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Wellbeing Farm Wedding Photography // Ashleigh and Kayleigh

Wellbeing Farm Wedding Photography

Wellbeing Farm Wedding Photography

Guys, grab a brew. This is a long post but so worth it. WHAT A DAY!

This was the first time I’d photographed a Wellbeing Farm wedding and I’ve fallen head over heels in love with it. It’s a whole lot of fun and completely and utterly unique. I don’t know any other wedding venue where donkey and llamas mingle with the guests! Inside the barn it’s charmingly rustic with a quirky edge. I love the canopy ceiling made from parachutes which is covered in fairy lights. Kayleigh and Ashleigh had added bunting and bright ribbons as well as colourful flowers. The effect was incredible and just what I’d imagined when they described their plans to me.

I started the day with Ashleigh at Baron’s Farm, the Wellbeing Farm’s wedding accommodation. It’s a homely, traditional country cottage with plenty of room for a bridal party to get ready in. It was such a calm atmosphere, everyone was chatting about the day ahead and Ashleigh was loving being completely and utterly pampered by her cousin who did her hair and Alex Kate on makeup duties. Even the bride can’t relax all morning though, she was soon roped in to make sure her Dad’s bowtie was on properly and help her brothers with their buttonholes.

Kayleigh got ready at her family home where Zoe, my fab second shooter, joined her. I love the photo of all Kayleigh’s family seeing her in her dress for the first time, it looks like such an emotional moment.

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Same Sex Wedding Ceremony

After some brilliant, ninja style co-ordination by the Wellbeing Farm both Ashleigh and Kayleigh made it to the barn without spotting each other. Phew! Mission accomplished!

Two extremely proud Dads walked their girls down the aisle and there were a few tears of joy and a lot of cheering when they were pronounced Mrs and Mrs! These guys are so flipping brilliant to be around and the room was full of love for them both. It was wonderful to be a part of.

Then it was time to grab some drinks, get a confetti cone out of the Harry Potter box, and pelt the newly weds with some dried petals. I can’t stress enough how much I enjoy this moment, you can feel everyone’s excitement as the celebrations really begin.

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Quirky Wellbeing Farm wedding

As their family and friends enjoyed canapes and cocktails it was time for us to head out and meet the guests of honour – the donkeys and llamas! They were dressed to the nines in bowties and flat caps and looked very dapper indeed. The animals were a huge hit with the guests and featured in many a selfie that afternoon! 

While the llamas kept everyone entertained the beautiful brides and I snuck away to get some portraits of the two of them. There are so many great spots for photos at the Wellbeing Farm, it’s a wedding photographer’s dream!

After some hilarious speeches there was time to make the most of the sunshine and take part in some very enthusiastic space hopper races. No guests were harmed in the taking of those photos! We just laughed a lot! As darkness fell the music started and everyone hit the dance floor.

I’ve got to say that my first Wellbeing Farm wedding was absolutely brilliant. Kayleigh and Ashleigh, you guys are so much fun to be around and I loved every minute of your day. Thank you!

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If you’re reading this and are looking for someone to photograph your own wedding at the Wellbeing Farm then I’m your man! I’d love to hear from you.

Bartle Hall Wedding Photography // Freya and Ben

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Hidden away in the countryside, somewhere between Preston and Blackpool, is Bartle Hall. Set in acres of grounds it’s one of the most picturesque wedding venues in the area. There are plenty of places to explore for portraits and I always manage to find somewhere new to photograph whenever I visit.

Freya and Ben had decided to have a more traditional church ceremony at St John the Evangelist in Clifton. You could feel their nerves just before Freya walked in, although Ben’s Best Man Nathan kept the tension at bay by cracking jokes. That’s exactly what a Best Man is for, calming nerves and keeping you smiling! Father Brian kept the humour up throughout the ceremony too, making them burst into laughter throughout their vows.

Legalities done we headed out into the sunshine (remember summer…it feels so far away now doesn’t it!) and Freya and Ben walked through a sea of confetti before they were whisked off to Bartle Hall. I always say to couples that for fantastic confetti shots they need A LOT of confetti. If they think they have enough…then they need to buy more!

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Summer wedding at Bartle Hall

Bartle Hall is a perfect venue for a summer wedding. Ben and Freya’s guests made the most of the terrace and lawn while magician Andy Dean baffled them with some insanely good magic. It was great to see Andy again after he performed at my wedding a few years back too. There was a lot of laughter and many awed faces as he worked his way through the crowd. Amy (my second shooter) and I spent far too long trying to work out just how he does his tricks!

