West Tower Weddings – A Wedding Photographers Perspective
West Tower Wedding Photography
OK, Let me just start by throwing this out there… West tower (In Ormskirk, not too far from Liverpool but technically Lancashire) is one of my absolute favourite Wedding Venues to shoot in. Each time I see an enquiry come through for this little gem of a location, I do a little happy dance. And so, I thought it was only fair to share a few of the reasons why this enduring venue should be on your list of places to look. And if you’re already booked at West Tower, I’d love to hear from you.
Right… Enough pleasantries! Why is West Tower such an awesome Wedding Venue for Wedding Photographers?
1 – The Beautiful Light
Wanna know something nerdy? The word ‘photography’ comes from two original Greek words. ‘Photo’ which means light, and ‘graphia’ which means drawing. So naturally, us photographers (or light-drawers) understand that you can’t have a great photo without great light.
When you first walk into the ceremony and reception rooms at West Tower, you’re greeted with the most beautiful big windows, a photographers dream. As the day goes on, the sun sets and the two almost-west-facing sides let in gorgeous light throughout!
So this reason is a bit of a selfish one, as the Venue basically just makes my job of creating lovely photos so much easier! It really is a photographers-venue for this reason.
2 – The Crystal Suite
The Crystal Suite, or ‘The Getting Ready Room’ has slid right into this list, with good reason. West Tower have done away with getting ready in tight and dull hotel rooms or at home when you’d rather be somewhere special.
They provide a beautiful, private and bright room for you to be pampered in (they also tell me that you can have this room from 8am, score!).
Now, take it from a person who goes to LOTS of weddings… If anything is to go wrong on a Wedding Day, it will be transport. So being able to eliminate this problem, at least for the bridal party, will in turn eliminate so much stress!
Theres even a kitchen, So your photographer won’t need to go without a brew. Heaven!
3 – West Tower Photo-Locations
Location, location, location… One thing West Tower will never ever be short of, is amazing locations to shoot photos.
I planned to have so much more to say on this… but I actually don’t know where to start. Whenever I shoot here, I seem to find new places to go and stroll with my couples… whether indoors or out, rain or shine, something new always seems to grab my attention.
4 – West Tower Food
I’m going to put my neck on the line now and just come out and say it… The food at West Tower is some of the tastiest I’ve had. I cannot confirm if the chefs are secretly wizards, but I certainly have my suspicions.
5 – The Romance
OK, hear me out… This is the one I’ve been struggling with, because I actually don’t know how to explain it. West Tower is just ‘special’ and gives you a warm fuzzy feeling when you’re there.
It could be the isolated feeling (its a totally exclusive venue, so no peepers), the history (it goes all the way back to 1885), the panoramic views, the awesome artwork (Ive never seen so many Todd White paintings in one room… Even when I met him at one of his exhibitions. I’m a total Art-nerd), the luxurious atmosphere, the incredible vendors and lovely staff…
I’m just going to call it ‘the romance’ and leave it there. If you’ve been, you’ll know what I mean. If you’re still yet to arrange a viewing, you’ll soon feel it for yourself.
Hello, I’m Paul. A No-BULLSH*T Wedding Photographer for people who want beautiful photos, but aren’t too keen on having their photograph taken.
Modern weddings aren’t scripted, so I believe your wedding photography shouldn’t be shaped from a mould! I just want to tell the story of a wedding as I see it happen. Your wedding day WILL be beautiful, so those moments are better captured, and not messed with! Therefore, I’ll simply put my own personal spin on things.
I photograph weddings in the way that I’d enjoy being photographed, in an unobtrusive but fun way. Hate the thought of standing in a line getting stiff and awkward photos taken for three hours? Me either, so I don’t work like this!
West Tower Wedding Photography, A Monofilm.
What the hell is a Monofilm? Well, It takes my own style of documentary wedding photography, adds in my love of black and white pictures, sprinkles on some storytelling goodness and we are left with what you see below!
Basically, a black & white photofilm containing every single one of your photographs (although I do leave out the formal family photos, usually). They’re fast-paced and so watch like a video of your day. The Monofilm below is taken from Simon & Emilies beautiful wedding at West Tower.
EVERY wedding at West Tower includes one of these MonoFilms as part of my Monochrome Package and you can see more of them here.