Vintage wedding at Ashfield House

Lauren and Michael’s wedding photography story from Ashfield House in Standish.

Lauren and Michael’s vintage wedding was uniquely personal, emotional and lots of fun. The Autumn celebrations took place at Ashfield House in Standish. A warm and welcoming privately owned exclusive wedding venue bordering Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside.

When it came to their photography the newlyweds were looking for a natural but creative style of wedding photography and chose Wes Simpson Weddings because that is exactly my speciality.

The couple didn’t want a ‘hipster’ photographer, gimmicks or the latest Instagram filters on the pictures, but for their wedding photography to remain authentic and to reflect the day perfectly.

Here is their story…


Bride and groom laying on stairs Ashfield House vintage wedding photography

About the couple

Lauren is from Skelmersdale and Michael from Burnley – they are a cool and trendy couple who met online, and after a week of talking, they decided to meet up. Michael said it was love at first sight and jokes “It’s soppy but it’s true.”

The couple had a whirlwind romance with Michael proposing a year to the day they met. Michael had planned to propose in the Manchester Jazz bar where they had their first kiss, but on the way to the bar, they walked past where they first saw each other, Michael being the romantic he is decided to role-play the moment again.

He told Lauren to stand by the same lamppost with her back to him; It was raining and just seemed like the perfect moment to get down on one knee for when Lauren turned back around.


Ashfield House autumn vintage wedding

Ashfield House wedding venue

When Lauren and Michael were looking for their dream wedding venue they instantly fell in love with Ashfield House. Ashfield House is a unique wedding that is both modern and quirky, it has a homely family astrosphere and is full of personality yet thoroughly modern at the same time.

The Standish wedding venue which is situated on the outskirts of Wigan was a perfect location for family and friends travelling from the couples home towns of Skelmersdale and Bury.

Surrounded by private gardens and spacious interiors, Ashfield House provides the perfect backdrop for your wedding photographs, add to that the super friendly staff and amazing food and you have one of the best wedding venues in the country.

Ashfield House was everything the couple was looking for from a wedding venue and perfectly complimented their dream of a vintage wedding. The couple said that the wedding venue felt more like a large home offering a uniquely modern take on vintage antique styling and design.

The couple remarked that the light and airy magical reception room at Ashfield House blew them away. They loved the 1930s style speakeasy bar and taxidermy on the walls throughout the venue was right up their street.

Ashfield House is situated on the outskirts of Wigan. The venue address is Ashfield House, Ashfield Park Dr, Standish, Wigan WN6 0EQ.


Vintage wedding style

Lauren and Michael are a unique, fun-loving couple who were always going to do things on their terms. They didn’t go for a traditional wedding theme, it was more to do with a lifestyle they embrace.

Wedding styling came very naturally to them, they are lovers of 1930s/40s vintage style so they incorporated a lot of that into their wedding.

Michael’s suit was a brown 1930s Cuban style suit from Thomas Farthing. Lauren’s dress was a 1930s/40s style vintage wedding dress which was complemented with a vintage vale.

Lauren wore a magnificent headdress from Etsy and an epic pair of vintage Vivienne Westwood shoes. Lauren and Michael’s flowers were warm, rustic and very colourful, complimenting the bridesmaid dresses Autumn the celebrations perfectly.

Wedding reception

After the ceremony guests made full use of the exclusive wedding venue, a selection of drinks and snacks were served from the speakeasy-style bar which included Pims, cocktails and real ale from hand pulls supplied by super friendly staff.

The layout of Ashfield House created a relaxed flow to the day. Natural light, beautiful grounds and interesting interior decor provided lots of opportunities for candid photography.

For the family group shots, we utilised Ashfield House garden terrace, and for some unique bridal portraits, we made use of the staircase. This was all done with good humour and in no time at all.

Ashfield House wedding menu

The couple’s Wedding Reception at Ashfield House took place in the venues reception room which overlooks the gardens and terrace.

The day was very relaxed with 75 close family and friends in attendance and instead of a traditional wedding breakfast, they served pulled pork burgers and buffalo wings, then crispy crème doughnuts for dessert… It was lovely!



When Michael married Lauren he didn’t just gain a wife but a daughter, so during the speeches, Micheal presented Sienna with a beautiful antique sapphire ring which he purchased from the same shop as Lauren’s engagement ring to celebrate them all now officially being “family.”


Ashfield House wedding photography

Lauren & Michael chose Wes Simpson weddings as their photographer because they wanted natural-looking wedding pictures. They did not want anything staged or over posed but for the images to trigger memories and emotion for years to come. See portfolio.

Alternative wedding photographer

“Just because you’re having a vintage wedding, which some might call ‘alternative’ doesn’t mean you have to have an ‘alternative wedding photographer,’ in fact we thought the exact opposite.”

“We fully embrace our fashion and lifestyle, so we didn’t need a hipster photographer nor did we want the latest Instagram filters on our photos…

We wanted the wedding photography to capture us at our best, and for the images to be real and authentic without gimmicks… and for that, there is no better wedding photographer than Wes Simpson” – Lauren

Wedding album

“Wes did a lot of research on the eras we love and that showed in the pictures. He captured everything we wanted and put his artistic licence on it. We have a beautiful bespoke vintage-styled storybook wedding album that compliments both our wedding day and home decor perfectly.” – Michael


Ashfield House wedding photographer

Most couples worry about wedding photography, awkward poses and it eating into their day. I photograph you at your best and the moments that matter so that you have meaningful pictures and a wedding you love.

Choosing me as your Ashfield House wedding photographer means you won’t be away from your family and friends for too long. Nothing will be staged or over posed. Every photo will be a true insight into your wedding and a timeless reminder of the best day of your life.

Check out my portfolio for examples of work, the blog for the latest weddings and my approach to photographing your wedding.

If you’re getting married and would like to talk to me about becoming your Ashfield House wedding photographer Contact me today, I would be thrilled to hear from you.