I was delighted when Gemma and her husband-to-be Nick asked me to photograph their wedding. I met with them in 2012 after a mutual friend put us in touch. It just so happened that whilst Gemma and Nick were trying to organise their wedding in Bolton, they were also relocating to the Isle of Man with their children. Wow, this was some supercouple… moving house, changing jobs, moving countries and organising a wedding all within less than 12 months!
The big day soon came round and as luck would have it, the weather in Lancashire the week beforehand was appalling! There were severe weather warnings and the news spoke of people being snowed in. I called Gemma and told her we may need a plan B for the wedding photos! However the joy of the British weather is that it is so unpredictable, Saturday came round and it was sunny. All snow had melted and amazingly, the guests were even able to enjoy drinks outside after the ceremony!
Gemma and the girls got ready at her sister’s home. I arrived to a full house, hair and makeup preparations in full flow and the atmosphere was brimming with excitement! The flower girls looked adorable in their little dresses. Gemma’s dress was from Lacy Days in Ramsbottom – a stunning bridal gown with laced back, thank goodness for a great team of bridesmaids to help her into it!
Gemma arrived at the church with her father in a beautiful vintage car . Nick and the ushers were waiting patiently and looked very smart in their tartan kilts. Following the ceremony, the guests headed to nearby Egerton House Hotel where they enjoyed a very unlikely al fresco drinks reception whilst the sun shone! The main reception was held in the Barn which is a separate area of the hotel, perfect for weddings. Wedding planner Rebecca Karen had done a fabulous job of the room decor and flowers. Stunning centrepieces included vintage vases and teapots which held beautiful blush, champagne and mint toned flower arrangements amongst tealights. Fairlylights surrounded the period fireplace and there was definitely a romantic feel about the room. Gemma and Nick’s wedding cake was made by family friend Tracy Stevens.
Following a fabulous wedding breakfast, Gemma and Nick partied the night away with their family and friends and everyone seemed to be having a ball as I snuck away from the celebrations! All the best to Gemma and Nick for a happy future together and thank you for allowing me to be part of your big day! x
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!
Jillian Hartley Wedding Photography is currently offering a free engagement photography shoot in Manchester for all wedding bookings taken for a limited time only. The engagement shoot will last approximately one hour and will be shot in a local location of your choice. Following the shoot, you will receive all your engagement photographs on a disc to keep (copyright free) so you can print and share as you wish.
Engagement shoots are a great way to capture some special moments in the build up to the big day. Engagament photos can make for fabulous ‘save the date’ cards or even your wedding invitations (not to mention looking very chic on your mantelpiece)!
Manchester offers a number of great places to shoot engagement photography. You are spoilt for choice with venues to suit your individual style… Castlefield or the Northern Quarter for the city slickers, or somewhere a little more green like Worsley or Dunham Massey for the more relaxed, countryside loving brides and grooms-to-be!
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Jillian Hartley Wedding Photography is delighted to have been appointed as wedding photographer for Janice and Kevin who are getting married in Boothstown next year followed by a lovely reception in the Mercure Bolton West Hotel. Janice and Kevin have got their wedding day plans finalised already! Hats off to the organised happy couple!
Jillian Hartley Wedding Photography offers contemporary, stylish photography for weddings in Greater Manchester and the North West. The current January sale on wedding photography packages is proving to be very popular, with lots of beautiful brides-to-be taking advantage of the £100 discount on the Gold Package. See the website or get in touch for further details.