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Magical winter wedding at the West Tower

Sophia and Kale’s West Tower winter wedding photography. A magical Christmas wedding full of love, laughter and cheer in Lancashire by photographer Wes Simpson.

Sophia and Kale are a cool and trendy couple from Aughton, they are both initially from Skelmersdale and met through mutual friends at an Oasis concert.

The couple chose to have a West Tower winter wedding in Aughton near the market town of Ormskirk in Lancashire to complement their dream of a magical Christmas wedding.

Sophia and Kale loved that the West Tower is an exclusive wedding venue, complete with countryside views and a manor house feel.

They wanted a winter wedding with a Christmas theme close to their home, so that family and friends could celebrate with them in beautiful surroundings without too much fuss.

The West Tower was the perfect venue for them.

On the day, their guests were treated to a classic West Tower winter wedding theme with Christmas decorations, white, and a bit of a blush colour scheme.

The ballroom at The West Tower was tastefully decorated with flowers, large floating balloon baubles, and a magnificent floral wall display.

A personal highlight was that flowers and decor were by Hayley at Blossoms house of flowers (whose wedding I also photographed at The West Tower a few years ago!)

Here is their story…

Portrait of bride and groom with blue sky sunset and veil blowing West Tower winter wedding

Preparations for a West Tower winter wedding

Bridal preparations for Sophia and Kale’s West Tower winter wedding took place in the brand new Cristal suite which is situated within the West Tower Stables.

This is a brand new addition to the accommodation at the venue for 2020 and a welcome addition to this popular venue.

I think we were the first wedding to have used these new rooms which allow the bride to get ready on-site before gaining access to the main bridal suite in the main house after mid-day.

Sophia did her own makeup with hair by Laura Beesley. The girls all wore matching PJs, and personalised silk dressing gowns, and had a couple of glasses of champagne.

The mood on the wedding morning was relaxed and everyone was ready in plenty of time. This allowed for a few portraits and a bridal reveal.

Sophia wore a beautiful Brinkley – Maggie Sottero wedding dress from cloud 9 at the wedding house in Liverpool.

The gown was customised by having the sleeves removed from the dress and complimented with a pair of Jimmy Choo Cinderella shoes and an ivory bouquet.

Kale looked very smart in a classic black velvet tux and the groom’s men all wore plain black suits. Timeless elegance for a West Tower winter wedding.

Sophia had three bridesmaids and they all wore dusky pink dresses. Kale’s brother and both fathers also wore classic black tuxedos to complete the bridal party look.

Wedding suppliers and personal touches

The first dance was Sophia’s favourite part of the wedding. She felt like she could relax knowing that everything had gone to plan and everyone was having a good time.

The couple was introduced to the dance floor with the DJ playing Palo Nutini’s “Candy” before cutting the cake and rounding all the single ladies up and throwing Sophia’s bouquet.

Violinaround a modern violinist entertained guests during the ceremony and the meal. They also had a magician called Zadar for after the ceremony which everyone loved… Especially Kale.

The food at weddings is always an important factor and Sophia and Kale’s West Tower winter wedding didn’t disappoint.

Catering was done in-house and on the menu, they had the option of chicken or pork and the guests remarked they all liked the food.

Bride and groom at top of stairs in West Tower with blue skylight

Winter wedding planning tips

Sophia says that her one big wedding tip would be to pick your wedding dress 8 months before the wedding as a dress can take 6 months to make and deliver.

Kale says: “Be organised so you can enjoy your wedding day and choose the best wedding photographer you can.”

The photography can easily get overlooked when you’re busy with the seating arrangements, but the photographer spends the day with you and after all, the photos are all you have left.”

Reflecting on her West Tower winter wedding, Sophia said:

“We did a ‘bridal reveal’ which I highly recommend. It was a lovely moment slowing things down and seeing my Dad at the bottom of the West Tower stairs”

“And yeah I was quite nervous before walking down the aisle, but when I saw Kale I relaxed. Our magical West Tower winter wedding is a day I will cherish forever.”

Meaningful pictures

One of the standout pictures for the family from Sophia and Kale’s West Tower winter wedding is Kale’s Mum Susan giving him a big hug.

The picture is natural and was taken in ‘the moment as the couple walked down the aisle minutes after saying “I do.”

Apparently; Kale’s Mum, Susan was shocked when she first saw the picture as she had only ever seen posed pictures of herself.

However, the picture is now her favourite from the day and she stated: “You can feel how proud I am and how much I love my son in that picture.”

Kale added; “Imagine if Wes had tried to pose this picture, it would only represent the photographer saying ‘give your son a hug’ but this image is so much more.”

West Tower winter wedding photography

My approach to photographing Sophia and Kale’s West Tower winter wedding photography was to creatively and discreetly photograph the day as it unfolded.

The couple had originally planned a 2 pm ceremony but as the day drew closer they realised that they wanted to maximise the available light for their West Tower winter wedding.

Photography was important to the couple, so they decided to move the ceremony back an hour. This was a smart move and allowed time for some evening portraits that would have been missed.

Just as the sun was setting over the Lancashire countryside, we took advantage of the mild winter weather and nipped outside for some simple but creative portraits of the couple.

Sunset portraits are a must if you’re getting married at The West Tower.

The couple refers to these images as “works of art.” The image of Sophia and Kale against the blue winter skyline with the wind blowing her veil was chosen for their bespoke wedding album cover.

The couple plan to proudly hang a collection of images from their West Tower winter wedding on the walls of their new home.

They said that they enjoyed the ‘alone time’ whilst creating these unique pictures because the day goes very fast.

West Tower winter wedding photographer

If you’re planning a West Tower winter wedding (or any other time of year) check out my

Photographers guide to weddings at The West Tower.’

If you’re getting married elsewhere or planning a destination wedding, my passport is ready!

Have a look at my portfolio for examples of work, the approach page to see how I will photograph your wedding, and the latest news and weddings on the blog.

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