Before everyone sat down for the wedding breakfast I took some time out with Ben and Freya. There are so many places for portraits at Bartle Hall and we made the most of them – from the woods at the back of the venue all the way to the tree lined driveway. We got back in time for Wayne Farrow to get everyone up dancing and singing throughout the wedding breakfast. He kept the entire room entertained and kicked the evening off in style! The dancefloor was packed before Freya and Ben had chance to do their first dance! The fab Six15 Events took over for the night and things got wild! These guests know how to party!

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Weddings at Bartle Hall

Ben and Freya’s Bartle Hall wedding was a corker! If you are planning your epic wedding there and want some creative portraits mixed with natural documentary photography then I’m the man for  you! Get in touch and let’s chat.

 

 

Waterton Park Wedding Photography – Emma and Andy

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This was my first time shooting a wedding at Waterton Park and I think I’ve fallen a little bit in love with it! Set in the middle of gorgeous parkland, right in the heart of Yorkshire it’s a wedding photographer’s dream. Loads of beautiful backdrops and even a lake – you know I made use of that for some portraits of Andy and Emma for their Waterton park wedding photography!

Waterton Park wedding ceremony

I love it when couples hold everything at one venue, it can make for a much more relaxed day. Once everyone arrives they know they can kick back, grab a glass (or two!) of fizz and get ready to party!

I spent the morning with the girls. Emma was slightly nervous but looking forward to seeing Andy. Most brides confide that walking down the aisle, is the moment they are most nervous of. They also tell me later that it’s actually not nerve wracking at all and they love seeing their groom’s face! Speaking as a past groom that was one of my favourite moments of the day, when I saw my wife walking towards me. She had a huge smile on her face and I couldn’t stop grinning!

 I love the photos of Andy just before Emma walks in, you can see his nerves and then his face breaking out into a big, beaming grin as he sees his bride. The ceremony was so intimate, you could really feel the love and warmth that the two of them have for each other.

 Once the formalities were done and dusted we headed out into the grounds of Waterton Park for confetti, a few family photos and some portraits of the couple.

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Spending time with a couple on the day is so important to me. It gives them a chance to have a breather and take some time out together. Once the ceremony is over you’re caught up in a whirlwind of congratulatory hugs and hardly get a moment to catch your breath!

I try and take couples out for portraits at two points during the day, once in between ceremony and their wedding breakfast and again later on in the evening once it’s going dark. I love creatively lit portraits and it’s a big reason why my couples book me. With Andy and Emma we stayed around the lake during the afternoon. It’s such an amazing location I really wanted to make the most of it for them. Once the sun set we ventured out again to get a shot of the two of them with the stunning hotel as a backdrop. I love it when we can really show off the couple’s venue, it will bring back great memories for them both in years to come.

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Thank you

Andy and Emma, thank you so much for having me along to be part of your day, I had such a great time photographing your wedding at Waterton Park! Future brides and grooms, if you are planning your day there then get in touch, I’d love to hear more about your plans.

 

Owen House Wedding Barn Wedding Photography // Vanessa and Joe

Owen House Wedding Barn Photography

Creative wedding photography at Owen House Wedding BarnLet’s clear things up before any rumours start, contrary to what the photos may suggest Joe didn’t actually get arrested on the morning of his wedding! That’s just an old family friend arriving at groom prep. He was released from the handcuffs before the ceremony began I can assure you!

It was slightly calmer and less raucous over at the girls. Ness was excitedly getting ready surrounded by friends while her Dad hid in the kitchen with a beer. Typical Father of the Bride behaviour!

Over at the church Joe, following a pre-wedding pint, kept himself busy greeting guests. He had a huge smile on his face and was telling everyone that he couldn’t wait for Ness to arrive. The elation on their faces when they saw each other was wonderful to see, I love moments like that!

At every wedding you can guarantee a number of things will happen. One of them (and my favourite!) is HUGS! These guys didn’t disappoint! Straight after the ceremony there was so much hugging and high fives and grins. The warmth and love that their family and friends have for Ness and Joe was so apparent.

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Unique Wedding Venue

Confetti thrown and many, many hugs given it was time to head over Owen House Wedding Barn to continue the celebrations. This is such a unique venue. Tucked away in the Cheshire countryside it’s set on a working farm which, as you can imagine, makes for fantastic photos! The Barn looked incredible, it’s got a real rustic charm yet looks pretty darn cool as well! Ness and Joe had really gone to town on the decor and I loved the neon lights they’d strung up. They made it into more than a few photos!

