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Saturday the 5th of April saw us photograph the beautiful wedding of Tamsin & Chris at the equally gorgeous Hurlingham Club bordering the Thames in Fulham. The guys arrived looking sharp in their bespoke suits to get things ready & prepare for Tamsins arrival.

Arriving in a white vintage Rolls Royce Tamsin looking gorgeous in her dress had a little time to prepare for her grand entrance and to get the double ceremony started. After which we managed to get everyone outside on the lawn working quickly as the weather closed in! We had great fun with the bridal party shots and the couple, whilst the guests enjoyed drinks & canapes on the lawn and in the orangery, using our 20 mins that we had for photographs as wisely as we could before the speeches started. The night continued with a 4 course meal and dancing into the night with live music.

A huge thank you to Chris, Tamsin & families for making the day such a success.

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Well our 2014 season is upon us now and we are raring to go! What better way to start the year than with the next wedding!

An amazing celebration at the wedding of Panagos & Marika at One Mayfair in London and to make things even better it was organized by one of our favorite wedding planners, Celeste Rose.

The day started off at Claridges where everyone was getting ready. The day was chilly but no rain and a little blue sky , a welcome change from the recent rain! We spent some time with the guys & the girls whilst they got ready for the big day. Marika looked stunning in her dress made in Athens & Panagos & the guys very smart with suits by Anthony Sinclair. Flowers by Shane Connolly adorned the One Mayfair venue as well as being carried by the bride. At 4pm we headed off to St.Sophia Greek Cathederal, which is one of the most beautiful places of worship I have to say I have ever been in. After an orthodox ceremony everyone headed off 10 mins away to One Mayfair which also looked amazing. Event Concept production had done a wonderful job , co-ordinated by Celeste Rose. Video throughout the day was by the great Gorgeous Films.

The couple arrived in a beautiful silver/grey vintage Rolls Royce to rapturous applause as they took their seats. After speeches the night continued with food by The Recipe and a splendid cake by Krishanthi. Dancing continued into the night with a little time at midnight for us to take the couple to the balcony for a final shot. A huge thank you to Mariaka  & Panagos and their families for allowing us to be a part of such an amazing day. Thank you to Kristie & Ross for assisting.

Here are some of the images of the day & night!

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  • Dave Packer (01.23.2014 | 07:45)

    Despite the lack of time you got, you have some cool shots...

  • Tim Hill (01.24.2014 | 02:49)

    Beautiful work! Love the colours the variety the finish..love it all..big pat on the back for this one. What a brilliant start to the year. Now you've set the standard good luck with the rest ha ha

  • Dan Morris (01.24.2014 | 02:51)

    I blame you for my tiredness today Brett. I woke up 2 am for the little boys room, caught a glimpse of this and then spent the next 40 mins mesmerized

  • James Davies (01.24.2014 | 02:52)

    The crimbo break has done you the world of good Brett, these are stunningly elegant mate. The mono's have a depth of feeling that I've not seen before in your work?

  • Ross Holkham (01.24.2014 | 02:53)

    Beautiful mate, loved being a part of it. Cracking day!

  • Marika & Panagos (01.28.2014 | 02:24)

    Dear Brett and Kristie,

    Thank you so much for the beautiful photos you have uploaded so far… we were definitely not expecting to see anything so soon!! We have been looking through them over and over and reminiscing about that magical day/night!! It was a day that will last forever in our hearts and minds!

    You were both such an integral part of our special day and from the bottom of our hearts thank you for being so amazing!
    Once again a million thank you's for everything so far!

    Sending warm regards from Hong Kong,
    Panagos and Marika

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Well here it is ... drum roll!!!  The last wedding post of the year!! And what a year it has been.. So as its the last I have made it a little longer than usual! So sit back and enjoy the ride!

Our last wedding of the year took us over to Ireland on November 21st this year for the beautiful wedding of Gregg & Kiara. Travelling by car we filled it with our wedding toys and headed off for the port to get the ferry over to Dublin. After a 4 hour drive south we hit the hotel to get ready for the next day of meeting everyone & planning a route for the day. As light was to be a premium we usually play it by ear but to have a little plan is sometimes a good thing as we knew we would only have 30-40 mins to do everything if we wanted to use some of the daylight! The day after we met Jayne Barry & her family including son Gregg, the groom! Jayne first came on a BHP course a few years ago as a photographer and has visited us a few times since with the promise that when her son gets married she would look to use us! And here we were! After lunch we headed off to the amazing venue of Castlmartyr to set up some lights. After which we headed off to the church to meet the bride to be Kiara. An early night was on the cards after a lovely supper at Kiara's parents house.

