A West Tower wedding with Sarah and Alex

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.

Bride and bridesmaids help each other get ready in the bridal suite at West tower

Brides mother, bride and bridesmaids getting ready for a West Tower weddingBrides mother pins veil on the bride at West Tower

Bride looks at her flowers in the bridal suite at  a Lancashire wedding venue

Bride looks herself in the mirror in her bridal suite

West tower staff help guests get readygroom and best man get ready at West Tower groom and best man before the wedding ceremony

bride descends stair on the way to her wedding

bride enters ceremony room at West tower with her fathergroom waits nervously as his bride walks down the aisle with her father at West tower

groom reassures tearful bride at the altar

father gives his daughter

groom slips ring onto brides finger

bride and groom kiss as man and wife

grandparents look on approvingly at the wedding service

group photo on a cold day outside West Tower wedding venue

bride and groom walk past at West tower in Lancashire

bride and groom with parents in the doorway at West tower bride and groom with parents in the reception area at West tower

newly wed bride and groom kiss under the mistletoe

bride and groom in the bridal suite at west tower after their wedding

sunset outside as the wedding breakfast begins at a west tower wedding

wedding cake with snowman and snow woman topper for a winter  themeglasses of champagne ready for the wedding toast

best manguests laugh during wedding breakfast speeches

bride and groom kiss as they cut their cake

casino entertainment for wedding guests

star wars characters  wedding crash

bride and groom take to the floor for first dance in West tower ballroom

bride and groom embrace during first dancebride and groom kiss during first dance at West tower

 

 

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