Worsley Court House Wedding Photography
This weekend was a day of firsts for me as I spent the day with Jenn & Jason at the delightful Worsley Court House in North Manchester. This grade 2 listed building was built in 1849 for the 1st Earl of Ellesmere to house the manorial court of Worsley. The site has a history of justice of a different kind, as it was previously infamous as the location of the village stocks!
I began the day with Jenn and her bridesmaids as she was preparing herself and enjoying a morning of relaxing. I had the chance to shoot some gorgeous details of the wedding crafts that the very talented bride had made for the day. Including a very special 3D printed Companion Cube ring box that fans of Portal might well recognize. During this time we shot some portraits of Jenn & Jason’s boys who were bursting with excitement before moving on to meet Jason at Worsley Court House.
When I arrived, I met up with the couple’s very good friend who was going to be conducting their Handfasting Ceremony, a traditional marriage ceremony that dates back to the 12th Century. I then met up with Jason for some portraits before Jenn arrived flanked by her bridesmaids and father. The couple then enjoyed their traditional ceremony which included their exchange of rings from the Companion Cube and actually tying the knot to symbolize their binding union. They then hopped the broom to end the ceremony to the delight of their family and friends before enjoying a drinks reception and all the hugs of congratulations.
Wedding Portraits Around Worsley Village
After pausing for some family groups and portraits around the beautiful Worsley Village, Jenn & Jason made their way back to the Court House where they enjoyed their civil ceremony to complete the formal part of their day. This was closely followed by a delicious afternoon tea and a round of speeches that featured Jenn gifting Jason a very unique and rare Raspberry Pi. Everyone then donned their warm coats and wellies, jumped into waiting taxi’s and were whisked off to Middlewood Scout Camp for an informal evening reception in the woods. The guests were treated to champagne, jelly shots and fire breathing before making their way back to the Court House for their party.
Once everyone had warmed up and cast off their muddy wellies, Jenn & Jason paused to cut their fairly spectacular cake and took the floor for their first dance. After shooting some of their awesome party and finding time for a very romantic final portrait on the courthouse balcony, we said our goodbyes and left everyone to enjoy the rest of their evening. I’m always loving the new experiences that weddings surprise me with and Jenn & Jason’s wedding was no exception. I want to wish a massive congratulations to this lovely couple, thanks so much for having me with you as your photographer!