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West Tower Wedding Photographer. The Ultimate No1 Guide

A guide to weddings at West Tower.

The West Tower wedding photographer’s guide

West Tower wedding photographer Wes Simpson’s ultimate guide to marrying at this stunning Lancashire location.

If you are getting married at the West Tower in Aughton, looking for the best wedding photographers or researching the best venues in Lancashire, this is the page for you.

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. You want everything to be perfect, including the venue and the photographs that capture your memories.

The West Tower is a popular place for couples to have their wedding in Lancashire. The venue is simply beautiful, and it’s no wonder why so many people choose this location for their big day.

But with so much information and so many wedding photographers to choose from, how do you know which one is best for you?

Here are some pointers to help you plan your wedding and choose the best West Tower wedding photographer for your special day.


Bride and groom with white Rolls Royce in front of West Tower

West Tower wedding photographer

Hi, my name is Wes Simpson. I am a West Tower-recommended award-winning wedding photographer from Ormskirk, who can help you capture the perfect memories of your special day. 

I have a long history of photographing weddings at this beautiful Lancashire venue, and I would love to do the same for you. 

I have been a recommended West Tower wedding photographer for many years and enjoy a rich history of photographing weddings here since my first wedding at the venue in 2007.

You might recognise the photo below which was taken during a summer wedding at the venue and showcases the iconic sunset over the Lancashire countryside.

The image was used by The West Tower for a number of years in their advertising and featured in publications such as County Brides Magazine and on their display at wedding shows.

The West Tower is one of my favourite Lancashire wedding venues, which is ideal because it’s just a stone’s throw away from my home in Ormskirk.

I love photographing weddings here and drawing upon my knowledge and experience, I have put together “A photographers guide to weddings at The West Tower.”

The venue has a wealth of photography opportunities that will make your wedding photographs the envy of all that see them.

If you’re lucky enough to be getting married at the West Tower you can trust that you are in for a real treat and a day to remember…

Here are my top tips for weddings at the West Tower…

If there’s anything else, just ask!

Book a Call.

photo of bride and groom kissing with yellow green sunset at West Tower wedding venue Lancashire

About the venue

The West Tower is an exclusive wedding venue on the outskirts of Liverpool. Set in the Lancashire countryside, the venue resembles a private little castle rather than a country house.

Because this is an exclusive wedding venue, you will have the entire venue to yourself. You don’t have to coordinate arrival times, and you won’t run into other brides.

West Tower is a beautiful wedding venue that is open all year. Your wedding photographer will be able to capture photos that you will treasure for the rest of your life if you get married here.

So, if you’re planning an intimate summer wedding with 60 guests or a lavish winter celebration for 150, you have a lot to look forward to.

As a West Tower wedding photographer, I love that the venue provides these simple but practical options. It makes each wedding unique.

If you take the time to learn more about the venue in advance, you’ll be able to plan the wedding of your dreams and have a lovely time on your wedding day.

photo of the front of West Tower manor house Aughton Lancashire

Getting to the venue

The West Tower in Aughton is situated near the market town of Ormskirk, which is just up the road from the end of the M58 and M57 motorways.

The venue provides easy access from neighbouring Liverpool, Knowsley, and Southport and makes it just a 20/30 minute drive from Wigan and St Helens.

The nearest train station is Ormskirk or Aughton, with links from Liverpool and Preston. The nearest airport is Liverpool John Lennon, which is 30 minutes away by car.

The address for the West Tower wedding venue:

Mill Lane, Aughton, Ormskirk L39 7HJ.

website and phone number: 01695 423328.

external photo of West Tower

All year-round wedding venue

One of the best things about being a West Tower wedding photographer is that it’s an all-year-round wedding venue.

Getting married here, you’ll have the option of choosing between an indoor and outdoor ceremony (weather dependant). Either option provides fantastic photo opportunities.

If you to choose on getting married outside and the weather requires you to move your ceremony indoors, the helpful venue staff will be able to do exactly that.

Indoor ceremonies are held in the ballroom all year round, a large airy room which can be separated by a partition for smaller weddings.

The Ballroom is complete with a central aisle leading you through the room towards the registrar and can seat up to 145 guests, and offers PA facilities.

There’s also ample space for musicians if you would like to walk down the aisle to live music — perhaps a harpist or string quartet?

Bride and groom kissing in doorway of West Tower

Civil ceremonies at the West Tower

While only civil ceremonies are held at the manor, there are options available to couples that would prefer a religious ceremony.

