It was such a joy to work with Laurence Sweeney Photography to capture this amazing winter wedding in Northumberland at the beautiful Woodland Hall , So chic and classic it was simply stunning and we got snow!

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A beautiful summer Newcastle day for Hayley and Craig’s Wallsend Hall Wedding Photography by North East Wedding Photographer Michelle Mercer Photography. After years of planning and waiting for this special day, their dreams came true…. they said “I do”

Cait and Jonathan’s Jesmond Dene House wedding was well worth the Covid wait. Unfortunalty the weather didn’t played ball but the venue looked fantastic and everybody had an amazing time especially the wonderful burger van, these burgers where epic and so unique for a main course!

Jesmond Dene is such a versatile wedding venue, with several different options for your wedding photographs, the beautiful garden and the glorious Jesmond Dene in the heart of Newcastle

If you would like me to capture your North East wedding please get in touch to check your date!

The Pre Wedding Shoot with Newcastle Wedding Photographer

The pre wedding shoot is one of my favourite parts of my time together with my couples. This is  because it gives them a chance to be in front of my camera and experience what it is like before the wedding day.  This is going to make your wedding day experience feel smooth, relaxed and comfortable.

We also get to create something special together, documenting your engagement! the excitement of getting ready for marriage.  Being engaged is such a special time in your relationship and is often overlooked and overtaken with the planning of your wedding day.

I’m so excited to capture the only time in your life when you get to be each other’s fiancees. Get in touch and I will let you into my best secrets for getting the best out of your pre-shoot experience,

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Many couples have had to postpone their  2020 Wedding Days – but what are weddings going to be like for them after lockdown?

On the 23rd March 2020 the UK-wide lockdown sent shockwaves across the country, bringing an abrupt halt to our lives and future plans.  With the lockdown measures put in place to avoid the spread of coronavirus, many couples had their wedding days put in to uncertainty.  For some, weddings were days away, others in the following weeks and months and the lockdown was forecast to be at least 12 weeks before the first review.  It was a major source of concern for the wedding service industry as well as the couples and families that it would immediately effect.

In the UK, and in fact across the world, this pandemic has meant that those couples looking forward to their spring and summer wedding day have been forced to look at postponing, rescheduling them until 2021 or 2o22,  or for others it has meant that instead of the big wedding they had planned it has been scaled down to 30 people maximum at present from July 2020 and has to factor in social distancing.  Can you imagine your wedding day family portraits with social distancing, not the happy, fun and joyous images that you had hoped for.

With all the disappointment over postponed weddings in the last few months and calls to suppliers trying to reschedule to their new wedding date, the continual question as a wedding photographer I have been asked is “when do you think that weddings will actually start back up again, and what might they be like post-coronavirus?”.   Unfortunately I was as hopeful and helpless as my couples, I want nothing more than to capture the days they have dreamed of, but while things are slowly easing out of lockdown, I do think that any sort of ‘normal’ wedding may still be some months away from being possible.


Today, the 29th June the Government issued new guidance for weddings in the UK, here is an extract from that guidance that will affect your wedding day.

The marriage ceremony or civil partnership formation

Social distancing measures

To read the rule document please follow this link:


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What will weddings post-lockdown look like?

It is very clear that weddings in the immediate future will be far smaller than normal.  Weddings with up to 30 guests can take place from 4th July in England.  Here are the two clear differences I can see at the moment;

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Guest lists could become a lot shorter – by necessity

I expect to see many more smaller, intimate weddings in the months ahead and social distancing still being part of everyday life even if it is reduced to 1 metre apart.  We are told to avoid face-to-face seating by changing layout and table plans, at present all hospitality indoors will be table service only, and contact between staff and customers will be limited.  Reducing the number of people in enclosed spaces which effect the ceremony and reception space (and of course the dance floor).  The use of protective screens and face covering are not going to look fantastic in your wedding photos, and don’t forget to carry your hand sanitiser with your bridal bouquet.

Weekday weddings are becoming a lot more popular 

Despite weekend weddings being in much higher demand for obvious reasons, couples who are rescheduling for 2021 had to think about a weekday wedding in order to have their wedding day sooner, rather than wait a year or more for a weekend wedding date.  Let’s be honest, the longer you wait the more likely you are to have the wedding day celebration you dreamed of.  However if you really don’t want to wait anymore to say “I do” then I would look at having a small wedding ceremony now and then have the reception at a later date with you renewing your vows or having a marriage blessing.

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If you are looking at rescheduling your wedding or have become engaged during this lockdown and would like to find out more about my wedding photography, please do get in touch, we can arrange a zoom call and soon be able to meet for coffee or cocktails to discuss your plans.



Are you unsure if an engagement photoshoot something you should be thinking of booking?

So you are engaged and planning a wedding, and you have started to look at wedding inspirations posts on social media, looked at your local wedding venue options, and started to find your wedding photography.

You have started to notice that some are offering Engagement Photo sessions or Pre Wedding photoshoots and you are not sure what they are? You have not considered having one? And not sure if you want or need one. 

Here are my 7 reasons why I think that you should say yes to the Engagement Photoshoot.



You can create something really unique with your invites or maybe you are sending some of your guests save the date cards. Using your professional photos can create something unique and personal to your wedding day.


