June 29 2018
Flowers – The Flower Studio, Manchester
Ice Cream – Ice Cream Dub
The weather in June in the UK can be anything really – cold, wet, sunny, warm – take your pick. I guess I probably thought that the warm and sunny option was unlikely when I first met with Susan and Callum to discuss their plans but as the heat wave continues in the UK, it turned out to be a very warm and a very sunny day. On this occasion my camera bag packing list included sun screen… It’s not often that makes the cut! I’ve still not figured out if booking the ice cream van (Ice Cream Dub) was as a result of the bride and groom’s sixth sense for what the weather was going to be like or if they also understand (as I do) that there is in fact no bad time for ice cream and it would still be appropriate if it was cold and rainy.
West Tower is a lovely place for a wedding – no wonder it has won so many awards. For six years in a row it has been voted the County Brides North West Wedding Awards Best Wedding Venue. I love that Susan and Callum and their family and friends had the place to themselves and were able to wander around the grounds (in between the ceremony, dinner and dancing) finding ice cream, shade and thirst quenching beverages at the bars. Apparently air conditioning was one of Callum’s *must* criteria when they were searching for a wedding venue and I have to admit, that was a welcome relief throughout the day from the sun and warmth. Well done Callum.
Susan is probably one of the most organised people I know so the day ran like clockwork. I enjoyed my time with the girls while they got ready in the beautiful bridal suite watching the guests arrive on the lawn downstairs. The ceremony was simple and pretty with bright yellow flowers from The Flower Studio injecting a real summertime vibe. Another highlight for me was Callum and his speech – that little waver in his voice when he turned his attention to Susan gave me goose bumps… even in the heat. The sunset was also something pretty special.
Here are a few of the pictures that we took– Simon was very capably shooting with me throughout the day again. I am always grateful for his perspective and company.