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Samlesbury Hall Wedding // Chris & Emily

Samlesbury Hall wedding photography – Emily and Chris

From a modern Tinder meet up to a wedding at one of the oldest venues in Lancashire, this is Chris and Emily’s Samlesbury Hall wedding.

Oh, but first, let me kick off with their top tip for a fantastic wedding day… “Hire Nik to do your wedding photos!”

Haha! Thanks guys, did I ever tell you you’re my favourite couple ever?!

Samlesbury Hall weddings

Preston’s Samlesbury Hall is a Lancashire stately home packed full of history. Rumour has it there’s even a ghost or two that lives there! I kept my eyes peeled but didn’t spot any supernatural antics at Chris and Emily’s wedding though!

I love the story of how they chose Samlesbury as their wedding venue. It was one of the first places they visited after getting engaged but being a rather analytical pair they needed to know it was the right one for them. Cue them making a list of every wedding venue in the country, whittling it down to venues within an hour of Manchester (200…) and then made a shortlist of 40. From there they visited a few, made some meticulous notes on a spreadsheet and ended up at Samlesbury Hall. Back where they started!

I love that Chris and Emily kept their decor nice and simple, showing off the beautiful interiors of Samlesbury Hall. Kerry from Wild Flowers put together some very natural arrangements of foliage, herbs and seasonal flowers which were used as centrepieces for the tables, as well as using similar arrangements for the buttonholes and bouquets.

Like me these guys love their music. They put together a playlist for each part of the day and themed their tables around albums that had impacted on their life including Clockwork Radio, Elbow and Bruce Springsteen. Each table name also had a little story on the back, so guests could understand the album and why it was so important to them.

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Wedding photography at Samlesbury Hall

After their informal ceremony in the Whittaker Room everyone made the most of the glorious weather and spilled out (to the sounds of Morecombe and Wise singing Bring Me Sunshine) onto the grass for some lawn games. Chris, Emily and I decided to sneak away for a few portraits and headed out around Samlesbury’s grounds before rejoining everyone for some hilarious speeches and a first dance to Richard Hawley.

Chris, Emily, I loved your day! These are some of my favourites.

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Fairfield Social Club // Charley and Lee

Fairfield Social Club Wedding

Manchester City Centre Urban Wedding Inspiration

Ok so let me warn you from the top that this is a really image heavy blog. This was an amazing wedding and there was so much to share. From me getting to photograph two of my amazing friends getting married through to a bride who made her own wedding cake, lovely family moments and a massively emotional dad, Clint Boon rocking up to DJ, friends officiating the ceremony and all this happening in one of the coolest wedding venues in Manchester, Fairfield Social Club! This is a special one for me and in some lovely words from Charley this is why

“From the moment we started planning we knew Nik had to photograph our wedding. He’s basically photographed our relationship at various club nights over the years and id always loved his wedding photography.”

Manchester Wedding Photography

Lets wind back to before I met Lee and Charley and look at how they met each other! Meeting through a “friend” Lee was a DJ at a few Manchester clubs and bars and this is where Charley first laid eyes on him. This is a similar story as to how I met Lee too but we didn’t end up getting engaged. From Charley finding the ring in Lee’s underwear drawer (lads be a bit more creative) Lee changed plans and decided surprise was key so he organised a surprise engagement he proposed to Charley and in totally their style all their friends and family were there too for the biggest surprise!

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Super cool and laid back wedding vibes

Fairfield Social Club isn’t your average wedding venue but it is a super cool one. Chosen because it doesn’t need a lot of decoration and already looks pretty cool but also its HUGE and these guys have a big set of friends and family who love to party. From a chilled bridal prep in the morning through to a beautiful personal ceremony led by friends in some gorgeous light flooding in the day couldn’t have been more perfect. One of my favourite moments from the day had to be when Charley walked down the aisle and Lee saw her for the first time. He absolutely lost it and it was one of the most beautiful things I have seen!

In Lee and Charley’s words

“Screw everyone else’s opinion. Weddings can we as big or and little as you want and the only people you have to please is you. And most people that love you will get in bored with it. Try not to let it stress you out because once the day starts you can’t control it and you just have to enjoy it as much as you can. Also you do you.”

And from the images you can see this is exactly how they did it. Super cool, laid back and just out to enjoy their wedding. Thanks for letting me photograph the next stage of your relationship!

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Ferraris Country House Wedding

Wedding venue spotlight – Ferrari’s Country House

Ferarris country house wedding photography

I’m a big fan of this hidden gem and so I’m very excited to shine my ‘wedding venue spotlight’ on Ferrari’s Country House Hotel.

