Lancashire Wedding Photography Archives - Nik Bryant | Manchester Wedding Photographer

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!

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Never Stop Learning – Eaves Hall Photography Workshop

Bridal couple at eaves hall shot with off camera flashPhotography Workshops – Never Stop Learning

Towards the start of the year I was lucky enough to attend a photography workshop run by the super talented Neil Redfern at Eaves Hall. I have done a few workshops over the past fer years and there is always something new to learn, skills to enhance or even just to solidify existing knowledge. I am a massive advocate of pushing yourself and always wanting to better yourself which was why I chose to attend the workshop run by Neil.

Creative Portraits and Lighting

The main reason I wanted to attend Neil’s workshop is because in the wedding industry he is well known for his creative portraits and lighting techniques, something I have been using but wanted to get better at and where better to go than Eaves Hall for a workshop with a master of creative lighting. I cannot recommend Neil highly enough as a tutor for the creative work as he simplifies everything and makes understanding it all so easy.

Eaves Hall at Night

Another reason for attending the workshop was the venue. In the heart of The Ribble Valley in Clitheroe Eaves Hall is an amazing wedding venue which I will take any opportunity to revisit. Such a beautiful place which was the perfect setting for the workshop with loads of cool spaces to be creative and create beautiful images.


Massive thanks to Neil Redfern for teaching us all some awesome tips and tricks!


Bridal couple int the snooker room at Eaves hall Creative portrait in the snooker room at eaves hall Eaves Hall creative portrait Creative Eaves Hall Wedding Portrait Eaves Hall mirror reflection Bridal portraits outside Eaves Hall Magmod creative lighting Creative eaves hall portrait made using lighting modifiers Silhouette of wedding couple at eaves hall Eaves hall at night Creative bridal portrait at eaves hall

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Lancashire Wedding Photography // The Whitaker // Amy and Oona

Same sex couple wedding day in lancashireLancashire Wedding Photography // Amy and Oona

In the middle of May I had the pleasure of conducting the Lancashire wedding photography for Amy and Oona. With Olivia Whittaker alongside as the second shooter we spent our day with the gorgeous pair photographing the intimate Lancashire wedding.

Starting off with the morning prep I spent my time with Oona and her family at The Red Lion in Hawkshaw while Olivia spent her time with Amy at the home she shares with Oona. It was the day of the Royal Wedding so both parties had this on in the background and spent a little time taking interest in the dress and who was arriving ans what they were wearing but then it was time to shift focus to their day.

An Intimate Wedding at The Whitaker

The wedding was to take place at The Whitaker in Rossendale. The Whitaker is an awesome little space and is found in the heart of Rossendale, Lancashire. I can totally see why these two picked this as their venue. For a small intimate wedding The whitaker is a beautiful space, holding limited weddings each year the quirky space is certainly the place for it.

Before the ceremony the two girls wanted a first look before they walked each other down the isle and this set all the emotions flowing. This became a strong part of the day as during the speeches there wasn’t a dry eye in the room as both fathers gave beautiful and heart wrenching speeches and I am not ashamed to admit it caught me off guard and I too had a little cry.

Make sure you check out some of the shots from the day below. We also went into Manchester for a Pre Wedding shoot which you can see HERE.


Bridal Make up applied for Lancashire wedding Bridal hair by hairdresser Bride stands in kitchen before getting ready for Lancashire Wedding Bridal portraits for a Lancashire Wedding Bride to be smiles as she sees her bride for the first time Same sex wedding first look at The Whitaker in Rosendale Same sex Lancashire Wedding Photography bride wipes a tear from her wifes eye during Lancashire Wedding Brides hold hands during Lancashire same sex wedding same sex lancashire wedding photography the first kiss of newly wed same sex couple two brides showered in confetti by friends and family two brides share a kiss after getting married two brides stand hand in hand for couples portraits at Lancashire Wedding Same sex Lancashire Wedding photography bride makes a speech during same sex wedding bride laughs during the speeches bride looks to her father during the speeches couple share an embrace in the museum of The Whitaker Two brides share their first dance with family and friends late night couples portrait

Thank You

Thank you so much to the team at The Whitaker for looking after Olivia and I on the day and for letting us have free reign around the venue for photos and letting us have a nosey into the exhibitions!

2018 Winter Weddings and 2019 & 2020 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 and 2020. 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