Great John Street Hotel, Manchester, UK – Danny & Sarah
“From start to finish Abbie and Lee were amazing as our wedding photographers. I hate having my photo taken and my husband is known for his grumpiness! We are not your stereotypical lovey dovey couple but Abbie and Lee got some amazing shots which captured our relationship perfectly. From our rainy engagement shoot to the glorious sunshine of our February wedding. It was an extremely long day and, whilst they were such an important part of it, they also went unnoticed capturing candid shots. Many guests commented about how lovely our photographers were and we definitely both agree! It’s a big decision to trust a random pair of strangers to photograph your wedding day (& for a very reasonable price may I add!) but we are so glad we chose Abbie and Lee. Thank you so much! xx”
Sarah and Danny do everything together; from working together, to living together, to planning a wedding together so when we first met, they warned us that as the wedding stress was beginning to kick in, we may struggle to get lovey dovey smiley photos of them together.
They were wrong.
Arriving at the shoot, it would be fair to say that the pair were dubious. Their families had teased them about urban photography and how their backdrops would consist of power lines and metal railings rather than the more traditional green field, but it was clear from the offset, that this was a pair ready to push the boundaries of tradition. We chatted over their wedding plans, their takeaway flyer style invites, their record place names and their handmade wedding favours and as the bitingly cold weather drew in, so did the photo opportunities and those power station backdrops soon became pretty dramatic and exciting. We love an engagement shoot location with a lot of character! In fact, though he will never admit it, I think Danny quite enjoyed the shoot too!
The engagement shoot lead onto the wedding and very uncharacteristically for Manchester, the sun was out. Bright blue glorious skies welcomed the couple on their early February wedding day. Sarah’s preparations were a lively affair, there can be nothing more fun than getting all your best friends together to help you prepare for the day ahead, even when that does lead to the champagne top ricocheting off the low roof and spraying champagne all over floor, walls, TV and flowers. (Champagne scented bouquets yummy). The girls makeup was done by the brilliantly talented ‘Leanne Jackson Makeup’ and whilst Sarah and the girls pampered themselves, Danny and his best man welcomed guests downstairs in the hotel bar.
If you are looking for a stylish city centre wedding then ‘The Great John Street Hotel’ in Manchester is the hotel for you. The wedding space is decorated in a very modern, city chic style and the layout of the bar and dancefloor works brilliantly for a great wedding evening party. Then there is the roof terrace, in our opinion this is the hotels golden nugget. if you are lucky enough to catch it on a nice day then you are spoilt with brilliant views over the Manchester City centre skyline and if it is drizzly (in true Manchester style) then you still get brilliant city skyline views from under the heated parasols.
Sarah and Danny’s guests got to enjoy their afternoon drinks and canapes in the glorious sunshine on the roof terrace. A brilliant set of speeches followed, featuring the line ‘only Danny would pick a fight with the weather’ and a moment where Sarah had everyone (including the photographers) in tears. Then as the sun set over the city cobbles, the band kicked in and we were played into the night to the sound of the Beatles and Bowie.
Danny and Sarah were a dream; A couple who dreamt of photographs that captured the story of their day. Not too many posed formal photographs and were both happy to have a short stroll around the nearby streets of Manchester to get some cracking urban style photographs.
Here are some of our very favourites from their wedding day.