When Fidel approached me about shooting his and his fiancée wedding I got so excited, it was another city wedding. As much as I love rural locations and nature, I absolutely adore an urban wedding especially in a city with as much character as Manchester. Manchester holds a special place in my heart so I was over the moon.
The lovers spent the night before at the Midland hotel and I arrived around 8am to shoot all the lovely ‘getting ready’ shots – one of my favourite parts of the day. Fidel and Oliver actually got ready together so it was lovely to see them helping each other out with their cufflinks and ties and be able to capture the unique moment.
We had a leisurely walk over to the registry office pausing for lots of fabulous street shots. The guys had lots of people stopping them to wish them luck and to take their picture, like you would if you saw a couple walking to their wedding in immaculate suits at 9.30am. It was wonderful.
After a short ceremony we walked the streets of Manchester and shot some more intimate moments between the newly weds in their favourite spots. We walked down the side of the canal, stopped outside central library and incorporated the stunning architecture into the photographs.
Fidel and Oliver then disappeared for lunch and a relaxing spa afternoon, I popped home and made it back for their incredible reception at Manchester Hall. The moment I walked in, I was greeted by the friendly staff who were putting the finishing touches to the one long dining table that dominated the room, one long stunning table to seat all 50 of their guests. It truly looked like a scene from a film, I was absolutely blown away by every detail. I knew the guests and I were in for a real treat.
Husband and husband arrived, their guests followed and the champagne flowed, it was a wonderful relaxed reception where tradition was met with fabulous modern twists. Including (I never thought I’d say this being a meat eater) but an absolutely delicious 3 course vegan meal and not just the usual 3 or 4 speeches, instead everyone in the whole room said a little something about Fidel and Oliver, shared a memory or a joke. It was like nothing I’d ever seen before.
Once the microphone had been passed around, the cake was cut and the dancing began. A conga line then lead the whole wedding party out into the hall for group shot on the spiral staircase beneath the stunning chandelier.
From rainbow hair, giant inflatable unicorns to beautiful sunflowers and the iconic Manchester bee, this was a wonderful, character-filled intimate wedding, one of which I’ll remember for a long, long time. Thank you Fidel and Oliver for including me in your incredible day! xx
When you hire me as a photographer I like to get to know you guys so that we all work well together, that you are relaxed and get the most out of the shoot. You’re putting your money and trust in me to take amazing photos so it’s safe to say that knowing a little about me too can only be of benefit. So here goes....
How did you become a photographer?
My love of photography I think came from my dad, he photographed everything and still does. When we were kids me and my brother would make fun of him for carrying his giant camera bag everywhere he went. It was only recently that I realised that I’m now him. I was out one weekend just pottering about and I looked down at my camera bag and laughed. It was a sweet feeling. My love of all things visual led me to pursue an education in graphic design with a photography focus. I feel honoured that my generation were probably the last to learn about film photography. I learnt to develop all my photos in a traditional dark room before moving onto digital at university. From university I started out freelancing, I photographed children, christenings and I tagged along at weddings as a second shooter and my career progressed from there.
When I’m not working.....
I love to walk, hills, forests anywhere, even better when there’s a country pub at the end of it. I love food and drink and not afraid to say it and love finding new places to go. Because of my food and drink ‘hobby’, I go to the gym 4 times a week, though I do genuinely enjoy keeping fit, toned and strong, it makes me happy. When i'm not photographing weddings I love to photograph landscapes and I hope to put them all in a book one day. I like Harry Potter and Netflix marathons and tend to watch my favourite programmes over and over. I have two cats, Willow and Luther who keep me constantly entertained, I’d have a house full of animals if I could. I see my family at least a few times a week because they’re crazy and I love them. I love to travel and get where I can when I can, even if that means just visiting a new town or city in England.
Here’s some quick facts
I was born... In Bolton in 1983
I have.... One sibling, a younger brother
I am.... Chilled in character and believe everything happens for a reason
I have.... Green eyes, not sure what my natural hair colour is anymore and a love of tattoos – sorry mum
My humor is.... Sarcastic- dad’s fault.
I can be described as.... Empowered, Creative, Empathetic and put most people before myself
I watch.... Anything British, gritty and funny. League of gentlemen, The Royle Family, Psychoville, Absolutely Fabulous though I am partial to the odd chick flick too. Victoria Wood is one of my comedic favourites, she was just a genius
I listen to..... 70’s and 80’s rock, American country. My all time favourite artists are Pink Floyd and David Bowie, their influences have been invaluable to me.
Furthest I’ve been from home.... The Maldives
Favourite smell.... Cucumber and watermelon
Favourite season.... Autumn
I like to drink.... Pinot Blush Rosè
I love to eat.... Pizza - all day long - Pineapple DOES belong on pizza :)
Sweet or savory? Savory
I have an obsession with.... Water, I love the sea
I also photograph.... Landscapes
I’m in my thirties and still discovering who I am but who really has it all figured out and where’s the fun in that anyway? My life’s events have encouraged me to live in the moment and take nothing for granted. Do what you love and stay happy if you’re not happy, change it - we're not here long. xbx