St Michael’s Church is located in Aughton, just a short distance away. Many couples choose to get married at their local church and have their reception at West Tower.

If you’re getting married at your local church, the staff will work to help coordinate your arrival times and will have drinks and canapés on hand for your welcome.


After your ceremony guests can use the outside garden and patio area. Drinks are served in the Cellar Bar whilst there is always a roaring fire in the reception and the leather lounge.

In the afternoon, The Ballroom is then transformed into your beautiful dining area for your evening reception.

With large windows boasting views over the garden and elegant, neutral décor, the Ballroom is a romantic indoor ceremony and reception option that can be adapted to suit your wedding style.

external views of West tower wedding venue

An outdoor wedding venue in Lancashire

West Tower wedding photographers love an outdoor ceremony!

If you get married at West Tower in the spring, summer, or fall, you’ll have the option of getting married outdoors at the wedding Pagoda.

The beautiful wooden Pagoda is open from April to September. You’ll be able to relax on the lawn of West Tower and admire all of the Lancashire greenery around you.

Pagoda is an idyllic wooden pagoda set at the side of the venue in a landscaped garden; your aisle is a perfectly positioned pathway through the lawn.

Experience your ceremony amidst the tranquillity of the outside space at The West Tower, before inviting your guests to celebrate with drinks and canapés on the lawn.

If you have a documentary-style West Tower wedding photographer, they will be able to take plenty of candid images at an outdoor wedding venue using natural available light.

Useful links:

Ormskirk registry office

The Top 10 Best Wedding Venues in Liverpool

West Lancs Registar Services

Are you getting married at the West Tower? If so, you need a wedding photographer! I have years of experience capturing beautiful memories at the venue for couples just like you.

My photography style is natural and timeless, and I guarantee you’ll be thrilled with the results. Contact me today to discuss your upcoming wedding!

Back of brides dress in bridal suite West Tower wedding venue Lancashire

Bridal preparations

When you get married at The West Tower, you won’t just want to capture your reception area in photos. You’ll want to capture the getting-ready photos too!

The venue has a spacious and elegant bridal suite, which makes for a wonderful, natural backdrop for bridal preparations and wedding photography.

If you chose to work with Wes Simpson Weddings as your West Tower wedding photographer, I will be able to capture plenty of photos of you and your bridal party as you’re getting ready.

Bridal preparations are often overlooked. But the transition from Miss to Mrs is priceless. These pictures can help you to remember every last detail of this important day.

The ‘Dom Perignon bridal suite is located in the main house and has views of the grounds and its own fireplace, a four-poster bed, and is decorated with classic decor.

Couples gravitate towards this venue because of its unique beauty, and that beauty is truly on display here in the bridal suite.

Little girl looking at wedding dress through door of bridal suite West Tower

Pose for photos in the Bridal suite

As a West Tower wedding photographer, I love bridal prep photos!

The ‘Dom Perignon bridal suite’ makes for an enjoyable experience whilst getting your hair and makeup done and there are always fun photo opportunities to be had.

This lavish suite is all yours from noon on the day of your wedding, and with its full-length mirror, it is the perfect place to get ready for your ceremony.

The big bay window provides lots of natural light for pre-ceremony photographs with your bridesmaids and it’s a popular spot for a back-of-the-dress photo with photographers and brides.

The room also makes for a fantastic backdrop for photos of a ‘bride reveal’ when the father of the bride (or whoever is giving her away) comes to collect her on the wedding morning.

Back of bride standing in bridal suite window

West Tower accommodation

If you have guests travelling to see you get married at the West Tower, you’ll want to think about where they’ll be staying on the night of your wedding.

Finding the right hotel and accommodation for your guests is important for planning your wedding. Luckily, the West Tower takes care of all your hotel accommodation needs.

In addition to the bridal suite, there are six bedrooms in the main house for guests. There are ten additional bedrooms in the Coach House and two separate cottages that guests can stay in.

West Tower wedding photographer top tip. Having your morning preparations on site means you cut out travel time and wedding car hire if you are having a civil ceremony at the venue.

Picture of West Tower Cristal suite

New! The Stables and Cristal suite

There is no need to search for hotels near West Tower Aughton because the venue has extended its accommodation.

The venue now offers ‘The Stables’ for guest accommodation and the new Cristal suite for early morning bridal preparations.

The Cristal suite is a large on-suite contemporary room with lots of natural light. Perfect for natural and candid photos on the morning of your wedding.

Have your own West Tower wedding photographer photoshoot!

Because, the space also doubles as a dressing room complete with salon-inspired makeup mirrors on the walls, sofas and a large flat-screen TV.

