Heather Elizabeth Photography

Jonny Draper's Wedding Photography Workshop

Wedding Photography Workshop 2017 - Owen House Wedding Barn.

Hosted by Jonny Draper


Where to start. Why do Jonny's Wedding Photography Workshop? Well having done two of his workshops at the end of the 2016 which I not only throughly enjoyed but I came away completely inspired and educated. I wanted to start 2017 inspired and raring to go. In an industry which is saturated in talented wedding photographers especially here in the Northwest, how does one become visible? Every photographer has their own 'Something' and I want to add something to me, my style, my workflow and be able to give my couples more. 

My business recently hit its 3 year mark, 2017 is my second full year doing weddings, with the most I have ever had booked in, Terrified? No. Frustrated? I was a little. As artists we are forever growing and evolving.  Being a very self critical being, I always want more I want to be the best I can be. After months and years of comparing myself, trying to imitate and wanting my work to look like some one else's. I realised that my style and my work is something to be embraced. You start off wanting to be something and then you realise what you've got has been there from day one. No one has what I am or what I create. Instead of ripping my work to pieces I wanted to start thinking wow thats actually not bad! I wanted to not only start to celebrate my work (which must be okay as people continue to book with me!) but I want to take that to the next level. Jonny's a great teacher and his courses are a great place to meet other great photographers with the same passion and desire to learn. 

We were so lucky to have some amazing suppliers on board on the day too, the models were bloody gorgeous. The venue is just to die for, set in the heart of knutsford, surrounded by the cheshire countryside, and designed clearly for beautiful and unique weddings. This venue has so many places for stunning and artistic photography. Romantic lighting, a wall of vintage doors, and hay bales for that perfect country barn feel. If my boyfriend is reading this (this could be the one) they even have cows! Who dosent love a good cow. 

If any of my couples are looking for suppliers heres a list of all the suppliers from my photographs from the workshop. What did I get out of this day? Well maybe you'l have to keep watching my work this year and see :)

Venue - Owen House Wedding Barn 

Light up letters, hearts and wall of lights - The word is love

Beautiful flowers by - Red floral architecture

Edison Chandeliers and Uplighter's - Luminate Events    

Stunning Mens Attire - Whitfield & Ward      

Designer Wedding Dresses - The lovely Emma at - Love Bridal boutique     

Make up and Hair Styling - Sarah Meredith Make up & Hair Styling    

'Delicious' Pizza Oven - Smith Street kitchen

Wedding photography at the Cotton's Hotel & Spa - Mr & Mrs Beesley

Sian & Marks Wedding at the Cotton's Hotel & Spa


The whole wedding day took place at the wonderful Cotton's Hotel and Spa in the beautiful setting of the knutsford countryside. This is the second time I have been a wedding photographer at the cottons hotel. This time it was a different time of year which always gives you a different feel.  And with what can only be described as a 'challenging' forecast when it came to the weather, it still turned out a perfect wedding day.

They say that rain on a wedding day is the sign of a long and happy marriage! Well Sian and Mark what can I say these two have been together for years already, complete childhood sweethearts. I first met this couple when I was starting on my little photography journey, photographing Sian's bump. I have had the pleasure of watching their family grow year on year, from when their beautiful little Amelia arrived too now. 

Being asked to be their Wedding photographer was an honour, I love working with them, always enthusiastic and trusting. (I hope I have managed to do a good enough job this time too) 

A whole wedding day at the cottons hotel

The girls were made over beautifully by Danielle Gregory owner of Doll Make up studio whose make up is just phenomenal and still in place after a full day of wedding emotions! Hair by Katie Johnson again fabulous job especially keeping Amelia in one place with a curling tongue in one hand! Coral dresses, personalised glasses and slippers, a row of rose gold heels  and beautiful bridesmaid gift bags all added a personal touch to such a unique day! 

Sian's dress from Beryl Cottons was a stunning number in white with a hint of sparkle (I wouldn't expect anything less from this girl) Hung delightfully on a personalised hanger next too a mini me matching dress for Amelia.  The flowers were just 'wow' stunning, in colours perfectly complimenting her bridesmaids dresses to a tee. All put together by Sian's auntie Kerry. One moment that really stayed with me was the truly emotionally moment when Sian's dad first seen her all made up in her wedding dress, the look on her fathers face was both priceless and timeless. 

An indoor Wedding ceremony, delivered by a lovely registrar. Amelia giving her daddy a huge cuddle to start. Just perfect, a little laughter, a room filled with excited wedding guests a mix of friends and family. The room was immaculately dressed by Wow venue dressers, there were hints of sparkle and huge love light letters lighting the alter. 

Dj Andy Riley  kicked of the music at 7pm while the evening guests arrived. The night started with a father daughter dance which was both beautiful and emotional. An extremely well executed bouquet throw which ended up with the flower catcher being 'mother of the bride'! And these childhood sweethearts danced their first dance as Mr & Mrs to Ed Sheeran's very apt 'Thinking out loud'...