Yes, wedding planning can be stressful, planning your wedding day and day to day life can be overwhelming and time-consuming so using this time we spend together as a chance to reconnect with your partner. It sounds corny, but trust me you’ll come away feeling that you have shared at a really nice time and more in love.


Your story together started the day that you met! your wedding day is only a part of your story together so why not add to collage of images that you have together with something that marks your engagement, this is a really special time in your lives.



On your wedding day, you’ll probably be all dressed up, and sometimes this can limit your movement.   For your engagement photos, you can take a more casual approach. Where what you feel comfy in, be yourself! We can go walking in a field, sit on the ground in the long grass, or dip your feet in the sea.


Having engagement photos gives you the perfect chance to warm up to the camera and start to feel a bit more relaxed around it. Then come your wedding day, you won’t feel so nervous or worried about being posed.



It’s a great opportunity for you to get to know your photographer! To work with them before the wedding day, it gives the photographer a chance to show you how great they are! You get to know each other, it makes you more connected and relax.


Because you’ve had your engagement photos you’ll be feeling less stressed on the day of the wedding. You know the photos will be amazing, you know what the photographer is looking for and how it feels to be in front of the camera lens. It becomes a relaxed experience and a more relaxed you equals less stress on the day of your wedding AND amazing wedding photos – that’s what we all want!



I hope you found this helpful, and are starting to consider engagement photos.

To talk to me about arranging your engagement photoshoot please send me a message,  and we can have a chat about how an engagement session could work for you.






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I’ve shot a fair few weddings at The Copthorne Hotel in Newcastle now and I’ve got to hand it to Anthea and Ollie… this was definitely one to remember  You see these guys are just great fun, there’s no other way to describe them, and their day was completely unique to them.  It was relaxed, fun, definitely romantic, and at the end of the day  it was one big party with all their nearest and dearest.  

I love talking about weddings, but instead, let’s find out what Anthea and Ollie thought about their wonderful wedding day….

The Love Story
We met in Ibiza 10 years ago whilst we were both on holiday. We knew in Ibiza that we were meant for each other and that we met our soulmate. We had a long-distance relationship for 6 years and although hard at times we always had our exciting goal of living up here together and getting married at heart.

The Best Part Of The Wedding Day
Olly- Anthea walking down the aisle and our first dance.

Anthea – Us saying our vows to each other and our first dance.

The Dream
We wanted to share our love for each other and our love for Ibiza with our nearest and dearest. It was great fun giving everyone a taste of Ibiza in Newcastle! Glitter, glow sticks and great music!

The Wedding Details
The dress I chose was the complete opposite of what I thought I wanted. I wasn’t even going to try it on but after trying a fitted fishtail style dress I knew I wasn’t going to be able to throw shapes at the reception in it! When I tried my dress on I felt like a princess and loved that I could actually move and breathe! I loved the lace detail and sparkles. I came across some fab ideas on Pinterest for wedding flowers. I loved the idea of floral fans as I felt they were in fitting with our Ibizan theme, quirky and beautiful. It was a hot day so they came in useful too!

Why Was Photography Important To You?
Photographs contain memories and moments forever and it was important to us to find someone who we connected with to capture our special day.

After meeting Michelle we quickly realised how incredible she is! Her passion, style, and attention to detail (even things we had not thought about) blew us away. Michelle gave us so many ideas and guidance for other parts of the wedding and really helped guide us into making some important decisions. On the day Michelle was fantastic and so many of our guests have commented on how great she was and how much she helped out. At the start of the day, she was helping the hairdressers with my hair and later fixed my underskirt in my dress! She really went above and beyond on our day and we recommend her highly to anyone.

The Advice For Future Brides And Grooms
Don’t be afraid to choose things out of the ‘norm’ if it’s what you both love. Your wedding is a celebration of your love as a couple so give people a taste of your personality and interests. Most importantly… have fun and enjoy every moment!

The Best Part About Being Married
Being able to call each other husband and wife every day!








If you think weddings at The Copthorne Hotel on the Newcastle Quayside looks fabulous, you’d be right…   Oh and did you know you know I’m a recommended photographer there?

Looking for a photographer to capture your own wedding at The Copthorne Hotel Newcastle in a natural and relaxed style?  Get in touch by clicking HERE!

Wedding at Newcastle Civic Centre

This newcastle city center wedding had everything a spring wedding should have.  Beautiful light, warm but not-too-hot weather, a morning spent sipping champagne with friends, a touching low-key ceremony and big smiles.

 I was just delighted to make the journey small journey from the coast in to the city centre of Newcastle to photograph their day.

The wedding party met in the champagne bar of Fenwick, to raise a glass to the days celebrations.  The ceremony itself differed to a UK wedding as the groom and family members are led into the cathedral by the local priest before lastly ushering the bride and her father down the aisle too.  This wedding was very much about the big involvement of family and friends and on exit they all celebrated and danced down the aisle to the upbeat sound of violins and base guitars from the famous Jazz Manouche band, Cafe de l’Este trio…ranked no 1 in that region of France.

After shooting the wedding I can whole heartedly say they are both charming, vibrant, expressive, and so very loving.   It was a great pleasure to spend a few hours with them and their witnesses.  Thank you both for choosing me to photograph your wedding.  It was a great pleasure.