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Life In Between The Weddings

Well if I’m not at a wedding you will more often than not find me at a gig with camera in hand. My lovely Ray is in a couple of bands playing the upright double bass, an instrument I have grown to love. I’ve followed the band Ray plays inThe Del Rio Ramblers‘ for quite a while and more recently ‘The Western Valley Hotclub’ (I will write about these another time). The Del Rio Ramblers plays 1940/50′s Rockabilly, Honky Tonk, Country and Hillbilly bop. I’d never really come across this type of music and really didn’t know what to expect when Ray told me he was in a Hillbilly band (The Beverly Hillbillies sprung to mind). I have to say I love it ;) I think there is a lot to be said about watching a band live. So band photography is something I fell into by default, as I didn’t know many people I would take my camera for company and take lots of photos. However now I can happily say I know many of the bands followers and look forward to seeing them…. But I always manage to take a photo or two.

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Vanessa & Jonathan’s Wedding The Woodlands Hotel Second Shooting

So for this wedding blog we are traveling back in time to one of the hottest days in July last year. I had the pleasure of second shooting for my friend Natasha at the beautiful Woodland Hotel in Leeds. Here’s a few photo from the day the grooms shoes cravat watch and socks The grooms waist coat cufflinks and best man gift Groom and ushers button hole flowersGood job I was there to pin 6 button holes!The grooms men getting readyThe boys looking very smart in the suites The Groom and his ushers The groom and best manThis church had an amazing stained glass windowThe-Woodlands-Hotel-Vanessa-and-jonathan-wedding-9796So while Natasha is documenting at the front of the church I’m photographing at the back. The-Woodlands-Hotel-Vanessa-and-jonathan-wedding-9814The bridal party Bride and her bridesmaidsWeding chairs with ribbons Bride and groom place settings The wedding cake and it details The wedding sweet trollyThe woodlands Leeds grounds Guests at the Woodlands Leeds Bride and groom in the grounds of the woodlands Bride and groom in the grounds of the woodlands Bride and groom in the grounds of the woodlands Brides brooch bouquet at the woodlands LeedsThe wedding party sent off balloons with a message attached what a lovely idea.Bride and Groom with balloons at the woodland hotel leeds balloons at the woodland hotel leedsDay eventually turned into night and it was time to light up the dance floor Bunting and fairy lights Bride and Groom first dance Bride and groom first dance at the woodlands hotel Guests party the night away

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A Lifestyle Change

So the beginning of this year saw quite a big lifestyle change for me. I felt it was now or never, I took that leap of faith and became a ‘Full Time Professional Photographer’ – eeek I said it!
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Believe me this was one of the hardest decisions I have ever made. Life was good I’d worked at Rectella since the age of 16. Starting as a textile wallpaper designer and growing with the company as it changed throughout the years, eventually becoming a graphic designer I can claim that the hand on Bar-Be-Quick’s instant lighting charcoal bag has been mine for many years… I wonder what will happen next… I will watch that space. The things I miss most are my friends (I can’t really call the colleagues) it’s the daily chatter and the lack of constant company that is taking a little adjusting too. I now look forward to catch ups and coffee’s! Hint hint!
first day of being self employed-1286_Waddington-Lancashire-Kirsten PlattMy first day of no longer working for someone else… wrong or right I took a day to reflect, also to walk and talk with Ray. We chatted about re-branding, a new name and what it all means, sometimes we’d walk in silence but always hand in hand, then a burst of conversation or the need to take a photo would break the silence.
the buck inn Waddington Lancashire, and twitter lane road signWe took our usual walk to a lovely village called Waddington stopping for some much-needed refreshments at the Waddington
Arms mmm delish!
Waddington Arms Pub Lancashire Waddington Arms pup grub
Waddington ArmsI still have to pinch myself that I’ve actually done it…. But now I’m ready for the next challenge of making it all happen. I’m loving every minute of it! xxx
Waddington Church, postbox abd Kirsten Platt

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Ashton Memorial Engagement Lydia & Ben

