The story of Beth and Andy’s Manchester wedding began a long time ago – they first met in primary school! Fast forward and here they were, preparing to marry at St. John the Baptist church in Lees before travelling in a vintage bus to a fabulous reception at Stock restaurant in the city centre. Stock is a great venue for a city wedding, and offers lots of possibilities for dramatic wedding photography, but as always, we started the day with first Andy and then Beth at home. Our reportage approach to this part of the day captures the fleeting moments and emotions, and at the same time helps break down reservations about being photographed.
Soft, late October daylight filtering through the cottage windows was enough to help create some lovely black and white photography with our Leica M9 . Making the most of the window light reflected in the mirror for natural wedding photography. These photographs look best in colour, the soft light flooding across Beth’s lovely face as she starts to get ready.
The glow of the reflected light catches Beth’s mood perfectly. These moments, when a bride enjoys the luxury of time with family and friends before the intensity leading up to the actual wedding service, are amongst our favourites. Family moments that are captured for ever in beautiful photographs. Mums and Dads, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters – everything that matters!The love and tenderness of a father’s hug captured by reportage photography.
The final moments as a single woman and a shy smile to her Dad.The new Mr and Mrs Whitehead!From the damp but beautiful Lancashire hills to a prime city centre location in a vintage bus. Stock Restaurant is a very classy wedding venue, discreet when viewed from the outside and something of an architectural masterpiece inside. We managed to capture confetti fun on the Manchester streets before some natural portrait photography in the grand outer lobby and the magnificent domed main dining area.Light levels are low and atmospheric at Stock, with lush interior design, and moody ambient light as the main attraction. For these photographs we used off-camera flash discreetly to create dramatic light on our lovely bride and groom, without overpowering the subtlety of the surroundings.