We delivered Sarah and Alex’s album this week, full of memories from their West Tower wedding in December. What a great winter venue! The spacious and airy bridal suite, and floor to ceiling windows in the ballroom make the most of lower levels of winter light. Just fantastic for wedding photography!
Sarah chose to have hair and makeup preparation at home, and then put her dress on in the bridal suite where we took photographs capturing the intensity of those last busy moments. This was reportage photography, but deliberately shot against the light to give luminosity to Sarah’s dress and veil. Meanwhile the legendary West Tower service even extends to helping everyone in the bridal party pin their flowers correctly!
Two of us meant we could photograph Sarah’s entry to the ceremony with dad at the same time as emotion-filled moments at the front. The layout of the ballroom affords a great position for fantastic service shots, and our small Leica cameras mean we can get up close without disrupting the most important part of the day or making anyone feel awkward.
The backdrop to West Tower is the sweeping west Lancashire countryside – although the coldness of the day meant we didn’t linger too long out of consideration for the guests. We opted for the group photos that Sarah and Alex had requested in the cosy entrance area. The ballroom would have been another cold (or rainy) weather possibility, but Sarah wanted to keep the table settings a surprise, and we respect our couples’ wishes. The wedding breakfast got underway as the light was falling – those fabulous windows meant a lovely sunset in the background.
The evening celebrations started in style with the big surprise of the evening. Alex is a huge Star Wars fan, and Sarah had arranged for a first dance complete with Imperial storm troopers and R2-D2! We make sure we get good photographs of those extra details that express a couple’s personalities.
Alex and Sarah chose a Folio wedding album, which perfectly complimented the feel of their day, and four months later they can re-live their wonderful story through its beautiful pages. You can find out here how long it takes to get a wedding album and if you are planning a West Tower wedding do contact us – we would love to hear your plans.