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Welcome to our Wedding & Lifestyle Blog-site. If you are planning any event in 2014 or 2015 and need a photographer then you have come to the right place! Brett Harkness Photography is at the fore-front of the wedding, Lifestyle Portrait & Bar/Bat Mitzvah market.
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Saturdays wedding promised us torrential rain and thunder but delivered beautiful sunshine! We were all prepared with our wellies in the car and despite starting off with rain it literally cleared up the moment Rachel stepped out of the VW camper van and into the church and we mostly dodged it all day finishing with a fantastic sunset!

Church farm in the Wirral was the venue for the wedding of James & Rachel. Overlooking the River Dee estuary and the sea made a stunning backdrop for the hill top marquee of Church Farm. Rachel looked fantastic in her dress and her bridesmaids red dresses complimented her perfectly. James & the guys suited & booted and looking sharp ready to take on the day! After a ceremony at Christ Church in Barnston we made our way to the venue for some photographs. The sun was beating down and after the mornings rain couldn't have been more welcome. I was obsessed with the sky all day as it gave us some amazing clouds! After drinks & canapes on the grass everyone went inside for the wedding breakfast and speeches. With the sun setting over the Dee we headed off outside for a few pictures with the bride & groom who were great fun to be with all day!

A huge thank you to everyone that made this day possible and to Rachel & James for choosing us to be a part of their big day. Here are some of the images from the wedding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brett Harkness Wedding Photographer photographs the wedding of Rachel & James at Church Farm, Wirral , Liverpool Wedding photography. Brett Harkness Cheshire Wedding photography. Studio 01706340792.

 

 

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Our latest wedding at the wonderful Babington House in Somerset with the equally wonderful Michelle & Mark. This has to be without a doubt my favorite venue to shoot at and its a good job because we are top of their recommended list!

A beautiful summers day greeted us and we knew it was going to be a lovely day. After coffee we headed off to see Michelle getting ready in the Playroom - bridal suite.

Mark after a swim & run was now onto the clay pigeon shooting in the grounds of Babington! He also won!! After drinks & lunch on the lawn everyone finished getting ready for the ceremony. With the sun beating down Michelle made her way down the staircase looking beautiful in her dress followed by her bridesmaids. With the outdoor setting under the main tree at Babington the ceremony took place with a string quartet playing in the background, a scene to remember forever.

After drinks on the lawn we had around 30-40mins for all of the picture which we duly set to. Giving us 10 mins with the bride & groom before sitting down to eat. Shooting in some very contrasting light but finding little pockets of shade to give the couple some time together. A most beautiful wedding with a fantastic couple,. you couldn't ask for more!

Video - Gorgeous Films

Wedding Planner - Hannah  - The Bespoke Wedding Planner

Flowers by Passion

DJ - Nigel ( Babington resident )

 

 

Here are some images from their fantastic day:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our latest wedding blog takes us to the amazing Arley Hall in Cheshire for the beautiful wedding of Carly & Giles. The weather was not to disappoint as the morning began with blue skies as the girls got ready. Champagne flowed as the girls dressed in blue dresses. Carly looked stunning in her dress as the church ceremony grew nearer.

It was only a 5 min drive to the church where Giles and the guests after a brief drink in the nearby pub were waiting eagerly for her arrival. After the ceremony everyone left for the wonderful venue of Arley Hall. Arriving to the sounds of Saxophone and the popping of champagne corks the sun shone down on the bridal party, the air filled with laughter and the chinking of glasses.  After 30 mins or so we managed a little time to get everyone together for a big group shot before taking the bridal party off for a few shots before dinner. The light was great giving us ample time during or after the meal to do some couple shots. The speeches were a hit, after which we took Carly & Giles for 10 mins to do a few shots in and around the wonderful Arley Hall making the most of the evening light.

After dinner everyone then made their way to the adjoining barn for dancing , drinks & the most amazing fish & chips I think I have every had!

A huge thank you to Carly & Giles and everyone involved in the wedding for making it such a huge success.

