A photographers guide to wedding photography at The West Tower in Lancashire.

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A photographers guide to weddings at the West Tower in Aughton, Lancashire. 

Hi, I’m Wes Simpson – an award-winning West Tower wedding photographer from Ormskirk Lancashire. If you’re planning on getting married at The West Tower or simply researching Lancashire wedding venues than this page is for you.

The West Tower is an exclusive Lancashire countryside wedding venue on the outskirts of Liverpool and just a 45-minute drive from Manchester. 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 and showcases the iconic West Tower 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…

If there’s anything else, just ask!


Bride and groom kissing in doorway of West Tower

The West Tower – An exclusive Lancashire wedding venue

When researching wedding venues in Lancashire, there are many fantastic venues to choose from. The West Tower is a stunning wedding destination set in the Lancashire countryside, an exclusive wedding venue that looks more like a private little castle than a country house.

The West Tower manor house in Aughton is an exclusive wedding venue, which means you have the whole venue to yourself. You don’t have to split arrival times with other weddings and you don’t have to worry about bumping into other brides.

This all-year-round wedding venue is both beautiful and unique in many ways. When you get married here, your wedding photographer will be able to capture photos that you’ll cherish for the rest of your life.

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. 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.

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

The address for the West Tower wedding venue:

Mill Lane, Aughton, Ormskirk L39 7HJ.

West Tower website and phone number: 01695 423328.

The West Tower is just 10 minutes drive from Ormskirk train station and Lime Street station is 10 miles away. The nearest airport is Liverpool John Lennon Airport which is 30 minutes away by car.


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

About the rooms at The West Tower

The West Tower is an exclusive wedding venue, this means you have access to the whole of the West Tower at your wedding, you won’t run the risk of running into another bride. If you to choose on getting married outside and the weather requires you to move your ceremony indoors, you’ll be able to do exactly that.

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 from West Towers. Many couples choose to get married at the church and have their reception at West Tower.

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

The Ballroom

Getting married at West Tower, you’ll have the option of choosing between an indoor and outdoor ceremony (weather dependant). Indoor ceremonies are held in the ballroom all year round, a large airy room which can be separated by a partition, this offers a closed space for when your wedding is taking place and 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.

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

The West Tower Ballroom is then transformed into your beautiful dining area and 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.

An outdoor wedding venue in Lancashire

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.

Useful links:

Ormskirk registry office

The Top 10 Best Wedding Venues in Liverpool

West Lancs Registar Services


photo of the front of West Tower manor house Aughton Lancashire

Getting ready at The West Tower

When you get married at The West Tower, you won’t want to just capture your wedding and reception area in photos. West Tower has a spacious and elegant bridal suite that makes for a wonderful backdrop for your wedding photography.

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

Pose for photos in the Bridal Suite

Bridal preparations are often overlooked in the planning of a wedding. The ‘Dom Perignon’ bridal suite makes for an enjoyable experience whilst getting your hair and makeup done. 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 window provides lots of natural light for pre-ceremony photographs with your bridesmaids and the room makes a fantastic backdrop for priceless 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.


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

Back of bride standing in bridal suite window

Accommodation for your guests

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

The new Cristal suite

There is no longer the need to search for hotels near West Tower Aughton because the venue extended its accommodation and now offers ‘The Stables’ and the Cristal suite for early morning bridal preparations.

The Cristal suite is a large on-suite contemporary room with lots of natural light, the space 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 breathtaking addition to the stunning bridal suite and guarantees you access from 8 am on the morning of your wedding and allows up to 65 of your guests to stay overnight with you.

The West Tower manor house offers a range of accommodations, which means both you and your guests can spend more time together without the added stress of taxis, transportation or the need to book hotels in Aughton, Ormskirk or Liverpool.

All of the rooms at the exclusive venue 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

You might not realise it now whilst you’re obsessing over chair covers and seating plans, but choosing the right wedding photographer to capture your precious wedding memories is exciting and one of the most important investments you make for your wedding, after all, your wedding pictures is 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’re getting married here and 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.

Photos at the West Tower

The West Tower is a picture-perfect wedding venue in Lancashire that provides lots of natural photographic opportunities.  Some of the best locations for wedding photography at The West Tower include:

The steps at the back of the venue is a popular location for formal pictures. Both photographers and couples getting married at The West Tower enjoy formal portraits here. The setting lends itself to group shots of family members and classic pictures of the bridal party with ease.

Formal portraits at The West Tower

Often, the wedding coordinator or master of ceremonies will arrange your guests on the steps for a large group shot; alternatively, you could come together on the lawn and using the height advantage you will be able to see everyone’s face in the picture.

The entrance and driveway to The West Tower is another popular location for formal portraits. Pictures taken at the front of the West Tower are often used by the couple in thank you cards and at Wes Simpson Weddings we often use these pictures for the album cover.

Natural-looking photography at West Tower

The West Tower offers an abundance of opportunity for candid photos after the ceremony. The terrace, manicured lawns and vista views of the Lancashire countryside provide a scenic backdrop for natural-looking images of guest enjoying the celebrations.

As a wedding photographer who specialises in natural documentary wedding photography at The West Tower, I love nothing more than getting creative and taking advantage of the iconic West Tower sunset over the Lancashire countryside.

Setting aside some alone time for evening portraits is a must when getting married at The West Tower if you want some beautiful romantic pictures of just the both of you. The evening light is stunning here and most couples say they enjoy having a little time out before the night time party sweeps them away.

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


Capturing your West Tower wedding photography story

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 budget.

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 price.

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


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 Manor House can start you and your guests off with an amazing breakfast served in the ballroom. Guests will also be able to 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.

West Tower menu and catering

The wedding menu at The West Tower includes a wide range of delicious foods, including roast chicken crown, wild mushroom risotto, and 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 West Tower’s 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 packages

One of the most popular packages The West Tower offers is The Classic Package from £7,495. This price includes (but not limited too) – Welcome drink and canapés on arrival, a three-course wedding breakfast, half a bottle of wine per person, an evening Buffet, a Master of Ceremonies, 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 the latest offers, packages and availability.

Choosing the date for your West Tower wedding

West Tower Manor House is a wonderful venue regardless of the season. 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 wedding right on the lawn. In the autumn, you’ll be able to enjoy the changing leaves 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…

A magical winter wedding at West Tower 

A beautiful spring wedding

A coral themed summer wedding


West Tower wedding photographer

If you 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.

You won’t find me at West Tower open evenings as I prefer to meet in person or via FaceTime. This provides an opportunity to view my custom-made albums and understand your preferences about hiring a wedding photographer.

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 to exceed them.

If you choose me as your West Tower wedding photographer, I will creatively and discreetly photograph everything, the hugs, smiles and happy tears. I will show you things that happened that you didn’t know about.


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


Why not look through some past West Tower 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 talk about your West Tower wedding photography. Let’s create something meaningful together. I can’t wait to meet you.


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