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Meadow Brook
Wigan

07935190559

Wigan wedding photographer capturing stories around the North West and beyond!

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Welcome to my blog!  Here you'll find wedding previews and stories from my other adventures!

A rustic opening evening at Rivington Barn.

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What a pleasure to be at Rivington Barn last night for their rustic themed opening evening!  The room looked stunning as always and it was lovely to talk to so many awesome couples who are planning their wedding!

Once I was set up I took some images of the place looking glorious, enjoy them below!

Shout out to:

Red Floral - Flowers
Scene my Event - Lights and Selfiebooth
Lisa Marie Cakes - Wedding cakes
Six15 - DJ and live performance.

Stunning spring colours at Ashfield House

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Bridal preparations and the service at Christ Church.

Covering Jessica and Nathan's wedding was a real privilege as a wedding photographer.  The venue they had chosen was Ashfield House in the town of Wigan in Lancashire.  I love photographing a wedding at Ashfield House as it's not too far from my home and over the years I've gotten to know the staff well and know they always put on a great wedding!  It is a delight to work as a wedding photographer in such fantastic venues. 

All wedding stories begin with bridal prep and Jessica's story started at her parents home.  There was a lot of excitement as I photographed the bride and her bridal party during their hair and makeup session with drinks flowing and plenty of selfies!  It's the perfect time to get to know the brides parents and her bridal party before the ceremony takes place and working in a documentary style I'm able to capture the morning naturally without staging anything so that their story really is their story.  

Whilst Nathan was hidden away inside the church greeting the guests Jessica had finished getting ready and was en route to the venue in a fantastic vintage car.  Jessica and Nathan tied the knot at Christ Church in St Helens and it was a emotional ceremony amongst family and friends before heading over for their wedding reception.  

The wedding reception at Ashfield House, Lancashire.

After the ceremony the wedding party enjoyed a lovely reception at Ashield House.  The drinks flowed freely as the guest make their way through the wedding venue admiring it's character and charm.  A huge selling point of the venue is it's simplicity with decor.  The place has lot's of character but as it's painted white it doesn't over power you so that you're able to add any theme you want in there and it will work.  Photographing the reception is always interesting and heartwarming as guests chat, laugh and have a good time.  It's a great time to capture the natural photos.  

Just before the wedding breakfast I pinched Jessica and Nathan for some portraits around the grounds.  The rain looked like it was threatening to appear as it was getting cloudy making the light very soft, which is great for photographs, so we made the most of the dry weather and got some stunning portraits around the grounds.  I got them back in time to be announced into the room and then it was time for the speeches.  They were moving, funny and had the room on a roller coaster of emotions!  

The evening was set to be full of entertainment with live music and a DJ to keep the party going well into the night.  After a romantic first dance the dance floor was packed with everyone dancing and singing along to some pop / rock classics!  It's a great time to capture everyone having an awesome time and to really capture some personalities.  

I knew it was going to be a fantastic wedding when Jessica and Nathan booked me to photograph it and I'm so glad they invited me along. 

A very windy, yet poetic, wedding at The Wellbeing Farm!

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I was privileged to photograph Emma and Nick's wedding this month at The Wellbeing Farm located in Bolton, it was a perfect choice for their wedding and suited the light-hearted couple perfectly!  The scenic nature of the place makes photographing at The Wellbeing Farm a delight, you couldn't ask for a more fantastic venue to get married at if you're looking for something a little different.  The venue is packed with crazy signs and decor that your eyes won't know where to look next!

Emma got ready at home on the morning of the wedding. I photographed her as she had her hair and makeup done along with her bridesmaids and her man of honour, all longtime friends who were really excited to see their friend getting married.  The morning was full of laughter and got a little emotional when her Dad arrived to see her in her stunning dress.

Emma was excited that finally, she could walk down the aisle to marry her soul mate.  Emma and Nick cemented their union in a very lovely ceremony at St Annes Church. I couldn't ask for a better job than being a Lancashire wedding photographer and ceremonies like this one remind me why I do what I do.  I knew when I met Emma and Nick that their day would be special and it was a pleasure to capture all the little glances, smiles and hand touches through the service.

