Love Bridal and the Best of the North West – behind the scenes

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Wedding photographers at work: behind the scenes at the Love Bridal Boutique launch

Who’d like to see some funny photos of wedding photographers? I have some. 🙂

The deal is this: if you didn’t see the Love Bridal launch on English Wedding Blog earlier this week, please do check out the North West’s most exclusive bridal boutique, owned by the lovely Emma and Jonny Draper. Love Bridal was launched with the help of 14 great wedding photographers from Manchester and Cheshire in The Best of the North West. You can see my favourite images – one per photographer – by clicking my favourite Love Bridal images.

When you’ve read all about the launch, you can join me to enjoy and have a giggle at the behind the scenes images which were shared by wedding photographers Jonny Draper and Neil Redfern. We’re about to get up close and personal with some of the gorgeous accessories and wedding dresses from Love Bridal – and to see what wedding photographers look like, both in flight and upside down. Seemed just right for a Friday!

Love Bridal Boutique launch – behind the scenes

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The ‘Best of the North West’ shoot which helped launch Love Bridal Boutique took place at Cheshire’s custom-built wedding venue, Styal Lodge.

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14 of the best wedding photographers in the North West joined forces to photograph the beautiful designer collections from Love Bridal.

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The team also included wedding suppliers from make up to hairdressing, flowers to beautiful designer accessories – and the gorgeous models, of course! (Sonara Parker applies the model’s make up, above)

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Some of the lovely designer accessories at Love Bridal include tiaras and headpieces by Halo and Co

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More designer labels available from Love Bridal: Vivien Sheriff is just one

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The team at work in the bridal room at Styal Lodge. Emma Draper, owner of Love Bridal Boutique, is the one in the blue dress.

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Everyone involved in the shoot has told me they had a wonderful time working closely with real friends to photograph the Love Bridal collections. It really does look like fun.

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Setting the scene at Styal Lodge

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Love Bridal’s designers are Balbier/Wyatt, Terry Fox, Alan Han­nah and Intuzuri

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Hairdresser Amy Darrington at work

Photographing the Love Bridal Launch…

The full list of wedding photographers involved in the shoot to launch Love Bridal Boutique is at the bottom of this blog post. They’re all people I’ve met – either online or in real life – through English Wedding Blog and I love their work. The stars of this part of the blog post are most certainly Neil Redfern and Jonny Draper… whose images are divine:

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One of my favourite images from the shoot from Neil Redfern – hiding in the bushes clearly pays off (as you’re about to see)

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A behind the scenes image from Jonny Draper – the draped fabric at Styal Lodge looks beautiful…

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… and fits this ‘behind the scenes blog post! Shall we begin?

Wedding photographers at work… and play

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Work starts early with bridal preparations as some of Cheshire’s best wedding photographers dart out of corners with cameras at the ready (Hello, Lawsons!)

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For some, breakfast alone is a delight!

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Four beautiful brides on set at the launch…

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Outside, wedding photographers gradually emerge from the bushes.

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and approach the models one by one.

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Soon, they’re everywhere!

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Jonny Draper points the wrong way, not realising there’s a model in the little shed.

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This is Adam. He’s shy.

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Anurag disappears into the undergrowth, pixie-like, for some of his pics

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While the Lawsons kidnap a model of their own and avoid the crowds.

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Neil finds a parachute and leaves the pack to go and play. (No Neil, this isn’t the best one…)

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Soon they’re all seeing if they can fly with Neil’s parachute.

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Helped by some of the more sensible photographers (note they’re girls), one of the models makes a run for it

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The organisers of the shoot lay on transport, LA style.

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The perfect image is achieved with dignity and grace on the jetty at Styal Lodge

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As the day goes on, some of the wedding photographers find they need a little rest.

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Anurag pretends he’s still working and has a little nap too.

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Adam is still hiding…

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Neil admires one of Anurag’s cameras

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and shortly afterwards, eats him.

Neil Redfern told me, “There were so many amazing photographers at the shoot but the really great thing was that there was literally no competition between us, it felt more like a load of friends just having a laugh. I really love that. Had we done the shoot and not known each other it would have been a totally different experience but the fact it wasn’t showed just how close we are, and that was the nicest thing about it.”

“The shoot itself was really great fun and it was great to see all the different styles of images we all shot. It’s really good to see that, all though we were all shooting more or less the same thing, all our images look very different.”

The Best of the North West - wedding photographers, taken by Shutterleaf

The Best of the North West – wedding photographers, taken by Anurag (Shutterleaf Photography)

The Best of the North West – from left to right

Lizzie (model), Amy (hair), Laura Simpson (Laurel Weddings), Poppy Higham (Styal Lodge), Emma B, Jonty Yearsley (JAY), Sonara Parker (MUA), Tom Harrington (Silk Wedding Videos), Jonny Draper, Emma Draper, Adam Johnson – ARJ, Hannah – HDM, Pete Lawson, Sam Clayton, Liam Crawley, Laura Lawson, Neil Redfern, Hannah Prittie (Hannah Beatrice), Anurag Sharma (Shutterleaf), Lucy West, Alex D

Wed­ding sup­plier cred­its for the Love Bridal / Best of the North West pho­tog­ra­phy launch:

Wed­ding photographers:

Other wed­ding suppliers:

Bridal design­ers involved in the Love Bridal shoot:

You can find out more details about Love Bridal and their design­ers at To be kept up to date with the lat­est news fol­low Love Bridal on face­book or on twit­ter @love_bridal

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



  • Anurag
    8 years ago

    Just finished a lovely late night jaunt watching the Olympic opening ceremonies and now quickly catching up on blogs etc.

    Just a quick correction. 1) I also have a big camera and 2) The group shot was taken by Stu, fiancé to Laurel, using my very big camera.

    I only have the big camera around just for Neil and future picture caption competitions.

  • Neil Redfern
    8 years ago

    What a brilliant and very funny post! 🙂 Thank you so much Claire – this post brings back great memories of an amazing day. A huge thank you again for all the posts regarding the launch of Love Bridal and the shoot, they have all been fantastic – Go Team English Wedding!!

    PS – Anurag’s really is that small, but as he so adamantly argues, it’s what you do with it that counts.

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