Genevieve and Jonathan’s West Tower Wedding
West Tower makes one of the most perfect settings for a wedding with its elegance and charm in the beautiful countryside of Lancashire. Genevieve and Jonathans wedding took in the month of January. Its a lovely intimate setting for a winter wedding with tasteful décor and atmospheric lighting from beautiful chandeliers. West Towers’s team are just so lovely, with a very warm welcome and nothing is too much trouble.
I had gone to Genevieve’s house in the morning, which was a lovely hive of activity. All the girls were getting ready together and there was a lovely atmosphere brimming with excitement. Genevieve looked stunning in her very elegant fishtail lace gown and
the bridesmaids were absolutely lovely in mink dresses. The flowers for the bouquets were a mix of beautiful roses in pinks and ivory and they looked stunning and toned in perfectly to the bridesmaids dresses.
Neil had been photographing Jonathan and the boys and they all looked very dapper indeed with their very stylish navy suits.
The setting at West Tower was beautiful. it stayed dry for us so we were able to get outside for some groups and a few shots before going back in to enjoy drinks and listen to the dulcet tones of the saxophone before the wedding breakfast.
The evening got into full swing with a fantastic band and everyone had a fantastic time dancing the night away.
A very beautiful wedding, with a very beautiful couple!
Love Sam& Neil xx
Liverpool Athenaeum Wedding
The Liverpool Athenaeum wedding of Helen and Ray took place on the 17th December 2016. It was a full on year last with all sorts of exciting things happening, now Im finally catching up on my blog slowly!
The Athenaeum in Liverpool, is one of the most beautiful and sought after wedding venues in Liverpool City center. Its sophisticated surroundings and architecture, notable history and beautiful room settings make for a breathtakingly elegant backdrop to celebrate your special day.
Its a photographers dream as there are so many lovely spaces to photograph in. The key background colours are green, red and gold, with a fabulous oval staircase connecting the floors. The rooms are spacious with huge windows allowing for beautiful natural light. There is a wonderful Library which makes a fantastic backdrop for group photographs. For creativity and stunning photographic potential I highly recommend this Venue.
School Lane and the Bluecoat building is just outside giving you a wonderful outdoor opportunities too. I absolutely love this building and the photographic potential that this offers.
Helen and ray wanted a very natural and relaxed feel to their wedding photography. We started the day at Helen’s parents house where she and the girls got dressed. Helen looked stunning and wore a beautiful lace gown and the girls all had deep red dresses which tied in beautifully to the gorgeous bouquet of red roses, pine cones and berries, perfect for a winter wedding.
Ray and the guys were dressed in blue and grey suits with deep red satin ties to complement the flowers and bridesmaid dresses.
It was a gorgeous day with a very relaxed pace, we were able to take Helen and Ray across to the Bluecoat to get some shots in the courtyard before heading back to the Athenaeum for their wedding breakfast.
The party got off to a great start and everyone had a wonderful day!
Love Sam & Neil xx
Kirsty and Ben’s 30 James Street Wedding
Kirsty and Ben were married at the wonderful 30 James Street on the 26th November 2016. Happy first anniversary !!
I thought I would share their wedding with you to show you the lighting conditions and how the rooms look at this time of year. Kirsty and Ben were both fun loving wonderful people with an eye for opulence. This stunning historical setting in Liverpool 30 James Street combines decadence and style, with views over the River Mersey.
Albion House was the former HQ of the White Star Shipping line. This iconic building with is decorative architecture and brickwork certainly has the wow factor as you enter the building. I remember on the day, the girls had hair and make up done at Peaches and Cream salon and then headed over tho the hotel to get dressed. Neil had gone over to see Ben and his brother, who looked very dapper in their grey suits. The flowers were an exquisite mix of white roses and feathers. They complemented the soft greys of the boys suits beautifully.
The girls, flower-girls and pages all got ready together and there was an lovely feeling of excitement in the air, I had met the two page boys the year before at another wedding so it was lovely to see them in this role once again. Kirsty looked stunning in her fishtail lace gown. The highlight of my day had to be the pillow fight on the bed!
The White Star Grand Hall is spacious and light, allowing for lots of naturally light photographs of the ceremony and speeches, its one of the largest wedding suites in Liverpool with lovely high ceilings , Upstairs the balcony can be used creatively to get some stunning sunset shots. With the Liver buildings and Pier head across the road, it has the backdrop for some really creative photography. We were blessed with dry weather so we took a walk over to pier head for some shots and it also gave the couple some time to be together.
It was a fantastic day and everyone had a wonderful time dancing the night away.
Neil and I wish Kirsty & Ben a very happy wedding anniversary!!!
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
1: Straight from camera image
2: Base Autotone BW
3: Base High Key
4: Base Edit 2
1: Violet Mazes
1: Sunset Portrait
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:
Thank you Jane for letting me have a play!
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 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
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
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!
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
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!
Genevieve and Jonathan's West Tower Wedding West Tower makes one of the most perfect settings for a wedding with its elegance and charm in the beautiful countryside of Lancashire. Genevieve and Jonathans wedding took in the month of January. Its a lovely intimate...
Liverpool Athenaeum Wedding The Liverpool Athenaeum wedding of Helen and Ray took place on the 17th December 2016. It was a full on year last with all sorts of exciting things happening, now Im finally catching up on my blog slowly! The Athenaeum in Liverpool,...
Kirsty and Ben's 30 James Street Wedding Kirsty and Ben were married at the wonderful 30 James Street on the 26th November 2016. Happy first anniversary !! I thought I would share their wedding with you to show you the lighting conditions and how the rooms look at...
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...
1: Straight from camera image 2: Base Autotone BW 3: Base High Key 4: Base Edit 2 5: Kaleidascope 1: Violet Mazes 1: Sunset Portrait Sleeklens Review I was contacted by Jane Grates of Sleeklens a few months ago to review their "strike a...
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...
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 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 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 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...