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Anne Marie and Pete’s Wedding in Withington and the Alma Lodge Hotel, Stockport

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!

Wedding photography Withington and Stockport

HEN PARTY PHOTOGRAPHY IN MANCHESTER: why not invite a photographer to your hen do?

Have you thought about hiring a photographer to join your hen party?  Jillian Hartley Wedding Photography can offer coverage of your event from as little as £100.  Split this between all of the girls and you pay next to nothing!  This is a fantastic gift for the bride-to-be, capturing lots of great memories with her favourite girls.  She will receive all the photos from the night on a personalised disc for her to keep!  Why not make a hen do photobook from your photos or have one of your favourites framed as a prezzie?

Nichola’s hens partied in style for a long weekend with a ‘onesie’ theme on the first night and a masquerade cabaret evening on the second night.  The Manchester girls headed to Brighton to celebrate Nich’s forthcoming wedding with full intentions of painting the town red.  It was a huge turnout with twenty-six ladies who know just how to party.  From champagne cocktails on the train, to mojitos in onesies, Bucks Fizz for afternoon tea to cosmopolitans in the caberet lounge, Jillian Hartley Wedding Photography was there to capture it all!

Hen party coverage extends across Greater Manchester, get in touch if you would like more information!


Hen party photography Manchester

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

Becky and Matt’s beautiful wedding at Winchester House, Putney

My dear friend Becky tied the knot with Matt in May this year at a beautiful wedding down in the big smoke!  I have known Becky since we were about twelve years old.  She has been a wonderful friend over the years so you can imagine how thrilled I was to be asked to capture her big day for her!  When Becky met Matt she soon realised she had found her soul mate.  It quickly became apparent that these two would spend the rest of their lives together.

Becky and Matt got married at All Saints Church, Fulham.  Its tall ceilings and grand stain glass windows are just beautiful and made a dramatic backdrop for wedding photos.  Becky looked stunning in a classic Lusan Mandongus vintage dress from Teokath, Wimbledon.  The fun really began afterwards when we all headed to nearby Winchester House, Putney on the river.  It made for a very interesting five minute walk in three and a half inch heels with a very heavy camera bag and tripod!

Winchester House sits in an enviable position on the riverside.  It is a quintessentially old English building boasting a beautiful garden, just perfect for an intimate wedding reception. The unpredictable British summer weather behaved itself for once and although a little grey, the rain held off.  The guests were able to enjoy mouth watering canapés and champagne in the garden overlooking the river Thames (catering by AM & PM Catering).  Becky and the bridesmaids looked fabulous and we had a lot of fun taking the photos.  I managed to steal a very special ten minutes with the bride and groom down by the riverside to capture some romantic moments for the wedding album… they look very happy!

The evening reception moved inside where we gathered in a beautiful room upstairs.  Romantic low lighting and tasteful decor created perfect ambience for some very heartfelt and emotional speeches (yes I did have a few tears in my eyes behind the lens!).  Becky and Matt then cut the cake and soon got to work partying on the dance floor!  The celebrations continued until the early hours and everyone had a fantastic time.

Becky and Matt, thank you so much for letting me be part of your big day, it was a real honour.  I am sure you will have a very happy future together, lots of love x x x

Debbie and Chris’ wedding photographs at Etrop Grange Hotel, Manchester Airport

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!

For more information on wedding photography packages in Manchester, the North West and the Midlands, please visit the main website or contact us.




Newborn baby photo shoot session in Kirkham – pleased to meet you Lily!

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.

For more information about baby photo shoot sessions, check out the main website or get in touch via the contact form.

Stroke survivor Richard Creme’s Exhibition in Manchester – launch night

Last week, I was approached by the Stroke Association asking if I would like to be official photographer for the launch night of Richard Creme’s art exhibition in Manchester.  Of course I jumped at the chance!  Richard Creme made quite a name for himself on the Manchester scene back in the day!  For those in the know, Richard was the ultimate style icon and fashionista, running the exclusive L’homme boutique, dressing the likes of David Beckham, Prince and David Bowie to mention but a few.  He was the epitomy of cool in Manchester and was regularly spotted hanging out at the infamous Hacienda, always flawlessly turned out and envied by the masses!

