The wedding of Caroline & Jonathon – Macdonald Kilhey Court

On 30th May I had the honour of covering the wedding of Caroline and Jonathon, a lovely couple from Bolton.

Caroline and Jonathon couldn’t have wished for better weather – the sun didn’t stop shining for them all day, which was a relief as it had been pouring down the previous week when we had met up at the hotel!  The wedding ceremony itself took place at the St Thomas & St John Church of England in Bolton before we all moved on for the wedding reception at the beautiful Macdonald Kilhey Court Hotel in Wigan, near Manchester.

It was an amazing day and everybody had a great time – especially Caroline and Jonathon who are obviously made for each other.

To Caroline and Jonathon: I am so pleased you had the perfect day – especially as I know how much  you were worrying about the weather!  It was a pleasure to work with you both and I wish you both the very best for your future together. 


































  • June 15, 2009 - 7:34 pm

    Sarah - Beautiful!! Love your work Neil….I am sure the happy couple will cherish these images always!! If you ever need a helper….. hehe ;)

  • June 15, 2009 - 7:36 pm

    Pete Welsby - Great stuff as ever, Neil. The reception shots are full of fun and emotion – really good. And I love the portrait shoot in the gardens. You like your flair, don’t you? Could become a signature look.

    That it was a very happy day is clear throughout

  • June 15, 2009 - 7:37 pm

    joanne ingle - Fantastic as usual!!

  • June 15, 2009 - 7:41 pm

    Andy McDonald - great images Neil. some new shots in there as well i think

    well done


  • June 15, 2009 - 7:46 pm

    Dave Nunn - Excellent set of images Neil. Superb control of the difficult lighting conditions. Bride & Groom will love them.


  • June 15, 2009 - 8:44 pm

    Crash Taylor - Crash Taylor Thumbs UP!

  • June 15, 2009 - 9:05 pm

    Sofie - You did a great job especially as it was so sunny – not always easy to shoot with strong sunlight. Especially love the first shot of the B&G on the path in the distance… very beautifuL!

  • June 15, 2009 - 10:03 pm

    Paul Brown - Good shots again Neil, you definately captured the happiness of the day.

  • June 16, 2009 - 12:55 am

    Nigel - Well done again Neil. Lovely shots as always.

  • June 16, 2009 - 4:56 am

    David Simm - Nice shots Neil and small world too. Wigan was my home town and oddly eneough I used to be friends with the guy who developed Kilhey Court.

  • June 16, 2009 - 5:29 am

    Rick Mason - Hi Neil – cracking job, well done! I’m shooting a wedding in Maidstone on Saturday, and you have definitely sparked an idea or two for me!

  • June 16, 2009 - 8:33 am

    Polis Varnava - great job as always Neil!! Keep up the good work!

  • June 16, 2009 - 8:39 am

    Martin Malocco - Lovely images Neil, Well done!!

  • June 16, 2009 - 8:59 am

    Sharon Spencer - Beautiful. They look soooo happy!

  • June 16, 2009 - 10:37 am

    Kris - Stunning set of images, your work is getting better every time.

  • June 16, 2009 - 1:33 pm

    Sorin Iliescu - Another good one, Neil. And even more daring than the previous ones… Well done

  • June 16, 2009 - 3:56 pm

    Kevin Mullins - Just top work again Neil – you’ve got such a cool style when shooting weddings. Really nice set of images.

  • June 16, 2009 - 6:49 pm

    Kate Shepherd - The photos are just fabulous! Mind you, you had good subjects! Amazing work Neil, as usual! Looking at the photos makes me want to get married again – with you as our photographer again of course!!!

  • June 16, 2009 - 9:09 pm

    Shameem - Wow, gorgeous photos Neil. But then i wouldnt expect anything less from you. What a beautiful bride as well!

  • June 25, 2009 - 7:10 am

    Amanda - Beautiful!

  • June 28, 2009 - 9:17 pm

    alison naylor - Fantastic shots Neil. I was lucky enough to be part of Caroline and Jonnys day and you captured it perfectly!Having such a gorgeous bride must have helped though!!

SWPP Monthly Award – Gold Award (Wedding Traditional)

I was delighted to find out that I had been awarded a Gold Award in the SWPP monthly competition in the Wedding Traditional category for May.

Each month members of the SWPP (Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers) are invited to submit one image per category (there are four wedding categories) with each photograph then being award either a U, Bronze, Silver or Gold. Since the turn of the year marking in the competition has become stricter and higher awards have been made much harder to achieve – which my award this month all the more pleasing.

For example, in May’s Wedding Traditional category there were 97 entries and mine was the only photograph to achieve Gold.

swpp monthly competition gold award 2

And here is the image which was awarded Gold, taken at a wedding I covered at Rowton Hall in Chester in May 2009.  To view more photographs from this wedding please click here

SWPP Monthly Competition - Gold Award

  • June 9, 2009 - 11:03 pm

    Pete Welsby - A lovely stylish shot, Neil! Great.

  • June 10, 2009 - 9:33 am

    Kevin Mullins - COngratulations Neil. Well deserved.

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