Once Ness and Joe had grabbed a glass of fizz we decided to head out and explore the farm, getting a few portraits along the way of course. Their handsome pup decided to join us for a few pictures too, we couldn’t leave him out!

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After some of my signature night time portraits Ness and Joe were straight back on the dancefloor. The party was going wild! DJ Andy Murphy was in charge of the tunes and he made sure everyone was on their feet all night. He’s one of the best around!

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Getting Married at Owen House Wedding Barn?

This was such a great wedding to be a part of and I loved shooting at Owen House. If you’re planning your own Owen House Wedding Barn wedding then give me a shout. I’d love to chat to you about your wedding photography.

Mitton Hall Wedding Photography – Tom and Bex

Mitton Hall Creative Portraits

Mitton Hall Wedding Photography

Mitton Hall Wedding PhotographyMitton Hall is a legendary venue in the wedding world. As a photographer you know you’re going to get well looked after (the food is delicious, always a bonus!). The grounds make for amazing photos and the best couples get married there! Bex and Tom, I’m looking at you guys!

Bridal Prep at the Family Home

 I started the day with Bex and her girls. Tom was getting ready at home with their son Cian so the girls had taken over her parents house. I have a bit of a soft spot for brides getting ready at home, there’s something really lovely about parents and their  daughter leaving the family home together on a wedding day. Bex had been a planning queen and had come up with lots of little touches for the day. Including a ‘father of the bride’ whiskey tumbler for her Dad so he could have a tipple before they set off. Turned out he really needed that drink as he was overcome with emotion when he saw Bex in her dress for the first time. In fact, I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house. I may have had to sneakily wipe away a tear or two myself!

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Second Shooters and Groom Prep

Meanwhile, my second shooter was hanging out with the boys. Tom was pretty chilled out and little cheeky chappy Cian stole the show. He looked so dapper in his wedding suit! A mini replica of his Dad’s, complete with watch chain. Tom didn’t scrub up too badly either! I love that Bex had put together a ‘groom’s survival kit’ for him. Including socks to stop him getting cold feet and some miniature gins to calm his nerves!

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Lancashire Wedding Church Ceremony

Bex and Tom had chosen a more traditional wedding ceremony at St Lawrence’s a quaint church in Longridge. The heavens opened as Bex arrived but she was escorted into the church by some ushers wielding umbrellas. They’re always handy to have around – both ushers and umbrellas!

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Mitton Hall wedding portraits

Now that Tom and Bex were officially husband and wife it was time to celebrate! The rain was still coming down (good old Lancashire weather!) but Mitton Hall is the perfect venue for a slightly wet wedding. The three of us took some time out to explore the Hall and get some portraits. Then, as the sun peeked out from behind the clouds, we dashed outside for some photos of the two of them and the all important confetti shot. Always one of my favourite parts of the day.

Dancefloor Couture were on hand to get the party started in their inimitable style. Tom and Bex had a break from the dancefloor for a few night-time portraits (a bit of a speciality of mine!) and then we left them to enjoy the rest of their night.

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Getting Married at Mitton Hall

As you can probably tell I’m a huge fan of Mitton Hall weddings so if you’re getting married there then get in touch with me. I’d love to hear all about your plans!

Supplier Role Call

Flowers – Flowers With Passion

Dj – Dance Floor Couture 

Make Up – Abby Holt at Halcyon Days

Dress – Enzoni from Lulu Browns

Suits – Whitfield & Ward

History of Mitton Hall

This stunning Tudor mansion house is Grade II listed and over 550 years old. A ‘Manor of Little Mitton’ was first granted by Robert de Lacy to Sir Ralphe de Mitton in 1189, the current house was not built until 1487 but the land Mitune was mentioned in the Domesday book. By the Tudor period the De Mitton family were no longer lords of the manor and the house was built by the owners at the time the Caterall family. The family held the house until Elizabeth Caterall married Thomas Shireburne. The house was sold in 1664 due to the shireburnes financial insecurity. The house was purchased by Alexander Holt a London goldsmith. Descendents of the Alexander Holt, the Aspinall family remain Lord of Mitton Manor to this day. The hall was leased to a number of people including John Hick (of Hick Hargreaves engineers of Bolton) in 1874. For a period during the Second World War the house was occupied by The Third Field Training Regiment. The last tenants moved out in 1966 and the house reopened as a restaurant and Country Club in 1968. The Hall has been run as a hotel and events venue since the 1980s.