Set amidst beautiful Lancashire countryside it would be easy to mistake Ferrari’s Country House as a rather grand family home, and that’s what makes it so special. The house has been in the Ferrari family since 1995 and you’ll get a warm welcome from one of them as soon as you walk through the door. They take a hands on approach to each and every wedding that takes place there and, like me, they always go the extra mile. Nothing is too much trouble for a couple and their guests.

Susan and Ginio Ferrari were running the successful restaurant, Ferrari’s of Great Eccleston, for over a decade before they happened upon a beautiful country house near Preston. In the years since they purchased it they, along with their four children, have turned the old house into one of Lancashire’s most acclaimed wedding venues. It’s so popular it often gets booked up years in advance.

Ribble Valley wedding venue

It’s no secret that I love the Ribble Valley, it’s a stunning area of the UK and most of it is designated as An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Ferrari’s is right on the edge of the Valley and there can be no better backdrop for a couple’s portraits.

Lots of my couples love an adventure and are keen to head out into the countryside for some creative photographs of the two of them. I love that! We’ll jump in a car and go for an explore. I’m predominantly a documentary photographer though and many couples book me because they don’t want portraits to take up too much for their day. When I know a couple wants to stay close to the party then there are still no shortage of brilliant locations at Ferrari’s itself. It’s set with 4 acres of carefully manicured gardens so there’s no need to walk far to find a gorgeous spot for photographs.

Regardless of photo opportunities you never want your guests to have to travel too far down winding lanes for your wedding so a big advantage of Ferrari’s is that even though they are tucked away within beautiful countryside surroundings the venue is still just ten minutes from the M6. I get to class it as one of my locals as its just a quick drive up the motorway from my home near Bolton.

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Weddings at Ferrari’s Country House Hotel

Ferrari’s is the perfect place to hold your entire wedding. From waking up there on the morning of your big day to your wedding ceremony (outdoors if the weather obliges) right through to joining your friends and family for breakfast the morning after you’ve said I do!

If the weather plays ball then ceremonies can be held out in the gardens in the Dovecote. Surrounded by greenery it’s a beautiful place to say your vows. Perfect for intimate ceremonies a few guests can join the couples inside the Dovecote whilst others gather outside and view the cremony through the large openings. It also means if the weather is a little bit iffy guests can shelter under umbrellas but the couple (and that all important marriage register!) stay nice and dry.

The ceremony room within the main building isn’t too shabby either! The lovely big windows let in lots of light (perfect for photography) and there’s more than enough room for every guest to take a seat and enjoy the marriage ceremony.

For couples who have opted for a more religious ceremony there are no shortage of local churches meaning the couple, and their guests, don’t have to travel far to get married before returning to celebrate at Ferrari’s Country House Hotel.

Ferraris Country House Hotel Wedding Photographer

As you can probably tell I love it whenever I get chance to photograph a wedding at Ferrari’s. I know that the family and wedding co-ordinators will be on hand to make sure that everything runs smoothly and that there are so many places for great photographs.

If you’re planning a wedding there then please get in touch. I’d love to hear all about your plans!

ferraris house hotel wedding photography

2019 – A Year In Review

Best Wedding Photos – 2019

Well, 2019 is well and truly over! As we roll into 2020 and another year and decade it is the perfect time to look back on the year before. This won’t be a massive blog as its more about some of my best wedding photos and not about any one wedding but there are a few little things I would love to highlight.

2019 was a pretty awesome year for me. I built up a strong network of amazing people to work with and started doing more things for me outside of my wedding photography bubble.

In 2019 I

  • Started my youtube vlog which will be mainly wedding and photography based but might have a few curve balls thrown in.
  • Was nominated as a finalist in The English Wedding Awards
  • Had a couple of really lovely holidays with family
  • Shot 25 weddings and one vow renewal, travelling all over the country visiting some favourite venues and some new venues too.
  • Worked with 27 brides & 25 grooms
  • Started mentoring other photographers in the industry
  • Launched my first ever workshop which sold out!
  • probably did loads of other cool things I can’t remember.

Whats new for 2020

Well, I will be continuing on with weddings and I am really looking forward to all the couples who have booked in. If you haven’t booked and want to chat I still have space available for 2020 and my 2021 diary is open.

I will be running and hosting my workshop and mentoring. The workshop sold out but all being well I will be planning another towards the end of the year. Mentoring and training will be available on a 1-2-1 or small group basis. The youtube vlog will be something I am aiming to grow with stuff for photographers but also for anyone wedding planning too.

