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Rob & Cat’s Meols Hall Wedding

Rob & Cat’s Meols Hall Wedding

Rob & Cat’s Meols Hall Wedding took place at the beautiful venue of Meols Hall, Churchtown,  Southport.  It was a dry sunny November day and the last of the  autumn colours were just filtering through the trees with a touch of gold here and there.  Neil and I started the bridal preparation images at the Vincent Hotel in  Southport where the bridal party were getting ready.
Cat’s bouquet was a gorgeous mix of deep red roses, calla lilies, berries  and eucalyptus.  Her gown was stunning and Cat looked so beautiful.

Rob and his party had also been getting ready at the hotel. They all looked very handsome in their grey suits and they met us in the reception area with family to get a few photos before traveling on to Meols Hall.

There was a beautiful ceremony at the Tithebarn followed by a lovely reception in the courtyard . Luckily with the weather staying dry we were able to take all the guests out to be photographed outside and afterwards we took Rob & Cat out under the trees in the lovely autumn evening. Autumn is my favourite time of year with fantastic colours everywhere and nature settling down to sleep for the winter ahead. Its just such a magical time of year.

Meols Hall is Southport’s historical manor house dating back to the early 12th Century. Set in one hundred acres of private parkland close to the picturesque village of Churchtown, this is one of the oldest settlements on the Lancashire coast. It makes a stunning setting for weddings as the grounds are beautiful and make a splendid backdrop for photographs. I have photographed a few weddings here now and Im very fond of this venue for the opportunities it gives the photographer.

The party got into full swing and a wonderful time was had by all!

Love Sam & Neil xx

 

Sleeklens Review

1: Straight from camera image

Normal image of bride straight from camera

2: Base Autotone BW

Sleeklens Base Autotone preset applied to image of a bride

3: Base High Key

Sleeklens High Key preset applied to image of a bride

4: Base Edit 2

Sleeklens Base Edit 2 preset applied to image of a bride

 

5: Kaleidascope

Sleeklens Kaleidascope preset applied to image of a bride

1: Violet Mazes

Sleeklens Violet Mazes preset applied to image of a bride

 

1: Sunset Portrait

Sleeklens sunset preset applied to image of a bride

 

 

Sleeklens Review

I was contacted by Jane Grates of Sleeklens a few months ago to review their “strike a pose portrait” presets. Presets are like filters in mobile phone apps  but they allow photographers much more control over the images as you can either paint various parts of an image or vary the amount of preset applied to give you a more subtle look.
I tend to initially edit in Lightroom and then I move into Photoshop for more refinement. Its funny when I think back to being in my darkroom with bits of tissue paper and lace tied onto the lens of my enlarger and a variety of different toning chemicals to produce interesting effects when printing, now all the magic happens at the touch of a button and there are numerous presets to try.

Sleeklens are a company that I hadn’t used before, so I thought why not give it a go and test them out. They do presets for Lightroom and photoshop workflows,  I happily obliged and ventured into the Lightroom presets offered by Sleeklens.

As photographers of today our workflow has increased in volume so much, gone are the days of shooting rolls of film.
We would hand them over to a lab and then forget about them until you had to collect them. Then we would carefully mount them into albums or frames for our clients.

Now Photoshop has replaced the darkroom or lab and you can spend hours transforming images sitting at your computer instead of being in the dark!,  and the whole album process when designing pages can be done sitting at our screens.

The great thing about presets is that it saves us valuable time, instead of spending hours of screen time, creating a particular look it can all be achieved in the click of a button. Thats what I like about presets, the art is to use them sparingly and creatively so you don’t get an over processed look, or depending on what your doing to you desire to go for certain looks. Whatever you like to do it does save lots of time.

Starting with a straight from camera shot of one of my brides, I applied 6 different presets, each one creates a very different look and mood.
On some of the images you can see that the hightlights are blown, you would just have to pull back the highlights in lightroom to remove this.