Emma and Nick enjoyed spending quality time with their family and friends and loved every bit of their reception when we landed at The Wellbeing Farm.  I always use this time to capture some natural moments of the guests enjoying themselves as it's a great way to capture the day truthfully.  The staff also brought out Lamas and Donkeys for the guests to stroke!

The season can really have an impact on a wedding and I find Spring weddings are some of my favourites as the weather starts to change and the flowers start to bloom. We had a very windy wedding day, but it didn't spoil the wedding in any way!  Yes it was cold when the bitter wind hit you but they were troopers and we headed outside into the grounds to capture some stunning portraits.  With wild winds comes wild hair but I LOVED capturing these two as they melted into each other like butter.

After the wedding breakfast and speeches, we headed outside to have some fun with sparklers while it was dark before heading back in for them to cut their cake and do their first dance.  The music was provided by old friends of Nicks and the best man was up on stage playing the guitar for them.  What a great gift to your friends :) 

This really was a wedding to remember with such a great couple, in a great setting with great company!  I wish them all the happiness in the future and for them to have an amazing time travelling during the summer holidays!!

Every season visits at The Gilpin Lake House!

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An intimate wedding at The Gilpin Lake House.

It was a pleasure to be Mel and Rob's photographer on their big day after meeting them at a wedding a few years ago. The wedding took place at The Gilpin Lake House in Windermere Cumbria. It was the first time I had worked at The Gilpin Lake House, and I couldn't wait to photograph there. Set within stunning grounds, the Lake House is a smaller venue but really is a magical place.  

I enjoyed recording Mel's story as preparations begun in the morning where she got ready with her Mum and bridesmaids who were all excited for the day.  Everyone was laughing and in spirits and when the snow started to fall Mel go a little emotional as her parents had snow on their wedding day so it added an extra special touch to their day.

My friend and fellow photographer Andy Hirst captured Rob getting ready with his groomsmen and the Dads while I was busy with the bridal party.  Having a second photographer on the day can not only capture the alternative morning but will also give you a second vantage point of the day.  

The wedding ceremony.

The ceremony was also held at The Gilpin Lake House which is a fantastic location. It was the perfect setting for Mel and Rob to say their wedding vows and tie the knot looking out over the lake as the snow fell one minute and then the sun shone the next.  The season seemed to change every 20 minutes making the day every interesting!   

Mel and Rob spent the wedding reception mingling with their guests. Drinks were served generously for guests to enjoy.  I enjoy drifting among the guests to capture the natural moments as they unfold as it really gives an idea of how the day is going and it’s nice to capture the personalities of people.  

Exploring the grounds and the evening reception.

Before everyone was called in for the speeches I pitched Mel and Rob to go explore the grounds for some portraits.  It was cold outside but they were troopers and wanted to make the most of the falling snow, stunning grounds and to enjoy a little time alone together.  We captured some stunning images before heading back inside so we could all defrost.

In the evening music was provided from James Lea, a talented musician who played a great mix of dance floor hits that got the party going all night.  Everyone was dancing and enjoying the props making for some great evening photos!

Mel and Rob really know how to create a fantastic wedding and I won't forget that one in a long time!  From the crazy weather to the stunning scenery it really was a great day!

If you're looking for a Lancashire wedding photographer to capture your Gilpin Lake House wedding then be sure to get in touch!  Shooting there is an absolute joy and I'd love to capture your story there.

Want to see more work?  Check out the blogs below.

The all new bridal room at Charnock Farm!

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Last week I spend the day at the stunning Charnock Farm to showcase their brand new bridal room!!  The venue has made some real changes recently turning the barn into an exclusive wedding venue and I think it's really going to help to put the place on the map.  Extra room during the wedding day turn around, on-site bedrooms and an awesome bridal room for you to get ready in at the start of the day ticks all the right boxes!!  They wanted some images to showcase the room and to show how a bridals morning would be while getting ready at the venue so they called in myself and some other great suppliers to capture mock bridal preparation. 