We awoke to a stunning blue sky and after a hearty 'Full Irish" breakfast we were itching to get started. Meeting the guys first , looking very handsome in their tuxedos and then off to the brides house where the girls were getting ready, being attended to by Nicola Cuddy for makeup.  Kiara looked stunning as she stepped out of the changing room in a dress by Nicole Miller from The Suite in Dublin. With beautiful flowers from Flower Power from Cork and a couple of glasses of champagne the girls were ready to go.

We kept our eyes on the light all day making the most of the cloudless scene. The ceremony at a local church went without a hitch, with music during the ceremony from 'Love's Alive" from Cork, their fist every performance! We were met outside the church to very strong low evening sunlight, knowing that we had 40 mins tops to do everything that we had in mind Richard and I put our plan into action. A huge thank you to Gregg & Kiara for being such sports in our crazy half an hour of picture taking! It was great fun and we even managed to get all 180 people outside for a big group shot for the last drops of Irish light. The evening continued with drinks & canapes and then into the wedding breakfast, the food was fantastic ( we were very well looked after! ) After cutting of the beautiful cake made by the groom's mother herself, Jayne; dancing continued into the night & morning with music from Soul Purpose !!

Again we can't thank Gregg & Kiara & famlies enough for looking after us and for inviting us over to be a part of such an amazing day.

Here are some of the highlights , I hope you enjoy watching the story of the day unfold..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Kev Cleaver (12.13.2013 | 08:49)

    amazing images Brett

  • Shahed (12.13.2013 | 09:03)

    Stunning work once again- beautiful composition throughout!!

  • beverley foster (12.13.2013 | 10:01)

    Excellent as always

  • Kiara Daly (12.15.2013 | 09:19)

    A massive thank you to Brett and Richard for being admirably professional but also such good company on our wedding day. Your attendance was a big part of our day and truely made it all the better. This initial sneak peak is fantastic - thank you so much! So many little details were spotted and beautifully captured. We are very excited to see the rest.... Kiara & Gregg

  • Rhys Parker (03.17.2014 | 11:18)

    Amazing compositions Brett!

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November 9th saw us down in Chelsea registry office to shoot the 1st part of wedding celebrations of Marika & Panagos. We are very much looking forward to Part II of the wedding in January at One Mayfair

The November weather was certainly with us on this shoot as the rain poured and the winds blew but this didn't stop both families from looking amazing! As Panagos arrived looking very handsome in his suit by Anthony Sinclair 10 mins later saw Marika arrive arm in arm with her father, Marika wearing Celia Kritharioti, flowers by Scarlet & Violet & shoes by YSL. A picture of beauty on this dark & rainy day. The whole celebration was planned by luxury wedding planner Celeste Rose, we have worked with Celeste on numerous occasions and without a doubt one of the best there is!

The ceremony continued in the warmth of Chelsea registry office with a little time in the rain afterwards to do a few images on the steps. Despite the weather Marika & Panagos were great sports whilst we took a few shots in the cold. After which we all made our way to a private room at Brown's Hotel in London where the small party enjoyed a beautiful meal and evening with some gorgeous details/cakes by Celeste &  Cakes by Krishanthi. A huge thank you to the couple & family for making us feel so welcome and to Celeste for an amazing afternoon. We are very much looking forward to the January celebrations.

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October continues with the lovely wedding of Hywel & Lindsey at Heaton House Farm outside of Macclesfield, Cheshire. A foggy morning quickly became drizzly but this wasn't to dampen the excited expectation of the day to come.

Lindsey looked gorgeous in her dress by "Timeless Bride" and fantastic shoes by Jimmy Choo & Hywel and his guys looking very handsome in suits from "Groom" in Manchester.

After a fantastic ceremony as if by magic the clouds broke to a wonderful sunny scene allowing everyone to go outside for drinks & canapes. With a simply breathtaking view that would be hard to beat we carried on with the family pictures leaving a little time for the couple to spend some time with us for a little shoot around the buildings of Heaton House Farm. Hywel & Lindsey then entered the wedding breakfast to rapturous applause and continued into the meal and evening celebrations. A huge thank you to everyone involved in making the day such a success.

Other suppliers included:

Video by Rebecca Reville
Make-up by Flossy & Leigh
Flowers by Wild Orchid
Caterers - Vanilla in all Seasons

Here are some of the images from the day:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Adam (11.19.2013 | 08:04)

    Great photos, it was a pleasure to work with you
    Adam

  • Ben (11.22.2013 | 10:27)

    Once again your talents outshine so many others. I shall one day invest in learning from you. Great use of light. And brilliant compositions.

  • Rob (12.02.2013 | 09:33)

    Superb. Love the silhouette.