Mitton Hall is one of only a few timber framed open hall  buildings in Lancashire. The building has had a number of more recent stone extensions which are sympathetic to the original great hall building. The first of these extensions took place in the 1600s and then a another set of extensions were completed in 1844 and then again in 1880. Other minor changes have been added to the house over the last 100 years as each owner has stamped their mark on the house.

The interior of Mitton Hall is laden with original features including fine timbered walls, beautiful plasterwork and fireplaces. The original Great Hall is still the centre of the Hall. In some rooms the modern decor sits beside original features to provide a sumptuous atmosphere. The galleried walkway around the great hall is beautiful and it feels like you have stepped back in time, a criss cross of carved wooden staircases leads off the walkway. A fabulous grand piano sits in the great hall but the huge original stone fireplace is the centrepiece of this versatile space. Look up to see the restored timbers in the roof above. Beautiful carvings can be seen over the bar and in some of the quiet seating areas on the ground floor as well as above some of the fireplaces. Some of the building boasts stained glass windows which lets dappled light into the Great Hall. The building has been sympathetically restored and it feels as though the different eras of this hotel flow together well to provide a beautiful venue. Outside Mitton Hall the beautiful Ribble Valley awaits you with views stretching out for miles across open countryside. The river is a feature of the landscape and can be seen from various parts of the site. Closer to the building there are beautiful lawns, planted borders and mature trees. An array of roses can be enjoyed in the summer and the trees provide beautiful autumn colours, see lambs gamboling in the surround fields in the spring. There are areas for outdoor entertaining, eating and drinking. Furniture has been carefully chosen to reflect the house and sits easily beside the stone work of the hall.

 

What my couples say…

Wedding Photography Awards and Feedback

Last year I was humbled and honoured the be named Regional Finalist in the ‘Best Wedding Photographer – North West’ category of The Wedding Industry Awards. To be nominated and to make regional finals for the north west was super exciting. Even more so as it is judged by an industry panel and is based on couples real honest feedback from the last 12 months. Only those photographers with the highest scores and best feedback make the regional finals.

After reading all my feedback and comments from my amazing couples I wanted to share the comments here. The reason for this is I find it difficult to put into words the work that goes into every wedding and the customer service that I try to provide to each and every couple. So what better way to let you all know how I work than real comments from real couples I have worked with.

I also want to say a massive thank you to each and every couple who took the time out to vote, leave comments and all in all entrust me to capture their special day. Last year truly was an AMAZING year.

Click Here to get in touch if you are looking for a photographer who will keep you at ease and capture all those special moments and beautiful portraits on your wedding day.

Voting Scores Out of 10

Ability of your photographer to understand, interpret and realise your vision and ideas. 9.9

Quality of expertise, advice and guidance received from your photographer. 10

Quality of customer service and communication received from your photographer. 10

Your photographer’s personal presentation and their ability to understand and fit into your wedding, your friends and your family. 9.8

Quality of your photographer’s web presence (web site, facebook etc). 9.9

Breadth of photographic coverage, delivery and quality of the finished photographs etc (including online and ‘real’ albums etc). 10

Value for money. 9.9

Overall Total  69.6 / 70 

Lu and Chris

Married Couple on King Street Town House Rooftop

Nik is an amazing wedding photographer. Not only for his photos but for his ability to put you at ease and make you feel comfortable. I’m very shy and awkward in front of the camera but Nik gave me confidence. He’s very patient, calming and easy to get along with. My guests enjoyed having their photos taken on the big day and the results are exactly what I wanted.

Natalie and Paul

Oaktree of Peover wedding photography

The one thing our friends and family couldn’t stop talking about after our wedding were the photos and the photographer! Nik beautifully captured the emotion of the day in every photo and fitted in so well with our family that he felt more like an invited friend than a photographer! He made the couple shots fun, the group shots painless and has the only bad comment I have is that too many of the photos were amazing so it took us hours debating which to put up on the wall!

Angela and JP

Scarborough Tipi Wedding

Nik was an amazing part of our big day. He captured the essence perfectly and was such a supportive presence throughout. His ability to take amazing photographs is coupled with his awareness, never taking us away for too long, and giving us the more organic and editorial photographs we were looking for. Nik is an amazing wedding photographer and I would give him my highest recommendation.

