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Wedding Photography in the Lake District: Kim and David’s Wedding at the Lakeside Hotel, Windermere

When Kim asked me to be a part of their wedding day I was absolutely delighted.  Kim and David had decided to have a very intimate wedding with just nine guests.  This was going to be such a lovely wedding, just the very closest of family and friends… what wonderful quality time!

Kim and David had chosen the stunning Lakeside Hotel, Newby Bridge in the Lake District for their wedding.  Now many hotels and guesthouses in the Lake District boast ‘lakeside’ views or claim ‘lakeside facing’.  However the Lakeside Hotel really is what it says… Lake Windermere literally is part of their back garden!

Kim and David must have some luck on their side.  I had visited the venue three weeks prior to the wedding and thought to myself ‘wow, what stunning scenery for a wedding’ but of course we are in England, in September… I had to have a plan B just in case it rained (heaven forbid).  So I busied myself on that day, running round the hotel finding alternative suitable location for photographs which would still be lovely, but not quite the same as with a lakeside backdrop.  Predictably, and much to my disappointment, on Wednesday 12th September, I made my way tentatively up the M6 through the most torrential rain.  Visibility was shocking and the journey probably took half an hour more than it should.  Miraculously however, as I approached Windermere, the clouds parted and the Lake District was suddenly bathed in glorious sunshine for the afternoon… and it lasted!  We were able to take shots of Kim outside in the garden then afterward of all the guests outside and by the lake.

Kim and David’s wedding was a really beautiful intimate occasion.  It was a pleasure to be part of their day and I wish them both lots of happiness for the future!

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Event Photography in Bolton: Amanda’s 50th Birthday Bash at Ridgmont House, Horwich

I was thrilled when Amanda invited me to photograph her 50th birthday celebrations in December 2012.  I really enjoy photographing special events, there is a real sense of excitement in the air and I love the challenge of capturing that in the photos.

The party was held at Ridgmont House, Horwich.  Built in the 17th Century, Ridgmont House is a charming building full of character, set within its own private grounds.  It is a fantastic venue for parties, weddings and events.

Amanda’s party was held just prior to Christmas and everyone was in great spirits.  The house began to get busy at around 8pm, there was a great atmosphere and it wasn’t long before the DJ started his set.  The room was buzzing – lots of chatting, laughter, dancing and of course great food and drink!  Amanda looked fantastic in an elegant long black dress.  Everyone had a lovely evening and I really enjoyed photographing the event.  Thank you Amanda for allowing me to be part of your celebrations and also thank you to the staff at Ridgmont House who were particularly helpful too!

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Rebecca and Mark’s fabulous wedding at St George’s Hall and the Radisson Hotel, Liverpool

Rebecca was a very organised bride and contacted me back in 2011 to book.  I was thrilled to photograph Rebecca and Mark’s wedding – they had chosen the most spectacular venues and of course Liverpool was previously voted the European Capital of Culture in 2008.  I love Liverpool city centre, just packed with amazing venues, fabulous architecture and of course lovely friendly people.

Rebecca and Mark got married at a civil ceremony in the registry office which is part of the infamous St George’s Hall.  It is a magnificent building which lends itself to spectacular wedding photographs.  We took full advantage of its dramatic backdrops and also made the most of the gardens.

The celebrations continued at the Radisson Hotel, Liverpool where the guests were greeted by the sounds of the very talented pianist Adam Dawson.  Adam played beautifully on a very glamorous white baby grand piano in the hotel lobby.  The Radisson’s lobby area is impressive enough in its own right.  Intelligent architectural structure and modern interior design make for breathtaking views, perfect for contemporary wedding photography!

The staff at the Radisson could not have been more helpful and the service was excellent.  They were extremely attentive, serving endless canapés and drinks for the guests.  The room where the wedding breakfast was held was stylishly decorated with stunning flower arrangements and impressive centrepieces on each table.  There was a fabulous cupcake wedding cake as well as a more traditional cake which was beautifully crafted by Rebecca’s talented mum!

Whilst the guests sat down to enjoy the wedding breakfast, the Fun Casino Royale staff were busy outside setting up a mobile casino!  Very soon, a full size roulette table complete with glamorous croupier was sitting in the bar area ready for guests to have a casual gamble following dinner!  This was such a fantastic idea.  So often at weddings there is a gap between the end of the wedding breakfast and the start of the evening reception… the guests go into relaxation mode with a content full tummy and the general energy of the room takes a little lull.  The casino was a perfect way to bridge the time and allow guests to have some fun, gradually easing everyone into the evening celebrations.  Rebecca and Mark soon headed to the dance floor for the first dance for which they chose a very original song (check out their wedding photography slideshow on YouTube for a listen).

