Usmania Hall, Walima & Rukhsati photography ~ Dan Barlow

Shabina & Usman

I was delighted to get a phone call from Shabina asking me to photograph her wedding day having met already at her cousin’s wedding back in 2014 and I was so glad that I could work for her lovely family again. She asked me if I would be her family’s photographer so that she would have a record of her whole wedding day from hers and her family’s perspective. I started early at the family home and everyone soon got used to me being there which meant I could take the unposed documentary photos Shabina wanted.

Once we arrived at Usmania Banqueting Hall Manchester, I was free to keep shooting unposed, documentary photos of the family, of the guests and then Usman’s drum-tastic arrival! I was glad to be working with the videographers Wasim Ghafoor and Mirage Ahmed of Allure Events (who I’d met on the pre-wedding photoshoot) as Usman’s arrival was hectic and we knew we would need to co-ordinate well to make the best possible job of capturing it on film and stills without holding the day up. After food, we worked through the formal portraits until it was time for the emotional Rukhsati to take place.

After leaving, we headed down to Castlefield for some dusk portraits on the cobbles. Apart form us, no-one was expecting to see a bride and groom step out of a Bentley in their full wedding attire down by Barca bar and the responses and well wishes from the public was amazing – Manchester at it’s friendly best.

Congratulations Shabina & Usman, thank you for letting me be a part of your day!

See Shabina & Usman’s Pre-wedding photoshoot here.

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Marie Louise Gardens Pre-Wedding Photoshoot ~ Dan Barlow Photography

Jamie & Huw & Cathy

Jamie and Huw’s reschedule of their pre-wedding photoshoot meant that we got all this gorgeous sunshine to play with on their recent evening photo session at Marie Louise Gardens in Didsbury, as well as the opportunity for me to meet the lovely baby Cathy. Mixing the pre-wedding photoshoot up with a family photoshoot was a great way to see how we will approach the formal portraits at their upcoming wedding, as well as giving Jamie and Huw a precious record of their first child. Click here to read a little more about pre-wedding photoshoots and why I think it’s such an important thing to consider before your wedding day.

After all this warm summer sunlight, I cannot wait for their autumnal Thanksgiving wedding!

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Manchester Town Hall, Midland Hotel and Hotel Football Wedding Photography ~ Dan Barlow

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Anwen & Adam

This was a big wedding day by anyone’s standard with no less than three different venues spread all across the city: we started at the Midland hotel, on to Manchester Town Hall for the ceremony, back to the Midland Hotel for drinks and the wedding breakfast, then taxis to Castlefield for a city centre cruise up the canals to Old Trafford’s Hotel Football.

The day turned very interesting around the evening at Hotel football as the lovely guests got very silly making their way up in the lifts, I’m not entirely blameless but it certainly demonstrated which way the wind was blowing when it came to what lay ahead! The band ‘Friends of the Bride’ put on a stirling performance and had a rammed dancefloor whenever they played their 90s classics; they must have also had an inkling that the guests would know what to do when Sit Down was played (you guessed it, they sat down…) and duly obliged with more of their three-piece magic, tailored to their crowd into the night.

What an incredible wedding this was, I’m hoping the photos will tell the story and convey the energy of the day, the kind of energy that had even the oldest guests dancing as I was packing my bags up around 11pm!

Apologies in advance for the amount of photos in this blog; there was always something lovely happening for me to take a photo of and my cameras were non-stop all day, this wedding holding my record for ‘most amount of frames taken’

Congratulations Anwen & Adam, thank you for letting me be a part of your day!

See Anwen & Adam’s Pre-wedding photoshoot here

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Castlefield, Manchester Pre-Wedding Photoshoot ~ Dan Barlow

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Helly & Andy’s Pre-Wedding Photoshoot

Back at the start of 2015 I ran a competition to win my services for the day; the lucky winners were the lovely Helly and Andy, a pair whose wedding plans sounded so outrageously cool that it had to be them who won. And because their venue isn’t quite finished yet, we decided on this spot around Manchester to squeeze in a pre-wedding photoshoot, regardless of rain or shine.

The metal, brick and industrial feel of this place stands in total contrast to the rural, rustic feel of their wedding venue; the similarity is that it is just as secluded which meant that Helly & Andy could relax in front of my camera, receive some beautiful photographs, see what works for them and see how I work first-hand, just some of the reasons why I offer a pre-wedding photoshoot.

The photos run in time order and you can see how Helly & Andy became more at ease – they were strongly encouraged to mess about and we had a lot of laughs and fun!

You can see Helly & Andy’s wedding photography here.

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Manchester Town Hall and Midland Hotel, Pre-Wedding Photoshoot ~ Dan Barlow

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Anwen & Adam’s Pre-Wedding Photoshoot

Anwen & Adam met with me in Manchester city centre for their pre-wedding photoshoot to get a flavour of how I work on a portrait session and to build a bit of photo confidence ahead of their Manchester Town Hall wedding next month. We chose a secluded spot in the Town Hall which meant we could run through posing at their own speed before we planned out how their portrait session would work on the day. We then headed on to The Midland Hotel which will be the second venue of their wedding day, getting to know the building and adding a few more unexpectedly beautiful and dramatic locations for portraiture. Seeing this lovely couple become comfortable enough to choose poses themselves was a wonderful thing to see and allowed me to shoot unobtrusively and keep the photography fun, relaxed and natural.

You can see Anwen & Adam’s wedding photography here.