Kayleigh and Ashleigh

Wellbeing Farm Wedding Photography

Nik captured our day beautifully. He caught the laid back attitude if of our wedding perfectly and fell naturally into the background of the wedding. He found amazing light and quirky places to capture beautiful moments. He made us feel comfortable all day and this was enhanced by our pre wedding shoot. I really couldn’t recommend Nik more!

Jess and Chris

Shrigey Hall wedding Photography

Nik did a fantastic job of capturing our wedding day, from the getting ready stage through to the dancing in the evening! I love all the smiles, laughter and tears caught on camera and the little details from the day. We especially loved Nik’s way of capturing those “first looks” from my Dad seeing me in my dress and my husband, Chris seeing us come up the aisle. There’s a fantastic photo Nik took during the ceremony of my parents’ dabbing away their tears in sync! Just perfect! Thank you!

Sarah and Owain

Natural documentary wedding photography

Nik is a fantastic provider. Down to earth, approachable, patient and has an excellent understanding of his clients’ wishes and needs. He knows how to make the best photos with what’s in front of him. He was not intrusive or demanding in any way which was a huge plus for us at our wedding. Nik’s communication was also second to none, on the day and in preparation.

Freya and Ben

Rain on your wedding day

Most amazing wedding photographer I have seen! Thank you so much for the most amazing photos! What I great guy you are, really made us feel super comfortable xx

Jo and Keira

Alternative wedding portraits

Brilliant photographer, very creative and has produced such amazing photographs from the start to the end of the best day of my life. I can’t stop looking at them! We couldn’t of picked a better photographer.

Emma and Andy

Waterton Park wedding ceremony

Nik was great, he arrived early in the morning and stayed well into the evening. He put myself and my partner at ease and took some spectacular photos. We couldn’t have asked for a better photographer. We had so many of our guests approach us during and after the wedding to compliment Nik.

Amy and Oona

Same sex wedding photography

Nik is an absolute pleasure to have at your wedding. He is very personable and gets involved with your family and guests right from the start of the day. Nik is always striving to be the most creative photographer that he can possibly be, and you can tell that he thrives off producing absolutely stunning images for his couples. Being a wedding photographer isn’t just a job for Nik- it is clear to see that he loves it and is so passionate about it.

Charlotte and Kia

Pryors Hayes Wedding Photography

Nik was extremely helpful on the day. Couldn’t fault his care for us having a great day.

Lauren and Dan

Ramsbottom Wedding Photography

Nik was incredibly hardworking both before and on the day, professionally corralling guests with the minimum of fuss to make sure we got all the shots we wanted, plus some great ”off the cuff” moments he spotted as the day went on. We just wish he had eaten more cake!

Lisa and Andy

Beeston Manor Wedding Photography

Nik is such a lovely guy to have around on your wedding day . He is professional but laid back and friendly. His style of capturing your wedding day is a documentary style non intruding presence capturing the day as it unfolds. Our wedding photos are simply stunning capturing precious moments that really tell the story of the day, some how his pictures transport you back to that moment of excitement joy and happiness. One picture of my father and I really captured our closeness. Excellent.

Fay and Paul

We found Nik at a Wedding fair, and what a shining star he was. From the minute we spoke we knew that Nik was the photographer for us. Relaxed and real, unobtrusive and amazing. With his help our day went by without a glitch. We honestly cannot recommend him highly enough.

Bex and Tom

Mitton Hall Wedding Photography

Nik was reliable and amazing from day one. I chose him after seeing him at Bolton wedding fayre, and he did not disappoint. We had a pre wedding shoot where he captured everything and more. He made us comfortable from the word go, and made us laugh through the shoot and on our wedding day. Nik fit firmly into the surroundings on our wedding day and made everyone feel comfortable with his presence. Couldn’t of asked for better.

So there you have it, real couples feedback and real words. If you made it this far and want someone who can deliver all of the above and more please drop me an email and lets grab a beer and have a chat.

 

 

Best Of 2018 – A Year In Review

Manchester Weddings – 2018

A Year In Review

2018 Has been an incredibly busy year but that is not a complaint, far from it! I am massively thankful to ever single couple who asked me to photograph their Manchester weddings and to those who asked me to travel and visit venues all over the North West.

I have had the pleasure of working with some amazing suppliers, visiting venues for the first time and going back to venues I have worked at before. It truly has been a special year. I am still amazed that I get to call this a job, heading out to the best days of peoples lives and spending my days with such happy and lovely people!