You can see for yourself what Sleeklens can do for you and if you are interested to try them out please follow the links below:

https://sleeklens.com/product/strike-a-pose-portrait-workflow/
https://sleeklens.com/product-category/lightroom-presets/

Thank you Jane for letting me have a play!

 

Vincent Hotel Wedding Southport

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Vincent Hotel Wedding Southport

Vincent Hotel Wedding Southport of Kirsty & Mark, took place on the 4th November 2016, Forgive me for being so late with my blog.
Its been such as busy two years so far and I have lots of exciting weddings to show you so watch this space.

The morning bridal preparations were full of excitement as all the girls were getting ready at the Vincent, Kirsty’s daughters were just adorable and so excited to be part of the wedding.
Kirsty looked stunning in her beautiful beaded  fitted gown.
Her bridesmaids looked lovely in navy blue and lace dresses perfect for a stylish winter wedding. Kirsty’s  bouquet was an amazing  mix of white hydrangeas wth eucalyptus and sage green foliage.
The girls had bunches of gypsophila, which looked lovely.

Neil had gone to photograph the guys who all  looked very handsome indeed in their grey suits.

The ceremony was lovely, The Vincent looked stunning. Its a very stylish but relaxed setting for a wedding with great attention to detail and superb staff.
The Vincent Hotel is a stylish, contemporary boutique hotel located on Lord Street, Southport’s main boulevard and was designed by award winning Architects Falconer Chester Hall.
Its in a fabulous location making it a wonderful choice for a wedding. Situated on Lord Street, Southport’s Parisienne Boulevard, the Vincent takes comfort and personal service to new heights – all within a fresh, stylish and contemporary interior. All the guests had a wonderful time and there was a fun filled atmosphere all day.

The whole day was fantastic and all the guests had a wonderful time as there was a fun filled atmosphere all day including lots of giggles from the caricatures .
Neil & I wish Kirsty and Mark a blissfully happy marriage!

Colshaw Hall Wedding, Ryan and Jen

Colshaw Hall Estate Bride arrives at Colshaw Hall Groom at Colshaw Hall ceremony at Colshaw Hall

 

Colshaw Hall Wedding, Ryan and Jen

Colshaw Hall is one of Cheshire’s most luxurious and beautiful wedding venues, its a Grade II listed building which has been lovingly restored by the Irlam family and set in its own grounds within a private estate used exclusively for weddings.
It makes a stunning backdrop for photographs, with its extensive grounds and beautiful interior, we were delighted to photograph Jen and Ryan’s wedding which took place on the 15th of October 2016. It was a beautiful crisp autumn day with the low sunlight peeping through the trees and the colourful palette of reds and oranges in the distance.

Neil and I  started the day with Jen and the girls whilst they got ready at her brothers house as Jen lives abroad.  Jen looked stunning in her beautiful lace and satin gown and her bridesmaids were lovely in dark purple dresses and her flower girls was just adorable in ivory with pink ribbons. We met Ryan and the boys  at the venue and they all looked dapper in navy blue suits. Jens  bouquet was exquisite with ivory roses and eucalyptus leaves.

It was a very beautiful ceremony followed by a wonderful reception, The attention to detail was just lovely as the room was full of stunning floral arrangements full of ivory and pink roses combined with hydrangeas.
We strolled around in the grounds with our lovely couple and used the building combined with the glorious autumn colours for the backdrop to our photographs.

Jen & Ryan’s Colshaw Hall wedding, was a perfect day, the party got into full swing with the fabulous band and everyone danced the night away into the twilight hours.
Neil and I wish Jen & Ryan a very happy Wedded life together!

Love Sam & Neil xxx

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Lathom Chapel Wedding

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Lathom Chapel Wedding

Sharon & Kevin’s Lathom Chapel Wedding took place on the 14th of October 2016.

