An engagement shoot in a fabulous meadow, Hoghton, Lancashire - Gina and Jack

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding & Family Photographer.

 
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I have known Jack for a little while now. A group of us were having lunch together and he mentioned he was getting married. He told us that he and Gina were getting married at Bashall Barn. My smile grew wider as Bashall Barn is one of my favourite wedding venues and is literally 15 minutes from my door step. At this time, he didn’t know I was a Lancashire wedding photographer - he soon did! I gave him a business card and said for him and Gina to take a look at my work. Jack was really happy as he could impress his beautiful fiancee by saying he had done some wedding research.

I met up with the loved up couple earlier this year at Bashall Barn to discuss their plans. By now, I had found out that they own a Bernese Mountain Dog called Loki! As an animal lover and a massive Marvel fan, this made me do a happy dance. Fingers crossed, he might be making an appearance at the wedding!

 
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Anyway, I was already running a valentines competition to win an engagement shoot. Jack was one of the many people that entered it. My 5 year old daughter asked if she could help pick the winner. She carefully looked at the entries and stopped at Jack’s. She announced he should be the winner. When I asked her why she had chosen him, she said because he was the only boy that had entered and it was really nice of him to do it for his girlfriend. Awwww, how cute?

So last month, Gina, Jack, Loki and I met at Gina’s family home in Hoghton, Preston. Wow, just wow! It was perfect. There was a massive park right by it with a meadow and trees! I was so excited! We had an amazing time. Lots of laughs, wedding talk, Loki cuddles and some amazing photographs! I just know their winter wedding is going to be incredible.

Here are some of my favorite images from the shoot.

Jane x

 
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Beautiful spring wedding at Mitton Hall, Lancashire - Jeanette and Trevor

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding & Family Photographer.

 
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Jeanette and Trevor. Where do I start? It could take me a long time to tell you their history due to the couple being together for 20 years before actually getting married!

Jeanette and Trevor had originally planned on sneaking away quietly to get married, but were talked into having a wedding more local and with actual wedding guests! She had seen some photographs that I had taken at a recent styled shoot and fallen in love with them. She actually knew my bride from that shoot and made contact with her, asking for my details. They were a little dubious about having a wedding photographer as neither of them like to be the centre of attention. They hate posed photos and the thought made them uncomfortable. After speaking on the phone to me and looking through my wedding portfolio, they soon realised that I don’t shoot that way. I have a relaxed approach to wedding photography.

 
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Jeanette and Trevor got married just 5 weeks after we first spoke on the phone at Mitton Hall in the Ribble Valley, Lancashire. They’d originally said they didn’t want to have their portraits taken together and just wanted me to focus on taking photographs with them and their guests having fun. I spoke to them about how my couples love that part as it gives them a breather and chance to actually speak to each other. I explained that Mitton Hall has such lovely grounds and it would be a shame to miss out on them, even if it was just for 5 minutes. They soon saw where I was coming from and agreed. However, when it came to it. I couldn’t stop them! Trevor kept saying “How about we do one over there?” and “No, it’s fine, we can stay down here a little longer”. Jeanette and I laughed about how we couldn’t stop him once he started!

 
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Jeanette and Trevor booked a bespoke wedding package, so I was only with them for 3 hours. But the time I spent with them was amazing! Seriously, this pair have been together for 20 years and it was like watching teenagers in love! The way they were looking at each other was lovely to see.

 
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Here is what Jeanette had to say;

Jane is so friendly, professional and her pictures are just beautiful. We organised our wedding within a short time frame and were lucky enough to book a bespoke package with Jane. As a camera-shy couple, we wanted to have a relaxed and natural photographs, not posed. Jane was a calming influence for a nervous bride before the ceremony She was friendly and unobtrusive and so captured our special day beautifully and naturally. She was quite right to persuade us to have a short time walking round the gardens. We actually loved that special time together and the pictures reflect that beautifully! Our gallery was available very quickly indeed and a wonderful little USB stick too! Just Brilliant - first class!
Thank you so much!
— Jeanette
 
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Boho styled shoot - The Wellbeing Farm, Edgworth, Lancashire.

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 

I totally love being a Lancashire based wedding photographer. I have met so many lovely couples during consultations and shooting weddings. I have also met so many fantastic wedding suppliers along the way. Some that I have ended up becoming good friends with.

Around Easter last year, I organised a styled shoot with my friend, Jo from A Cake Occasion. A styled shoot is where a group of wedding suppliers come together, pick a theme and make a mock up wedding. We use models for this. Sometimes they are actually a couple, sometimes not. In fact, we have used lone models too. Anyway, the shoot went really well and we started arranging another one straight away! We were so excited!

In that first shoot, we got Nikki for Nikki Webb MUA, Rachael from The Wedding Workshop and Liz from Orchid Designs, Clitheroe on board.

In November, we brought in two new suppliers; Danielle from Oh So Pretty and Laura from The Flower Girls, Whalley. We did a winter wonderland shoot and it was amazing!

 
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So, that is how we all came together to make the dream team! As soon as we had finished the last shoot, we began planning again! We knew we wanted a wedding venue with a difference. We wanted something a bit quirky, fun with great outdoor space. I knew I wanted a pair of funky wellies involved! So, we decided on boho for our theme. That is when we knew that The Wellbeing Farm, Edgworth was perfect! Jo and I nipped across the month before to get some ideas of what we were going to do. When we went last month, it was a beautiful day. The sun was out and we were there without our coats on. Roll forward to the day of our shoot….. Storm Gareth was here! It was dark, raining and so windy! But it didn’t put us off. We just cracked on with it.

