Hilltop Country House Wedding Photographs – Laura & Tom

Photographing weddings is the best job in the world. But what takes the job to a whole new level of amazingness is when bride and groom are personal friends, it’s such a special feeling to be able to capture the day of someone you are close too – such as Laura & Tom:-)

What made this day is more unique for me is that not only is Tom a great friend of mine, but he is also the best wedding videographer I know and somebody I have worked with at lots of weddings – so no pressure there then…! Just have a look at Tom’s website to see what I mean: www.silkweddingvideos.co.uk

Tom and Laura’s day was amazing. I’m not just saying that because they are friends of mine, it literally was amazing.

Tom and Laura got married at St Alban’s Church in Macclesfield and had their reception at the stunning Hilltop Country House in Prestbury. From the emotion of the ceremony (as you’ll see from the photographs) through to the laughter and smiles of the reception, this was a wedding that had it all.  Laura looked absolutely stunning and I don’t think I have ever seen Tom as nervous or as happy as he was during the day. It was just an honour to be there.

I would also like to make a special mention to my good friend Adam Johnson, a fantastic Manchester wedding photographer who helped me on the day by second shooting (and took some amazing shots!), the brilliant Leos Quartet (the best string quartet in the North West bar none!) and also the fantastic Howard Wing. Howard sang during the wedding breakfast and created an atmosphere of happiness and laughter like I have never seen before during a wedding breakfast. I knew of Howard before the wedding but I hadn’t been lucky to see him in action, but wow, he is amazing. I really can’t recommend him enough – you will see from the wedding photographs below just how much fun people were having whilst Howard was doing his thing! Here is Howard’s website: www.howardwing.co.uk

To Laura & Tom – thank you SO much again for asking me to be a part of your wedding day. I am so pleased that it was everything you hoped it would be, and I’m sure a lot more besides! It was a privilege to be there and I am so pleased that you are so happy with your photographs. I was a little bit nervous before your day (for ‘a little’ read ‘very very’) so to know you are so happy makes me extremely happy. I wish you both a lifetime of happiness together:-)

Here are a selection of my favourite wedding photographs from your big day:

  • May 13, 2012 - 8:21 pm

    Hannah - Wow Neil! Amazing photos of what looks like a fantastic day. Huge congratulations Tom and Laura, and so pleased Hugo made a special appearance too!

  • May 13, 2012 - 9:00 pm

    Johnny Bean - Killer photos Neil and many congratulations Tom!

  • May 13, 2012 - 10:37 pm

    Lucy West - Wow, still my beating heart..when I saw the emotion in Tom’s face my heart just burst! The top table book idea is just magnificent, only word for it, and the singing and dancing; conga with all the guests is what every photographer dreams of!! I have to say I feel that this feels like your best wedding yet, and looks the most fun I have EVER seen, literally! Wonderful pics Neil, I’m sure they’re so so happy with them!!! :D

  • May 14, 2012 - 9:27 am

    Kerry Brearley - Wow what a gorgeous wedding, love the photos Neil, especially the shots of the girls in their PJ’s! The bride’s dress is divine.

  • May 14, 2012 - 9:41 am

    EmmaB - Flippin heck! What an amazing job you all did. That first look in the church made me cry :) Huge congratulations to Tom and Laura, looks like you had a brilliant day x

  • May 14, 2012 - 11:12 am

    Martin Hambleton - As if the pressure was ever going to get the better of you ….. another cracking wedding from you, Neil. Fantastic dancing shots. And, of course, the trademark moody sky portraits. Great stuff.

  • May 14, 2012 - 11:13 am

    Bee Crawley - Oh my goodness me, these photos are just stunning! It looks like it was an absolutely AMAZING day, captured bloomin’ brilliantly :-) Huuuge congratulations Tom & Laura!

  • May 14, 2012 - 12:02 pm

    Donna Chipping - A great set of photos AGAIN!! You certainly did your friends proud Neil :-) Well done XX

  • May 14, 2012 - 12:14 pm

    Jonty - Brilliant job there Neil. A lot of pressure, but dealt with in the usual professional way and with stunning results.

    Congratulations, of course, go out Tom and the lovely Laura.

  • May 14, 2012 - 12:17 pm

    Tom Astley - Cracking images again Neil, wonderful narration of the day in photos.

  • May 14, 2012 - 12:26 pm

    Liam Crawley - Absolutely incredible wedding photography Neil, so much life, energy, fun and laughter – it doesn’t get much better than this and it just goes to show how important it is to have both a great bond with the people we photograph, as well as being an amazing photographer to produce great wedding photographs :)

  • May 14, 2012 - 4:33 pm

    Tom & Laura Harrington - To say we are happy with these photographs is the world biggest ever understatement. Neil you are a genius with a camera and what you have done for us, with these photographs, is something we will never, ever be able to thank you enough for. They are breath taking and trying stunning. They made us both cry and from the second we saw them we knew instantly that we would never grow tired of looking at them and reliving our beautiful wedding day. Thank you for that mate. And for everything you have done up to, including and after the wedding. You rock!!! Love Tom & Laura H xx

  • May 14, 2012 - 5:23 pm

    Adam Riley - Wow, absolutely amazing photos Neil. It looks like Tom and Laura had a fun, wonderful day. I love the shot of Laura’s parent seeing her in the wedding dress (and a bridesmaid in the background?) you’ve captured what looks like a beautiful ceremony too!

  • May 16, 2012 - 4:59 pm

    B Lucky Wedding Casino Hire - What a fantastic way to be able to give your friends something so personal and wonderful on their special day. Congratulations to Tom and Laura from everyone at B Lucky and well done Neil for such an amazing photoset.

  • May 20, 2012 - 7:52 pm

    Uncle John - Thanks Neil for the amazing photos, I was unable to go to the wedding but seeing these is the next best thing. Laura and Tom you look like film stars lots of love x

  • June 2, 2012 - 10:48 pm

    Alison Edward - What a brilliant set of photos. So much love and laughter captured from beginning to end.

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