These additional bedrooms and the state-of-the-art dressing room is a fantastic addition to this award-winning wedding venue.

For the Cristal suite, The West Tower guarantee you access from 8 am on the morning of your wedding and the stables allow up to 65 of your guests to stay on-site overnight with you.

In conclusion, the West Tower provides a variety of accommodations, allowing you and your guests to spend more time together without having to book hotels in Ormskirk or Liverpool.

All of the rooms are beautifully furnished. One of the cottages has been adapted for wheelchair users, making it a lovely choice for guests with special needs.

West Tower wedding photography

While you’re preoccupied with chair covers, you might not realise that choosing the right West Tower wedding photographer is one of the most important wedding investments you’ll make.

After all, your wedding photographs are all you have left once the day is over.

Choosing Wes Simpson Weddings as your West Tower wedding photographer means you won’t be away from your family and friends for too long.

Nothing is 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.

The West Tower is a fantastic Lancashire wedding venue and if you choose to work with Wes Simpson Weddings, you’ll be able to photograph this manor house in all its splendour.

You’ll be able to enjoy a lovely relaxing wedding and then relive the celebrations through your beautiful photos after the wedding is over.

So if you want beautiful, high-quality natural looking photos that you will cherish forever, book Wes Simpson as your West Tower wedding photographer today!

bride and groom in blue suite walking

Photos at the West Tower

The West Tower is a picture-perfect wedding venue in Lancashire that provides lots of natural photographic opportunities.

Three of the best locations for photography at the West Tower include:

The step at the back of the venue is a popular location for formal pictures taken by traditional-style West Tower wedding photographers.

The entrance with the tower in the background is timeless and a must-have photo opportunity. If you have a wedding car, request this to be in the photo too.

Why not have a quick walk around the beautiful grounds and let your West Tower wedding photographer capture some relaxed and intermit moments away from your guests?

Black and white bridal party photo on steps

Formal portraits at The West Tower

Pose for formal pictures on the steps! If that’s your thing.

Often, the West Tower wedding photographer, wedding coordinator or master of ceremonies will arrange your guests on the steps for formal group shots.

Alternatively, you could gather on the lawn and have an experienced West Tower wedding photographer use the height advantage to get everyone’s face in the picture.

Here at Wes Simpson Weddings we often use a picture of the couple in-font of the West Tower for the wedding album cover and thank you cards.

See albums and price page for more information and examples of albums.

Book a Call for the latest West Tower wedding photographer packages.

Black and white photo bride and groom walking in front of West tower

Natural-looking photography at West Tower

There is an abundance of opportunities for candid photos. Your West Tower wedding photographer should be able to capture relaxed photos of guests enjoying themselves.

The terrace, manicured lawns and vista views of the countryside provide a scenic backdrop for natural-looking images throughout the day without the need for posing.

As an award-winning documentary-style wedding photographer, I love nothing more than getting creative and taking advantage of the iconic sunset available here.

Setting aside some alone time for evening portraits is a must when getting married at The West Tower, especially if you want some beautiful romantic pictures of just the both of you.

The evening light is stunning here at West Tower, and most couples say they enjoy taking a break before the nighttime party begins.

Request a free brochure and let’s talk about your wedding photography today.

Capturing your West Tower wedding

When you get married at a breathtaking location like West Tower, you’ll want to make sure you have a talented wedding photographer on hand to capture every moment of this special day.

Wes Simpson Weddings offers a range of full-day wedding photography collections to suit your needs and budget. Request a West Tower wedding photographer brochure today.

Because Wes Simpson Weddings offers an exclusive all-day wedding photography service, you won’t feel rushed, and you won’t miss out on any photo opportunities.

We’ll be able to photograph every part of this special day, from start to finish. In addition to digital copies of your photos, you’ll be able to purchase a stunning storybook album.

Visit the album and price page for more information on photography, storybook wedding albums and prices.

Contact me today and let’s talk about your West Tower wedding photographer ideas.

Wedding breakfast at The West Tower

Food is an important part of any celebration, which is why you’ll want to make sure you’re satisfied with the food on your wedding day.

West Tower country house can start you and your guests off with an amazing breakfast served in the ballroom. Guests can enjoy drinks and canapés in the cellar bar or in the garden.

You’ll have numerous options for food throughout the day. For example, you could opt to have a buffet served in the Leather Lounge during the evening.

If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, you may want to enjoy a barbecue on the tower terrace. Contact the West Tower for more food options.