Working alongside:

Wedding makeup - Kerry Baker
Wedding hair - Carlys Creations
Wedding dresses - Brides at Charnock Farm
Bridesmaids dresses - Amelias
Wedding venue - Charnock Farm

Was a pleasure as always!  I've worked with most of the suppliers before at weddings and wedding fairs so I knew we'd have a great time and ensuring that our models for the day not only looked awesome but also had a great time like a wedding morning should be!

Claire and Mike wedding preview!

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What a day yesterday!  The sun was shining and Claire and Mike exchanged their vows at the awesome Beeston Manor!  It was a fun filled day and I can't wait to share the full post soon!

A Blues and Soul wedding at Mitton Hall

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It was a pleasure photographing Rhiannon and Tim's wedding ceremony. They picked a fantastic venue to get married in. It was Mitton Hall in Clitheroe, Lancashire. It is always a delight photographing weddings at Mitton Hall,when it comes to weddings, they don't get much better than here!  The place is packed with character set is stunning grounds and gives you a real mix of the old and new as you explore the building.

Rhiannon began her day at Mitton Hall. There was a lot of excitement as I photographed the bride and her bridal party during their hair and makeup session.  She gave out gifts to the children who loved their new wedding day toys and had lots of fun with her bridesmaids.

After finishing all the preparations, Rhiannon was driven to the venue in a family friends car that looked awesome.  Not being a car person.. come on I drive a Smart Car.. I really couldn't tell you more about it, but it looked new, fast and she arrived in style!  All Hallows Church was a fantastic place to photograph all the moments of Rhiannon and Tim’s wedding ceremony as the place is seconds down the road from Mitton Hall and the place is also packed with character.  For such a little church is really has some lovely features!  Lancashire has some of the best wedding locations not only for venues but it also home to some stunning churches.

After the service, we pilled outside and the newlyweds greeting their guests before being showered with confetti.  Laughter and love filled the air as more drinks were served back at the reception and I enjoyed photographing the real moments.  It's a great way to capture personalities while the guests enjoy themselves.  

It is a delight to photograph spring weddings. Clouds filled the sky on the day, but clouds aren't a bad thing on a wedding day as they create soft light, and that really helps create flattering photographs.  If the sun is too harsh you can get really bad shadows and spend most of the time squinting in the sunlight!  

The guests were invited to retake their seats for their wedding breakfast which was then followed by the speeches.  The speeches were heartfelt and gave a great insight into the history of the couple which had everyone in stitches.  The couple met through friends so it was nice to capture them as they reflected on the years of their relationship.  

During the evening the guests were treated to a 9 piece blues band called Stax of Soul.  I managed to hear them sound checking while setting up my flashes for the evening and new this was going to be awesome.  They blasted out classic hit after classic hit with a funky, soul vibe and the wedding guests loved it!  It was great to capture everyone dancing and having a good time, the perfect way to end the celebrations.  Between sets the entertainment continued by the called DFC DJ who ALWAYS bring the party whenever I work with them.  Their professionalism throughout their service are why they're on my recommended supplier list.   

Winter romance at Nunsmere Hall!

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I had a fantastic time in February at the wedding of Joanne and John. The wedding took place at Nunsmere Hall in Northwich Chestershire. It was my first visit to Nunsmere Hall as a wedding photographer and I look forward to more weddings there in the future!

It was a pleasure photographing Joanne at Nunsmere Hall as she got ready for the day. I photographed every detail of the developing story as the bridal party finished doing their hair and makeup. I was keen to photograph John's story as it began to unfold at Nunsmere Hall also so I ran up to his room to capture him getting ready also a few doors away.

It was a delight to photograph all those fantastic moments at Nunsmere Hall. Working as a wedding photographer in Chestershire offers fantastic opportunities to cover ceremonies like this as the place is home to so many stunning venues whether you're looking for a grand hall like here or more of a rustic venue, you'll be spoilt for choice in this area!

After the ceremony the wedding party enjoyed a lovely reception though we had to stick to the stunning indoors as the winter rain didn't want to give us a break. The atmosphere at the reception was perfect for entertaining the guests. So I waited for the perfect timing to photograph as many moments as I could. 

