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Here is an extra special photo from Jen & Matt’s wedding at Rookery Hall in Cheshire recently. Jen looked stunning as she walked down the stairs ready to make an entrance for her groom. Look out for their wedding coming to the blog very soon.

Oh my God! I can’t believe it has taken me so long to get around to blogging Lucy & Lee’s amazing wedding at Styal Lodge in Cheshire. Not only are they the loveliest people to work with but they’re also not too shabby to look at either. And what about Lucy’s bridesmaids, her beautiful sisters, or ‘The Jerram Sisters,’ as I like to call them, like some sort of singing sensation …

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How remiss of me not to have shared Emily & Lee’s wedding with you at Packington Moor in Staffordshire. Both Emily & Lee have lost one of their parents so it was an emotional occasion but those looking on from elsewhere would have been proud of them both as looked so happy together. There were tears of course but that’s to be expected and they were tears of sadness and …

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Isn’t it lovely to be able to have your engagement shoot on your family farm? Apple trees, hay bales, cows, chickens and disused barns, a perfect location. Enjoy!  

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Emily & Lee are getting married at Packington Moor in July which if, if you don’t know, is a really beautiful venue. Go have a look for yourselves. For their engagement shoot we had a wander in the woods nearby in Staffordshire and had some fun. It’s pretty clear to see how much in love these two are. Emily said yes after being whisked off to Florence for the evening. …

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I first met Jess & Rob when Jess was a bridesmaid at Aileen and Ian’s wedding which I photographed in August 2012. When they also asked me to be their wedding photographer I was absolutely delighted and so off I went to Norfolk again for their wedding in September. Aileen was one of Jess’ bridesmaids this time around and it was great seeing them play out their role reversal. After …

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Ah Lucy and Nick’s wedding. Well it was held at the stunningly beautiful Walcot Hall in Shropshire and what a beaut of a venue it is. They were able to get in the day before to decorate how they wanted and then the day after the wedding all their guests came back for an after-party and to cure some fuzzy heads. Lucy and Nick live in London but Nick’s connections …

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I’m not a huge fan of blowing my own trumpet but in this case I’m going to make an exception as the note that Ivonette and Ken sent to me was so lovely. They were married in September last year in Formby on a gloriously sunny day. They are one of the nicest couples you could ever meet and we hit it off straight away. Anyway, over to them… ‘From …

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It’s hard to know where to begin with Hayley and Nick’s Cheshire wedding at Arley Hall because there was just so much wonderfulness! They had an incredible and intimate outside ceremony, and Hayley walked down her very own grass aisle through the flower borders. Arley Hall is also close to the family’s hearts, because Hayley’s Grandad (who you’ll find looking very dapper in some of the pictures) did some work …

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The lovely Kris and Stef have actually just got married, so to whet your appetite before I reveal their wonderful wedding in all its glory, I thought I’d share with you their Tatton Park engagement shoot. We were blessed with a beautiful, warm sunny day for the shoot, and it gave me a chance to talk to them about the plans they’d been making for their upcoming big day. I …

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Kate and Chris married in August at St. Mary’s church in Lower Slaughter in the Cotswolds, and had their wedding reception at Hyde Barn in Stow-on-the-Wold. They met in Australia while they were travelling with their respective friends, and Chris proposed to his girl in San Francisco. They had a yummy ice cream bike and a fabulous photo booth at their wedding to keep guests entertained. Lower Slaughter and it’s …

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Rob popped the question to his gorgeous girl on Christmas Day back in 2011, on a hill overlooking their favourite view. The couple picked Peover Golf Club in Knutsford, Cheshire, after falling in love with it’s space, light, gardens, and of course the food! I loved their carefree, colourful theme – nothing was too fussy, it was just beautiful and natural and everyone was so happy and relaxed. Laura and …

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Natalie and Mark are having a super suave black tie wedding in December, at Warwick House in Warwickshire. I can’t wait to be there and be a part of their day to take some beautiful wedding photographs. We did their engagement shoot near to their home in Nuneaton – and as you’ll see in the photos we did have to dodge a few rain clouds. Not that we let it …

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Aileen and Ollie are both Londoners now – but because Aileen grew up in Staffordshire, the couple have decided to go back to her home town for their wedding at The Ashes in Endon. Following one of the best proposal stories I’ve heard (involving him jumping out of a present and surprising her on Christmas day) they’re going to get married, and have very kindly asked me to do their …

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Well where do I start with Sarah and Adrian’s wedding? Let’s start with the location. It took place at Gawsworth Church in Cheshire , near Macclesfield, followed by a reception in a marquee at Gawsworth Hall right next door. After the service, which featured the best Bishop ever and a rousing rendition of Jerusalem, guests walked along the lane to the hall to be greeted with glasses of Pimms in …