 
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Nikki and Danielle made a start on Rachel and Megan’s hair and makeup. Jo, Rachael and Laura set up the wedding cake table and another table with a hooped table plan, flowers and candles. Wow, it looked amazing!

Soon, both of our model brides were ready and they looked out of this world! Chester, the Old English Sheepdog had also arrived. He was super excited to be in on the action. But not before lots of cuddles and kisses from all of us!

 
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Jo and I had taken along food and drinks for us all to share. Jo had even made us a chocolate fudge cake for after our lunch. I couldn’t wait to sample a slice of that. It was incredible!

After a quick pit stop, we were ready to go again. Rachel and Megan were great together. They had literally only met each other that morning. If you didn’t know that though, you would have thought that they had been best friends forever. I love natural images and these two nailed it. Rachel kept apologising for laughing. She needn’t. I love laughing images. They are so much fun.

 
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Rachel knew that I’d booked to come to The Wellbeing Farm due to the donkeys, llamas and alpacas. Once the rain had stopped, she was more than happy to go out. It was literally blowing a gale! We walked up one of the tracks to get a shot that I wanted by a fence. It was far too windy and was never going to work. Rachel wanted to wait for a dip in the wind, but I wouldn’t let her as she was getting blown to bits. Brave lady! So we went back down to shelter with the animals in the barn. Augustus took a bit of a liking to Rachel’s flower crown at one point!

 
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It was now time to go back inside. Thank goodness! We just had to make use of the funky sofas, milk churn bar stools and straw bales whilst there. Both ladies were total legends and I can’t thank them enough for their time yesterday.

I totally love our little team and I can’t wait for our next styled shoot. You know how I said that once we finish one shoot, we start planning our next? Well this time, we are planning our next two!!

 
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Massive shout out to all of our team. You are an incredible bunch of ladies and I can’t wait to work with you all again!

Jane x

Venue - The Wellbeing Farm

Cake - A Cake Occasion

Hair - Oh So Pretty

Makeup - Nikki Webb MUA

Flowers - The Flower Girls, Whalley

Stationery & dressing - The Wedding Workshop

Dresses - Orchid Designs

// SNEAK PEEK // Pre Wedding Session at Brockholes Nature Reserve - Leanne and Amy

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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I have known Leanne for a number of years now. I remember when her and Amy got together and when they got engaged. When they asked me if I would be their wedding photographer, I was over the moon. We met last year to discuss over a coffee (obviously!). Both Leanne and Amy told me how they hated having their photograph taken and were a little nervous about it. So we decided on doing a pre wedding session to give them a chance in front of my camera before the big event. The lovely ladies live in Chorley and I live in Langho (Ribble Valley). We decided that Brockholes Nature Reserve at Preston was the perfect place to meet.

Still feeling nervous about having her photograph taken, Leanne asked me if she could bring her two children along to hide behind. I said that it was fine, as long as she agreed to have at least one photo taken with just Amy. On the day, they both settled into it really easily and soon realised that they had nothing at all to worry about.

It was a lovely, but bitter cold morning. I am so excited to be shooting their wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston next month.

I totally love being a Lancashire wedding photographer. It’s the best job ever!

Jane x

Elegant wedding at Stanley House Hotel, Lancashire - Catherine & Joe

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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Catherine and Joe! What a fantastic couple! I actually only met them a few weeks before their winter wedding! They live in Nottingham, but were getting married up north due to Catherine being from up this way. They had booked me earlier in the year and we had made arrangements to get together when they were up making final arrangements.

Catherine and Joe have been together for 6 years. Catherine had moved down to Nottingham with work and Joe had moved back there from London as he wanted to be closer to home. The rest (as they say) is history. Oh, the couple share their home with their fluffy fur baby - Oscar. Would you believe that Oscar has a curfew? Catherine worries about him if he is out too late. This was just one of the hilarious tales that we heard during the speeches.

 
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Anyway, the day of the wedding was here. I met Catherine and her bridal party at her parents house in Great Harwood, Lancashire. It was literally 10 minutes away from my house in the Ribble Valley; perfect! Bridal preparation was well underway. Catherine had 6 bridesmaids and her Mum with her. They all looked incredible and were such fun to be around.

The ‘big reveal’ of Catherine in her wedding dress to her Dad, Paul was amazing. I had previously asked him if he was going to shed a tear. He said no. He was wrong! He was grinning from ear to ear, tears streaming and looked so proud of his beautiful daughter. This resulted in the bridesmaids in tears too!

 
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Whilst I was with the bridal party in Great Harwood, my second photographer, Laura was with Joe and his best man for groom preparation at Salmesbury Hotel, Preston. They had stayed there the night before.

 
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When I shoot a wedding, I always like to give myself plenty of time to get to the Church in case there is an issue with traffic. I had no worries about that at this wedding. It was literally around the corner from Catherine’s parents! St Bartholomew’s Church, Great Harwood is a lovely little building. When I arrived, I was greeted by the vicar wearing his Christmas jumper; awesome!

Catherine & Joe were now husband & wife. Whilst the newlyweds signed the register, Catherine’s Auntie sang for the congregation.

 
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Tea and biscuits were provided for the guests whilst Catherine and Joe had a couple of photographs taken. We then headed up to Stanley House Hotel for the wedding reception.

Stanley House Hotel is beautiful and has some amazing views. Unfortunately, due to the time of year and time of day, we couldn’t see much of them. But, that didn’t matter. The 17th century manor house itself makes an amazing backdrop!