I love photographing Winter weddings as the scenery can be spectacular. The rain was pretty relentless for most of the day, but you would never have known it because Joanne and John took no notice and we headed outside and used the foliage to give us some cover so we could still capture some private portraits of the two of them.  

After portraits and the drinks reception the guests were eager to hear what the speakers had to say so we headed into the wedding breakfast room and waited for them to begin.  The speeches are a great part of the wedding and a joy to photograph as a wedding photographer as you get to hear all sorts of tales and capture some real moments of people laughing, crying or hiding in shame!

Once the DJ began in the evening, the dance floor was full with everyone enjoying themselves and the energy was great to capture.  It was the perfect ending to another great wedding.

Weddings like Joanne and John's make my job as a wedding photographer a pleasure and I just know they will build a fantastic life together.

Are you getting married at Nunsmere Hall and looking for a photographer to capture your wedding in a natural way?  If so, then be sure to get in touch!  

Nathalie and Lewis Wedding Preview

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Yesterday I had the pleasure of capturing this glorious spring wedding at The Oak Tree of Peover for Nathalie and Lewis.  After shooting their pre-wedding shoot last year on a chilly day it was nice to have such a glorious today for them!  

Enjoy their little preview below!!

Hello Daffodils! Hello Spring!

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A few weeks ago I shot the wedding of Bethan and Caleb.  The wedding took place at The Athenaeum in Liverpool Merseyside.  The Athenaeum is a fantastic location that I always wanted to photograph right in the heart of the city.  I love my job as a Merseyside wedding photographer, I couldn't ask for better opportunities than photographing fantastic couples like Bethan and Caleb and working at fantastic venues like The Athenaeum.  Liverpool is rich in culture and exploring the city for photos is always fun!

Her parents home is the location where Bethan began getting ready for the wedding. The details, the atmosphere, the smiles and laughter started the day the way it should always start.  Everyone was in high spirits and buzzing for the day ahead.  

Caleb waited nervously inside the venue for Bethan to arrive with his best men by his side.  Bethan and Caleb tied the knot at The Bridge Chapel with Calebs Dad leading the service, a really nice touch for their special day.  It was a emotional ceremony amongst family and friends with everyone singing loudly and some beautiful readings read from guests.  

I took photos of Bethan and Caleb as well as the guests right after the service where they had tea and cake in the hall.  Everyone was chatting and having a good time and it was the perfect opportunity to capture them naturally. 

There's some real advantages to getting married in Spring. The day was bright as the sun shone, which made the guests happy, and meant we could get outside for some photographs.  On the way into Liverpool we stopped at Sefton Park and made the most of the weather and daffodils which are a personal favourite of the couple.  

Once over to the Athenaeum, Liverpool, the reception continued shortly then after the meal it was time for the speeches.  They were heartfelt from all those giving a speech and it's being invited to times like these that you realise how lucky you are to be involved in such a special day. The evening celebrations began.

The acoustic player played some epic tunes inviting the newlyweds and their guests to the dance floor where they partied well into the night.  I love getting right into the dancefloor action and capturing guests having an amazing time!

As well as having a thoroughly fantastic day, it was just a joy to photograph Bethan and Caleb's wedding and I wish them all the best for their future together. 

I loved working at The Athenaeum in Liverpool.  If you're getting married and looking for a photographer to capture your day as it unfolds naturally, then be sure to get in touch!  

Check out more work on my featured wedding page here or on the blogs below.

A trip to Vienna!

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Last month we decided it was time for a little break and we shot off to see an old friend who's lived in Vienna for a number of years.  After the Lancashire wether we'd had, we packed our cases full of warm clothes, jumped on the plane and headed off on a little adventure.  We flew to Bratislava and got the bus over to Vienna, which is considerably cheaper if you're thinking of heading over there, where my friend Dan met us at the bus station and took us back to his apartment.  After being in Berlin the month before I was excited to see what Vienna had to offer.  

Firstly the weather was much better than we'd planned or hoped for.  Dan told us they'd had temperatures of -6 the week before but someone was looking out for us and we had highs of 17C while there!  This was a welcome change as winter this year has dragged on for what seems like a lifetime!

