My favourite image: the bridges in Castlefield are instantly recognisable

My favourite image from this e-shoot: the bridges in Castlefield are instantly recognisable, Alexis and Adam are so into each other (and I love the damp Mancunian in the foreground too!)

E-shoot week has been so much fun – it’s been great to feature something different and I hope you’ve been enjoying the variety! But it doesn’t stop there… today I’m delighted to be sharing Alexis and Adam’s pre-wedding shoot in Castlefield, otherwise known as Manchester’s Official Department of Cool.

Alexis and Adam are a very good looking couple, stylish and a pretty perfect match if you ask me! They’re also up for a laugh and that’s how you should approach your e-shoot. If you’re ready for anything you’ll have a great time and get fantastic photography out of your day.

This being Manchester, it rained. In fact no, it poured. It does. But photographer Jonny Draper says it’s important to him to shoot an engagement shoot when it’s booked, no matter what the weather does – it’s a reassurance for couples that come rain or shine, they’ve chosen their wedding photographer well for his reliability as well as for the amazing images he’ll create with them on the day.

Urban e shoot - by Tierney Photography in Sheffield

Urban e shoot - by Tierney Photography in Sheffield

To continue e-shoot week on English Wedding with something really special, today I have a brilliant urban shoot to share with you. Nicky and Martyn chose the centre of Sheffield for their pre-wedding photography, and there are some stunning and original shots here which really stand out for me: the tram speeding past is really creative and Nicky and Martyn themselves are pretty cool customers too!

This e-shoot goes to show you can choose any location for engagement photography: cityscapes have their own stark beauty and often bags more character than countryside and landscaped gardens. If you live in the city, love it and identify yourself as a city girl or boy – then consider your favourite haunts and explore your hometown on your e-shoot.

Tierney Photography have stepped up to show you how it’s done.

Girl in blue

Nicky is a natural in front of the camera

Couple in jeans

Nicky and Martyn suit this style of shoot so well and they make a great looking couple

I love this! Proper phone boxes make a great location for a photo

I love this! Proper phone boxes make a great location for a photo - and Rebecca's dress is gorgeous!

Anneli Marinovich is a photographer I haven’t featured on the English Wedding blog before… but I’m about to make up for that, and there will be more to come very soon!

Anneli sent me a couple of images from Rebecca and Ben’s fun engagement shoot in London and I was hooked – this couple are amazing, you’ll love Rebecca’s red dress and Anneli’s created a collection of images which really show the bride- and groom-to-be, and our pretty cool capital city, at their very best.


Rebecca and Ben by the London Eye

The London Eye in the background as Rebecca and Ben share a snuggle. (This is going to keep me on my toes - I'm a northerner you know. Landmarks correctly identified so far: one.)

Natural smiley photo of Rebecca in red

I love Rebecca's beautiful smile in this shot! It's wonderful to see someone enjoying an engagement shoot so much - and inspiring too! (And the dress is gorgeous... where do I get one?)


Evening everyone 🙂 I have a quick post to write this evening, and if anyone can help I will be really grateful. My fellow wedding stationer and good friend Julie from Carol Miller Designs has designed Valentine’s Day scroll gifts in aid of charity and is looking for loved-up folks to sell them to!

Julie spotted that PC David Rathband is running the London Marathon to raise money for his charity The Blue Lamp Foundation. Having a heart of gold, Julie came up with these Valentine’s Day scrolls, with every single penny of her profit going to the charity.

Valentine's Day charity scroll

Valentine's Day charity scroll from

She’s hoping to sell 20 scrolls in total, and from that she will make £250 for the Blue Lamp Foundation. I’m buying one – it would be lovely if you would too. They’re just £15 – full details on Thanks in advance if you can help.

Couple walking in snow

The perfect winter's day for Lee and Sally

This engagement photo session from ARJ Photography inspired the entire concept of e-shoot week on the English Wedding blog.

Adam from ARJ Photography submitted his images of Sally and Lee at Trentham Gardens near Stoke before Christmas and I fell in love with the sparkly snow, bright sunlight and beautiful location – with Lee and Sally being such a fantastic couple and Adam’s enthusiasm for the shoot, this couldn’t be more perfect.

Engagement photography in the snow

A beautiful sunny day and a loved-up couple - there's magic in the air for this shoot by ARJ Photography

Engagement shoot by ARJ Photography

Sally is completely at ease with the camera - and looks amazing for it. I love her look: the hat is fab and I want that coat!

Engagement shoot in Stoke by ARJ Photography

Love is in the air! ... and beautifully captured in this shot

Engagement photography in the countryside

This is one of my favourite images - so romantic! (There are many more I love in this shoot too...) The look in Sally and Lee's eyes says it all.

Engagement photography - a loving couple

Tom and Laura are very much in love and it shows in their eyes, their faces, the way they stand so close

When I asked about engagement photography sessions for the blog, Manchester photographer Neil Redfern promised me a very special shoot with Tom and Laura – and this certainly has everything you could ask for from a pre-wedding photo shoot!

Hugo is the star of this blog feature, but what really makes this collection stand out for me is Tom and Laura’s family. I love the romantic photos of Tom’s mum and dad – they look as head over heels in love as any newly engaged couple I’ve seen!

Tom explains how his family focused engagement shoot came about. “I really wanted to have some beautiful family photos taken to give as gifts for Christmas presents this year. My sister has a young family and I have just got engaged to the girl I have been with since I was 18, so I thought it was a great time to do it. We are a REALLY close family so I love the idea of having all these  amazing photos of us looking happy and healthy.”

Couple eclipsed by sunshine

Lee and Hayley are eclipsed by beautiful sunshine in Chris Hanley's first stunning shot

Top of my list of photo shoots to show you in e-shoot week is Lee and Hayley’s Manchester engagement shoot by Chris Hanley Photography. Chris takes the concept of an e-shoot and runs with it, creating images which you’ll treasure as much as you do your wedding photography.

