Last Friday I had the pleasure of photographing Leanne and Sean’s
wedding day at Gorton Monastery in Manchester.
First of all I must mention the venue. What an amazing place to
have your wedding and it really is a photographer’s dream.
Lots of colourful corridors and beautiful light to get excited
It has its own enclosed gardens for group pictures where guests can chill
The day started with me calling in on Sean and his best man Dave. They seemed pretty cool about the day ahead so I left
them to talk about shoe sizes and reminisce about the years since they met at school.
Then on to Leanne’s dad’s house to witness the bride and three bridesmaids getting ready for the big day.
Claire, Shannon and Joanne looked stunning in their beautiful dresses.
Then it was Leanne’s turn. Make-up, hair and tiara fitted followed by her dress- ably assisted by Claire and Shannon.
Her dad finally saw his daughter walk downstairs and he welled up a little it had to be said- Mark is obviously a
very proud father.
The car arrived and whisked away the bridesmaids leaving Leanne and her dad alone to reflect.
It would prove to be a highly emotional day.
I arrived with my brilliant assistant Elysia at The Monastery and had a quick look around. What a stunning place
for a wedding.
The car arrived with father and daughter (met by a very smart Joshua) and the wedding party assembled.
As Leanne walked towards the altar Sean as you can see was visibly moved by his beautiful bride’s approach. Leanne and
her dad were beaming.
A lovely reading by Sean’s mum Anne was heard, and after vows and rings were exchanged the
registrar’s ‘I know pronounce you man and wife’ was met by Mr and Mrs Newey’s first kiss.
All in all, a beautiful service on a special wedding day.
The register was signed in front of the guests and lots of photographs were taken. And so it was time to witness the
bride and groom walking down the aisle to claps, cheers and plenty of celebration.
After the couple had met each guest in a reception area we returned to the Great Nave to take some more photographs
(thanks to the understanding staff who were setting out tables for the wedding
breakfast). Leanne and Sean then had a quick spin in the wedding car while I rounded everyone up for group pictures.
Thanks for your patience everyone.
Lots of great food and drink followed (plus a magician, singer and fun doing the conga!) and so the speeches began.
The bride’s father, Mark gave a very passionate speech about Leanne’s upbringing and her life to the present day
with husband Sean and son Joshua. Hopefully the pictures reflect it adequately.
It was followed by Sean. Another heartfelt speech about Leanne and her mum who sadly couldn’t be there.
Again, very emotional for anyone who knew her.
Lastly the best man Dave made a very funny speech at the expense of Sean. Not too embarrassing I think- Sean
was smiling anyway!
During the turnaround for evening guests I did a few last shots of Leanne and Sean while the sun went down behind
the monastery. Sorry about your heels Leanne!
So onto the cake cutting and first dance. Sean and Leanne were quickly joined by guests on the dance floor to share
in their special moment.
I left as Mark and Leanne had a special moment together dancing, remembering and smiling…..
Thanks Leanne and Sean for allowing me to record your very special and emotional wedding day.
It’s why I love photographing weddings.
See you both soon.