Vienna really is a stunning city.  The buildings, history and culture make it a place that's well worth a visit.  The bars and restaurants we visited were great, the shopping area is HUGE with some great designer stores if that's your thing and the Swarovski shop is MASSIVE!  It was more like a museum than a shop and of course this kept Emma happy.  

Myself and Dan played music together since high school right the way through Uni before we called it quits and he setup a new life overseas.  While there we recorded a new song together, our first in nearly 10 years, which we will be releasing real soon!  

If you're looking for a city break as part of your honeymoon then it's well worth a visit and being so close to Bratislava you can make you can also tick off their easily to make the most out of your trip!  

Want to see more street photography work?  My blog below has more of my little adventures along with my recent wedding work!

A stunning winter wedding in Lincoln!

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I was thrilled to photograph Jodie and Deano's wedding a few weeks ago.  The White Hart Hotel located in Lincoln was a perfect choice for the wedding a stone throw away from the stunning cathedral!  I always wanted to photograph at The White Hart Hotel but never had the chance, until now, I hope that I will get more opportunities to photograph weddings there in the near future. 

Jodie got ready at The White Hart Hotel on the morning of the wedding. I enjoyed photographing the story as it developed whilst the bride prepared, evening capturing little moments of her eating her sausage roll!  As Jodie was 30 weeks pregnant at the wedding it was super important to her energy levels up!

The service was stunning and friends and family were deeply touched when the newlyweds said their vows and the registrars humour was very welcoming to calm any nerves. It's so much fun photographing weddings in Lincolnshire, I truly enjoy every wedding I work on. 

Guests took photos with the couple while at the reception. The reception was full of fantastic energy and joyful laughter. All these memories will last a lifetime, that is why each wedding has its own story to tell and why the drinks reception is the perfect time to capture some natural moments of guests enjoying themselves.

It is a delight to photograph Winter weddings. We had a fairly cloudy day, but clouds are great for soft light, creating great light for the photography and Jodie and Deano braved the outside to get some stunning portraits around the city!  I could shoot at the cathedral all day as it's colours look amazing in photographs.  

Speakers made their speeches immediately after the wedding breakfast. It's a special privilege to be invited to document the speeches as they often contain very personal moments. Once the evening began the guests had a great time dancing to the tunes. What a way to end the day. 

All in all I had a blast at Jodie and Deano's wedding and I won't forget that one in a long time.

If you're looking for a natural wedding photographer to capture your big day in Lancashire or beyond, then be sure to give me a shout!  I love exploring new places and would love to capture your story, your way.

Enjoy more of my latest blogs below!

Jessica and Nathan Wedding Preview

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Yesterday I had the pleasure to capture Jessica and Nathan's special day at Christ Church followed on by Ashfield House.  I've not been to Ashfield House in Lancashire for a while so it felt long overdue but it didn't disappoint!  A great celebration had by all!

Enjoy their little preview below, full blog coming soon!

Manchester Street Photography - February 19th

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When I'm not shooting, I love to explore.  Winter season is 'quiet' time for wedding photographers.  How I wish that meant days on end of Netflix and nothing more!  In reality, it's catching up on editing, blogging, site changes and getting your marketing ready for the year ahead.  

It's also a great time to keep shooting.  I love street photography.  I can't tell you any famous names, but I love it.  It keeps me busy, it allows me to try new things and usually overwinter the light can do magical things and you can get some cool snaps.  This day, however, wasn't one of those magical days.  It had been raining but let us not make excuses!  It's still fun to explore and shoot around the city so that's what I did.  I head into Manchester with a few other togs to take some pictures, each some grilled cheese and drink some coffee... nice!

Please ignore me. No seriously, ignore me...

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On your wedding day I want you to ignore me.  Like that person you spot on the street and try desperately to avoid eye contact, or maybe you turn around and swiftly walk the other way remembering that you left the gas on.  I'm giving you permission to ignore me, pretend I'm not there and shut me out. 

Okay, maybe I don't want you to walk the other way, but pretending I'm not there would be great!

