What to do with your dress after The Big Day

The question of what to do with your dress after the Big Day may not occur to you until after the event itself.  Or maybe you’re one of those girls who has every little detail sorted.

Whatever you’re like, the probability is that you’re going to get the dress dry-cleaned.  If you’re going to keep it, you’ll want to make sure that its not going to get discoloured or damaged.  And if you’re going to sell it on – well, its got to be in tip top condition.

So here is a trade secret.  I know of a brilliant dry cleaners in St. Annes.  Even better, its only round the corner from where I live.

Fylde Coast Service Centre on Alexandria Drive (yes, I know it doesn’t sound like a dry cleaners but it is,I promise!) are incredibly professional and incredibly good at what they do.  They are old-school dry cleaners.  Meaning that they take time to explain the process to you and they’ll treat your dress with the respect it deserves.   They do repairs – great if you’ve ripped a hem with your Jimmy Choos!   They’ll even box it up properly – a boon whether you’re keeping it as a keepsake or selling it on.

And they don’t cost an arm and a leg either.

Fylde Coast Service Centre

9 Alexandria Drive

St. Annes

Telephone: 01253 722191


Something touched my heart…

…recently I’ve been photographing children for the Cherub’s scheme which is run by the MPA.  My particular customers come from the PR1 postcode area – Preston.  It covers a wide range of different types of people – well off and not so well off.  Young mums and older mums.  A broad range of cultures too.

This morning I went to Preston to photograph a little boy – only 2 months – and his big sister got in on the act too.  She emerged, tousle haired and sleepy, just as I arrived.  Then she ate breakfast and most of it ended up around her face.  She had this open expression on her face – completely trusting.  I think she’s lovely.  I hope her life turns out to be a rich one.

Here she is……..messy face and all.

Trafford Centre Wedding Show 19th/20th February

For all those wedding show fiends out there………don’t forget the Trafford Centre Wedding Show the weekend after next.

There will be loads of stands to have a look at and you’ll be able to check out all the latest weddingy stuff. 

AND you’ll also have the benefit of having a mooch around some of the high street stores to get ideas about dresses for both you and the bridesmaids.  If your man is wearing a lounge suit rather than the full dress suit you’ll have lots of different options in places like John Lewis/French Connection/Zara. 

So its really worthwhile spending a bit of time mooching round the shops as well as the show.

And, as usual, don’t forget to come by and say hello!

Amanda and Bill 20th March 2010

I’m ashamed to say that I never got round to posting the images from Amanda and Bill’s wedding in March of last year.  2010 was a year of change and was mad, panic busy on top.

Amanda and Bill’s wedding was one of those days where, even with great planning, things go a little awry.  The grounds outside the church were being dug up.  The minister patently had a bit of an aversion to photographers (though he was alright in the end).  And when we turned up at the reception – well, the doors were closed!

However,  Amanda was always incredibly gracious.  Always smiling.  Always happy.  A real lesson to all of you out there who are planning your big day to the last nth.  Somethings you just can’t control. 

But the reason that you’re there is to get that ring on your finger and cement the relationship with the man, or woman,  you love by stating your committment to them in front of your friends and family.  That’s the real deal.

So here, at long last, are the photos from the day.  Happy Nearly Anniversary Amanda and Bill.  Hope your dreams have come true.