Harry potter wedding
Alex & matt's magical wedding at manchester town hall
Alex & Matt had the most magical Harry Potter themed wedding at Manchester Town Hall. I love a city wedding, especially in my favourite city of all! And I also love all things magical and autumnal, so I knew I was going to have a great time photographing this wedding.
Alex & Matt met through work and have been inseparable since. "For the proposal, Matt took me for a walk into the hills in Rossendale Valley overlooking Haslingden (where he is originally from); he had timed it for sunset & as the sun was going down we ended up at this stone wall in the middle of a field where we could see Manchester in the distance & he said "I always said that, one day, I would take my soul mate up here one day..." then proceeded to get down on one knee....& the rest is history!" - such a sweet proposal!
I spent the morning of the wedding with Alex & the girls, photographing all the details including the bridesmaid's handmade bouquets which Alex & her Mum had made. Each bunch was decorated with personalised brooches & jewellery, and the bridesmaids could keep them afterwards as gifts! One detail of the day that meant a lot to Alex was the order of the day cards: "A particular detail that I loved was the Order of Services that were made by my sister & brother-in-law by surprise! I was originally wanting to have some but I was so bogged down by all the other wedding preparations & working at the same time that I just did not have the time to make them, so the fact that they made them & got them printed was such a lovely surprise that meant the world to us both."
The ceremony took place in Withington, close to where Alex & Matt live. I love the red brick of the church with all these amazing autumn colours! Afterwards, we had a super colourful confetti walk before I took Alex & Matt off for some portraits in Didsbury. Alex said: "My personal highlight of the day was having that time together in Marie Louise gardens, just the two of us. It was so tranquil & peaceful that it felt like we were the only people around. Matt's highlight was having all of his friends & family in the same place at once; none of his family or friends live in Manchester & are dotted all over the country so it really meant the world to him to be able to spend time with everyone."
Afterwards we headed to Manchester Town Hall, the perfect Hogwarts-esque venue. Alex & Matt had decorated the place perfectly with autumn colours, a book table, Harry Potter photo-props & each table was named after a different story book. Thanks for having me as your photographer Alex & Matt, it was a truly magical day!
Some words from Alex & Matt:
"Maddie Farris is amazing!! We have just received our wedding photos & they could not be more beautiful!! She captured every aspect of our day perfectly without you even noticing (not many people like a camera shoved in their face so this was great) & she is just a genuinely lovely person & makes you feel truly at ease, it was like having your pictures taken by a friend! I have recommended her to friends for their wedding & would truly recommend her to anyone for any type of event, I know I'll be using her again in future. THANK YOU MADDIE XOXOX"
Ceremony venue: St Cuthbert's RC Church Withington, Manchester
Reception venue: Manchester Town Hall - http://www.thetownhallmcr.co.uk/
Bride's outfit: Dress bought off the rack from Bridal Factory Outlets Stockport - http://www.bridalfactoryoutlets.co.uk/stockport-outlet/
Wedding dress customisation: Boutique Alterations - http://boutiquealterations.co.uk
Hair & Make-up: Orchid Blush - http://www.orchidblush.co.uk/
Bridesmaid's dresses: Lindy Bop - https://www.lindybop.co.uk/
Cake: Jeanette Vagg (a friend of my mum's) - https://www.facebook.com/jeanette.c.vagg
Flowers: Artificial bouquets & buttonholes made by my mum using flowers, brooches & autumn leaves bought from Ebay, The Range & HobbyCraft.
Catering: Provided by Manchester Town Hall
Band: Didsbury String Quartet - http://www.didsburystringquartet.co.uk/
Reception Decor/Props: Ebay, The Range, HobbyCraft, used recycled jars etc...
Wedding cars: Kensington Wedding Cars - http://www.kensingtonweddingcars.co.uk/
Vintage Wedding Bus: Cumbria Classic Coaches - http://www.cumbriaclassiccoaches.co.uk/
Magic Mirror Photo booth: Photohaus - http://www.photohaus.co.uk/ (Harry Potter props provided by ourselves)