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Alison and Tony fancied some fun in the sun for their engagement shoot. As they live in Lancaster we thought Southport beach would be perfect for them. It was a beautiful day and really warm, so warm in fact that Tony’s ice cream pretty much melted before he had time to eat it. Seeing the smiles on their faces in these pictures made me so happy when I was editing …

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On a lovely day in May Anth and Tim got married across two counties. Their church ceremony was held in Surrey and then they drove across the border to West Sussex for their reception at Rumbolds Barn. While Anth and the girls were getting ready at her parents house, Tim and the boys met up at the pub down the road from the church to settle the nerves. With a …

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When I first spoke to Lauren and Warren, they said not only had they been attracted to me by my photography, but also by the fact that they were big fans of The Smiths like myself. When I met up with them and Warren was wearing a Morrissey T-Shirt I knew we were going to get along just fine. For their engagement shoot I knew we had to do something …

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I met up with Michelle and Christopher on Sunday at Stafford Castle for their engagement shoot. Michelle was a little apprehensive about having her photograph taken, on this evidence she need not have worried too much. Book you own engagement shoot right now by clicking here. It’s a brilliant way of getting rid of those worries about being in front of the camera.

I was driving through Knutsford in Cheshire one day and noticed that the fair was in town. When I saw it I couldn’t resist asking Zoe and Fraser to meet me there for an engagement shoot. Fraser popped the question on a recent trip to Venice and of course Zoe said yes, otherwise this shoot would have been somewhat awkward. I’ve now got 12 goldfish I need to get rid …

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Well the time has come, the lovely Sarah and Adrian get married on Saturday. Their service is taking place at Gawsworth Church in Cheshire and they’ll then walk down the road to Gawsworth Hall with their guests for their wedding breakfast. Sarah and Adrian live in London but Sarah is from Hartford in Cheshire so is getting married near her home. It looks like the weather is going to be …

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As you start planning your wedding you’ll have no doubt been overwhelmed with the amount of information available online, in print and from friends and family who’ve been there and done it. To help you sift through it all I have put together these two free guides for brides. As a wedding photographer I speak to people in the wedding industry on a constant basis so I am in …

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Lucy and Nick live in London, their wedding is at Walcot Hall in Shropshire and we did their engagement photography in Cheshire at Dunham Massey. Eclectic, much? I’m really looking forward to their wedding, after the two ceremony’s (humanist and civil) it sounds like there is going to be a massive party. Florence the Vintage Caravan could also be making an appearance as their photo booth. To get them …

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It’s not long now until Ianthe and Tim’s wedding. They tie the knot on May 25th at a beautiful little church near Godalming and then their reception is being held at Rumbolds Barn in Plaistow. To get them used to being in front of the camera for their wedding photography we did an engagement shoot. Ianthe and Tim live in London so I visited them there and we went to …

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Introducing Florence the Vintage Caravan. This is how I have been spending my winter months, getting Florence ready for the summer. Florence is a 1970’s Cadet 10 caravan that was saved from being burned and has been loving restored to her former glory and beyond. I found Florence on eBay and had to have her as soon as I saw her. She was used by a dairyman in Swindon …

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Just engaged? Here are the 10 things you need to do first: 1. Start your wedding planner. Get a folder/scrapbook/journal together so that you can write down all your ideas and stick bits from magazines into it. Not only will this help you but you can show it to photographers, florists etc so they know what you’re thinking. 2. Plan an engagement party. Spread the good news to your friends …

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I’m so glad Kate and Chris got in touch after seeing some pictures I’d taken of the Cotswolds whilst on a little holiday last year. They’re getting married in Lower Slaughter next year which is the most beautiful village you’ll see. We went there for this engagement photography session and also to its sister village, Upper Slaughter, which is equally as pretty. Roll on August 4th 2013

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I have known Damian since we were both about three years old. His Grandparents lived on the same street as my parents and we went to the same primary school, high school and college. It was a real pleasure for me to be asked to photography his wedding to Rachel. After their ceremony in the church in Kidsgrove it was back to Dilhorne, the village where Damian grew up, …

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Saturday 4th August saw a trip over the moors to Digley Reservoir to meet Laura and Rob for their engagement shoot. They’re getting married in 2013 at Peover Golf Club and they have very kindly asked me to also take their wedding photography. After we’d taken some lovely pictures at the reservoir we went a little up the road to ‘the bench of joy’ and then off to the spot …

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Marianne and Jay invited me to Newstead Abbey in Nottingham for their engagement photography. What a great place it is. Around each corner there is a location perfect for taking photographs and we even managed to find a little bit of sunshine, which during a summer like this is something to be grateful for. They’re planning on getting married next year in South Africa where most of Marianne’s family …

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Being a wedding photographer is an incredibly rewarding job, that’s why I love it. Every wedding and engagement shoot is such a joy to be a part of, and then you get to do photographs of some of your oldest friends and the world seems like such an amazing place. I went to university with Di in Sunderland and then, after a time where we lost contact with each …

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