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Anna and Rob - the art of the pre-wedding shoot

Yorkshire and Derbyshire wedding photography art of the pre-wedding shoot

The other evening Anna and Rob joined me for their pre-wedding shoot out in the glorious Derbyshire Peak District. I want to share not only some of their beautiful images, but also a few words about why I love pre-wedding shoots and what my clients get from them…

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A look back at 2017

It's that time of year again - 2017 was a truly special year and 2018 looks to be an amazing year with lots of wonderful wedding stories waiting to be told. 2017 was made even more special with Helen and I joining the many happy couples tying the knot with our own wedding last July. I have been fortunate to work with many wonderful wedding suppliers and have forged many new friendships along the way. My highlight of the year, apart from my own wedding, was not in any single wedding but in the many stories my images tell and the wealth of memories I have given my clients. Being a wedding photographer really is a privileged job to have.

If you are looking for a wedding story teller to photograph your wedding in 2018, 2019 or 2020 then please do get in touch for a chat.

This is a video review of my favourite images from 2017. Enjoy - and tell your friends too.



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Ella and Chris' gorgeous autumn wedding at Wortley Hall

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Autumn is my favourite wedding season for its beautiful colours, gorgeous golden light, and brides who are happy to get outside and look beautiful for the camera. Ella and Chris were a laid back and fun loving couple who had the most wonderful wedding at Wortley Hall in Yorkshire, and were totally game for using the grounds as a stunning natural backdrop to their special day. For me their day had many highlights, the aforementioned portraits in the stately home's grounds and some heartfelt and hilarious speeches being two of them, however the biggest highlight was Ella's triumph in training Chris for their carefully choreographed first dance - tens across the board methinks!

Click through to the pictures and slideshow for a glimpse into their day, and to discover just who their fab suppliers were.

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Vicky and Ben's late summer wedding at Aston Hall

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Vicky and Ben's wedding at Aston Hall last September was a privilege to photograph. They are such an easy going and very happy couple with a lovely family that made the day all that more pleasurable to be part of. My first photographic session with them was when we went up to Curbar Edge for their pre-wedding shoot at the very spot that Ben romantically proposed to Vicky, and set the scene for their big day at Aston Hall.

Check out the slide show for special moments from their big wedding day at Aston Hall…

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Gemma and James at Whitley Hall Hotel (with dogs in tutus and Dixie from Heart FM)

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I first met Gemma and James in January 2016 when they won a competition for an engagement shoot I had been running, and from Gemma's first email I knew they were a relaxed down to earth couple who were going to have a wonderful stress free wedding day. I guess I wasn't quite prepared for just how laid back the day would be though, but when I arrived at Gemma's mum's on time to photograph Gemma getting ready only to find them out I soon realised everything would be as chilled as the champagne toasts. Preparation was simple with lots of laughter and, after a welcome interruption by Tracy and Grace from Campbells Flowers, Gemma appeared looking the radiant bride that she was for the day. Off in a stunning vintage Austin to St Mary's church in Bolsterstone for a lovely ceremony before their grand arrival at Whitley Hall for celebrations with family and friends. There were also two very special and important guest appearances at Whitley Hall. First were Gemma and James' little dogs dressed in tutus, and second was Dixie from Heart FM who had very kindly agreed to DJ for the evening party - Gemma's mum wasn't the only star struck guest, but I think more than one dream had come true for her that day.

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Katie and Michael's summer wedding at Wentworth Woodhouse

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A scorching summer day in Britain's biggest stately home was the scene for Katie and Michael's fabulous wedding. The crumbling splendour of Wentworth Woodhouse with its mixed Georgian and Baroque architecture and pristine grounds is a unique wedding venue that should feature on many couple's short lists.

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Alex and Jon's whimsical Whirlowbrook Hall wedding


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Whirlowbrook Hall is a little gem on the edge of Sheffield and was the perfect venue for Alex and Jon's whimsical wedding. The beautiful grounds give a wealth of opportunity for bride and groom portraits, and for this one we disappeared into the woods to make the most of Alex's wonderful long veil against the lush contrast of an English woodland.

The dress: Maggie Sottero supplied by Brides of Bakewell
The flowers: Marks and Spencer - arranged by Alex and her family
Hair: Fanny and Clara
Makeup: Amba Lawson
Suits: Moss Bros
Band: Funk Soul Family

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Catherine and Pearce's Peak District marquee wedding in the Spring sunshine at Standlow Farm

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Remember that beautiful hot summer day we had in April this year? Well that was the perfect day for Catherine and Pearce's amazing marquee wedding at Standlow Farm in the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District. The first thing I noticed when I arrived was the swimming costumes drying in the sun - in April!