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"I'm simply looking for YOU"

I want you to ignore me when it comes to portraits.  There's nothing I love more than seeing you both fall into each other carefree, like no ones watching.  Away from the public eye, finally, some time to yourselves on one of the biggest days of your lives.

Most of my couples book me and tell me that they love how natural my work is.  I like to capture the day as it unfolds naturally as no two weddings are the same.  The couple, the venue, the time of year, the weather, the family, the friends, the music, the food and so on, all make each wedding unique.  Telling that story the way it happened for me is what it's all about, and capturing you both, in love, naturally, is what I want to deliver; and I find the best way to do this is to ignore me.  

I will walk around and find some ideal places for portraits where the light is just right or the location is just too cool not to use, but once I pop you into place and maybe give you a little guidance on how to position yourselves, I want you to melt like butter into one another as if no one else is around.  Think of how you're feeling on your special day, the first time you met, the first time you kissed, the feeling you got during the service as you exchanged your vows and let those feelings wash over you.  Don't spend the 15-20 minutes we spend doing portraits looking into the camera, spend that time looking at the person you're going to spend the rest of your life with and have an awesome time together.  Doing this will bring out you.

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"Telling that story the way it happened for me is what it's all about"

I'm not looking for "chin up, chin down, do this, do that", I'm simply looking for YOU.  And the best way to find you is to shut out the world and allow for some time for just the two of you.

It's normal to feel a little nervous about having your picture taken even in a world of selfies, dog filters and snapchat!  Having someone point a camera at you is a different ball game and I totally understand that!  There's a reason I'm behind the camera and not in front of it, but making the portrait session about you and not the camera or even thinking about the photos will really allow for stunning, natural images that you're going to love!  When you look back at your pictures I want you to remember how in love you are, and how you felt on your wedding day, not how posed and cheesy you look.  Even though pictures aren't moving, you still attach feelings and memories to them.  Let those memories and feelings be love and happiness than fake smiles looking at the camera.

Are you ready to ignore me and be you on your wedding day?  Yes?  Great, let's make some magic!

 

Emma and Nick Wedding Preview

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This may be the windiest wedding to date, but I loved every moment of this poetic romance!  So much laughter, emotion and fun at the super quirky Wellbeing Farm.  Enjoy my little sneak peak and look out for the full post down the line!  Enoy ;)  

Bethan and Caleb Wedding Preview at The Athenaeum, Liverpool

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Yesterday I had the pleasure to capture Bethan and Caleb's special day and it truly was magical!  I don't think I've met a most loving bunch!  Everyone was in high spirits and the weather was on our side making it a great celebration.

Enjoy their little preview, more to come soon!

Mel & Rob Wedding Preview at the Gilpin Lake House

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Mel and Rob tied the knot yesterday at the stunning Gilpin Lake House.  My first time there and hopefully not my last, what a place!!  Mel and Rob wished for snow and their wish came through as the seasons seemed to change every 20 minutes but it just made the place even more magicical!

Enjoy their little preview below!

A chilly pre-wedding shoot at Formby Beach!

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Katie and Mark are set to get married this June and wanted a warm-up session before their big day... though a warm-up session certainly seems like the wrong phrase as we tackled Formby Beach in what seems to be one of the coldest March's we've have in a long time!  After days of snow, howling winds and dangerous ice we decided the show must go on and we headed to Formby early to catch up and take some photos.

As soon as we arrived we were met by the fierce winds coming in from the sea but it gave them both the perfect excuse to cuddle with one another to keep each other warm.  We explored the beach, headed into the sand dunes and woodland before going full circle and finishing up on the sand.  Both Katie and Mark fell into each other naturally, laughing and enjoying themselves through the shoot making it almost too easy to shoot!  We talked about their wedding plans, Game of Thrones and the football that Mark was heading to later on in the day then headed back to our cars to put the heaters on full so we could defrost from our morning adventure.  Roll on their big day where we'll cross our fingers for a warmer day!

Are you planning on having a pre-wedding shoot before your big day?  It can be the perfect way to practice before the big day giving you more pictures to treasure!  If so, get in touch and tell me what you're planning!