It was a beautiful crisp autumn morning and the Chapel of St John the Divine  founded by the Earl of Derby in 1500, looked very picturesque.
The chapel Stands within Lathom Park 3 miles from Ormskirk a small beautiful building, with Almshouses adjoining north side. It was the first time I had photographed a wedding at this chapel and I had been over the weekend before with my daughter to have a look around and to take some photographs. Its a very lovely area with plenty of photographic opportunities. The perfect choice for a wedding!

When Kevin first contacted me he told me he was a very keen landscape photographer and how much the chapel and its grounds meant to him and Sharon.

It was all very calm and peaceful in Sharon’s house in the morning, Sharon looked stunning in her very beautiful soft pink tulle gown and
the bridesmaids were absolutely lovely in deep purple dresses. The flowers for the bouquet were gorgeous soft pink hydrangeas and roses.

Neil had gone over to Kevin’s in the morning to capture Kevin and the boys getting ready.
Kevin  and the boys, all looked very dapper indeed with their very stylish grey suits.

The ceremony was very beautiful followed by a lovely reception in the Rufford Arms Hotel.

A very beautiful wedding, We hope you had a fantastic honeymoon,
Neil & I wish Sharon and Kevin every happiness in their marriage.

Love Sam& Neil xx

 

Mitton Hall Wedding

Mitton Hall Wedding Photography Bridal preparations at Mitton Hall wedding dress at Mitton Hall Mitton Hall Wedding Lauretta & Ash's Mitton Hall Wedding took place on the 22nd September 2016.

 

Mitton Hall Wedding

Lauretta & Ash’s Mitton Hall Wedding  took place on the 22nd September 2016. I’m finally catching up with my blog posts!
The couple were married at St Michaels & St Johns Church Clitheroe followed by a reception at Mitton Hall.

Mitton Hall is a magnificent 15th Century Manor House set in its own grounds in the beautiful, rolling countryside of Lancashire’s Ribble Valley 4 miles from the market town of Clitheroe. Both historic and contemporary, a unique combination that has earned a reputation that is second to none and established Mitton Hall as one of the best wedding venues in the area.
The building is a beautiful Manor House with wooden panelled rooms, a spacious reception area and balcony around the first floor.
There are extensive gardens to the front and the back of the building and the sun sets at the back making this a lovely area for the golden hour shots with the couple.

The morning bridal preparations ran smoothly at Mitton Hall. Lauretta, her mum and the girls had all had a leisurely morning  while Ashley the groom was getting ready at a relatives house nearby.
Lauretta looked absolutely stunning in her lace gown with a hand tied bouquet of pink and red roses. The bridesmaids looked lovely in soft shell pink.
Ashley looked very handsome indeed in his blue/grey sharply cut suit.

The ceremony was lovely and very emotional at  St Michaels & St Johns Church Clitheroe, their family priest had accompanied them from Liverpool which was lovely,  afterwards the guests made their way over to Mitton Hall for the reception.

I wish Lauretta & Ashley a blissfully happy marriage!

Brides Directory

Bridesmaid dresses – Debenhams (Debut)
Florist – The Flower Shop – Clitheroe
Cake maker – The Liverpool Cake Shop
Grooms/ groomsmen Suits – Whitfield and Ward
Grooms Shoes – Brand – Barker, Shop – Edwards of Liverpool
DJ – Mitton Hall
First Dance Song – Elvis – Falling in Love with you
Jewellery/Rings – Steven Stone – Hale
Venue dressing – Creative Cover Hire
Honeymoon Destination – Koh Phangan – Thailand

Yacht Club wedding Liverpool

Yacht Club wedding Liverpool Yacht Club wedding Liverpool

 

Yacht Club wedding Liverpool

Ashleigh & Rob’s Wedding Yacht Club took place on the 16th September 2016. I’m finally catching up with my blog posts!
The couple were married at St Georges Hall followed by a reception at The Yacht Club Liverpool. The Yacht Club Liverpool is the premier waterside venue with fantastic views over Coburg Wharf and the river Mersey.