Catherine wore a most beautiful Essense of Australia vintage lace dress which contrasted perfectly with her bridesmaids' purple tones. The vintage theme was carried over in to the 1960s VW camper that whisked her off to the church in Kniveton - fashionable just a few minutes late of course. Pearce had a few personal touches with his blue suit - cufflinks with C and P engaged on them and some personalised stitching inside his jacket.

The church at Kniveton is absolutely beautiful, if a little bit tiny, inside and was packed with Catherine and Pearce's family and friends. The ceremony was traditional right up until the end when everyone got up to dance and sing one of Pearce's favourite songs as the married couple exited the church. After a few glasses of champagne outside the VW camper then took them back to the farm for a marquee reception with some of the best wedding food I have yet to taste. A perfect day was made even more perfect by golden sunshine that lasted until the pizza oven opened outside for the evening guests to enjoy.

Fabulous suppliers (see below):

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My favourites from 2016


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2016 was a fantastic year for me. I have been privileged to photograph some amazing weddings, and have met and made friends with many lovely couples. I am now a recommended supplier for Kenwood Hall which is one of the top wedding venues in Sheffield, and another venue is in the pipeline! My photographic style and skills are always developing and improving, and I love the creative side of my work - I really am very lucky to be able to earn a living doing something I truly love. 2017 looks to be even more fantastic as not only will I be capturing many more weddings, but I will also experience life on the other side of the lens when I get married to my wonderful fiancee.

I hope you enjoy this short review of some of my 2016 weddings. If you are getting married and like what you see then please get in touch for a chat and a coffee.

Happy New Year!

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If you would like to chat about booking me to photograph you wedding then please get in touch

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Yorkshire Sculpture Park engagement shoot with Nicole and Mark

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Autumn sun, golden leaves, cute couple. I'm really loving Autumn pre-wedding shoots this year, and I'm looking forward to photographing Nicole and Mark's Christmas wedding at Ringwood Hall in a couple of weeks - it's going to be awesome!

If you would like to chat about booking me to photograph you wedding then please get in touch

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Katie and Michael's beautiful Ringwood Hall wedding

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Katie and Michael are one of the loveliest and most genuine couples you would ever want to meet, and their warmth of personality really shows through in their wedding photographs.

Autumn at Ringwood Hall is a special time in the beautiful and extensive gardens. Trees bathed in golden light turn orange, brown and yellow. Low sun enhances every view. And people get married - well not quite at Ringwood Hall in this case as Katie and Michael did everything there apart from the wedding ceremony which they dashed back to St James Church in Norton for. This set of photographs tells the story of their day and I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Read on to see the images and details of fabulous suppliers for this Ringwood Hall wedding
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If you would like to chat about booking me to photograph you wedding then please get in touch

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Adele and Andrew's golden sunset and fireworks wedding at Peak Edge Hotel


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Adele and Andrew's wedding was full of surprises for the guests and photographer, the biggest of which was the spectacular firework grand finale. The nicest surprise though was reserved for the photographer in the form of beautiful evening light and a stunning sunset. A perfect day!

Beautiful evening light and fireworks wedding photography.

Venue: Peak Edge Hotel, Derbyshire.

If you would like to chat about booking me to photograph you wedding then please get in touch

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Megan and Andrew's classical English wedding at Ringwood Hall

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Megan and Andrew were married in a beautifully English wedding at St James Church in Norton and Ringwood Hall Hotel. Megan looked absolutely stunning in her 1920s inspired vintage dress by New York Bride, and the classic English theme was perfectly accessorised by the groom's men's navy morning suits and the bridesmaid's gorgeous green dress. But that's enough of what everyone looked like, the emotions and characters of the day are always far more memorable, and there was certainly plenty of them! The outstanding character of the day award, if there was one, would go to the best man who gave one of the most entertaining speeches the guests had ever heard - just check out the emotions in this blog. The only downside to the day was that the weather was so wonderful, and Ringwood Hall's gardens are so beautiful, that the DJ would have been very bored had it not been for the few die hard ravers sweating through the tunes.

