July 28, 2009

Joanne & Lee's Wedding

Joanne & Lee's wedding at the very charming St. Michael's Church in Cockerham may well have been one of the prettiest weddings I've photographed. Heavy rain certainly didn't dampen the spirits either of the couple themselves, or their guests, and the reception dinner laid on at The Pickerings Country House Hotel in nearby Garstang was delightful. An English cream tea party with individual jam pots made by Joanne (and her aunt?), some glorious-looking cakes ( I resisted!) and the party was entertained as they ate by the excellent Howard Wing who sang some rat pack classics and had everyone dancing on their chairs by the end of his act.
A memorable day indeed, my best wishes to Jo & Lee (and thanks for my jam!).

July 22, 2009

Lancaster. Morecambe. etc.

I like to think of the Lancaster and Morecambe district as a very special place, small enough not to get lost in and big enough not to feel hemmed in. When I moved here in late 1998 from Peterborough, I know it won me over very quickly. I love the city, and it's vistas, and the views over Morecambe Bay, I love promenading at Morecambe seafront, I love that I can see the Midland Hotel from my bathroom window in Freehold!, I love being only minutes away from the Forest of Bowland, the Silverdale and Arnside areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the South Lakes, and I love the creative and entrepreneurial spirit which imbues the streets, the culture, the inhabitants and the shops.
Last week a new guide (Lancaster. Morecambe. Etc.) was launched which exactly captures this feeling, and I thought I'd share it with you. Better still, visit the website, subscribe to the blog, follow them on flickr and buy a copy!

July 21, 2009

A proud dad moment

Allow me if you will a short proud dad moment, because this last weekend eldest Bean boy Stanley not only came home with the Year 9 Pupil of the Year award but also played his first live gigs with his band at More Music's Stages venue and at the West End Festival. Sadly Friday's wedding meant I missed the first gig (but the soundcheck on Thursday sounded great!) and some appalling traffic and a late change to the performance schedule on Saturday meant we arrived only in time to see him walk off stage! (you cannot imagine how gutted we were!).
Go Stanley!

July 15, 2009

Nicola & Dave's wedding

Nicola and Dave married last Saturday at The lovely Ashton Memorial in Williamson Park, followed by a reception at the historic Royal Kings Arms Hotel, Lancaster (featured by Charles Dickens in his story of “The Lazy Tour Of Two Idle Apprentices”). We were blessed with a gorgeous day despite the doom-laden weather forecasts and a great day was had by all.
Nicola's beautiful flowers were by Catherine at Flowerstop, but sadly the designer of the fab dress has slipped my memory!
I'm not normally this quick to post shots only a couple of days after a wedding, but Nicola emailed to say she is super excited and can't wait, so who am I to disappoint? Hope you like them! (click on the image to see a larger view).

Addendum: A note from Nicola tells me that her dress was designed by Rina Di Montella.
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July 14, 2009

Happy Birthday Toby

This month Toby is 2 years old, Happy birthday Toby!
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July 11, 2009

Chris & Rachael's wedding

A couple of weeks back it was Chris & Rachael's wedding at the beautiful St. Peter's Church in Heysham, overlooking the wonderful Morecambe Bay, a great location that I can't wait to come back to.
For all their excitement and exuberance, I thought it was a rather lovely, tender wedding. Chris is a bit of a joker, but I think the biggest laugh of the day came when Rachael practically squealed "I Will!" when asked if she would take this man! A great day, and I wish them both well.

July 08, 2009

When You're A Boy (Boys Keep Swinging')

My young nephews came to visit last weekend, and rather like with my own 2 lads, I find I'm quite fascinated how at around about the same age, all of them have started to develop their own individual styles, so how could I not take the opportunity for a quick photoshoot with the 3 of them (Stanley, Archie, you're next!), so stitched together into the one portrait are George, Charlie and Louis.
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July 03, 2009

Dawn & Andrew's wedding

A couple of weekends ago I was back at one of my absolute favourite wedding locations to shoot Dawn and Andrew's wedding. The Ashton Memorial in Lancaster has just about everything you want in a location, great architecture, fabulous light, great character and gorgeous views.

A really great couple, Andrew arrived in style at the venue driving a giant tractor! Dawn burst into tears the moment she stepped through the Ashton's doors and then spent the rest of the day smiling and laughing her head off. Aren't weddings great!

Here's a few favourites from the day.

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