Wedding venue room set up

Menu and catering

The wedding menu at the West Tower includes a wide range of delicious foods, including roast chicken crown, the belly of pork, wild mushroom risotto, and a rack of English lamb.

Both you and your guests will have plenty of options, and you’ll be able to adapt the menu to suit your own preferences.

All of the food will be prepared on-site by talented chefs. You and your guests will be able to dine well and relax during the wedding festivities.

As a regular West Tower wedding photographer, I always look forward to the menu and the delicious food; trust me, you won’t be disappointed… And the desserts are fantastic!

West Tower wedding packages

One of the most popular wedding packages the West Tower offers is The Classic Package from £7,495. This price includes (but is not limited to) –

Welcome drinks and canapés on arrival, a three-course wedding breakfast, half a bottle of wine per person, an evening Buffet, a Master of Ceremonies, a Dom Perignon bridal suite and more.

The above package is based on 50 daytime and 80 evening guests. Please contact The West Tower directly for up-to-date prices, the latest offers, packages and availability.

cake and table decorations at West tower

Choosing the date for your West Tower wedding

One of the things I love most about being a West Tower wedding photographer is that it’s a venue for all seasons!

While outdoor weddings aren’t held in the winter, this lavish warm country home is the perfect location for a Christmas wedding.

In the spring, you’ll be able to enjoy fresh blossoms blooming all around you. In the summer, you can have a beautiful outdoor wedding right on the lawn.

If you choose a wedding in the autumn, you’ll be able to enjoy the changing leaves, beautiful sunsets, and panoramic views of the Lancashire countryside.

Look at photos of past weddings held at West Tower so that you can see how the venue changes with the season. If you do this, you should be able to pick the right date for your wedding.

A wedding venue for all seasons…

West Tower autumn wedding photography

A magical winter wedding at West Tower 

A beautiful spring wedding

A coral themed summer wedding

West Tower Covid wedding

West Tower wedding photographer

If you work with Wes Simpson Weddings as your West Tower wedding photographer, you’ll be able to photograph this manor house in all its splendour.

You’ll be able to enjoy a lovely relaxing wedding and then relive the celebrations through your beautiful, natural-looking photos after the wedding is over.

Even though I am a recommended West Tower wedding photographer, you won’t find me at open evenings as I prefer to meet in private or via FaceTime.

This provides an opportunity to view my custom-made albums and for me to understand your preferences about hiring a West Tower wedding photographer to a greater degree.

I believe the relationship you have with your wedding photographer is the most important of all your wedding vendors. I not only want to meet your expectations but exceed them.

Choosing me as your West Tower wedding photographer, I will photograph all the hugs, smiles and happy tears. I will show you things you didn’t know had happened.

Dad making wedding speech, emotional bride whipping tears

Different styles to choose from

When you book me as your West Tower wedding photographer, you’ll have a variety of different styles to choose from.

Whether you want traditional posed shots or more candid, natural ones which are my speciality, I will be able to accommodate your needs.

If you’re not sure which style you prefer, I can provide guidance and advice based on my years of experience in the industry and photographing many weddings at this beautiful venue.

Also, I know what kinds of photos are popular right now and which ones are timeless classics that will stand the test of time.

Whichever style you choose, having me as your West Tower wedding photographer you can rest assured that I will take stunning photos that you will cherish for a lifetime.

West Tower wedding photographer


Why choose Wes Simpson Weddings as your West Tower wedding photographer?

If you’re looking for a wedding photographer in the Lancashire or Merseyside area, look no further than Wes Simpson Weddings.

I was awarded Wedding Photographer of the Year 2022 and Best documentary-style wedding photographer 2022. My style is perfect for modern couples getting married at the venue.

I have an extensive history of photographing weddings at West Tower. Highly skilled and experienced in producing award-winning photographs, and passionate about what I do.

I will work closely with you to ensure that your vision for your wedding becomes a lasting reality through your wedding photos.

So if you want beautiful, high-quality photography that you will cherish forever, book Wes Simpson Weddings for your West Tower photographer today!

Beautiful sunset picture of bride and groom with vile blowing in wind at West Tower wedding

Book your West Tower wedding photographer today

When it comes to booking your West Tower wedding photographer, choose someone who will capture the special moments of your big day exactly as you’ve always imagined them.

Why not look through some past wedding photography below? check out my portfolio for examples of work and the blog for the latest news and weddings.

I photograph a limited number of weddings per year on a first-come basis. Contact me today to be your West Tower wedding photographer.

Let’s create something meaningful together. I can’t wait to meet you.

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