A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing Toni & Matthew’s fantastic wedding at The Bellavista in Rochdale.  The Bellavista is a great wedding venue with a lovely wedding reception room (featuring a really striking bright pink wall) and some great gardens with views over lancashire.

Toni & Matthew got married at the beautiful St John The Evangelist church in Heywood near Manchester before moving on to the Bellavista for their wedding reception.

Although it did rain briefly after the wedding ceremony (which as a Manchester wedding photographer I have become slightly accustomed to! ;-)) it didn’t stop Toni & Matthew from having some wedding photographs taken outside of the church, which was great for me as one of the photographs we took at this point (the black and white photograph of Toni & Matthew under the umbrella) is one of my favourite wedding photographs from this year:-)

Toni and Matthew – thank you again for asking me to photograph your wedding for you, I really enjoyed working with you both and I am very pleased you are both so happy with your photographs.  I wish you both a very long and happy marriage together:-)


  • September 8, 2010 - 7:40 am

    lisa mason - Another amazing set of wedding photos Neil :-)

  • September 8, 2010 - 11:41 am

    Kris - Lovely images Neil. Excellent work as usual.

  • September 9, 2010 - 1:09 pm

    Tom - Vibrant as ever & a story in pictures for the hard of reading. thumbs up from me.

Regular visitors to my wedding photography blog (which I hope you all are..! ;-)) may remember that a few weeks ago I shot my first Love the Dress photoshoot (which some photographs refer to as ‘Trash the Dress‘ or ‘Rock the Frock‘) on Saddleworth Moor near Manchester, with my beautiful wife Michelle.  You can view the photographs from the shoot by clicking here.

Shortly after I posted those photographs I was contacted by Nikki, the owner of the fantastic Yorkshire based wedding planning company, I Do Designer Weddings, who really liked Michelle’s Love the Dress wedding photographs and was interested in having some similar photographs done herself!  I was of course more than happy to oblige so last week I met Nikki at the beautiful Bretton Country Park in Yorkshire where we spent an hour taking photographs whilst the sun was setting.

As a Manchester wedding photographer I do not often take photographs in Yorkshire, so it was really nice to go to a location which I hadn’t been to before and really get creative!

Nikki was fantastic to work with and looked stunning in her wedding dress:-)

If you are interested in having a similar Love the Dress photography shoot done yourself then please do not hesitate to contact me!  Obviously this type of shoot isn’t just for brides who got married recently, a post wedding photography shoot like this can be a great excuse to put your wedding dress back on relive your memories regardless of when you got married – Nikki herself got married 10 years ago and I think she really enjoyed wearing her wedding dress again:-)

Nikki – thank you again for asking me to take your photographs, it was really great to meet you and I am really pleased you like your photographs and enjoyed the shoot!  Thanks also for suggesting Bretton Country Park, it’s definitely a location I will look to use again when I am next in Yorkshire.  Looking forward to seeing you again next month in Manchester!

Here are a selection of my favourite photographs from our shoot:


  • August 31, 2010 - 10:20 am

    Nikki Foster - It was such a fabulous experience Neil – I thoroughly enjoyed every minute and the images are brilliant.

    The rabbit shot is my favourite!

    I would seriously recommend the Love the Dress Shoot to anyone who would like to get back into their wedding dress and spend a couple of hours just ‘loving it’. A wedding day goes by so fast, being able to really take some time to enjoy the dress and get some great shots is fabilous – even 10 years later!!!

    Thanks Neil

  • August 31, 2010 - 10:57 am

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  • September 1, 2010 - 5:51 pm

    Kevin Mullins - Nice work Neil – great use of those lights and perfect vignetting too. Love this new aspect of your work.

  • September 23, 2010 - 9:42 am

    Sofie - Some lovely lighting on these Neil and great images!

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