Such a lot to really love about this wedding. Beth and Michael are just the loveliest of couples to spend the day with and when they first got in touch about their wedding plans I was super excited. The venue they’d chosen is absolutely stunning! I’m pretty sure there’s nothing else like it in the North West. Gorton Monastery (forgive my waffle here – sometimes that history degree rears it’s head) was built in 1863 and was home to Franciscan monks. In 1977 it was recognised internationally for it’s architectural significance and earned the nickname ‘The Manchester Taj Mahal’. Not a bad place to hold your wedding reception! Enough of the history lessons – you’ll soon see how beautiful the interior of this building is and why it was such an easy choice for Beth and Michael when it came to choosing their wedding venue.
Whilst I joined the girls at Beth and Michael’s home for bride prep, Stuart met up with the boys in the very cool surroundings of the Manchester Hilton. Beth’s choice of a grey-blue colour scheme was brought together with some very lovely bridesmaids dresses, pale blue hydrangeas in the bouquet and a stunning floral crown. Seriously, I want to spend my life wearing a floral crown. It was also a very sweet reference to Beth’s parent’s wedding where her Mum wore fresh flowers in her hair.
A vintage double decker bus collected the guests from the Hilton and then headed over to pick up the bridesmaids before the bride arrived at church with her Dad. After the ceremony the bus whisked everyone off to Gorton Monastery for drinks and chats before the meal. We took advantage of all the pretty little spots around Gorton Monastery for pictures with Beth and Mike before we headed into the amazing reception area for the meal and speeches. What a spectacular backdrop for a wedding breakfast. Mentions here to the staff at Gorton Monastery who are absolutely lovely and kept the day running perfectly to plan. Plus they had very cool walkie talkies which I coveted.
The evening ended with dancing and laughter and more portraits of Beth and Mike and generally good times enjoyed by all.
Beth and Mike – huge congratulations and thank you for choosing us as your wedding photographers. We had such a fun day with you both and your lovely families.
Here’s a selection of my favourite images from the day. For more Manchester weddings please click here.