A Manchester Monastery Wedding

So throw those curtains wide!  One day like this a year would see me right!”   Claire and Jon knew they wanted to get married somewhere that wasn’t a church but that still had the feel of a church. Both from Manchester and with a keen interest in all things local, the Monastery in Gorton was a perfect wedding venue choice.

Gorton  Monastery altar with vivid lighting, bride and groom first dance

Claire and Jon

Many things make Gorton Monastery wonderful for weddings – the incredible space provided by the soaring architecture, the contrast between the rich colours and textures around the former altar and the romantic drama of the cloisters with their distinctive Gothic  windows.

Cloister at Gorton Monastery, moody black and white photos, bride and groom

Outside, the Archangel garden is a lovely counterpoint to the gothic splendour,  even on a windy day like  Claire and Jon’s, and we  were fortunate to be there whilst the cherry trees blossomed .Cherry blossom at Gorton Monastery, bride and groom kissing

Claire’s sisters gave lively support to her preparations, and Jon’s men were cool, calm and collected. They were all soon whisked from hotel to monastery, and the setting formed a marvellous backdrop to one of the warmest, happiest occasions you could wish for.Grainy black and white photograph, bride and make-up artist Groom and his men, back and white photo, hotel roomGroom and groomsmen sharing last minute jokes, black and white photoClaire & Jon blog9Bride and gown, final preparation, black and white photoSisters of the bride in preparationBridal party meet registrar, monastery cloistersBride and father walking down Gorton Monastery cloistersWedding ceremony at Gorton MonasteryMagnificent colours and structures, Gorton Monastery altar settingClaire & Jon blog17Dramatic colour and lighting at Gorton MonasteryClaire & Jon blog20Black and White photo of Bride and Groom enjoying first dance at Gorton Monastery

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