Anne Marie and Pete got married on 16th February 2013 and they could not have picked a better day – what are the chances of a bright sunny day in Manchester in February?! But lo and behold, the skies were blue and the sun shone all day, although admittedly it was a bit chilly! The ceremony was held at St Cuthbert’s Church, Withington where Anne Marie and her father arrived in a fabulous vintage car from Belle Celebrations, Lymm. Anne Marie looked stunning in her wedding dress which was from Berketex Bride. Following the ceremony, we took advantage of the good weather and grabbed some photo opportunities outside the church with family and friends, and of course Anne Marie and Pete enjoying their champers!
The wedding reception was held at the Alma Lodge Hotel, Stockport. Guests enjoyed a celebratory drinks reception in the hotel lobby area which was very cosy with the fires lit. I don’t think I was too popular asking all the guests to venture back outside into the cold for a group photo! The hotel staff and the team from Belle Celebrations had done a great job of decorating the room where the wedding breakfast was held. The royal blue theme was really striking and a stunning wedding cake from the infamous Slattery‘s took pride of place.
Anne Marie and Pete had a fantastic day celebrating with their family and friends and I was delighted to be a part of it. A big congratulations to the lovely couple and all the best for a happy future together!
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.
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Lisa and Darren’s wedding was certainly a day to remember… the couple tied the knot at Dukinfield Town Hall in May 2012. Lisa contacted me via a mutual friend a few weeks before the wedding and explained that they had originally planned to have their wedding abroad but due to unforeseen circumstances, they were no longer able to go. What a shame! Regardless, Lisa and Darren rose to the challenge of organising their new wedding in very little time and I was delighted to be asked to be their photographer for the day.
When I woke up on the Saturday morning, I was pleasantly surprised to see that for one of the very few occasions this summer, the sun was shining and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. I don’t think any of us anticipated how hot the day would be. When I arrived at Lisa’s parents’ house at midday, the dashboard read 31°! Lisa looked lovely and we had the chance to take a few photos outside in the garden before shooting off in a limo with her five bridesmaids.
Dukinfield Town Hall is a fantastic venue for a wedding. The building’s classic Victorian red brick architecture makes for great photograph opportunities. Inside, the grand entrance hall with stunning oak staircase leads to the George Hatton suite where the ceremony was held. Lisa looked stunning as she entered the room with her father and Darren seemed to be very pleased with himself as she walked down the aisle! The heat was relentless but fortunately the staff had provided huge fans to keep the guests cool.
After the ceremony, the guests enjoyed a champagne or two then we headed to Dukinfield park to take advantage of the sun for the wedding photos. The park boasts a beautiful stone staircase which was perfect for group shots of the wedding guests. I also got the chance to steal the bride and groom away for ten minutes to capture a few shots of the newlyweds!
The wedding breakfast was held in the Lesser Hall. This was a good chance for Lisa and Darren to relax and cool down! Not for long though, the evening party soon swung into action a couple of hours later and the grand Jubilee Hall was filled with guests. The DJ started his set and shortly after, Darren led Lisa to the dancefloor for the first dance. Before long, the dancefoor was full and the partying carried on until late!
Thank you to Lisa and Darren for looking after me and also to the very helpful staff at Dukinfield Town Hall. What a fabulous day. Who says you have to go abroad to guarantee scorching sunshine?
I was so excited for Debbie when she told me she was getting married and would like me to be the wedding photographer! I had the pleasure of working with Debbie in the past and I love photographing the weddings of people I know! The big day was to be Friday 6th July 2012.
Etrop Grange Hotel is a stunning venue. It is a Grade II listed Georgian county house sitting nestled amongst beautiful greenery. You would never know it was close to Manchester Airport! An impressive entrance with stone staircase takes you through the front door, where you are greeted by a cosy fireplace and sensational chandeliers in the reception area.
Debbie was getting ready in a suite which overlooked a lovely courtyard. I was quick to get snapping, trying to capture the exciting atmosphere as Debbie and her bridesmaids did their hair and makeup. The dress looked lovely hanging in the bay window, and I had to take some pictures of Debbie’s gorgeous shoes!
Chris arrived a short while later and looked very relaxed as he welcomed the guests, no sign of any nerves at all! The ceremony room looked fantastic with more chandeliers, candles and a pale blue theme for the flower arrangements and chair sashes. The petals lining each side of the altar were an elegant finishing touch. Debbie made a fabulous entrance, she looked absolutely stunning and it was so moving to see the bride and groom’s family and friends looking so happy for them. A few emotional readings later and Chris struggling to get the ring on Debbie’s finger, the couple were officially married!
After a lovely drinks reception, we managed to sneak outside between the rain showers to get a few wedding photographs of the happy couple. It was a shame we could not take advantage of the pretty courtyard for group photographs but the weather was typically British and relentless rain continued all day!
Debbie and Chris looked like they really enjoyed their day and they look very happy in the photos! Check out the wedding photography slideshow for the highlights of the day! I would like to say thank you to Debbie and Chris for being so hospitable to me and allowing me to be part of their big day. Wishing you both lots of happiness for the future!
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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