  • Wild Orchid (01.03.2014 | 01:27)

    Fabulous pics of a gorgeous couple - absolutely loved providing the flowers and event decor for this bride and groom x

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September continues with a wonderful wedding at Babington House. It is one of our favorite places to shoot and the wedding of Alexis & Gary was no exception. We arrived at Babington to see Gary playing football on the grounds of Babington and after a few photos we spent some time with Alexis as she was getting ready. She looked absolutely stunning in her Vera Wang dress & shoes by Charlotte Olympia and Gary, very sharp in his suit by Thom Sweeney.

The rain held off in the morning but came back as Alexis was about to walk over to the church. She arrived with the help of friends & staff! After a great ceremony the weather broke for a few mins, atleast long enough for the Bride & Groom to come out of the church and enjoy their first glass of champagne. Alexis's flowers by Passion brought some color to the grey sky as everyone made their way over to the inside of Babington House for the remainder of the celebrations. We had a little time to shoot in the doorways of Babington and the group shots inside before the meal and the evening party and dancing into the night. We managed to get Alexis & Gary outside for one last shot when the rain did stop later on for a moment under the great tree which they had decorated with glowing lanterns.

A huge thank you to all at Babington and to the Bride & Groom for making it a day to remember.

Thank you to Richard for assisting on the day. To find out more about our wedding packages please click on the Brochure button on the wedding homepage contact us through  the site. We are also on the preferred list at Babington so take a look at one of our beautiful albums if you are there.

Here are a few images from the wedding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What better way to continue our year of weddings than a wedding at Chateau Rigaud outside of Bordeaux in France. It was a delight to be back at the Chateau that we know so well. My own sister was married here a few years ago and since we often hire the chateau for our photographic courses. To be here photographing a wedding is the ultimate pleasure. Having photographed Richard & Hayley's pre-wedding shoot in the park of Greenwich the surroundings for their wedding was equally as sublime.

Staying at the chateau meant we could start shooting early on the foggy morning of the wedding. Knowing that 9 times out of 10 the fog lifts to a glorious day and we weren't let down. After getting ready in the eclectic surroundings of the beautiful chateau we had a little time to photograph the bride & groom, Richard before he went to welcome the guests for drinks on the lawn ,where in a little time Hayley was to make her entrance. They both looked stunning and Hayley's dress and Richard's suit perfectly suited the setting.

After a ceremony on the lawn the guests were treated  to music by a harpist whilst drinks & canapes were served. After a little time everyone was moved to the back of the chateau for more drinks and a wonderful selection of pre-dinner canapes made by the wonderful chef Steve and his team.   Dinner was to follow in the barn adjacent to Chateau Rigaud. I knew that the sun was going down quickly so we made arrangements with Steve that we had 10 mins with the couple on the hill top so as not to waste the moment. We hurriedly drove to the hill top down the road from the chateau and did a super quick shoot , I have to say the fastest I have ever done , for we had to be back for the serving of main course. A huge thank you to Richard & Hayley for being great sports as we ran around the small church overlooking the vineyards, great fun for sure.

After a wonderful meal , speeches and dancing amazing fireworks were lit and time for a little fun with some sparklers before more dancing into the night.. An amazing day & some great memories,a huge thank you to both Richard & Hayley and everyone at the chateau that made things run so smoothly.

Thank you to Ross Holkham for assisting on the day.

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  • Hayley Gee (10.25.2013 | 01:33)

    Brett & Ross, Thank you so much for making our dream wedding come true! The photos are out of this world! We can't wait to see them all. You made our weekend very special and one we will never forget. We had an incredible time running off for those sunset shots, lots of fun and so worth it!!!

  • Denis (10.26.2013 | 05:08)

    Beautiful shots, Brett! Rigaud is our fav venue in France!

  • Denise [ Hayley"s mum ] (10.30.2013 | 05:07)

    Beautiful photo"s, excitedly waiting to see the rest .

  • NINA (11.07.2013 | 07:51)

    Lovely photos R&H!! XX

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Brett Harkness Photography continues to shoot all over the country in new and exciting places and this wedding is no exception! The amazing venue of Plas Rhianfa in Anglesey , Wales was the backdrop to the beautiful wedding of Barry & Ryan on September 14th. With stunning views across the welsh mountains it sits nestled on the banks of Anglesey.

Barry & Ryan's day started with both getting ready in different rooms with their own respective bridal parties. They then met in the 5 star hotel Cloisters in a very private and memorable first meeting. ( private apart from me! )

The couple then met up with guests downstairs for a drinks reception with beautiful cocktails & canapes & music by The Liverpool String Quartet. After a ceremony in the main hall everyone enjoyed further drinks on the grounds at the front of the hotel overlooking the estuary. The weather gods were with us as the sky was as blue as the water. After a little time here we spent 30 mins taking some shots of the guys with their bridal parties and a few moments alone also.

