How to nail that confetti shot!

Nailing your confetti shot!

Confetti at same sex hyde bank farm wedding

So you want the most amazing confetti shot but not sure how to nail it on the day? Well let me help! I absolutely love the confetti shot, i think it is one of my favourite parts of the day. So much colour, fun and chaos all in one moment! Having shot close to 75 weddings now I have seen them all. Some amazing and perfectly executed to, well, lets say not the best so here are a few tips on how to nail that confetti shot!

Location makes a difference

Ok so I sound like that daytime TV show trying to sell you your first house, but its true. Location makes all the difference. Traditionally the confetti shot is done as the couple leave church or the ceremony however some churches are a little bit apprehensive about this and some venues will only allow confetti in certain areas so speak to your venue then have a chat with your photographer about the best location after your venue have advised. You want somewhere picturesque but don’t want a half mile walk for all your guests.


Ok so this might sound a little simple but for the best confetti shot you need…… thats right, CONFETTI! Ok ok so why am I mentioning this. Well in recent times less and less guests are actually bringing confetti to weddings so for the best photo I would highly advise grabbing some yourselves. This way you can tie it in with your colour scheme, make sure it is bio degradable (some venues won’t allow anything other than this) and also make sure you have enough. Nothing is worse than a confetti shot with half a box between friends!

I would highly recommend speaking to my friends over at Dollz Confetti who have loads of different colours and styles for you to choose from and will be able to help with how much you will need for your guests.

And finally, Smile, walk and enjoy the chaos!

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Sandhole Oak Barn Wedding // David and Georgina

Sandhole Oak Barn Wedding – David and Georgina

Sandhole Oak Barn Wedding Photography

We’re off to the Cheshire countryside for today’s blog. Sandhole Oak Barn, a pretty wedding venue that sits on the shores of a lake and set amongst green fields. Sounds pretty idyllic doesn’t it!

I arrived at Sandhole bright and early to meet up with Georgina and her bridesmaids who were getting ready in the lovely prep rooms there. I was working alongside my good friend Kieran who was on video duties for the day. It’s always a nice bonus when I get to spend the day with my mates!

One great thing about Sandhole is that there’s enough space for couples to both get ready there, without setting eyes on each other. This is brilliant for us photographers as it means we can easily dash between both morning preps. David was getting suited and booted in the Shepherd’s Hut. A new addition to Sandhole and perfect for the boys to get ready in and have a quick pre ceremony drink!

A traditional church wedding ceremony

I set off for the church just ahead of Georgina. I always make sure I get a head start. Namely so there’s less risk of me getting caught up in traffic and arriving behind the bride. That wouldn’t be good! It also means I can have a chat with whoever is leading the certemony, go through any rules they have for photographers and let them know I’m not out to disrupt the ceremony or draw any attention to myself!

David and Georgina’s ceremony was led by the lovely Reverend Anne-Marie who showed me to a great spot at the front of the church. This led to some fantastic photos of David and Georgina saying their vows and I was still able to remain relatively inconspicuous. Win win!

Once the ceremony was over the ushers helped me get all the guests together to form an aisle for the newly weds to walk down, complete with handfuls of confetti being thrown at them of course!

Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Then it was time to party! And Sandhole is a fab location for a wedding party. Georgina, David and I left the church ahead of their guests so we could fit in some portrait time before everyone arrived. There are so many great little spots for portraits around Sandhole, we made the most of the time we had before David and Georgina were swept away by friends and family. I did manage to sneak them out again once it had gone dark though, we weren’t going to miss an opportunity to get one of my off camera flash portraits out by the lake!

David and Georgina, what a brilliant day! And your dancefloor was incredible, such a great party!

These are just a few of my favourites from their Sandhole Oak Barn wedding.

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Venue Spotlight // Eaves Hall Weddings

Wedding Venue Spotlight – Eaves Hall

Two brides in the gardens at Eaves Hall on their wedding day

Ahhh one of my favourite wedding venues is being highlighted today. The wonderful Eaves Hall in Lancashire.

The Ribble Valley is one of the most beautiful areas in the country and home to so many fantastic wedding venues. It’s a real home from home for me during the summer as I shoot so many weddings out there!

Built in the 1860s Eaves Hall was a private home up until 1938. It was turned into a hotel and then, when James Places bought it, became the stunning wedding venue that it is today.

Exclusive use wedding venue

Eaves Hall is an exclusive use venue, couples can take over the entire place for their wedding day (or wedding weekend in some cases!) and know that the only people on site are their guests and the Eaves staff. There’s plenty of room for guests to stay over, 30 rooms to be exact. All are beautiful, really understated luxury. There’s also the The Lodge near the main entrance, perfect for families to stay in, and great for morning prep too. It’s spacious and light which always makes for fantastic photographs.

