Zoe and Andy’s Wedding at Great John Street Hotel Manchester
The Great John Street Hotel is situated slap bang in the middle of Manchester. Once a school, it is now a bijou hotel and perfect for city centre weddings. Zoe and her bridesmaids prepared for the wedding in a suite at the Great John Street Hotel, whereas the boys were staying a short walk away at the famous Midland Hotel and the first of three outings to the Midland this year for us.
Great John Street Hotel Wedding Photography
Weddings at the Great John Street Hotel are conducted on the roof (!) which is split between and undercover room for the wedding ceremony and reception meal, and an outdoor terrace for the reception drinks, mingling, and family photographs.
Zoe and Andy wanted to walk out into the streets of Manchester for some bride and groom photographs and had generously allocated time to do so. The first excursion was into the nearby Castlefield area of town with its canals, Victorian and modern bridges and architecture dating from the industrial revolution.
During this walk, the best thing I have ever seen at a wedding occured. A group of lads enjoying a drink in a pub garden looked on as we took photos of Zoe and Andy on one of the bridges. It turned out they were a barbershop choir and spontaneously began serenading Zoe and Andy with a rendition of “Going to the Chapel”. Completely brilliant.
After dinner we visited another nearby area Zoe and Andy had pre-reckied. This features a Georgian terrace with fabulous twin, freshly painted bright red doors – all in keeping with the red theme running throughout the wedding.
Altogether a brilliant wedding and totally unique. Zoe and Andy took a great venue, added their own style and created something wonderful.
From the best man’s speech: “Andy is a keen runner, even though he himself would admit he is not particularly fast and is more of an ultra distance runner. One key requirement to be a good ultra distance runner is the ability to slog it out for mile after mile (sometimes over 50) without getting bored. Andy’s chosen career path in I.T and compliance has meant that being bored all day is never a problem!”
All images by Dave and Rachel from Golding Photography based near Colwyn Bay, North Wales.