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4 weddings and a llama….

It’s been an incredibly busy six months, and I hadn’t realised it had been so long since I wrote my last post.  I’ve been very busy getting  acquainted with my new gear and am completely hooked!  It’s fair to say I pretty much eat, sleep and breathe photography and am a little bit obsessed!  It’s a good job my very supportive boyfriend also has a more than a passing interest in photography and it’s such a joy to be sharing this voyage of discovery with him!

The busy period kicked off with Angela and Eddy’s country house wedding at Shrigley Hall.  We couldn’t have asked for a more beautifully dressed venue.

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Next, I went on to quirky wedding venue #2 the Wellbeing Farm Wedding venue held their Quirky Wedding Fayre in October – this was a treasure chest for someone who absolutely loves to shoot the details, from the bridal boutique’s display of vintage finery; to pink cocoa’s stunning display of wedding cakes.  I shouldn’t forgot to mention an impromptu fashion shoot by the tractor and the friendly welcome from the resident llamas – complete with bow ties. I absolutely loved this event and was so pleased with some of the images I got.

As November rolled around we were into party season and kicked off with Daniel’s 21st birthday at the Loft in Stockton Heath and then a celebration marking Dayna and Adam’s engagement in Cheadle, with plate smashing and lighting of the hanukkah candles to boot.

On to December and a wedding marathon starting with Emma and Allan in Grappenahall, then onto Sarah and Barry in Tameside, finishing the year off with a New Year’s Eve-Eve wedding bash in Bury for Glenn and Tracey.  I absolutely loved photographing christmas wedding details shots – with mistlestoe hanging above the doorway and twinkly lights at every turn, it produced some lovely light bokeh (which I adore)! The other great thing is that wedding guests are in an extra festive party mood and gave us that little bit extra to work with on the dancefloor!

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January was then spent chained to my PC editing – which was very, very hard! Although I did find time to photograph Amaya’s first birthday at the Sanam banqueting hall in Stockport – with all the stops pulled out for a fantastic celebration; as well as Angela and Martin’s joint 40th party in Orrell.

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I’m only just beginning to have a little bit of breathing space.  This weekend just gone, we had the privelege of photographing Sarah and Olly’s sunflower themed wedding at Styal Lodge, and I cannot wait to get on with editing the images.  Watch this space and thanks for reading!xxx

 

 

Unusual wedding venues #1 The Monastery

So, this weekend we finally got round to visiting the first on our tour of unusual wedding venues in the North West and the first stop was The Monastery in Gorton.

_NR11210So, this weekend we finally got round to visiting the first on our tour of unusual wedding venues in the North West and the first stop was The Monastery in Gorton.

We were met with a warm welcome from Lauren and the team, who gave us a tour of the building and a sneaky peak of some preparations that were taking place for a wedding ceremony later that afternoon.

Built in 1872 by Franciscan monks, the grade II listed building fell into ruin and in 2007 underwent a £6 million restoration project.  Later the modern ‘Welcome wing’ was built to house educational and community activities.

The scene as we entered the Great Nave was absolutely breathtaking.  The Gothic architecture and light that flooded the vast space was stunning.

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The nave was dressed beautifully by floral artist Jemma Holmes, the aisle lined with arrangements of white roses and petals scattered along the length of it leading to the alter, with candles offering a romantic, subtle backdrop for the scene.

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I had a few minutes to take photos and was conscious of disturbing the scene.  The venue is open to the public everyday except Saturday and I will definitely going back when I have more time to stay and take it in! If you are looking for an unusual and beautiful romantic space for your wedding – I would definitely go and take a look.

Thanks for reading,

Natalie

xxx

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 down on the farm…..

Following on Monday’s post, I thought I’d check in with an update. I had a wonderful time down on the farm with the most gorgeous family

Following on Monday’s post, I thought I’d check in with an update.  I had a wonderful time down on the farm with the most gorgeous family and I hope got some pictures that they will be pleased with!  I can’t post the results of the lens as this shoot was a surprise for Daddy! But I can say that the lens performed beautifully.  The lighting conditions were changeable as we moved around from periods of bright sunshine to a forray into a cow shed for some pictures on the tractor – the lens adapted to all situations and was fast to focus.  It also gave me great versatility – allowing me to take wider environmental portraits to more close-up portraiture.  The lens also produced soft creamy complexions and beautiful bokeh.  I’m currently working in Lightroom putting the finishing touches on the images and cannot wait to share them with Mum!

Lens giddiness…..

I’ve hired a lens to take pictures for a family lifestyle photo session tomorrow and I am excited to a point that is possibly unhealthy!

I’ve hired a lens to take pictures for a family lifestyle photo session tomorrow and I am excited to a point that is possibly unhealthy!  One, because I get to catch up with a lovely friend I haven’t seen for a long time and to meet her babies; and two, because I get to play with a gorgeous lens!  The lens is a Sigma 35mm f/1.4 A DG HSM and while writing this I’m also looking at Flickr images showing what my camera body and this lens can do in combination: the images look amazing!  No pressure Natalie…. I plan to have a little play around with it at home tomorrow and will post the results here soon! I hope I can do it justice!

Unusual wedding venues in the north west – a personal photography project

mr and mrsI’m about to do my first wedding as a paid photographer this September and am massively nervous but at the same time really excited! In readiness for the event I decided to set myself a personal photography project to visit and capture (hopefully awesome) pictures of some of the North West’s most unusual wedding venues.  I’m still at the planning stage, but the itinerary so far includes:

The Monastery, Manchester

The Wellbeing Farm, Edgworth, Bolton

Victoria Baths, Manchester

Manchester Art Gallery

Tower Hill Barns, North Wales

I need to tell Andrew that he is going to be busy for the next few weekends.  Watch this space, and get in touch if you have any more ideas for quirky or initimate wedding venues in Manchester, Cheshire, Lancashire, Liverpool and beyond!

Thanks for reading

Natalie xxx