This really was a fantastic wedding to be a part of.  Rebecca did an excellent job of planning everything and the couple certainly know how to do things in style!  Thank you so much to Rebecca and Mark who were such a lovely couple and also their very hospitable family and friends who made me feel very welcome for the day.  It was a pleasure to photograph your wedding, you both look very happy and I wish you all the best for your future together!
 

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January Sale – 10% Discount on Wedding Photography in Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire and the North West

Jillian Hartley Wedding Photography is offering a generous 10% discount on Gold Wedding Photography Package bookings taken in January 2013.  Normally priced at £850, you can now purchase the Gold Package for just £765.

The Gold Package includes all day coverage of your wedding from bridal preparations up until the first dance.  You will receive all of your high resolution photographs on a disc with free editing (black and whites, touch ups etc) plus a slideshow of highlights from the day to music of your choice.  The package also includes a pre-wedding consultation to discuss and plan your big day and a visit to the wedding venue.  We also offer a printing and album service should you require this at a later date.

Coverage extends across Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire and the North West.

Get in touch if you would like more information.

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Meet baby George! We followed his journey in photos from Mummy’s bump into the big wide world!

When my lovely friend Beth told us that she was pregnant, we were all absolutely thrilled for her!  Needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity for a photoshoot – I couldn’t wait until the bump started to show.  One afternoon, Beth and I had a good catch up with a nice cuppa, then out came the photography gear.  With a little help from some props we managed to capture the precious bump in all its glory!

Then the wait… I think I was getting as impatient as Beth waiting for baby George to enter the world!  The big day arrived in June 2012 and baby George was finally born.  He was so beautiful, I couldn’t wait to get the camera out again!  Once mum and baby were home and settled, we got a date in the diary for George’s first photoshoot.  He did not disappoint on his debut… he sat there patiently and giggled all afternoon, his big blue eyes sparkling.  Wow, what a photogenic boy… just adorable!

If you would like to know more about pregnancy and baby photography shoots, check out the main website or get in touch for more details.

 


 

 

CHRISTMAS PHOTOSHOOT SPECIAL OFFER – 10% discount on all photography shoots in Greater Manchester – perfect for children, babies, pregant mums, couples, family and friends!

It’s that time of year again… time to start thinking about Christmas shopping!  Why not buy somebody something a little bit different this year?  Jillian Hartley Photography is offering a generous 10% off all photoshoots purchased before Christmas.  Photoshoots make fantastic gifts for family, friends, children and babies, couples and pregnant mums with beautiful bumps!

Or how about a photoshoot for your own family or children?  Your photoshoot could have a Christmas theme (think little ones in cute Santa hats!) – such photos make fabulous personalised Christmas cards (which we can design and order).  We also offer photo printing, canvases and a bespoke framing service – contemporary framed pictures or photo canvases can also make wonderful prezzies for family.

Usually priced at £150, you will receive a voucher for a 90 minute photoshoot for the discounted rate of £135.  The price includes all of your photographs on a disc in high resolution so you can share and print as much as you wish!  We also include free editing (e.g. black and whites, touch ups etc).

Get in touch now to make a booking!

Beautiful bride Emily gets ready for her wedding near Kirkham, Lancashire

My wonderful friend Emily got married in June this year.  Emily finally found that the man of her dreams just happened to be her business partner Noel!  I have known Emily since we were eight years old when we started school together.  I have many very happy memories with her, from playing with our pet rabbits in junior school, to horse riding together in our teens in winter months and getting warm by her parents’ aga, to the day when she hosted my sweet sixteen birthday party – an exciting camping venture with our very best girl friends!

Only the Emily we all know and love could get away with taking advantage of this year’s leap year – she pulled off the true epitome of girl power by asking Noel to marry her back in February!  Much to everyone’s delight, a very chuffed Noel agreed to be her husband and so the planning began.  Once again, in true Emily style, she amazed us all by organising the most beautiful wedding in just four months!  Emily wore a stunning fairytale dress by Suzanne Neville from Dreamcatcher Bridal, Kirkham which was just perfect for her, not to mention the fabulous Christian Louboutin wedding shoes!  The wedding took place at Christ Church, Treales, followed by a spectacular marquee reception complete with the London gospel choir Joyful Soundz at Emily’s father’s farm.  Thank you ‘Daddy’ for a hosting such a wonderful day!  We were treated to sumptuous canapés and a delicious wedding breakfast courtesy of the excellent Paul Rowley and his team.

I was officially off duty for the day as wedding photographer – it was lovely to be a guest and take in the events of day through my own eyes rather than behind a lens.  However, I couldn’t resist taking some photos of Emily and the girls getting ready for the big day and I am so glad I did… she really is the most stunning bride, Noel is a very lucky man!    I also managed to sneak a few snaps of the cake cutting and dancing!

I am so happy for you both, Emily it’s fantastic that you have met such a perfect match and I wish you both lots of love and happiness for the future!  x x x

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