A team of local suppliers came together to create this beautiful styled shoot at Albert’s Standish

Mark Lee Photography set up this styled shoot with a team of talented suppliers at Albert’s Standish. We spoke to The Manchester Celebrant, Leanne Gateley, to find out more: “Mark told me he had come across posts on social media from the LGBTQ+ community over double standards within the wedding industry. Some finding that they were being charged more or that some suppliers wouldn’t work with a same-sex couple, which got me thinking, why is this so difficult? The law has changed, and it’s time to accept everyone. It’s a cliché, but love is love, and all the suppliers who worked on this shoot agree that the experience for any couple using their services should be exactly the same.

“I spoke with our models, Jodie and Jessica, about their experiences of wedding planning, from the COVID-19 postponements and dresses to the décor, but when I asked whether they had come across any barriers, both were noticeably clear that there had not been any. This experience was mirrored by the majority of the LGBTQ+ couples that I am currently working with, which lifted me knowing that most of us suppliers are doing something right. It’s encouraging to hear that seemingly most couples experiences are positive, but as an industry, it’s important that we all support each other and point out where we can be more inclusive.”

The dream team

Venue, Albert's Standish, www.alberts-restaurants.com/standish 
Photographer, Mark Lee Photography, www.markleephoto.uk
Videographer, Mike Brierley Films, www.mikebrierleyfilms.co.uk 
Shoes, The New Glass Slipper, www.thenewglassslipper.co.uk 
Accessories, Garter & Veil, www.garterandveil.com 
Make-up artist, Charlotte Lilys, www.charlottelilymakeup.com 
Hair stylist, Hair Creations By Colette, www.haircreationsbycolette.com 
Cake, Lesley Walter Cake Design, www.lesleywaltercakedesign.co.uk 
Flowers, Elyn Boutique, www.elynboutique.com 
Celebrant, The Manchester Celebrant, www.themanchestercelebrant.com 
Venue dressing, S & S Designs, www.theonestopweddingshop.co.uk 
Stationery, Lavish Wedding Stationery, www.instagram.com/lavishweddingstationery
Models, Jessica Robinson and Jodie Taylor

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