Delamere Forest Portrait Shoot

Earlier this week I met up with my friends and very talented wedding photographers Lucy Greenhill and Kyle Hassall for a fun bridal portrait shoot in Delamere Forest in Cheshire. We had a great time trying out new ideas, playing with different lighting set-ups then finished the day eating pizza:-)

A special thank you to Lucy for organising the shoot, Laura of Laurel Weddings for making the beautiful flower headdress and bouquet and our amazing model Kit Williams who was so nice to work with – even when we asked her to stand in a lake!

Bride in the lake Portrait shoot in Delamere Forest 02 Portrait shoot in Delamere Forest 04 Bride wearing Flower Headdress 1 Portrait shoot in Delamere Forest 06 Tilt shift portrait of bride Bride wearing Flower Headdress 2 Bride wearing Flower Headdress 3


  • March 20, 2014 - 6:41 pm

    Kyle Hassall - Stunning mate. It was a great day :)

  • March 20, 2014 - 7:42 pm

    Kyle Hassall - Stunning mate. It was a great day :)

  • March 21, 2014 - 1:20 am

    lucy greenhill - oh my Neil! these are so stunning!! the last one is just incredible!!

  • March 21, 2014 - 11:03 am

    Jonty - Beautiful Neil, just wonderful control of light.

    My particular favourites are the first and fifth.

  • April 3, 2014 - 5:04 am

    nasser - These are amazing.

  • May 14, 2014 - 1:57 pm

    Lucy West - Wow!! The light on these is absolutely perfect and the model looks so beautiful…beautifully styled, perfectly lit, gorgeous concept, very jealous but very much loving these images!! :)

Belle Epoque winter wedding – Hayley & Graham

Just before Christmas last year I had the great pleasure of photographing Hayley and Graham’s beautiful winter wedding at the Belle Epoque in Knutsford:-)

Hayley and Graham are such a fantastic couple, so easy going and happy, and it was a real privilege capture their wedding day for them. The Belle Epoque is also one of my favourite venues and in the winter it transforms itself in to a cosy little Christmas wonderland with open fires and festive decorations. This was always going to be an amazing day!

Here is Hayley with the story of her wedding day:

How did you both meet?
We met as most couples do at work Christmas party. It was 70’s theme and Graham came in white platforms and a big afro wig!

How did Graham propose?
Graham proposed on Christmas Day 2011, he had told me that my main present hadn’t arrived in the morning. We were hosting Christmas day so in the afternoon all of my family arrived I was busy in the kitchen and he called me into the living room. He had a big box in his arms. I opened one box then another and another until I saw a boodles ring box. I opened it and inside was a little card that said ‘Good things come to those that wait’. When I turned around he was on one knee by the Christmas tree. It was perfect. My family are so important to me so it was lovely that they were included and it is my favorite time of year.

How did you find wedding planning?
We didn’t set a date for about 18 months but once we did I wrote a list and booked all the big things within a week. During the 18 months I had been to see a few venues but knew where I wanted it to be. Most of the wedding planning was done within a month and then I didn’t have to worry about anything until it came closer to the day. My advice is write your list, know your budget and go with your gut instinct, its your day and don’t let anyone else influence what you want to happen.

Why did you choose the Belle Epoque?
We wanted a Christmas wedding that wasn’t your generic hotel wedding. We wanted an intimate wedding with atmosphere, The Belle Epoque gives you something different with the fires and the fairy lights and baroque features it was everything we wanted.

What was your favourite part of your wedding day?
I haven’t got a favourite part, I may be biased but it buzzed all day! Having the 3 children with us made it extra special that they were a part of it. I also loved Graham’s speech very ‘Love Actually’ but also very Graham. Once everyone had left Graham and I had one last dance to Passenger ‘Let her go’. It was very symbolic just me and him exactly how it started all those years ago.

- Thank you so much Hayley, here are my favourite photographs from your amazing Christmas wedding:-)

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  • March 17, 2014 - 7:08 pm

    Karen Julia - Stunning set of photos! Loving the dance floor shots!

  • March 22, 2014 - 10:09 pm

    Sandra Ogden - what a family…..getting larger we will need a marquee for christmas dinner..but we love a party.. a fab day with a wonderful photographer you didn’t know he was there that makes a difference thank you neill

  • May 14, 2014 - 3:03 pm

    Lucy West - Beautiful as always Neil!! Can I just ask, which lens and aperture do you use when you do the bride and bridesmaids head shots near the start when they are all ready to go…they look so perfect, you always open up the lens JUST the right amount! :)

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