 
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Catherine and Joe love to travel together. Joe actually proposed whilst the couple were skiing in France. Travel was the theme for the wedding breakfast table names; each named after countries and each table had photographs of the couple during their adventures together.

Myself and Laura left shortly after the first dance. Catherine and her girls were busting some moves on the dance floor. They had all had the best day.

I love being a Lancashire wedding photographer. It’s an amazing feeling to capture such happy memories for newlyweds.

(I do cover other areas, including Cumbria, Yorkshire, Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside)

Jane x

 
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Other suppliers included;

Church - St Bartholomew’s Church

Venue - Stanley House Hotel

Groom prep - Salmesbury Hotel

Wedding Dress - Amelia’s Bridal, Clitheroe

Brides shoes - Kurt Geiger

Bridesmaid dresses - Very

Suit - Next

Flowers - Flower Design Events

Hair - Hair by Nichola

Makeup - Amy Lauren MUA

Band - The Upstarts

2nd photographer - Laura Duggleby Photography

A Winter Wedding at Cheadle House, Cheshire - Katie & Taib

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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In May 2018, Katie contacted me. She wanted to meet up and discuss her up coming wedding. We met for a coffee in Costa in Haslingden, Lancashire. She told me how she had met her husband to be, Taib whilst on holiday in Agadir. He worked at the hotel she was staying at. The couple hit it off straight away. After that holiday, they were in constant communication and Katie went back for many more holidays. She went out for Taib’s birthday and he proposed to her! Wow! Her family were slightly concerned at first, so they went out to meet him. It seems they fell in love with Taib straight away too and thought the pair were perfect for each other.

I am a Lancashire based wedding photographer. Katie and Taib were getting married in Cheshire. I didn’t mind though as I cover Cheshire, Yorkshire, Cumbria, Manchester etc anyway.

Christmas was now over and it was time to get married! I met Katie, her bridesmaids and her parents at Cheadle House. She had stayed over the previous night. Bridal preparation was well underway. Everyone was so excited. Katie wouldn’t stop talking (I am allowed to say that, she knows she talks a lot).

Taib had now arrived. He was equally excited! He was enjoying a chat with the guests whilst Katie finished getting ready.

The bride and groom became husband and wife after having a civil ceremony at the hotel. True to Katie, the first thing she did was pose for a selfie with her new husband!

It was a bitter cold day. So I made sure I was quick with group shots and couples portraits. Taib was loving that part. He couldn’t stop kissing his new wife. I didn’t even have to prompt him!

I stayed with them through the wedding breakfast, cake cutting and first dance. Do you know what? This family were so lovely. Every single one of them made me feel so welcome. Thank you all so much!

Jane x

Venue - Cheadle House

Dress - New York Bride

Suit - Next

DJ - Cheadle House

Hair & makeup done by Katie’s friends.

Katie did her own flowers.

Daisy Chain Photography - Why pick me as your wedding photographer?

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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So, you are finally engaged and planning the day you have been dreaming of for what seems like forever. Everyone is recommending wedding suppliers to you and it feels like a minefield. Who should you go with?

If you are reading this blog, chances are, I have been recommended to you, possibly by a friend or family member. Maybe I have come up on a google search or on your Facebook or Instagram feed. I thought I’d write some notes about myself, so that you can get to know me and get a feel of if I am the right wedding photographer for you.

 
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If you have read my ‘about me’ page, you will already know this. But….. I was born in Ulverston, Cumbria where I spent all of my childhood. I was pretty much always outside; out on my bike, going for walks, doing something with animals etc. I was always interested in photography and my bedroom wall was covered in a sea of photos that I had taken of my adventures. This started off as pictures of animals etc and progressed to drunken nights out with my mates!

I moved to Lancashire shortly after I turned 21 and have been here ever since. I have lived in various areas of East Lancashire before settling in Langho, near Clitheroe. I haven’t always been a professional photographer. I wanted to be, but couldn’t take the risk of not having a guaranteed wage coming in. After having our 2 lovely daughters, I decided something had to change. I wanted to do something that fits more around them and spend more quality time with my family. This is when Daisy Chain Photography was born! I started off shooting newborns and families before quickly progressing on to wedding photography. Some of you might not have been interested in that. But I often get asked how I got in to photography during wedding consultations.

 
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Talking about wedding consultations, I love getting together with new clients to discuss their wedding plans so far. It’s also a good excuse to get a coffee out. Usually a latte or a hot chocolate in fairness. If it’s a hot chocolate, I have to have cream and marshmallow on top! Anyway, moving on from me and my obsession with coffee and unhealthy treats….. I love to hear about what has been bought so far, the wedding dress (if the groom isn’t there), the flowers, little details etc. I also like to know how the couple got together and how the engagement went. It helps me to get a feel of how the couple work together. I show the couple my wedding portfolio and go through any questions they have. I let them know that having me as their wedding photographer is like having an extra friend there. I am very friendly and will chat to everyone, whilst working, obviously! But I also know when not to get involved and take a step back. I make sure they know that I am not a traditional wedding photographer and WON’T be lining them and their guests up for hours on end for endless group shots. Obviously, I do take the group shots that are requested. But I prefer to get natural images of guests interacting with each other and having a giggle.

On the wedding day, I like to have someone from the wedding party point out important guests to me. I know how important it is to capture an image of the bride with her beloved Grandma.

 
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My husband and I were lucky enough to have Jane for both our engagement shoot and for our wedding day. We absolutely love the photos from both shoots. On both days, Jane made us feel at ease in front of the camera and created some beautiful memories that we will treasure. Many of our guests commented on how nice Jane was on our wedding day too. We would highly recommend Jane.
— Samantha & Liam

So, If all this sounds good to you (and looks good to you - portfolio video attached below), please send me an email or give me a call to discuss further.

