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 Hotel Bride getting ready in the mirror with her bridesmaidsBride arriving in a car with her bouquet Groom waiting for bride to arrive looked over by dinosaur Bride coming down the aisle with her father First look between bride and groom bride and groom holding hands wedding party full of smiles bride and groom walking down the aisle confetti shot of bride, groom and bridesmaids Manchester Museum lit up at nightBride holding a lizard exotic birds in glass case wedding guests enjoying a drink Manchester Museum Wedding Photography Neon sign connect Bride and groom embrace Manchester Museum Wedding Photography Father of the bride speech Tearful mother of the bride Best Man's speech Wedding party raising a glass Bride smiling at grooms speech Birds of prey reflected in the glass Bride and groom chatting with the wedding party guests Bride and groom running away from a dinosaur skeleton Bride and Groom reflected in museum glass Bride and Groom walking down a corridor in a museum Manchester Museum wedding photography Wedding party dancing and laughing

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