The Midland Hotel Wedding Photography // Lauren and Barry


Lauren and Barry’s Midland Hotel Wedding Photography

Lauren and Barry’s Midland Hotel wedding photography was one of my favourite weddings of 2014. Their service was held at Manchester Town Hall, which is probably my favourite wedding venue in the city, before their reception at one of the leading hotels in the city, The Midland Hotel.

The Midland is very, very nice. If you recently watched Restaurant Wars: The Battle For Manchester you’ll have seen The Midland starring in the show as they recruited one of the world’s leading chefs, Simon Rogan in a bid to grab a Michelin star in their restaurant The French. In fact, the cameras were at The Midland on Lauren and Barry’s wedding day as Channel 5 were filming a new fly on the wall show to air later this year. However, the TV crew were very much banned from Lauren and Barry’s wedding, much to my relief. After my experience of shooting a wedding on a TV show (Holly and Anthony’s Don’t Tell The Bride wedding in 2013) I was pleased to know there wouldn’t be any extra cameras to negotiate around!

Before I became a wedding photographer I had previously worked at The Midland. Back when I was in the Police I spent four days as part of the team protecting the Prime Minister David Cameron and the Cabinet during the Conservative Party conference. The PM was staying in the hotel and I had the glamorous job of making sure people were wearing their proper ID (the real protection stuff was left to the highly trained specialist officers, not me!) However, that’s how fancy The Midland hotel is. Good enough for the Prime Minister, definitely good enough for me!

Lauren and Barry got married at Manchester Town Hall and we took ten minutes to grab some couple photos there before we made our way back to The Midland for the reception. During the speeches I finally got to meet Kieron and Dominic from Rock My Reception who were entertaining the evening guests. Rock My Reception are winners of multiple Wedding Industry Awards and having now seen them live in action, it’s easy to see why. If you’re after a duo to perform live during your wedding then you’ve got to contact Rock My Reception, although you’ll have to be quick as they’re mega popular now!

Before I knew it, it was the first dance and I was leaving as the guests partied late into the early hours. Lauren and Barry had a brilliant, fun filled wedding at two of the best locations in the city. So here’s their day, music by Glen Hansard, photos by me…

midland hotel wedding photography bride and groom facing each other inside manchester town hall

The Midland Hotel, Peter Street, Manchester M60 2DS. 0161 236 3333