Great John Street Hotel Wedding
I was excited to shoot this Manchester city centre wedding for two reasons; the first was the venue. A former school house, the Eclectic Hotels’ flagship wedding venue Great John Street Hotel is one of the freshest city centre locations. Situated next to the old Corrie set, and around the corner from MOSI, a place I’ve wanted to shoot at for a while. The second reason was the couple. Such a lovely pair! We had fun at the pre-wedding shoot, and I knew we were in for a good time here too.
The morning started like any other, the wine was flowing and Alice Marie Makeup was helping the girls settle into their day. After a quick visit from dad to fix his buttonhole (supplied by the wonderful Sian Wild at The Flower Lounge) the girls went up to the Playground on the rooftop of the venue to have a look at the ceremony room. The place had such a cool vibe upstairs, and complete with a bespoke Cigar Bar, set the scene for what would be an amazing rooftop party in the city.
I love photographing little details, like the stag antlers on the wall upstairs (because everyone knows I love a good set of antlers!), the amazing cake by Just Gorjuss Cakes, and the skyline of this wonderful surrounding view.
Adam and the boys hung out with my second shooter Wayne until the ceremony, and Laura’s grand entrance. Since she was getting ready at the venue, there was no reason to be late! Adam looked on as his bride entered the room, and there was not a dry eye in the house!
While the guests enjoyed drinks on the terrace, and plenty of gingerbread, The newlyweds, Wayne and I headed off into the city to capture some of that beautiful light. And to think it was December – anyone would have thought it was the height of summer. My inside man at The Air and Space Museum let us take some amazing pictures inside the hall. The former Lower Campfield Market, this building housed some amazing machines. From replica triplanes to original wartime spitfires, this was an amazing opportunity to create some epic images for the couple. The amount of natural light coming through that huge window – Wowmygod!! Being a winter wedding, we knew that the light wouldn’t last long, and we had to shoot a lot on-the-fly, so we could move between locations easily.
Into the evening festivities, Lauren Housley and her band played out the first dance, an original track called Show Me What Love Is – seriously – its amazing!! They had some amazing chemistry on the dance floor, and we grabbed some lovely shots using just the lights from the band. The sun was setting at around 4pm, so lighting was brought in to help us create some cool urban shots. We love a good nighttime shoot, especially with such a cool backdrop as the city. The pair wanted to go back out into Manchester for some urban night-time images. Spinningfields is a beautiful place, even more so with twinkling city lights, and the opportunity for the couple to disappear into the city for a night time walk. These crazy lovebirds loved our time out in the dark, even stopping by the venue’s underground carpark to grab a quick snog together (them, not me!) I have to say, this wedding, and Great John Street Hotel, ranks amongst my favourites – it was the first time shooting a cool city centre wedding, but I already can’t wait to be back at this gorgeous venue!