Wedding Season and Awards

I started off 2018 with my first wedding on the 14th January and finished with my last wedding again on New Years Eve. Covering 28 weddings with 24 Grooms and 30 Brides it has been such a busy but AWESOME year coming close to capping and closing my book for the year. 2018 also saw me pick up a few recognition’s in the form of awards for wedding images and also to make regional finalist and named as one of The Wedding Industry Awards top photographers in the North West for the second year running.

2019 and 2020

2019 and 2020 are certainly shaping up to be big years but i still have availability so if you are reading this and like what you see then please do GET IN TOUCH.

So without further a do may I wish you all a happy new year and please enjoy, in no specific order, some of my favourite images of 2018. Check out the slideshow at the top for loads more!

Bride and Groom lit from behind under a stary night sky Married couple embrace at holmes mill wedding guest falls off space hopper at summer weddingbride and groom in black and white share a moment by a fountain wedding guest holding a child with a beer bride and groom leave ceremony room at Soughton Hall and groom shakes hands with a guestnewly married couple in the barn at Owen House Wedding Barn Two bridesmaids get a selfie with father of the bride at pryors hayesCouple share moment during winter wedding on the roof of King Street Town House bbride and groom share a moment mid ceremony at The oak Tree of PeoverConfetti clouds the bride and groom at pryors hayesSame sex couple share a kiss on their wedding day Father of the groom sheds a tear as his son gives a speech at Waterton Park Creative Manchester Wedding Portraits Father of the bride waits patiently to see his daughter Bride dancing on dance floor at tipi weddingBride laughs as groom holds head in hands during best mans speechCreative wedding portraits at The Oak Tree Of Peover Newly wed couple stand between two fire breathers Couple stand holding hands in front of orange camper van Mother of the bride with a bottle of wine on the dance floorbride and groom at bury wedding Groom waits for his bride as she walks down the isle bride and groom celebrate as they exit the wedding ceremony Couple stand under festoon lights at Holmes Mill WeddingBridesmaids cry as they see bride for first time bride and groom kiss during tipi wedding bride looks at groom during drinks reception wedding guest has fun on dance floor bride and groom embrace on pier at seaside weddingDad hugs bride and groom on dance floor Bridal portraits at Mitton Hall Wedding Groom ties his tie for wedding day busy bridal prep scene with multiple bridesmaids getting readybride and groom kiss on dance floor surrounded by wedding guests two brides during portraits of same sex liverpool wedding Creative wedding photography at Ferrari's Country Lodge Couple showered with confetti at Mitton Hall bride and groom smile as they exchange rings during wedding ceremony at holmes mill wedding portraits at Soughton HallNight time wedding portrait father of the bride stands in kitchen with beer wedding guests take selfie with guest in fancy dress two brides meet at the top of the isle watched by proud dads bride laughing during exchange of rings during church servicebride and groom exchange rings during outdoor wedding service bride cries during father of the bride speech guest heckles bride and groom during portrait sessionFather of the bride cries when he first sees his daughterbride and groom portrait at beeston manor Late Night wedding portraits at waterton parkbride and groom walk towards guests at tipi weddingbride and groom first kiss at holmes mill wedding Crimble hall wedding Photography Father of the bride leads bridesmaids and bride downstairsBride and Groom kiss in the rain at Bartle Hall bride and groom during wedding ceremony at beeston manor bride and groom kiss at waterton park two brides dance surrounded by guestsbride and groom laugh at father of the bride speech Award winning photography by Nik Bryant

 

Behind The Scenes // Working With Sitcom Soldiers

Behind The Scenes With Sitcom Soldiers

Two camera opperators frame up a shotRecently I had the pleasure of heading down to Sitcom Soldiers to shoot some behind the scenes of a music video they were shooting at their studios in Bolton for some corporate photography with a twist.

When I first started on my Journey into Photography I actually went down the route of wanting to be a film maker and spent a lot of time working with Ben and his team and I learnt more from this hard working and dedicated team than I could ever learn at university. After a little switch up I moved to photography and have had the pleasure of working alongside the Sitcom Soldiers crew on a few occasions.

Bolton Corporate Photography With Character

This time the brief was to shoot some cool behind the scenes but also images that could be defined as a working portrait. No boring corporate white wall head shots. These guys are at the top of their game and wanted the images to show them in their element. Not only are they professional and a tight knit team they also have great fun on set and I wanted this to show in the images.

With the client having flown all the way from Russia to shoot with the guys at Sitcom that shows how well they are known in the industry and the fact that they are well respected.