Here are a few images from the day:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arley Hall Weddings

Brett Harkness | Wedding Photography Cheshire & London

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  • Beverley Foster (07.22.2014 | 02:59)

    always great ..no exception here...a lovely feel for the day. excellent photography

  • Tania Dean (07.29.2014 | 04:19)

    Amazing photos, loved viewing them. I know your Mum is so proud. My love and best wishes to you both.

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Our busy June finishes with the wonderful wedding of Lisa & Jonathan at Sandhole Oak Barn in Cheshire. After seeing the guys for a little while at The Bears Paw Hotel & we headed off to see the girls getting ready before  the church. After a ceremony at Norcliffe Chapel everyone headed off back to the venue where drinks & canapes were waiting, traveling in style with a vintage bus & beautiful car.

Lisa looked gorgeous in her dress and the girls in blue dresses, Jonathan and the guys looking very smart in their blue suits.The weather gods were on our side with a little rain as we left the church, it had stopped when we arrived at the venue giving us some time for pictures and for the guests to mingle and catch up. During dinner we managed to get outside again with the Bride & Groom for a few pictures around the barn. Making the most of a little sunshine peeping through the clouds. After which we moved back inside for the speeches & cake cutting. The night rolled on with dancing and a great live band topped of with a wonderful barbeque outside overlooking the lake. You couldn't have asked for a more perfect end to the day.

A huge thank you as always to Lisa & Jonathan and their families for allowing us to be a part of their special day.

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Wedding Photography at Sandhole Oak Barn in Cheshire.

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  • Nichola Willis (07.19.2014 | 11:05)

    Such beautiful pictures - they both looked amazing xx

  • Jonathan and Lisa (07.20.2014 | 10:30)

    Great photos, thanks Brett and Richard! Love the attention to detail as always :-) Can't wait to see the rest.

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Our wedding year continues with what can only be described as the epic wedding of Dhanesh & Nasima at the beautiful Belvoir Castle  in the hills of Grantham. Holding an amazing position over the surrounding countryside what better place could you choose for a wedding.

Nasima started getting ready early, around 6am. That's a lot of dress & jewelry to get on for sure! Let me say it was all worth it as I am sure she wont mind me saying that she looked stunning. As did Dhanesh in his white sherwani. An 11am ceremony in the castle gave us 20 mins to afterwards to take some images of the Bride &Groom in the castle before heading off to the marquee near the lake in the castle grounds. I could have taken pictures of them there forever!

After lunch in the marquee the couple headed back to the nearby accommodation to change into outfit number 2! Again worth the wait. It was now 6.45pm and we had 25 mins to run away with them to take some images as the sun went down. Deciding to go back up to the castle for a quick shoot in the stunning rose garden. After which we headed off back to the marquee and the waiting guests. After dinner the guests danced the night away with some great music and an atmosphere that will stay with Dhanesh & Nasima ai am sure for many years to come!

A huge thank you for being such great sports on the day and for giving us the time to take I think some wonderful images.

( LONG BLOG POST... Here are some images from the day:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Becky Butterworth (06.20.2014 | 10:18)

    Amazing!! The most inspiring shots I've seen of Belvoir. Thanks for sharing.

  • Gareth Shaw (06.20.2014 | 11:16)

    Brett. Absolutely Stunning. I think this has to be my favourite wedding this year that you've done. So colourful and extremely well presented.

  • jay (07.27.2014 | 08:16)

    Brett!!! Fantabulous!! Awesome shots of creativity, Every Picture speaks. This is indian Tradition wedding , its great that modern portraits pose been added !! Rocks you!!

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Brett Harkness Photography certainly gets around photographing weddings all over the Uk & Europe and this beautiful wedding in Mallorca of Clare & Andy was no exception.

His team pulled out all the stops for this one and certainly delivered.With an evening drinks party on the Friday night the celebrations started as they meant to go on. An amazing sunset greeted the couple as they enjoyed a relaxed party on the clifftop near the town of  Son Marroig, Deia.