Finally I will also be launching my family photography. I have done little bits in the past but really want to dedicate more time to this in 2020 and going forward!

Anyway less about all this lets get to the pictures. Above is my highlights video (massive thanks to Seaway for the music) and below are a selection of my favourite images from weddings in 2019.

 

HERES TO 2020!

 

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Like what you see and still looking for your wedding photographer? Click HERE to get in touch.

Bolton Family Photography // Nik Bryant Photography

Bolton Family Photography

Are you looking to cover your walls in beautiful family portraits. Want more than just phone snaps and selfies. We are all guilty of not taking enough photos, I am for sure. This is where a family lifestyle shoot comes into play. Gone are the old days of posed, boring and bland studio shoots where the awkward factor goes through the roof. Lets take some time and hang out and create some gorgeous family photographs to hang on your walls and share with family.

I can come to you and work in your home or we can head out on location for some family time and let me capture you as a family with a few little stops for gorgeous family photos.

A Day in The Life

New for 2020 you can also book A day in the life shoots where for either 4 or 8 hours I can come and document your time together as a family. No stopping and posing just pure documentary family time and moments!

For more information or to answer any questions then please drop me an email at nik@nikbryantphotography.co.uk

Ashfield House Wedding Photography

Ashfield House Wedding Photography

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Ashfield House is a relatively new kid on the block in terms of wedding venues. But the team there have certainly made their mark on a busy North West wedding scene!

Set in Standish, on the borders of Lancashire, Manchester and Merseyside this exclusive use venue is perfectly situated. Guests can easily travel from anywhere in the North West (and beyond) and with 15 uber stylish bedrooms up for grabs then there’s no excuse for people not to make the most of an overnight stay!

Family owned and run there is a real sense of warmth mixed with understated luxury at Ashfield House. You feel like you’ve got the run of a country house for the weekend, which is exactly what the team there want! It basically becomes your home from home for your wedding celebrations and weddings held there can feel like one big house party, a vibe which I love!

Weddings at Ashfield House

The Sitting Room is one of my favourite ‘morning prep’ spaces. There is so much natural light flooding in it’s a photographer’s dream. I’ve heard so many make up artists rave about it too! There’s loads of room for everyone to get ready together and, of course, there’s plenty of fizz on hand to get the celebrations started!

Ashfield’s ceremony room is a blank canvas, allowing couples to put their own stamp on their wedding day. Painted in neutral colours it’s a bright and spacious room that lends itself to all kinds of styling. When it comes to design if you can think of it then I’m pretty sure the team at Ashfield can help make it happen!

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Wedding portraits at Ashfield House

One of my favourite things about Ashfield House is the sense of personality you get from it. Yes it’s a blank canvas but even with just a touch minimal styling the house is something really special.

If the weather turns bad (and lets face it, we’re in Lancashire, there’s a chance it’s going to rain!) then the hall is the perfect spot for guests to mingle and some family group photos. There’s plenty of rooms to make use of for some couple pictures too. However, if the weather plays ball then the gardens are incredible and I love venturing out there for portraits.

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One of the things I love about Ashfield is how much time the team spend to make the entire experience as smooth as possible for a couple. In fact, you now don’t even need to visit the venue to decide if it’s the one for you as they offer virtual tours on their fab website. Well worth taking a peek at this so you can arrange a real life trip to Ashfield asap and get yourself booked in!

Hilltop Country House Weddings

Hilltop House Wedding Photography

Sunset at Hilltop Country House in Macclesfield

 If you’re looking for an exclusive use Cheshire wedding venue then you can’t go far wrong with Hilltop Country House, Prestbury.

With a choice of three spaces to hold your wedding ceremony, English country gardens and a marquee in the grounds you never have to worry about guests feeling cramped or having nowhere to explore during your wedding reception!

Wedding ceremonies at Hilltop House

Couples can choose to use the marquee for their whole day, from wedding ceremony right up until the last person leaves the dancefloor. I’m a big fan of marquee weddings, they can be decorated however you like and completely in keeping with whatever theme you’ve chosen for your wedding day. Plus (photographer geek speak now) the white walls act like one giant softbox and are wonderfully flattering!

For more intimate ceremonies there’s Hilltop’s garden room which holds just under 70 people and, if the weather is on your side, then couples can opt to get married outside on the terrace. When the backdrop to your wedding ceremony is views of the Cheshire landscape on one side and an ivy clad stone house on the other then you are onto a winner! And your wedding photographer will love you forever, guaranteed!