Congratulations to not only an amazing couple but to a family, one I have truly enjoyed spending time with. Every time I have had throughly enjoyed capturing your most precious and personal memories...Thank you for choosing me to be your wedding photographer x


**All blog images are low res, if suppliers would like to use any images please contact me directly for full res copies.  Please note images can be used for marketing purposes as long as any images used give credit to the photographer Heather Elizabeth photography. 

The Shankly Hotel Wedding Photography - Mr & Mrs Zenko

Catherine and Craig's Liverpool Wedding

at the The Shankly Hotel


These guys had me hooked immediately with Craig's story of how he asked Cat out with a game of 'Kirby'. Cat and Craig both have infectious smiles and personalities. I felt like I had known them for years and as we chatted over a Costa at the initial meeting I knew their wedding was going to be one of the best I've ever done. I was so excited to be able to create some amazing wedding photos at the Shankly.

Their venue -  Liverpool's newest Iconic Wedding venues 'The Shankly Hotel'. Set in the heart of Liverpool City Centre, dedicated to the legendary football manager Bill Shakily, this elegant hotel showcases a variety of sports memorabilia including a very special 96 candy lit wall which I immediately fell in love with...

Before their wedding day I met the couple at the venue during a wedding show, this was the first time I had seen the venue, as when they booked it, it wasn't even complete! The Liverpool skyline is just phenomenal both from the main wedding room or from the roof terrace also known as the Garden of Eden. There is nothing even comparable within Liverpool or at any wedding venues I have ever been that could produce such a memorable and unique experience, being able to see some of Liverpool's most iconic buildings and history from one place. The Shankly Hotel has a feel of immediate luxury from the moment you walk in. Every element has been well thought out, its elegant yet also masculine which is the ultimate combination for the modern Bride and Groom. 

Their Wedding Co-ordinater Ciara is just the best! I don't think I have a met a more friendly and professional one, I knew from going through the light checks the day before the wedding that she was going be extremely fun and helpful on the day. 

Its the 3rd of December and its snowing! Nah its not really, thats just the grotto snow machine (yes they have snow on tap here). Cat's stunning pronovias gown is hanging on an ornate wardrobe. Her sparkling 'Jimmy choo's' carefully positioned beneath. She is relaxing in her bridal pj's, Copper hair hanging in loose barrel curls. She looks like a classy vintage bride. Cat is so cool her hubby to be has had a personalised 'Mrs Zenko' box made, complete with her favourite sweets, Beaver brooks diamond earrings and of course a rose gold 'iPhone 6s'!

The bridesmaids are in gorgeous festive coloured gowns, there is constant banter as the girls are putting the finishing touches to their looks.  Make up and hair all looked fabulous, the girls were awesome! This whole wedding has delicate festive touches the flowers are immense so different to the usual, bouquets of winter by Norwegian wood. 

The ceremony takes place in the naturally lit 'Baby Eden' room which is decorated simply perfect with twinkling candle lights and white/cream petals. You never realise how nervous a groom is until you start editing, I adore the 'first look' reactions from both Cat and Craig. He's clearly a romantic keeping it a secret about wearing his Navy uniform, when he knew she loved it. Its an emotional ceremony for close family and friends. 

We had a lot of fun with the bride and grooms couple shots. Letting me loose in this venue was letting a kid loose in a candy shop! Every corner has killer decor and detail, theres festive touches and subtle decorations everywhere. There is so much and so many areas in and outdoors. Outdoor shots were complete including some with me laying in the busy city centre road to get them - complete dedication to the day!!! We even got to go in the grotto - thanks Ciara :)

The wedding details are so cute, tables named after santa's reindeers, snowflake name holders, and christmas themed photo props. So much attention to detail touches of sparkles and festive colours. The cake (Upper Tier) was 'wow' again slightly festive fitting in perfectly with the flavour of the day.  Emma Lousha sang during the wedding breakfast and her voice was mesmeraiing. The Speeches were fab, a mix of emotion and laughter throughout. 

Coloured smoke bomb - Yeah that happened! A huge thanks to the best man for helping me, running round in the cold on the roof spreading the a sea of purple craziness! Love the way these images turned out hope everyone likes them too...

As the night guests began to arrive the chocolate fountain was in full flow (Pyramid Sensations) with an array of dipping goodies and an amazing sweet wheel! Ben Francis provided the evening entertainment with his awesome close up magic! This guy left most guests and me speechless he's beyond talented...

The first dance well - Andy Earley turned Cold Play's 'Sky full of stars' into a dance track so these guys could have rave to it! The absolute cherry on the top of a perfect day!

Congratulations again to Catherine and Craig, this was an amazing way to end my 2016 wedding run. Honestly enjoyed every minute! And finally after hours and hours of editing and seeing your perfect smiles I'm seriously considering braces!!

**All blog images are low res, if suppliers would like to use any images please contact me directly. Please note no images can be used for marketing purposes without the permission of Heather Elizabeth photography. If any images are used the photographer must be credited.