Wedding photography workshops in Manchester

Yesterday I joined up with my great friends, the uber-talented Liam and Bee Crawley of CG Weddings, for part 5 of our wedding photography workshops in Manchester and what a brilliant day it was!

We were joined this time by Sachin Khona, an incredible wedding photographer based in Canada. Sachin gave an awesome presentation on his business, how he works and his inspirations – thank you so much again Sachin, it was great to meet you and your presentation was amazing!

We always seem to be very lucky to have such great and lovely photographers come on our workshops and it was exactly the same this time. We always love the fact that everybody who joins us gets on so well and helps to make our workshops so enjoyable and lots of fun – so thank you to everybody who came along, we hope you all had a great day.

Massive thank yous also to our brilliant models, Kirsty and Kyle Hassall (the ulimate wedding couple – Kirsty is brilliant singer and Kyle a fantastic wedding photographer himself) and Kit – you were all so good to work with and we are very grateful. Huge thank you also to my great friends Laura and Stu from Laurel Weddings for very kindly making us two beautiful bouquets – they were perfect – and to the always brilliant Samira Rankin from Flossy & Leigh for making the girls look even more amazing:)

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  • October 20, 2014 - 12:12 pm

    Hannah Webster - Tee hee – so much fun. Great workshop, guys. Loved it! x

  • October 20, 2014 - 1:44 pm

    Toni Darcy - Awesome! The reflections you have created are brilliant! And the swirly one of Kit is gorge! xx

  • October 20, 2014 - 1:54 pm

    Ian - Fantastic Neil :)
    Still no idea how you get this stuff even though I was trying to take pretty much the same photos!
    Amazing to meet some new faces and reunite with some old ones – thank you!

  • October 20, 2014 - 7:00 pm

    Kyle Hassall - Amazing work as always Neil. What a belting day :) I love the gout shot!!

  • October 20, 2014 - 8:12 pm

    Hannah - Mr Redfern. You are awesome. Thank you so much for yesterday, and your shots are tip top tastic.

  • October 21, 2014 - 10:06 am

    Martin Hambleton - I’ve gushed enough in the past over your portraits – you know I love them to bits. So today I just wanted to compliment you on your pose in the last shot. Your take on Blue Steel?

Thornton Manor Wedding Photography

Recently I had the huge pleasure of photographing Carolyn and Simon’s wedding at Thornton Manor in Cheshire. It’s hard to describe how much fun this day was, from the moment I arrived in the morning to take photographs of Carolyn getting ready with all her bridesmaids (just thinking of the word “boxes” makes me laugh now!;-)), through to leaving Carolyn and Simon dancing the night away in the Lakeside Marquee, I don’t think either of them stopped smiling and laughing all day.

Even though I’d only met Carolyn and Simon a couple of times, including their engagement shoot in Formby, it really was like photographing the wedding of friends I’d known for years:)On top of all this I also got to work with the incredible Flossy & Leigh hair and make-up artists again, who always make the girls feel so special and look so beautiful – I couldn’t recommend them more.

Thank you so much again for asking me to photograph your wedding Carolyn and Simon, for being so much fun on the day and also for all your lovely kind words about your photographs. It has been so nice getting to know you both and I know that you are going to be so happy together. Huge congratulations again x

Carolyn and Simon’s wedding story

What was the proposal like?
It was a beautiful sunny day in Greenwich (where we live) and we headed off to the park with a picnic. After eating (lots) and sipping on some champagne, Simon got down on two knees (he blames the nerves) and asked me to be his wife.

How did you find all the wedding planning?
I loved it! It was a little overwhelming at first as there is so much to do, but we had a year so could take our time and do the planning slowly. Simon was in charge of the band and photographer and we struck gold with both!!!

Do you have any tips for other brides who are just starting to plan their wedding day?
Use Neil Redfern?! But seriously, work out what matters to you and spend time getting those right – all the small details will come together in the end. Also – if something goes wrong, no one will notice so don’t worry! And enjoy the countdown as the day goes soooo fast!!

Why did you choose Thornton Manor as your wedding venue?
We wanted something traditional in the daytime but wanted to have a big party with friends and family in the evening. Thornton Manor gave us the best of both worlds as the house is charming and traditional, yet the marquee is really pretty and simple – and is ideal for a band and dancing!

What was your favourite part of your wedding day?
I can’t single one part out – it was all amazing. I will never forget walking in the Music Room for the ceremony and seeing Simon waiting at the front and all my friends and family smiling.

Who were your favourite wedding suppliers?
Obviously Neil! And also Flossy & Leigh – absolute legends and made the morning really fun too. They stayed all day to make me and the guests feel like celebrities!! We also loved Manor Cars who took us to the marquee in a spectacular Rolls Royce!

Barretts catering (Michelle was so attentive and in control!), Springbank Flowers did an amazing job with the flowers (especially the bouquets!), the band (The Different Lights) had everyone up dancing and the Solo Players (string quartet) played great modern songs in strings – even learning Simon’s favourite song especially for the ceremony!!

Thank you so much Carolyn for all of your lovely kind words, they really mean a lot to me. Here are some of my favourite photographs from your incredible day at Thornton Manor:

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  • October 14, 2014 - 2:52 pm

    Kyle Hassall - Thornton Manor is such a stunning place and you’ve nailed it again mate. I LOVE the shot of Carolyn in the chair and Simon looking out of the window. Beautiful :)

  • October 15, 2014 - 1:12 am

    Toni Darcy - I love the clear relationship you develop with your couples.
    I also completely agree the girls at Flossy and Leigh are amazing!
    Fave pictures are easily Carolyn and Simons portraits in the tree lines, simply stunning. xx

  • October 15, 2014 - 8:41 am

    Ian - Neil these are fantastic – it looks like such a chilled and happy day. And it helps having such a gorgeous couple!
    But that portrait of Carolyn in the chair and Simon by the window is fantastic!

  • October 16, 2014 - 6:15 pm

    Rachel Ryan - These images are timeless. I got goosebumps seeing the one of Carolyn walking down the aisle. The indoor portraits are incredible. My favourite is the black and white image by the window with Carolyn’s reflection. I absolutely love the aggressive hairspray one at the end too! xx

  • October 17, 2014 - 9:21 pm

    David Murdoch - Stunning set of images, I love use of light, focus and location – fab expressions from everyone as well :)

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