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  • HIYA!

    Welcome to the website! So I guess if you're reading this then you may well be getting married and looking for a photographer right? You're in the right place so have a scroll down this page to have a look through some of my latest work and get a feel for the way I shoot weddings.

    I try not to get in the way and try to capture the atmosphere of your wedding so that your photos will take you back to that day and invoke memories beyond what you see in front of you. If you don't want to pose for the camera that's cool, if you want to do a little bit of posing then we can do that too or if you want to pose a lot then we can go to town! It's your day so it's up to you, I'd like to come along for the ride with you.

Manchester Wedding Photographer – Johnboy Wilson – Best of 2013


I had a busy year being a Manchester wedding photographer but at the same time I managed to edit a few episodes of Scott & Bailey and a fair few episodes of Coronation Street including Christmas Day and Hayley’s death.  It was emotional to say the least!  Weddings have taken up most of my time this year and I’ve been all over Manchester to shoot them although I didn’t get to shoot abroad this year I’ve got an Italian wedding and an Ibiza wedding coming up in 2014.  I was at Manchester Town Hall, Great John Street Hotel and The Lowry Theatre most often this year but I did get to shoot at venues I’d never shot at before too including Thornton Manor and Peckforton Castle.  I’d shot videos there back in the day but I finally popped my photography cherry at those two huge venues.  I even shot a wedding at Glastonbury this year which was really cool.  I love Glasto and Katie and Stu and all their mates made a real effort to make it as real as a wedding at Glasto could be, it was amazing and very, very funny.

So, below are quite a few of my favourite images of the year, as usual some of them are emotional, funny, cool or just a bit daft.  I didn’t bother putting many detail shots in there, these are mainly shots about people because that’s what stands out to me when I look through the thousands of images I’ve created this year.  Don’t get me wrong, I do take some bluddy nice detail shots but I’ve tried to keep this post short and it’s still really long so the detail shots hit the cutting room floor.  Anyway, I hope you like them, happy new year!

Johnboy x

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January 22, 2014 - 13:49

Laura Soothill - Aww I loved looking throught these! Great job, what fabulous images!

January 22, 2014 - 13:50

Laura Soothill - Aww I loved looking through these, what fabulous images! Great job :)

January 22, 2014 - 20:59

Simon Fee - top photos

January 23, 2014 - 12:43

Martin Hambleton - If wedding photography’s all about seeing and capturing the moment, then you’ve got it. In fact, you’ve nailed it. These are brilliant John.

And it was a pleasure and great fun working with you on some of these last year.

Peckforton Castle Wedding Photographer // Laura & James


Being a wedding photographer, Peckforton Castle is a massive venue.  There’s not many venues in Cheshire that have such a huge reputation in the wedding industry as Peckforton Castle.  It’s a much sought after venue and is often the venue for footballers and celebrities.  It’s pretty special!  Laura and James got married there just before Christmas on a cold and blustery day, it rained on and off but we still managed to get outside and we even went for a bit of an off-road wander around the grounds to get something different from the usual Peckforton Castle wedding photographs.  Laura brought along some wellies and braved the mud!  It was well worth it, I love the photos we made.  Congratulations Laura and James x

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January 30, 2014 - 19:06

Betty Chadwick - Great photos great memories Dad& Betty xxxxx.

January 30, 2014 - 21:06

Jo-Anne Waterson - Amazing,love them and loved the day so much x x x

January 31, 2014 - 08:52

Kathryn Sharkey - Amazing pics Laura – you look beautiful x x x

February 1, 2014 - 21:08

Sam Pearson - Absolutely gorgeous photos and an amazing day! xx

Manchester Town Hall Wedding Photography // Hannah & Sam


Manchester Town Hall is the wedding venue that has to be the grandest in the city, well it is, hands down.  You can’t really get bigger and grander can you?  Hannah and Sam live in the city centre so the Town Hall was a perfect choice.  Hannah started the day around the corner at The Radisson Edwardian and during bride prep we could hear the chimes of the Town Hall clock calling to Hannah!:)  Sam and the groomsmen started off at Sam and Hannah’s flat in Ancoats.  I had the super-talented Martin Hambleton shooting with me that day so we could cover their walk across town as well as Hannah getting ready.  The ceremony was very emotional, from hysterics as Sam jumped in too early with his vows and there were a few tears being shed during the vows which Hannah and Sam had written themselves.  After the ceremony we walked down to the Mark Addy after a few relaxed portrait shots and got on a boat to take us to The Lowry Theatre!  It only took 20 minutes and I got to see some parts of Manchester I hadn’t seen before.  After the drinks reception the speeches followed and again Sam had everyone in tears with his speech.  The sun set beautifully in the background of the wedding breakfast and the light was amazing.  Once it had gone the party started and the dancefloor was filled, Saturday Night by Whigfield was a popular choice – everyone knew the dance!  Congratulations Hannah and Sam xx

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October 25, 2013 - 09:02

Martin Hambleton - A truly great day to be part of. Thanks for asking me along for the ride John. At the risk of boasting, I think we nailed this one.

October 25, 2013 - 19:28

Sam Haig - Hi Martin, thanks for everything – especially for all the great photos in the morning and for sorting my buttonhole out!

It’s definitely not boasting – we’re over the moon with them :)

October 25, 2013 - 19:50

Boggins20 - Thanks Martin and Sam, yes I’m really happy with them too! :)

November 5, 2013 - 22:05

/mariahedengren - So many cool shots in this wedding!

