What a week another photoshoot but more importantly, another Manchester wedding venue to showcase to you.

Chetham’s Wedding Venue

How can you not be inspired by this beautiful medieval building which dates back to 1421. In the centre of Manchester, this is a real piece of history right on our very own doorstep, you will have walked past it a million times, and probably like me, wondered what its like inside. Well, let me tell you , you will not be disappointed and definitely want to see more. This is just a little taster of what you can expect to find in this Harry Potteresque venue. At a recent open day for industry businesses, Stephen McGowan Photography took these fantastic images. It shows you the transformation lighting can give to this building and how, should you wish to have a wedding here, it can change the warmth of the dark tones of the brickwork and beams into something quite magical….

Baronial Hall:


The Rooms:


Audit room:


Chetham’s Library:

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We had the privilege of organising an amazing shoot here with our pal Kenny Brown Photography.  Showing a different slant on the traditional shoot and embracing the city centre in all its glory. Once again we used a High St dress from Zara which I think suited the brief perfectly. It could be used multiple times over after your wedding day and is available to buy instore right now handsomely priced at £49.99 ……Boom
Shoes were from the fabulous Charlotte Mills Bridal – Anastasia £250, a T-bar closed toe sandal with vintage deco heart design.

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We really wanted to show, how your images could really have the WOW factor and whilst you look at these images on the blog and think how could I recreate this in your own style, please bear in mind that all the suppliers and accessories you see today are all from affordable local businesses. To me, this is the really the focus I always bear in mind when producing a shoot. Find these little nooks around your venue before hand and transform, for example, a doorway into the most beautiful image of you and your partner to be. This doorway was in the corner, I saw it, loved the style, the colour and the way the light shaded across it. Your photographer should always see where you are coming from and give good honest feedback. I always say try it and see. It’s usually the one where you took that last shot which becomes your favourite in the album…..#daretobedifferent

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Dramatic and full of character the Library.

Chetham's school of Music

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The corridors, dark and mysterious…

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The Hall, open, traditional, quirky…..

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The Flowers:

Designed by Paragon Floral Design these are, to me, an art form. We all need inspiration and take from these what you will. The colours were bright and in keeping with the building, I love the twig element showing through the bouquet and headpiece to make this quite calm and muted dress pop to life. If your unsure of where to take your flowers, read what Kate from Paragon, had to say about the shoot…
“Chethams Library is such a fab location to shoot at, we loved the theme, the dress, the model, the make up & hair and the car just set it all off. The flowers we created here were meant to reflect the vintage style, which is still going strong and will be throughout this season too, but mixed with an edgy twist. Using unusual shapes and combining them with meadowy style flowers, has given a soft feel which still packs a wow punch!! It’s really important for your big day to think about not only the colours you like but what colours suit your venue too. Adding the right style flowers and in the right colours can create a fantastic look.”

The Bouquet:

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The Hairband:

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The Centrepiece:

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The Make Up & Hair was applied by Charlie owner of Brides by Binx and oh my days what a transformation was made when all these elements were put together. What I love the most about a collaboration is how each supplier can just have free reign with the brief to execute an amazing look.

Charlie says :
“My inspiration came from all of the existing themes for the shoot and the venue, my colour palette loosely based around the flowers and the soft paleness of the dress.
I prepped the hair firstly with Paul Mitchell heat seal, curled the hair in the same direction rolling the curl back and repeated this on both sides. This makes the hair naturally flow away from the face. I softly back-combed the root and sprayed with a matt hairspray to keep it looking fresh. Gently brushed out the curl and teased the odd few sections to create a slightly messy textured curl. Then with the head piece I rolled sections of the hair over the top of the band to anchor it in place, then all remaining curls were pinched and pinned at random into the back.
Make up wise we went for flawless coverage, using a primer helps a lot to create a beautiful smooth base, my favourite is Estée Lauder. Created soft highlighting and shaping to enhance the cheek bones.
Bold brows using a short soft brush and Mica paint pot, then finally a  beautiful burnt red for the lips.”

It’s always recommended to use a professional on your big day they know how much and how little to use especially for the photographs you want to look like yourself, just enhanced.

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The Car:
Once again Miss Daisy the Beetle came out to play, this time we decorated her with her very own floral bouquet…..well we couldn’t leave her out now could we. Versatile she looks right at home here infront of this historic building and a far cry away from the warehouse of our last shoot she still very much takes centre stage.
I love her……. #swoon
Loving restored by Nicola from Penny Belle she is also is looking to expand her repertoire of not only cakes and car hire, but other cool weddingy treats keep your eye out on her Facebook page.

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Which just leaves me to tell you about the venue hire at Chetham’s Wedding and Events.

They say :
“You and your guests will have exclusive use of the medieval buildings for your special day, and can wander through the cloisters, secret passageways and hidden courtyard soaking up the unique atmosphere of this haven of tranquillity. The gorgeous time-worn sandstone and sumptuous oak-panelled rooms provide the perfect backdrop for your wedding photographs, and the stunning Baronial Hall will give your ceremony the wow factor.
In the heart of Manchester city centre with excellent transport links, Chetham’s offers the perfect combination of history and heritage in a contemporary setting. Ceremonies, drinks receptions and wedding breakfasts can be hosted in a series of period rooms with the flexibility to accommodate anything from the most intimate gathering to larger groups. By special arrangement you can have the register signing or even the ceremony itself in the stunning seventeenth-century interior of Chetham’s Library. We offer fully catered wedding packages through our exclusive event partners Vanilla in Allseasons, who will work with you from beginning to end to create your perfect day. Smaller, ceremony-only events are offered on an in-house basis, either with or without drinks and canapés.”

Venue hire (2016 prices) is £1500 for half-day ceremony only, with or without drinks and canapes, and £2000 (Saturdays) / £1750 (all other days) for full day hire for a ceremony and reception. All prices include VAT. Drinks and catering are in addition to the venue hire.

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Thank  you to all involved in the shoot especially Sue from Chetham’s and all the staff who made us feel welcome. But special thanks goes to our Model Tanya who worked it, worked it , worked it baby to help us all produce an amazing shoot.

Much love,

Nicole xxx