Meg and Sam’s Colourful Manchester Wedding 

It’s always super special when someone chooses you to shoot their wedding but when the bride is herself a wedding photographer it’s even more of a compliment. Sam and Meg’s September wedding at the very cool and quirky Old Grammar School in Middleton was very special.

As a wedding photographer herself, Meg has seen the best and worst of weddings and this has definitely influenced their wedding planning. And the result – a day full of personal touches, family, happy faces and fun – and really what more could you ask for from your wedding day? 

I’ll hand over to the couple to tell their story…

“We met at Bury FC. Sam was apart of the media team and Meg was a match day fan photographer. Sam had a crush on Meg for a while but she didn’t know this. Sam plucked up the courage to chat to her and they began speaking on a regular basis until Sam once again plucked up the courage to ask her out on a date which of course she agreed to. It wasn’t long before Meg and Sam were inseparable and they moved into together after just 5 months. Not long after this, Sam was made redundant and Meg picked up as many extra shifts at work to support them both. It was at this time Sam decided that Meg was the girl he wanted to marry. He spoke to his Grandma who agreed to give Sam her engagement ring. It was only a month or so later that Sam’s grandma passed away and Sam decided what he was going to do to propose. Both Sam and Meg share a love for Harry Potter and they had a trip planned for the weekend before Christmas 2017 to visit the Harry Potter Studios in Watford. Sam liaised with the studios and hatched a plan to propose at the end of the tour whilst a staff took our picture. The day came and Sam was extremely nervous. Meg had an inkling that something was gonna happen but wasn’t sure what. It got to the end of the tour and as Sam was about to get down on one knee, Meg wondered off into the gift shop unbeknownst Sam was about to propose. It didn’t matter, Sam had a back up plan. He had arranged a fancy meal for the evening. During the meal, the staff was extremely attentive and repeatedly looking over at them both. Just before dessert, Meg went to the bathroom and came back to find the table pushed aside and Sam looking like he was about to burst. He got down on one knee, pulled the ring box from his sock, opened it upside down and asked Meg to marry him, which of course she said yes!
Planning the wedding was fairly easy, Meg being a wedding photographer herself knew the do’s and don’t of planning a wedding. Once we had the venue and photographer sorted, they sat back and relaxed until 6 months before the wedding when they realised the best get a move on. We managed to plan everything to our taste and have been super excited to become Mr and Mrs Thornton-Thompson.

The ceremony venue was a no-brainer! They chose Meg’s childhood church and Meg’s mum performed the ceremony.

For the reception, we chose the Old Grammar School for it’s charm! An old tudor building and wonderful staff who were on hand for anything and treated you as a bride and groom rather than a dollar sign!

Wedding Team: 

Decor – Annabelle’s Event Hire
Flowers – The Flower Studio
DJ: Roch Valley Radio
Cars: Lovely Wheels Vintage Car Hire
Videography: Isabelle Productions
Bridal Make Up: Make up by Vicki Royle (This is also her Facebook name – doesn’t have a website)
Bridal Hair: Bonnie Hair and Beauty (This is also her Facebook name – doesn’t have a website)
Cheese Wedding Cake: Godminster
Chair Hire: Table Linen Company
Anything else you’d like to share about wedding planning? Any glowing recommendations for suppliers or tips for future couples?


Huge thank you to Meg and Sam for choosing me to capture your day. Here’s a few of my favourite images.