I look forward to hearing from you and about your adventure so far!

Jane x

Daisy Chain Photography, Lancashire based wedding photographer - Best of 2018

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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Wow. Is 2018 really over already? What an incredible year it has been. It has been the first full year of wedding photography and I have loved every minute of it! I have met some amazing couples, worked with incredible suppliers and visited some great venues all over the North West! I shot in venues in Lancashire, Manchester, Cheshire and Yorkshire. I live just outside Clitheroe, Lancashire, so it is quite central to all the places.

I have loved meeting all of my couples. I love to hear about how they got together, their engagement, plans for their wedding and finally, their plans for their future together. It’s a great feeling when a couple put their trust in you to shoot their wedding.

I am not a traditional wedding photographer. I really don’t like staged photographs where everyone is stood round for hours on end. I prefer the more natural approach and tend to capture guests laughing together. That being said, I do love my couples portrait sessions, but that only takes about 20 minutes and is nice for the bride and groom to have a breather!

I have put together a small selection of my favourite images from this year’s weddings. It was pretty hard selecting them as like I said, I have had some fabulous ones.

I have already hit 50% of my target for 2019 weddings and I can’t wait to get started on them. If you are getting married in 2019 or 2020 and still looking for a wedding photographer, get in touch to secure your date.

Our experience of working with Jane as our wedding photographer has been fantastic from the moment I met her. She had been in constant communication leading up to the wedding and on the day she was just perfect. Jane worked so hard to get the perfect pictures of our special day. She was very friendly and it was a pleasure having her as a part of our wedding. Thank you so much for our amazing photographs x
— Cheryl & Alan

Jane x

A Summers Wedding At Cliviger And Holmes Mill, Clitheroe - Sherry & Simon

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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Wow, June seems like such a long time ago now! Where does time go? What a beautiful summer we had. I shot so many weddings of my own, along with second shooting for other amazing wedding photographers.

I second shot for Laura from Laura Duggleby Photography at the wedding of Sherry and Simon. It was quite funny as the week before, Laura had second shot for me at Simon’s cousins wedding, so we already knew a lot of the guests!

 
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I briefly met up with Simon and his groomsmen at his house. We then went to meet some of the wedding guests at The Ram Inn, Cliviger. Great little pub! Simon was really relaxed and having a great time catching up with friends and family. I stole away the groom and his groomsmen (woman) briefly to capture some lovely images before we wandered over the road to St. John’s Church. Simon was eager to get in and get started!

 
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The bridesmaids arrived, closely followed by the beautiful bride. Sherry’s wedding dress was absolutely amazing; blush pink and backless! She has family in America and chose it when she was over there visiting.

Once the bride and groom had become Mr & Mrs, we went outside for a few photographs before heading across to Holmes Mill, Clitheroe. I personally LOVE Holmes Mill. I think it’s not only an amazingly quirky wedding venue, but it’s also great for a family meal or a few drinks out.

 
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The room looked fab. Sherry and Simon are fans of Star Wars. They had little Lego Star Wars figures throughout, including on the cake, in vases with fairy lights and even in the buttonholes. This impressed me. Not as much as if it was Marvel Lego figures, but you can’t have everything…. Massive Marvel fan over here! Anyway…. They also had a wheelbarrow full of beer, all with personalised labels.

 
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Holmes Mill has some amazing backdrops for wedding photography, both inside and outside the venue. What I also love about it is, it is only a stones throw away from Clitheroe Castle. So in the evening, we made the most of being right by it and nipped over for some extra couples portraits.

We headed back in time for the cake cutting and the first dance before leaving the newlyweds to party with their friends and family.

 
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Jane x

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An Engagement Shoot in the Lake District, Cumbria - Lou & Becky

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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At the end of 2017, Lou got in contact with me. She had seen on Facebook that I was a Lancashire wedding photographer and she was keen to tell me about her engagement to Becky. She told me how she had been planning to ask Becky to marry her, but at the same time, Becky was planning on asking her! We arranged to meet up and discuss over a coffee. We all know how much I love a coffee and a natter! The ladies had got engaged at Skelwith Bridge, Ambleside and had booked their wedding for 2019 at Salmesbury Hall, Preston. Without giving too many details away, their plans sound awesome!

I just love meeting up with couples, especially when they are as cute as this pair. We had pretty much sealed the deal when we said our goodbyes on the car park. As I was walking to my car, I glanced round at them and caught them having a cheeky little kiss. Awwwwww!

 
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Lou and Becky had an engagement shoot included in their wedding package. So a couple of weeks ago, I met them at Chester’s By The River, Skelwith Bridge, Ambleside. This is where they were when the big question was popped! It was the perfect place for them and it was great for me as I meant I got to visit some family whilst I was up there (I am originally from Ulverston, Cumbria and most of my family are still up there). Becky started off a little nervous around the camera, but with good banter, she soon got into it.

 
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It was a cold day and very damp under foot. But we didn’t care, we just cracked on with it. We all walked, talked and giggled whilst I shot some beautiful images of the couple. It was great to watch them interacting. You can clearly see how much they love each other.

I loved hearing about further plans they had made for their up coming wedding day and I really can’t wait to join them as their wedding photographer. 1 year to go!

