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Hello, congratulations and a warm welcome to my blog.  You have just found the home of perfect wedding photography solutions.   Matt Collis will capture the memories of your most important day with a flexible approach which fuses a unique blend of photographic styles.  

 

Take a look at what it is that I love doing through my blog posts and do get in touch for a chat on 07947 359855 or email matt anytime at matt@mattcollisphotography.com

 

 

 

Georges of Worsley: The glamorous new Manchester wedding venue brought to you by Ryan Giggs

March 24, 2015  •  Leave a Comment
 
George's Dining Room & Bar is the stylish eatery and now wedding reception venue situated in the picturesque location of Worlsey, and owned by Manchester United's Ryan Giggs.

As one of the most photographed Manchester wedding spots George's could not be more perfectly situated as the gorgeous canal side shoot location with its bridges, barges and traditional buildings is literally just across the road. The location is also very close to the popular St Mark's Church.

Matt Collis photography was invited to photograph models Adam and Amy to showcase this venue at their open event this March. The Gown and Suit were on show from the beautiful Isla Jean Boutique



We had a fabulous day using this much sort after location to promote the equally fantastic facilities on offer to couples at George's.
The incredibly talented George's chef Andrew Parker with Adam and Amy


For more information about this chic new wedding reception venue  please click here George's Info .  The open event was a huge success and was managed by the wonderful Gemma at We Are Indigo who are responsible for the promotion of some of the coolest venues in Manchester. Check out their impressive client list at their site here we are indigo

The Albert Hall Wedding Event - Cool and Chic Collide

February 02, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

The Albert Hall is THE new Manchester super cool wedding venue

Last Thursday saw the first bridal event to be held at the breathtaking Albert Hall and it went off in style.  Originally a Wesleyan Chapel and now known to be one of the coolest music venues in Manchester hosting acts including the Vaccines, The Horrors and Goldfrapp.  The Albert Hall now holds its own wedding license. This exquisite space, and Manchester Evening News venue of the Year 2014, has been lovingly restored and reopened to the public

The Albert Hall chapel. A jaw dropping and beautiful space
Matt Collis Photography was honoured to be invited to exhibit at this hip new venue and met some wonderful couples who will be marrying there soon.

Matt Collis Photography exhibits at The Albert Hall

Take a peek at Emma of She Wears Seashells wonderful blog which showcase some of the inspiring and creative minds that also exhibited at the fair She Wears Seashells

 

If you are intrigued and want to know more about the Albert Hall as a wedding venue then take a look here The Albert Hall or email info@alberthallmanchester.com for more information. 

 

This wedding venue Rocks!



Gorgeous Vintage Wedding by Matt Collis Photography

September 25, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

A touch of Vintage with a drop of Cider and a sprinkling of Ceilidh

Alice & Christopher Derbyshire Wedding at Woodthorpe Hall

Woodthorpe Hall was the setting for this charming and deliciously quirky wedding this summer in the rolling hills of Derbyshire. 

See more loveliness here


















 

 

 


Tip of the week: Part 1. God Bless America .... They sure know how to wedding party!

June 23, 2014  •  Leave a Comment


A US / British wedding at Breadsall Priory, Derbyshire by Matt Collis Photography


 To all UK brides to be this week's wedding tip is part one of a series about harnessing the atmosphere that the US inject into weddings seemingly effortlessly.


A US / British wedding at Breadsall Priory, Derbyshire by Matt Collis Photography


It's all to do with big smiles, relaxed attitudes, being spontaneous, and for one wonderful day laying aside our awkward British inhibitions and partying hard like nobody is watching.

I'm sure you are all looking at wedding blogs, Pinterest posts, wedding photography, and themes inspired by American websites.  And why are UK brides doing this? Well for the same reason that UK photographers look to the US for inspiration.  Because they are so damn good at making weddings rock! 



So here's part 1 of my tales from American weddings. 



Part 1:  The Mexican hostage situation 

It's Mothering Sunday.  I'm sitting  alone at the bar in a Mexican diner in Brooklyn on a hot, lazy afternoon.  Eating mouth-watering fresh tacos, sipping an expertly mixed margarita and enjoying a well earned afternoon off.

Everything's perfect except one thing.  I'm the wrong side of the Atlantic,  and even though it's the American  Mother's Day and not the British one, I can't  help but feel a little homesick for my family.


Out of nowhere the door bursts open and flooding into the diner with rays of sunshine splintering around them, an unexpected party crashes into this otherwise quiet family scene.