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The best wedding photography of 2015 ~ Dan Barlow

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Dan Barlow Photography’s 2015 wedding photography round-up

2015 been a hugely successful year for me in terms of the photography work I’ve been able to produce and I’d like to thank everyone who I’ve worked with for making it possible and for letting me be a part of your wedding day. This job has taken me all over the country to photograph some incredible weddings which has lead to meeting more than my fair share of awesome people.

Choosing ‘the best’ of my photography from 2015 for this gallery has been quite tricky; you’d think it was a case of ‘I like that, I’ll put it in’ but choosing ‘the best’ means reflecting on why it should go in and it seems there are many reasons, often very subjective, as to why a photo has been included. I started writing out some explanations but this was needlessly boring so just scroll down and enjoy the photos from some of 2015’s weddings (and please feel free to leave a comment at the bottom!)

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Great John Street Hotel Wedding Photography ~ Dan Barlow

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Sarah & Nick

The lovely Sarah & Nick’s set is a little different as it’s all in black & white – for no reason other than the way black and white compliments a beautiful bride in an elegant dress, a handsome chap in a sharp suit and a monumentally stylish venue such as Great John Street Hotel, Manchester.

After their pre-wedding photoshoot Sarah & Nick knew exactly what they wanted from their portraits. What we didn’t anticipate was how accommodating the staff were on the Coronation Street tour, allowing us in for a few photos outside the Rovers Return, huge thanks go out to them for allowing us to make some unforgettable (and soon unrepeatable) photographs there.

With such a big day, there is always too much to mention so I’ll let the pictures do the talking…

Congratulations Sarah & Nick, thank you for letting me be a part of your day!

See Sarah & Nick’s Pre-wedding photoshoot here.

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Great John Street Hotel Pre-Wedding Photoshoot ~ Dan Barlow

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Sarah & Nick

Sarah and Nick chose to meet me in the opulent surroundings of the Great John Street Hotel where they’ll marry at the end of October. As well as working on the plan for their wedding day around the hotel, we managed to get out and take some photographs. Sarah and Nick showed me what they liked about the Great John Street Hotel which means I can begin to think about how I will incorporate these details into my work. As well as giving them a set of lovely photos, this photoshoot gave Sarah and Nick an opportunity to relax into natural, comfortable poses in from of my camera, build their photo confidence and show them how certain scenes could make amazing photographs.

See Sarah & Nick’s wedding day photographs here.

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The Pinewood Hotel, Handforth, Cheshire Wedding Photography ~ Dan Barlow

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Kaz & Jon

I feel rather blessed being able to work alongside so many fabulous people on some of the most important days of their lives. Kaz and Jon are no exception to this rule – ever since they got in touch earlier this year, I’ve known that they would be awesome to work alongside and it has certainly been the case for their special day at the Pinewood Hotel in Handforth.

The photography started at Kaz’s Mum’s house where I spent the morning capturing some very relaxed preparations; there was even time between hair and make up (and champagne) for Kaz to present her bridesmaids with some very pretty necklaces with Jon’s daughter receiving an extra special one to mark the occasion.

Over at the Pinewood Hotel, I was greeted by Jon whose nerves just melted away as he first saw his daughter, then wife-to-be walk down the aisle. After the ceremony, guests were given balloons to release which was a really fun way to begin the group photos and get everyone out into the sunshine. Guests were then treated to entertainment from mind bendingly good magician Alan Hudson and talented caricature artist Mike Bryson while Kaz, Jon and I picked up what we were doing when we were last here and took in the gardens for their bridal portraits.

After the speeches came the part I had been really looking forward to. I’ve been a Northern Uproar fan since I was 14 so meeting the band then seeing them play live that evening was a massive pleasure and well worth staying around for. Leon Meya was on top form with his band, keeping the dance floor filled all night, a rare skill that you don’t see that often and one which made this an incredible night for everyone involved. Thanks for having me along, please find a few of my favourite documentary wedding photographs below.

Congratulations Kaz & Jon, thank you for letting me be a part of your day!

See Kaz & John’s Pre-wedding photoshoot here.

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Manchester Art Gallery Wedding Photography ~ Dan Barlow

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Liz & Matt

Liz & Matt’s fantastic Manchester city centre wedding was one which I’d been looking forward to for quite some time, it was going to be a little different with it’s evening ceremony at Manchester Art Gallery happening after the bridal portraits, in order to launch straight into the reception and partying at Rain Bar later that evening.

Liz and her bridesmaids started the bridal preparations at The Midland Hotel in Manchester’s city centre in the afternoon before Liz went down to the lobby to meet Matt for a ‘first look’. This gave us a chance to take a little longer on the bridal portraits than we would’ve otherwise been able to do and it also took a whole load of pressure out of the day knowing they were done! There were no less than two drinks receptions: one at the The Midland Hotel then one prior to the service in Manchester Art Gallery; then, it was time for the ceremony.

After the ceremony and group photos in the lobby, there was just enough time for a few more photographs outside in ‘The Lost Gardens of Manchester’ before a short walk to Rain bar. This walk to the reception yielded even more photo opportunities and Liz literally held up traffic for the photo on the road into Manchester’s Chinatown! At Rain Bar, there were speeches, dancing, many cakes and then a whole lot more dancing; you can see how much fun everyone had throughout the photos below, right until the very end of the night!

Congratulations Liz & Matt, thank you for letting me be a part of your day!

See Liz & Matt’s Pre-wedding photoshoot here.

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