Jane x

Autumnal wedding at Artisan Ribble Valley - Gill & Darren

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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Earlier this year, I met Gill & Darren at Artisan Ribble Valley for their wedding consultation. It was the perfect place to meet up. Not only is it in between my house in Langho and theirs in Clitheroe, it is also the place they had booked to get married. They told me how they had known each other for many years, but had only recently got together. They bumped into each other at the MOD weekender in Clitheroe back in 2017. They hit it off and the rest is history! We discussed their plans so far. They only wanted a small wedding, so they were only inviting 20 guests. Gill was having her wedding dress hand made by Liz at Orchid Designs in Clitheroe.

Like them, we got on well from the word go and I was booked.

 
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Flash forward to October. It was the day of the wedding and it wasn’t raining - yay!

I met Darren at Artisan Ribble Valley and got some shots of the venue and details before the wedding guests arrived. Darren was nervous, but very excited.

Guests were now arriving and it was almost time to get going.

 
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Gill had now arrived. Eeeeek! I went out greet her. She looked absolutely amazing! She was also very nervous, but eager to get going.

Her nephew had been given the honour of giving the beautiful bride away. Darren’s face lit up when he saw enter the room. They were both grinning from ear to ear.

The ceremony was lovely. Gill and Darren couldn’t take their eyes off each other. Both of their Mums had tears in their eyes (as did I at one point).

 
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The bride and groom were now husband and wife!

They were greeted with a drink by the hotel staff. Their friends and family were keen to congratulate the happy couple. Oh, there were now 40 guests instead of the original 20 as planned. These things happen….

I whisked them outside for couples portraits. My favourite time of the day! They get to have a breather and I get to be creative. Win, win! There are some great areas at Artisan Ribble Valley for portraits. One being the wooden gazebo/band stand in the wooded area. I made a bee line for it.

 
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Gill and Darren then enjoyed having a drink and chatting with their friends and family before their wedding breakfast. I left them shortly after speeches and the cake cutting.

Here is what Gill and Darren had to say about their experience of me working as their wedding photographer;

Hi Jane. Received our photos today. They’re absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much, we’re thrilled with them. We couldn’t have asked for anything better.... We had a lovely day and we’re so glad you were a big part of it. Thanks again 😘 Love Gill and Darren xx
— Gill Harris

Below is a list of the other suppliers involved in making Gill and Darren’s day extra special.

Jane x

Venue - Artisan Ribble Valley

Venue Dresser - Classique Wedding & Venue Styling

Wedding dress - Orchid Designs

Grooms suit - Paul Costello

Cake - eBella

Flowers - The Flower Shop Clitheroe

Hair - Kellie Hughes Hair & Beauty

End of summer wedding, Hurlston Hall - Rowan and Alex

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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If you remember, earlier this year, I did an engagement shoot at Clitheroe Castle for Rowan and Alex. It was a freezing cold day and the ground was covered in snow. Their gorgeous boxer dog, Simon joined them for the photo shoot. It was a great morning and Simon was up to mischief. I love boxer dogs. They are one of my favourite breeds.

Anyway, flash forward to the end of summer. Rowan and Alex got married in Zante. They took their close friends and family to witness the wedding. Unfortunately, I couldn’t go with them. But I did get to be their wedding photographer for their UK party!

 
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I joined Rowan with her 8 bridesmaids at her parents house in Burscough for bridal preparation. The house was full of makeup, straighteners and laughter!

 
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The bridal party were collected by 3 lovely wedding cars and driven to Hurlston Hall Golf Club to meet the rest of the wedding party. I left about 15 mins ahead of them in order to catch up with the groom and his groomsmen. I took a walk round with Alex and the groomsmen and we took some photos on the way.

 
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By now, Rowan and the bridal party had arrived. I whisked the newlyweds off for their couples portraits. The sun was setting and it was so beautiful! Rowan and Alex are childhood sweethearts and totally in love. They made my job of getting some natural images easy!

 
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After their portraits, the bride and groom went for a drive in the wedding car before the guests arrived. That way, they could make a grand entrance. By the time they returned, all the guests were outside waiting; armed with confetti! The guests were in for a treat. Karen (Rowan’s Mum) had made a fantastic wedding cake for them. It even had fairy lights in it! They also had a magic mirror, candy floss machines, a sweetie table and Greek dancers!

Rowan and Alex make such a wonderful couple and I wish them all the best for their future.

Jane x

Venue - Hurlston Hall Golf Club

Dress - Wed2B Liverpool

Bridesmaid dresses - Chi Chi London

DJ - Andy B Events

Wedding cars - Churchtown Wedding Cars

Mirror and candy floss - Make It Stand Out

A very wet family photo shoot at Towneley Hall, Burnley, Lancashire

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

A couple of months ago, I ran an offer on Facebook. It was when the World Cup was on. England were doing well and were in the quarter final. So I offered all families that booked that month 25% off their photo shoot. I also said I would pick one lucky family to win a free shoot.

That promotion went really well. I got various bookings from it and met lots of fantastic new people. It went really well for Adele who was my chosen winner for the free photo shoot!

Adele and I made 3 bookings before we actually met. The weather was so bad, considering we were in August at the time. Anyway, on the morning of the third booking, guess what? It was raining, again! We decided to go for it anyway and hope that the rain would pass.

So I met Adele and her beautiful family at Towneley Hall in Burnley. It is such a fantastic place with loads of paths to explore with kiddies. We were wrong about the rain passing, but it was only drizzling. We went for it. I had literally taken about 3 photographs before the heavens opened. Again, we kidded ourselves and said it wouldn't last. It did! We ducked in and out of various shelters to avoid the worst of it, but it wasn't for stopping. We carried on regardless. Do you know what, I am so glad we did.

