This was my first outing as The Ivy Wedding Photographer. For those who don’t know The Ivy, it’s a rather swanky restaurant and bar in Spinningfields in Manchester city centre. Layla and Ben had chosen this venue as they’d previously been for meals and drinks and loved the place. Being a winter wedding, you never know what the weather is going to bring but we lucky and didn’t see any rain, always a bonus when you’re a Manchester wedding photographer.
My day started at Manchester Register Office just a few minutes walk from The Ivy. Layla had close family all visiting from Saudi, Ben’s family were a little more local though. After a lovely intimate wedding ceremony performed by a very eccentric registrar we set off outside to take the wedding group shots. At the time, the Christmas Markets were still running so using Manchester Town Hall for our backdrop was out of the question. Not to worry though, Manchester has lots of photography options and we’d decided to use the arches around that area and Central Library for these shots. Once these were out of the way, all of the guests made their way to The Ivy for a few drinks, while Layla, Ben and myself set off for a bride & groom photoshoot with a difference. Usually, I get around 20 minutes for these shots and that works well, we can get some lovely shots in that amount time. But, give me an hour, like Layla & Ben did, then we can really smash it out of the park.
We set off around Central Library, onto St Peter’s Square where a very talented busker got in on the act too. Then down to Deansgate and into John Dalton Library where the very accommodating staff let us inside (as long as we didn’t disturb anyone). I don’t think we did and no one complained so that was a result.
A shot walk from the 120 year old library through the modern architecture, featuring the glass buildings of Spinningfields took us to The Ivy. The Dalton Room had been hired and was all ours. The Dalton Room is available for weddings as well as drinks and other receptions. A gorgeous marble floor and hanging gilt leaf lights bring refined glamour to the room, you and your guests sit on upholstered vintage dining chairs, it really is a sight to behold. With everyone seated, the speeches began and it was almost my cue to leave before photographing the wedding cake cutting.
What a day, what a walk around and what an amazing couple. Layla & Ben, this is your day.
If you are looking for a Wedding Photographer at The Ivy or any other of Manchester’s wedding venues, then why not get in touch? I have have four ready made wedding photography packages to suit most weddings but I am happy tailor a bespoke quote just like I did for Layla & Ben.