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Lydia and Ben. I’d seen an idea I fancied trying and chatted via email, these guys were totally up for having their photos with a few balloons, I was delighted. So on a cold and blustery morning we made our way to the Aston Memorial in Lancaster. A place special to both Lydia and Ben as they studied at Lancaster University… oh but there’s more Ben proposed to Lydia on the steps of Ashton Memorial…. Romantic! These two needed no encouragement to show how in love they are as you will see below… Lydia and Ben thank you for a lovely morning I’m so looking forward to your special day xx
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lydia-and-ben-engagement-ashton-memorial-lancaster-0158 lydia-and-ben-engagement-ashton-memorial-lancaster-0170This is the place where Lydia said yes …. whoo!
lydia-and-ben-engagement-ashton-memorial-lancaster-0182 lydia-and-ben-engagement-ashton-memorial-lancaster-0187The Balloons we’re let go with a wish :-)
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Reminiscing 2013′s Wonderful Wedding Moments

2013 Now seems a decade away but in reality it’s only just over 2.5 months ago. So before this wonderful year feels it has slipped even further away I thought I would have a reminisce. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some truly lovely couples. I feel honored to have been invited to document one of the most important and precious days in their lives. So here’s a little re-cap of 2013 all those wonderful moments I’ve truly enjoyed I hope you do too.

First up is Angela and Steve
A Winter wedding at Eaves Hall a chilly and bright day with moody sky’s. Eaves Hall in the Ribble Valley Eaves Hall chandelier and  wedding chairs with purple bows Eave Hall Snooker table and purple tulips Grooms men jumping high at Eaves HallIMG_5525 IMG_5510

Tracey and Pete
After a lot of snow Spring just about appeared for Tracey and Pete’s March wedding at Stanley House if you would like to see the full blog please click here Tracey and Pete’s wedding at Stanley House
Stanley house hotel signBrides dress and wedding details at Stanley house Lancashire Stanley house bride and bridesmaid flowersWedding cake with red butterfly's at Stanley House Blackburn Bride and Groom in the ground of Stanley house Blackburn Bride and Groom kissing next to a large clock at Stanley house Lancashire
Donna and Jon
Summer arrived and Donna and Jon’s Lancaster Ashton Memorial and Bashall Barn wedding with a little stop en-route through the Trough of Bowland. If you would like to see more of this wedding click the link Donna and Jon’s wedding Lancaser and Bashall Barn

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Sarah and Keith
Stanley House wedding in the summer time and the gardens in full bloom for this beautiful wedding. To see more from this wedding please click here Sarah and Keith’s wedding Stanley House

Stanley House Mellor in the Ribble Valley a 17th century manor house Brides wedding details at Stanley House Mellor Groom Getting ready at Stanley House Mellor Confetti kiss at Stanley house Mellor Bride and Groom in the grounds of Stanley house Ribble Valley Bride and Groom in the grounds of Stanley House a 17th century manor house

Caroline and Steve’s wedding at the Fence Gate Inn. Between the showers we were lucky and managed to capture some wonderful moments.

The Fence Gate Inn at Fence lancashire lilac bridesmaid dresses brides shoes and flowers Brides bouquet lilac and cream roses Groom and Best man at the Fence Gate Inn Fence Lancashire Bride and flower details lilac and white-cream roses Confetti Kiss at the Fence Gate Inn at Fence Lancashire

Naomi and Andy
Ashfield House in Standish was the destination for Naomi and Andy’s wedding with at little stop en route at the view point at Parbold what a beautiful spot. To see a little more please click on the link Naomi and Andy’s wedding
Bride at the hairdressers Brides wedding details shoes necklace and bracelet Groom and wedding rings Bride and Groom silhouetted in the church archway  The bride and groom holding hands at Parbold view point Bride and Groom at ashfield house in each others arms

Vicki and Simon
My last wedding from 2013 at the beautiful Langdale Chase in Windermere a wonderful day which included a boat trip around the lake if you would like to see more please click here Vicki and Simon’s wedding

View of the langdale chase from the lake Bride with makeup artist at langdale chase Bride chatting with her bridesmaids at the langdale chase Table setting and chairs at the langdale chase Bride and Groom on the pier at Langdale Chase in the lake district Bride and groom walking back along the pier at the langdale chase

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