 
Adele
 

Here is what Adele had to say about her experience.

I won a competition for a free family shoot with Daisy Chain Photography. We had a lovely outdoor shoot in Lancashire and we were so pleased with the relaxed atmosphere and how quickly we received the images! The quality of the images are amazing! My partner and I are currently deciding which ones are our favourite to get printed on to canvases! We could choose them all! Highly recommended!
— Adele

Jane x

Cheryl & Alan's Summer Wedding - The Glass House, Staining Lodge.

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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Last November, Cheryl made contact with me about being her wedding photographer. She had seen some of my work on Facebook. We arranged to meet up at Starbucks on the A59, Barrow for a coffee and a chat. We hit it off straight away and I just knew that we were well suited.

Speaking of well suited, Cheryl and Alan were set up by a mutual friend of theirs. They both said they knew they were the perfect match for each other from the moment they met. Their first date was 3 years ago and Alan proposed 2 years later. He popped the big question on a jetty on Lytham sea front, not too far from where they first met.

Cheryl and her 3 bridesmaids got ready at Cheryl's parents house in Fulwood, Preston. I love shooting bridal preparation; it gives me chance to become one of the girls for the day. I get to know the bride better, which means they tend to be even more relaxed during the day.

 
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The bride and groom got married just round the corner from Cheryl's parents home - St. Anthony's R C Church in Fulwood. Cheryl was dropped off for the ceremony in a 1975 Royale Drophead. She looked absolutely incredible! Cheryl is a primary school teacher. Whilst the signing of the register was taking place, pupil from her school entertained the wedding guests by singing a couple of songs. It really was heart warming.

After the wedding ceremony was finished, the new Mr & Mrs Elstone were driven across to The Glass House, Staining for their wedding reception. What a fantastic venue it is. The staff were all super friendly and helpful too! Cheryl's friends had helped out with details there, making it even more special. One of them had hand painted table names (flowers) and one of her bridesmaids had made the wedding cake! It really made me giggle when she threw a pinny on over her bridesmaid dress.

If you follow my work, you will already know that couples portraits are my favourite time of the day. This wedding made no exception to that! I spotted some old barn doors and a red brick wall. They both made great backdrops. I'd also spotted a great field, right across the golf course. It was far too far away for the bride to walk to in heels. I had a word with a member of staff who was able to source us some golf buggies. I am so glad they did as that made one of my favourite images from the day. I think Alan particularly enjoyed that part too.

 
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Big shout out to all the incredible suppliers who helped make this day even more amazing!

Venue - The Glass House

Venue Dresser - Sophisticated Events

Caterers - Campbell & Rowley

Florist - Sugar Stealers Florist - Blackburn

Bride's dress - Especially for you - Longridge

Bridesmaid dresses - Especially for you - Longridge

Groom's suit - Youngs formal hire, Debenhams

Rings - Peter Jackson

Entertainment - StereoFever

Hair - Lucy Biddlecombe

Makeup - Beccie Kelly

Transport - Malvern Wedding Cars

Videographer - Jorvik Wedding Videography

Second photographer - Lottie Elizabeth Photography

 

Jane x

Libby & Mick's colourful wedding - The Stables Country Club Hotel, Bury.

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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I am a Lancashire based wedding photographer. Often, I travel to various other areas to shoot weddings of my own and also do second shoot for other wedding photographers. This can include Manchester, Cheshire, Cumbria and Yorkshire.

Back in April of this year, I was the second photographer for my friend Laura of Laura Duggleby Photography. It was the wedding of Mick and Libby who got married at The Stables Country Club, Bury.

Wow, what a day! I have never seen a man so eager to get down the aisle! Mick was like a giddy school boy. I've never seen a man with a bigger grin on his face. Libby was quite clearly the love of his life. Libby was with her ladies for bridal preparation. We took Mick and his groomsmen for some portraits. The Stable have loads of beautiful places for portraits. My personal favourite was a little area that had a fabulous red brick wall, a corrugated metal roller door and the most amazing, rusty David Brown tractor.

 
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It was now time for the wedding ceremony and to finally see Libby, the bride to be. Libby walked in to the room looking absolutely amazing! She was wearing a lace tea length wedding dress, she had a dried wedding bouquet that was full of colour and she had some matching flowers pinned in her hair. Tears were now streaming down Mick's face. Their children who were involved in the wedding had tears in their eyes too. The ceremony was lovely. The bride and groom couldn't take their eyes off each other. It was wonderful to see how much they love each other.

Later on in the day, I was able to get involved in the couples portraits. If you have read my other blogs (or spoken to me about weddings), you will know that this is my favourite part of the day. I think it is great for the newlyweds as they get a breather and chance to actually speak to each other and I get to be creative - win, win! Laura was also in love with the red brick wall, so we made back there to start with. Most of my favourite shots from the day were done in this area.

 
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We returned the bride and groom back to their friends and family for their wedding breakfast. This was followed by speeches where Mick was again, able to tell everyone how much he loves Libby. I was shocked his face wasn't sore by now. He seriously didn't stop grinning all day.

It was now time for the evening reception, cutting of the wedding cake and first dance as husband and wife. Their wedding cake was amazing; a cheese cake. Layers and layers of actual cheese. Heaven!

Below are a selection of my favourite images from Mick and Libby's amazing day.

Enjoy!

Jane x

// SNEAK PEEK // Laura & Anthony's summer wedding - Burnley, Lancashire

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Newborn Photographer.

 
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Well, last Sunday saw the wedding of the new Mr & Mrs McGowan!

