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 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!
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!
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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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
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
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!
I was delighted to be the wedding photographer for Trish and Chatan who tied the knot on June 24th 2012. The wedding celebrations took place at Shree Ram Mandir, Walsall. Shree Ram Mandir is a Hindu temple and community centre serving the Hindu community of Walsall and the surrounding area. Due to its size, it is a perfect venue for an Indian wedding. The staff were very helpful, they decorated the place beautifully and served a fantastic wedding breakfast.
The day started with Trishna’s bridal preparations in a private room at the venue. I was there to capture the girls getting ready, perfecting hair and make up and having a good time. The atmosphere was incredible with lots of singing, dancing and well wishing! Trishna looked beautiful, check out the bridal portraits with her lovely eyes and gorgeous jewellery! I loved the bright colours of the flowers and ladies’ clothing – they really add to the vibrance of the wedding photographs!
The excitement was raised another level with the anticipation of the groom’s arrival. Several hundred people gathered at the door of the temple singing and chanting. Chatan looked fabulous as he arrived in a stylish convertible looking like a king! He was then led to the front of the room to sit on a specially decorated stage (known as the ‘mandap’), eagerly awaiting his bride. A sheet, held by two gentlemen from each side of the family, prevented Chatan from seeing the bride. Trish looked stunning as she entered the room. The moment the sheet was dropped to reveal the bride to the groom was wonderful. They looked incredibly happy!
The traditional Hindu rituals continued over the next few hours. The bride and groom’s foreheads were marked with red powder (or ‘kum kum’) which marks the beginning of the relationship between the two families. Trishna and Chatan then exchanged garlands (known as ‘jayamaala’). Several gifts were exchanged throughout the day, this part of the ritual is called ‘Gau Daan’ and included the bride being presented with a necklace which is the emblem of marital status for a Hindu woman. A sacred fire was also lit (the ‘vivaha-homa’) around which the bride and groom walked around, then offering barley to the fire which symbolises that they will work together for the welfare of the society.
Are you getting married? Do you like the style of photography you see? Why not contact us for a quote and to discuss your requirements.
For more information on Indian wedding planning, check out the Asian Wedding Network website which is a really useful resource.
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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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!