Helen and Dave’s  winter wedding at the grade 2 listed Manchester Museum was a magical day filled with fun, laughter and plenty of animals. The Manchester Museum is part of The Chancellors Collection, venues in iconic and historic buildings owned by the University of Manchester.

Bridal preparations

I met with Helen and her bridal party at the Midland Hotel, an historic and iconic hotel in the heart of Manchester. There was lots of excitement in the air as the ladies were getting ready for the big day. Hair and make up was provided by Paint of Hale, Cheshire.

Father of the bride first look

A day to remember in the museum

After the bridal prep, we headed over to Manchester Museum, a truly spectacular venue for a wedding given the scale of the rooms and all of the different exhibitions. The museum also boasts a skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, affectionately named Stan, amongst many other fossils and artefacts. The actual wedding ceremony took place in the Fossil Gallery under the watchful gaze of Stan!

What I love about shooting wedding photography in this Manchester venue is the fact that the museum can accommodate the whole wedding day. From the ceremony through to the wedding breakfast and evening reception there is no need to reconfigure the rooms. Each element is catered for in a different and unique space.

Tiger in a glass case

A cornucopia of animals

If there weren’t enough animals in the museum already, Helen and Dave decided to bring some more creatures to the wedding celebration. These included lizards, frogs and snakes, which made for some unique and colourful photographs.

The wedding breakfast and speeches took place in the stunning Living Worlds area of the museum. The backdrop of a multitude of animals provided a beautiful and quirky setting for a wedding. Even the wedding cakes were animal themed! It was all so much fun.

Brides bouquet in the window at the Midland HotelBride getting ready in the mirror with her bridesmaidsBride arriving in a car with her bouquetGroom waiting for bride to arrive looked over by dinosaurBride coming down the aisle with her fatherFirst look between bride and groombride and groom holding handswedding party full of smilesbride and groom walking down the aisleconfetti shot of bride, groom and bridesmaidsManchester Museum lit up at nightBride holding a lizardexotic birds in glass casewedding guests enjoying a drinkManchester Museum Wedding PhotographyNeon sign connectBride and groom embraceManchester Museum Wedding PhotographyFather of the bride speechTearful mother of the brideBest Man's speechWedding party raising a glassBride smiling at grooms speechBirds of prey reflected in the glassBride and groom chatting with the wedding party guestsBride and groom running away from a dinosaur skeletonBride and Groom reflected in museum glassBride and Groom walking down a corridor in a museumManchester Museum wedding photographyWedding party dancing and laughing

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