The party continued after the gorgeous meal put on by the hotel with flowers adorning every table by Verdure Florist. and speeches into the night with a fabulous Tiki Bar and the largest cocktails I have ever seen!! A perfect day all round with the perfect couple.

A huge thank you to all that made this day so special and to be a part of. None other than Alison from Perfect Ally Wedding Planners   with her wonderful wedding planning made the day run as smooth as silk.

Here are a some of the images from the wedding - ( Slightly longer blog post than usual but worth the scroll!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brett Harkness Photography photographs weddings all over the UK & beyond, Uk Wedding photographer. Please get in touch with the studio if you are getting married in 2014 for more information.

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  • Richie Howes (10.16.2013 | 08:38)

    Those photos are absolutely mega! What a beautifully captured day.

  • Barry (10.16.2013 | 09:56)

    Can't wait to go through the rest. Brett these are amazing, thank you for being part of our day and really taking some fantastic pictures. Ryan and I are over the moon.

  • Liverpool String Quartet (10.23.2013 | 01:40)

    Amazing photos. Congratulations! Looking at them it is like we were there!
    We had such a great time performing at an unbelievable place. Plas Rhianfa is really magical, and to be playing for a couple like Barry and Ryan, who loves so much (and understand) the music, is even better. Congratulations again for the photos and our best wishes for the future to Barry and Ryan.
    Liverpool String Quartet

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Our year of weddings continues with the wedding of Shelley & Adrian at Mottram Hall in Cheshire. The weather certainly wasn't on our side but this didn't dampen the spirits as the wedding must go on!

Shelley looked fantastic in her dress & Adrian equally as sharp in his Black suit. After a beautiful ceremony the guests enjoyed drinks & canapes in one of Mottram's beautiful reception rooms. We managed to take the couple outside and in doorways for a few shots just to use the light available. Using a room next to the main bar for some bridal party shots! You wouldn't even know it was pouring down outside! After an hour or so the party moved through to the wedding breakfast room where everyone enjoyed a fabulous meal and speeches.

After the meal we managed to get Shelley & Adrian outside for a few images with no rain before it went dark. A big thank you to everyone involved and for Shelley & Adrian for being such great sports . Here are a few images from the day:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brett Harkness Photography works around the UK, Europe & beyond. For more information please get in touch via the site.

 

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  • Shelley Blackburn (10.15.2013 | 09:02)

    These pictures are so incredible, we absolutely love them. Thanks so so much to you all for capturing our day so perfectly. Some of the pictures are so emotional, for example the reaction of my Dad when he first saw me and our little boy's grin took my breath away. We are so glad we chose you for the most important part of our wedding because you have been brilliant from the moment we met you. Ps thanks for lying down in the rain Brett, you crazy man :) xxx

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Our amazing year of weddings continue with the wedding of Billy & Stella at The Fisherman's Retreat in the hills overlooking Ramsbottom, outside of Manchester.

We met Stella one night in a dark room!! Not as sinister as it sounds, she was the midwife who helped bring our amazing little baby girl into the world nearly two years ago now and for that we will be forever greatful. The day started off with the couple getting ready at different locations , the guys looking very sharp in their light grey suits and Stella , beautiful in her dress from Broadbents of Middleton and probably the most (blingie) pair of Jimmy Choo's I have every seen! Holding flowers from Alternative Arrangements.

Arriving in white Rolls Royce cars they were met by the staff at The Fisherman's Retreat in the hills overlooking Ramsbottom. The ceremony was filled with emotion and went without a hitch. After drinks and canopies we headed off to the hills for 10 minutes to take a few pictures of Stella & Billy with the beautiful countryside as our backdrop. After the meal with custom initial pies ( probably the best pie I have every had! ) Stella & Billy welcomed the night guests and the evening reception continued into the night.

A huge thank you as always for everyone that made this day a success , here are a few images from the wedding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Shahed (10.04.2013 | 01:39)

    Absolutely gorgeous set Brett- this is some top class work! I love how this is such a story led wedding and what a stunning bride too!!

  • Samina (10.04.2013 | 07:10)

    Beautiful

  • Billy (10.04.2013 | 10:10)

    Brett we are so So happy with these pictures.
    Absolutely amazing stunning photos!!!
    Wow wow

  • mechelle marr (10.04.2013 | 11:28)

    These have got to be the most beautiful wedding pictures I have ever seen.

  • mechelle marr (10.24.2013 | 10:39)

    I never tire of looking at these pictures. The whole day was magical. Youve totally captured everything if not more in your photograhy. As a hairdresser I see a lot of bridal picture. Known compare to these. But then again you did have 2 gorgeous people to photograh. X

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