An exclusive venue, a dream wedding gown, birthday celebrations and a must have photographer for Yvette and Steven’s spring wedding at West Tower…


spring wedding at West tower


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

Morning preparations are often overlooked when planning a wedding, but Yvette had her favourite music playing and lots of snacks to keep everyone going. It was a really relaxed atmosphere that provided the opportunity for extra pictures with my laid back documentary style capturing the story as it unfolded.

Once everyone was ready, they headed to the wedding ceremony at St Michael, Dalton Church, which is situated near Skelmersdale and Wigan.


The couple planned their spring wedding at West Tower due to the venues exclusivity and picturesque grounds, which they knew would be perfect at this time of year for their wedding photographs. The venue is also situated close to the family home in Lancashire, so it also made an ideal destination for guests to attend the day and for 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; complimented with Swarovski crystals and pearls. As it was a spring wedding at West Tower the colour theme for the Groom was 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 took themselves off to have some alone time visiting the graveside of Steven’s father. We then took some simple shots outside the church before heading to the West Tower in two Roll Royce’s.


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 together with the venue dressers; Dalton Church and The West Tower was transformed to Yvette and Ste’s personal taste.


The couple planned a spring wedding at West Tower so the guests could enjoy the open views. It was also Yvette’s birthday so they had a double celebration and wanted to make it extra special. On arrival, to The West Tower guests were treated to champagne with salmon/rare beef Yorkshire pudding and mini hamburger canapés.

The couple’s three-course wedding menu consisted of pea ham hock soup with a fresh bread roll. For the main, it was pork wrapped on a bed of vegetable and for dessert chocolate cake, vanilla ice cream and cinnamon roll sticks.  A buffet was put on for the evening, were mini hot dogs, fish, chips and pizzas were served.

THE SPEECHES: Not a dry eye in the house

Yvette 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 says one of her favourite pictures from the wedding is from the maid of honour speech.

“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 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!”

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

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


Yvette’s advice for future Brides and Grooms 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


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 want a wedding photographer with the skills and experience to capture the magic of your wedding day.

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