The morning bridal preparations were lots of fun as all the girls were getting ready at Ashleigh’s local hair salon in Aintree, Ashleigh looked  stunning in her lace wedding gown, Her bridesmaids looked beautiful in delicate shade of pink and her daughter was just the cutest thing, in an ivory flower girls dress. Ashleigh’s bouquet was made with a mix of beautiful pink roses which toned in beautifully with the bridesmaid dresses.

Rob and all the guys looked very handsome indeed in their blue/grey sharply cut suits.
The ceremony was lovely at St Georges Hall, then after some photographs all the guests made their way to the harbour for the wedding breakfast and evening reception.

It was a very pleasant evening out beside the Mersey and Neil & I wish Ashleigh and Rob a blissfully happy marriage!

Malmaison Wedding Liverpool

Wedding Photography at Malmaison Liverpool

 

Malmaison Wedding Liverpool

The lovely Jules & Barry  were married at Malmaison Liverpool on  3rd September 2016

Jules contacted me, to photograph her Malmaison wedding Liverpool, in a fairly natural style with some lovely family shots too.
I love working in Malmaison as its a great interior for photographs.
All the girls got ready at the hotel. The bridesmaids  wore beautiful black gowns and Jules wore a very elegant, beaded dress which she looked fabulous in.

The bridal flowers were a lovely mix of  pink roses and purples which picked up the hits of pink and purple in the surroundings.
Malmaison’s first purpose-built hotel is an impressive eleven storey building alongside Liverpool’s Princes Dock in the stylish docklands.
The Liverpool hotel is all about plush elegance in the midst of fine sea and city views. Bathed in plush purple and black, the décor is warm and stylish.

The ceremony was lovely and the setting at Malmaison was perfect. Very stylish and elegant.
The foyer made a great setting for our formal group shots and the whole day was just lovely and relaxed. All the guests had a wonderful time at this very relaxed wedding.

We wish Jules  & Barry  a blissful marriage!

Love Sam & Neil xx

Formby Hall Wedding Photography-Jacqui & Paul

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Formby Hall Wedding Photography-Jacqui & Paul

Formby Hall Wedding Photography-Jacqui & Paul took place last summer.

Jacqui and the girls started their bridal preparation at home, and Jacqui looked amazing in her lace, beaded gown. The bouquet was divine with a scent of rose and freesia in the air.
The bridesmaids were very stylish and glamorous in their black dresses and Paul and the boys looked fabulous in their charcoal grey suits.

The ceremony was lovely at English Martyrs RC Church in Litherland,  followed by the reception at Formby Hall.
Formby hall made the perfect setting for the wedding breakfast and evening reception with lots of candles which added sparkle and light. As it was such a lovely evening, guests were able to have drinks on the balcony and watch the beautiful sunset.
We took the couple over to the lake to make the most of this beautiful light.

The whole day was just perfect and we wish Jacqui & Paul a very happy marriage!

Formby Hall Wedding Photography-Jacqui & Paul by Samantha Brown Photography

Brides Directory
Wedding Gown Supplier: Emma Bridal, Liverpool
Brides Shoes: Elegant Steps, Birkenhead
Bridesmaid dresses: Dreams Bridal Boutique, Liverpool
Pageboy: Slater’s Menswear, Liverpool
Make up and hair: Nicola Joyce Hair & Makeup
Florist:The Wedding Rooms, Formby
Cake maker:The Cake Shop, Liverpool
Grooms/ groomsmen Suits:     Slater’s Menswear
DJ:Dancefloor Couture
First Dance Song:The One – Koderline
Jewellery/Rings: Groom – Goldsmiths/Bride – Ernest Jones
Venue dressing:The Wedding Rooms, Formby
Honeymoon Destination: Croatia

Kirsty & Ben’s Ramada Wedding

 

Kirsty & Ben’s Ramada Wedding

Kirsty & Ben’s Ramada Wedding Southport took place in August 2016.
I still have so many beautiful weddings to post, so please stay tuned and watch this space.
The couple were married at St Peters Church Birkdale which is a beautiful church with a highly decorated alter making it a lovely setting for photographs.

