Well – here it is…possibly the most anticipated blog post of the year – the Manchester wedding photography of Claire & Mike.

I really don’t need to say anything about this city centre-based professional couple, I could let the images speak for themselves. But, suffice to say, that even going back a few weeks to Claire & Mike’s E-Shoot in Manchester, it was obvious that this couple were going to be incredible fun on the day. Boy…did they not disappoint! Look carefully and spot an image where either of them aren’t laughing together – there isn’t one. What you see here is what we witnessed on the day – a brilliant urban wedding, with a ceremony at St Ann’s inΒ  Manchester City Centre, followed by a few undirected (and almost out of control!) formal portraits around Bridgewater Hall and Great John Street, culminating in a fantastic atmosphere at (the sadly now closed) Stock Restaurant. The no-children policy didn’t prepare any of us for best Man Olly’s speech. His opening gag silenced the room into submission, while this one-man act brilliantly held court in a (sometimes) most adult but cleverly written speech. I wish I could quote some of the gags….however… πŸ˜‰

It was great catching up with Lynsey again, one of my previous wedding clients from a year or two back…and who hasn’t changed a bit with her infectious smile and laugh. Hair and makeup duties for the girls were performed at The Midland by Laura Mayers from The Bridal Make-Up Team, in my opinion, one of the best MUA’s in the North West. general ironing and getting ready duties were performed by Mike himself, in a different part of the hotel. Video duties were produced alongside by the ever-chirpy and uber talented Tom from Silk Wedding Films.

With an hour to go, I caught up with the groomsmen at their local watering hole, Sam’s Chop House. One (or two) quick beers later – (them, not me!) it was off down the road to the church…

And yes – we even staged a wedding mannequin shot in a department store window!

Wedding car duties were expertly performed by Graham from I Do Taxi – taking us briskly from Church via Bridgewater Hall and Great John Street for a few formal images…

From the formals, it was time to go over to Stock restaurant – now, sadly closed. Claire & Mike’s wedding was to be one of the very lasted hosted at this fantastic venue…. πŸ™ I used to love working at Stock. It’s low-light atmosphere wass simply beautiful, and a real challenge to work in. NO flash was used here ladies and gentlemen…no sirree…

Once the cake had been cut, and the Peroni was in full flow, it was time to hand over to Groovy Revolution to play us into the night…

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