedom that always brings out the best in me), and braving the chill for just long enough for us to giggle our way round the gardens for some photographs. Some of my favourite little touches included the hilarious place name anagrams, meaning that guests had to work out which was their comically jumbled name – see if you can spot the one that made me laugh out loud the most! Oh, and the flowers… the flowers! I’m a sucker for some succulents and this wedding had them in glorious abundance.

But most of all I loved seeing Ian and Sara get wed, and everyone have such fun together, while the wintry sun poured over everything, and the rooms of the house filled up with light and life and laughter.

It was as tough as ever choosing my favourites from their day, but here are some of them. Hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Flowers: Love, Lily // Dress: Jenny Packham // Kids creche and dress up joy: Cicciona’s