They had made contact with me earlier this year about their summer wedding and booked straight away. We had met at Starbucks and discussed their plans over a coffee. Sandra, the grooms Mum came along to the meeting. She was just as excited as them for the big day.

The bride and groom got ready just doors away from each other in Worsthorne, Burnley. Laura was getting ready at their home with her Mum and bridesmaids and Anthony got ready at the family home with his groomsmen and Dad.

They then had a church wedding at St. John's Church, Ivy Street, Burnley before heading off to the The Higher Trapp, Simonstone, Burnley for a lovely wedding reception.

Full details of this fantastic day with more beautiful images to follow. Watch this space!

Jane x

With thanks to.....

My second photographer - Laura from Laura Duggleby Photography

Venue - Higher Trapp Country Hotel

Dress - Dreamaker

Flowers - Sweet William Florist

Hair - Rebecca Hoyle Mobile Hairdressing

Makeup - Nicola Davies

Videographer - Colpic Wedding Videos

 

 

A gorgeous evening for an engagement shoot - Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston.

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Newborn Photographer.

 
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When Sarah and Andy asked me just before Christmas if I would be their wedding photographer, I was thrilled! We had met at Starbucks in Blackburn for a wedding consultation and they booked straight away. As part of their wedding package, they got an engagement session included. They decided to wait until winter was over for the better weather. I am so glad they did!

We met last week at Brockholes Nature Reserve in Preston. It was a beautiful evening. The sun had been out all day, so it was lovely and warm. Brockholes was really quiet due to the time of day; perfect. I set all my gear up and we were ready to rock. We first made down to the village for some shots by the water. Everything was so still, so peaceful.

 
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From there, we took a stroll around the back. I knew of a little wooded area that would be perfect for some romantic shots. I knew of this place due to my children. They love to go and make dens in there. As we walked, we discussed how they were getting on with their wedding plans. It's all coming together nicely now. Eeeek! Anyway, we got to the wooded area. I was right (if you ask my husband, he will tell you I always think I am right.....I am!), it was a fantastic backdrop. We then walked down to the River Ribble. It was so picturesque.  

 
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I was now on the hunt for a bushy bush. If you follow my work, or have worked with me, you'll know how much I love to hide in the greenery. People look at me like I am a little mad. Maybe I am....

On our way, a large hare ran out in front of us. It was huge! It was so lovely to see it in it's natural environment.

Anyway, I had now found a bush that I was happy with. Sarah and Andy were so good to work with They never questioned me at all when I asked them to make their way into the middle of it. I personally think it was worth it. What do you think?

 
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Here is what Andy and Sarah had to say about their engagement shoot with me;

Very professional. Made us feel at ease for our engagement shoot. Really looking forward to next year! Thanks Jane.
— Andy & Sarah

I am really looking forward to being a part of this gorgeous couple's special day next year. They are getting married at Best Western, Higher Trapp. Their day already sounds amazing and they still have some final plans to make.

Below are a selection of my favourite images from this shoot, enjoy.

Jane x

P.S. If you fancy booking and engagement session, please drop me a message

Fabulous styled shoot at The Shireburn Arms, Hurst Green.

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Newborn Photographer.

 
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A couple of months ago, I was chatting with a good friend of mine, Jo from a cake occasion. She thought it would be fun for us to work together on a styled shoot. I automatically thought that it would be super fun!

So we got our heads together to decide on a theme and fabulous venue to do the shoot. We both agreed that boho theme was perfect and that we both loved The Shireburn Arms at Hurst Green. So I emailed Robyn, the events manager at The Shireburn Arms. She was keen to get involved. We were now ecstatic! From there, I spoke to Natalie from Victoria & Natalie Flowers, they were also keen to get involved. Get in! We were on a roll! I have worked with them in the past and love their floral designs, so I knew they'd do a good job. 

A week or so later, I was at another wedding shoot and bumped into Nikki from Nikki Web hair and makeup. We got chatting, as you do. Turned out that she wanted in too. It was great as I had seen her in action and she was awesome. Later that week, I posted a few photos from that wedding. Another local supplier (Rachael from The Wedding Workshop) got in touch with me about them as she had liked how I worked. Turns out that she does wedding stationery and offered her help too. How amazing?

 
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I had also been in chat with Liz from Orchid Designs in Clitheroe. I met Jo and her daughter Hannah (aka our bride model) at the shop. Liz had selected some beautiful wedding dresses out for Hannah to try. That lady seriously knows her job! They were all perfect! The first one Hannah tried on was the winner. So wedding dress, shoes and veil were now ticked off.  Now we just needed a groom!

Liz suggested we went to see Deane at Attire of Clitheroe. He was so helpful and even suggested a friend of his to be the groom. Deane gave me his friends number and said to get in touch. So I messaged this friend, Alan and arranged to meet him at the shop the following week.

The week went and back to Attire I went. I felt a bit nervous. It was almost like going on a blind date, but for a groom model! In walked Alan. Boom, he was perfect! Deane sorted out a suit, waistcoat and matching bow tie. Perfect.

 
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It was now that day of the shoot. I dropped my daughter off at preschool before heading up to The Shireburn Arms. I got there first (just the way I like it). The staff there couldn't have been more helpful. As I was getting all my stuff inside (yes, that is the technical term), they made me a lovely latte. If you know me, you'll know by know how much I love a coffee. The rest of the team arrived whilst I was setting up. Jo, Rachael and I got everything set up whilst Nikki worked her magic on Hannah. Hannah was feeling a little nervous as she had never done anything like this and she hadn't met Alan at this point. In fact, no one had. They had put their trust in me.... Alan walked in at this point. All the ladies agreed he was perfect for our job.