At the head of this well dressed, but unruly invasion party is a bride. She has been kidnapped. Although not against her will.



Her kidnappers are the grooms party, and the bride really should be on her way to the church by now.



'Drinks all Round' This here lady is getting maried! '
The bride is being held ransom to the tune of one margarita and several tequilas. Nobody knows when or indeed if she will be released by her captors. The head hostage taker makes his demands 'Drinks all round. This here lady is getting married' and the whole restaurant  cheers and raises their glasses to the group of strangers who have just sprinkled a little magic into everyone's life including mine. 



Even though nobody will ever know who that bride was, where she was getting married,  or if she ever made it to the church on time, for those crazy few minutes every soul  in that diner was a little happier, and became a part of that brides big day.

Genuine Smiles all round at US Weddings!

  Having been a guest at American weddings, worked with American couples in the UK, and worked with some wonderful people in fashion in New York,  I can honestly say that if you  think American when planning your wedding  it will sparkle with a little extra magic, love and atmosphere.

A US / British wedding at Breadsall Priory, Derbyshire by Matt Collis Photography

A US / British wedding at Breadsall Priory, Derbyshire by Matt Collis Photography


A US / British wedding at Breadsall Priory, Derbyshire by Matt Collis Photography

A US / British wedding at Breadsall Priory, Derbyshire by Matt Collis Photography

A US / British wedding at Breadsall Priory, Derbyshire by Matt Collis Photography


A US / British wedding at Breadsall Priory, Derbyshire by Matt Collis Photography


A US / British wedding at Breadsall Priory, Derbyshire by Matt Collis Photography

A US / British wedding at Breadsall Priory, Derbyshire by Matt Collis Photography
 
Don't miss next week's part 2 by following my blog.  There will be top tips on how you can add to your wonderful wedding atmosphere, without spending a penny (or a dime?)........Matt  www.mattcollisphotography.com

How to Use Facebook and Instagram successfully at Your Wedding

May 21, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Tip of the week : Dispose of your disposables and save a fortune by using Instagram and Facebook

Wouldn't it be wonderful if your wedding day memories could be captured by your guests from there point of view in an informal, personal and fun way.  Just imagine if you could instantly collect together all the images to make one big collection. An album made just for you by the most important people you know, on the most important day of your life. This fun album would compliment the beautiful professional photography you have arranged to cover the big moments perfectly.




"Well that's easy" I hear you say.  "We just buy disposable cameras and put them on every table, Right?".......... Wrong!!! 

 As a professional photographer I see a lot of money spent on disposable cameras at weddings.  I also see that money going to waste.  Disposable cameras are expensive to buy and even more expensive to process.

Regularly I see these pricey extras treated not as a quirky retro feature at your wedding, but as a toy for restless children meaning that you will end up with a bunch of very expensive, out of focus pictures of table legs, backs of heads and teddy bears. That's if you even manage to collect all the cameras at the end of the party. They end up going home in handbags, kicked about on the floor and at worst in the trash.
 
Don't use disposable cameras - They aint cheap!


So what's the alternative you say? Smartphones, iPhones, Instagram & Facebook!
The beauty of this way being it's free, it's creative and it's instant.  You have full control of it, and best of all your guests provide the cameras and do the processing for you absolutely free!

Use Facebook and Instagram for your fun photos


How to Facebook and Instagram your wedding:

1.)  On your wedding invites ask your friends to set up an Instagram account. (Don't worry if they don't, you can still Instagram or edit with other apps the pics after they get on to your Facebook if you want).

2.)  Set up a Facebook account or page specifically for your wedding.  Make sure you put the name of this Facebook account on your invites and wedding stationery/itinerary or table plans. Invite your guests to like this page or friend it way before the big day so they can tag your photographs more easily. Update it occasionally to keep it in your friends minds and let them know how your plans are developing.

3.)  Ask your guests (actually insist! It's your wedding day after all!) to use their phones, Instagram and/or Facebook accounts to upload the photographs as they take them throughout the day. Most importantly, your guests need to tag the images with the name of your Facebook wedding page or account. Tagging the images means they all end up exactly where you need them in one safe, secure and downloadable location for you to do with whatever you choose.

So there you have it.  In a very simple way you have saved yourself a lot of time and money to end up with a very impressive and creative collection of extra wedding day memories.

Matt Collis Derbyshire Wedding Photographer


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