Band on the Wall

I got really excited when Carole and Andy told me about their wedding plans. Their wedding reception was going to be in one of Manchester’s much loved live music venues, Band on the Wall. For the best part of a century, Band on the Wall has been a cornerstone of Manchester’s thriving music scene. In the late 1970’s it was where bands like Buzzcocks, The Fall and Joy Division played some of their early concerts. That makes it an important part of Manchester’s post-punk heritage. I’ve seen a few gigs here myself, most recently seeing Beth Orton. The venue gets it’s name from the days when it was a pub named the George and the Dragon, where bands would literally play on a platform half way up the wall!

Manchester Wedding Photography

Band on the Wall is available for hire for all sorts of functions but not least as a place to hold your wedding reception. It’s placed perfectly on the northern side of Manchester’s city centre, where you can nip into the Northern Quarter for a wander and some really cool wedding portraits. Andy and Carole had their ceremony at Manchester Town Hall, another favourite venue of mine, so it was a good day of wedding photography for me! A big highlight was the band they had play in the evening. I’m a Yorkshire lad at heart so it was great to hear the lads of Back Chat Brass play some belting tunes! Starting their set in the bar and marching all the guests into the main room for the start of the dancing was brilliant. I’ll list some of the other suppliers of the day at the bottom of this post.

Leica M10 camera

For anyone reading this who is into their camera gear, this is my first post where some of these photos have been taken on my new camera! I recently bought a Leica M10 and while I didn’t intend it’s primary use to be at weddings, it has however become a staple for me everywhere, including weddings. At the moment it’s in addition to my two Canon 5D mk IV’s and I’m loving the combination of using the two very different types of camera. I’m getting a lot of joy using the Leica. Owning one has been on my wish list for a number of years and I’m sort of calling buying one my mid life crisis. For some that would be a sports car but it was always going to be a camera for me! I’m sure I’ll be saying more about it in future posts!

shot of couple together during their manchester town hall wedding ceremonycouple hug after just getting marriedcouple have a quiet moment after their wedding ceremony in manchestercouples feet along with the Manchester bee on the floor of the town hallcouple on the stairs for a wedding portrait in manchesterconfetti being thrown on couple in alberts squarelow key shotof couple on stairs kissing after their ceremonythe groom holds his brides shoes in manchestercouple leaving their wedding venuenewly weds sit on bench in albert squareinside band on the wallclose up shot of table details at band on the wall wedding receptionbride laughs at groom during the speeches at band on the wallbest man talks at a wedding receptionbride is shocked during the speechesmanchester wedding venuemanchester northern quarterbride and groom walk through manchesternewly weds walk past graffiti in Manchester northern quarter behind band on the wallcouple cross the roadband on the wall wedding photographymanchester northern quarterbride laughs with maid of honourback chat brass play at weddingback chat brass play at wedding receptionbrass band at band on the wallon stage at music venue

Dress: Confetti Box Eccles

Suits: Slaters

Hair & Make-up: Caroline Ashcroft

Catering: Lunya

String Quartet: Endymion

Flowers and venue styling: Alternative Weddings Manchester

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