I met Paige and Jonathan at the National Wedding Show at Event City in Manchester back in March 2018. Their wedding at The Village Hotel was to be the quickest booking to date!

Paige and Jonathan had booked their special day for May 26th 2019. The wedding ceremony was to be held at their favourite church, St Chad’s in Blakley with the wedding reception at The Village Hotel in Cheadle Hulme.

Paige was having her Bridal Prep with her four Bridesmaids, one flower girl and one page boy at her parent’s house in Salford, Manchester, an hour away from home for me down the M61. Avoiding the traffic was the first hurdle of the day, but I always allow plenty of time.

Bridal Prep was in full swing when I arrived and it wasn’t long before my work began..

Manchester Wedding Photographer black and white image of small boy sat on kitchen floor.

With Nicole Mcdonagh applying makeup it was left to Paige’s sister Leanne to style the hair.

Manchester Wedding Photographer bridal eye make up
Manchester Wedding Photographer  black and white image of bridal make up
Manchester Wedding Photographer Mr & Mrs card
Manchester Wedding Photographer black and white image of little girl with bride to be
Manchester Wedding Photographer bride to be during bridal prep
Manchester Wedding Photographer bridesmaid having mascara applied by mua
Manchester Wedding Photographer black and white image of bridesmaid during bridal prep
Manchester Wedding Photographer black and white image of young flower girl having her hair plaited

Leanne’s perfect hair styling on Paige.

Manchester Wedding Photographer image of the bride to be hair style from the back.
Manchester Wedding Photographer  bridesmaid having her make up applied by maker up artist during bridal prep
Manchester Wedding Photographer bride to be and flower girl

I was under strict instructions to get as many shots of Danie, Paige’s sister looking as daft as possible…. Nailed it.

Manchester Wedding Photographer  brides sister having make up applied during bridal prep
Manchester Wedding Photographer  black and white image of foot in a flip flop
Manchester Wedding Photographer bride to be having eye make up applied by mua
Manchester Wedding Photographer  black and white image of bride to be having lipstick applied with a lip brush
Manchester Wedding Photographer flower girl during bridal prep

Sometimes just one shot of the Kurt Geiger shoes isn’t enough….

Manchester Wedding Photographer black and white image of bride's Kurt Geiger shoes on floor
Manchester Wedding Photographer  bride's Kurt Geiger shoes on wooden floor

… and sometimes just one pair of shoes isn’t enough!

Manchester Wedding Photographer  bride's pumps on wooden floor

Flower girls need their own photoshoots sometimes. We popped out into the sunny garden for this one.

Manchester Wedding Photographer  flower girl in garden
Manchester Wedding Photographer  black and white image of page boy stood holding a  comb over his face
Manchester Wedding Photographer  rear shot of bride to be in her dress whilst having her buttons fastened

Page boys like to pose too 🙂

Manchester Wedding Photographer  page boy in garden
Manchester Wedding Photographer  close up of brides rings
Manchester Wedding Photographer  flower girl on a swing

Jonathan was waiting for his Bride at the altar, looking dapper in his suit from Slaters.

Manchester Wedding Photographer  Groom waiting in church
Manchester Wedding Photographer  pageboys in church

The Father at this Church has a funny joke about 2 women in the military….. ask him if you ever meet him!

Manchester Wedding Photographer  Priest waiting for bride
Manchester Wedding Photographer  best man waiting in church
Manchester Wedding Photographer  guest screwing his face up

Paige and her Father arrived in the white Limousine from Platinum Limousines.

Manchester Wedding Photographer  bride and father in the wedding car

When I saw this doorway and the window to the left I knew exactly which shot I wanted.

Manchester Wedding Photographer  bride entering church
Manchester Wedding Photographer  Bride and Father walking down the aisle
Manchester Wedding Photographer  Bridal party at altar

During the service we had a small visitor. The Church dog decided that he wanted to join in but was quickly ushered away by one of the Brothers from the Church much to the amusement of the wedding party.

Manchester Wedding Photographer  Church Dog
Manchester Wedding Photographer  Bride and Groom walking down the aisle
Manchester Wedding Photographer  Portrait of wedding guest
Manchester Wedding Photographer  Guest after service
Manchester Wedding Photographer  Wedding guest smirking
Manchester Wedding Photographer  reflection of bride in limo window

As a professional Wedding Photographer I don’t leave much to chance. I have spare batteries, lenses, even spare cameras and memory cards. If one camera breaks, no problem, I have 2 more with me. I even have a network of trusted photographers in the North West and further afield who can jump in at a moments notice to provide cover or equipment should the worst happen. What I don’t carry spares of on the day is vehicles! This is a picture of the Vicars car parked in the side of mine! The Rectory has a rather steep driveway and his handbrake must have been faulty as his car decided to roll backwards down the driveway, along the wall and neatly into the side of my little wedding car. Just enough damage for the insurance company to write the car off when I got home. Oh well. Just a lump of metal and nobody got hurt.

Manchester Wedding Photographer  wedding photographers car crash

After limping my way over to The Village Hotel in Cheadle Hulme I got straight back into capturing details for Paige and Jonathan.

Manchester Wedding Photographer  The Villa Hotel room ready
Manchester Wedding Photographer  Wedding Cake at The Villa Hotel
Manchester Wedding Photographer  Wedding Guest relaxing
Manchester Wedding Photographer  Wedding Guest looking surprised
Manchester Wedding Photographer  wedding guest in crowd
Manchester Wedding Photographer  The Villa Hotel room prepped
Manchester Wedding Photographer  two children pulling faces
Manchester Wedding Photographer  Bride entering Wedding Breakfast
Manchester Wedding Photographer  Bouquet on table
Manchester Wedding Photographer  Best mans speech
Manchester Wedding Photographer  Top table guest
Manchester Wedding Photographer  flower girl during speeches
Manchester Wedding Photographer  Small boy pulling tongue out
Manchester Wedding Photographer  top table child with camera
The Villa Hotel Wedding Photographer Groom at top table
The Villa Hotel Wedding Photographer Top Table Guests
The Villa Hotel Wedding Photographer Bride hugging sister

It was sunny, then it rained, then it was sunny again, then it rained…. You get the idea.

During a brief break in the drizzle we took the wedding party out to the field behind the The Village Hotel for the formal portraits.

The Villa Hotel Wedding Photographer Bride and Groom

Whilst inside, The Village Hotel staff were turning the room around ready for the evening party.

The Villa Hotel Wedding Photographer Cake ready for cake cut

Cake cut, first dance then straight into the dancing, including an emotional dance with Dad for Paige.

The Villa Hotel Wedding Photographer Cake Cut
The Villa Hotel Wedding Photographer First Dance
The Villa Hotel Wedding Photographer Bride and Father dancing
The Villa Hotel Wedding Photographer Baby on the dancefloor
The Villa Hotel Wedding Photographer bride on dancefloor
The Villa Hotel Wedding Photographer ladies dancing
The Villa Hotel Wedding Photographer Bride and Groom on Dancefloor
The Villa Hotel Wedding Photographer Guests at the buffet
The Villa Hotel Wedding Photographer Bride and Groom Evening Portrait

What a great day with Paige, Jonathan, their families and friends.

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