Sarah and Mike, Manchester Victoria Baths Wedding

Sarah and Mike decided to buck tradition, and have a completely DIY wedding in the incredible heritage site, Manchester's Victoria Baths.

When these two first enquired, they had a completely different date, and a completely different venue! They'd decided to follow to current trend and opt for a barn wedding (which I totally love, but obviously they're not for everyone). We decided to have their pre shoot at Victoria Baths, which was a really special location for them both, as they'd considered it as their wedding venue, and Sarah used to visit with her late grandma when she was younger. The shoot was beautiful, we explored the whole of the huge space, and I was completely enamoured with it.

A few months later, I got some very stressed texts from Sarah! Her and Mike had decided the venue they'd chosen wasn't for them, and they were revamping their wedding. We talked through some of their options, from eloping, to intimate weddings... when I finally heard back, they'd booked Victoria Baths! and only had a few months to sort re organise EVERYTHING.

Luckily for them, lots of their suppliers were still available, myself and the fabulous Adam Wing Films included.

Sarah got ready at King Street Townhouse, with her mum and all of her bridesmaids. Vicky M Hair and Maxine Smith Bridal Makeup were her glam squad, and they were both absolutely fantastic. From their timings with so many girls to glam up, and their professionalism, and naturally everyone looked flawless. Sarah's dress was from Kimberley Anne Bridal Boutique - it had a cap sleeve lace overlay which was perfect for their church ceremony, which came off to reveal a fitted strapless trumpet gown underneath for Victoria Baths.

The church ceremony was absolutely beautiful, traditional and classic, and luckily just down the road from Victoria Baths. After the ceremony we had a quick confetti throw, and Sarah and Mike got a lift down the road in their vintage beetle. It was a little bit of a drizzly day (classic Manchester wedding), but Victoria Baths is the PERFECT venue for rainy days - it is so huge, bright, and so much open space for group shots, that the rain wasn't even a slight issue.

Inside the Baths, Sarah and Mike had kitted it out with DIY oversized games (jenga, limbo) to keep their guests entertained - and fully styled with palm leaves, copper pipe table numbers, huge muslin seating plan and home made macramé, all done by Sarah. The cake by Libby G also looked absolutely beautiful against the rustic feel of the baths, and I think has to be one of my all time favourite cake shots!

Victoria Baths is absolutely incredible for portraits, so much interest, especially when it meant so much to Sarah and Mike. As its a heritage site, so much of it is incredibly well preserved, and kept as it was in the Victorian era it really is like walking back in time. We mainly used the apartment upstairs above the baths, and the 'males' pool for the portraits.

In the evening, Sarah and Mike opted for the Pizza Peddlers as the evening food, which went down a storm (especially with me) and Birdie Photobooth (who I ADORE) as extra entertainment. These two were set up just outside the venue, whilst DJ Coast 2 Coast kept the party going inside.

All in all, it was an amazing wedding - I cant believe how much effort went into it in so little time, and how they managed to flawlessly pull it off to do their day their way. Totally a study into how to buck the tradition and do exactly what you want!

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