November 6, 2013 - 01:39

Alicia Adamopoulos - Great coverage! Hannah and Sam have got to be loving these.

November 6, 2013 - 10:05

kong wai - You captured so well!

November 6, 2013 - 15:09

small - Gorgeous black and white photos!

November 6, 2013 - 15:41

Leah Muse - Wow, these are gorgeous. I love how rich all of your photos look.. beautiful job!

November 6, 2013 - 16:45

Brian Kraft - It’s just perfection throughout! Super well done–I love it all!

November 6, 2013 - 16:56

Kristi Wright - Great job mixing street documentary style with the wedding coverage. Love the shot of the bride leaving the hotel.

November 6, 2013 - 18:03

Lisa Novakowski - So much beauty, wow! The people and the locations! I love your angles and your eye too, really stunning wedding and stunning work!

November 6, 2013 - 19:06

Sachin Khona - Excellent documentary work Johnny! Love these!

November 6, 2013 - 19:51

Emily - Love all the portraits! And all of your black and whites are just gorgeous. Great work!

December 14, 2013 - 21:59

Kat Forsyth - Epic coverage. Love all the details you got (not just the physical details, but the looks and emotions and all that stuff). Fantastic!

Thornton Manor Wedding Photography // Jenny & Randip

Thornton Manor weddings are always special.  It has to be one of the best wedding venues in the country, never mind the North West.  Photographing a wedding there is made really easy by how good the place looks and for Jenny and Randip’s wedding we had the added bonus of an outdoor ceremony!  A rarity for Manchester wedding photographers to say the least!  Jenny started the day in Thornton Manor’s thatched cottage which has a completely windowed front so the light in there was fantastic.  While this was going on the guests were arriving and eating the first meal of the day outside, in front of Thorton Manor, just across the field from Jenny and her bridesmaids in the thatched cottage.  I had to make the run across the field back and forth a few times to cover everything!  The outdoor ceremony was great, it got rather emotional at times and Randip struggled through his vows but got there in the end.  The weather was perfect and the wedding party sat out in the sun for the afternoon until finally everyone went inside for another meal and the speeches.  Probably the highlight of the speeches was Randip’s comment about Jenny’s mum, which I wont go into details about but there is a great shot of the best man that tells you what was said pretty much!  Gordon the Gopher made a appearance too!  Jenny changed into her second dress of the day and Randip changed into a suit for the evening and the dancefloor was great fun, it was good to see all the parents throwing shapes too!


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October 5, 2013 - 12:28

Sue Mansfield - Absolutely fabulous photos johnboy. Looking forward to you taking the photos at Alison and Daryl’s wedding next year.

October 5, 2013 - 14:29

Ali Paul - Awesome wedding. The grooms jacket is probably the greatest jacket I have ever seen. You did a stellar job!

October 5, 2013 - 15:13

James Musgrove - Happy memories!! Glad I can rely on your photos.

October 5, 2013 - 16:38

PJ - Love the mix of different cultures! Amazing storytelling!!

October 5, 2013 - 19:14

Sandy - fabulous coverage, its an amazing venue, can’t wait to shoot our weddings here next year

October 5, 2013 - 20:18

Heather Elizabeth - I don’t use this term for weddings often but this one was indeed pretty epic. That freakin’ bride is amazing. Stunning coverage.

October 7, 2013 - 10:50

Amy Barton - Amazing coverage of a stunning wedding … lovely images!

October 7, 2013 - 14:38

Veronica Varos - Truly stunning! And their cake, my goodness!

October 7, 2013 - 14:56

Edward Maurer - Love you you captured the emotion of the day. Great work.

October 7, 2013 - 15:19

Christian - Beautiful wedding, and great job! Love the variety.

October 7, 2013 - 18:47

ayesha - OMG. her DRESS!!! love everything about this… the ceremony shots especially though – the way they look at each other! the reception venue is jawdropping… you did such an amazing job capturing this gorgeous, gorgeous wedding! and i really can’t get over her dress haha… so beautiful!

October 7, 2013 - 19:52

Brian Kraft - Excellent coverage! So many wonderful photos!

October 7, 2013 - 22:46

Matthew Long - Superb set mate, especially love the portraits and bridal prep.

October 8, 2013 - 15:15

Dominique / York Place Studios - Great work, love the speeches in particular, really well executed.

October 23, 2013 - 13:10

Joseph Yarrow - Dude, these pictures are phenomenal, Jenny and Randip must be thrilled.
That picture with the kids on the fountain is so cool.

October 24, 2013 - 11:43

James - Great coverage Johnboy! The bridal prep is brilliant from start to finish!

October 24, 2013 - 16:49

Sofie Hughes - Stunning work! Looks like the awesomest wedding ever!

November 8, 2013 - 16:15

Alex Miller - Fantastic frames! I honestly don’t know how you managed to capture so many great moments in just one day.

November 11, 2013 - 18:13

Jon Yoder - Incredible work! Stunning couple, awesome location, super fun people, and awesome pictures to document it all…well done! :)

January 1, 2014 - 17:39

The Spencers - This whole wedding is incredible, from start to finish. You have an amazing eye for a beautiful shot JBW!! Jo x

February 24, 2014 - 00:24

Paul Musgrove - Great photos capturing many people in a no posing shots great work see you at the next wedding of my niece