Ben & Marleena

Lake District & Manchester wedding Photography

Ben & Marleena

This awesome couple met when Ben was working with Marleena’s brother. Together they’ve taken on the world, moved around different parts of the UK and as well as going on adventures together around the world. They’re absolutely perfect for each other!

They got married in 2019, and chose to have a short video made alongside their wedding photos. It was a pleasure to be their wedding photographer, and I wish them a long and happy life together.

Below is their short highlights film. Whenever I take a booking that includes this option I always bring a second shooter. Kirsty Rockett assisted on both days, making sure all the important moments are covered. Check out the film, then carry on to see a selection of their photos.

The Lakes

Ben and Marleena tied the knot on a drizzly Wednesday in May. Although the weather wasn’t brilliant, they still braved the outdoors for a confetti throw and to say hi to some alpacas at their meal.

They chose to have a small ceremony at a gorgeous, old church in Rivington. This place means so much to Ben – not only was he baptised there, but his grandparents also got married there in the 1940s. And Marleena’s grandparents flew in from Finland too, so it was lovely to have just their families there.

Their families clapped and cheered, and maybe shed a couple of happy tears. You’ll see in the highlights video that Ben just kept breaking into a big smile, even when he seemed to be making a conscious effort to look more serious. How cute is that! 

After the marriage ceremony we hopped into a car and headed an hour north to a restaurant in the Lake District, where I stayed and took a few photos in a documentary style. 

close up black and white photograph of a bride having her make up applied - manchester wedding photography
photograph of  a bride in a white gown holding a bouquet of flowers stepping into her wedding car with a grin on her face - Manchester Wedding Photography



A few days later I headed back up to Manchester to the Great John Street Hotel for Ben and Marleena’s reception. By now I’d covered their pre-wedding photoshoot and their ceremony, and I felt I had a pretty good understanding of their chemistry and personalities. Having the pre-wedding shoot was so useful in building our relationship – not only did I get to take some ace photos of them around the canal in Manchester, I also got to know them. By the time my second shooter and I were ready to leave the reception we felt like we were saying goodbye to friends! 

The ceremony and trip up to the Lakes had been relaxed and intimate, but the reception was much bigger and less formal. They’d hired out the rooftop floor of the Great John’s Street Hotel in Manchester City Centre, and had a barbecue rather than a sit down meal. Guests got right into mingling and relaxing, and I spent a lot of time chatting with them and observing, just waiting for the right moments to capture.

The first dance was one of the best I’ve ever seen. Choreographed by Ben to include such classic moves as the Chuck-Berry-song-in-Pulp-Fiction, holding hands and spinning super fast, the head back singing with utter abandon, and the underwater nose-hold. It pretty much summed up the whole vibe I got from these two – madly in love, completely daft, and full of banter. 

black and white photograph of a bride standing in front of a mirror and looking upwards - Manchester Wedding Photography