Once the formalities of the wedding ceremony are out of the way (wherever you’ve opted to hold it) guests can gather on the terrace or enjoy a stroll around the gardens. There’s no shortage of portrait spots at Hilltop so at that point I always whisk couples away for a few minutes. A great chance for them to have a breather after the whirlwind of the ceremony and time for me to put my creative hat on and get some beautiful wedding photos in the bag.

When you’re in a location as beautiful as Hilltop then there’s no need to venture far so I know I’ll have couples back with their friends and family in no time. Always a bonus for them!

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Hilltop Country House weddings

It’s no surprise that Hilltop Country House has been one of Cheshire’s premier wedding venues for years now. It’s a real favourite with couples and photographers alike and I always jump at the chance to shoot there.

If you’re on the hunt for a Hilltop Country House wedding photographer then get in touch!

Chester Pride 2019

Chester Pride – Official Photography

Earlier this year I was asked to be the official photographer for Chester Pride. How can I say no! Being a massive supporter of the LGBTQ+ community and having photographed many same sex weddings and civil ceremonies it was a massive honour to be asked to be part of such a wonderful celebration.

With my Brother – In – Law and his partner being key members of the organisational team it was amazing to see them come into their own on the day in full flow making sure the parade ran smoothly and all the events and acts were able to perform on time. It also gave me an immense sense of pride to see them deal with such adversity as the original date was cancelled due to bad weather and for them to then have six weeks to pull of this incredible celebration. I had an amazing day and it really was great to see the city of Chester rally together for this wonderful celebration.

With a parade through the streets of  Chester culminating in an amazing celebration with music from Whigfield and headlined by Ex-Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle.

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Didsbury Wedding Photography

Didsbury Wedding Photography

Military wedding in didsbury

Ahhh Didsbury, what a place. A leafy urban suburb to the south of Manchester it’s a bit of an oasis from the city and is home to some of my favourite Manchester wedding venues and portrait spots.

There are numerous pubs, all with great beer gardens, so it’s a fab place for me to meet up with couples and I’ve had many an engagement shoot in the area too. From cobbled streets to tree lined avenues and parkland there’s never a shortage of locations for me to take couples to for their Didsbury wedding photography.

Weddings at Didsbury House and 11 Didsbury Park

The most well known Didsbury wedding venue is the lovely Didsbury House Hotel, and its sister venue, 11 Didsbury Park.

A luxury Victorian townhouse, Didsbury house has been turned into an eclectic, stylish boutique hotel and one of Manchester’s most popular wedding venues.

Weddings held here have a real ‘house party’ feel to them especially as it’s exclusive use so couples and their guests get to take over the entire place for a couple of days. Even though it has been designed with luxury in mind the house has retained a warm and homely vibe meaning everyone relaxes as soon as they step through the door. Chilled out, happy guests always make for the best weddings!

Just a few steps away lies 11 Didsbury Park. Another Victorian villa, the house is surrounded by leafy hedges and has a fantastic walled garden. It’s perfect for spring and summer weddings as guests can enjoy an outdoor BBQ and play lawn games into the evening. Like Didsbury House, 11 Didsbury Park has a really lovely informal feel to it as everyone makes themselves at home there!

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Wedding photographs at Fletcher Moss

Just down the road from Didsbury House, Fletcher Moss Park is the perfect place to wander to with newly married couples who want a few minutes away from the party to reflect on their day and, of course, get some portraits taken!

The park is 21 acres of greenery, including the beautiful Botanical Gardens and meadows. It’s a bit of a haven from the hustle and bustle of the city and, with so many nooks and crannies, it’s perfect for couple portraits. I’ve even been known to venture here for pre-wedding shoots as well so know all the best spots now!

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The Old Parsonage wedding venue

Across the road from Fletcher Moss is the Old Parsonage, a beautiful building filled with history and surrounded by gardens. It’s thought to be the oldest buildings in Didsbury – well, after St James Church which overlooks it!

This is a real DIY wedding venue which always makes for relaxed days and couples looking to do away with tradition and have a wedding that really reflects them. The oak panels and stained glass inside the Parsonage look amazing and are great for some creative portraits while guests explore the grounds. As with Didsbury House I always like to nip across to Fletcher Moss too for some natural portraits of the two of you relaxing together.

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Are you thinking of holding your wedding in Didsbury? If so and you’re on the look out for a Didsbury wedding photographer then I’d love to hear from you!