It’s funny ,but when you have photographed a lot of weddings like we have, you can’t help but build a mental picture of what the day will be like when you get to know the Bride and Groom. So it was no surprise that Chloe and Guy’s wedding at The Castlefield Rooms in Manchester was a laid back, friendly and stylish day.
We met Chloe in the morning as she was getting ready at The Hilton Hotel in Manchester . Her room was very high up in Beetham Tower with great views over (I’ll admit a slight bias here) one of the best City’s in the world. Rather unusually for Manchester it was raining (coughs!), although the sun did come out later on with perfect timing. Chloe’s beautiful figure hugging vintage wedding dress was stunning and she looked fantastic.
After taking some very informal preparation shots we all went down to the lobby of the Hilton Hotel where the bridal party and some of the family were waiting for the surprise wedding cars to arrive. We took the opportunity to take plenty of photo’s here .We also had some time with Chloe who posed on the dramatic modernist steps to make the most of the architecture in the Beetham Tower. Before the cars arrived outside I ran over to the Castlefield Rooms to photograph Guy waiting for his bride to be whilst Amanda stayed and shot some more images and video.
The ceremony room which also doubled up as the function room has a really nice atmosphere and lots of light, which is great as we only use flash for creative reasons, so we were able to capture lovely dreamy backlit shots. Perfect for a vintage wedding photographic style. The ceremony was carried out by Phil, one of Manchester’s registrars, we have had the pleasure of getting to know him recently and his ceremonies are always warm and relaxed.
After the ceremony we had some time with Chloe and Guy to walk round the canal area, there are some great varied locations here. Our style is very much reportage during the day where we do not get involved or dictate the day in any way, but it’s always nice to have at least half an hour away from the guests to do some creatively lit fashion style images. These shots really do offer something unique and lift a wedding album into something you will want to show your friends and keep coming back to time after time.
Back at the Castlefield rooms it was time for speeches and some lovely food. The rooms are part of ‘Dukes of 92’ (I can’t help whistling Clint Boon’s “White with no sugar” when I here those words!) so the food and drink and atmosphere is excellent. As was the band who played later on. We left around 10pm and the party was in full flow then. We would have stayed for a dance but we had to be in Brighton the day after for the Vintage Wedding Fair, two fab city’s in two days The tour continues this week to Rye on the south coast for Lisa and Ben’s vintage wedding ceremony which ends on Camber Sands for a picnic. The we are off to Tadcaster in North Yorkshire for a very special Wedding Light Painting Photo Booth, we believe this has never been done at a wedding before, keep an look out on the blog for these images.
Oh I didn’t mention Guys suit. It was a good suit, a very good suit! Congratulations and much love to them both!