Wedding photography in Lancashire: Amy and Scott’s wedding at St Mary Magdalene Church, Burnley and Whalley Abbey, Clitheroe
A big congratulations to Amy and Scott who tied the knot on Easter Sunday! Amy got in touch in early 2012 to enquire about wedding photography packages. She just so happened to stumble across my wedding photography Facebook page via a mutual friend. I was extremely excited to be asked to be their photographer – they had planned to have their ceremony at St Mary Magdalene Church, Burnley followed by a fabulous reception at the infamous Whalley Abbey, Clitheroe.
Despite having more than twelve months to go at the time of booking, 31st March 2013 was very soon nearly upon us. Being Easter weekend, we were hoping for a nice day, however the week previously had seen heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures! Fortunately however, by Sunday the snow had melted and it was a pleasant day.
The day started at Amy’s sister’s house in Burnley. Bridal preparations were in full swing when I arrived – lots of lovely ladies being pampered. A striking array of wedding flowers were sitting in the kitchen, courtesy of Paul Lomax Wedding and Event Florist, Chatburn. Amy looked stunning in her dress which was from Amelia’s, Clitheroe and the bridesmaids wore classic midnight blue. It wasn’t long before a beautiful vintage car from Malvern Wedding Cars arrived to transport the girls to the venue in style.
Following a lovely ceremony, the guests showered the newlyweds with confetti and wished them well, and shortly after headed over to Whalley Abbey. Guests were treated to a candy floss and popcorn cart courtesy of the Icicle Tricycle Company which as you can imagine, went down a storm with the kids! The venue was dressed beautifully, there was lots of candlelight to complement the royal blue theme, and a huge garland of fairylights cascaded from the wall behind the top table. The wedding cake by The Little Bird Bakes took pride of place by the window.
Prior to the wedding breakfast, we took advantage of the amazing scenery at the Abbey for photographs, we were spoilt rotten for photo opportunities! Many thanks to the best man and ushers for helping me to get all of the guests outside for a very chilly group photo!
Amy and Scott’s wedding had all the ingredients for a perfect wedding – a very happy couple, lots of lovely family and friends ready to celebrate, a stunning venue, dry weather and a good party afterwards! I really enjoyed being a part of your day… congratulations to you both again and best wishes for a happy future! x
I was very excited to be asked to photograph Emily and Mark’s big day in Blackpool. They were tying the knot at Festival House, Blackpool. I have wanted to photograph a wedding at this venue for a while now, the decor is really modern and fresh with lots of natural daylight flooding in through the window. What’s more, the building has pride of place on the promenade, overlooking the sea and the infamous Blackpool Tower!
The day started with the bridal preparations at Leverdale Hotel, North Shore. Emily, her chief bridesmaid Riquella and two very excited flower girls were being pampered by Emma from Wedding Belles, Lytham. Emily’s hair and makeup looked fabulous. The flower girls were in their element surrounded by sparkly nail polish, glitter spray, pretty dresses and party shoes!
Emily and the bridal party travelled to Festival House in style with a fab stretched limo from Jet Set Limousines. Mark and the boys were waiting patiently at the venue, all looking very dapper in their suits! After a lovely ceremony, thankfully the weather stayed fine enough to take some photographs of family and friends on the balcony of Festival House, then it was straight off to Uncle Tom’s Cabin for the reception. The room had been transformed since my last visit – beautiful table decorations and chair covers and the lovely wedding cake was stood on the stage. After the speeches and food, the bride and groom took to the dancefloor for the first dance, followed by Emily and her father. The dancefloor soon sprung to life, the kids showed the guests how it was done with a very energetic Gangnam Style performance! Actually Emily and Riquella threw in a good few moves too!
This was such a fun wedding to photograph, I really enjoyed being part of Emily and Mark’s big day. A big congratulations to the newlyweds, I wish you and your family all the best for a very happy future together! x
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
Wedding Photography in Burnley, Lancashire: Sam and Andrew’s wedding at Lyndhurst House & Towneley Golf Club
When Sam and Andrew decided to tie the knot, they chose to prolong their wedding celebrations, spreading the occasion over two dates! And why not? The big day is usually over so quickly! Sam and Andrew chose to have their ceremony at Lyndhurst House Registry Office, Burnley on January 2nd 2013. They shared the day with close family and friends and after the ceremony, went for a celebratory meal at the Oaks Hotel, Burnley.
On 17th February, Sam and Andrew held a party at Towneley Golf Club, Burnley to celebrate with more family and friends. I met Sam at the house to get some pics of her being pampered. Manchester makeup artist Rachael Bottomley did a fantastic job of Sam’s hair and makeup. Sam’s wedding dress was from Emma Hartley Bridalwear. Despite it being February (and very cold), it was a really bright sunny day so we were able to take advantage of the great outdoors for wedding photos!
Sam, Andrew and the guests had a fantastic couple of days. I really enjoyed being a part of their big days and wish them all the best for a happy future!
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!
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.
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
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?
Last weekend, I had the pleasure of photographing newborn baby Lily and gorgeous new mum Tasha. Lily was very lively and alert for the most part – out of the window went the sleeping baby shots then! Instead however, we managed to capture some really cute images which ooze personality even at this early age! She was a pleasure to photograph. Check out some of the pictures from the day.
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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