A Joyful Manchester Wedding with covid restrictions.

It was a windy day in August. My FIRST and LAST wedding of 2020!

If I had to pick one thing that stood out from Rhea and alex’s wedding it was the the complete joy of this couple that they could go ahead with their wedding, and it can certainly be seen on their photos!

At the time there were restrictions in place that put a 30 person limit on weddings. They had a wonderful celebration anyway! With my mask on, battling asthma and steamed up glasses, I was just as happy this day arrived!

The wedding ceremony took place at St Clements Church in Openshaw, Manchester where I have shot a few weddings in the past and we met up at Fletcher Moss Park in Didsbury for some relaxed couples portraits afterwards.

It all was so different this time, with church pews taped up and a lot less people than there usually is, but we were all just so happy to get to be there.

The confetti exit was one of my favourites ever! I just love all the wonderful happiness on Rhea and Alex’s faces , no wonder one of these images won photo of the week with Bride Magazine Online.

The formal photos were a blast! In more ways than one ! The wind picked up and it became quite challenging to get these photos done but we got them ! I love capturing a few fun and candid formals along with the traditional ones. And those girls had such a laugh taking their photos πŸ˜€

We had a relaxed wander around at the park and stopped here and there for photos before we parted ways. It was a smaller wedding wedding and a short day for me, but every bit as sweet and special as a wedding should be.


Ok, so lockdown 2020 isn’t really a thing anymore. It has been a few weeks though since my last blog post on the subject, so I thought I’d fill you in on what I have been up to life and work wise.

Somewhere over the last few months I stepped on board the Coronacoaster! One moment I’m coping fine and having fun in the sun with my kids, the next im crying, indulging in home baked goods and feeling very low, then suddenly I feel better again as I focus on what I have to be thankful for, then something shocking happens in the news and it’s all downhill again from there.

I have learned the importance of wise friends who care and encourage, the uplifting power of a good laugh and how to self care as a creative person.

I have also enjoyed getting to work on a whole bunch of different photo projects from doorstep photos capturing lockdown memories and some exciting commercial work. I even got to enter a wedding venue and photograph some beautiful decor.

I am relieved now as things are beginning to slowly go back to ‘normal’ , knowing that our past normal isn’t something we should aspire to recreate. We have all learned so much about ourselves, each other and business that we should build on those lessons to shape our post-corona world.

I hope you are well and wish you all the good things for the rest of 2020.

Marina x

Lockdown Life Part 1

It’s oficially week 5 of the UK leg of the Lockdown. It looks different for everyone and I believe everyone is struggling, just in different ways. For me and my little family it has been tough but bearable.

We are fortunate that my husband is still working, as he is a key worker. My work has slowed down a lot, as it would with social distancing meaning that weddings aren’t going ahead as planned for the moment and family shoots have been called of as we aren’t supposed to travel unnecessarily. I am still taking enquiries and booking for when this is all over, and let’s just say with everything being postponed and rescheduled, when this is all over I am going to be a very busy photographer, and to be honest I can’t wait πŸ™‚

Photography is my absolute love, and if I had any other job this would be my hobby and side hustle! Even though life is busier than ever for me at the moment, I still need to take photos, it’s part of my identity, I can’t not do it. I have started to document lots of our lockdown existence and it has been so good to stay creative and keep shooting.

We have been for countryside walks (which we are very thankful for) , baked, home schooled, made balloon installations, played, cried and had slow starts to our days. Life has been a box of chocolates in more ways than one !

Whatever your Lockdown Life is looking like, I hope you are well. I hope you are staying hopeful and upbeat as much as possible. I hope that when life changed outwardly you started to change inwardly, for the better. Even though we are locked in we can still be free <3


Oh how I’ve longed for this moment! I have finally found the ultimate album, in my opinion πŸ™‚ and I can’t wait to start creating lots of these for you, my lovely past or present couples !

The thing is I have looked at various options in the past and I hadn’t found an option that I absolutely loved, until now. My “must haves” for a wedding album is great quality and great price. I want something that displays my photos beautifully and that would last for many, many years to come and somehow isn’t priced beyond what I deem to be reasonable. Tough ask right? Well I’ve found the one !

For my sample album I have gone for an image cover, there are linen cover options available, and of course you can add your wedding date and your names or simply ‘Mr and Mrs’ to the cover text. They all come with a beautiful and protective presentation box and cover. There’s even a little surprise when you lift your brand new album out of the box! A USB with a selection of your images in digital format, expertly edited and print ready.

I absolutely love the quality of the layflat board pages. The album is of substantial weight, yet not uncomfortably heavy, it makes such a stunning impact when paging through.

To me, photography is a massive part of your wedding day. After you’ve said your ‘I do’s” and months or even years down the line, the photo’s is something you keep going back to. This sleek, modern take on the traditional wedding album is a perfect way to treasure those memories and let’s face it, everyone loves something real to page through.

All of this can be yours starting at just Β£250. My sample album is an example of a Β£250 purchase, adding more spreads will affect the price. This beauty will be making it to all of my clients meetings for you to have a look and page through.

If this is something you would love to have, get in touch and let’s start!

What if it rains?

This is a questions I get asked quite a bit, whether clients are getting married or having a family shoot with me the weather is something that sits at the back of our minds when it comes to photos.

As I boldly pencil in your wedding date in my 5 year diary I must admit I don’t worry about the weather to much. I have learned over the years telling the story of your day is what it’s all about, and a rainy wedding day can be every bit as beautiful as a sunny one πŸ™‚ I travel with bridal umbrellas that won’t look awful in your photos and every now and then you may decide to head out in the rain for a pretty romantic portrait.


I have wanted to do a series of blog posts where I take on a few topics that are frequently asked about. For my first one I have decided to take on one of my favourite subjects, the confetti shot πŸ™‚

I was talking to a bride the other day who said she wanted to meet me because she loves pretty confetti shots and she could tell I do to. I was overjoyed! She was right, when a newly married couple emerges from the ceremony venue and are greeted by their adoring friends and family, showering them with celebratory confetti you do get absolutely beautiful photos. I love the colour, joy, celebration and natural expressions.

I always encourage my couples to enjoy the moment, celebrate, smile and don’t walk to fast. Another tip I have is to make sure you don’t forget to bring confetti! In the process of wedding planning, the actual confetti is a details so easily looked over. I have often been to weddings where there was no official confetti and a hand full of guests happened to bring some of their own but the overall effect was underwhelming, so if this is a shot you have on your wishlist, please don’t forget the confetti.

Here are just a few of my all time favourite confetti moments that I have captured, some of these I captured while assisting some awesome wedding photographers.

Some of these images were even captured while it was raining heavily and we needed to improvise but we got it done and the results are brilliant. If you are debating whether to do a confetti shot, my answer is YES YES YES !!!

Oh Me Oh My, Liverpool
A bride and grooms walks as guests throw confetti over them
Openshaw, Manchester
Bride and groom walks while guests throws confetti over them
The Wellbeing Farm
Captured while assisting Wambam Weddings
Another Place The Lakes, Ullswater
Guiting Power, Gloucestershire
The Outbarn.
Captured while assisting the lovely Wambam Weddings