When I first heard from Rachel and Laws and they told me all about their wedding day plans I knew it was right up my street. Laid back couple? Check! Beautiful humanist ceremony? Check! All held at one of the best music venues in Manchester? CHECK!

The Deaf Institute is one of my favourite Manchester gig venues. An old, errr, Deaf Institute, this unlisted building in the heart of the city is now a gig venue, nightclub and cafe. And holds the occasional wedding for awesome couples who are looking for something a bit different.

The Music Hall where most of the day was held is one of the most incredible rooms in Manchester. It’s a cross between an old theatre and a dance hall. There’s a tiny stage, mirror ball and the wall of speakers (one of the reasons Rachel fell in love with the room). Absolutely perfect for a party.

The couple opted for a humanist ceremony which meant they could be as creative as they liked without being restricted by any legal obligations (they did the ‘legal bit’ another day). I loved this idea so much I did the same thing for my own wedding day – and even used the same celebrant, Maxine Beech. Like the ceremony the rest of the day was chilled out, untraditional and completely and utterly Rachel and Laws. I loved every second!

Manchester wedding photography

Getting married in Manchester? I LOVE this city and would love to speak to you about your wedding plans so get in touch.