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zoom in: picking the right wedding photographer for you

August 10th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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We often mention on the blog how much of an important role a photographer plays in a wedding; not only on the big day itself, but also in the years that follow, with their images serving as life-long memories of the special event.

As such it’s super important that you like the style of the images that your chosen photographer produces, but with so many differing types of photography to choose, making a decision can be somewhat overwhelming.

To demonstrate the different outcome a wedding album can have depending on who is behind the lens, a talented group of North West based photographers got together at the stunning Ashfield House in Wigan, to shoot the exact same subjects in the very same location.

The results, which we’re sharing with you on the blog today, are all stunning but all rather different and, as intended, perfectly highlight the importance of couples choosing the right style and personality of photographer to suit both them and their wedding.

So prepare to be impressed and amazed as we hand over the blog to Katie Street, the owner of Ashfield House who came up with the clever concept for the collaborative shoot, plus the photographers who took part: Neil Redfern, David Stubbs, Andy Wardle, ZT Photography, and our very own Brides Up North Sponsor, the lovely Jonny Draper.

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Andy Wardle 

katie says: The way couples pick a photographer was something I’d been thinking about for a long time before suggesting this shoot. Each time I heard “she’s a friend of a friend” or “my cousin used him and he was good” I got more and more frustrated knowing these couples could be missing out on picking a photographer that was more suited to their style. As an exclusive wedding venue, we work with a number of trusted photographers to capture the romance, emotion and fun of each wedding day, each with a totally different approach to their work. I wanted to give the photographers the same day, same backdrop, same couple but capture each photographer’s individual creativity and the difference in each set of images for all to see.

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 Jonny Draper

At Ashfield House, we don’t have a one-size-fits-all approach to weddings and encourage our couples to be as individual and inventive as possible. We know that the best weddings at Ashfield play to the strengths of couples’ personalities, quirks and their passions. Photography is very similar. I’ve taken a keen interest in photography myself as an art form over the years, and am continually astounded by the quality and individuality of each photographer’s work who steps through the doors at Ashfield. My team and I stare in awe at the array of photographic work shared with us, and have often commented about the striking difference between styles and end results – even though the setting is the same. I wanted to show that picking a ‘good’ photographer isn’t enough, you need one that’s good for you.

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David Stubbs

Choosing suppliers who share your vision is absolutely key to an amazing wedding and, alongside your memories, photographs are the only thing you have left, so choose wisely! The photographers that took part were equally pleased with the final results as I was…

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Neil Redfern

neil redfern says: Seeing everyone else’s different approaches and the way in which we each interacted with the couple was great. What I loved was that although we were all taking shots in the same location we each saw different things and that just illustrates how unique one photographer is to the next. I don’t think there was ever a time when we each wanted to take a shot the same as somebody else had.

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Golden Days: A Real Engagement In The North West – Sue & Rob

April 25th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This gorgeous Spring time engagement shoot sent to me by Brides Up North reader Sue and is just what the doctor ordered as I sit here at my desk in Brides Up North HQ with rain lashing against the window panes.  Sue and Rob are just about the most gorgeous couple ever (wouldn’t you agree?), and it is with pleasure that I share their little love story today. 

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Andrew says: I met up with Sue and Rob at the fabulous Combermere Abbey for their engagement shoot.

It was a beautifully sunny day in March, as we wandered around the grounds and it gave us chance to have a chat about their plans for the big day.  Their wedding at Combermere Abbey promises to be a fantastic day, even the chance of an outdoor ceremony, fingers crossed!

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Sue says: We got engaged whilst on a Caribbean cruise on the Island of Tortola. We were looking out to sea saying how beautiful the clear waters were and then to my shock Rob placed a beautiful diamond ring in front of me and asked me to be his wife. A total surprise!

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We are getting married in June 2012 at Combermere Abbey, Shropshire.

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We first met about eight years ago through mutual friends but at the time we were just friends. We ended up going out together about two years ago and we both knew it was meant to be.

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Our first date was at a Mexican restaurant called Panama Hatties followed by a night on the town. Even with his interesting dance moves, I knew that he was definitely the one for me!  I had never laughed and smiled so much and felt so content. I just could not imagine my life without him in it.  I love Rob’s youthfulness and care free spirit. He has always got a smile on his face and sees the positive side to everything.

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Rob is possibly the untidiest person that I have ever met, but I can live with that!

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My biggest wish for married life is that we continue to laugh together and support each other through good times and bad times and for complete honesty and disclosure.

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We chose to have an engagement shoot to help us get a feel for being in front of the camera and hopefully feel more relaxed on the day. It also gave Andrew chance to see our venue and for us to get know Andrew better.

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Our shoot took place at Combermere Abbey and we were both very excited to have the opportunity to have some pictures taken there in the spring sunshine. Andrew helped us to both feel very relaxed in front of the camera by making the shoot fun and informal although capturing some lovely images that we are both very pleased with.

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I’m a Brides Up North reader and enjoy looking at the ‘real weddings’ and getting inspiration for my own special day. The wedding directory is also extremely useful!  We are looking forward to sharing our own Real Wedding on the wedding blog.

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Rob says:  Sues most annoying little habit is that she has a short fuse however, I can quickly win her round!  I love the way that Sue and I are able to have lots of fun together and talk about everything. She is my best friend.

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Congratulations Sue and RobHEART

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  – Images © 2012 Andrew Ward Photographer 

Andrew Ward Photographer is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, but this is not a sponsored post

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A Life In Colour: A Real Engagement, Nell & Don

September 26th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Its another week.  Lets welcome it in with a gorgeously colourful from talented photographer and wedding blog favourite .  Congratulations to Don and Nell!

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Andrew Ward Photographer says: I met with Don and Nell a little while ago at Bantock Museum and Gardens for their engagement shoot. Don and Nell are getting married early next year, so we thought we would take advantage of the warmer weather. 
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We had a great time together walking around the gardens and chatting about their big day.  They are such a happy couple, as you will see from the photos, and they are very much in love.

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Pretty In Pink: A Real Wedding – Amy & Michael

August 23rd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Wedding blog favourite Andrew Ward Photographer sent in this pretty Real Wedding for me to share with you lovely lot.  I just love it when a couple’s personality shine through in their wedding pictures.  I don’t know Amy and Michael, but I can tell that they are a fun loving couple who like a dash of glam!  Enjoy it. 

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Andrew Ward tells Brides Up North about the day: A little while ago I had the pleasure of photographing Amy and Michael’s wedding and it was a fabulous day.

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In the morning the house was a very calm place, plus fresh strawberries and champagne were there for all!

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We all heard the car arrive, a big Oldsmobile V8, it sounded as good as it looked, Amy sure did travel to the church in style.

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Keep reading for more loads more gorgeous images after the drop…including some beautifully emotional church scenes…

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