Chancellors Hotel Wedding Photography - Manchester- Hannah & Mike

Chancellors hotel is a beautiful grade II listed Victorian mansion set in 5 acres of stunning landscape gardens dating back to 1850. I was delighted when Hannah and Mike asked me to capture their big day. I was super excited to capture some amazing pictures at one of Manchester's best kept secrets.

Bridal Preparation
I arrived bright and early ready to capture my favourite part of the day, bridal preparations. So many different emotions flying around you never know what you might capture. After mooching around the grounds, I located the bridal party tucking into a good old English fry up. I joined them for a brew and a chat as excitement and nerves filled the room.
It was a relaxed morning full of lots of laughter and of course the obligatory Prosecco. Hair and make-up was created by the lovely Amy Curran Hair & Make up and she did an amazing job. Hannah`s dress was purchased from David`s Bridal and I'm sure you'll agree what a stunning gown and suited her perfectly.

Relaxed Documentary Photography
The ceremony was held in the carriage restaurant which features very high ceilings and large glass doors which is flooded with natural light which created the most natural images. Following the emotional service guests made their way out into the garden terrace to soak up the atmosphere, sip champagne and nibble on some canapes. I then had the opportunity to get some alone time with my bride and groom. Capturing some relaxed photography as the new Mr & Mrs, before returning indoors to the flower suite where the room was decorated perfectly by Sweet 6 Creations. The guests tucked into a delicious wedding breakfast and I have to say the profiteroles with salted caramel were to die for.

The Speeches
What can I say, so much laughter especially when the best man brings out a life size cardboard cut-out of the groom, dress as Pocahontas.  It has to be one of my favourite best man speeches of all time, just for the surprise factor alone! The celebration continued in to the night with sounds from Alice band and fun on the Photo Booth went on into the night which was supplied by me. Guests were also treated to a delicious hog roast. All the staff at the Chancellors’ hotel did an amazing job and really made it a special day for everyone involved. Here are some of my favourite pictures of the day.


Lancaster Castle Wedding Photography Becky & Richard

This is my final blog of 2016 as we say hello to 2017. It’s been an incredible year and I have had an amazing time capturing so many great moments. My last wedding was with Becky and Richard who met whilst studying at Lancaster University but now live in London. Naturally it made sense that they would return to this historic town to say their I do`s. The day began at Lancaster House hotel were Becky and her girls were being pampered. Hair was being styled at the cute little salon inside the hotel by Samantha at the Hair Sanctuary whilst make up was also being created by the in-house time at the hotel. After capturing some images of the preparations, I went off in search of Becky’s wedding gown which was lovingly chosen from Suz- Hannah Bridal of Brighouse which was from the Ladybird collection. After shooting some images of this stunning gown I went in search of Richard who was also getting ready at the hotel. On arrival, no one seemed to know what to do with the button holes so I managed to sort all the boys out. The lovely button holes and flowers were supplied by Dalton Square Florist. I then returned back to the girl’s room where there had been an incident with a bottle of champagne, enough said :P Becky and Richard had arranged for a vintage London bus supplied by Stage Coach to transport all their guests to the Medieval Lancaster Castle, I also managed to hitch a ride which was great fun. Unfortunately, when we arrived at the castle Richard`s dad had been taken ill so he sadly missed the service. Richard and Becky knew that he would have wanted them to continue the day. The ceremony was a very emotional affair and had a special performance from Becky’s bridesmaid Sarah who is an opera singer. Sarah wowed the guests with the sounds of Adele and The Proclaimers 500 miles, which was amazing. The guests were also invited to sing “It must be Love” by Madness and I have to say this was one of my favourite moments of the day! Following the ceremony Richard & Becky visited Richards dad in the hospital before returning to the reception at Lancaster House hotel. Their guests greeted them with a huge applause. The evening continued with the wedding breakfast and speeches with even a special message for the bride and groom from the Mayor of London. The room was decorated with lots of special touches including the bespoke castle picture which were created by Becky’s Mum with help from her aunty Carol. Becky decided on two cakes, the first a traditional one which was created by Creative Cakes, Lancaster and the second aquirky cake made from cheese was supplied by Dewlay Cheesemakers. The guests partied into the night with sounds from the Retrosettes and fun continued in the Photo Booth supplied by me. There was even a human pyramid with Richard Centre stage!! I hope you enjoy my favourite images from the day!