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zoom in: picking the right wedding photographer for you

August 10th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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ZT Photography

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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Blue Sky Dreaming! A Real Marquee Wedding In Cheshire – Rebecca & Stephen

August 28th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I promised you a whole day of Real Wedding pretty, and that’s exactly what you are going to get.

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I’m rounding things off in style this afternoon with a beautiful marquee wedding in Cheshire, sent to me by the wonderful Andrea of Brides Up North Featured Supplier and wedding planning wonder Fabulous Day, Neil Redfern Photography and real bride Rebecca.

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Now wasn’t this the sort of weather we were meant to have for the bank holiday?  Let’s hope Rebecca and Stephen’s gorgeous big day spreads some sunshine this Tuesday afternoon!

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Becky & Stephen's wedding by Neil Redfern

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Rebecca says:  We got engaged in May 2011 in Mexico, Mayan Riviera. Stephen took me for a walk one evening after dinner to the beach where there was nobody but us, he sat me down on a beach bed and asked me to marry him under the stars.

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Becky & Stephen's wedding by Neil Redfern

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We were married on 30th June 2012 at my parents’ home in Tarporley, Cheshire. We had a marquee on their meadow for the reception and the ceremony took place in the main garden.

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We couldn’t think of a more intimate place to get married than my family home. My parents have the space and it was a dream of mine to get married there so we made it happen. Every time I visit now it reminds me of my wedding day.

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it was a typically English country garden wedding with vintage crockery, afternoon tea style wedding breakfast, old school garden games, sweet peas and lavender everywhere, using a colour palette of lavender and spring green. 

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Becky & Stephen's wedding by Neil Redfern

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I found my dress in Agape in Knutsford, it was a Watters & Watters Dress. It was the first shop I visited, and I had a completely different style in mind than the dress I choose. The second I put it on I just knew I loved it and that my initial ideas had been all wrong.

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It was vintage lace bodice with a sweetheart neckline and then it went out at the waist with layers of organza and lace detail.

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Becky & Stephen's wedding by Neil Redfern

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My bridesmaids wore a beautiful strapless knee length dress in Midori green, made by Watters & Watters (again from Agape in Knutsford) and the groomsmen hired their mid grey tails from Moss Bros, they wore lavender coloured ties to go with the colour scheme.

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Becky & Stephen's wedding by Neil Redfern

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I carried a beautiful bouquet of mostly English flowers and wild grasses including a vintage rose. My bridesmaids had a smaller version of the same bouquet by Fletcher & Foley. 

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Becky & Stephen's wedding by Neil Redfern

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I loved every single second but I think the ceremony was my favourite part of the day; it was so personal, we had written our own vows so they mean so much to us. Plus we said our vows to each other on my parents lawn in front of our closest friends and family, it was the best moment of my entire life!

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Becky & Stephen's wedding by Neil Redfern

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We had a string quartet (Strelitza) who played for three hours before and after the ceremony while the guests drank champagne and ate canapés on the lawn. Then in the evening we had a DJ playing mostly 90’s classics.

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Becky & Stephen's wedding by Neil Redfern

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To add a personal touch we gave our guests gifts of handmade favours (Jam and honey), made by the mother of the bride and mother of the groom and laid out vintage garden games  like quoits, croquet and boules. 

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Becky & Stephen's wedding by Neil Redfern

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My brother Richard made my cake, it was better than I ever could have imagined. It was three tiers of carrot cake (my favourite) with a cream cheese frosting. It was devoured in the evening with nothing left by all the guests.

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Becky & Stephen's wedding by Neil Redfern

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Becky & Stephen's wedding by Neil Redfern

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Posh Frocks and Wellies provided the marquee and the lighting, dance floor and DJ were by HipswingStables Cuisine were our caterers, with vintage china hire from Vintage Teas

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Becky & Stephen's wedding by Neil Redfern

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Becky & Stephen's wedding by Neil Redfern

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If you are planning a marquee wedding at home then I would really recommend a wedding planner, there is so much more to do and organise than a venue wedding.  I do not know what we would have done without our wedding planner Andrea (Fabulous Day) , she made the day what it was… perfect! In fact I would hire her for any type of wedding, she removed all of the stress and let us enjoy the run up and the day.

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Becky & Stephen's wedding by Neil Redfern

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In the afternoon we were in for a huge treat – an aerobatics display, organised by father of the groom, a total surprise to us but thoroughly enjoyed by all guests and surrounding neighbours of Tarporley who have been talking about it ever since!

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Becky & Stephen's wedding by Neil Redfern

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After the wedding we went to Bangkok and then Koh Samui in Thailand, where we stayed at the Six Senses resort. Absolute paradise!

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Becky & Stephen's wedding by Neil Redfern

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to remember that you are marrying the love of your life and nothing else matters.  If little things go wrong no one even notices, relax and enjoy because it goes by in a flash.

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Becky & Stephen's wedding by Neil Redfern

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Congratulations Rebecca & Stephen!

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If you would like to see your own Real Wedding on the pages of Brides Up North just get in touch!

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  – Images © 2012 Neil Redfern Photography

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