My last wedding of 2016 was a nice local one - I just popped over a couple of villages to Royston for the lovely little wedding of Vicki and Pete.
This was a nice, chilled out wedding from start to finish.
The day started out with the usual bridal prep - kids to keep us on our toes, girls (and me), chit chat and plenty of cuppas to keep everyone going. I'm glad Vicki locked the dogs away, 'cause I'm sure they would have knocked me over a few times!
The time ticked on and I think the nerves picked up a bit, because the tea soon got replaced by Prosecco!
Soon enough everyone was glammed up and ready to rock, so it was time to hit the church!
The ceremony was held just down the road at the beautiful Church of St. John the Baptist in Royston. I got there with the bridesmaids and we all panicked a little bit because Pete was nowhere to be seen. He turned up after a few minutes though, so all was well once again. Other guests soon arrived and hugs and kisses were all the rage as we stood in the bright winter sun - the first time most of us had seen it in a while too! The 'Bride on the way' warning soon came though, so everyone hustled inside.
Vicki appeared shortly after and the Bridal Party marched the march down the aisle.
The nerves were soon blown away as everyone got into the swing of things and, before you knew it, Mr and Mrs were soon kissing to applause with shiny new rings on their fingers.
Then it was party time!
Everyone headed on to the pub, but me, Vicki and Pete had a little stop off to make first.
We headed back down the road and stopped off at the cemetery to pay a little visit to Vicki's mum where she lay to rest. It was a lovely little moment, and I felt privileged to witness the sharing of their special day with a loved one that couldn't be there.
With a bit of a lump in my throat, it was time for the pub!
The reception was held at the Carlton Village W.M.C. And it quickly turned into a party!
The drinks were flowing, the food was out, the kids were running and all the adults were busy hiding from my cameras!
After a few drinks though, the dancefloor soon had a few visitors before it got cleared for the first dance. And what a first dance it was! I had tears in my eyes from laughing at the awesome dance medley that the couple had put together. It was truly awesome.
That set the pace for some more shennanigans on the dancefloor, before the microphones came out for the Karaoke.
I didn't bust a tune out, but I did get roped in for a photo with the happy couple at the end of the night!
Thanks for having me guys - you were both great.
Here are a few photos from their day.
Guy Fawkes night last year had me making a trip over the moors once again, but this time over to Bury to photograph the wedding of Emma and Wayne.
The entire day was spent at the venue - the Best Western Manchester Bury Boholt Country Park Hotel. Try saying that when you've had a few! It's a lovely place set within some stunning grounds - click HERE for more info on it.
The day started with some Bridal prep in Emma's room. It was the usual laugh - lots of girls, lots of booze, lots of joking around and a big sweetie tin that disappointed all the kids there by being full of egg mayo sarnies!
After a while of shooting the girls, I popped down to wait for Wayne and the rest of the lads to arrive. And soon enough they did - in a massive stretched Hummer that only just made it through the car park!
We snapped a few snaps, the lads headed for the venue room and I popped back to the hotel to finish up with the girls.
Then it was time for the vows.
Everyone soon hustled in, the Bride walked down the aisle, the registrar did his magic and the lovely couple made their promises and walked out man and wife.
The rest of the day was soon underway - food was served, drinks were drunk and dances were had. We all headed out into the freezing cold to do some portraits and group shots, then quickly headed back in to thaw out! The hilarious speeches were finished off with a pretty awesome surprise as Wayne whisked Emma outside to present her with her wedding present - a new car! The super cool Super Hero cake was cut, the first dance was had and the kids were sliding over the dance floor like there was no tomorrow!
A pretty cool wedding.
Thanks for having me guys - you were awesome.
Here are a few photos from their day.
Took the famalam down to the alley to knock some pins over.
This was Freddie's first time bowling and he absolutely loved it! He is obsessed with the Solar System at the minute, so every ball was a 'big planet' as he sent them rolling down the lane.
The other two big lads enjoyed themselves too. And both beat me!
We finished up with some burgers in the cafe and threw a few quid in the arcades.
A nice relaxing (and very cheap) afternoon out!
Barnsley Bowl is a pretty cool place to take the monsters for an hour or two. The food is pretty decent too - check it out HERE.
Took some snaps with the Fuji X70.
At the end of October last year, I had the pleasure of shooting the lovely wedding of Claire and Ben.
It was lovely to see everyone again at this wedding - I photographed Claire's sister's wedding earlier in the year, so it made a change to see familiar faces at a wedding!
The day started with bridal prep at Claire's mum's house, before heading up the road to Bilton House Register Office, then on to Harrogate Town FC for the reception.
Bridal prep is always fun - even more so when you have '3 sisters Vs Mum' for entertainment!
The time flew by and everyone was soon ready to load up and head to Bilton House.
Ben was patiently waiting, looking rather dapper. Nerves were being held well as he waited for his Bride-to-be to come walking down the aisle. I'm pretty sure he liked what he saw - judging by the smile on his face!
The vows were soon done, kisses were had and the lovely couple stepped out as man and wife into the beautiful Autumn sunshine.
We headed over the road for a few snaps on the Stray before loading up once again and heading for the footy ground.
Drinks were soon flowing and then food was served kerbside from a fish and chip van. Yep, that was pretty awesome.
Speeches were said, dances were danced and plenty of kisses were had.
We even went out on the pitch for a little while.
Oh, one more thing - The Gentle Wedding could possibly be the best wedding name ever!
Thanks for having me guys - you were awesome.
Here are a few snaps from their day.
Towards the end of the wedding season last year I found myself heading down to Nottinghamshire to shoot the wedding of Amber & Simon.
The day started with a little bridal prep at Amber's grandma's house before heading to the register office and then on to the Clumber Inn. With a little stop off at Clumber Park for a few photos in between.
Did I mention the classic London bus? Oh yeah, everyone jumped on board to be ferried around in some bright red vintage awesomeness. I'm pretty sure Amber's dad wanted to drive it. (Like he used to!)
There was also Simon's classic Land Rover rumbling away in the bridal convoy.
The bridal prep was a quicky affair in the smallest kitchen I've ever photographed in. I think everyone in there stood on Amber's dress before we even got out of the house. Amber's gran kept us entertained by telling us all the old celebs that she used to fancy!
It was a quick jump over the road to the register office (literally across the road) and we headed inside to make the magic happen.
Vows were said, kisses were kissed and husband and wife walked out into the sunshine.
We loaded up the convoy and headed up to Clumber Park for a few photos and then on to the Clumber Inn to wine, dine and dance the night away in the marquee.
Thanks for having me guys.
Here are a few images from their day.
We thought we'd make the New Year a little different this year, so we headed up to the Lakes for a few days.
We booked a little log cabin through Airbnb and used it as a base to have a little travel around the area. We stayed at Lowick Green, just 5 minutes away from Coniston Water, so we spent most of our time exploring around the lake.
The weather was a bit grey and cold, so we had to restrict the walks a little bit due to the little monster. He's usually a good little rambler, but the cold was going straight through to his bones.
Our nights were spent chilling out in the cabin. We played poker and Pictionary, watched Rom-Coms and scary movies, cooked microwave TV dinners, ate lots of snacks and chocolate and drank a bit of booze. (Well, we did - the kids just got hyper on hot chocolate and fizzy pop!)
It was a perfect way to welcome in the New Year. It was also nice to have some time off work and get in some special family time.
Happy New Year folks, here's a few snaps from our trip.
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Thought I'd start this little blog to let people know what we get up to. Some personal stuff thrown in the mix too.