Lee and Hayley chose a master photographer and have an exceptional engagement album to treasure – and these are some favourites from the day.

Beautifully made, lovingly created

Beautifully made, lovingly created

Contemporary engagement photography: beautiful bride-to-be Hayley

Contemporary engagement photography: beautiful bride-to-be Hayley

Manchester on a crisp autumn day - e-shoot with old, new and a touch of Narnia

Manchester on a crisp autumn day - e-shoot with old, new and a touch of Narnia

E-shoots by Chris Hanley: different, interesting, timeless.

E-shoots by Chris Hanley: different, interesting, timeless.

I love the quirky fun feeling of this engagement photo

I love the quirky fun feeling of this engagement photo

Hayley and Lee find a little ray of sunshine... yes, even in Manchester

Hayley and Lee find a little ray of sunshine... yes, even in Manchester

One of my favourites: Hayley in the bright sunlight beneath trees

One of my favourites: Hayley in the bright sunlight beneath trees

Creative lighting makes this picture extra special - love the green of those leaves

Creative lighting makes this picture extra special - love the green of those leaves


engagement photography on english weddingHello there, and happy Sunday night / Monday morning. I hope you had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed as much gorgeous sunshine as we had here in Cheshire today. Well it’s back to work with a bump on Monday morning – for me too – but I think I can lift your spirits by saying… “Welcome one and all to e-shoot week on the English Wedding blog!”

This week’s all about engagements. Christmas and New Year are peak times for proposals, and if you’re just setting out on your wedding planning adventure let me say a very happy Congratulations to you and your other half – and enjoy every second of the whole experience! It will be a journey you will never forget.

So what’s e-shoot week all about? I thought it would be a great opportunity to share some pre-wedding photography sessions with everyone. I featured the first ever e-shoot on English Wedding back in October and it inspired me to look into pre-wedding photography in a big way. Many photographers offer engagement photography as a way to get comfortable with being photographed before your big day – and I think it’s a fantastic thing to do.

Sparkly winter wedding decorations
Sparkly winter wedding decorations

Jo and Dom's wedding decorations are gorgeous - but the photography makes them magical, theatrical and more

Yesterday’s wedding was fantastic – but I had so many wonderful images to show you I had to hold back the very best for today. It’s time for Dom and Jo’s unique wedding reception at Dartington Hall.

This couple are fantastic, and their friends and family are real characters. Wedding photographer Chris Hanley said their day was full of warmth and love – and it really is special. The best thing about Dom and Jo being on English Wedding is that they’re just like you and me – the beautiful thing about their wedding is their personalities and how they’ve made their celebration really personal, memorable and just right for them.

Bride and groom at Dartington Hall

I love this photograph - it's almost in layers, with Jo and Dom the centre of attention, framed by a gorgeous archway and Dartington Hall looking like a watercolour painting in the background

Time to relax and have fun

Time to relax and have fun

Wedding shoes for a quirky lady with bags of character and class

Wedding shoes for a quirky and sophisticated bride with bags of character and class...

What makes every wedding special for me is personality and character. And I believe with all my heart that everyone has a unique spark which makes them wonderful. The trick is showing it – and in the case of Jo and Dom’s wedding those little sparks are everywhere.

These two are best of friends, soulmates and so much more – and every photograph shows what a fabulous couple they are. Thank you as ever to “friend of English Wedding” and top wedding photographer Chris Hanley for sharing these photographs with us.

Chris has asked me to mention his second photographer for this wedding: Steven Brooks takes the credit for some of these beautiful, artistic and creative images. With Chris and Steven working so well as a team, I have to split this blog feature into two parts – there are so many amazing scenes, details and moments to share.

Part one today, and part two to follow in the morning. Enjoy…

Wedding teaser


It’s a busy week for little old English Wedding… and as I promote the blog, chat to friends and guest bloggers, invite new sponsors and polish off some new sections for the website there’s just time to share a little preview of a wonderfully creative wedding I’ll be sharing here tomorrow morning.

I do love to tease with a sneaky preview from time to time! This wedding has a little of everything…

UK Bride in embroidered wedding dress

Enticing photography, a beautiful bride, a stunning lace wedding dress

Bride and groom with sunflowers

A bride and groom with a great sense of fun! But who's hiding behind the sunflower bouquet?

little wedding guest

A wedding guest waits for the exciting bit - as a photographer with an eye for mischief captures a really sweet shot!

For now we’ll have to wait along with this little guy for some gorgeous moments to come tomorrow.

And the day after.

It’ll be worth the wait – it always is with Chris Hanley Photography, creator of these intriguing images!


Every time I see a new wedding from PR Photography I tumble head over heels for the Filmatography™ concept all over again. This is no exception: as Siqin and Dominik celebrate their wedding there is moment after moment of beautiful emotion to keep you on the edge of your seat.

I don’t know what gets me more – the elegance of the film, the wonderful styling of Siqin and Dominik’s day or the smiles and happy tears captured in this cinematic wedding film. It’s probably the perfect combination of all of the above!

Watch out for the incredible imagery of beautiful bride Siqin’s wedding dress with the beautifully distinctive floral neckline, and for the filming of her veil just afterwards. The pigeons taking flight is another exciting moment which I loved, but best of all Dominik’s nervous emotion turning into a beaming smile after the ceremony is wonderful to watch! Later it’s Siqin’s turn to well up a little during the speeches – all captured on film in the most sensitive and natural way.

Karapürçek Escort Bilecik Escort Bolu Escort


Modern blue styling ideas with calligraphy for an alternative beach wedding (18)

Image credit: Oobaloos Photography

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