Manchester wedding photographer: Sarah + Dan engagement shoot, Deansgate locks

On Saturday I spent a few hours walking round the canals and drinking pints with Sarah + Dan. We discussed their plans for their August wedding (it sounds amazing!!) and got a bit of portrait practice in.

Was so nice to meet them both in person before the wedding and Manchester is a seriously gorgeous place to have a walk and get some photos. Plus we saw the cutest kitty snoozing on a narrow boat…

If you’re looking for a laid back, natural wedding photographer in Manchester, please get in touch!

Nail your confetti shot

One look through my Instagram feed and it will come as absolutely no surprise that I LOVE confetti! Confetti shots are just so much fun! My 2018 couples smashed the hell out of their confetti shots, so I thought I’d share a few tips on how to get cracking confetti photos…

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More is definitely more

To get the best confetti shots, the most important thing is to make sure you have plenty of it! Ideally you want enough for guests to have a couple of fistfuls each - the more the better!

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Petals or paper?

My personal preference is large, colourful confetti made from biodegradable paper. It looks amazing in photos and is light so it won’t hurt your face if guests get overly enthusiastic throwing it!

You can buy this from loads of online shops and can either pick colours to match your theme or chose full on multi-coloured. You could also make it yourself using shaped paper punches on tissue paper if you fancy getting crafty!

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Petals do look beautiful though, and my wonderful couple below - Sophie + Mat - worked out that 15g per guest is the perfect amount (thanks guys!).

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Again, you can buy this online in a vast array of colours or you can make it yourself, like Alice’s mum did (below), drying out petals from her garden for over a year! (super mum!).

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When + where

Traditionally, confetti was thrown as couples walked out of the church. These days, we can be a bit more flexible! You’ll want to check if your venue has any rules (they may also stipulate what type to use as well) and work with your photographer to agree the best time/location on your day. Getting a couple of your wedding party to help with distributing confetti around your guests is also mega helpful.

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Ready, steady, SMILE!

You’ve got your confetti, you’ve agreed a time and place, so let’s do this thing! Hold your head up and smile!

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If you’re looking for a Manchester wedding photographer who loves confetti, please get in touch!

Manchester barn wedding photographer: Sarah + Ross

I do love a good barn wedding! Sarah + Ross tied the knot in a rose garden, followed by garden games with their favourite people and dinner and dancing in the most beautiful 300 year old barn.

Tora was fantastic, from start to finish. We weren't really sure what we wanted when we started looking at wedding photographers, all we knew is that we wanted really natural photos of people having a great time. I came across Tora and her photos were exactly what we were after. We had an engagement shoot with her, which we were initially nervous about, but she put us totally at ease and we ended up having a great day on the beach. When it came to the day, Tora captured our wedding perfectly, with some really lovely moments. She was so supportive throughout the whole process- I could let recommend her highly enough.”

-Sarah + Ross

I adore weddings like this - lots of lovely people having a brilliant time in utterly stunning surroundings.

Here is their beautiful day…

If you’re having a Manchester barn wedding and are looking for a laid back, natural wedding photographer, I’d love to hear from you! Check my availability here.