The theme of the shoot was blood, gore and insane weaponry to produce a music video with a gory and gruesome plot. It was great to be back on set with a team who taught me so much!

To check out the full video CLICK HERE

Welcome sign at sitcom soldiers Special FX dept mix blood for a music video Behind the scenes set dressing in bolton studio Sitcom soldiers on location portrait crew at sitcom soldiers check plans for the next shots hair and make up team on set at sitcom soldiers DOP frames up a shot on set of music video Sitcom Soldiers on set of music video Russian artist GG and set of her video for Bloody Monday

Shrigley Hall Wedding Photography // Jess and Chris

Shrigley Hall Wedding Photography

Couple kiss at sunset at Shrigley HallI recently had the pleasure of capturing the Shrigley Hall Wedding Photography for my good friends Chris and Jess. Having known Chris since school to have the honour of capturing his wedding to Jess was just amazing. When Chris first asked he said he wanted someone who could keep him at ease when emotions were high but could also have a laugh during portraits so I hope I managed to do this during the day.

Back Home For Bridal Prep

The morning of the wedding I arrived at Jess’ parents house which was lovely. With Jess going to her childhood home for one last night and morning before getting married the house was filled with laughter and lovely memories as Jess and her bridesmaids were pampered and had hair and make up by the wonderful Sarah Meredith. With Mum heading off to the salon and Dad trying to find something to keep him occupied as his house was taken over, the girls got ready.

The wedding car arrived and the time came to head to Shrigley hall. For those reading this and who know Jess it will come to much a surprise that Jess was actually early! So early in fact that the car was sent away for a little drive on no less than two occasions. With Chris waiting nervously in the ceremony room guests filled their seats and finally Jess walked down the isle.

Portraits and Shrigley Hall Wedding Photography

After a very moving an emotional ceremony we spent the day celebrating and finding amazing little spots all around Shrigley Hall for portraits. Working alongside Matt Grainger on video duty and Olivia my second shooter we were able to explore and create some amazing and beautiful portraits. Utilising different areas at different times of day we were able to keep Jess and Chris relaxed while creating a variety of different shots for the bride and groom. We also got to ride in the golf buggy down to the fountains at the entrance!

Please check out the photos of the day below and Congratulations again to the new Mr and Mrs Stubbs!

Bridal preparations before Shrigley Hall Wedding Bride to be laughs as make up is applied Bridal make up by Sarah Meredith Bridal Make Up Father of the bride completes his saturday crossword Father of the bride awaits his daughter at the bottom of the stairs Wedding car parked on the drive of brides house Bridal car arrives at Shrigley Hall Hotel Bridal bouquet shot at shrigley hall hotel Groom nervously awaits bride to walk down the isle Bride walks down the isle hand in hand with her father Father kisses his daughters hand as he hands her to the groom at shrigley hall wedding Bride smiles as she sees her groom for the first time Bride and groom during wedding ceremony at shrigley hall Bride becomes emotional as she reads her vows groom laughs during shrigley hall wedding groom wipes a tear from his eye during wedding ceremony Bride smiles and laughs during shrigley hall wedding Bride and groom exchange rings during wedding ceremony Ring exchange at shrigley hall wedding ceremony bride gives groom wedding ring during ceremony Bride and grooms first kiss at shrigley hall Northern String Quartet perform for guests during drinks reception Northern string quartet at shrigley hall hotel Shrigley Hall wedding photography Bridal party at the fountain at shrigley hall Shrigley Hall Wedding Photography Bride and Groom Share a moment during father of the brides speech Father of the bride speaks about his daughter at her wedding Groom stands to give his speech Groom addresses his bride during his wedding speech Best mans speech at shrigley hall Shrigley Hall Wedding Photography by the lake Shrigley Hall wedding photography Groom kisses brides cheek during couples portraits Bride and Groom cut the cake at shrigley hall First dance at shrigley hall hotel Creative sunset photography Dance floor antics at shrigley hall Creative shrigley hall wedding photography

Supplier Shout Out

Videographer – Matt Grainger

DJ – Cheshire Wedding DJ

Hair and Make Up – Sarah Meredith

Dress – Wed2B

Suits – Moss Bros

Wedding Cars – Horgans

Strings – Northern String Quartet

Thank You

Thank you so much to the team at Shrigley Hall for looking after Me on the day and for letting Me have free reign around the venue for photos! Also thank you to the catering team for looking after us and hooking us up with some real tasty food.

