When Fidel approached me about shooting his and his fiancée wedding I got so excited, it was another city wedding. As much as I love rural locations and nature, I absolutely adore an urban wedding especially in a city with as much character as Manchester. Manchester holds a special place in my heart so I was over the moon.
The lovers spent the night before at the Midland hotel and I arrived around 8am to shoot all the lovely ‘getting ready’ shots – one of my favourite parts of the day. Fidel and Oliver actually got ready together so it was lovely to see them helping each other out with their cufflinks and ties and be able to capture the unique moment.
We had a leisurely walk over to the registry office pausing for lots of fabulous street shots. The guys had lots of people stopping them to wish them luck and to take their picture, like you would if you saw a couple walking to their wedding in immaculate suits at 9.30am. It was wonderful.
After a short ceremony we walked the streets of Manchester and shot some more intimate moments between the newly weds in their favourite spots. We walked down the side of the canal, stopped outside central library and incorporated the stunning architecture into the photographs.
Fidel and Oliver then disappeared for lunch and a relaxing spa afternoon, I popped home and made it back for their incredible reception at Manchester Hall. The moment I walked in, I was greeted by the friendly staff who were putting the finishing touches to the one long dining table that dominated the room, one long stunning table to seat all 50 of their guests. It truly looked like a scene from a film, I was absolutely blown away by every detail. I knew the guests and I were in for a real treat.
Husband and husband arrived, their guests followed and the champagne flowed, it was a wonderful relaxed reception where tradition was met with fabulous modern twists. Including (I never thought I’d say this being a meat eater) but an absolutely delicious 3 course vegan meal and not just the usual 3 or 4 speeches, instead everyone in the whole room said a little something about Fidel and Oliver, shared a memory or a joke. It was like nothing I’d ever seen before.
Once the microphone had been passed around, the cake was cut and the dancing began. A conga line then lead the whole wedding party out into the hall for group shot on the spiral staircase beneath the stunning chandelier.
From rainbow hair, giant inflatable unicorns to beautiful sunflowers and the iconic Manchester bee, this was a wonderful, character-filled intimate wedding, one of which I’ll remember for a long, long time. Thank you Fidel and Oliver for including me in your incredible day! xx