A celebration of love and a good dose of Mancunian industrial heritage provided the perfect backdrop to Kirsty and Tom’s Victoria Warehouse wedding.
A few words from Kirsty about how they first met and their journey towards their big day together…
‘We met at university and were friends for two years before we started dating, in the early stages of dating we knew that we wanted to marry each other. We dated for a year and a half before we got engaged. We had our first date at Rivington and also got engaged here… One wet and windy day, I thought Tom was bringing me my walking boots from the boot of the car, when he presented me with a different box, that had a ring box and ring, petals and potpourri, love hearts and the words ‘Kirsty will you marry me?’ written in a frame, in it. We decided that we would get married as soon as we could, and so after 8 months of planning we tied the knot!’
Bridal prep in urban style
Kirsty and her bridal party got ready at a great Airbnb house in Rusholme, Manchester. The house had loads of character. The bare brick walls were to be a repeating feature as the day went on. There was even a bagpiper (Kirsty’s brother) thrown into the mix for good measure!
No place like home
The couple knew they wanted to get married in Manchester as it is the place they have set up home together, and wanted all of their family and friends to come and celebrate in the place they call home.
Kirsty headed over to the Didsbury Community Church in a beautiful vintage VW Campervan where the wedding ceremony took place. Both Kirsty and Tom work at the church and for them to be with the community they live and work with every day made it even more personal and special.
Following a lovely bubble confetti shot outside the church, I whisked the happy couple away to the nearby Fletcher Moss Park. This is a great time for any newly wed couple to spend some alone time and catch up about their morning. Oh yes, and of course it gives me the chance to shoot some more wedding photography for them too. Fletcher Moss is a beautiful public park in the heart of Didsbury. The autumnal foliage provided a beautiful backdrop for their wedding photos and the couple’s first moments as husband and wife.
Raw industrial backdrop
It was then on to Victoria Warehouse in Manchester for the rest of the celebrations to unfold. Victoria Warehouse in Manchester was built in the early 1900’s and was predominantly used for cotton storage. The raw, industrial aesthetic of the building provides a fantastic canvas for a wedding celebration. Exposed walls, stone floors and the vast versatile spaces within are a symbol of the city’s industrial strength and innovation. The worker bee has now become an iconic symbol of Manchester’s industrial heritage with the city being a hive of activity during the Industrial Revolution.
The room was bedecked with fairy lights and the table settings were kept very natural with candles and lots of green foliage. All of the decorative features perfectly complemented this urban space.
Even the wedding cake, a naked cake with its stripped back aesthetic, seemed to blend perfectly with its surroundings. A night of dancing, with one or two Irish jigs (Kirsty is originally from Northern Ireland), into the small hours brought this Manchester Victoria Warehouse wedding to a conclusion.
A wardrobe malfunction with a happy ending…
Kirsty had sleeves made for her dress, however one of them broke after the ceremony which actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise. She tucked them into her dress and wore it without sleeves. She loved wearing the dress with sleeves for the ceremony and without for the reception. She said it felt like she got to wear two different dresses!
Kirsty and Tom kindly provided some words about me and my photography that I would like to share…
‘Everyone loves our wedding photographs! Especially us! We love all the little moments that Mike captured, like the best man stroking a cat, Tom laughing in the middle of crying because his auntie told him a joke or Kirsty’s mum trying to Irish dance – All the little moments you want captured for a life time. Mike was a dream to work with and he went above and beyond for us, whether it was reminding us to enjoy the moment and not worry about how our guests would get to the reception venue or making sure Kirsty had a mirror to catch the first glimpse of herself in her wedding dress. Mike struck the perfect balance between blending in behind the scenes and helping us capture posed photos just at the right times’.