2018 Winter Weddings and 2019 Bookings Now Being Taken

2018 October, November and December have great availability for winter weddings and I have started taking bookings for 2019. Thank you all for keeping me on this awesome path and if you haven’t booked yet feel free to get in touch!

Contact Nik

Fishermans Retreat Wedding Photography // Claire and Liam

Fishermans Retreat Wedding Photography

First kiss as bride and Groom at the fishermans retreatI love shooting weddings for people I know. It feels to intimate and has a sort of family feel to it which I feel part of. I used to work with the bride, Claire, back in the day and I was so excited about photographing her Fishermans Retreat wedding to her now-husband Liam.

I started my day bright and early with the girls while they got ready. I must say the Bride and bridesmaids all looked stunning. Claire wore white, surprise surprise, while her five bridesmaids were all dressed in pale pastel pink. I liked that all the dresses were all a little bit different from each other but all in the same colours. I would later learn that the colour would match the flowers by Vintage Bowtique perfectly. The ladies sipped Prosecco as they got ready and the room was filed with nervous excitement.

Ramsbottom Weddings

The wedding was at Fisherman’s Retreat in Ramsbottom. This was my second visit to this venue in 2017 and it never fails to amaze me. Placed in the stunning surroundings of the Lancashire countryside the scenery was just breath-taking. Inside, it has such a quintessentially English feel, with low oak beams which made everything feel cosy and intimate. I must say, the room looked stunning all done up in flowers and bows, and after spending the morning with the ladies, as I shot the guests walking in I couldn’t wait to see it finished off when the wedding party finally arrived. The ceremony kicked off at about 1pm, and as always was just beautiful. You’d think I would become desensitised to wedding ceremonies… I’m not. It is always such a happy moment which I am honoured to be part of to make it that much more special by immortalising it for the happy couple with my snaps at their Fishermans Retreat Wedding.

After the ceremony the day guests sat down to eat together and were later joined by another 40 guests for the evenings festivities. The atmosphere felt so amazing and it was almost impossible to shoot a single face that wasn’t smiling. I’m sure the guys doing video from Brighthand productions will agree with me. Mr & Mrs had their first dance to Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran and while everyone stood round and watched, it was a stark reminder of why I love this job.

I think a highlight for me would have to be having the opportunity to shoot the wedding portraits in the Whiskey Room. I am told that this hasn’t been done before, so it was a real treat and they are definitely my favourite set of photographs from the day.

Claire and Liam, it was an absolute pleasure to shoot your special day and I hope my photographs show this as much as possible.

 

Bride has her hair done in a salon bride and bridal party in a salon before the wedding Bride smiles as she has her hair done on the morning of her wedding Bridal make up on the morning of the wedding Bridal make up Beautiful bridal make up Bride in her dress at the fishermans retreat wedding dress being fastened by bridesmaids groom arrives at the venue Groom checks his watch at Ramsbottom wedding Groom checks his watch as he waits for his bride at The Fishermans Retreat Bride arrives under an umbrella at the fishermans retreat Groom Shakes hands with mother of the bride mother of the bride offers daughters hand to groomBride wipes a tear from her eye during wedding ceremony bride and groom during wedding ceremony at the fishermans retreat Groom wipes a tear from his eye during ramsbottom wedding Bride and Groom exchange rings at fishermans retreat wedding Bride and Groom smile during wedding ceremony in Ramsbottom Groom gives bride wedding ring Exchange of wedding rings Bride and Groom kiss as newly weds Bride and Groom sign the register Amazing award winning bridal portrait at the fishermans retreat bride and groom at the fishermans retreat Bride looks at her new husband as he gives a speech Best man gives a speech at fishermans retreat Bride and Groom in the Whiskey Room Creative portrait of the bride and groom in the whiskey room Bridal portraits at the fishermans retreat First Dance at the fishermans retreat in Ramsbottom Bride and Groom kiss amongst the fireworks

Thank You

Thank you so much to the team at The Fishermans Retreat for looking after Me on the day and for letting Me have free reign around the venue for photos, especially with the access to the whiskey room! Also thank you to the catering team for looking after us and hooking us up with some real tasty food.

2018 Winter Weddings and 2019 Bookings Now Being Taken

2018 is pretty much booked for summer but October, November and December have great availability for winter weddings and I have started taking bookings for 2019. Thank you all for keeping me on this awesome path and if you haven’t booked yet feel free to get in touch!

Contact Nik