We were now ready to rock 'n' roll! Hannah and Alan were like pros. they nailed it and worked really well together. This made my job so much easier as I had never done wedding photography with a non couple. Let alone a couple that had only met each other 30 minutes previously! The weather was just right too. No rain, no bright sun. Although poor Hannah did get a bit cold and had to pinch her Mum's coat in between shots. The team were amazing. We soon got through the shots I wanted.

Perfect, because that meant it was lunchtime. It would have been rude not to stay and eat, so we did. The food was as amazing as always. I can recommend the Beef and Bowland Ale Pie. Yum!

I love shooting weddings and cover Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cumbria, Manchester and Cheshire (and pretty much anywhere else, if you ask nicely).  Book your 2018 wedding photography for just £850 for a full day!

Thank you so much to everyone involved in making it happen.

Jane x

Venue - The Shireburn Arms

Dress - Orchid Designs

Suit - Attire of Clitheroe

Cake - A Cake Occasion

Hair and Makeup - Nikki Webb Hair and Makeup

Stationary - The Wedding Workshop

Flowers - Victoria & Natalie Flowers

 

 

A gorgeous engagement shoot at Beacon Fell, Lancashire - Francesca & Darren

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Newborn Photographer.

 
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Back in February, I ran a competition to win a free engagement shoot / pre wedding shoot. All the couples had to do was tell me their engagement story.  I had so many lovely couples apply for it. It was fantastic to read all their stories.

Francesca and Darren were my lucky winners. They got engaged last September at Grasmere in the Lake District.  They were so excited when I told them that they had won. I asked the couple where they would like to meet up for the shoot. They said they'd like to meet at Beacon Fell, Goosnargh as that it one of their favourite places to go.  I live in Langho, near Clitheroe and they live near Blackpool. So this was the perfect half way point. As well as being half way, it is totally beautiful and made the perfect backdrop for some romantic photographs.

So, we met up last Sunday. The weather was perfect! Sunny, but not too bright and more importantly, no rain! We met on the main car park and began our walk. We chatted and got on straight away. It was lovely. I could instantly see how comfortable Francesca and Darren are with each other and I knew this was going to be a good photo shoot. They told me all about their hobbies and their wedding plans so far. I can't say too much as I don't know what they have told their friends and family. All I will say is, they are getting married at Mitton Hall, near Whalley in April 2020 and it sounds amazing!

 
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Anyway, we walked and talked whilst I took some relaxed, natural photographs of them. They were so easy to work with. They did find it hilarious when I was hiding in the bushes taking sneaky photos. Yes, I did look some kind of stalker. I'm not, I promise. Darren ended up wearing Francesca's lipstick through all the smooching they were doing. We had a laugh about that too.

We finished the shoot with a coffee in the cafe to warm up. I can't say how great this shoot was. We literally met that day and it felt like we had been friends for ages.

Here is what the happy couple had to say;

We met Jane for an engagement shoot and she was brilliant! Really friendly, professional and had some great ideas for shots. The images were amazing, loved them all and really great quality. Would definitely use Daisy Chain Photography again Xx
— Francesca & Darren

An engagement shoot / pre wedding shoot is a great chance to work with a photographer before you book them for your official wedding photographer. It gives you chance to get to know each other and see if you are comfortable with how they work. Wedding photography is an important part of your special day, so it is important to get it right.

I am a Lancashire wedding photographer, but happy to travel to other areas. Drop me a message if you would like further information.

Jane x

Samantha & Liam's pre wedding shoot - Fletcher Park Botanical Garden, Didsbury, Manchester.

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Newborn Photographer.

 
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A couple of months ago, Samantha made contact with me in regards to booking me as hers and Liam's wedding photographer. They are getting married at the Royal Victoria Holiday Inn, Sheffield this coming May. Within their deal, the got a pre wedding shoot / engagement shoot included. Samantha and Liam live in Sheffield and I live in the Ribble Valley, so we decided to meet somewhere in between. We had discussed various locations, but Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens was one of our favourites, so we went with that option.

Myself and Samantha were in contact a lot on Saturday evening as the snow had decided to come down, again. I'm sure it is meant to be spring now?! Samantha had seen another pre wedding session I did a few weeks ago and really liked the white backdrop, so we thought we'd carry on as planned.

Sunday morning arrived. I woke up to a message off Samantha saying there was loads of snow in Sheffield and she thought she was going to have to rearrange! The was only an inch or so at my house in the Ribble Valley. So I spoke to a friend who was in the Didsbury area, there wasn't much snow there either. So we decided to discuss again at lunch time.

They managed to get their car off their street. Hooray! Now we were on our way. Fantastic!

I got there before Liam and Samantha as they had got stuck in traffic due to an over turned snow plough! I went for a quick coke and a warmup in The Didsbury Pub, before going for a walk round the park to get some ideas.

The happy couple arrived and we were ready to go. It was awesome to finally meet them as all our communication had been done via Facebook messenger and emails. I'd been with them for a couple of minutes and it felt like I had known them forever. We walked and talked the whole way round, stopping to take some relaxed and natural photographs as we did so. 

Liam and Samantha made my job so easy. They are so comfortable with each other. They just fell naturally into beautiful poses. I am so excited to be apart of their amazing wedding day. It sounds fantastic. But i have to keep all the details of that to myself, for now.....

I am a Lancashire wedding photographer, but as you can see, I am happy to travel further (if asked nicely).

Here are some of my favourite photographs from the day.

Jane x