Here are some of the images from the first night party..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wedding Day

The Wedding day started early with Clare & Andy getting ready in different venues. The church in Deia was all set to host the wedding. Everyone looked amazing with the guys in grey suits and pink ties and the girls in baby blue dresses and Clare looking stunning in her dress. Everyone arrived at the church with the sun blazing down and the ceremony went without a hitch. Afterwards the wedding party made there way down (carefully!) through the narrow streets and steps to where the first drinks reception was to be held at La Resindencia tucked in the foothills of the Serra Tramuntana. After a well earned shoe change and drink the couple headed off after a  few photos and then by buggy to the evening meal venue at Sa Pedrissa -  a 17th century rural estate set between the sea and the mountains. Offering the most stunning views you could ever imagine!

After drinks & canapes the wedding breakfast started with rapturous applause for the couple as they entered the meal. Nightfall comes quickly in these parts so there was just chance to take a last few images by the cliff edge before the Flamenco dancers started the evening celebrations.

Here are some of the images from Clare & Andy's unforgettable wedding day...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A couple of weeks ago we were fortunate to be asked to photograph the wedding of Amy & Richard. Richard happens to be also one of my assistants so the pressure was on!

The day started with clouds and the threat of rain, little did we know what was to come. After visiting both Richard & Amy in the morning and photographing them getting ready we headed off to the church and that is when the heavens opened with near biblical rain! Any arrived in a beautiful Rolls Royce and made her way through the rain into the church making sure her gorgeous dress stayed dry where Richard was waiting in his Boss suit. The couple looked fantastic together and more than made up for the gloomy weather. After the ceremony and drinks at a nearby pub everyone made their way to Hollingworth Lake Rowing Club for the celebrations. The room looked wonderful and a lot of hard work had gone into preparing it. With there own home brewed beer going down very well we had a little time for pictures. Both keen rowers both Richard & Amy met at the rowing club so it was a great place to hold their reception. The boat shed gave us the cover that we needed from the rain to do some group pictures , we even got a small break in the rain to take the couple outside for a few minutes to do some shots which was great.

A huge thank you to Richard & Amy and their families for their hospitality throughout the day, here are some of the images from the wedding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Gareth Shaw (06.06.2014 | 12:10)

    Your photography creativity never ceases to amaze me. Stunning work as always. And congrats to Richard & Amy!

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A couple of weeks ago we photographed the wonderful event of Amanda's Bat Mitzvah at Claridges Hotel in central London. The varying jobs that I photograph are what makes my job so rewarding and exciting.

No two shoots are the same and filled with opportunities to create wonderful memories for people. Amanda's amazing Bat Mitzvah was no exception and I am sure it will be a day that her; her friends & family will remember forever.

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A huge thank you to everyone involved in the event. Here are some of the images from the evening:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What a fantastic start we have had to our 2014 wedding season with yet another wonderful wedding of Cassandra & Demir at Essendon Country Club in Hertfordshire just outside of Hatfield. We managed to see the guys briefly at a nearby hotel before heading off to see the girls who were getting ready near the venue.

Arriving at the club with 15 mins to spare we prepared ourselves for Cassandra's arrival. She looked amazing in her beautiful dress as did the guys in their bespoke suits. After a emotional & relaxed ceremony the guests gathered outside on the terrace for canape's & drinks. This gave us some time to do a few family shots and bridal party images before the couple were called in for dinner. With the beautiful light that we had available that day we knew we would be able to get the bride & groom out later on for some pictures.

After the wedding breakfast we had some time to walk the grounds with Demir & Cassandra and the light was definitely worth waiting for!

A big thank you to everyone involved at the wedding and especially to Demir & Cassandra for being such fun to shoot and for allowing us to be a part of their special day. Here are a few images from the day:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • John (05.02.2014 | 11:15)

    Great work Brett! Awesome!! :)

  • Lee Meek (05.03.2014 | 08:35)

    Good work Brett! Love the sun-star shot, and the lamp post shot.. good mix of posed and reportage here.

  • Jules (05.21.2014 | 07:57)

    Love the sun backlit shot

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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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