Sadly, Richard Creme suffered a major stroke in 2007 at the age of 50.  This was to change his life significantly – the stroke had a major impact on his ability to speak and he lost the majority of movement on the right side of his body.  He found himself unable to continue his business and understandably faced some very difficult times trying to come to terms with his future.  Fortunately however, Richard found solace in art.  Despite being right handed, he began to draw and paint using his left hand and over time, began to produce some very impressive pieces.

Five years after his stroke, Ricahrd is proudly exhibiting his work at Manchester Metropolitan’s Link Gallery as part of The Stroke Association’s “Action On Stroke” Month, supported by Arts For Health.  The launch night was a fantastic – guests included the Mayor of Trafford, Leroy Richardson (previous manager of the Hacienda), Colette Walsh (journalist and broadcaster) and Irfan Rainy (DJ and producer).  I really enjoyed photographing the event.  You can also watch the official footage of the night here.

If you would like to support the Stroke Association by making a donation, please click on the link to visit the donation page.


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!

Get in touch for more information on your engagement shoot!

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Beautiful Asian Wedding in Manchester – A Wedding Photographer’s Perspective!

I was delighted to be nominated as the photographer for Rehana and Ahamar’s Asian wedding in Manchester.  Asian weddings are just beautiful, the stunning colours make for excellent wedding photography opportunities!  The wedding was at Saffron Restaurant, Cheetham Hill in Manchester – it has an enormous function room upstairs which is fantastic for weddings!  The staff were very helpful and put on a wonderful banquet for the guests.

Rehana looked absolutely stunning!  She was a very beautiful bride to photograph and I really enjoyed the day.  I was made to feel very welcome!

Rehana and Ahamar – wedding at Saffron Restaurant, Manchester

I’m really looking forward to photographing Rehana and Ahamar’s wedding next weekend at Saffron Restaurant, Manchester.
I paid the venue a visit today to check out the lighting and photo opportunities… what a great venue!
Rehana has told me that this will be a very colourful wedding – watch this space for the wedding photos!


To mark Valentine’s Day, Jillian Hartley Wedding Photography is offering 15% discount off all wedding photography packages for bookings taken in February.

Jillian Hartley Wedding Photography specialises in stylish contemporary wedding photography at affordable prices, guaranteed to capture beautiful memories of your wedding day.

Coverage across Manchester, Cheshire, the North West and the Midlands.  Get in touch

See the website for more details on wedding photography packages and prices.


Jillian Hartley Wedding Photography offers all NHS staff and public sector workers a generous 15% discount on wedding photography packages.  All packages include unlimited number of photographs on a disc plus free Photoshop editing (e.g. black and white wedding photographs, touch ups etc).  This means you can book your wedding photographer for your big day for as little as £425 (bronze package).

Because we are nice, we can also extend this offer to your friends and family too if you refer them to us for a booking!  And because we like to go that ‘extra mile’, we don’t charge for travel costs either to get to your wedding.  We cover the whole of the North West and the Midlands including Manchester, Lancashire, the Lake District, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Liverpool and Birmingham.  Have a look at the website for more details on wedding photography packages and prices.


Meet Manchester Wedding Photographer Jillian Hartley!

Founded in September 2011, I am delighted to announce that Jillian Hartley Wedding Photography is now officially up and running!
My brand spanking new website has now gone live!  Have a browse and let me know what you think…. I hope you like it!

I am extremely excited about finally being online!  I can’t wait to be in the thick of the action, capturing special moments at weddings in Manchester and across the North West and Midlands.  Look out for latest news on the website and watch this space for accounts of latest weddings and special offers!