We started at Kirsty’s house where are the girls were getting ready.
It was a glorious sunny day and the girls were wearing  fuchsia dresses with looked amazing in the sunlight.
There was a fantastic atmosphere and an air of excitement.

Kirsty looked  beautiful in her sequinned and beaded wedding gown.
Neil had gone to photograph Ben and the guys, who all looked very dapper indeed in their blue tail coats.

The ceremony was lovely and after a few photos in the church grounds we all made our way to the reception held at the Ramada Hotel Southport
The Ramada Plaza Southport Luxury 4-star hotel has an art deco styled facade, set in the heart of the town’s glamorous waterfront development.

Guests were able to enjoy drinks out on the balcony in the sunshine while we photographed the couple on the pier, and with the amazing Cadillac.

The reception room at the Ramada looked fabulous picking up on the fuchsia colour of the bridesmaids dresses and the cravats. The gorgeous cake was made by Ben’s sister.
We were so lucky to get  such a beautiful golden hour before the party started, which was a perfect end to an amazing day.

 

Amazing Wedding, full of fun, Neil & I wish Kirsty and Ben a blissfully happy marriage!

Rob & Cat’s Meols Hall Wedding

Rob & Cat’s Meols Hall Wedding

Rob & Cat's Meols Hall Wedding Rob & Cat’s Meols Hall Wedding took place at the beautiful venue of Meols Hall, Churchtown,  Southport.  It was a dry sunny November day and the last of the  autumn colours were just filtering through the trees with a touch of...

Vincent Hotel Wedding Southport

Vincent Hotel Wedding Southport

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Colshaw Hall Wedding, Ryan and Jen

Colshaw Hall Wedding, Ryan and Jen

  Colshaw Hall Wedding, Ryan and Jen Colshaw Hall is one of Cheshire’s most luxurious and beautiful wedding venues, its a Grade II listed building which has been lovingly restored by the Irlam family and set in its own grounds within a private estate used...

Lathom Chapel Wedding

Lathom Chapel Wedding

  Lathom Chapel Wedding Sharon & Kevin's Lathom Chapel Wedding took place on the 14th of October 2016. It was a beautiful crisp autumn morning and the Chapel of St John the Divine  founded by the Earl of Derby in 1500, looked very picturesque. The...

Mitton Hall Wedding

Mitton Hall Wedding

  Mitton Hall Wedding Lauretta & Ash's Mitton Hall Wedding  took place on the 22nd September 2016. I'm finally catching up with my blog posts! The couple were married at St Michaels & St Johns Church Clitheroe followed by a reception at Mitton Hall....

Yacht Club wedding Liverpool

Yacht Club wedding Liverpool

  Yacht Club wedding Liverpool Ashleigh & Rob's Wedding Yacht Club took place on the 16th September 2016. I'm finally catching up with my blog posts! The couple were married at St Georges Hall followed by a reception at The Yacht Club Liverpool. The Yacht...

Malmaison Wedding Liverpool

Malmaison Wedding Liverpool

  Malmaison Wedding Liverpool The lovely Jules & Barry  were married at Malmaison Liverpool on  3rd September 2016 Jules contacted me, to photograph her Malmaison wedding Liverpool, in a fairly natural style with some lovely family shots too. I love working...

Formby Hall Wedding Photography-Jacqui & Paul

Formby Hall Wedding Photography-Jacqui & Paul

Formby Hall Wedding Photography-Jacqui & Paul Formby Hall Wedding Photography-Jacqui & Paul took place last summer. Jacqui and the girls started their bridal preparation at home, and Jacqui looked amazing in her lace, beaded gown. The bouquet was divine with a...

Kirsty & Ben’s Ramada Wedding

Kirsty & Ben’s Ramada Wedding

  Kirsty & Ben's Ramada Wedding Kirsty & Ben's Ramada Wedding Southport took place in August 2016. I still have so many beautiful weddings to post, so please stay tuned and watch this space. The couple were married at St Peters Church Birkdale which is a...

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