An exclusive Lancashire wedding venue, a dream wedding gown and a must-have photographer are just some of Yvette’s wishes that came true when she married Steven on her birthday at Dalton Church followed by a beautiful spring wedding at West Tower in Lancashire.

Here is their story…


spring wedding at West Tower. Bride and Groom with Rolls Royce at venue


Classic lace, pearls and white roses set the tone for Steven and Yvette’s spring wedding at West Tower. The day began at the family home in Skelmersdale Lancashire with plenty of laughter and joyful tears when Yvette’s two young boys arrived and stole the show.

Morning preparations are often overlooked when planning a wedding, but Yvette planned on enjoying every moment of her wedding day, so she had her favourite music playing whilst everyone was getting ready and had lots of snacks on hand to keep everyone going.

It was a fun and relaxed atmosphere which suits my documentary style of wedding photography, capturing the story as it unfolded. Once everyone was ready, they travelled by style in a white Rolls Royce to the wedding ceremony at St Michael, Dalton Church, which is situated near Skelmersdale and Wigan.


spring wedding at west tower


The couple planned a spring wedding at West Tower to coincide with Yvettes birthday, they chose the venue due to its exclusivity and picturesque grounds, which they knew would be perfect at this time of year for their wedding photographs.

West Tower Aughton, Ormskirk is situated close to the family home in Skelmersdale, so it made for the perfect destination allowing family and friends to easily attend the day. The couple also liked the idea of revisiting the venue for anniversaries and future celebrations.


Yvette didn’t waste any time visiting other wedding venues or researching wedding photographers because she always knew who and what she wanted for her dream wedding. She comments on how The West Tower is one of the most beautiful venues she has ever been too. In addition, she has always admired Wes Simpson’s work. 

“I have attended a few weddings that Wes has photographed over the years and the outcome of his pictures are always flawless. I always knew I wanted Wes to photograph our wedding as he captures the personal side of the day.” – Yvette



Yvette always knew she would wear a Galia Lahav Haute Couture dress, as their style is unusual. She had her eye on the Giselle range for a while and searched high and low which ultimately paid off as she eventually got her hands on the last one in the UK.

The dream gown was ivory in colour; complemented with Swarovski crystals and pearls. As it was a spring wedding at West Tower the colour theme for the Groom was light grey & nude which complimented the season perfectly. Yvette recalls her eyes lit up when she saw the groom looking as handsome as ever.



The couple had a traditional wedding ceremony at their local family church St Michael/ Dalton Church, in Lancashire. Arriving in style via white Rolls Royce, the couples two son’s lead the way followed by Yvette and her father who struggled to let go and give her away.

After the ceremony, the couple had some alone time visiting the graveside of Steven’s father. We then incorporated some relaxed portraits of the couple outside the church before heading off for their spring wedding at West Tower.



As the day coincided with Yvette’s birthday they wanted the menu to be extra special, so on arrival to the West Tower guests were treated to a champagne reception and a sample of the couples favourite food which included salmon/rare beef Yorkshire pudding and mini hamburger canapés.

The couple’s three-course spring wedding at West Tower menu consisted of pea ham hock soup, pork wrapped in a bed of vegetable and for dessert chocolate cake, vanilla ice cream and cinnamon roll sticks.

The night time was a real party affair! So a casual buffet was put on for the evening guests, mini hot dogs, fish, chips and pizzas were served.


When planning her spring wedding at West Tower, Yvette wanted everything in her own personal style. It was important to her to stay away from wedding magazines, Pinterest and other sources of ideas, as she didn’t want it to become like your everyday copy cat wedding.

Thanks to the help of the experts at Magnolia House Of Flowers and the venue dressers; Dalton Church and The West Tower was transformed to Yvette and Ste’s personal taste.



Yvette says one of her favourite pictures was taken during the speeches. “It’s a very emotional picture as it captures both of us crying. My maid of honour was my sister, she’s also my best friend, she spoke truthfully and from the heart. Every time I look at that picture I remember her words and it feels like we’re reliving that moment again.”

The stand out memory for the couple from their spring wedding at West Tower and the picture that defines the value of their wedding day is Yvette’s father walking her down the aisle and struggling to let go… Yvette states “I will cherish this moment for a lifetime!”

Steven recalls “The speeches were unforgettable, very funny but also very emotional, there wasn’t a dry eye in the venue… especially when our 8-year-old Son very confidently stood up and read out a speech that he prepared by himself. I will treasure that moment forever.”


Yvette’s advice for couples planning a wedding would be to trust your own unique vision and to relax and enjoy every second of your big day because as fast as it comes around its over. Take a minute during your day to step back and look around to see all the smiley beautiful faces that are there to share your big day with you.

“Oh and also pick Wes Simpson to photograph your wedding as you won’t be disappointed… I can promise you that!!!” – Yvette


Emotional bride and bridesmaid wedding speeches during spring wedding at west tower

Who gives this woman. Father handing daughter over for marriage Dalton Church


Dress: Galia Lahav haute couture

Grooms-wear: Slaters Manchester

Caterers: West Tower caterers

Hair: Yvette did her own as she is a hairdresser

Make-Up: Sarah Jayne Gandy MUA

Florist: Magnolia house of flowers

Cake: Sandra Waugh

Entertainment: Paul McCoy (DJ) Emily Jackson (wedding singer)



If you’re getting married at the West Tower or further afield and would like me to be your wedding photographer, feel free to Contact Me to check my availability.

Check out my West Tower wedding venue information page which is crammed with helpful tips and advice when getting married at the West Tower.

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