Church: St James, Norton
Reception venue: Ringwood Hall Hotel, Brampton
Dress: New York Bride
Flowers: Classy Weddings
Hair: Wesley (La Coupe, Sheffield)
Makeup: Becci (Monroe's, Dronfield)
Cars: Peak Wedding Hire

If you would like to chat about booking me to photograph you wedding then please get in touch

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Erin and Jodi's wedding love story at Kenwood Hall

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Two beautiful brides, a lovely hotel, and summer weather at its best! Erin and Jodi's wedding day at Kenwood Hall was one of the most romantic weddings I have photographed. Erin's attention to detail, artistic colour coordination, and makeup artistry was just the start of a day made eternally special by her and Jodi's families and friends. The grounds of Kenwood Hall are spectacular and provide the perfect setting for some stunning wedding photography. I loved taking every picture, but my personal favourites are the pre-Raphaelite portraits in the woods. I want to thank Erin and Jodi for inviting me to share their special day, and I hope you enjoy the blog - the love between these two is evident in every picture.

Erin's Dress: Wed2b
Jodi's Suit: A Suit That Fits
Makeup: Erin Nina
Venue: Kenwood Hall Hotel Sheffield
Florist: Monica Hewitt
DJ: Darren Fiddler
Cars: Cupid's Carriages

If you would like to chat about booking me to photograph you wedding then please get in touch

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Harriett and Chris' glamorous wedding at Kenwood Hall

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Stunning, beautiful, fun and full of excitement from bridal preparation through to the first dance. It was a complete privilege to photograph Harriett and Chris' wedding at Kenwood Hall last month.

The day started with bridal preparation at Harriett's nan's house. The girls had a lovely time that not even a stuck door, with the wedding dress on the wrong side, could spoil thanks to Harriett's dad's skills with a well timed shoulder barge. Then it was off to St Joseph's RC church in Handsworth for a traditional catholic ceremony in a stunning church, followed by a good dumping of confetti over the happy newly weds. Kenwood Hall was the wedding breakfast and party venue, and as we got there the heavens opened. It took a very well timed and slightly risky dash to the grounds for a portrait session, but Harriet managed to look radiant despite the rain and the wedding party and toast master were on hand with lots of umbrellas to keep her dry. Speeches done, cigars smoked, and then it was time for the cake causing and first dance. Harriet and Chris are a beautiful couple and I wish them every happiness with married life.

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Kristina and Alasdair's transatlantic love story at Mosborough Hall

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This was the perfect transatlantic love story, and a lesson in how to keep a long distance relationship alive. Kristina braved the chilly sunshine of springtime Yorkshire - a stark contrast to the sweltering heat of southern California - to marry Alasdair in a beautiful ceremony at Holy Trinity Church in Harthill. Kris's day began in a hair salon with her sister, bridesmaids, and Al's mum. From there it was off to Mosborough Hall to finish getting ready before travelling in Rolls Royce luxury to Harthill. Fortunately this was the only rainy part of the day, and the return to Mosborough Hall for the reception was greeted with warm sunshine. Mosborough Hall has some wonderful photo opportunities and once the group photos were over we took full advantage of them. On next to the wedding breakfast, cake cutting and speeches before a few more photos in the dark, and finishing with a cracking disco. A perfect wedding!

Photography: Chris Loneragan Photography
Flowers: Julie at First 4 Flowers
Hair: Gillian at Another Level
Make up: Klair Whitworth
Cars: Cupid Carriages

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Award winning Yorkshire wedding photography from 2015

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My favourite images from 2015. Enjoy!

A big thank you to the following venues:
Ringwood Hall Hotel, Chesterfield
The Leopold Hotel, Sheffield
Whitley Hall Hotel, Sheffield
Wortley Hall Hotel, Penistone
Kenwood Hall Hotel, Sheffield
Halifax Hall Hotel, Sheffield
Hilton Hotel, Sheffield
Garrison Hotel, Sheffield
Totley and Dore Golf Club, Sheffield
The Wig and Pen, Sheffield
Peak Edge Hotel at The Red Lion, Chesterfield




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Charlotte and Richard's fabulous summer golf course wedding at Totley and Dore Golf Club

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Gillian and Peter's city wedding at The Leopold Hotel

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Stacy and Craig at The Garrison Hotel

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A fun couple, a beautiful dress, gorgeous flowers, and an intimate location - what more could anyone want for their wedding!
Stacy and Craig's special day was great fun to photograph from getting ready in the morning through to the evening party. I hope you guys have a wonderful life together, and thank you so much for sharing your day with me.

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Gemma and James' beautiful summer wedding at Kenwood Hall Hotel, Sheffield

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Hayley and James at The Leopold Hotel in Sheffield

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