And finally there’s the stunning bridal suite in the Hall. Complete with balcony overlooking the front terrace. It’s the perfect spot to do the finishing touches before walking down the grand staircase to your wedding ceremony.

Speaking of the wedding ceremony Eaves Hall has four licenced spaces so couples really are spoilt for choice! Two spots in the grounds for those wanting an outdoor ceremony and two rooms inside the Hall.

Wedding photography at Eaves Hall

The Hall itself is magnificent looking. I always make sure to get some slightly more traditional, but still relaxed, portraits in front of it as it makes a stunning backdrop. I then whisk couples off for a wander round the extensive grounds, the gardens are beautiful whatever the season and a bit of a break from your guests for portraits is a chance for the two of you to have a chat and catch up in the midst of the busy day!  

I’ve photographed some fantastic weddings at Eaves Hall. The friendly, modern yet luxurious atmosphere of the Hall lends itself to relaxed couples who want a stylish wedding day, without becoming too caught up in tradition.

You can see some of my favourite photographs from Eaves Hall weddings below, and at the bottom of the page I’ve put links to some of my Eaves Hall wedding blogs.

If you’re planning a wedding at Eaves Hall and are on the hunt for a photographer then I would love to hear from you. Please get in touch.


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The Wellbeing Farm // Venue Spotlight

Wedding Venue Spotlight – The Wellbeing Farm

Wellbeing Farm Weddings

It is no secret that The Wellbeing Farm is one of my favourite venues to work at. Set high on the hills of Edgworth, Lancashire overlooking the beautiful Bolton countryside this rural gem of a venue is one of a kind. Hosting fun, unique and quirky weddings is what Celia and her team do best.

When the venue opened back in 2013, after two years of hard work and research, venue owner Celia went from working full time and threw herself into the world of corporate, cookery school demos and events. Two years of converting her partners farm and once run down livery school emerged the wellbeing farm hosting its first ever wedding in the summer of 2014.

From that first wedding back in 2014 The Wellbeing Farm was firmly on the map of north west wedding venues and grew from strength to strength. In 2016 the farm was granted its wedding licence and has since gone on to become multi award winning.

Weddings at The Wellbeing Farm

From my first look at The Wellbeing Farm and my first wedding there it is easy to see why this venue has gone on to be so popular with the non traditional wedding market. This completely original venue runs like a well oiled machine and nothing is too much trouble. I absolutely love working at The Wellbeing Farm and with their team as they create such a fun environment.

From the bespoke fairy tale, festival styled wedding barn holding ceremonies and feasts for up to 170 guests to being able to throw wedding parties for up to 300 guests its an easy choice for those wanting something unique. With amazing outdoor space for your guests to relax in or alternatively play garden games or take on a space hopper race! With the farms own prop store for you to raid the options for entertainment are endless.

Putting a bowtie on a llama

Speaking of the unique, this working farm wedding venue has some very unique guests that can drop in for your drinks reception. Thats right, Llamas! Well dressed and with their finest bowties you can be joined by the farms resident llamas and donkeys for a few selfies and drinks!

Looking for something unique? Rustic and festival inspired? Something where you will become one of the family and be truly looked after? then look no further than The Wellbeing Farm.


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Your Wellbeing Farm Wedding

The Wellbeing Farm is a Gold Award-winning eco-friendly, business, with a commitment to the local area. The wellbeing farm prides itself on its renewable energy with the powering of the venue by a wind turbine. On your wedding day the farm, belongs to you and your guests, oh and don’t forget the resident donkeys and llamas. You and your guests can mingle and mix with the animals throughout, a brilliant touch, to create a memorable occasion.

With an outdoor licence and the surrounding fields the venue is the perfect space for an outdoor festival styled ceremony. With space for up to 250 guests, the Wheasheaf Barn at Wellbeing Farm may be the ideal space for your ceremony. With the barn beautifully crafted to give a rustic, festival woodland feel all these themes fit perfectly with the farms aesthetic. Once the ceremony is over there is time to chill out with a drink with your guests and enjoy the rural surroundings and soak in the spectacular views of the Lancashire countryside.

Food & Drink at The Wellbeing Farm

One of the more recent additions to the team at The Wellbeing Farm is Award winning head chef Sean Noonan. Taking on the job of curating the new menu Sean has run with the rustic feel of the venue and created an amazing menu using some of the best locally sourced ingredients in keeping with the venues support of the local area. I can first hand testify for how good Sean and his food are. Having worked at the farm a few times I have been lucky enough to be well looked after and well fed. Equal attention is paid to your drinks with total customisation with the llama bar, pimp your Prosecco, craft gin bar or sample a local beer from the Edgworth Brew Co.

Fun, Unique and Alternative Wedding Photography

So if you are looking for someone to capture your Wellbeing Farm wedding then please do get in touch!




Ferraris Country House Wedding

Wedding venue spotlight – Ferrari’s Country House

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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!

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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

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!